Small Business First RSS Feed http://smallbusinessfirst.com.au smallbusinessfirst.com.au Small Business First News en Small Businesses - Power in NumbersMon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/small-businesses-power-in-numbers/Learning Hub

Welcome to Australia's first people power platform for small businesses. In numbers we can have a voice and have the same purchasing power as big business.

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8 smart ways to promote your siteTue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/8-smart-ways-to-promote-your-site/Learning Hub

How to get your site in front of people, without spending a fortune.

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A healthy workforce can save your business moneyTue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/a-healthy-workforce-can-save-your-business-money/Learning Hub

Research reveals the price small businesses are paying as a result of having an unhealthy, stressed workforce. Results reveal small businesses that have unhealthy staff are two and a half times more likely to experience high rates of absenteeism, compared to workplaces that have healthy staff.

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Keeping business travel costs on the groundMon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/keeping-business-travel-costs-on-the-ground/Learning Hub

Travelling doesn't need to be a large expense for your business. Here are some tips for keeping costs down.

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7 things to do in your lunch break to help your businessTue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-things-to-do-in-your-lunch-break-to-help-your-business/Learning Hub

Any spare time during the day could be used for something productive. Here are a few things you can do while having lunch, which might just lead to something big...

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4 ways to take advantage of technological changeMon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/4-ways-to-take-advantage-of-technological-change/Learning Hub

Technology is driving incredible change for our businesses, and it can be hard to keep up with the change. Here are 4 ways to make sure it's helping, not hindering your business.

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5 apps to help your business run smootherMon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/5-apps-to-help-your-business-run-smoother/Learning Hub

There are plenty of apps out there which can make business life so much easier. Here are 5 of our favourites.

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8 ways to nail email marketingMon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/8-ways-to-nail-email-marketing/Learning Hub

Email marketing may have been around for along time, but get it right and it can deliver powerful results for your business. Here's how.

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DIY strategies for SEO that anyone can handleMon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/diy-strategies-for-seo-that-anyone-can-handle/Learning Hub

SEO is a mystery to many, but doing it yourself doesn't have to be out of reach. There are some great ways to start your site off in the right direction (up!)

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Great deals on small business energy plansFri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/great-deals-on-small-business-energy-plans/Current Offers

Sign up for small business electricity and gas accounts with EnergyAustralia to access great deals and discounts now.

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Petition: Better payment terms for small businessesFri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/petition-better-payment-terms-for-small-businesses/Your Say

We want to petition Australia's biggest companies to commit to fair payment: a maximum of 30 days to settle their bills. Show your support for SMBs, the engine room of Australia's growth.

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How to find the right business partnerWed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-find-the-right-business-partner/Learning Hub

Making sure you and your potential business partner are the right fit is critical to the success of your business. Here are some considerations for getting it right.

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Calling for a Prompt Payment Protocol: COSBOAMon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/calling-for-a-prompt-payment-protocol-cosboa/Learning Hub

There is a call for a code of conduct to be implemented for big businesses to fix the late payment problem hurting so many small businesses, led by COSBOA CEO Peter Strong.

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Oz businesses - slowest payers In the worldMon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/oz-businesses-slowest-payers-in-the-world/Your Say

Australian companies are the slowest in the world at paying invoices - the average amount of time it takes for an invoice to be paid in Australia is 26.4 days overdue.

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Tell us your thoughts: Late Paying CustomersMon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/tell-us-your-thoughts-late-paying-customers/Your Say

Do you have something you'd love to get off your chest about late paying customers? Share your thoughts, advice & stories about late paying customers to support our campaign.

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7 of the best ways to save energy in your businessMon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-of-the-best-ways-to-save-energy-in-your-business/Learning Hub

It can be very easy for your business to save money on energy bills, with a few clever changes to how you and your staff work. Here are some of the best.

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Business saves over $600 on electricity billWed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/business-saves-over-600-on-electricity-bill/Learning Hub

Testimonial: Anthony Middlemiss from Feel Amazing talks about he saved hundreds of dollars on his electricity bill through the EnergyAustralia offer on Small Business First.

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Canstar survey rates top small business electricity providersThu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/canstar-survey-rates-top-small-business-electricity-providers/Learning Hub

Canstar surveyed over 500 small business owners and key decision-makers across Australia to find out which electricity provider is leading the pack on customer satisfaction.

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How to switch your energy provider: A step-by-step guideWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-switch-your-energy-provider-a-step-by-step-guide/Learning Hub

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to switch your energy provider, and if you’ve only got one minute, there's also a quick 5-point summary to keep in mind.

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About Small Business FirstFri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/about-small-business-first/Learning Hub

Small Business First is an online community fighting to get small businesses taken care of, the way big businesses are.

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Exclusive loan offer for Small Business First members from MoulaTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/exclusive-loan-offer-for-small-business-first-members-from-moula/Current Offers

A special Small Business First member offer: Get approved for a small business loan up to $250,000 and enjoy a pre-paid gift card valued at up to $500!*

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9 must-know energy saving tips for cafe ownersMon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/9-must-know-energy-saving-tips-for-cafe-owners/Learning Hub

Trying to fit in an energy-saving strategy into your super busy schedule as a cafe owner? Here are 9 simple and cost effective ways to target all those energy hogs in your kitchen and around the main cafe area.

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Is your business using too much electricity?Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/is-your-business-using-too-much-electricity/Learning Hub

Bring your electricity costs down by reading these simple and quick tips on how to make sense of your energy bill.

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Small Business First in the newsFri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/small-business-first-in-the-news/Learning Hub

Since our launch in July 2016, Small Business First has been making waves across major national as well as regional news publications including The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail, Herald Sun, 2UE and Newcastle Herald.

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Commercial asset finance from 4.5% p.a. to 6.9% p.a.*Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/commercial-asset-finance-from-45-pa-to-69-pastar/Current Offers

The commercial finance brokers at CarLoans could help find you a great finance deal on assets that help your small business grow.

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5 quick tips to improve your blog’s search rankingsTue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/5-quick-tips-to-improve-your-blog-s-search-rankings/Learning Hub

There was a time when improving your page ranking in a search engine like Google was a simple matter of throwing in some extra keywords. Not so anymore. Here are quick and effective tips on how to improve your blog's search rankings.

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Complete a Health Cover Check to find cover that best suits your needsThu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/complete-a-health-cover-check-to-find-cover-that-best-suits-your-needs/Current Offers

Pick a time that works best for you and a health cover consultant from Australian Unity will call you to help you find cover that best suits your needs and priorities

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SBF members get 15% off their next business venture with VeromoWed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/sbf-members-get-15-off-their-next-business-venture-with-veromo/Current Offers

Become a Small Business First member to find out how to sign up for Veromo and kickstart your business!

