Essentials.jpg      Starting and running a small business is a massive commitment.  Unlike big businesses that can hire legions of staff to perform all sorts of roles, small business owners end up doing most jobs.  This section provides insight into some key issues for every small owner to think about.

Fatal business planning mistakes 20 January, 2015
The are five of the most common mistakes that business owners make when developing their business plan.
3 inspiring start-up models 28 November, 2014
When it comes to starting your own business for the first time, carving a niche for yourself or thinking creatively can help you stay ahead of the curve.
Help for businesses using ASIC 21 October, 2014
ASIC has produced a series of videos to help business owners use its business names register and other online services.
Loan or lease, which option is best for your business? 07 October, 2014
One in two Australian businesses are indicating that old, unproductive assets are holding them back, but with capital preservation a key concern in the current economic climate, which finance option should businesses use to acquire new equipment?
Family business legal mistakes 24 September, 2014
If you've ever done business with family chances are you know how difficult it can be to maintain the harmony and preserve the original relationships.
Transitioning from a sole trader to a micro-business 25 August, 2014
Operating as a sole trader may be a viable option for the first year, but once sales pick up and your business expands, you may want to consider calling in additional help.
5 reasons to buy a franchise 24 July, 2014
Why buy a franchise? Ranging from the simple to the not-so-simple, here are five reasons to consider purchasing a franchise.
Dealing with difficult customers 26 June, 2014
Dealing with difficult customers can test even the most patient SME owners but it's still important you take a professional approach to the situation as bad customer experiences can actually help improve your business.
Three creative steps to a better future 12 June, 2014
Many SME owners often make the mistake of dismissing creativity as something that isn't necessary in their industry.
Managing change in your SME 05 June, 2014
A common failing of many small businesses and business owners is that they fail to cope with or implement change appropriate to the time or industry they operate in.


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