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Managing money and safe-sex practices for Girl Guides

In The Age Odd Spot this morning… Managing money and safe-sex practices are among the main topics in which British Girl Guides aged 14 to 26 want more instruction, a Girlguiding UK survey of more than 1000 guides has found. At least these topics are being addressed somewhere… but will they do anything about it? and how do we get other influential youth groups to do same?… like schools, the scouts etc.?

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Public Speaking for Entrepreneurs

Most people do it for the first time in college. Some in high school. But you? You have remained sheltered and untouched. Until now. If you are an entrepreneur and haven’t done it already, I can guarantee that you will at some time in the very near future have to make a presentation. In fact, you will probably have to make lots of them to investors, prospects, at conferences, for the media. If you are an entrepreneur, you must sell two things, an idea and yourself. Both of these cannot be sold without doing it, without speaking in public with…

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How To Set Your Consulting Fees…

The $101 billion (sales) consulting market is jammed with boutique shops looking to peddle their wisdom. The big question is: What is all that advice worth? Or more important from an entrepreneur’s perspective, what are customers willing to pay? These questions apply to any service industry. How do you know what to charge? and how do you know what your clients will pay? Read on for more information… If you are interested in finding a formula to use, drop me an email.

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Part-time work worst for mums…

Stephen Lunn reports: WOMEN who return to work part-time after having children have more difficulty juggling career and family than mothers in full-time jobs. “It is a double whammy for part-time working women – their jobs aren’t the best career option and more is expected of them on the home front,” said Barbara Pocock, head of the Centre for Work + Life at the University of South Australia. Professor Pocock conducted in March the first national survey of work-life outcomes, called Work, Life and Time, polling 1435 male and female Australians. The results, to be released yesterday, “confirm that long…

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(Still) Made Here – trendwatching.com…

This month, highlight the (STILL) MADE HERE trend: the power of all products that have a sense of place, coveted by consumers for a variety of reasons: from environmental concerns to shifting perceptions of what constitutes status. Pretty broad, pretty observational. Let’s call it a conversation starter? Two mega-trends of our time, the greening of consumption and the proliferation of alternative status symbols, hold the promise of vast new riches for real-world entrepreneurs, while wreaking havoc on those that lag behind. Which brings us to the (STILL) MADE HERE trend: the comeback of all things local, all things with a…

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Let your head follow your heart…

It is possible to successfully combine business with humanitarian values, Fran Molloy writes. JACQUELINE Arias sold her first bag of fair trade coffee a year ago; she’s now projecting that her turnover next financial year will be over $3 million. And while the rapid growth of her Republica Coffee business is striking, it’s the motivation behind Aria’s astounding success that is most inspiring: she insisted that her businessmodel be ethical. “My ethics are paramount to me. When I discovered fair trade, I realised that it made absolute sense. I knew Australians,who are so egalitarian, would just fall in love with…

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One; a few; most or all…

Seth Godin tells us that there are four kinds of marketing situations, and the approach to each is radically different. Yet most of the time, we lump them together as just plain ‘marketing’. Here’s a quick list of how the four differ: ONE: You’re a needle, the market is a haystack. Make your needle as sharp as you can, put it in as many haystacks as you can afford. Alternatively, you’ve already decided on your one (the date for the prom or the perfect job). In that case, throw the haystack out and engage in a custom, one-on-one patient effort…

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Inspiring Women and a Hidden Labour Market

At a time when many businesses complain of a shortage of good people… consider this; aCE talentNET is run entirely by entrepreneurial mothers. The key to the success of this business is ‘workplace flexibility‘. Both clients’ and the human resources, learning & development or change management consultants aCE talentNET places, are flexible in role structure. Whilst salary is always important, of equal interest is flexibility towards working hours (i.e. school hours, or limited number of days per week etc) and work venue (agreement to work from home office). They seek the challenges, stimulation and remuneration offered by work, but only…

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Dale Beaumont’s Weekly Success Tips – Wayne Burgan

This week’s Success Tips come from Wayne Burgan. Having started his career as a practicing accountant, Wayne went onto develop his own software program called Cashflow Manager. Marketed as the world’s most simple bookkeeping program, Cash Flow Manager now has offices in the UK, USA and of course Australia. In this short extract from his chapter in Secrets of Small Business Owners Exposed, Wayne shares a very clever acronym for the word P.A.S.S.I.O.N. Dale Beaumont is the creator of the Secrets Exposed series of books in which The Entreprenurial Mother features, namely “Secrets of Inspiring Women Exposed”. Order your own…

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Tom Peters roars about women!

Tom Peters roars about women! Period! This is the market. To honor women, especially with Mother’s Day been this month, this May issue is dedicated to women. And it includes: “Selling to Women – Selling to Men” “Why market to Women: The Bottom Line Case” Most interesting reading… Enjoy the issue, and belated Happy Mothers’ Day to all!

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