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12 Common social media mistakes you need to avoidWed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/12-common-social-media-mistakes-you-need-to-avoid/Learning Hub

You already know that as a small business, you need to leverage the power of social media. To make sure your efforts are in the right direction, here’s a quick list of common mistakes and solutions on how to avoid them.

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As seen on Sunrise: Sign the prompt payment petitionWed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/as-seen-on-sunrise-sign-the-prompt-payment-petition/Your Say

To start a movement for implementing fair payment standards, a petition is being prepared by Small Business First, which will ask the government to set a Prompt Payment Code.

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The smarter way to insure your lifeThu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/the-smarter-way-to-insure-your-life/Current Offers

We’ve teamed up with NobleOak Life insurance! SBF members save an average of 20%* on Life insurance and receive the first month FREE** if you apply before 31 August 2017. See Noble Oak's Privacy Policy here: bit.ly/Noble-Oak-Privacy-Policy

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Three essential tips to step up your payment systemFri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/three-essential-tips-to-step-up-your-payment-system/Learning Hub

Australia is one of the world’s leading markets for tap-and-go payments, with over 82% of the consumers now paying for stuff without cash. That's why, it’s more important than ever that you’re prepared to accept all forms of payment that may come across your counter.

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Small Business First members get a 7.5% discount on health insurance*Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/small-business-first-members-get-a-75-discount-on-health-insurancestar/Current Offers

Australian Unity understand everyone’s health insurance needs are different. That’s why they offer a large range of hospital and extras covers that you can mix-and-match to meet your needs.

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Do I really need Life insurance?Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/do-i-really-need-life-insurance/Learning Hub

What exactly does Life insurance deliver? There are five main types to cover a range of scenarios, and it's important to look into because Life insurance can provide a source of income for your dependants in case something happens to you.

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Top tricks to repurpose old content to drive fresh trafficTue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/top-tricks-to-repurpose-old-content-to-drive-fresh-traffic/Learning Hub

You don't have the time to write fresh content for your readers every day. But you can repurpose the content you already have and reach new audiences to by using new delivery formats such as infographics, slideshares or videos. Try it out.

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Top 10 ways to grow your Instagram followingThu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/top-10-ways-to-grow-your-instagram-following/Learning Hub

If you're wondering why Instagram has been dubbed the “king of social engagement” check this out - top brands are seeing a per-follower interaction rate 10 times higher than Facebook, and 100 times higher than Twitter.

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Are you guilty of these 5 common SEO mistakes?Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/are-you-guilty-of-these-5-common-seo-mistakes/Learning Hub

From poor title tags and descriptions to over-optimised keywords - here are some basic SEO mistakes that even professionals make. The good news is they are simple to fix so let’s get started!

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5 simple steps to draft the perfect invoiceWed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/5-simple-steps-to-draft-the-perfect-invoice/Learning Hub

When your business runs on getting paid by your clients in a timely fashion, cash flow is critical. To make chasing payments easier, we’ve put together five simple steps for creating the perfect invoice.

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8 places to look when you run out of content ideasThu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/8-places-to-look-when-you-run-out-of-content-ideas/Learning Hub

For some business owners the task of content creation seems like a daunting prospect. Luckily, there are lots of free tools and tips that make your job easier!

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Your 4 step guide to getting paid on timeFri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/your-4-step-guide-to-getting-paid-on-time/Learning Hub

Making sure you get paid for outstanding invoices isn’t easy, but there are things you can do to make the process faster. Follow these simple steps to collect payments quickly.

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The ultimate list of things to avoid on social mediaWed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/the-ultimate-list-of-things-to-avoid-on-social-media/Learning Hub

Building a loyal social media following is something that takes time, patience and a fair bit of trial and error. But there are rules that cannot be broken. So follow this ultimate list of things to avoid doing on social media.

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How to register for an Australian Business Number (ABN)Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-register-for-an-australian-business-number-abn/Learning Hub

Wondering if you need an ABN for your new business? Read this comprehensive guide on who needs an ABN and how to register for one.

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What you need to know about registering a business nameMon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/what-you-need-to-know-about-registering-a-business-name/Learning Hub

Starting up a new business? Here's all you need to know about registering your most valuable asset - the business name!

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It's all in your name: Business naming made easyThu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/its-all-in-your-name-business-naming-made-easy/Learning Hub

Changing business names and branding is hard work (especially if you've already launched it!) and it’s expensive, so try to follow these easy rules before you pick your business name.

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First 7 steps to turn your hobby into a businessWed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/first-7-steps-to-turn-your-hobby-into-a-business/Learning Hub

So you’ve ditched the job, taken the plunge and are now your own boss. Congrats! But have you set up all the things that need setting up?

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14 ideas for improving your e-commerce conversionFri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/14-ideas-for-improving-your-e-commerce-conversion/Learning Hub

Have a great product that you’re selling online, but not getting the conversion rates you’d hoped for? Here are 14 ideas that can improve your e-commerce conversion rates.

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How to plan the best landing page copy everWed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-plan-the-best-landing-page-copy-ever/Learning Hub

Most business owners, and even marketers, are not born natural copywriters, so it is common to make several basic copywriting mistakes without even being aware of it.

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Why small businesses should think like startupsTue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/why-small-businesses-should-think-like-startups/Learning Hub

Small businesses should consider thinking like a startup to help achieve better results, especially when it comes to adopting the concept and execution of a minimum viable product.

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Your template and guide for creating a business planThu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/your-template-and-guide-for-creating-a-business-plan/Learning Hub

A business plan provides direction, keeps you on track and is usually a requirement when you seek finance. Download this handy ready-to-use template.

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A quick intro to running a home-based businessMon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/a-quick-intro-to-running-a-home-based-business/Learning Hub

If you're thinking of starting a home-based business or are currently running one, you can maximise your chance of success by ensuring you understand the risks and obligations involved.

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7 reasons why Twitter isn't working for youThu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-reasons-why-twitter-isnt-working-for-you/Learning Hub

Most businesses that fail on Twitter do so because they don’t understand the platform. Here are seven of the most common Twitter mistakes that businesses make.

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Do you need a business bank accountTue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/do-you-need-a-business-bank-account/Learning Hub

So you're starting a new business but you're not sure if you need to open a business bank account. Read on as we answer frequently asked questions on the subject.

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Download your marketing plan template and guideThu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/download-your-marketing-plan-template-and-guide/Learning Hub

A good marketing plan can help you reach your target audience, boost your customer base, and ultimately, increase your bottom line. Here's a detailed guide that can help you out.

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7 simple tips to attract and retain email subscribersMon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-simple-tips-to-attract-and-retain-email-subscribers/Learning Hub

Email newsletters remain one of the most effective and cheapest forms of advertising for both B2B and B2C businesses. But are you losing all your subscribers?

