IN THE MEDIA: Problems running a small business

Source: NRE Commercial Cleaning by Rod Abbott “So, you want to free yourself from ‘The Man’ and go out on your own. You have that great idea, everyone is going to jump on board and this time next year you’ll be a millionaire. “Here are some words of advice from Jacob Aldridge, international business coach…

What are some ways to stablize my income?

Ah, the joys of small business ownership and freelancing: one day you’re riding high, then next you’re scrambling for work. Here’s some ways to overcome those challenges and stabilize your income. What you really want, first and foremost, is recurring income – ie, clients that pay you something on an ongoing basis. This is the ultimate stability…

How do we split our money each paycheque?

For some people, this is going to be irrelevant, but if you’re in the process of building or reviewing your personal budget then our own example may help. Because we have a mortgage offset account, we’re incentivised to keep all our excess cash in one place. So over the years, we’ve built our own spreadsheet…

IN THE MEDIA: Can your body clock make you less productive at work?

Source: In The Black magazine by Thea O’Connor People have different chronotypes. Designing a work day that suits the body clocks of both early birds and night owls is a smart way to boost workplace performance… Jacob Aldridge, director of financial advisory at businessDEPOT, is a “proud night owl” who knows the feeling. Several years…

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The Best Sales Advice I Ever Received

In 12 years of business, and 6 years of being in the real estate industry before then, I’ve experienced a LOT of sales training. So what was the best tip I ever received? Even now, sales coaching for small businesses is one of my most common projects, remains something that my coach works with me on,…

Australian Business Coach Jacob Aldridge presenting Episode 50 of the online business video series Blackboard Fridays

Happy 50th Episode to Blackboard Fridays!

I almost let this go without celebrating: my business web series Blackboard Fridays recently released its 50th Episode. We ran a special length episode for the milestone, titled ‘The Most Colourful Business Strategy in the World‘. After all, bringing colour and energy to your business planning process is what my team and I do every day.…

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Some Tips for the Graduating Class of 2017

Here in Australia, high school graduates are about to be released upon ‘the real world’. Incredibly, all of today’s grads were born after I myself graduated from high school in 1998. So here are some thoughts from my ‘lifetime’ of experience post-high school. Life isn’t fair. BUT you have the opportunity to make it unfair in…

Life is Like a Game of Chess

Approach life like a game of chess: 1) Have a firm end goal (like killing the opponent’s King) 2) Have some non negotiables about what’s important in your world (like protecting your own King). Understand that achieving point 1 is impossible if you sacrifice point 2 3) Know that sacrifices must be made – the…

Everyday Habits That Prepare You For Tougher Times

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” John Dryden, 1631-1700 I’m really excited to welcome guest writer Salma El-Shurafa from The Pathway Project. Salma is an Executive Coach, based out of Dubai – I love her message and her writing style, so am delighted to feature her. by Salma El-Shurafa John Dryden…