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.

Pros and cons of family funding 30 May, 2014
Securing the resources necessary for you to get your business up and running isn't always a walk in the park and  it's common for some SME owners to reach out to their friends and family for assistance.
Family business - recruiting outside the family 19 May, 2014
A happy workforce is a productive workforce so some simple recognition can go a long way to improving your working environment. Family run SMEs are no different, and it's essential that non-family employees are made to feel at home from the beginning.
Building your future 'A-team' 09 May, 2014
As your business continues to grow so will your workforce. Building on original growth can be particularly difficult as businesses have been known to suffer subsequent declines, so it's vital you surround yourself with the best employees in order to give your company the best chance of continuing its success.
Tips to calm cold calling nerves 29 April, 2014
As a small business owner you will most likely be required to make a cold call in a number of different circumstances.
Three great interview questions 09 April, 2014
Making the right decision and hiring the right employee can always be a lot more difficult than originally conceived. To hire the right employees you should  ask the questions that reveal their true character and attitude to work.
Common SME issues that lead to business failure 04 April, 2014
In today's market place led by multinationals and global brands, small business often struggle to assert themselves. The Australian Bureau of Statistics found that in the last five years more than 30 per cent of SMEs have failed in their start up and each year more succumb to administration and insolvency.
Four tips to complete your big project 25 March, 2014
As a business owner there may be times where your business acquires a new project or client that requires a lot of work.
Coping with family business challenges 12 March, 2014
There's no doubting the challenges associated with a family business. Working with the same people you see outside of work can often become a demanding and frustrating experience, especially while the business is starting out and may be going through some trying times.
Picking the right time to sell 19 February, 2014
Timing is crucial when you decide to sell. Here are some tips to ensure you can get the best value for the years of service you put into the business.
Five characteristics of a strong leader 14 January, 2013
Managing a business can be a challenging task, especially if you are new to the role and unfamiliar with the requirements.

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