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Employee superannuation: What you need to doWed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/employee-superannuation-what-you-need-to-do/Learning Hub

All employees are covered by the superannuation guarantee legislation, whether they are full-time, part-time, or casual workers. Here's a quick look at your obligations as an employer.

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7 ideas to keep your website looking professionalFri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-ideas-to-keep-your-website-looking-professional/Learning Hub

With a rise in online DIY website tools, making a website yourself has never been easier. Here are seven ideas to help keep your website looking professional.

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Small businesses need a break: Competition winnerThu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/small-businesses-need-a-break-competition-winner/Current Offers

To recognise all the hardworking small businesses in Australia, we held a competition where you could nominate your favourite small business for a luxurious holiday to Tasmania. Time to announce the winner.

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Member offer: Join SMSF Association for $89 instead of $99 p.a.Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/member-offer-join-smsf-association-for-89-instead-of-99-pa/Current Offers

Tips, tools and guides on managing your SMSF

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Exclusive SMSF guides, insights and webinars for membersMon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/exclusive-smsf-guides-insights-and-webinars-for-members/Current Offers

Free resources for Small Business First members

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High quality websites from $59 p.m. * exclusive rates for membersTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/high-quality-websites-from-59-pm-star-exclusive-rates-for-members/Current Offers

Need a website to showcase your business online? Choose from a number of web design packages to suit all your business needs. From basic to custom packages and online shops, we've got a range of options at discounted prices to make you successful online.

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Enjoy $1,000 off RRP* for any new vehicle PLUS a $500 pre-paid eftpos card^Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/enjoy-1-000-off-rrpstar-for-any-new-vehicle-plus-a-500-pre-paid-eftpos-card/Current Offers

Put our Car Buying team to work on your next businesses car, you’ll be amazed at what you could save.

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Finance your business vehicle from 4.5% p.a.* & get a pre-paid eftpos card worth $250-$750^*Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/finance-your-business-vehicle-from-45-pastar-get-a-pre-paid-eftpos-card-worth-250-750-star/Current Offers

Put a CarLoans Small business consultant on your team and you could save thousands on your next business vehicle.

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UBER for Business: Get $20 off the first ride for you and your staff*Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/uber-for-business-get-20-off-the-first-ride-for-you-and-your-staffstar/Current Offers

Get $20 off the first ride for you and your staff from UBER - A great offer for Small Business First members.

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What you need to know about online businessesMon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/what-you-need-to-know-about-online-businesses/Learning Hub

If you have a unique product or idea, you can find a way to sell or trade it online. Here's a quick guide on what you need to know about starting an online business.

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Top tips for your company's Snapchat strategyTue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/top-tips-for-your-companys-snapchat-strategy/Learning Hub

What should you do when a Snapchat follower sends your business a private message? Find the answer to this and more with these 5 easy tips to plan a strategy for your company account.

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Business cards, flyers, stickers, postcards - get 15% off on your MOO order*Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/business-cards-flyers-stickers-postcards-get-15-off-on-your-moo-orderstar/Current Offers

Looking to update your office stationery and promotional material? Don't miss this great offer from MOO - 15% off business cards, flyers, stickers and more...

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5 budget-friendly marketing tips for the holiday seasonThu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/5-budget-friendly-marketing-tips-for-the-holiday-season/Learning Hub

Just because you don't have a massive budget doesn't mean you can't have a great marketing strategy for the holiday season. Here are 5 expert marketing tips that won’t break the bank.

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The top 5 business apps that you MUST haveFri, 16 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/the-top-5-business-apps-that-you-must-have/Learning Hub

There’s an app for everything! But which ones must you have – here’s the top five handpicked business apps that will change your life.

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The truth about making web images SEO friendlyThu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/the-truth-about-making-web-images-seo-friendly/Learning Hub

While image optimisation isn’t high priority for brochure style websites, it can be extremely important for e-commerce retailers.

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How to protect your business's financesWed, 21 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-protect-your-businesss-finances/Learning Hub

Your income is important to you, so naturally you want to protect it. Having a risk management strategy to help protect your finances can help. Here are some of the protection strategies to consider.

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Expert advice and discounts on your brand new business vehicleMon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/expert-advice-and-discounts-on-your-brand-new-business-vehicle/Learning Hub

Buying a brand new car isn't all that easy. So to understand your options better, you can request a call from a Car Buying consultant today.

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7 quick tips to improve your SEO rankings nowTue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-quick-tips-to-improve-your-seo-rankings-now/Learning Hub

If you're looking for quick wins to improve your website's SEO rankings, you've reached the right place. Here are seven easy tips that can help boost your SEO rankings.

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Boost your business by planning the full year aheadThu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/boost-your-business-by-planning-the-full-year-ahead/Learning Hub

Business owners can pat themselves on the back for getting through a tough year. But it’s worth taking a little time to start thinking about next year and set some goals in advance.

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What you should know about employee pay and work conditionsMon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/what-you-should-know-about-employee-pay-and-work-conditions/Learning Hub

It's no surprise that wages and employment conditions are often one of the first things a potential employee will consider about a job. That's why you need to understand your obligations as an employer to uphold the entitlements of your staff.

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How much does it cost to start up a businessTue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-much-does-it-cost-to-start-up-a-business/Learning Hub

Your start-up costing sheet can be prepared well before you start your business and can give you a more realistic idea of what it will cost. Start planning with this easy costing template.

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What is workplace health and safetyWed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/what-is-workplace-health-and-safety/Learning Hub

As a business owner you have legal responsibilities to implement health and safety practices in your workplace as soon as you start your business. Here's what you need to know.

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You can't afford to ignore these 4 key areas of HRThu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/you-cant-afford-to-ignore-these-4-key-areas-of-hr/Learning Hub

As a small business owner, it’s time to step up and fully understand what you need to do to improve in your HR process before things go wrong.

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Top 10 ways dashboards can help you reach your business goalsFri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/top-10-ways-dashboards-can-help-you-reach-your-business-goals/Learning Hub

Integrating data from multiple sources, using a dashboard gives you an understanding of the big picture as well as the power to drill down and examine the data in more detail.

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3 types of business insurance you should know aboutMon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/3-types-of-business-insurance-you-should-know-about/Learning Hub

Your insurance requirements will vary according to the type of business you are operating, your business structure and size, and the industry you are in.

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How to find great rates on business vehicles and assetsTue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-find-great-rates-on-business-vehicles-and-assets/Learning Hub

If you're a small business owner, it's important to find the best deal possible when you're looking to finance a business vehicle.

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Things to remember while choosing the perfect business locationWed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/things-to-remember-while-choosing-the-perfect-business-location/Learning Hub

A good location can give a massive boost to your business. Read these tips to make sure you pick a spot that suits your specific business needs and priorities.

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How to use the power of online reviews and increase salesThu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-use-the-power-of-online-reviews-and-increase-sales/Learning Hub

Did you know that 88 per cent of customers read online reviews before making purchasing decisions?

