Happy 2017 – Start off with clear business goals

Happy 2017 – Start off with clear business goals

Building a Smart Business, business, entrepreneurship
In business and in life it's important to have goals, intentions and targets. Without clear goals you will end up bobbing in the sea of life without reaching that sense of achievement or accomplishment. While this may not be true for everybody,  I feel very strongly about the benefit of goals. I see it with my son. Summer holidays are over and he's back at school for grade 11. Immediately they give targets and assignments to work towards and for the first time I can actually see him being excited about planning for the weeks ahead. He has the feeling he's in control and can influence the results of his school year and that makes him happy. Setting Business Goals is vital I learned this the hard way in 2016... Prior…
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Too Busy is slowing you down and can hurt your business

Too Busy is slowing you down and can hurt your business

Building a Smart Business, business, entrepreneurship
It' 2am on a Wednesday morning and I'm too busy to sleep so I'm sitting at my computer listening to the voices in my head telling me that this is normal, this is what you need to do to be successful in business, even when so tired and already on my third coffee. I need to keep going and stay busy because time is money and you need the money to pay the bills. I wish I could tell you that this doesn't happen often - but I can't... Until recently... In the past 3 months I have learned the hard way that being busy can seriously hurt your business, and if I had a chance to do it over again I would make different choices... Why am I telling you this? I feel it…
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Inspiring Rare Birds Guest Blog: How do you do it all?

entrepreneurship
For all guest blogs on Inspiring Rare Birds go here. #ifshecanican Yesterday I was stopped in the elevator on my way down from the Brisbane Book launch by a lady who asked me "Do you have a child, and if so... how do you do it all?" Wow - can you believe that this is something I never really thought about? To answer her questions: 1) Yes - I have a 14 year old son Frank whom I adore. I just love watching him grow up and being a part of his life every step along the way. Being an entrepreneur supports me in being a mum. I can go to school recitals, performances etc. as I simply plan around them when I can. (doesn't always work out that way…
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Retail shop owners look around you… learn from the IT industry or become extinct

business, entrepreneurship
 There have been three separate events this week that  triggered this article: An interview with Gerry Harvey in The Age explaining why online retail can't be successful (in his mind) A message in the facebook group "Back2ITSM" from Charles Betz asking about the connection between IT and the business My shopping experience today at a sports store in Brisbane city What do these three events have in common? Off-line retail is in a lot of trouble at the moment and it is quite obvious when you look around you. Shops are almost empty and when they do attract clients, they do it through groupon deals or other in-store sales offers. This can't last very long and I worry for many store owners. With their high expenses in store rental and…
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My top 4 mistakes of Self Publishing

business, entrepreneurship
The top 4 mistakes of self publishing In the past 14 years I’ve personally been involved with the publishing of hundreds of books and publications. Some of these books I wrote and others were a team effort. Looking back I can see now that I’ve made the mistakes many self publishing authors have made - and will continue to make -: Not recognising the work involved As a consultant and trainer I write for a living. I write course materials, textbooks, exercises, white-papers, proposals etc. Turning this information in a book should be easy right? Oh, how wrong I was! Writing a book may not be difficult, but to turn this into a published book that looks professional and  that people actually want to purchase is a complete different experience.…
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