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How to ensure your jobs are profitable

This is a guest post from Tony Fraser-Jones, Director at Profitable Tradie.

If you’re in business, making decent money is important. Sometimes, though, it doesn’t always work out the way you’d planned; you may find that your profits are low, or your cash flow is slow.  

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5 tips for becoming your own boss

This is a guest post by Damien Justus. 

The idea of starting your own business and being your own boss has become more popular in recent years. In many industries, like the trade industry, those who take the plunge are often looking for more control, more profits, and more free time.

However, many technicians find that they lack the right knowledge and systems to ensure their venture's a success. If this sounds like you, here are five tips to help you succeed.

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How to have those difficult conversations with your team members

This is a guest post from Tony Fraser-Jones, Director at Profitable Tradie.

As your business grows, you’ll likely hire more tradespeople and office staff. It’s an exciting time full of possibilities; however, after a few months, the niggles set in.

Someone turns up late. Or maybe it’s a bad attitude, a bad mistake, or a disregard for the systems and processes you've put in place...

But what do you do? Most people do nothing. It's just a minor blip, after all, and it'll sort itself out, right? So you sweep it under the carpet.

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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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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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