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4 things you should automate to boost business profitFri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/4-things-you-should-automate-to-boost-business-profit/Learning Hub

When people look back at the current decade, what do you think, will they single out as the most significant technological breakthrough?

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The most common types of business structures in AustraliaMon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/the-most-common-types-of-business-structures-in-australia/Learning Hub

Thinking of starting a business? First look at the advantages and disadvantages of each different business structure and work out which structure best suits your needs.

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Understanding and registering for business taxesTue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/understanding-and-registering-for-business-taxes/Learning Hub

There are a number of taxes that you may be required to register for. Understand the different types of taxations that may apply to your business, and how to register.

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How silent playback can increase Facebook video engagementWed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-silent-playback-can-increase-facebook-video-engagement/Learning Hub

Facebook hosts over eight billion video views a day, but much of that is happening in silence, thanks to autoplay.

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7 expert tips to make sure your website stays in businessThu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-expert-tips-to-make-sure-your-website-stays-in-business/Learning Hub

These days it’s easier than ever to create awesome websites. Here are seven ideas to help keep your website looking professional.

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A quick and handy business guide on paying your taxes onlineFri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/a-quick-and-handy-business-guide-on-paying-your-taxes-online/Learning Hub

Paying your tax online is a fast, convenient and secure way to do business. Read this handy guide to know how.

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How e-invoicing can help your business get paid fasterMon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-e-invoicing-can-help-your-business-get-paid-faster/Learning Hub

E-invoicing is the simplest way to send your customers or clients a digital invoice. It's easy, will save you time and help your business get paid faster.

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How to set up a basic bookkeeping system to get you startedTue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-set-up-a-basic-bookkeeping-system-to-get-you-started/Learning Hub

A strong bookkeeping system can help you keep accurate records for a range of purposes. But what's the best way to get started?

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Top tips to design a process for an efficient invoicing systemWed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/top-tips-to-design-a-process-for-an-efficient-invoicing-system/Learning Hub

Without a process, you might find your invoicing system becoming inefficient and complicated. Check out these tips to help you get started.

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7 things to do to ensure a successful retail video strategyThu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-things-to-do-to-ensure-a-successful-retail-video-strategy/Learning Hub

The right video content can increase site dwell rates by 88 percent and conversion rates by 80 percent. But are you using the 'right' video content?

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Where to find expert financial help for your businessFri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/where-to-find-expert-financial-help-for-your-business/Learning Hub

Whether it's getting your financial statements in order or seeking financial advice to get your business on the right track, there are a number of places to seek expert support. You just need to know where to look.

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Analyse your business finances: Financial ratiosMon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/analyse-your-business-finances-financial-ratios/Learning Hub

Once your finances are in order, your business can be analysed using a number of key financial ratios and calculations. Here are some of the key ratios and calculations to help you monitor the different areas of your business.

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Sources of finance: Debt vs. Equity financeTue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/sources-of-finance-debt-vs-equity-finance/Learning Hub

Before you decide on a finance option and visit a lender or investor, it's a good idea to see what's available. Check out the two of the main types of finance available.

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7 tips for making a good first impressionWed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-tips-for-making-a-good-first-impression/Learning Hub

You never get a second chance to make a first good impression. Here's some help to make your first meeting count.

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Why you could franchise your own businessThu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/why-you-could-franchise-your-own-business/Learning Hub

If you're thinking of franchising, a franchise opportunity can offer some businesses the chance to optimise their returns, but not many people are aware of what franchising involves.

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7 free Google tools that can boost your digital marketing strategyFri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-free-google-tools-that-can-boost-your-digital-marketing-strategy/Learning Hub

Learn about some of Google’s most useful tools and how they can add value to your business. Best part? They're all free!

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What's your top marketing tip? Your chance to win a $100 voucher from MOOWed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/whats-your-top-marketing-tip-your-chance-to-win-a-100-voucher-from-moo/

We've partnered with MOO to offer our members a chance to win gift vouchers worth $100 plus free shipping on their orders by answering one simple question.

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Advantages and disadvantages of online paymentsMon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-online-payments/Learning Hub

From low labour costs to fast transaction speed, online payments have several advantages for small businesses. But are there any drawbacks that you should be aware of?

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Things you need to know about having an EFTPOS payment system for your businessWed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/things-you-need-to-know-about-having-an-eftpos-payment-system-for-your-business/Learning Hub

Want to offer EFTPOS payments to your customers? First check out these steps on the best way to set it up and some quick tips to make sure EFTPOS payments don’t make a loss!

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Should you consider gift cards and vouchers for your business?Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/should-you-consider-gift-cards-and-vouchers-for-your-business/Learning Hub

Gift cards and vouchers sound like a great idea. But do they make sense for your business?

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Understanding recruitment: how to hire staff for your businessThu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/understanding-recruitment-how-to-hire-staff-for-your-business/Learning Hub

Recruiting people is an important step towards starting or growing your business. That's why, when you decide to employ someone, you need to know exactly what you want the employee to do and what skills you require from them.

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How outsourcing can grow your businessFri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-outsourcing-can-grow-your-business/Learning Hub

Outsourcing is an excellent way for a business to expand and save money at the same time. But it’s not much use if you don’t go about it in the right way.

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How to manage flexible working arrangements and employee rightsMon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-manage-flexible-working-arrangements-and-employee-rights/Learning Hub

With the right approach, flexible working arrangements can help your employees achieve a work-life balance and benefit your business. But only if you know how to manage this well.

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5 easy tips on how to make the most of seasonal marketingTue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/5-easy-tips-on-how-to-make-the-most-of-seasonal-marketing/Learning Hub

Here are 5 quick tips to help you get your marketing strategy up to speed on how to capitalise on seasonal activities, festivities and holiday shopping patterns.

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Top 10 marketing tips for small businesses from small businessesWed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/top-10-marketing-tips-for-small-businesses-from-small-businesses/Learning Hub

We reached out to our members and asked small business owners, employees and entrepreneurs to send us their favourite marketing tips based on their personal experiences. Here's what they had to say...

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Small businesses fail because they don’t actually know who their customer isThu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/small-businesses-fail-because-they-don-t-actually-know-who-their-customer-is/Learning Hub

Many businesses get to the brink of failure because in all their planning, processes and products, they fail to figure out the most important thing: who it is they’re selling to.

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How to manage business loan refusalMon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-manage-business-loan-refusal/Learning Hub

While a loan refusal can be disappointing, it's often a great opportunity to investigate your business finances and make any necessary improvements.

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Top tips on taking cash payments: Pros, cons and processingTue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/top-tips-on-taking-cash-payments-pros-cons-and-processing/Learning Hub

Here's a quick look at cash payments, the advantages, disadvantages and other tips that'll help make your business payments more efficient.

