The HugoInga Company’s rules for Startups

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There is every chance you might have heard of some of these rules but then again how many of you have stuck by them?

Starting a business can be challenging at the best of times and without guidance from a Mentor or  someone who has been in business prior can set you back financially and emotionally.

It reminds me of a small parable I heard when watching The WestWing.

“This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out.”A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, ‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’ The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.”Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, ‘Father, I’m down in this hole can you help me out?’ The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on”Then a friend walks by, ‘Hey, Joe, it’s me can you help me out?’ And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, ‘Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.’ The friend says, ‘Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.'”

So I guess the following rules/guidelines are going to show you how not to fall down a well.

  1. When starting a business don’t just start it because you want too. Make sure you know why you are starting it and make sure you know everything about the business before you start.
  2. If you have a predetermined end game don’t start the business.
  3. Hire people who are smarter than you and who will love working for the business not the wage.
  4. If you have a product in mind make sure there is enough demand for it. Without demand then you won’t sell enough.
  5. Choose the best to work with you. This will mean possibly paying them more but at the end of the day if they produce decent results or above average results then you are laughing.
  6. Don’t provide separate offices! Why well simple if you lock people away creative juices get locked away. An open plan office allows people to bounce off one another and will potentially allow more ideas to flow. Well thats the aim anyway.
  7. Don’t spend money you don’t have buying fancy new software. Since the introduction to cloud based services IT bills are down,  productivity is up. Switch to cloud based services because it allows an employee to work anywhere.
  8. Don’t waste money hiring a PR firm. Do everything in-house. Since social media can be taught using youtube then teach yourself. Some PR firms charge up to $2000 a week if not more. That money could be used to financing other avenues of your startup.
  9. Invest in a good mentor. This is our final rule! someone who will guide you along your path and someone who can act as a sounding board.

These rules/guidelines might seem basic but its the basic rules that help a startup succeed. When you start to achieve more goals and business starts to grow then you can start to spend money.

Raw strawberry cheesecake (vegan)

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With spring now around the supermarkets are full of strawberries so I thought it would be a great idea to share this recipe from taste.com.au.

Yes I know its vegan but I promise you it is delicious and yummy.

This raw vegan cheesecake has everything: the crumbly, golden base; the creamy filling and a tangy frozen strawberry topping. It’s also dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free and no-bake.

Raw strawberry cheesecake (vegan)

Ingredients

Equipment

  • You will need a 22cm round springform tin.

Base

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Filling

  • 3 cups raw cashews (soaked for 2-4 hours and then drained)
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 to 1 cup coconut nectar
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

Topping

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries, plus 1 cup whole strawberries, to serve

Gluten and egg-free chicken parmigiana

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Everyone can enjoy a delicious classic main of chicken parmigiana, regardless of dietary needs!

Gluten and egg-free chicken parmigiana

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1kg vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 6 slices (250g) gluten-free bread, torn
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free plain flour
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat plain yoghurt
  • 4 (500g) chicken schnitzels (uncrumbed)
  • 100g mozzarella cheese, grated baby spinach, to serve

So whats Project You?

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If you are around Brisbane and in the startup sector many of you would have heard people talking about#ProjectYouAUS.

Its a program built by the team here at The HugoInga Company to help up and coming Entrepreneurs successfully enter the market with the support and guidance of mentor and other leaders who will help them along the path.

Lets look into why the program was setup.

In early 2007 it was evident that many startups didn’t understand the complexity to starting a business and the costs that are associated with running a business full-time.

It was evident that future entrepreneurs didn’t have the support from the larger business community or the banks. Fast forward to 2014/2015. Banks have started to lend money to entrepreneurs but more so investors wanting high returns are funding some major projects.

Buts what the use of all this money if you don’t know how to run, promote or even get your idea off the ground.

In comes The HugoInga Company a full service mentoring and business advisory firm started to help entrepreneurs succeed. The problem is that many people feel that having a mentor means its going to be expensive and potentially a mentor will steal your idea.

Incorrect the team here at The HugoInga Company purely mentors and guides you along the way. But your right there is a cost and its not what you might think. We charge a flat fee of $399 per week exclusive of Goods and Services Tax.

So what exactly do you get out of this. Lets break it down to the easiest and most simplistic terminology.

  • You receive a mentor who will help guide you and shape your idea to ensure it become a reality;
  • You receive access to our accountants, lawyers and investor database;
  • You receive 3 hours a week with our marketing staff and access to our event management company to help with planning the launch and building brand awareness;
  • Information Technology and Creative Design access;
  • Free access to our Project Management Software.

