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Entrepreneurship: Are you ready?

Published / by Flora Amaker

Are you ready to become an entrepreneur? Over the years, more and more people want to start their own business. This is due to the exposure of people to different ways of thinking.

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Are you ready to become an entrepreneur?

People have gained a lot of interest to becoming an entrepreneur and the Internet has one of the biggest platforms that fed the idea of entrepreneurship to the minds of these individuals. Many quit their jobs to pursue their passions and to put up their dream business.

Shifting from being an employee to becoming an entrepreneur is actually a great idea. We all want to become our own boss and make a lot of money. However, one of the problems that these people encounter is building a business while not having the entrepreneur’s mindset.

Getting into the right mindset can be one of the major challenges of becoming an entrepreneur. Like all significant changes, it takes time. Time is still necessary to cement them and create adequate responses even when you consciously adopt new ways of thinking and behaviours.

Many people who have just crossed from the corporate world to entrepreneurship have weird responses when they encounter entrepreneurial problems – they have corporate responses. It’s not surprising as it is part of the transition. Shifting to an entrepreneurial mindset becomes a smoother and more enjoyable process when you make a few essential shifts.

When you become an entrepreneur, should accept the responsibility for all your business decisions whether big or small. As an entrepreneur, you’ll make numerous decisions so you need to think a lot before making a decision.

Sure making decisions is not easy. However, studies show that the more time the brain spends hesitating between alternatives, the quicker its willpower decreases, leading to poorer decisions later in the day. Thus, you need to implement decision-making as a natural process in your everyday schedule, so that you can focus your best hours on the huge decisions.

Continue reading: https://www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/business-advice/starting-your-business/are-you-ready

When the boss plays favourites and it’s not you

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Are you working with a manager who treated your co-worker like a celebrity while you were stuck with all the grunt work and none of the phrase? If you have such experience, your boss is displaying workplace favouritism.

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Workplace Favouritism

Workplace favouritism occurs when the boss or manager demonstrates preferential treatment to one person over all of the other employees for reasons unrelated to performance. If your co-worker sells twice as amount as the product you sold and she gets promotion, praises and special privileges, it’s not favouritism.

When your boss rewards high-performing employees, it’s not favouritism. Your co-worker earns what he or she deserves because of performance. Meanwhile, if you are equal performance or you did a better job, and your co-worker still gets the promotion, praise, and privileges, then that’s favouritism.

When a manager shows favouritism towards an employee, nothing good happens. The non-favoured employees begin to feel that their accomplishments are not recognised. They get discouraged at the lack of correlation between hard work and success.

Favouritism makes people to gradually disengage from their work. They know that the favoured employee will continue to be rewarded regardless of what they do, so why should they try?

Generally, the management or head office has the responsibility to deal with favouritism. The first step is making the manager aware of the favouritism. It may seem strange, but some managers clearly have no idea they favour one employee over another.

When the boss is a good friend or a relative to the employee, or they both have personalities that click, the boss may not see her favouritism as unreasonable. Sometimes, just bringing it to the manager’s attention can solve the problem. Once aware, the manager can work to treat employees more fairly.

Even great managers can like certain employee over the others. So, you need do some things to stop favouritism in your workplace. Click this for more details: https://www.perthnow.com.au/business/workplace-matters/when-the-boss-plays-favourites-and-its-not-you-ng-b881145872z

Is a business plan more important than a business vision?

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To start a business, you need a smart idea, capital, maybe some employees, machinery, a unique business name, a legal structure and a good location. On the other hand, making a business grow and successful is a different story – apart from those basic things needed to start one, bringing success to your business requires dedication, hard work, focus and more importantly a good plan.

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Business Plan

Every entrepreneur needs to have a good business plan in their arsenal. A business plan is a very important strategic tool that can help you focus on the specific steps necessary for your business ideas to succeed. Moreover, it also helps you to achieve both your short and long-term goals.

Unfortunately, not all entrepreneurs see the importance of having a business plan despite hearing a lot of other people talking about its importance. Many are reluctant to have their plan written down. In fact, there are numerous articles online claiming that the business plan is dead or irrelevant. Of course not everyone agrees with that.

Many successful entrepreneurs and business experts have stated that having a good business idea is not enough. If you cannot formulate, execute and implement a strategic plan to make your business idea work, even excellent business ideas can be totally useless.

