Just the other day, I was thinking about the best ways to communicate with a large bureaucracy such as the Australian Tax Office (ATO) when my phone started vibrating. I reached into my pocket and was surprised to see it was the ATO texting.
This year, my relationship with the ATO went deeper. The text arrived conveniently during my lunch hour. It was a nice, helpful text message telling me that new pre-fill information was available for my e-tax. To end our texting relationship, I simply needed to reply STOP. To report SMS scams I should contact 13 28 61.
In the days gone by, employers saw flexible working arrangement as a cost to the business.But today, clever businesses are reinventing the way they work by adopting teleworking, or working remotely. This, in turn, increases staff commitment and productivity and delivers fantastic business outcomes.
I am fortunate to have worked alongside some of Australia’s most successful flexible working companies. Throughout, I’ve noticed that many small businesses are also successfully using technologies to build a happier team. Are you curious about how remote work could contribute to achieving a successful business? I spoke to three successful small businesses that are thriving because of their remote, distributed work style.
The great thing about the Internet is that it allows your microbusiness to compete with any other enterprise, irrespective of scale. You can benefit greatly from being significantly more nimble than a larger business when you've only got your own backside to kick in order to get a project started.
While that small scale can be a business benefit, there can be drawbacks when it comes to presenting yourself as a credible business if you're a one-person operation. That's where technology can blur the lines, giving you the capabilities or appearance of a big business without all the overheads. While it's not a good idea to dive in well over your own capabilities, presenting yourself as minuscule isn't great either. Here's some pointers to get you started.
There are lots of words that could describe running a hospitality business: fun, exciting and profitable come to mind. But, like cooking a meal, the success starts with the preparation and finishes with the service. What happens in between can often come as a surprise. Here we look at six things that will never happen when you run a hospitality business.
Host Jim Stewart (left) with MYOB Platform Strategy Manager Rob Cameron
When 'The Savvy Accountant' host Jim Stewart asks where the push came from to develop an online client portal for MYOB practice software, Rob Cameron doesn't hesitate: “The changes that are going on in society and business at a broader level are incredible at the moment," Rob says, "From Silicon Valley all across the world.
"But also it’s coming from clients," he continues. "Clients are coming to us saying, “Listen, this is what we want”. It’s basically a convergence of these two things.”
Email has been getting a bum rap the last 10 years. Ever since MySpace’s heyday, when Facebook was just starting to gain traction in colleges, there have been rumblings that email’s time had come, that social media was going to replace it.
As a matter of fact, not long ago there were some serious moves by a few organisations to do away with email altogether and embrace social media, specifically Facebook, as the communication medium of choice. We complained that we were getting too much email — we couldn’t keep up, and most of it was spam. Many organisations started sending out fewer emails or abandoned it altogether in favour of g …
By Jenny Nedanovski
As the year winds down to a close, and with the silly season approaching, now’s probably the best time to sort your business out. Imagine going off on a holiday knowing you’ve left your business in great shape for next year, giving you more time to focus on growing your business or more time with family and friends. It could also mean less stress because you know what position your business is in, how profitable it is and who owes you what.
I was doing some research for a talk recently, and as part of that research, I updated one of my slides — the slide where I talk about some Nielsen stats on the forms of advertising that people trust. The old figures I had were based on numbers from 2007, and, despite the fact that I knew the numbers hadn't radically changed, I felt I should update the slide given the time that had passed.
Fortunately Nielsen are quite generous with their reports, and I found the 2013 numbers easily enough. That was the point when I realised that there had been a seismic shift in some of the figures I was looking at.
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Fans of “The Hunger Games” series are eagerly anticipating the release of the third movie, where anti-hero and uncannily accurate archer Katniss Everdeen ramp up the awesome yet another notch. Today, I want you to look beyond the stunning costumes, elaborate sets and the nightmarish thrill-kill plot to find lessons on team building you can bring to your workplace — just leave the bow and arrows at home.
Some business owners have the gift of the gab, while others seem to have the gift of the gaffe. Media training can help you ride through any difficult press encountered, as with a lot of preparation and practice.
Many corporations put senior staff and spokespeople through media training so they can address curly questions (sometimes by not answering them at all!) and stay on message about the organisation. The problem is much of this training is defensive, as it is designed to help the interviewee limit potential brand damage. In some cases, it strips spokespeople of their personality and makes them sound like a robot. This is not a very e …