Business Growth

Are You Giving Away Too Much Free Content?


First published on the ABN Her Business Blog A dilemma facing any service professional/consultant is,should I be giving away free content, and if I am, is it too much? Two presentations I attended at SXSW in Austin, Texas this year basically gave the same answer to this question: Yes, give away as much as you possibly can because it leads to the consulting. It’s your marketing machine! Read More »

I Think You’re Faking It…


First published on the ABN Her Business Blog I’m really going to get on my soapbox, but you have to hear this. I see far too many people who have lost faith in themselves. They’ve been beaten down by disappointments, failure to reach goals and getting caught up in the drudgery their business has become. Read More »

Thoughts of an Entrepreneur


First published on the ABN Her Business Blog You started a business because you found something you were passionate about and wanted to create something meaningful around that work. I’ve been thinking about what makes up the heart of a business a lot recently, and thought I could share my thoughts with you, both as a business owner and as someone who spends a lot of time turning businesses upside-down and inside-out to see into all the crevices, making tweaks here and there. Read More »

Climb that Summit


First published on the ABN Her Business Blog There’s a saying we all know and grew up with – “good things come to those that wait”. I’ve seen it. Good things do happen. But, seriously, it can be so frustrating while you’re waiting, yes? It can feel like an eternity. And this relates to that common misconception about successful businesses that are supposed ‘overnight success stories’. Yes, an overnight success that took 10 years! Read More »

Maintenance is the key to organised numbers


First published on the ABN Her Business Blog In order to keep on top of your business paperwork, you need a system for keeping it organised all of the time; a maintenance program. Maintenance must occur regularly, preferably weekly, regardless of who is doing it. Schedule a regular appointment with yourself (or your bookkeeper) to get it all sorted. Read More »

The Business of Busyness


First published on the ABN Her Business Blog How do you keep track of your projects and tasks? How do you get to the end of your day and make sure that you have accomplished your goals for the day? How do you make sure you haven’t been fluffing around being busy but not accomplishing anything? It’s so easy to get stuck in the business of busyness, doing those tasks that are ultimately not important. Read More »

What can you achieve in 90 days?


First published on the ABN Her Business Blog How’s business? Travelling along okay? Or are you busily focused on end of financial year, just trying to make it so you can start fresh again on July 1? Forget the End of Financial year guff going on; forget tax planning; and get back to what’s real – your business. Read More »

Time Billing vs Value Billing


First published on the ABN Her Business Blog As service professionals, most of us are tracking our time, whether that is for the purpose of charging clients per billable hour or measuring our time spent on projects for which a client is paying. How can we satisfy our need to track our time for “billable” purposes with the requirement to satisfy the needs of our clients? Read More »

I don’t know enough.


First published on the ABN Her Business Blog You’ve said this before, right? I used to think the same. I spent a long time studying part time for my accountancy degree – started, but never completed an e-commerce masters and started, but never completed my CPA. I’m grateful now that I didn’t complete them; I don’t need them. Read More »