Are you a leaper or a planner? The first version of my small business came about after I had burned into a tiny frazzled husk from working in government. Pretty much any other option (including weapons check assistant for the zombie apocalypse) seemed like a good alternative.
I meant how hard could it be? You just think of an idea, register a name and head off into small business nirvana.
Nirvana turned out to be a bad 1990’s rock group, and the first iteration of my business self-destructed in a cloud of burned money and self-loathing. It was only marginally less memorable than the permanent exit of Nirvana’s frontman, Kurt Cobain.read more
Trust and credibility are your golden tickets to a successful business. One of the key ways to boost your credibility is to offer rock solid guarantees of your product or service.
Trying anything new triggers an anxiety response in humans. Our brains are hard-wired to be cautious, which worked well for our caveman ancestors when trying new berries, but can become a problem when you want someone to buy your goods or services.read more
Tears were pricking at the back of my eyes. I was gripping the car’s steering wheel so tightly that it left indentations on my fingers. Waves of panic were threatening to crash dump over my head and force any remaining calmness into the sand.
I was a single mum with two very young kids in my car. I had decided in a fit of independent bravado to drive 1000+ km to take my kids to visit my family. The only problem was I was in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by stony-faced sheep, and I had no idea where I was or how to get to where I needed to be.read more
Last week, a new piece of legislation slipped almost unnoticed into the Australian business world, barely causing a ripple of consternation in the small business pool of day to day busyness.
Just another piece of legislation, but with huge potential consequences. When the Act kicks into effect somewhere in the next 12 months, Australia will have some of the strictest data breach disclosure requirements in the world.
Small businesses need to get across what this act means and start putting in place procedures, risk mitigation strategies and support teams to help manage their obligations under the Act.read more
Get a bunch of small business WordPress web designers around a cheese platter, and after a few red wines you can guarantee that someone will ask, “So, what are your favourite plugins?”
They are not trying out nerdy pick-up lines (or if they are, I have missed the signals in my eagerness to get to the camembert). What they are talking about are programs that add extra capabilities to your WordPress site.
WordPress is like grown-up Lego. You have your core program, and then you add bits onto it to give it extra functions. These extra bits are called plugins.read more
Imagine that you spot someone interesting from across the room at a crowded networking event. With canape in hand, you start to make a beeline across the room to chat to them, only to have your way blocked by a friend who says, “Mate. I wouldn’t go and talk to that person. They can’t be trusted and are likely to rip you off.” Would you continue walking or go and talk to someone else?read more
Have you ever wondered why businesses are nagged, pushed and generally lectured about the importance of blogging for their business? Have you wondered if blogging and content marketing makes a difference, or if it is a waste of time for trades or service businesses? Does blogging actually deliver increased traffic to your website and clients to your business?
What if you are interested in blogging, but think your business is a little bit boring and you simply can’t figure out what to write that people would be interested in reading? Sound familiar?read more
Growing up as a leggy teenager going to an all-girls school in suburban Campbelltown, I first thought being irresistible was drowning myself in Musk Oil while swishing my long Farrah Fawcett hair.
At my first disco with the local boy’s school, I came in for some focused attention and wandering hands, as I was broadcasting raging come hither signals when all I really wanted was someone to go see Star Wars with and share a bucket of popcorn.
After that fiasco, I studied in-depth articles in the fount of all wisdom – Dolly magazine. They were filled with sage advice such as “Be yourself” and “Let the true you shine through” and I took it to heart.read more
The Christmas/New Year break is a great chance to relax with a good book. If you are looking for a non-fiction book that is powerful, insightful and meaningful, here’s my top 5 recommended books from the 50+ books that I read this year.read more
Last week I broke a taboo.
On my personal Facebook page, I shared that 2016 had been tighter than I would have liked. While there were many brilliant moments and lovely clients, there was one week when even though work had been done and invoices had been issued, my income was a princely $20.17.
I was having a massive confidence wobble where a j-o-b was looking attractive.read more