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Blogger and entrepreneur Ryan Robinson says no matter how rewarding your full-time job may be, there’s one thing that’s even more meaningful than great pay and solid benefits: working for yourself.

Choosing the path of entrepreneurship is without a doubt riskier than being content with holding a 9-5 job, and requires way more sacrifice. However, once you’re reaping the lifestyle benefits of being your own boss and hustling your way into making significantly more money than you ever could at your day job, the hard work will have all been worth it.

In his latest blog post "101 Best Side Business Ideas To Start While Working Full-Time", Ryan explains:

The majority of us don’t have the luxury of being able to quit our day jobs to pursue starting a business today, without having to worry about how we’re going to meet our financial obligations moving forward with no immediate income.

That’s why I’m a huge advocate of always starting a business while working full-time, so that you can test your way into your new product or service, get feedback, validate the business idea, and start generating income before you quit your job. If you can master the art of scaling a side business while keeping your day job, you’ll have no trouble succeeding once you’re fully self-employed.

To read the full article, visit: http://www.ryrob.com/best-businesses-start-while-w...

Share your experiences of starting your first business below. Were you working full time? What lessons did the experience teach you?

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October 14, 2016


The Sydney Morning Herald reports that small businesses are increasingly being targeted in scams and schemes that can devastate them, undoing years of hard work and smart planning.

The CEO Scam

The fake CEO scam happens when the scammer would pose as the CEO, CFO or other key decision maker in a company and email a directive to someone in finance to send money to an account. This might be through hacking the actual email address or it might involving setting a very similar account in that persons name.

The government body scam

Scammers are pretending to send messages on behalf of commonwealth agencies and organisations including the ACCC, the Federal Police and the ATO.

The ransomware scam

In this one an email arrives with a zip or another large attachment that contains malicious software that can take all the vital information on your computer.

That information is then held ransom, and you will be asked to pay money to get it back.

To learn more about these scams, visit: http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/growing/boss-...


Criminals are finding new ways to scam businesses every day. Do you have any tips on how to stay safe from scams?

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August 3, 2016


Source: http://www.locals4locals.com.au/why-shop-locally/

There are many studies that indicate that shopping locally has major economic benefits for your local community as evidenced by the chart. So when you spend $100 at a local business, on average 58% more of your money stays in your community compared to what would have happened if you spent that $100 at a multinational company based store.

Here are three good reasons to shop locally

  1. Local Economic Stimulus
    When you purchase from locally-owned businesses more money is kept in the local community as locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, and trades and service providers. Therefore, spending your money at local businesses supports other local business which in turn stimulates the local economy.
  2. Local Businesses Support your Lifestyle
    Anyone who has helped raise funds for a school or charitable organisation knows that it is significantly easier to source donations from locally owned businesses. When locally owned businesses donate to local charities, it is unnecessary to get approval from a head office in a capital city!
  3. The Majority of Jobs in Australia Are Provided By Local Businesses
    Small local businesses are the largest employers in Australia, so supporting a local business helps to both retain and grow jobs in your community.

For seven other reasons how shopping locally just makes sense, visit the locals 4 locals blog.

What are some great local businesses you support?

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July 19, 2016


Pokemon GO players in Kings Park

PerthNow is reporting Pokemon Go has sent hordes of families, friends and solo hunters to Perth’s many landmarks where Pokemon are waiting to be caught.

All of this activity means a potential for Perth businesses to capitalise on this growing market.

As quickly as obsessed players have downloaded the new craze, Perth businesses have embraced its potential to get their tills ringing.

For Fred Chew, who owns San Churros outlets in East Victoria Park and Northbridge, Pokemon Go is a “game changer”.

He created special offers for teams within the game and has boosted business by about 25 per cent in the past fortnight.

“Pokemon has brought people back out onto the streets,” he said. “In this day and age people socialise from home and don’t go out as much anymore — they’ve got Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter.”

Mr Chew was one of the first businesses in Perth to offer Pokemon players incentives to visit his business.

He came up with his plan while driving last Sunday and noticing “80 per cent of people in the street on their phone”.

“I’m pretty sure all of them were playing Pokemon,” he said.

Other venues have offered to buy virtual “lures” which attract “wild Pokemon” to the store and, in turn, attract Pokemon-playing customers.

Read more: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/...



How can City of Melville businesses make the most of the Pokemon GO craze?

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July 18, 2016