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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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
How to build an online coaching business: James Schramko - Superfastbusiness.com
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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? ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
How to predict the future - Paul Greenberg - co-founder DealsDirect.com.au, Chairman NORA
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. ...Read more
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? ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Demystify your super
Sue from Money Natters was our guest speaker at Let’s Do Lunch recently and demystified the topic of superannuation. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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? ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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? ...Read more
Beware the plateaus, embrace the hills
I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying “life is a journey”. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Are you a Hobby or a Business?
We got in contact with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to find out about hobbies versus businesses. ...Read more
Employees, employers and the Fair Work Ombudsman
Have you ever wondered what happens if your employee contacts the Fair Work Ombudsman? ...Read more
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? ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
How to create your ideal working day
Are you getting stressed? Or have trouble fitting everything into your day? ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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: ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Welcome to the BizMatters Blog
Hello world and local businesses! ...Read more