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Tips to start a cafe or restaurant businessWed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/tips-to-start-a-cafe-or-restaurant-business/Learning Hub

If you're planning to start your own cafe or restaurant, you may find that there is just too much on your plate. This is why a crack team of field-related experts and professionals should be sought and hired.

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4 easy ways to get your brand free publicity in the mediaThu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/4-easy-ways-to-get-your-brand-free-publicity-in-the-media/Learning Hub

There are many ways to get your business reviewed in the media; here are four ideas that can help take your brand from zero to hero in brand awareness.

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7 web design elements that are crucial for your business websiteFri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-web-design-elements-that-are-crucial-for-your-business-website/Learning Hub

Considering investing in a brand new website or refreshing an existing website? Whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a professional to do it for you, here are 7 crucial web design elements to insist upon.

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Credit and debit card payments: Top tips for your small businessMon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/credit-and-debit-card-payments-top-tips-for-your-small-business/Learning Hub

Credit and debit cards have several advantages over other payment methods that can be used by your business. Check out these examples.

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11 tools that can help you create great content for your businessTue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/11-tools-that-can-help-you-create-great-content-for-your-business/Learning Hub

Here are 11 amazing tools that can help with generating content ideas, writing and editing content, creating visual assets and helping with SEO and technical aspects relating to written content.

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Understanding the different types of inventoryWed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/understanding-the-different-types-of-inventory/Learning Hub

If your business has a lot more work-in-process inventory than finished goods inventory, it might not be finishing goods quickly enough to fill orders. Think about it.

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The truth about warranties, refunds and replacementsThu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/the-truth-about-warranties-refunds-and-replacements/Learning Hub

Whether you're selling goods or providing services, you need to understand the regulations around warranties and refunds.

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Top 10 marketing tools to promote your business this yearFri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/top-10-marketing-tools-to-promote-your-business-this-year/Learning Hub

Here are ten of the best tools to consider for your marketing and advertising strategy this year. Which ones are you already using?

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Things to keep in mind while processing direct debit paymentsMon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/things-to-keep-in-mind-while-processing-direct-debit-payments/Learning Hub

Direct payments are fast. As long as you file requests within the cut-off time, funds are within your account by 9.00am the next business day.

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Top tips to keep in mind while keeping financial records for your businessTue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/top-tips-to-keep-in-mind-while-keeping-financial-records-for-your-business/Learning Hub

Keeping accurate and complete records of your business activities will help you meet your legal obligations to employees, other businesses, and the ATO. Here are some tips.

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Are you thinking about changing suppliers?Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/are-you-thinking-about-changing-suppliers/Learning Hub

Changing suppliers is a big decision, so it’s important to consider all your options to ensure your decision delivers the best outcome for your business.

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When do you need to give a receipt or proof of purchase to your customers?Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/when-do-you-need-to-give-a-receipt-or-proof-of-purchase-to-your-customers/Learning Hub

You must always provide your customers with a receipt or proof of purchase for anything over $75. But it is generally good practice to offer a receipt to your customers at the time of purchase, regardless of the total amount.

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Top 12 marketing hacks to promote your cafe locallyMon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/top-12-marketing-hacks-to-promote-your-cafe-locally/Learning Hub

One of the top problems faced by cafe owners is how to attract more customers. Here are our top 12 marketing hacks to promote your cafe locally.

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How to conduct a feasibility study for your business idea to minimise risksWed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-conduct-a-feasibility-study-for-your-business-idea-to-minimise-risks/Learning Hub

Conducting a feasibility study will help you work out if your business idea has a good chance of success.

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7 practical things to think about before you start a cafe businessWed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-practical-things-to-think-about-before-you-start-a-cafe-business/Learning Hub

Running a cafe may sound like a dream job, but don’t forget, running a successful cafe is serious business. Here are 10 practical things you need to think about before you start your own cafe.

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How to understand why your customers buy from you and build customer loyaltyFri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-understand-why-your-customers-buy-from-you-and-build-customer-loyalty/Learning Hub

Have you thought about why your customers come to you? Is it your customer service, your convenient location or your low prices that make your customers want to buy from you again?

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6 steps you need to follow to register your businessMon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/6-steps-you-need-to-follow-to-register-your-business/Learning Hub

So you’ve done your feasibility studies, market research and business planning. Now it’s time to make your dream into reality. Here are some ‘must-do’s’ that comply with Australian laws.

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Deciding whether to sell or close your businessTue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/deciding-whether-to-sell-or-close-your-business/Learning Hub

Consider the real reason behind your decision to sell or close your business, and make sure it's the right one for you. If you’re selling your business, this is a common question that potential buyers will ask.

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Why a mobile-friendly site should be a top priority for all business ownersWed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/why-a-mobile-friendly-site-should-be-a-top-priority-for-all-business-owners/Learning Hub

A recent survey of small business owners revealed some worrying statistics: 23% of existing business websites are not mobile-friendly and 9% of business owners had no idea if their site was mobile-friendly or not.

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14 tips for negotiating a business loanFri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/14-tips-for-negotiating-a-business-loan/Learning Hub

Once you have identified your financial requirements, you need to ‘sell’ the business proposal to your financier. Here are 14 tips that will help you negotiate your business loan.

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Looking for the perfect location for a cafe? Let these 9 insights help you in your searchMon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/looking-for-the-perfect-location-for-a-cafe-let-these-9-insights-help-you-in-your-search/Learning Hub

We did some research and spoke with real estate experts to understand the top things you should be paying attention to while you're looking for the perfect spot for your cafe. Check out these 9 insights.

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Things you should know about change of ownershipThu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/things-you-should-know-about-change-of-ownership/Learning Hub

If you're selling your business, you're still responsible for any lease agreements and obligations for your business until they are transferred to the new owner. Read on to know more.

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These tips will really help you when you're applying for a business loanMon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/these-tips-will-really-help-you-when-youre-applying-for-a-business-loan/Learning Hub

Preparing a well-researched and thorough business finance application is worth the time, effort and expense. Here are some great tips that will really help when you're filling out the application.

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10 things to do when you decide to sell your businessTue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/10-things-to-do-when-you-decide-to-sell-your-business/Learning Hub

There are a number of factors to consider when selling your business, one of the most important being how much you would like to sell your business for.

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The right ways to communicate with clients onlineWed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/the-right-ways-to-communicate-with-clients-online/Learning Hub

For the vast majority of your customers, their first impressions of your business will be via the Internet, and it’s important to get your message across quickly and succinctly.

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How video micro moments can help you be there when your customers need youThu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-video-micro-moments-can-help-you-be-there-when-your-customers-need-you/Learning Hub

Interactions on mobile devices are intent and/or action based. People either want to learn, do, find or buy something now. As a business, you need to know how to be there when your customers are looking.

