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Free Facebook Ad Design Software

9 Jul 2014

This quick and easy guide will help you create your free Facebook ad design in less than five minutes.

If you’re frustrated getting your facebook ads created, then this step by step guide will eliminate your frustrations forever. We’ll show you what you need to do to create your free Facebook ad design. Just follow each step through this guide and you can download your final, complete facebook ad graphic using this great free software called Canva.

Step 1: Head to Canva and create your free account.

You’ll need to create an account if you want to create multiple ad designs and images. Plus Canva lets you store Continue Reading

PC Speed

Increase Productivity By Boosting Your Windows 8 PC Speed

28 Jan 2014

Spend 5 minutes today on these time savers and you can save 10 minutes every day from now on.

I’m all for time saving activities especially when making a change has continued affect (listen to our time in motion podcast as an example). Increasing the speed of your computer is one of those activities that takes only minutes to perform, but can make a dramatic difference to your productivity every day.

Let me start this by saying, I LOVE WINDOWS 8 (and now 8.1). As a software engineer, I can see various aspects that have been improved – and while I don’t use the Metro interface on my desktop PC, it’s great on my laptop, surface tablet and my windows phone. Continue Reading

Empowerment

Re-Writing An Employment Contract – With A Difference

14 Jan 2014

Every employment contract I ever received was flawed. It was missing one crucial ingredient, which I’m going to share with you today.

I first started full-time work in 1990 and since then have worked with seven different employers. Over 20 years of employment, one thing was fairly consistent; My employment contract.

In 2006, when I became the General Manager of a company I also inherited the responsibility of hiring (and firing). I also took on the responsibility of creating employment contracts, so I did what every good manager does – I read my previous contracts and put together something that had a little bit of everything in it. Continue Reading

Transparency

The Hot Topic Of Transparency

7 Jan 2014

It seems these days I get more and more clients dropping the ‘T’ word – that is; ‘Transparency’. Business owners often talk about my strategy of client acquisition and most (if not all) don’t like a few of my methods. I’ll explain why.

In 2010 I met James Schramko – he was an internet entrepreneur who gave away advice about how to build traffic to your website. That was his real specialty, as without traffic, you’re not going to produce many online sales.

Traffic then became my first priority of business. How do I increase the amount of visitors to my website? Continue Reading

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Understanding And Focusing On Your Strengths

1 Jan 2014

It’s a new year and every business owner should be consumed right now with creating a plan of attack for their business or implementing the one they created last month.

It’s important right now that you focus on your strengths, and just as important that you allow those who work with you to do the same.

True Story

Several years ago I employed a new receptionist. She was young, bright but a little shy. I kept thinking to myself she is really intelligent and interesting, but for some reason just didn’t want to come out of her shell. Continue Reading

NYC Cabs

What Small Business Owners Can Learn From New York Cab Drivers

24 Dec 2013

This year I visited the USA and had a wonderful 5 week break seeing some of the best of what America has to offer.

Coming from Perth Western Australia to NYC was like going from a kiddie ride on a pony to racing in the Melbourne Cup.

The crowds are intense and the traffic is on a completely new level. For one, drivers are a lot more aggressive. They take off accelerating as fast as the car possibly can from every red light. If you happen to be driving a hire-car, you’ll quickly do the same or be honked by every driver.

So what did I learn from a NYC cab driver? Continue Reading

Bending Steel

Resilience

11 Nov 2013

Sometimes, a priority shift is needed, and when you do it many people won’t understand why. At the end of the day a good leader must decide what is best long term, even if short term results are adversely affected. Even if others don’t see the ‘bigger picture’.

My brother in law recently summed this up nicely in a discussion we had about small business owners and why some of the most successful politicians started their careers as small business owners.

He said the one trait they all had in common – “Resilience”.

In the face of criticism, in a downturned economy, in challenging times hiring the right staff, in all the adversity that comes with running a small business Continue Reading

Setting Up Stand

How To Have Your Most Successful Trade Show Ever

5 Sep 2013

After 5 years of exhibiting at different trade shows our most recent was by far the most successful. I thought it was time to share with you what I’ve learned about the do’s and don’ts of Trade Shows.

First of all, why do a trade show?

Trade shows are all about getting in front of your prospective customers. If you choose the right trade show, you’ll hit your target market, or at least know that a certain percentage of people attending will fall into your target market.

Some exhibitors will be looking at making sales on the day knowing that customers will often part with their money that day if they ‘perceive’ a bargain or benefit they can’t get elsewhere. Continue Reading

Successful

What Makes You Successful?

30 Jul 2013

I had a call from a potential client recently who asked me this question “What makes you successful”?

It was a pretty weird question to be asked actually, and I instantly felt like all of a sudden this phone call had turned into some kind of job interview. Needless to say, I answered it straight from the hip with what are some pretty generic comebacks;

  • I’m good at what I do
  • I don’t accept mediocrity
  • I’m not afraid of hard work
  • blah blah blah…

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Falling In Love

The Danger Of Falling In Love With Your Ideas

3 Jul 2013

Having a great business idea is every entrepreneurs dream. Falling in love with your idea before it’s fully tested though can be a dangerous slippery slide that you don’t want to go down.

I had an interesting phone call from a prospective client recently. They were wanting to redesign their existing web site and talk to me about increasing the effectiveness of the digital strategy.

After reviewing their website, it became clear to me that I was actually part of their target market. In fact, if they named the perfect client, it was me in every way shape and form.

They were right to contact me. Continue Reading