Building your Business


Turning an idea into a successful business

Are you a new business owner or the owner of a successful small or family business looking to scale? SmallBiz Week is coming back to Melbourne May 2023 and this year’s feature event is a one-day conference called the SmallBiz Summit. This year the conference

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Advantages of hiring mature-aged workers

Finding the right staff is critical to maintaining a well-skilled and productive workforce. Skills and labour shortages, wage competition, and a shrinking workforce are all reasons to examine your employment practices to ensure you can find your next worker as early as possible. The Australian

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Invest in your most important asset: your people

Around 3 million working-age Australians have low literacy and/or numeracy skills and are at a high risk of poor employment outcomes. The Australian Government’s Foundation Skills for Your Future Program is now offering businesses free reading, writing, maths, English language and digital skills training for

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6 Steps to get the most out of business events

The marketing industry has gone through some big changes in recent decades. In response to rising digital dependency and changing consumer habits, marketers are relying heavily on digital marketing strategies to promote and grow their businesses. But in an increasingly busy world, in-person interactions can be highly

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How to expand your SME’s operations to other states

What if you’re considering starting a new operation in a different state or territory? While there are many similarities to expanding overseas, there are different nuances to consider when you’re planning to expand between states, territories, or nationally. Do your research There are plenty of

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How to expand your operations overseas

Every business, at some point, grapples with the idea of expanding operations to a different region. After all, expansion is a natural part of business growth. As you ask yourself when, or if, you should expand, you’ll realise there’s a lot to consider. Let’s look

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Top 7 tech you need to build an e-commerce business

If you think starting an online business is a fast and easy ticket to the lucrative business world, there are a lot of obstacles you may not have considered. Building an ecommerce business can be just as challenging as running any traditional business. You still need

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How to start an online business with no money

Starting a business can be difficult, especially if you don’t have the funds to give your venture that initial boost. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to start a successful online business without any significant investment. If you’re looking to try your hand at entrepreneurship, this

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