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11 Ways to Start Saving

11 Ways to Start Saving

Are you saving? A lot of us are looking for ways to save, but finding ourselves short on time. Honestly though this doesn’t have to be a roadblock. This article is going to overview just 11 simple ways (there are plenty more) to start saving quicker than you probably...
Save $500 on Electricity Bills

Save $500 on Electricity Bills

  What could you do with $500? I’m betting a delightful array of shopping spree possibilities are flashing through your mind. Wondering why I’m asking? $500 a year is the amount you could end up saving on your electricity bills by following a few simple tips to be...
Decluttering Your Home

Decluttering Your Home

  Clutter can be a huge source of both stress and mess. It’s hard to think straight when you’re constantly bumping into things in your own home, and it can make you feel really messy. This is not what home should be. Home should be the place you come to escape stress....
Live smart, live savvy!

Live smart, live savvy!

A lot of us doing research right now are out for the same thing, we want to live savvy. Being savvy happens when we take smart advice and apply it, it’s just that simple. So how do you live savvy? Follow some basic principles and tips and you’ll be well on your way....
Financial Self Care

Financial Self Care

  Self-care has become an increasingly popular term for the things we do to ensure our personal wellbeing. People apply it to mental health, to friendship support, and many other areas of life, but often skip using it with finances. Why? I’m proud to say I’m...
Make it on 50% or less!

Make it on 50% or less!

Once upon a time, there were two full time working individuals.They made good wages, worked hard at their jobs, yet somehow never seemed to have savings. They mostly spent more than they earned, and couldn’t understand why they were still in trouble after all their...

PR Made Easy

  Public relations are important, it’s why we spend so much time and money contributing to positive PR, and why we cringe at the idea of negative PR. The truth is that a lot of skill and planning goes into a successful public relations campaign, and a big part of this...

Exporting

You can export virtually anything from Australia with a few exceptions. Excise Excise duty is a tax on the following goods produced or manufactured in Australia. alcohol – including beer, brandy, other spirits, liqueurs and certain other beverages such as...

Importing

Importing goods to sell in Australia can be a lucrative opportunity. Most goods imported into Australia are not subject to any restrictions. There are however certain obligations that must be adhered to to protect our country. You need to be aware of the customs duty,...

Website Promotion

Search Engine Optimisation This is probably the most important way you can promote your website through the Internet. Search Engine Optimisation is the placement of keywords, key phrases and meta tags throughout your website content and should be done correctly before...

Drop Shipping

  Drop shipping is the method in which products are delivered to a customer through a retailer who doesn’t actually carry the products in stock. The seller accepts payment for the order, but the customer receives the products directly from the manufacturer or...

Wholesaling

If you’re interested in buying wholesale products then you should take a look at our dropshipping page, there’s a list of reliable wholesalers there or visit SaleHoo. SaleHoo is an online wholesale directory and community for online traders, eBay sellers,...

Your Online Shop

If you’re interested is starting up a free shop using your own designs on products then you must visit CafePress! It’s all free, you just get paid a commission when your design sells! If you still want to set up your own website and your business involves...

General Website Information

Privacy Policy Small and home based businesses should have privacy policies in place concerning the collection, storage and use of data they collect through their business dealings. You can find more information on the government website Stay Smart Online The...

Succession Planning

Exiting your business can be a stressful time if you haven’t planned it. Ill health, death in the family and early retirement are all reasons people choose to leave a business quicker than they thought. Having a succession plan can greatly reduce the stress and...

Selling

There are many reasons for selling a business some of which include retirement, death or ill health, divorce, moving from the area or simply “You’ve had enough”. Whatever the reason for selling, please make sure it is the right decision and not a decision made...

Closing a Business

Sole Trader: This is the easiest structure to close. You, as the sole trader are personally responsible for all debts and liabilities accrued by the business. To cease your business you will need to: Inform clients and cancel any contracts Inform the Tax Office,...

Getting Into Shops

If you’d like to get your products into retail outlets around Australia then consider these steps. When you have all the market research evidence done and your samples are ready to present then start this process. Step 1 Firstly you will probably need to set up...

Advertising

Writing your own sales material can be a beneficial exercise and also an easy way to save money. The following tips will help you to write material worth publishing. When writing a sales letter it should follow these basic guide-lines and tips. The headline must be...

Being Green

The individual impact each business has on the environment is a personal one and the guidelines below allow you to choose what is best for your business to make it a ‘greener’ and safer place for you and the environment. Being green also cuts down the...

Legal

  Legal obligations are a part of all businesses and at some stage and you will need to consult with the appropriate legal advisor. Things to consider when starting a business will include engaging a solicitor/lawyer to help choose the right business structure for...

Taxation

When running a business in Australia whether as a sole trader, partnership, company or trust you have certain tax obligations. Meeting these obligations may involve particular registrations and accurate financial record keeping. Keeping accurate records will allow the...

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is just that – the property of your intellect that you have used in your business. This can be the design layout, your trademark, logo and product designs. This intellectual property differentiates your product from another of similar...

Business Insurance

All owners of businesses, whether large or small, at home, at the market or at the shop face a range of possible risks. Protecting your business through correct insurances is a vital part of the business risk management procedure and can possibly save you from...

Biz Planning

Once you’ve completed the feasibility study of your new business you’re ready to construct your business plan. Your business plan is an essential part of your business start up requirements. It let’s you focus on where you want your business to go and...

Biz Structure

Your business or legal structure is an important consideration when starting a business and we recommend getting advice from a qualified independent business, financial or legal advisor. Sole trader – a type of structure where the business has no separate legal...

Time Management

  There are only 24 hours in a day, true, but how come I still can’t get everything I want to do, done? Here are 7 tips to get you started. 1. Find out what your ‘time wasters’ are Track what you do each day, for a week. The activity and how much...

Want to sell your biz?

    Many of us start a website business and then for one reason or another decide to stop working it. Many people at this stage simply stop and shut down their website. This could be the wrong decision. If you have built up a good website business then it is quite...

Templates

A selection of useful business templates and links to sites which can provide further templates and assistance. Media Kit Template Journalist Email Template Press Release Template Privacy Policy Template Our policy which you are free to copy and change where needed....

Australian Grant Links

  Government Grants and Assistance Grants and other funding programs are available from the Australian, state and territory governments and in some cases from local councils. Australian Business Funding Centre Need money to finance your small business in Australia?...

Business Tips

Here are links to our popular tip pages: 150 Promotional Tips 10 Marketing Tips 50 Service Business Tips Always listen to your customer feedback  and then engage them on how you could improve your products and services. Give your goals the respect they deserve. Set...

Business Startup Checklist

Starting a business can involve more than you think. Here are a few things you might not have considered when costing your business. Your first steps are to: Apply for an ABN if applicable Apply for a business TFN Register for GST and PAYG, if applicable Open business...

Licences and Permits

Every business in Australia has to have some form of licencing even if it is only a registered business name. MoneySmart – Check that a business is licenced Deal only with licensed businesses, or persons authorised by a licensed business, when you’re...