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Business guide: Accessing finance to grow your businessFri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/business-guide-accessing-finance-to-grow-your-business/Learning Hub

Small and medium businesses often struggle to fulfil their dreams of expansion due to a lack of finance. The lack of working capital can limit the capacity of a business to expand and needs to be planned for correctly.

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5 online writing and editing tools to create engaging content and hook your audienceWed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/5-online-writing-and-editing-tools-to-create-engaging-content-and-hook-your-audience/Learning Hub

Getting your customers onto your page is important but the real secret to successful content lies in whether you can actually keep them there. Kick up the quality of your content with this toolkit of online writing and editing resources.

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An easy guide to the information you need to value your businessTue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/an-easy-guide-to-the-information-you-need-to-value-your-business/Learning Hub

Working out the value of your business is important if you decide to sell your business because it can help you decide on the selling price. Here are some suggested steps to help you through the process.

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Planning to buy a business? Why you must first research the purchaseFri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/planning-to-buy-a-business-why-you-must-first-research-the-purchase/Learning Hub

Gather as much information as you can about the business you're thinking of buying. Read on to know more about some of the types of information that will help you make the right decision.

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7 effective ways to manage stress when you’re a small business ownerMon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-effective-ways-to-manage-stress-when-you-re-a-small-business-owner/Learning Hub

So before long working hours start taking a toll on your health and you start losing hair, gaining weight and snapping at your employees, here are 7 tips to help you build a mechanism to deal with stress.

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Buying a business - The dos and don'ts of negotiating the purchaseTue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/buying-a-business-the-dos-and-donts-of-negotiating-the-purchase/Learning Hub

Very few businesses sell for the asking price. Here are some handy tips to help you negotiate price and terms that will satisfy both you and the vendor.

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Benefits of doing business onlineWed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/benefits-of-doing-business-online/Learning Hub

Your customers may prefer to visit your website to find out about your products and services, instead of visiting you in person. They will also expect to see your website address and your email on business cards and other promotional materials.

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Closing your business: 10 steps to help you through the processThu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/closing-your-business-10-steps-to-help-you-through-the-process/Learning Hub

Whatever your reasons, closing your business can take time, depending on its size and complexity. Here are some suggested steps to guide you through the process.

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How to best utilise online forms for your small businessMon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-best-utilise-online-forms-for-your-small-business/Learning Hub

One of the most common reasons why online forms don’t perform as well as small businesses might expect, is that the forms ask for too much information. The good news is it’s easy to remedy. Here’s what you need to know to get a better result.

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7 actions that can help you manage customer complaintsTue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-actions-that-can-help-you-manage-customer-complaints/Learning Hub

If their complaints are resolved in a satisfactory way, the majority of complaining customers will continue to do business with you.

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Two major causes for mental health issues in small businesses and how to tackle themWed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/two-major-causes-for-mental-health-issues-in-small-businesses-and-how-to-tackle-them/Learning Hub

You know what’s one of the biggest myths about running a small business? That you’ll have more time to yourself and your family.

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7 examples of online services you can provide with your small businessThu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-examples-of-online-services-you-can-provide-with-your-small-business/Learning Hub

You can provide a wide range of services online. Think about your services and how you interact with your customers to work out what elements of your business could be offered as an online service.

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Emergency management template and guideFri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/emergency-management-template-and-guide/Learning Hub

Your business is critical to your financial well being and could also be a necessary service to your community, so naturally you want to protect what you can.

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Understand how taxation affects your small businessMon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/understand-how-taxation-affects-your-small-business/Learning Hub

If you were employed before you started your business, you'll find that your tax affairs now become a lot more complicated.

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Is there one ultimate advertising medium for small businesses?Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/is-there-one-ultimate-advertising-medium-for-small-businesses/Learning Hub

First of all, you need to do some buyer research as to the Who, What, When, and How. Your own sales records should give you the basic answers.

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Work health and safety rights and obligationsWed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/work-health-and-safety-rights-and-obligations/Learning Hub

Work health and safety obligations apply to everyone involved in a business. Ensure you meet your obligations by familiarising yourself with the laws and following them.

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Are you wondering why clients aren’t buying from youThu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/are-you-wondering-why-clients-aren-t-buying-from-you/Learning Hub

This one mistake is responsible for a lot of people failing in their businesses or just giving up on pursuing their big ideas.

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How to write a social media plan: a 6-step guideFri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-write-a-social-media-plan-a-6-step-guide/Learning Hub

When deciding to use social media in your business, you need a carefully planned strategy. To help you get started, below are six steps to developing a social media plan.

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Full-time, part-time or casual - What type of employee best suits your needsMon, 01 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/full-time-part-time-or-casual-what-type-of-employee-best-suits-your-needs/Learning Hub

Do you need someone for a one-off short-term project, or in an ongoing capacity? Would it be viable to get the job done using an outside contractor? Answer some basic questions to understand what type of employee your business needs.

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Tasmania holiday winner on what the trip meant to her, why small businesses don’t take breaks & her top tip to tackle stressTue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/tasmania-holiday-winner-on-what-the-trip-meant-to-her-why-small-businesses-don-t-take-breaks-her-top-tip-to-tackle-stress/Learning Hub

When the winner of an SBF comp got back from her luxurious break in Tasmania, we caught up with her about her holiday and why not replacing a broken bulb in the office was the smartest thing she did.

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John, your local small business owner is dealing with a lot of stressWed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/john-your-local-small-business-owner-is-dealing-with-a-lot-of-stress/Learning Hub

Small business owners often have to deal with a lot of stressful situations, which can take a toll on their health and leave them feeling lonely and depressed. If you notice signs of depression in a work mate or family member, reach out to see how you can help.

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Advantages and disadvantages of buying a franchiseThu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-buying-a-franchise/Learning Hub

Buying a franchise can be a viable alternative to starting your own business. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of buying a franchise.

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What you need to know about importing and exportingFri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/what-you-need-to-know-about-importing-and-exporting/Learning Hub

Importing goods can help your business meet its goals and provide goods to customers that may not be available locally. Exporting can open a business to new markets and increase your competitiveness.

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Don't make these 10 digital marketing mistakesMon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/dont-make-these-10-digital-marketing-mistakes/Learning Hub

With so many digital marketing tools and tactics at our disposal, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here's a look at how to avoid some of the most common mistakes small business owners make when tackling digital marketing.

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Young people rights and responsibilities in the workplaceTue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/young-people-rights-and-responsibilities-in-the-workplace/Learning Hub

As more young people begin to take a proactive approach towards resolving issues within the workplace, it’s important they also have a good understanding of best practices and policies.

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What's the real ROI on your corporate health program?Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/whats-the-real-roi-on-your-corporate-health-program/Learning Hub

It's not easy to measure the exact return on investment for a corporate health plan. But as a business, you can take a different approach, and measure the value on investment.

