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Turning a great idea into a viable home or small business is not so easy. Heather Douglas examines some of the stumbling blocks, and how home businesses can be helped to be more successful.

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In recent years, New Zealand small and home businesses have found out the hard way how events outside their control, like earthquakes, floods or other natural disasters, can negatively affect them. While many of the losses relating to these events are covered by insurance, the bigger risks to businesses are the less obvious risks that are not claimable through insurance policies. Risk management for your business is more important now than ever before, and Sue Hirst explains how you can take some steps to mitigate potential threats.

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Ashley Bryan

As a business grows, quite a number of changes have to be made to position it strategically in the marketplace. And because most of us aren’t as receptive to change as we think we are, this can cause quite a bit of a problem. That’s because when not managed properly, change will result in disgruntled employees, low employee morale and reduced productivity.

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Simon Sinek

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9 Mar 2017 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

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 SIMON SINEK 

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.

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[FREE TRAINING] Overcome Fear, Self Doubt & Procrastination

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11 Nov 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Online

[FREE Live Online Training]

Are You Sick & Tired of Fear, Self Doubt & Procrastination Holding You Back in your Business?

Do you want to have a greater impact in this world, help more people with your products and services and live a fulfilling life but keep getting stuck and not able to move forward?

Join Us For This Free Training and Learn How To Overcome Fear, Self Doubt and Procrastination

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When you are in the throes of running your business on a daily basis, it can be hard to take a long-term perspective - but it's important to have these plans in place and work towards them. Have you considered your exit strategy?

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A business partnership is, in many ways, like a marriage. So how do you know if it will work and what can you do to help ensure it's successful? Phil Astley suggests some sensible basics.

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Profits Pyramid Live ~ Business Development

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26 Aug 2016 (All day) to 28 Aug 2016 (All day)

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Waipuna Hotel, Mt Wellington, Auckland

A powerful business development event that will show you how to unlock the true potential of your business:  helping you to make more money and profits in your business, to truly serve your clients better than you ever have before.  Creating a business that is thriving on all levels, and allowing you to create real leverage in your business to free up your time so that you can enjoy your life more and not be constantly grinding away in your business not making real progress. 

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Being a business owner can be a solitary job. You’re the one who has to make the decisions and who is accountable for the effect of those decisions. At the end of the day, the buck stops with you. This kind of responsibility can leave you feeling lonely, tired and harrassed - and often scared and confused as well.

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You may be working hard at bringing in the income and keeping down expenses - but somehow things just aren't going the way they should. Sometimes it's not obvious what changes can be made, until you dig a little deeper.

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Business mistakes – every entrepreneur makes a few at one time or another. The point is not to make the same mistakes again and again but rather to learn from them and grow your business. This list of sure fire ways to destroy your business should help you avoid them!

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Making an exit
There are often a variety of potential options when you decide to sell your business, says Richard O'Brien. He details some of them and gives some useful guidelines - some of which it's useful to implement even when you're not actively thinking of selling up.

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Risk-taking is an important part of being a small or home business owner - but how do you know when the risk is worthwhile or when you are being too hot-headed? Bill Treasurer has some sound advice.

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The sign on your door, the poster in your window and the message on your vehicle all create an impression of your business in the eyes of your customers and prospects. If they are not accurate, in good condition or do not meet some of the criteria for a good sign, then you could be doing your business a disservice.

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Chart showing growth over time
Your business needs to know where it is going and if it is going to get there. Sue Hirst helps you work out how to monitor progress and keep on track to achieve the results you are aiming for.

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The humble home or small business is a significant part of New Zealand's economy - and one that has enormous potential for growth. But how do we harness this potential to benefit the individual as well as the country as a whole?

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Before you bring something "new" to your business, it's worth checking that's really what your customers want. All too often, Hannah Samuel says, it's not ....

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Bad Business Date
Why is it that we have a clear set of criteria for who we want to date but often forget to do the same for choosing clients to work with. Particularly when we spend so much time at work! Craig Dewe explains the importance of getting clear on your ideal client and the benefits of selecting them.

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Many inventors become so excited about their innovations that they enthusiastically rush forward without considering factors affecting successful commercialisation. Whether you intend to sell your idea to someone else, or seek an investor to assist in commercialising your innovation, there are some things you should and shouldn’t do.

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Many businesses looking to grow will at some point consider expanding into international markets. Whatever your situation, and particularly in times of global recession, it's essential that you do your homework thoroughly before making any decision to export.

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