As well as working with startups and growing operations, I work with business owners who have been established for years, even decades. Often, these are family-owned organisations with grass-roots beginnings. They have been serving the same customers, providing the same products and making roughly the same income, year-in, year-out. Having a solid business is great.…

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When you first start out in business, unless you have a bounty of funds from a generous investor, odds are it is all you.

This can be a challenging time. As well as being the expert in your chosen field, you are the sales director, the marketing manager, and the finance officer. You’re a professional plate-spinner, and as your business grows, so does your to-do list.

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As a business owner or professional, recording and distributing a podcast is an excellent way to share your message with a vast audience. Participating in podcasts is also a fun and effective strategy for cross-promotion between similar businesses.

Always one to practice what I preach, I recently joined property guru Michael Yardney as a guest on his podcast.

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If you Google yourself, what comes up? Is it a series of sporting results from your old soccer club? An article in the local paper from several years ago?

If you run a business, this isn’t going to cut it. It is important to have a personal website to establish yourself as a brand and make yourself easy to find online.

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Many businesses put an incredible amount of time and money into their blogs. This is a great strategy (and one we use here at Business Blueprint!), but it is not right for everybody.

If you have a social media presence and you want to constantly be engaging your audience, content curation is a shortcut to sharing helpful and relevant information.

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I have always been the type to plan ahead. From a young age, I got into the habit of writing down my goals before figuring out how to achieve them. It didn’t surprise me to learn that almost all of the most successful entrepreneurs I have met do the same.

In my life, I have created some ambitious goals but recently, I was inspired to think even bigger. This happened after I visited the office of a business contact of mine. She had one on her wall a figure — 1 million dollars.

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As a young kid, I was full of energy. Not knowing what else to do with me, Mum enrolled me in gymnastics when I was six years old.

This was to shape the rest of my youth, and perhaps the rest of my life. With the help of my coach, I was able to reach great heights in gymnastics, competing at the top level before retiring at age 18.

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