Now it might not seem much but if you did this all individually and on your own you could be spending thousands of dollars a week.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be posting more information about #ProjectYouAUS, so stay tuned.

Strawberry kir royale

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Strawberry kir royale

This sweet and bubbly cocktail is sure to be popular at any party.

Strawberry kir royale

Ingredients

  • 125ml (1/2 cup) creme de cassis
  • 2 x 750ml btls chilled sparkling wine
  • 12 strawberries, washed, dried

Selling Products Online? How to Build a Perfect Checkout Page (Infographic)

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Imagine going to Target, filling your cart with products, then ditching it by the door and walking out empty-handed. That’s what ecommerce shoppers do more often than not. Unfortunately for Internet merchants, most are Looky Lous who never actually buy what they put in their carts.

This year alone, online shopping cart ditchers will bail on some $4 trillion dollars worth of potential purchases. The proof is in the virtual wasteland of deserted online shopping carts. A staggering estimated 69 percent of them get abandoned, according to the Baymard Institute, kicking e-tailers where it hurts.

Why do so many online shoppers leave without paying? Research points to everyday frustrations that most of us can relate to — unexpected shipping costs, payment security concerns and, yuck, the hassle of having to create yet another new user account. And the listgoes on.

To fight back, to nudge shoppers to purchase what they put in their carts, eliminate the aggravations that send send them packing in the first place. Your best bet is to perfect your checkout page. How? Make it as quick and easy as possible for existing customers to login and pay, and for new ones to checkout as guests. Offer multiple shipping options and be upfront about the costs. Reassure shoppers and demonstrate how safe your payment processing is.

For more quick tips on how to craft, test and refine an effective checkout page, take a look at the infographic below by Wingify, a Delhi, India-based provider of website optimization tools.

3 Pipeline Management Best Practices of All-Star Sales Forces (Infographic)

From entrepreneur.com

relax with yoga

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3071229As an Entrepreneur we all know what its like running around like a headless chook. But when have you taken time for yourself and zoned out? When arriving in Brisbane it was on our top ten things that we had to setup after finding a coffee shop and internet.

Stretch Yoga has some of Brisbane’s best yoga studios and boasts the widest variety of class times and styles in the Brisbane CBD as well as in Holland Park studio.

The CBD studio was opened in May 2014 aiming to bring a little more chill and a little more yoga love to the people who call the Brisbane 6427643CBD home.

Stretch Yoga mission is to make yoga a little more fun and a lot more convenient. Their classes are filled with killer tunes,
taught by some of Brisbane’s best yoga teachers and hosted in very funky and super relaxing spaces – filled with tonnes of natural light, a gorgeous plants and inspirational quotes.

The timetable has over 50 classes to choose from per week so you will find something to suit your style and yoga level.

If you’re new to yoga like I was and wanting to take the plunge for the first time you’ve definitely come to the right place! They promise that all of their teachers are warm and friendly and here to help you no matter where your ability levels currently reside. There’s no yoga snobbery, no requirement to get into super fancy poses and no assumptions that you know what we’re talking about. We encourage you to relax, smile and not take it all so seriously – after all, it’s only yoga!

The benefits of yoga provide both instant gratification and lasting transformation. In the fitness world, both are extremely important. Too much time with too few results can be incredibly discouraging, and monotonous routines week after week can lead to stagnation. Yoga can change your physical and mental capacity quickly, while preparing the mind and body for long-term health.

Yoga is not just about working out, it’s about a healthy lifestyle. The practice of yoga allows students to be still in a world consumed with chaos. Peace and tranquility achieved through focused training appeals to everyone.

Yoga’s deep breathing and meditation practices help foster an inner shift from to-do lists, kids and spouse’s needs, financial concerns and relational struggles to something a little bit bigger than the issues you face. Yoga helps relieve stress and unclutter the mind, and helps you get more focused.

Yoga’s focus on strength training and flexibility is an incredible benefit to your body. The postures are meant to strengthen your body from the inside-out, so you don’t just look good, you feel good too. Each of the yoga poses is built to reinforce the muscles around the spine, the very center of your body, which is the core from which everything else operates. When the core is working properly, posture is improved, thus alleviating back, shoulder and neck pain.

The digestive system gets back on track when the stretching in yoga is coupled with a healthy, organic diet, which can relieve constipation, irritable bowl syndrome (IBS) and acid reflux. Another one of the benefits of yoga is that stretching and holding of postures also causes muscles to lengthen, which gives the body a longer, leaner look.

