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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...

There are many good and necessary reasons to rebrand your small business. However, the reason needs to be strategic. Not because you are bored with your tagline or logo, or like a particular trend! That can be a costly exercise where you risk losing recognition and any brand equity you have built. With the many changes the last year has wrought...

Asking for help can be good for you and your small business as we continue to navigate change. We are three months into the year and already many small business owners are struggling to stay motivated. We may have started with the right intentions – jumped on board with a focus word, revised our business and marketing plans and colour-coded our...

We are always learning in small business. There are changes in technology. Shifts in the market. Social developments. New opportunities arise, as do new threats. It’s a constantly evolving and moving situation. As small business owners we need to be committed to lifelong learning. One of the best ways is through peer learning, where we learn from and with each other....

Do you have a clear idea of your small business priorities for 2021? Or did you have an idea that then dramatically changed with the situation. There was so much turmoil last year. We went through significant change personally and professionally. As the uncertainty continues it can be difficult to know where to focus our time and effort in our...

Are you missing your casual acquaintances? It’s not just in the movies (think Legally Blonde, Coming to America) that people get social support from their hairdresser! Pre-COVID many of us who live in cities and large country towns would interact with somewhere between 5 and 16 casual acquaintances every day when were out and about. (As someone who lives on a...