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Key management skills to grow your business

Many small business owners start out with a good business idea but little concept of what it takes to manage and grow a business.

The good news is that you can definitely learn and improve your management skills as your business grows.

And while there isn’t a definitive list of skills, the ones we’ve listed below could help you to build your initial vision and develop your business to its full potential.

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Maintaining productivity during the Easter holiday season (and any holiday season, for that matter)

For many small businesses, festive seasons can signal anything but relaxation. Why? Family commitments, extended leave and slower-than-average business operations can drain employee productivity and lead to a seasonal slump in your field service business.

With several upcoming public holidays scheduled around the Easter break, employees are expected to be taking longer time off than usual, which may signal a stressful period for field service business operators.

Use the following tips to keep your employees engaged and motivated for a strong holiday period, and an even stronger return to work.

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Social media: are you using it for your business?

Social media is a great tool; it’s a route to new and different customers and a direct way of communicating with your existing customers. It’s also a free way to build brand recognition and create a name for yourself in your field.

So it’s surprising that many businesses still don’t have a social media presence. Sometimes this is a conscious decision, but quite often it’s due to people not always understanding the benefits.

The reality is that social networks can bring a whole new dimension to your business – and they’re definitely a marketing tool worth using to your benefit.

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Preparing your company for international business

Have you ever considered taking your business global? Because why settle for selling your services in just one country, when emerging markets across the world have almost unlimited profit potential?

According to CNN, Chinese consumers will have an incredible $6.4 trillion worth of buying power by the year 2025.

The possibility of 'making it' by providing services to foreign markets is certainly there. However, if you aren’t careful, you could flop.

If you've made the decision to go global, you'll need to thoroughly prepare your company for international business to maximise your chances of success. 

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How to go from self-employed to successful business owner

Seven vehicles on the road. Ten electricians in the field. One business owner working overtime, all the time...

Such was the norm for L&L Electrical, a versatile electrical services company in Campbelltown, Victoria, and proud owner John Libroaperto.

Proud and successful owner he was, yes – but at a hefty cost in a most valuable currency: time.

Was starting work before the sun was up and finishing well after it was down the only way to be successful?

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What NOT to do at your office Christmas party

As the festive season approaches, so too do the social events at work: the office Christmas party, end of year celebration, end of year social...

Whatever your workplace chooses to call it, it really all means the same thing: a generous bar tab and the opportunity to witness a workmate do something they’ll surely regret the next day.

Our Chief Human Resources Officer, Aimee Simpson, offers a few top tips to ensure that this person isn’t you this year.

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