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SME Inspiration
  • May 10 2019 Luxury Escapes Founder’s success secrets

    Founding one of the world’s fastest growing travel websites, Luxury Escapes, Adam Schwab is an award winning entrepreneur with over 15 year’s experience in business and journalism. His passion for travel combined with knowledge of business allowed him to build one of Australia’s most profitable e-commerce companies in just five years without any external funding. With offices already Read More…

  • April 18 2019 Advice for young wanna-be entrepreneurs from Peta Shulman

    When Peta Shulam was only 25 when she came up with the simple concept of sampling health foods. Her passion for finding these products led to her creating the largest health food sampling service in Australia, GoodnessMe Box, where for just $25 her clients can sample 7-10 full sized products, allowing those products to be Read More…

  • April 2 2019 SMEs’ wish list for federal budget revealed 

    With the federal budget announcement later today and an election on the horizon, a national survey reveals clear expectations of what the government should prioritise for the small to medium business sector. SME Growth Index research released yesterday shows the priorities of SMEs in regards to what the new Federal Parliament should focus on –  and company tax cuts was the top response. Read More…

  • March 22 2019 Why businesses must embrace automation for future success

    Automation is a driving force behind a changing workforce in which mundane tasks are no longer part of most job descriptions and workers are freed up to contribute strategically and creatively to the organisation. This makes it imperative for businesses to understand and embrace automation, and to comprehend how the future workforce will evolve. By Read More…

  • July 17 2018 Small businesses must match enthusiasm with delivery

    How can SMEs turn this enthusiasm into true innovative action?

  • April 30 2018 How to successfully work with your family

    Starting a business with my wife and sister-in-law has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Contrary to popular belief, working alongside your loved ones can in fact be a very beneficial experience that nurtures both your personal and professional relationships, while also providing the opportunity to grow your business. Aside from Read More…

  • April 23 2018 How repeat customers improved my business

    “Repeat business is both an honour that confirms you’re doing something right, and a reminder to push yourself to keep serving the people who love what you’re doing,” says entrepreneur Kyla Kirkpatrick. Here, she shares her secrets to earning repeat business. It has been 10 years since I started The Champagne Dame and I am Read More…

  • March 7 2018 Last frontier: How the MD of Intact Group is making women feel welcome in construction

    Marriage and fatherhood fuelled the desire of Intact Group MD, Scot Pittaway, to ensure his building maintenance services company isn’t the last frontier for women. [Related: Entrepreneur Kate Middleton on rescuing a company in free fall, shaking up the status quo] Pittaway recently took home the Leader in Gender Diversity in Industry Award at the Facility Read More…

  • November 28 2017 Why business ‘culture’ needs a new narrative

    What does ‘culture’ in a corporate context really mean anyway? We all throw the term around with the assumption there is a common understanding of what it actually means, but I feel in its over use its lost its meaning and worth defining to set the scene. Most people would agree corporate or organisational culture Read More…

  • November 22 2017 Why every CEO should show kindness at work

    Although it’s been one week since World Kindness Day (13 Nov), it’s important for CEOs to realise that being kind should be an ongoing commitment and obligation.  Introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of over 25 non-government organisations across the world, World Kindness Day serves as a reminder to be purposeful Read More…

  • November 13 2017 Avoid working with A**holes and Why Robots and Smart Machines Won’t Steal Your Future

    The following is adapted from a graduation speech delivered earlier this spring to Macquarie University Business School Class of 2017. Where I come from (New York, the US) graduations are referred to as ‘commencements’. However, applying the term commencement to a graduation used to confuse me because commencement means “the beginning of something” whereas a graduation, Read More…

  • August 10 2017 When and how to engage in charitable giving

    When I was growing up, helping others was part of what was expected as a decent human being. You were discreet and perhaps even private about such activities. It was almost unseemly to be helping out and then talking about it. Over the years things have changed and while for some of us discretion is Read More…

  • April 3 2017 The power of small, incremental Innovations

    Innovation is an underappreciated word in the world of business. Small and medium enterprises are only considered innovators when they bring something new to the market. This parochial appreciation for the meaning of innovation often means SMEs overlook opportunities to innovate. For whilst ‘innovate’ means to introduce something new, it also means to make changes Read More…

  • January 25 2017 Is your personal brand optimised for 2017?

    Personal narratives are as old as time and they continue to command attention – just look at Hollywood’s continued obsession with biopics and the abundance of best-selling biographies on bookstands. Simply put, people love good stories and they need to know what your story is. When people judge the merit of a business’s product or service, they invariably do so in reference Read More…

  • December 22 2016 Nine books to see SME owners through Xmas

    With holiday season upon us, there’s no better time than now to get stuck into a few books. To see you through Christmas, and leave you ready to take on 2017, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite books. Not all of these books are strictly business-related, but all are instructive in their own way. Without further ado… 1)      Connect by John Browne. Drawing from Read More…