Archive for March, 2008

Seasons Greetings from The Entrepreneurial Mother

Well its that time of year again; no surprise I know but… “where did the last year go” I hear you cry! Join us at the the entrepreneurial mother community, and this is what would have landed in your inbox this week… Time certainly seems to be moving a lot faster these days, but then that’s maybe because we try and jam too much in…. …So… lets use the “quiet” time over New Year to do a little navel gazing… * like review what worked and didn’t work in 2007, and use that information to kick-start 2008 * like looking…

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FREE LOVE…

This month, trendwatching.com looks at FREE LOVE, which is all about the ongoing rise of ‘free stuff’, and the brands already making the most it. Not to mention the millions of consumers who are happily getting into a free-for-all mindset. Yes, expectations are being set. Absorb and apply! P.S. sticking with FREE LOVE, trendwatching.com are giving away 5 MacBook Airs this month! All trendwatching.com ask you to do is to tell your colleagues, or clients, or friends about trendwatching.com. Just go to the Tell a Friend page Apart from being a great source of trend information, winning a MacBook Air…

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Google’s nine principles of innovation

via Kristen Le Mesurier Everyone wonders how Google does it. Now a $145-billion company by market capitalisation, revenue has grown by over 50% every year since 2002. Clever and motivated employees is a common guess. Another is the playground Google has created for adults – free gourmet food, an outdoor wave pool, an indoor gym, and those company scooters used to whiz around on between buildings. Great ideas are sure to follow all that freedom and hilarity, right? It’s true that these factors are part of the picture. After all, freedom has a lot to do with creativity and the…

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Using Your Networks and Experience

Using your networks and experience to push forward on your next big idea may seem only natural to the second-time entrepreneur but just how hard is it? You may have left the other business with a golden handshake. In some cases, it didn’t work out. Either way, you have to recharge and find the passion to do it all over again – tough call! An Ernst & Young study of over 200 global leader enterprises identified six fundamentals for any business to succeed and these included managing risk; transactions and alliances; operational effectiveness; managing finance; customer recruitment and people recruitment…

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The nice little earners: Ways to beat budget blues

Kate Adamson for HeraldSun.com.au YOU’VE found the best deals for your home loan, fuel, groceries and utilities. You’re running a tight budget and know where your money goes. Now open your mind and figure out ways to boost your income to combat rising interest rates. Earning more money, as against scrimping and saving, is a way to fight interest rate rises… read on Switching the focus off saving and on to making more money, lives can improve dramatically. Ain’t that the truth… the mindset shift is fundamental for this to happen, but happen it can… and does. I am a…

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Paying independent contractors on time

Independent Contractors of Australia advice… According to the Adelaide Advertsier (26 February), the Minister for Independent Contractors has announced that new legislation will be introduced to require government departments to pay small businesses and independent contractors within 30 days of invoice or be charged penalties and interest. This is a positive development that will have particular impact in the IT sector for example. For more details, see the original press release here. Certainly in our experience, the government has not always been very good at paying on time… so being able to know charge penalty interest is a step in…

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The black attack

I don’t know about you?… but I too love black. It is certainly the staple colour in my wardrobe. Not only because of its versatility, and easyness, but its also very useful around kids!… I still love my fashion, so this article is in recognition of that. Enjoy! If one thing unites Melburnians, it’s our passion for black fashion. Rachel Wells finds out why it’s this city’s best-selling shade. On any given day, black ensembles outnumber any other hue in Melbourne, particularly in the lanes that lie in the shadows of the city’s skyline… read on

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Questionating

by Corinne Miller for ChangeThis.com “Those who ask ‘why’ are typically more holistic or whole-brained thinkers, those who ask ‘how’ are typically more box thinkers, and those who ask ‘why not’ are typically the challenging thinkers. All types, of course, are equally valuable and equally required for innovation!” Are any of these sounding like you? Would you prefer to be one other than the one you are now? All is possible… read on

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