Like we’ve mentioned, having a business plan on hand helps you make sound decision. It helps you define and focus on your business ideas and strategies. Not only it does help you focus on the financial matters, but it also helps on financial issues, technology, human resource planning and creating customer value.

In addition to being a helpful decision-making tool, you can also use your business plan to raise money for your business. Your business plan can be used as a demonstration to your potential investors of your business’ likelihood to succeed and how much money you’ll need to take off.

Continue reading: https://www.flyingsolo.com.au/marketing/anz-business-plan-vision

Top 5 money saving tips for the new year

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Not only young professionals, but almost every one of us need to save money regardless of how much you earn these days. From time to time, people who don’t save for the rainy days are left with no choice but to borrow from banks and financial institutions during emergencies. That is why saving money is vital.

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Save Money

Saving during times when the economy is headed into a downward spiral can prove to be quite difficult. However, it is even more necessary to learn how to save money under such circumstances. Bad financial times can arrive at any moment but it’s the people who have money that survive these tough times quite easily.

For many different reasons, we can end up facing financial troubles. People seem to be in need of money the most when they lose their job. In times like these, having additional money in their bank account makes it a lot easier for people to bear their daily expenditures until they find another job.

Saving is also very helpful for those who want to retire early; having extra money that was saved earlier is particularly ideal for this type of people because it gives them alternative option to think about. On other hand, individuals who are unable to save money become stressed and are eventually financially burdened. The stress from financial problems can lead to health issues, and people end up spending more to restore their health back to normal. Thus, it is a lot better to find ways to save money at the right time and avoid all such financial hassles.

Saving money may be challenging if you are currently struggling financially. However, it is possible to save. For this new year 2019, here are some helpful money-saving tips to begin saving for the rainy days.

Here are some simple tips that can help people learn how to save even on the tightest budget: https://www.watoday.com.au/money/planning-and-budgeting/top-five-money-saving-tips-year-20181207-p50kuu.html

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Doing it tough: Businesses in regional Australia fearful of minimum wage increase

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Being the boss, you should know how to build a team that works together like a well-oiled machine. You need to how to make each of your employees satisfied and happy. If your employee feels content and happy with their job, they are more likely to become more energetic and productive on their work.

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One of the best ways to keep your employees satisfied is by giving them flexibility. This does not imply avoiding rules and regulations, but instead it means to keep in mind that employees have lives outside of your shop or office. Allowing for adaptability in schedules will make keeping everyone upbeat a lot simpler.

When your employees feel displeased, they will not only make customers less likely to return, but it may also lead to employees themselves quitting in search of a more suitable place of employment. As a business person in Perth, you do not want to deal with a high turnover rate because employing new people requires training and costs the store money.

Keep in mind that business owners do not only require financial knowledge. It is not enough to be only good at managing your business’ cash flows and sales. You also need to learn psychology – you need to know what your employees seek in job, what makes them happy. If you’re able to make this connection with your employees, it makes creating a harmonious work environment a whole lot easier.

Most of the time, your employees might be looking for are higher salaries. And since you want to keep them happy and productive, you do what is possible to improve the pay of workers who work extra hard and deserve an extra reward.

However, keep in mind that paying your employees with high salaries can also hurt your business. Like for instance, some small business owners feel concerned with the minimum wage increase. Continue reading at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-08/regional-businesses-fearful-of-minimum-wage-increase/9841442

Local Marketing – Small Business Trends

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Constructing and implementing a successful marketing plan is not easy especially for small to medium-sized businesses owners face. The often insurmountable challenges they often face is time and money.

Despite the popularity of internet and social media these days, many are still not taking advantage of internet marketing for their local business believing that online marketing is only for big companies with big budget. However, the truth is that those businesses that are not making an effort with online local marketing are missing a lot of opportunities.

When you are operating a business even just in your local area, it is crucial that you do not play hide and seek with your prospects. If you do, you will find you will never be able to build the business you desire.

Unfortunately, many small business organisations fail to create the personal marketing image that attracts prospects to want to do business with them. Playing hide and seek is great as a kid’s game, but not for business growth. If you want more prospects doing business with you, it is crucial to position yourself in a way that helps educate your prospects in your local area on understanding who you are and what you do and local marketing can be a great way to achieve this.

