Would you be frustrated if someone took credit for your hard work, creativity, knowledge and effort? Of course. What about if someone sees a little gem of an image you’ve shared and shares it without crediting you as the source? It’s murkier, isn’t it? Crediting your source might be easy to overlook, but Facebook courtesy matters. Indeed, it more than matters: it makes good business sense. Surprised? Read on…
Imagine if someone you know started a business, exactly like yours. Imagine they copied your business model. Imagine they joined your mailing list and downloaded your whitepaper… Unfortunately, you might never in know this happened and you could never prove it anyway. Well this happened to us, only they went one step further. They copied and pasted page after page of our website, word for word. What we want to share with you is how we found out, what we are doing about it and how you can protect yourself from falling victim to foul play. Let this article serve as a warning to information thieves.
When I was in primary school, I was bullied relentlessly. Between the ages of 6 and 8, I was beaten up pretty much every day by boys in my class while they taunted me about being fat and ugly. My parents advice was to ignore it – to turn the other cheek. I love my parents and I know they were doing their best to help – but they were wrong. Some 25 years later, you would think life would be well past dealing with 5 year old bullies calling you fat. Except that it’s not. I had a run-in yesterday with a bully who hasn’t grown up – and it presented some interesting business points … about why turning the other cheek is almost ALWAYS a bad idea. So I wrote you a post about it.
The new national business name registration system has now commenced, replacing the current state and territory registers. All Business name registrations are now managed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission [ASIC] – Some of these changes may affect your business. Here are a few key facts provided by the Government that will answer some of the most obvious questions that you may have about the changes.
Once upon a time (less than 2 years ago) I slept in parks and on beaches. My entire existence was packed into one duffel bag and it was slung from my shoulder no matter where I went. Naturally, you’re curious as to how it happened. Well, let’s sum it up with; my parents and I hit a rough point in our relationship.
Establishing a successful business is a calling, because a successful business is a product of a simple idea that is brought to reality by passion and dedication. Everyone has it within themselves to be a superstar. If, in your mind, you are thinking small then that is all you will achieve. However, if in your mind, you are thinking you’ll be the biggest and the best then that will be the mindset that makes those dreams a reality in your life. Never think that you aren’t capable of doing a tough job. If you think you are, then you are. And, if you think you aren’t then you won’t be.
Yesterday I interviewed Dan Priestly, author of the best selling book “Key Person of Influence” for Kochies Business Builders, look out for the interview in the coming weeks. He is a successful entrepreneur, international speaker and as we said best-selling author [which was achieved all before 30 btw]. Daniel started out as an entrepreneur at 21 years old and has since built several successful businesses in the UK, Australia and Singapore.
If you have not heard of Nicole Kersh yet, we suggest you familiarise yourself as she fast becoming one of the top performing entrepreneurs the country has ever seen. She should be an inspiration for women everywhere as she has taken on a VERY male dominated industry, building a multi-million dollar business from scratch and creating an exclusive online service for her customers.
Of course I am being completely biased here, but the 90’s the home of some of the BEST television show’s that ever graced the small screen, and looking back some of these kick arse shows taught me a lot about business and helped shape ideas and strategies that I currently implement in my own business today
Sterling and Hyde Custom (sterlingandhydecustom.com) is a new bespoke shopping experience where women can create their own dream leather handbag online. A range of designs, leather types and colours enable millions of possibilities, ensuring that elusive perfect handbag becomes a reality.
Businesses are becoming more exposed in real time than ever before with online platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, FlickR and blogs. Receiving negative online feedback is an unavoidable part of having an online business presence, but there are ways to mitigate the impact they have on your reputation.
Despite the introduction of the carbon tax being just weeks away, MYOB research reveals close to half of Australia’s small to medium business operators (SMEs) are uninformed about the legislation’s likely impact on their livelihood.
Accountability plays a big role in every business. It is one of the strongest driving forces in maximizing your ability to work to your potential. While inemployment, accountability is structured through bosses and supervisors, if you are running your own business, being accountable to someone helps you accomplish your short-term and long-term goals.
One of the key things we try to do as businesses is build an audience through social media, this helps keeps us relevant and our brand names in the minds of potential customers, especially if we are communicating with our “communities” often. YouTube is not only a huge social site but it is also one of the largest “search” sites in the world. Quite often these days I find myself “YouTubing” someone’s name or business before I google, because I find that video can quite often give me a snapshot into the person or business and help me decide whether or not I would like to invest more time in them.
We all have founded, worked for or invested in startups that have failed. We’re smart, we keep up with the latest in technology trends, but sometimes just don’t go as planned. How can you predict what will work and what won’t? Well, you can’t. But that doesn’t mean you should stop trying. It just means you should start exchanging stories of what didn’t work and how you pivoted, why you couldn’t raise money, what the wrong hires were like, and when you decided it was time to let go. Entrepreneurs need to hear that from each other: that it’s okay to fail, it doesn’t mean you’re worthless.