Thursday, 10 December 2020 18:08
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How to prepare for a networking event

As a small business owner or sole trader, you know how important it is to surround yourself with like-minded people. Whether it’s collaboration with peers, meeting potential contractors, or exploring prospective leads, building a professional network can greatly benefit your business. But ‘networking’ can feel confronting and scary. What do you say? How do you overcome the anxiety of ‘putting yourself out there’?

There’s a bit of preparation involved if you want to make a good impression, especially if you’ve never been, or it’s been a long time since you last joined a networking event. We’re hoping these few tips help you to relax and enjoy your networking experience.

Monday, 19 October 2020 23:14
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Networking Tips for Small Business Owners in Victoria

By it's most basic definition, networking for business is about intentionally staying connected with other professionals to grow your business. It is about creating relationships rather than handing out or collecting business cards. Good networking is a low cost way of marketing your business. But it means taking part in real conversations and meeting up with likeminded people to create new opportunities. For some, this comes naturally and is an almost innate skill or habit they practice daily. For others, especially those who may be new to networking or those who have a more introverted personality, networking can be a new and somewhat daunting concept.

So how do you go about networking your business?

Monday, 05 October 2020 22:32
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As restrictions are rolled back week by week throughout Victoria, it comes as a sigh of relief for many small businesses. The easing of restrictions is important for businesses who have been financially struggling for the past few months due to COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown. With the lifting of some restrictions and gradual reopening of the local economy, many small businesses are finally returning to the workplace after COVID.

Both Regional Victoria and Melbourne Metro have been prescribed their separate roadmaps for reopening. These roadmaps are based on the number of active cases in the respective communities. Hence, it is important for business owners to be well aware of the specific guidelines they must adhere to. This article is designed to provide a general overview of the regulations for small businesses returning to work in Victoria.

Sunday, 27 September 2020 19:59
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By and large, Australia has managed to contain the number of positive coronavirus cases by adhering to varying degrees of quarantine and restrictions, over the course of this pandemic. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about the state of Victoria.

Stage 4 restrictions were introduced on the 2nd of August, resulting in the closure of all businesses deemed as “essential”.

As a result, the Australian economy at large and in particular, Victoria, has taken quite a hit, with some saying the worst may be yet to come.

One group who have been especially affected by both lockdowns is small business. Coronavirus has substantially impacted the lives and livelihoods of small business owners in Victoria.

This is why the easing of certain restrictions from the 27th of September, (see the Victorian Government’s Roadmap to Reopening), is akin to a lifeline for many businesses. However, it comes with its own set of challenges.

Monday, 21 September 2020 16:35
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So you know all about the benefits of networking and have a few networking tips and tricks up your sleeve, what next? You might be new to networking or a familiar face on the small business scene, but regardless of how experienced you are at networking, with advances in technology, industries growing and evolving, and the ever-changing needs in your own business, it always pays to be growing your network. We’ve rounded up a list of ways you can grow your network a little more and while we have some practical advice, some of these tips might surprise you.

Monday, 04 May 2020 13:36
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During this crazy COVID19 time we have had some interesting conversations about Online Marketing or Marketing Your Website in 2020. Most of our conversations are about taking this time to focus on your website as most people have increased their time on the net. So, through the Victorian Small Business Network we put together a specialists panel for business owners in Victoria to get answers on some common questions about this crazy time!

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 16:17
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To protect people's privacy, the camera is pointed to me. Sorry, you're going to be staring at my mug for the Zoom.

Sunday, 18 November 2018 23:52
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What do you want to say?

Having 90 seconds to answer this may seem like eternity or it might seem like it's simply not enough. This post will discuss what to consider when scripting your 90 second promotional video for events.