Do you want to know the local marketing trends this 2017? Read this: https://smallbiztrends.com/category/local-search-2

4 steps to making your big dreams reality in 2017

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For many startup businesses in Perth WA nowadays, there are many challenges that come along inhibiting success. It is, therefore, important to know the pitfalls that one can run into and the possible solutions.

One of the more common challenges startups face is the lack of integrity. Of course, as a new entity, no one knows about your product, or service, or brand as a whole. Hence, what you need to do is to find some ways to make your business visible to the public. Lucky for today’s small business owners, they can make use of the internet and social media to market their brands without spending a lot of money unlike before where marketers invest money on TV advertisements and print ads. In today’s digital age, businesses can build brand awareness by posting helpful and unique content.

Another challenge startup faces is the lack of resource. Small businesses are small because they do not have enough money. It is quite common to see many businesses, especially small ones, fail to manage cash flow. The main solution here is to ensure that there is enough capital or cash saved up to meet business obligations as they rise.

Despite all the challenges startups face, they should not be a hindrance for your entrepreneurial dream. If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, you should not be worried. Here are the 4 steps you can follow to make your big dreams reality this 2017: http://www.flyingsolo.com.au/startup/setting-business-goals/make-big-business-dreams-reality-2017

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Learn How to Market a Service Effectively

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When it comes to marketing a service, it can at times more difficult than marketing a product. A lot of people don’t think of the service you are offering until they are in need. Without retail storefront selling products you have less of a chance for repeat clients, walk-ins, or upselling other items. So how do you market your service business?

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Often, handling client follow up is avoided by many service businesses because they don’t want to risk of a call-back or they run out of time. If you keep your clients happy, satisfied and make them feel that you take your work seriously, you can get their goodwill. As a result, not only you will get their loyalty, but they will also tell your friends about their business.

Another important tip to remember in marketing your service business is by asking for referrals; this is advantageous especially for your local marketing. At the end of the job ask your satisfied clients if they know anyone who needs your services. Leave business cards and brochures with them.

In addition to those, you can make use of a website or a social media profile at least. For less than the price of an advertisement in the yellow pages you can have a full colour ad available 24 hours a day with your products.

For more on marketing your service business effectively, check this out: https://www.thebalance.com/learn-how-to-market-a-service-effectively-2296133

Want consumers to be more loyal? Be more social.

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Technology has transformed the way people communicate; it has made communication easier than ever. From a vast populated land to a network of communicating individuals living in a global village the world has now shrunk. People from all corners of the globe have come closer together and distances have decreased to the extent that an individual is merely a click away.

In this network of people that is ever-growing, a new technology has emerged: the significance of online communication, which totally made the whole world a lot smaller.

This is the power of social media and the developments in online communication. A happening in one part of the world reaches to the second part in a matter of seconds. This has all happened because of the magic of the internet. Because of this advancement, marketers look to take advantage to promote their product or service.

Using social media marketing can be your ticket to international fame. You can market your service or product so effectively using this platform. Your company or your name could be known throughout the globe with millions of followers and fans. Millions of internet users can access these sites where people come to communicate online and express their views. Once you step into the world of the social media marketing all of these people become your potential prospects. Your services are merely a single search away.

In fact, according to an article released by Marketing Land, social media marketing can also help you more loyal.

You can read the article here: http://marketingland.com/want-consumers-to-be-more-loyal-brands-have-to-be-more-social-171341

Tips for Cleaning and Repairing Gutters

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The gutter of your home, together with the downspout and the drainage system, is one of the most important areas to maintain. A large percentage of water damage we see on our clients’ homes would not occur with a properly functioning gutter system. Hence, we first must understand how the gutters shed water away from the home and what will happen if we delay gutter cleaning and gutter repairs to preserve the health of your home.

cleaning perthDuring rainy season, a typical residential roof will require to shed hundreds, if not thousands, gallons of water. Especially if you are living in the wet regions of Australia gutters are a mandatory to channel roof runoff safely away from the home.

However failing to clean your gutters will cause your gutter system will cause your gutter system to deteriorate and break rapidly. If your gutter is field with leaves, bricks, woods and other wastes, it will clog the water passage. As the water flows toward the downspout, it will begin to carry leaves and debris with it. Quickly, the downspout will become clogged and the water in the gutter will back up.

In order to prevent this to happen, cleaning is required. Here is an article you can use as your guide for an effective grout cleaning: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/rooms-and-spaces/exterior/tips-for-cleaning-and-repairing-gutters