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Build on these 3 skills to grow your businessFri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/build-on-these-3-skills-to-grow-your-business/Learning Hub

As you move from focusing on the day-to-day work of your business to more of a management role, you'll need to develop and use your business skills in new ways. Here are some areas that will need your attention.

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Why managing mental health is important in your workplaceThu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/why-managing-mental-health-is-important-in-your-workplace/Learning Hub

Common conditions like depression and anxiety may impact on work performance, so it's a good idea to think about how you manage mental health issues in your business.

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Hiring tips: How to create a job descriptionMon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/hiring-tips-how-to-create-a-job-description/Learning Hub

Besides working out what skills and knowledge you need from a new staff member, a job description will also help you decide whether you need full-time, part-time or casual workers, and what the pay rate should be.

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Top 5 health tips for small business owners who don’t have time to go to the gymWed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/top-5-health-tips-for-small-business-owners-who-don-t-have-time-to-go-to-the-gym/Learning Hub

You know that feeling when your friends boast about their fitness achievements on Facebook and you’re just wondering how anyone has the time to hit the gym when all the exercise you’re getting is racing against deadlines?

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Insurance for home-based businessFri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/insurance-for-home-based-business/Learning Hub

If you run your business from home, it's important to understand that your existing home and contents insurance may not cover your business activities or your clients in the event of an accident or illness.

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Read this if you need help advertising a jobTue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/read-this-if-you-need-help-advertising-a-job/Learning Hub

A clear, well-written and placed job advertisement will attract the best applicants. Here are some tips on how to make it stand out.

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How to find the perfect employee for your caféThu, 25 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-find-the-perfect-employee-for-your-café/Learning Hub

You may have heard that retail and food service has amongst the highest turnover of any industry worldwide. Here are my tips for finding your next café superstar...

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Workplace first aid: the importance of first aid and being able to do itWed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/workplace-first-aid-the-importance-of-first-aid-and-being-able-to-do-it/Learning Hub

If accidents happen in the workplace, you can’t just stand there doing nothing. With at least a basic knowledge of First Aid, you can save lives.

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Smallbiz health tips: ‘Think of your mind as the boss and your body as the employee’Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/smallbiz-health-tips-think-of-your-mind-as-the-boss-and-your-body-as-the-employee/Learning Hub

Here’s the first in a series of articles discussing small business health from different aspects such as physical fitness, mental health, injury therapy and stress management. The best part? The advice comes from real small business owners like yourself.

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The two types of patents in AustraliaMon, 29 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/the-two-types-of-patents-in-australia/Learning Hub

The two types of patents granted in Australia are the standard patent and the innovation patent. You may also consider filing a provisional application or seeking international protection.

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What is the Medicare Levy Surcharge and how does it work?Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/what-is-the-medicare-levy-surcharge-and-how-does-it-work/Learning Hub

If you’re single and earning more than $90,000, or if you’re a couple or family with an income over $180,000, you’re liable to pay the surcharge if you don’t hold the appropriate level of private hospital cover for the full financial year.

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Why personal and workers insurance is important for protecting your businessWed, 31 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/why-personal-and-workers-insurance-is-important-for-protecting-your-business/Learning Hub

Insuring yourself and your employees in the event of a workplace accident or illness is essential for protecting your business. Consider the following workplace insurance obligations...

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Hiring tips: evaluating job applications and interviewing candidatesFri, 02 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/hiring-tips-evaluating-job-applications-and-interviewing-candidates/Learning Hub

We've heard many small business owners say that picking the right candidate is one of their biggest challenges. It doesn't have to be that hard if you follow a process. Here are some tips on how to evaluate job applications and interview the shortlisted candidates.

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Getting your customers to pay on timeTue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/getting-your-customers-to-pay-on-time/Learning Hub

Good credit management not only means getting paid, it means getting paid on time. At all times, aim to get full payment for the goods or services you provide.

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Smallbiz health tips: How to prioritise physical fitness in your busy scheduleMon, 05 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/smallbiz-health-tips-how-to-prioritise-physical-fitness-in-your-busy-schedule/Learning Hub

As part of our Small business health tips series, Caz Jones - an injury expert from N-Touch Therapies, has shared some great advice on putting physical fitness back on your daily agenda.

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7 effective ways to deal with negative comments on social mediaWed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-effective-ways-to-deal-with-negative-comments-on-social-media/Learning Hub

Sometimes a critic’s complaints may be legitimate; other times it may be a social media troll. Either way, social networks are public platforms and how you respond will be observed by thousands of people, and will contribute to their overall impression of your brand.

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What are the best eCommerce platforms for your businessFri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/what-are-the-best-ecommerce-platforms-for-your-business/Learning Hub

When it comes to starting an online store, you have to deal with so many puzzles to power your eCommerce business. Here are some tips that'll help you get started.

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Insurance guide: Asset and revenue insuranceMon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/insurance-guide-asset-and-revenue-insurance/Learning Hub

It is compulsory to insure all motor vehicles and fleets that your business uses on public roads. Many different types of policies are available, so it’s good to make sure you understand each before making a decision.

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What is a trade mark?Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/what-is-a-trade-mark/Learning Hub

A trade mark is not a business name nor company or domain name. It's also not a design. Then what is it?

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How to turn unhappy customers into loyal clientsFri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-turn-unhappy-customers-into-loyal-clients/Learning Hub

Don't know how to deal with an unhappy customer? The following actions will help you manage situations with a customer who has a complaint.

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Startup tips: Calculating your costs when starting a businessMon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/startup-tips-calculating-your-costs-when-starting-a-business/Learning Hub

One of the most common causes of new business failures is not having enough cash to meet expenses, especially in the first 6-12 months of starting. Use this guide to help calculate your start-up costs so you can avoid as many surprises as possible.

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Why you can save money and get better coverage by doing a health cover checkWed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/why-you-can-save-money-and-get-better-coverage-by-doing-a-health-cover-check/Learning Hub

Given that the average private health premium increases by around 5% every year, it’s also a good idea to review your health cover annually.

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7 tips on how to create a happy, productive office spaceThu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/7-tips-on-how-to-create-a-happy-productive-office-space/Learning Hub

Small steps to make sure your office is a place where you and your employees can work to their maximum capability, can ensure your business is as profitable as possible.

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How arranging insurance for your business can reduce risk in the long runMon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-arranging-insurance-for-your-business-can-reduce-risk-in-the-long-run/Learning Hub

Insurance is an essential part of managing these risks, and for small business owners uninsured at the time of an accident, the resulting costs can often lead to closure of the business.

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Cafe guide: Buying an existing cafe vs starting up from scratchTue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/cafe-guide-buying-an-existing-cafe-vs-starting-up-from-scratch/Learning Hub

Thinking of entering the cafe business? Whether you choose to purchase an existing cafe or seek to create your own hospitality brand, there are pros and cons for both options.

