Essentials.jpg      Starting and running a small business is a massive commitment.  Unlike big businesses that can hire legions of staff to perform all sorts of roles, small business owners end up doing most jobs.  This section provides insight into some key issues for every small owner to think about.

Supply chain basics 27 January, 2011
From buying a new vacuum cleaner to eating out in a restaurant, products and services represent the cumulative efforts of a supply chain. Only recently have business owners begun to understand the importance of supply chain management in making their businesses more efficient and cost-effective.
Small business tax registrations 14 December, 2010
Tax requirements can be complicated and confusing but a small business cannot afford to make mistakes. Make sure you are aware of the registrations you need in order to be compliant with Australian Tax Office (ATO).
Your time, your territory 13 December, 2010
Winning at the sales game isn't always achieved by rushing out the door to see potential clients as soon product training is complete. To the contrary sales is a tactical exercise that needs to be carefully managed. Time and territory management are two areas where top sales performers excel - to get the most out of your sales efforts follow the tried and tested tactics that have led many sales people to success.
Things to do when business is slow
Even the best-run businesses go through slow periods. Whether it's due to a sluggish economic period or just a particular time of year  - such as school holidays or the Christmas holiday period  - most businesses will go through a lull every now and then. Of course, if you identify that your business is going through more than just a quiet phase, it is important to act quickly to ensure you aren't at risk of experiencing significant hardship and possible failure.
Top 10 tips for writing your business plan
As you develop your business plan, it's easy to make mistakes or leave out important elements. Here are a few of the most common business planning pitfalls and some tips on how to avoid them.
How to build and motivate a sales team
Companies can live and die by the quality of their salesforce. A dazzling sales team can generate tremendous sales for an average product or service, but a clumsy sales team might not be able to do much with even a first-rate offering.
Ten tips for building an effective intranet
An intranet can be a powerful business tool    - or a serious waste of money. Follow these tips to get the most from your intranet.
Time to spring clean
At long last spring is here! So there is no better time than now for a spring clean. It's good to take stock of where your business stands and have a look at areas which could be improved with some old fashioned spit and polish.
Evaluating new business ideas
For every great business idea there are scores of others that just won't work. You will save yourself a great deal of time, trouble and money if you put your ideas to the test before you try to implement them. Half an hour of careful thought, an afternoon of research, or a phone conversation with a knowledgeable friend might steer you away from a flawed idea - and months of wasted effort and thousands of dollars of losses.
Be carbon neutral
Becoming carbon neutral is a growing movement in the business world. Recently, many of Australia's largest companies  have indicated their intention to sign up to a new Carbon Neutral Program to be implemented by the Australian Carbon Trust. This program will allow businesses to certify their products, services or operations as carbon neutral.

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