Home business

When you decide to work from home, deciding exactly what you will be doing, and where, is a big part of getting the setup right. Here are some issues to bear in mind.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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