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Small business owners: How private health cover could save you time and moneyWed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/small-business-owners-how-private-health-cover-could-save-you-time-and-money/Learning Hub

Given that Australian residents have access to Medicare, does it make sense to spend on private health cover? Well, spending on the right kind of health cover, could actually save you both time and money long-term (plus buy much needed peace of mind).

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Smallbiz health tips: 9 ways to encourage workplace 'prehab'Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/smallbiz-health-tips-9-ways-to-encourage-workplace-prehab/Learning Hub

To keep the creativity and productivity level of your business high, it’s important to not just take care of yourself but also encourage a positive mindset amongst your employees.

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How to create a succession plan: who will take over your business when you move onFri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-create-a-succession-plan-who-will-take-over-your-business-when-you-move-on/Learning Hub

A succession plan, also known as an exit plan, outlines who will take over your business when you move on. Whether you're planning to transition or not, there are some major benefits in developing a good succession plan.

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Benchmarking opportunities: How to improve performance and profitabilityMon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/benchmarking-opportunities-how-to-improve-performance-and-profitability/Learning Hub

Benchmarking is a valuable tool that you can use to improve the performance and profitability of your business. Read how...

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5 email marketing metrics that are the most important to measureThu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/5-email-marketing-metrics-that-are-the-most-important-to-measure/Learning Hub

Any digital marketing strategy is worthless unless you track its performance. Here are email marketing metrics that are the most important to evaluate.

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Standard patents: What to include in your applicationWed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/standard-patents-what-to-include-in-your-application/Learning Hub

A standard patent gives you long-term protection and control over an invention. It lasts for up to 20 years from the filing date of your application (or up to 25 years for pharmaceutical substances).

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Business guide: Ideas and opportunities for business growthFri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/business-guide-ideas-and-opportunities-for-business-growth/Learning Hub

Wondering how to expand your business? Read these great ideas and opportunities for business growth.

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The different types of insurance to suit all areas of your businessMon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/the-different-types-of-insurance-to-suit-all-areas-of-your-business/Learning Hub

You already know that insurance helps reduce or manage the risks associated with running a business. Let's look at all areas of your business to assess risks and consider your need for different types of insurance.

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Small business marketing tips: How a well-designed logo can boost your businessTue, 04 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/small-business-marketing-tips-how-a-well-designed-logo-can-boost-your-business/Learning Hub

You've probably heard that every small business needs a logo. That's certainly true, but if you're just looking for a visual representation of your brand, you are going to miss out on all the great things a well-designed logo can do for you.

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E-commerce guide for your smallbiz: Online payments through your websiteThu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/e-commerce-guide-for-your-smallbiz-online-payments-through-your-website/Learning Hub

Building e-commerce transactions into your website allows customers to order goods or services and make secure and private payments for their purchases through your website. You can build e-commerce into your website through:

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4 effective ways busy professionals can fight depressionWed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/4-effective-ways-busy-professionals-can-fight-depression/Learning Hub

It’s never easy to truly ever figure out a way to deal with feelings such as exhaustion, depression, or anxiety. Unfortunately, some people turn to substances such as alcohol or drugs to deal with their feelings. Instead, there are other ways to fight feelings of depression and anxiety at work...

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Smallbiz health tips: How this busy mum balances work, rest and playTue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/smallbiz-health-tips-how-this-busy-mum-balances-work-rest-and-play/Learning Hub

Balancing home and work can be tricky for most small business owners, especially when you’re a new mum. We chatted to Gemma Nixon, one of our members who’s the mother of a 10-month-old, an occupational therapist and a small business owner on how she keeps it all together.

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6 myths that will make you think again about your digital marketing strategyFri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/6-myths-that-will-make-you-think-again-about-your-digital-marketing-strategy/Learning Hub

Despite being around for a couple of decades, digital marketing is still in its infancy. One of the curious features about this type of marketing is how fast it changes. As digital marketers in small business we need to be ready to adapt.

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How to create the oh-so-perfect ambience for your restaurantMon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-create-the-oh-so-perfect-ambience-for-your-restaurant/Learning Hub

Whether you're starting up or managing an existing restaurant business, you already know that how your restaurant makes your customers feel is going to decide whether they come back to you or not. Here are some expert tips on how to create that oh-so-perfect ambience.

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Using, maintaining and renewing your trade markTue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/using-maintaining-and-renewing-your-trade-mark/Learning Hub

So you've registered your trade mark. But do you know how to keep it current by paying the appropriate renewal fees and making changes to your trade mark if and when it is required?

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How to put your finances in order when you're a restaurant ownerWed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-put-your-finances-in-order-when-youre-a-restaurant-owner/Learning Hub

So you started a restaurant business because you're passionate about food. But it's important to understand that running a successful food business requires a good understanding of your sales, expenses and profitability. In other words, you need to be on top of your finances.

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How to make sure your online payments system creates confidenceThu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-make-sure-your-online-payments-system-creates-confidence/Learning Hub

Make sure your online payments system creates confidence and delivers a good, secure experience for customers while also protecting your interests.

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Digital marketing tips: What’s holding your business back online?Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/digital-marketing-tips-what-s-holding-your-business-back-online/Learning Hub

A website can help verify a business’s existence, increase credibility, and relay accurate information about what you do. It can help bring in new customers that are searching online. So again, why do nearly half of the small businesses not have a website?

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6 practical tips to control food costs when you run a restaurantMon, 24 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/6-practical-tips-to-control-food-costs-when-you-run-a-restaurant/Learning Hub

When you're running a restaurant, keeping an eye on your supplies is crucial to your bottom line. Here are six practical tips your can use to control food costs:

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Tips for retailers: 5 ways to plan early for a more profitable ChristmasTue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/tips-for-retailers-5-ways-to-plan-early-for-a-more-profitable-christmas/Learning Hub

To make sure your trade is bigger, better and more profitable this Christmas (and during peak periods in general), here are a few useful points for all of the retailers out there looking to get ahead.

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How to manage cash flow and prepare a forecastThu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/how-to-manage-cash-flow-and-prepare-a-forecast/Learning Hub

It's often said that more businesses fail through a lack of cash, than a lack of profit. Understand the difference and how you can prepare a cash flow forecast to make sure you meet your business expenses.

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5 quick tips for fast and easy invoicingFri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://smallbusinessfirst.com.au/5-quick-tips-for-fast-and-easy-invoicing/Learning Hub

Picture this: You’ve just finished a large scale project and all that’s left is the invoicing. But you’ve been a bit lazy with time tracking and have numbers scattered across notes and spreadsheets that still need to be manually calculated before anyone gets paid. Painful, right? What if there was a way to avoid this?

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