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Now is a great time to spring clean your small business. If you spring clean your business you will be prepared as we enter the busy end of year, or if you’re coming out of lockdown you will be ready to go as the economy ramps up. Spring cleaning can also give you a strong sense of satisfaction and helps...

There are many ways small businesses can engage customers during lockdowns. Read about the challenges faced by Wagga Wagga business The Curious Rabbit and how they got creative and adapted. What we have done at The Curious Rabbit to engage customers during lockdown The Curious Rabbit is a cafe, bar, art gallery and bookshop. We are also home to a huge range...

Lockdowns are difficult, as is maintaining business creativity in lockdown. Living in Melbourne, and experiencing more than 200 days of lockdown I understand the struggle! Juggling working from home with three kids doing remote learning, as well as the monotony and sameness. But it is pursuing creativity that has kept me sane. When I say ‘creativity’ I don’t mean artistry, but...

There are many different types of Business Awards for small business owners to enter. From local programs usually run by the business chamber to national award programs. Business Awards for small business The following are some you might want to consider: Telstra Business Women’s Awards: Perhaps the most recognised award for women (going for 25 years). It features: high profile judges; partnership...

Wondering why you should enter business awards as a small business owner? This blog will help you understand the benefits of entering, being a finalist or winning an award and offer some tips and tricks to help you create a good submission. The value of entering business awards, winning or even becoming a finalist from a business perspective is a debatable...

Improving your self-awareness is an important skill for any successful entrepreneur or small business owner.  Self-awareness means knowing your strengths, weaknesses, emotional triggers, motivations and how you behave. Strong self-awareness will help you leverage your strengths to improve your business. And conversely, know where and when to bring in skills and competencies. It guides you on where to improve and grow....

Having a growth mindset in small business is essential to success. We learn and improve from being comfortable about making mistakes and learning from them, embracing challenges, taking on negative feedback, not feeling threatened by the success of others and being resilient. So what exactly is a growth mindset? In the education sector, psychologist Carol Dweck’s work on fixed and growth mindsets...

Preparing your business for the EOFY (end of the financial year) is a great way to ensure you are meeting your obligations as a small business owner and you can take advantage of all the offers that may be available to you if you have planned. The end of the financial year can be an exhausting and stressful time for...

In this member case study, meet one of our Beyond Business Groups members from Wagga Wagga – Alison MacIntosh. These case studies demonstrate how our learning program is helping small business owners, what they see as the biggest benefits, and what they have done to strengthen their businesses.  Meet Alison Alison MacIntosh joined a Wagga cohort of Beyond Business Groups in 2019....

There is always room to improve your brand voice when writing for your small business. Your writing style and tone, along with your vocabulary, express your business personality, and help you connect with your customers. I was reminded of this when my daughter recently ordered an Oodie (one of those oversized, supersoft, weird hoodie–blanket hybrids that seem to be a...