Ignite Ideas Grant – Round 8 Applications Opening 1st July
Round 8 of the Ignite Ideas Fund is opening on July 1st 2021! Two tiers of funding are available, tier one provides grants of up to $100,000 for projects of up to 12 months duration and tier two provides grants of up to $200,000 for projects of up to 24 months duration. If you haven’t
Future-proofing a business: 7 ways you can avoid the Uber phenomenon
If you once ran a thriving taxi company that started to fade when Uber burst on the scene or a hotel that suffered from the impact of Airbnb, you know what the word “disruption” means. You probably don’t do either of those things but could the business you do run be equally at risk from
Want to be more productive? 4 changes you can make for a super productive week
Busy work. That work you have to get done, but somehow seems to take over your entire day and before you know it, you’ve reached the end of the week and still haven’t managed to make a dent on the most important task on your to do list. Sure, this can be about priorities, but
What you need to know before starting a business
Starting a business is part science, part art, and a large part hard work! It can get lost in all the excitement but you need to get the balance right. Approximately 20 percent of all small businesses fail in their first year; and your chances of your business making it to five years are around
Passing the baton: Why every business owner needs a succession plan
While everyone wants their businesses to be successful and operate for a long time, you may not necessarily want to remain at the helm. At some point, you may want to pass the business on to your children, or to someone else in the company. You may want to sell your share to your business
10 ways your small business can get more out of LinkedIn
If someone gave you the opportunity to attend a meeting where thousands of your prospects were also present, you’d be silly not to take them up on the offer…right? This opportunity might be staring you in the face. LinkedIn is the world’s largest database of professionals; hundreds of millions of professionals waiting there, ready to
Crowdfunding: New ways to fund business startups
So you’ve got a great idea for your business, but you don’t have the funds right now to get it off the ground. You could try applying for a government grant, but it’s often a long and arduous bureaucratic process of form filling and there are of course no guarantees you’ll get the money. Some
What are 3-way business budgets – and why should you be using them?
Any business that isn’t planning for the future is planning to get left behind. While most business owners know that budgeting is a critical part of their planning, there is some confusion about which components should be included in a budget. There are three critical elements. Together, they provide the oversight you need for your
Chameleon contractors: When a contractor becomes an employee, and a liability
In a lot of situations, hiring a contractor to get a particular job done makes perfect sense. It may require expertise or skills none of your employees has. You may only need someone for a short timeframe to clear a backlog of work. Or maybe you just want to avoid having to go through a
10 questions to ask before submitting a trade mark application
Intellectual property. It’s a hot topic. Why? Because, in the globalised and ultra-connected world we live in, the intellectual property (IP) of individuals and businesses is increasingly at risk.
9 steps to a client referral system that gets the leads flowing
How highly do you value leads in your business? For any small or medium business, leads should be the most highly prized currency — to be consistently sought and converted.
As a business owner, do you or your managers spend a lot of time recruiting, conducting exit interviews, and onboarding new staff? When the ‘revolving door’ in and out of your business doesn’t stop revolving, it can impact so many parts of the business that it soon becomes a priority to address the problem.
10 factors that affect the value of your business
Thinking of selling? Or just curious to know the value of your business in case you do decide to put it on the market at some point? Many business owners are well-wide of the mark when placing a value on their prized asset. They overvalue it and under-prepare for their exit, believing in a huge
5 small businesses marketing strategies that are more effective than word-of-mouth
“I get all my business from word-of-mouth marketing.” “I’m a referral business.” “I don’t have the budget for marketing.” “I’m just too busy to market my business!”
Easy, automated receipt processing? There’s an app for that!
As much as we hate to admit it, the best business owners and executives can drop the ball on occasion. This is particularly true of the little things, which can be easily overlooked. When it comes to keeping track of business expenses, even the most attentive and mindful can fall behind. Physical receipts and invoices
Success in business requires a number of essential ingredients. A sound strategy. A robust business model. Effective planning. Strong financial control and bookkeeping. A good team. Great systems. Measurement. Focus. But you know what? Even all those elements are not enough without this skill: Execution.
Social Media: Should your business take it seriously?
Isn’t Twitter a waste of time? Isn’t Facebook for the kids? Not anymore.
Creating quotes and proposals FASTER: 5 reasons (and 8 apps) to automate your proposal process
When a prospective client asks you for a quote, it’s a powerful opportunity to make a sale. In fact, with the right response you may be able to ‘seal the deal’ almost immediately.
Is your business sailing along without a map, drifting?
For many, the word ‘budget’ is about as appealing as the word ‘diet’. It seems to imply what you will go without, rather than what you will achieve.
ON versus IN: Why you should work on your business instead of just in it
“You need to work on your business, not just in your business.” Made popular by The E-Myth Revisited author Michael Gerber, it’s advice I’m sure you’ve heard dozens of times over the years (I certainly have). But despite being told over and over again, many small business owners still don’t seem to truly understand what