“How cheap can I do it?”: The supplier & manufacturer question to avoid if you want a successful start-up

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Quality products & services and brand loyalty with customers are two factors of business success – and you cannot achieve either of these if your focus is on landing the cheapest price for a product or the manufacturing of a product you plan to sell.

3 mind hacks to help you build your dream business

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Here are three steps to building your dream business: shifting your mindset, aligning your goals and implementing simple strategies. Read on…

Seven steps to attract and hire the best staff in 2021

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Now is the perfect time for businesses to re-evaluate their hiring processes. Here are tips for any business looking to land top talent…

How to keep business costs down, while still achieving your strategic goals

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Making cuts to costs that are too deep can impact employee and customer satisfaction. Don’t cut costs enough, it can embed inefficiencies into the business or threaten viability. So…

Tired of running a side hustle? It’s time to step up

Top tips from the 2019 Victorian Telstra Small Business Woman I am an accidental entrepreneur. My grand plan was to provide home visit physiotherapy to clients who couldn’t access other services, while earning a bit of extra cash on my way home from my real job. After years of tip toeing around the edges, I realised… Continue reading Tired of running a side hustle? It’s time to step up

Why startups can’t afford to ignore design and branding when launching their product

Design is more than just a pretty font and it can’t be just an afterthought. Instead, it’s a quintessential element of product strategy, inextricably linked to business success, that must be considered from day one. If I told you that the best startup idea in the world would fail in today’s internet age without design… Continue reading Why startups can’t afford to ignore design and branding when launching their product

Skalata Ventures’ Seed Investment Program open for start-up applications

Skalata Ventures is seeking applications from early-stage businesses with proven traction to join its seed investment program. The six-month program, customised for each company, will offer operational support and up to $250,000 in funding to early-stage businesses to become significant and sustainable. Backed by noted business leaders Paul Little and Carol Schwartz, the seed investment… Continue reading Skalata Ventures’ Seed Investment Program open for start-up applications

The riskiest hire in business – Hiring your first salesperson. What entrepreneurs must know to avoid millions of dollars of lost opportunity.

“How did you go hiring your National Sales Director, Paul?” “Terrible! That guy cost me $500,000!” I’d met Paul (not his real name) about two years ago and was recalling our conversation about his plans for expanding the sales function at his start-up software company. I wasn’t in a position to advise Paul at the… Continue reading The riskiest hire in business – Hiring your first salesperson. What entrepreneurs must know to avoid millions of dollars of lost opportunity.

The NSW and Federal Governments have joined forces to slash red tape for small businesses

An inter-governmental partnership to help reduce red tape for new small businesses has been announced today. The announcement follows the test launch, in April 2017, of a new business registration service to make the process simpler for small businesses, with the aim being to save new business starters $40 million each year. The Federal Government… Continue reading The NSW and Federal Governments have joined forces to slash red tape for small businesses