Need IT Solutions But Don’t Have a Help Desk? Google Has The Answers!

Most solo business owners struggle with IT problems. When you work by yourself it can be very difficult to work out how to use software properly, and how to get help when your software or hardware isn’t working properly. This is especially frustrating for business owners who have come from a corporate world and are used to calling the IT help desk and handing over the problem.

So, what can you do when  you are working on your own and you have no idea how to solve your IT issue? The three things I always recommend to my clients are Google, YouTube and Live Chat, and these generally result in positive outcomes. Continue Reading →

Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Testimonials?

So you’ve received a wonderful testimonial. You’re feeling fantastic about it and confident that it will help bring new clients to your business. But how?

A good testimonial is like a recommendation from a friend. Even though your potential customers haven’t met the person giving the testimonial the fact that someone impartial loves your business encourages them to believe that they will too.

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Backing Up Your Computer – How And How Often

I often have people tell me that they ‘don’t have time’ to backup their computer. I tell them that unless they have time to redo months of work then they HAVE to make backing up a priority.

Backing up doesn’t have to be expensive, time consuming or hard. It just needs to be a regular practise in your business.

The first thing I suggest my clients do is work out how often they need to backup their computer. In an ideal world, for most people, you probably need to do it weekly if you’re using your computer every day, fortnightly if you are an infrequent computer user. To be honest I have my backup running daily as I couldn’t stand to lose any of the information I have generated.  Continue Reading →

You Don’t Have to Be An IT Nerd to Know Your Computer’s IP Address

Do you know what your computer’s IP address is or how to find out? It is easier than you think. 

Every computer, printer or other device connected to the internet is given a number called an Internet Protocol (IP) address.

This number is used to identify (or name, if you like) all the machines using the web, as well as provide their general location.

You may have noticed that sometimes online ads are targeted to your local area. It can be a bit freaky, especially if you don’t know how they know where you are. In fact, they are using your IP address to find the location of your computer.

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Three Mistakes New Business Owners Make And How to Avoid Them

Thinking of setting up a business and turning your passion into a job?

Setting up a business that will change your hobby in to a career is an exciting and often overwhelming time. In amongst all the decisions, enthusiasm, activity and choices it can be easy to make a few mistakes, especially as most people haven’t set up a business before.

In the years I have been working with small business owners, three mistakes come up time and time again but the good news is that they’re easily avoidable if you know what to look out for…

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Technology Isn’t The Bad Guy

Many new business owners, don’t embrace technology.

I know that is a very general statement to make but when I talk technology so many of the clients I work with say things like “Oh that’s not me. I’m people orientated. I need to be with people and not online”.

And that’s fine if you want to limit your practice to your local community but if you really want to grow your business you need to start using technology such as Skype, social media, email, SMS, accepting credit card payments and so on to help you.

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Hobby or Business … It’s All in Your Attitude!

Does it seem as though others see your business as a hobby?

If you dig deep down in to your subconscious and are really honest with yourself, do you see your business as more like a hobby than a ‘proper job’?

Struggling to persuade yourself and others that your business is a ‘real’ business and deserves respect is a common problem for new business owners but if you want to be successful it is essential to get out of the hobbyist mindset.

Many of us tend to be focused on helping people, rather than financial gain, yet it’s important to recognise that you can still help people and make money from your work.

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Are You Thinking About Your Tax?

Do you feel like you’re on top of your tax? Do you know how much tax you need to pay? Do you know how to find the right information to work out your tax rate? Have you put money aside during the year for tax?

When you run your own business you don’t have an employer taking out tax from the money you earn but you still need to pay tax and it is your responsibility to take it out of your earnings and put it aside.

It is easy to feel like you are earning a lot when you only look at your before-tax income but the $100 you earn per client could possibly be as little as $69 after tax.

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Are you struggling to succeed in business?

It may be your subconscious mind that is holding you back.

Everyone knows that you must have the right mindset for your business to succeed. But do you truly understand what your mindset is? Or is your subconscious secretly sabotaging your success? Continue Reading →

How websites get hacked

Having recently been hacked on the Wellness Hubs Australia site, I was really glad to receive an email from Sucuri (the people who helped clean my site) that contained an informative video about how websites get hacked.

If you’ve ever wondered why or how… then check out this video.

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Stress Management: Activating the Relaxation Response

In this video, guest presenter, Joe Figliano shares his wealth of experience on how to manage stress in our lives and how to inject (even the smallest bit) of relaxation into our lives.

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