When you are trying to run a small team in today’s workplace, a whiteboard and diary just won’t cut it anymore. There are a swathe of tools available to you online — but which to choose? We’ve put six cloud leaders to the test: Trello, Asana, Solve360, Insightly, Scribblar and Podio.
“Ideas are the beginnings of all fortunes,” affirmed success guru Napoleon Hill, and how true this statement has proven to be. Every successful small business must have a coherent menu of underlying ‘big ideas’, which drive the venture forward. With that in mind, below are five big ideas which made a difference to my business. They might work for your small business too.
There’s no excuse now for any business to have an amateurish logo, website or content. Access to experienced freelancers online means polished marketing materials, clever copywriting and proficient programming skills is just an email away. But how do you find the right freelancer for you?
Around 9% of Australia’s labour market is freelance, which means you can tap into a highly skilled workforce to get custom design, coding and writing done at a fraction of the cost of hiring an in-house expert. There are hundreds of online freelance marketplaces, giving access to millions of freelancers all over the world.
Finding the right freelancer for your needs can be quite a challenge. The old motto, “Fast, Good, Cheap: Pick any two”, is a good reminder when you’re looking for freelance talent. Top talent is expensive but generally will deliver a higher quality job and deliver fast — if you can afford it.
Time is money, and small business owners understand this better than anyone else. They are used to working on a tight budget, and do as much work themselves to reduce costs. This is why it’s important to prioritise tasks which give the most value, delegate when possible, use technology, plan your time better or outsource as much as possible.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …