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Buy Local

Multiple reasons to buy locally

Buying goods and services from your local area has many benefits. Every local purchase not only helps support the business you are directly buying from, such purchases also generate other positive impacts which help the broader business community! ...

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Jacklyn James

How one Aussie mum built her online business from her kitchen bench: Jacklyn James - Kiddies Food Cutter

Keeping her kids safe while cooking was the genesis of the Kiddies Food Cutter. It's now a super successful online business. Prototyping, manufacturing, patents, marketing, blogging, distributing - hear from the founder on how she did it all herself and what she'd do differently if she had her time again. ...

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Clay Clarke

How to build a virtual team for virtually nothing: Clay Clarke - Thrive15

Overwhelmed? Got a to-do list as long as your arm? Being an online entrepreneur wasn't meant to be this hard. Clay is the king of getting stuff done and reveals the key skill sets and team members every entrepreneur needs to run an online business. ...

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James Schramko

How to build an online coaching business: James Schramko -

Building a membership site is the holy grail for those seeking passive income. But how do you find new members, keep them engaged and create enough value they stick around for more than a few months? Find out from someone who doesn't just talk about it but does it. ...

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Lindy Chen

How to do business in China - the fast and easy way - Lindy Chen, Founder, China Direct Sourcing

If you've ever considered doing business in China - importing or exporting - Lindy is the woman to know. ...

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Toby Tremayne

How small business can use Virtual Reality to showcase their business: Toby Tremayne – Lithodomos VR

Toby is an expert in virtual and augmented reality, having worked as a tech-guru for PwC and Lithodomos VR, and running his own company Magic Industries. ...

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Jodie Sangster

Big Data for Small Business - How data science helps SMEs make better decisions - Jodie Sangster, CEO of ADMA

Jodie is the CEO of ADMA, the association for data-driven marketing. In this episode, Jodie ...

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Michael Nucifero

How to make easy money by renting out your driveway: Michael Nucifero - Parkhound

When Michael Nuciforo and Rob Crocitti were running late to watch a football match in Melbourne they asked themselves, wouldn't it be great if we could slip $5 under someone's door and park in their driveway? ...

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Tom Crampton

How long will it take before your company is hacked? Tom Crampton - Trusted Impact

It’s not a matter of if your company will be hacked. It’s a matter of when it will be hacked.  That’s the opinion of Tom Crampton, one of Australia’s most respected cyber security experts. Cyber-attacks could bring a business to its knees within seconds and even with the most stringent security plans in place, it could still happen. This podcast with Tom outlines what every business needs to know about cyber-attacks, how to prevent them and what to do if you are attacked. ...

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Morris Miselowski

How to future proof your service business: Morris Miselowski - Futurist

What exactly is the collaborative economy, peer-to-peer funding and a unicorn?  What is the future of the insurance industry, car manufacturers and funeral directors?  In this wide-ranging interview about the future of everything, Morris reveals why standing still in a fast-moving digitally disruptive landscape is simply not an option anymore. ...

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Nathan Chan

How to build a cult following quickly: Nathan Chan

Creating an online magazine that attracts over a million readers is not easy but that's exactly what Nathan Chan did. Not only did he create it from scratch with no budget, he attracted the likes of Richard Branson and Tony Robbins to be on the cover! How did he do it? Why did he do it? And how did he leverage it all to make money? This podcast with Nathan outlines. ...

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Special interview: co-founder

How to predict the future - Paul Greenberg - co-founder, Chairman NORA


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Justine Flynn

How to launch a social enterprise that makes money: Justine Flynn - Thank you Group

If you’d like the inside running on how to build a super-successful social enterprise from scratch, this episode is for you.  ...

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Darren Rowse

How to make money from blogging: Darren Rowse - ProBlogger

Everyone wants a blog but most of us don’t quite know why. In this podcast, one of the world’s most successful bloggers reveals the secrets to building a blog that makes money.  Darren Rowse’s blogs attract over 5 million readers per month and he makes a tidy living from it.  So how did he do it? And more importantly, how can you do it? ...

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Kevin Bloch

How to profit from the Internet of Things: Kevin Bloch - CiSCO

If you’d like a beginners’ guide to the Internet of Things, this episode is for you.   ...

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Sue West Money Natters

Demystify your super

Sue from Money Natters was our guest speaker at Let’s Do Lunch recently and demystified the topic of superannuation.  ...

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What are your favourite business Apps?

STM Accounting Group, a local Croydon business specialising in management, accounting, taxation and financial planning has given us a list of their favourite business aps. ...

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Business man with suitcase

Shrinking your way to success

For those of us who have come from either a larger business of our own or the corporate sector, the move into solo-preneurism will likely bring with it emotions ranging somewhere between exhilaration and dread. ...

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7 Reasons You Should Start a Blog for Your Business and 5 Tips on How to Do It

In an age where you can easily create and share content for free on platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and Medium is having your own blog still a worthwhile endeavour for businesses today? ...

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What is co-working and how can it benefit me?

One of the biggest trends in working arrangements at the moment is co-working. In fact they are popping up all over the globe and many have opened in Melbourne over the last year. ...

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Celebrate good times, come on!

We are so often busy, busy, busy, moving from one project to another. But what would happen if we stopped to celebrate our success and the success of others? ...

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Mountain success

Beware the plateaus, embrace the hills

I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying “life is a journey”. ...

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Martin Bailey

Word of mouth marketing 101 - powerful and trusted

Martin from Word of Mouth Marketing Australia has dropped into BizHub to give us the inside facts about word of mouth marketing. ...

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two people in factory

How to be the best boss ever

Peter Maguire from Ridgeline HR has provided us with some invaluable information on how you can be the best boss ever so that you can assist your employees achieve their best with the end goal of having a successful business. ...

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business meeting

Have a Business Plan

Business planning is the most important task that a business owner can undertake to ensure that a business is viable and has the potential for success. ...

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Ryan O'Shea

Tax before EOFY and beyond

Ryan O'Shea from Tax & Audit Solutions spoke to us during a Let's Do Lunch at BizHub and gave us a few tips about the end of the financial year and suggested some things to do all year round. ...

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Fiona Summons

How marketing a service is a little bit different

Marketing a service is a little bit different from marketing a tangible product and Fiona from Croydon business Alison Lawson Centre Victoria dropped into BizHub to share her experiences. ...

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Danielle Foulis

Performance management

Danielle Foulis from local business Career Management Advisors dropped into BizHub to talk to us about "performance management" - a human resourcing issue that all employers will want to know more about. ...

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Michael Krivosija

Identity theft and securing your information

Identity theft is the act of stealing someone's identity. The thief pretends to be someone else by assuming that person's identity with the goal of gaining access to resources, credit or other benefits in that person's name. ...

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Woman with sewing machine

Are you a Hobby or a Business?

We got in contact with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to find out about hobbies versus businesses. ...

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Employees, employers and the Fair Work Ombudsman

Have you ever wondered what happens if your employee contacts the Fair Work Ombudsman? ...

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Man with suitcase leaving home

When is the right time to leave home?

We contacted the Small Business Mentoring Service to ask for advice for home-based businesses - when should they consider moving out of home? ...

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Stevie's Scam School

Be scam smart

Consumer Affairs Victoria visited us for Let's Do Lunch and educated us about some of scams that businesses should be informed of to protect themselves against. ...

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Business person

9 top tips to help you look big!

Follow our nine tips inspired by big business to help your business appear bigger than you really are. ...

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Trish Curtis

Chase your money - some tips on how to get your customers to pay!

When doing business you assume your customers will pay their invoices. But on occasion, some customers don't. Trish Curtis from Patricia Curtis Consulting is a freelance administration and accounts specialist and is sharing some of her gems of wisdom about getting customers to pay their invoices! ...

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Tim Button

Understanding your target market

Creative local business owner Tim Button (Buttons Creative) dropped by BizHub to share an important message that he tells all his clients - understand your target market. ...

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Corin Jacka

Do you have a financial plan?

Local business owner Corin Jacka (Corin Jacka Financial Solutions) dropped by recently and we had an insightful chat about what a financial planner does and why we should consider having a financial plan. ...

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Cassie Lee

How to create your ideal working day

Are you getting stressed? Or have trouble fitting everything into your day? ...

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Two people at a cafe

6 Tips to balance work and life when working at home

One positive aspect about working from home is that you can set your own hours, but on the downside it can also impact heavily on your personal home life. If you are running a business from home or just taking some work home with you, then here are a few tips to help you regain some balance. ...

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Top ten tips for family businesses

Here are some great tips for those in family owned and operated businesses from the Australian Small Business Commissioner: ...

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Question marks

Your best Business Adviser could be right under your nose

Gordon Wearing-Smith from local business  Really Clever Marketing gives us some marketing advice and writes about Market Research Made Simple - understanding your customers. ...

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Tradies going into business

Going into business after you have finished your apprenticeship is an exciting dream. Most of us like to be our own boss!! It sounds great - liberating - fun even. And having your own business is exciting.  ...

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Welcome to the BizMatters Blog

Hello world and local businesses! ...

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