Finding the Sweet Spot For Your Small Business

Finding the Sweet Spot For Your Small Business

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.

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.

Mandatory Reporting of Data Breaches: What You Need to Know

Mandatory Reporting of Data Breaches: What You Need to Know

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.

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.