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Price tag
Do you tear your hair out trying to put a price to a product or service? Here's some savvy advice which could help set you on the right track

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Has it ever happened that when the summer holidays have disappeared in a hot ball of sun, you catch yourself saying: ‘It can’t be that close to the next holidays already! I’m still catching up with the ‘beginning of year’ backlog!’ Or perhaps you’re one of the truly organised ones, who never feels behind-hand. If so, this article is not for you. We’re going to talk about strategies to cope with that ugly feeling of overload in your daily work.

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Running a small business, possibly even from home, is not everyone's cup of tea. In fact, for some people it's just the wrong thing to do. If it doesn't suit you, it can be frustrating and even depressing. Here are some things to take into account before taking the plunge.

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The David Awards are geared towards recognising great little businesses at the smaller end of the business scale in New Zealand. Have you got what it takes to enter?

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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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Dice
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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Corporates spend tens of thousands of dollars (or more) on creating and maintaining their brand - but what about the home-based or small business operating from less-than-public premises? Does it need a brand? Can it bring one into being on a shoestring?

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Process chart
Until you sell something, all your marketing efforts have done is create awareness for your product or service and generate leads. Now you need to be able to back that up by actually selling your products and services!

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Networking
Networking is something you either love or you hate. However, whichever side of the fence you sit, it is something that can quickly change the fortunes of your business. It is not difficult, not expensive and done well, can generate exactly the sort of business you want right now. If you have done your networking well, when business starts to slow down, kicking in a little extra networking can turn it around in as little as one hour and for next to no expense. My Marketing Expert has some tips.

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Some useful guidelines on the minimum requirements for setting up your home office, and have it operate efficiently.

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Christmas cake
Whatever your type of business, this time of year is all about Christmas, holidays, the end of one year and the beginning of a new year with a fresh start.

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In agreement
Do people love doing business with you because you keep your word? Or do promises and plans seem to elude you just because you haven't found a way to make agreements stick? Lisa Mininni suggests ways to help you honour your commitments.

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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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The trophy for The David Awards Supreme Winner
You've put the hard yards into getting your business where it is today. Now get the recognition you deserve! But hurry, entry for The David Awards closes on 12 August at 5 p.m.

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Running a home business or small enterprise can be very rewarding. It can also be isolating and stressful, and it's all too easy to neglect your own professional development when the work is coming in. Make sure you don't fall into this trap!

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Starting or running a small or home business naturally involves an element of risk. For those who are risk averse (and Kiwis are notoriously so), Bill Treasurer suggests determining whether the risk is worthwhile, is a matter of perspective.

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Coffee
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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Getting online and using that presence well can be a real advantage for small businesses, says Adam Dowling - and he suggests those to benefit the most are often those who have the least digital presence - tradespeople. He explains how almost all small businesses can relatively easily level the playing field.

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Working from home can be a great way to run a business - but going into it with your eyes open is a must, says Richard O'Brien. He suggests some areas you should be thinking about, and points out some of the pros and cons.

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