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Are you a square peg in a round hole? Don't panic, this week's guaranteed-under-two-minute read helps you make your business, and your marketing, fit with your lifestyle and objectives, so you can achieve the best results you can.

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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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Only you know how much work it's taken to get your business to the point you are at - and how much effort it takes to stand out from the crowd. This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute read helps you focus on what you want to achieve, and reward yourself for how far you've come.

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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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Building trust with your customer is a crucial part of doing business with them - and it's a two-way street. This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute read has some tips and tools to help you get off to a good start and keep that relationship strong and loyal.

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Just because your business is small, doesn't mean you couldn't or shouldn't dream big. This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute read has some tips and tools to help you grow your business while managing the risk and facing the challenges head-on.

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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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The more clearly we see where we are going, the faster and easier it is to get there - though that's often easier said than done. This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute read has some tips and tools to help you sort the clutter from the critical, focus on what's important, and track and reach your goals.

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Here are some very valid reasons why it's good to declutter our working and living environments.

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Keeping home and business life separate is one of the first rules we learn when we work for ourselves - but what happens when a personal crisis arises which affects our business? This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute read has some tips and tools to help you deal effectively with the personal issue without putting your business at stake or losing your reputation for professionalism.

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With half the first quarter of 2017 - and also half the last quarter of the current financial year - done and dusted, is your year shaping up to be profitable? This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute read has some tips to make sure your business is financially rewarding, and some tools to help you stay on track.

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How awesome are your plans for your business in 2017? The summer break is traditionally when Kiwi entrepreneurs think about launching a new initiative, changing tack, refining their systems and processes or taking their business up a notch or two. This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute read has some tips to help you start putting your ideas into practice.

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Can it really be less than six weeks to Christmas?! This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute-read has tips to help you navigate some of the trickier social situations while keeping your business out of a potentially sticky spot and also gives you some tools to help you make it through to the new year in one piece.

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We all define success differently, but no matter what it is to you, it can sometimes seem just out of reach. This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute-read has tips and tools to help you reach your goals and puts the spotlight on some award-winners to inspire you.

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We're known as a nation of do-it-yourselfers, and while this great number eight wire can-do attitude certainly has a lot to do with all the small Kiwi businesses which have been spawned, DIY has its downfalls too This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute-read has tips and tools to help make sure that while you might tackle some of the more technical aspects of running your business, you still have the expertise to do it professionally.

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Do you just follow the crowd when the next "flavour of the month" in terms of business wisdom becomes popular? This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute-read has tips and tools to help make sure it really suits your business and will put you in a position to make the most of smarter business thinking in your own enterprise.

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I recently agreed to be interviewed by Kiwi Mum Janine Ogg, co-host of the Get It Done Mum podcast. Janine has kindly invited me to share this with the Bizbuzz community.

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If you are getting pushed around in your business, or there are murmurings of discontent in your own head or among the staff if you have any, take charge! You're the boss, and this week's guaranteed-under-two-minute-read has tips and tools to help you banish the blues and the bludgers, and take back control.

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Are you feeling like the happiness factor has disappeared at work? And productivity, efficiency and absenteeism are taking a real hit? Yolanda Cholmondeley-Smith points out eight steps you can take to make a difference.

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Creativity is essential in your business, as if it's standing still it's actually going backwards. This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute-read has tips and tools to help you tap into your creative side and give your business a real competitive edge.

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