Placing orders for goods with overseas suppliers can be a daunting prospect. There is a large amount of risk involved when it comes to sending your dollars overseas to someone you may have never met before or have only met a few times. In my previous articles about getting the most out of Alibaba, I went through understanding different types of suppliers and then provided some notes on selecting the best supplier for your needs.
Many small businesses don’t expect much support from next month’s Federal Budget, with many hoping for – but not expecting – reduced taxation and a cut in red tape, according to the latest Bibby Barometer survey.
What’s new on the Facebook for business front? That’s a good – and relevant – question as our favorite social network has been tossing us lots of goodies lately. So, let’s not waste time, and let’s take a look at some of our favorite new additions and changes Facebook recently introduced and how they will affect your business.
I learnt a couple of things last night. The first was that there is an awesome street in Edgecliff near the WeCo Coworking space that has free parking [fist pump] and the second was that there is a group called “Sydney Testers” that meet up monthly and discuss “testing” things. Which in a geek way is pretty bloody awesome.
Every now and then, a young gun comes along with a story that is pretty awesome, James Billingham is just 18 years of age and already a serial entrepreneur. Today he writes a piece for us on his new social venture Addition Clothing which is helping those in third world countries. I’d remember the name, I predict the kid is going to be a big deal.
MYOB commissioned independent market research firm Colmar Brunton to conduct a nationally representative survey of 1,005 SMEs. One in four (25%) said their employees worked ‘mainly away from the office’, one in three (32%) said they worked ‘partly from home and from the office’ and the remainder did not have remote workers.
IQ Group today confirmed its support for the heavily revised APRA Superannuation Data Reporting standards, being launched Thursday 28 March. The proposed final standards, forms and instructions being unveiled are the result of extensive industry consultation and acknowledgement that these reporting standards should better align to industry practice. IQ Group expects to assist its Superannuation client base to meet these implementation requirements in the coming months.
I wish that I had taken actual screen shots to show you some examples in this piece of what I am going to be talking about. Unfortunately I relied on embed codes and the account has now been suspended. But yesterday Subway Australia had a bit of a situation happening on social media – and to use a bad pun they were in a bit of a pickle.
Bibby Financial Services’ bi-annual Barometer survey, conducted in February 2013, found that small business optimism is on the rise. Over 25% plan to invest in their business in the coming quarter and 20% intend to buy another business. While it’s an exciting and encouraging time for many SMEs, expansion brings with it higher costs.
Whether it’s tuning in to the Harlem Shake dance phenomenon, searching how to cook a lamb roast or watching a screeching goat belt out a Taylor Swift song (admittedly, not our finest moment), we’ve all been guilty of getting caught up in the addictive world of YouTube at one time or another.
As there are so many suppliers on Alibaba things can get overwhelming and in many cases you will find yourself going around in circles due to the sheer number of suppliers that can provide what you are looking for. As a general rule, I try to cull my supplier selection down to 3 to 5 suppliers. It is no good banking on one factory and it is good to get quotes from at least 3 suppliers so that you know the price you are being quoted is fair.
Over the week, the Castlemaine State Festival in Victoria put on a huge show to attract more visitors. But some things went wrong. People got angry. Complaints were made to the organisers, and the sponsors. Art work was actually defaced. So the question is, are some things so controversial they are not worth doing? Should we risk it?