Source: Brisbane Times. Most business advisors and business coaches recommend drawing up a business plan, but many SME owners opt to go without. “A business plan would have slowed us down,” Eve John says. “It just seemed a little bit too rigid.” Jacob Aldridge is an international Shirlaws business coach, and has one simple piece…

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Source: Stepps.com We have clearly moved beyond talking (complaining?) about the GFC. Yet the remnants of those years are still lingering, even as property values grow and agencies start to ramp up their agent numbers. So what’s it been like for businesses emerging from the recession over the last couple of years? Click here to…

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Source: Nectafy.com They are the two departments that drive growth at your company (together), but they can’t seem to get along. Blame ping-pongs back and forth if goals aren’t met and one always feels like the other is underperforming. I wanted to know about all the reasons why marketing and sales can’t get along, so…

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Source: MarkMapstone.com I normally save the “In the Media” heading a tag (yes, tag – you can use these to track common articles on my site, like all of my media appearances) for news publications and websites, but I’ll make an exception in this case. It’s a blog post by UK based web designer (that’s underselling him)…

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Source: MortgageLoan.com I’m not only asked to comment on small business news stories – sometimes my wider life experience leads to some expert requests. In this article, Aaron Crowe examines the tough decision for many 20-something and 30-something year old couples: Do we spend our savings on the Wedding we want, or as a House…

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Source: Sydney Morning Herald. Most business advisors and business coaches recommend drawing up a business plan, but many SME owners opt to go without. “A business plan would have slowed us down,” Eve John says. “It just seemed a little bit too rigid.” Jacob Aldridge is an international Shirlaws business coach, and has one simple…

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Source: Business News Daily What makes a good business presentation? Here are 36 “killer” tips. In among a lot of recommendations for the latest technology, keep an eye on number 19 where I point out “Too many presenters rely on technology to gloss over their flaws in memory or expertise” Read all 36 tips here.

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Source: American Express Open Forum Your small business has been thriving, and the pipeline is always filled with upcoming work. For the first time since leaping into the world of small-business ownership, you finally have a sense of job security. But don’t get comfortable too soon. Jacob Aldridge, a licensed Shirlaws business coach, says this…

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Source: Business News Daily Are you thrilled by the idea of starting your own business? You know you have the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of an entrepreneur, but you’re missing one critical element to success: a good business idea. Don’t get frustrated — inspiration is all around you. Here are five tips on where to…

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Source: Live Every Last Minute.com.au The interstate rivalry between QLD and NSW is legendary but a road trip between their capitals provides plenty of gems for travellers, wherever their loyalties lie. Guest blogger Jacob reveals his must-visits. Have you woken up recently and just thought… Read the full article here. This article was written as…

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