How is Omicron affecting Australian businesses?

Posted on January 17, 2022Categories Uncategorised

The new wave of COVID-19 variant Omicron is currently in full swing across the country.  We’re now beginning to see the knock-on effects this case explosion is having on the Australian business community. Let’s unpack some of the major effects the rapid spread of Omicron is having on the economy and businesses at large. Staff shortages With rampant case numbers comes the inevitable issue of staffing. With employees either contracting COVID or unable to work due to close contact isolation, … Continue reading “How is Omicron affecting Australian businesses?”

Eight biggest surprises when starting a business

Posted on October 29, 2021Categories Small business, Tips, Uncategorised

Surprise! Didn’t see that business curveball coming, did you? Well, you’re not alone. Starting a small business is a minefield of unexpected realities. So, put your rose-tinted glasses to the side and come and learn some of the biggest surprises for fresh-faced business owners. 1) Getting customers is really difficult! You have a solid business idea, some industry leading products, a gorgeous website, and a lot of social media moxie. But where are your customers? Don’t underestimate the relentless energy … Continue reading “Eight biggest surprises when starting a business”

A guide to business blogging for dummies

Posted on September 29, 2021Categories Uncategorised

Blogging has grown in leaps and bounds over the years. Once the preserve of bored individuals ‘diarising’ their lives, it’s evolved into an important digital marketing and business tool. Any business who’s serious about their marketing and industry presence needs to be writing regular business blogs replete with engaging, useful and search engine optimised content. But if business blogging isn’t something you would consider to be in your ‘wheelhouse’, how do you get involved and start writing for the first … Continue reading “A guide to business blogging for dummies”

Clever marketing tactics that worked

Posted on September 11, 2021Categories Uncategorised

As a small business owner, you’re hopefully already adept at the a-b-c’s of basic marketing. You’ve probably got your socials covered, your email campaigns firing and are likely dropping a bit of coin on paid ads. But are you missing some clever marketing techniques that will help you stand out from the crowd? So, what’s next? Even with tight budgets, if you’re equipped some sharp thinking and creative juices, anyone can think outside the box and stand above the competition. … Continue reading “Clever marketing tactics that worked”

How to deal with suppliers in your small business

Posted on September 5, 2021Categories Uncategorised

Are you starting a new business and dealing with suppliers for the first time? Almost all small business in Australia, regardless of business srtucture, will be working with a range of suppliers to deliver their products or services. Whether you run a café, freelance service, plumbing business or hair salon, dealing suppliers is a major part of business life. In the infancy of a business, you’re gong to need to source, appraise, negotiate, retain and review a large host of … Continue reading “How to deal with suppliers in your small business”

How to create a social media calendar for your small business

Posted on August 11, 2021Categories Uncategorised

Many small businesses in Australia operate their social media marketing with a scarce or non-existent plan. Without a social media calendar it’s not hard to see why – business gets too busy for social media planning. Sure, you may have a marketing vision, a brand feel, and a regular pattern of posting, but have you actively mapped it out? Do you have a fully populated and deftly managed social media calendar that stretches beyond next week? Of course, from time … Continue reading “How to create a social media calendar for your small business”

5 amazing small business books you need to read

Posted on August 5, 2021Categories Uncategorised

A lot of what we read is for pure entertainment and escapism. But one of the best ways to learn more about running and growing your business is by adding a few small business books to your reading mix. What was the last book you read? Did it illuminate your ability to run your business or simply entertain you for a few hours? While there’s always room for literary illumination and entertainment, it’s worth stacking your shelves with a few … Continue reading “5 amazing small business books you need to read”

UK Open Banking changes you need to be aware of

Posted on May 28, 2021Categories Uncategorised

The wake of Brexit has seen wide ranging transformations across a diverse range of industries within both the UK and the EU. The financial sector is certainly one of the most affected industries and Open Banking is not immune to such changes. With the departure from the EU comes changes to the way Open Banking will operate. We’re also looking at increased adoption of Open Banking among UK banking customers and the uptick of new and improved software solutions, which … Continue reading “UK Open Banking changes you need to be aware of”