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The Beginner’s Guide to Business Headshots

The Beginner’s Guide to Business Headshots

Unless your name is Kardashian or you are a millennial, you probably die a little inside whenever someone takes your photo, or try and escape the horror by suddenly needing to top up the potato salad at parties. You look back at your photos that some random or your beloved relative took, and all you can see are rampaging double chins, forced smiles and Trumpesque hairdos. No wonder when you are getting a new website done, and your web designer or copywriter says, “And of course you need to go and get some new headshots taken,” that you smile, nod and vow to blatantly ignore the suggestion.

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What Losing 40kg Taught Me About Change

What Losing 40kg Taught Me About Change

I shakily raised my arm to push the hostess call button above my airline seat. My face flamed with embarrassment as I squeaked out, “Could I please have a seatbelt extender.” I had spent 10 minutes struggling to get my lap band seatbelt connected, wriggling every...

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Must Read Books for Entrepreneurs

Must Read Books for Entrepreneurs

Looking for inspiration or to ways build your business skills? You can’t beat a great book! These must read books for entrepreneurs will help you discover more about the psychology of marketing, tweak your mindset and enhance your leadership skills. These are the business books I love, recommend and buy for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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Tales from the Shed

Tales from the Shed

My ancient lawnmower grumpily skulked in my garden shed. It hated the sunshine and being removed from the cool dark cave. It hated, even more, being forced to start and did everything in its ageing power not to do any work.

First, it was spark plugs, and then the petrol wasn’t fresh enough. Then the oil was a teeny bit on the thick side. Next, the air filter had a bit of dust until finally, the primer decided to go out in sympathy.

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Best Business Books of 2017

Best Business Books of 2017

If you are looking for inspiration, new ideas and some great business strategies, then you can’t go wrong with a well-written business book.

Each year I share the books that made the most impact on me during the year. These make great gifts for your favourite entrepreneur, or to read over the summer break.

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Small Business Owner Overwork Syndrome

Small Business Owner Overwork Syndrome

Ask small business owners why they started their own business, and in amongst the desire to make a difference or to deliver a better service for people, you will also find a hunger to have a better work/life balance or live an improved lifestyle.

My own journey into business had the same blend of reasons. In my early days as a single mum, traditional wages employment was simply not working in making the balancing act work. So, I went into small business.

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Death in a Business

Death in a Business

I was wondering why one of my favourite long term clients had not paid their monthly invoice. Sometimes they were a few days late when things got busy for them, but this was out of the ordinary.

And then I opened the email from their accounts team.

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Getting Unlost & Unstuck

Getting Unlost & Unstuck

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.

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Books to Add to Your 2016 Christmas Reading List

Books to Add to Your 2016 Christmas Reading List

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.

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Small Business: Let’s Have a No-Holds-Barred Talk About 2016

Small Business: Let’s Have a No-Holds-Barred Talk About 2016

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.

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Yesterday I Cried

Yesterday I Cried

Yesterday I cried. I have never cried for another country’s election result before. But yesterday I cried.

Why did I cry?

I cried for the millions of people who obviously had felt unheard and ignored for many years. Who had watched the world change around them in ways they couldn’t understand – other than that they had no job and no food to put on the table.

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Lessons from Lecturing

Lessons from Lecturing

Have you ever said yes to something and then wondered how in heck you are going to make it work?

One of my dear friends, Sandy, is a uni lecturer at ACU. A few weeks ago when she suddenly needed surgery that involved a long recovery time, she asked if I could step in and take her final year students for a few weeks for her.

Gulp!

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Going Viral: Lessons from Delivering a Home Run

Going Viral: Lessons from Delivering a Home Run

Everyone wants a social media post that goes viral. 99.99% of posts don’t make it huge. Many get a nice result, but every now and again you get a Chewbacca Mum moment.

This week we had our moment courtesy of a fabulous Aussie postie and his love of dogs – in particular a dog called Pippa who loves collecting the mail.

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Listening Between the Notes

Listening Between the Notes

This piece is the first post from our intern, Rachel Cliff. She is a final year Mass Communications student at QUT, and crafted this profile about one of our long term clients, Brian Wilson, from Pianocare for her assessment. It was such a lovely piece that we simply had to share it on our blog. Thank you Brian for your generosity of time in allowing Rachel to interview you!

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Who’s On Your Virtual Bookshelf? Blogs & Authors to Follow

Who’s On Your Virtual Bookshelf? Blogs & Authors to Follow

Am I the only one who checks out people’s bookshelves when visiting their house for the first time?

Way back in the olden days before Justin Bieber was born, checking out bookshelves was the best way to get a window into the personality of the person who owned the books.

At any social event or gathering, after suitably greeting the cat, I could always be found sidling up to the nearest bookshelf and checking out the spines of the books on display.

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The World’s Most Successful Entrepreneur (That No-One Knows About)

The World’s Most Successful Entrepreneur (That No-One Knows About)

Shopping is my least favourite contact sport. I always manage to get the shopping trolley with the wonky wheels, and have a knack of picking the time of day when hordes of kids descend on the store and use the aisles as a roller derby.

The trouble is that the humble trolley and the inventor is one of my all-time favourite entrepreneurial stories.

It has everything in it: Innovation; bouncing back from failures; creativity; psychology; marketing skills and a huge dose of cheekiness.

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The Renovation Project

The Renovation Project

Normally Boxing Day is spent eating leftovers, visiting relatives and watching cricket on the TV.

Not this Boxing Day!

This Boxing Day was the start of “The Renovation Project.” This project had been 10 years in the dreaming, but had always been pushed aside for other more pressing repairs needed on the house. However, this year it had nudged itself to the top of the list and was finally going to be done.

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What Christmas Lights Can Teach Small Business

What Christmas Lights Can Teach Small Business

I used to do the whole Griswold Christmas light thing. My garden shed was stuffed to breaking point with rope lights, icicle lights, and blow mould lights … basically the entire stock lines of your average Christmas light store shoved in a 4m x 4m space.

I would start planning the designs in September, and then dedicate two whole weeks of full time work assembling the lighting displays across my property. I would carefully wind strings of lights up our massive trees and artistically arrange the lights and displays throughout the garden.

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Top Business Books of 2015

Top Business Books of 2015

Do your eyes glaze over and your brain turn into mush when you walk into a bookshop or browse Amazon looking for great business books to read? Me too!

I read a non-fiction book pretty much every week, and I struggle at times finding books that are not like junk food: a quick hit of motivation followed by a massive crash when you can’t do anything with the information.

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Small Business Success is Merely Hundreds of Tiny Tweaks

Small Business Success is Merely Hundreds of Tiny Tweaks

One summer Christmas holiday, when I was as thin as spaghetti and a head taller than every other girl in my primary school, I was given a Tether Tennis set. Imagine a green metal stake about the height of the average teenager. At the top of the stake was a thick metal coil to which was clipped a long nylon string attached to a tennis ball.

The object of the game was to hit the ball backwards and forwards around the stake using plastic paddles. You could play against an opponent, but I preferred to play solo (mainly because my brother was much better than I was and was not interested in playing with his bratty little sister).

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