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  • 30
    Oct
    141022_iphone

    What the iPhone 6 could mean for your business

    Written by Businesses

    Whether you love them or hate them, Apple's yearly smartphone updates tend to dominate conversations around the future of mobile devices. Apple proudly touted that it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices in its launch weekend. Those are actual tracked sales in the hands of consumers, and while Apple Australia doesn't break out local figures, the lines to buy iPhones or sign up for contract plans were extensive across the nation. Now that the iPhone 6 and the massive iPhone 6 Plus are here, what do you need to prepare or adapt to as a business. …

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  • 20
    Oct
    141020_LoveSuper

    Time to love your super again with Super Guarantee freeze

    Remember Stevie Wonder’s classic song from 1984, “I just called to say I love you”?  Well, while your superannuation fund does not have a phone, it is time to tell it you love it. Why? Due to the deal done between the Palmer United party and the coalition to remove the Carbon Tax, there is now a freeze on the Super Guarantee (SG) contribution rate, which was previously planned to increase under the previous government. With the cost of living and property prices in major capital cities staying high, wages flat lining and inflation rising, you need to understand the implications of compulsory superannuation contributions being frozen …

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  • 17
    Oct
    141014_cloudaccounting

    What cloud accounting offers your business

    Written by Businesses

    Cloud accounting is a hot topic right now, and with good reason. Just as online banking revolutionised the way in which we undertake our banking operations (starting in the mid-90s and becoming accepted as mainstream perhaps 10 years later, despite lots of scaremongering around security) cloud accounting is doing the same. It’s estimated that fewer than 20% of businesses currently use a cloud accounting system, but already studies are showing that those that do are more likely to achieve better results (see the 2013 MYOB Business Monitor for one example of such a study). Here are five reasons why I think cloud accounting can not only he …

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  • 16
    Oct
    141014_newBusiness

    5 quick ways to make a sale

    If business is looking a little slow and you need some quick sales to keep things heading in the right direction, take action. Here are five things you can do to get the sales sheet to a healthy state. 1. Reconnect with your existing customers Pick up the phone and ring your customers to see if there is anything you can help them with. They might need a reorder of products, and you could add a special promotion such as free delivery to encourage sales. Often customers will respond: “I’m so glad you called — I was running out of that!” You end up doing them a favour. …

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  • 15
    Oct
    141014_rewardStaff

    5 budget-friendly ways to reward your staff

    Job satisfaction surveys have consistently concluded that the rate and level of remuneration is only a moderately useful indicator of employee engagement, with other factors frequently playing a greater role in making employees happy. So, the boisterous end of financial year jamboree and outrageous office Christmas celebration may soon become a thing of the past. While parties can doubtlessly be riotous fun, tales of suboptimal outcomes from such lively jaunts are also (unfortunately) enduring. How can small business owners look to reward their staff effectively without generating too significant a hit to the bottom line of the business …

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  • 14
    Oct
    141014_schedule

    What’s your ritual? It could make or break your business

    The smell of freshly ground coffee beans hits you as soon as you enter. Steam hisses and cups clink as baristas in green aprons froth milk and extract that golden brown crema from a perfect shot of espresso. I find a table, tucked away from the main thoroughfare of the coffee shop and sit down. I feel safe and secure in these familiar surrounds. My weekly ritual has begun. For the next hour or so, with pen and paper in hand, I do nothing else but drink my favorite coffee and think about ideas and strategies on how to grow and improve my business. This is my Sunday morning ritual, and I feel lost without it. Daily and weekly rituals, whe …

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