Explain your product like you’re explaining it to your Grandma

Explain your product like you’re explaining it to your Grandma

It’s easy to overcomplicate your product concept, marketing and future direction. When you’re super passionate about the problem your product solves, and you’re spending all of your time building your business, you forget about the perspective of the...
Fastest Frustration Diffuser: Break. It. Down.

Fastest Frustration Diffuser: Break. It. Down.

Science proves that when we are stuck, we lack the motivation required to solve the problem we face. My nine-year-old son has a solution… A few weeks ago I faced a task that involved mathematical work. Everyone who knows me knows that maths is not my strong suit, so...
Starting a Business Can Be Lonely

Starting a Business Can Be Lonely

You have a great idea, you start developing it and think you have a clear view of the path you want to follow, but sometimes you get stuck. It could be because you didn’t realise that the journey would be so long and stressful. You didn’t realise that no matter what...
“No!” to “Yes!” People

“No!” to “Yes!” People

Starting a business is not easy and there are some characteristics we all need to work on as the owners. When you start a new venture, leave your ego at the door – for business owners who hire, fire and rule with egos is a recipe for disaster. I know there are many...
Is Your Business Just Another Glum Statistic?

Is Your Business Just Another Glum Statistic?

There are approximately 2.5 million small businesses in Australia and New Zealand. Over 800,000 of these businesses have employees and two thirds of the 2.5 million businesses are non-employing, in laymen’s terms a ‘one man show’. Approximately 81% of these businesses...
Why Most Good Employees Leave

Why Most Good Employees Leave

Most managers have never been taught how to develop their people. In the current business climate, with its brutal hours and aggressive markets, a precedent is often created that can be damaging for most business.   Most managers are concerned about their department’s...
What’s your exit plan?

What’s your exit plan?

The best advice I could possibly have received, something I wish I had heard 14 years ago when I started my first business was from one of my greatest mentors, 3 years ago. One simple question that I initially found a little offensive and glum, in a time when...
How to charge your worth

How to charge your worth

Why is it so hard for some people to charge their worth? This is something I’ve seen a lot over the last 16 years of helping businesses grow — where people find it particularly hard to demand, charge, or discuss their value. The most implausible part is that most of...
Drama should get your blood flowing, not boiling

Drama should get your blood flowing, not boiling

A small business owner’s life is normally filled with drama. Buy new software… drama. Ask for a loan… drama. Need to do a business plan… drama. Marketing program… drama. That was how I felt when I started my first business at 2003 and I think, if possible, it has...