So what are you waiting for. Head down to Stretch Yoga and book a class today.

Refugee Crisis | Death of an innocent.

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We all live in our own worlds and we tend to overlook the real problems in our lives.

I opened up the newspaper this morning and was confronted with an image of a lifeless body of a toddler who had drowned.

WARNING: Graphic images.

THE shocking image of a toddler’s lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach after a refugee boat sank has sparked horrified reactions, as the tragedy of Europe’s burgeoning crisis hit home.

The body of the little boy could be seen lying face down in the sand near Bodrum, one of Turkey’s prime tourist resorts, before he was picked up by a police officer in photographs taken by the Dogan news agency.

The corpses of 12 migrants, among them five children and a woman, were found and 15 others were rescued, some surviving by reaching the shore in life jackets.

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The coastguard, backed by helicopters, was continuing its search for three people still missing, a statement said.

Dogan reported that most of the refugees were from the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane who fled to Turkey last year to escape violence by Islamic State extremists.

The Turkish coastguard said two boats had sunk after separately setting off from Turkey’s Bodrum peninsula for the Greek Aegean island of Kos early Wednesday.

Tragic ... the image of the little boy washed up on a beach near the Turkish resort of Bo

Tragic … the image of the little boy washed up on a beach near the Turkish resort of Bodrum, Turkey, has sparked outrage. Picture: AP Photo/DHA Source: Supplied

The hashtag “#KiyiyaVuranInsanlik” (“Humanity washed ashore”) made it to Twitter’s top world trending topics after the image was widely shared.

The world’s press also weighed into the crisis, describing the horror of the images.

“The harrowing image that shows the true tragedy of the refugee crisis,” read a headline in Britain’s Daily Telegraph, while the Guardian said the photo “brought home” the horror of the situation.

“If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?” The Independent said.

The question is how does this relate to entrepreneurial-ship?

Easy many people arrive in Europe, Asia and Australia to start a new life, to escape forces of evil. Many of these people are Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers and often entrepreneurs themselves.

What do we do when they arrive? We either  lock them away, treat them like the plague or simply ignore them.

Whats stopping them from being the person who cures cancer, builds or invents something that can help heal hundreds of millions or simply add value to our society.

We live in a world of fear, luxury and indulgence. Don’t worry i’m guilty of this myself. Therefore we as humanity needs to step up.

If you are looking for work the team at the HugoInga Company and Blog are here to help you, if you have advice or an idea we will help to fund the idea finally if you are wanting to achieve that little more then don’t worry we will back you up.

Its time for change.

Let us help you.

Energise and revitalise with this vitamin-enriched smoothie

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Waking up during Spring is always my favourite part of the year.

You hear lawnmowers in the distance and birds singing. But what gets me up even more is the different types of fruits available.

Today i’m going to share my favourite smoothie recipe.

Super C smoothie

Super C smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 green teabag
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) boiling water
  • 125g (1 cup) frozen raspberries
  • 90g (1/4 cup) Henry Jones ® & Co Fruit and Chia Spread Raspberry & Chia seeds
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) fresh orange juice
  • 1 small banana, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • Small fresh mint leaves, to serve

Brisbane Festival

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Being new to Brisbane the locals have invited us to take in the Brisbane Festival through the 5th of September to 26th September.

The Brisbane Festival is designed to connect artists and audiences in ways that lift the spirit, disrupt the conventional and open Brisbane to the world.

So in the interest of making things easier we have a list of all the shows happening during the next few weeks.

Club Swizzle

CLUB SWIZZLE

The Spiegeltent
04 – 26 Sep

Fear & Delight

FEAR & DELIGHT

South Bank – Cultural Forecourt
04 – 25 Sep

FLOWN

FLOWN

South Bank – The Courier-Mail Piazza
11 – 25 Sep

Velvet

VELVET

Brisbane Powerhouse – Powerhouse Theatre
16 – 26 Sep

A State of Grace: The Music of Tim and Jeff Buckley

A STATE OF GRACE: THE MUSIC OF TIM AND JEFF BUCKLEY

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Concert Hall
25 – 26 Sep

Macbeth

MACBETH

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Playhouse Theatre
15 – 19 Sep

Coup Fatal

COUP FATAL

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Playhouse Theatre
05 – 08 Sep

The Importance of Being Earnest

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Playhouse Theatre
11 – 13 Sep

The Big Festival Opening

THE BIG FESTIVAL OPENING

Cultural Forecourt – Arcadia
05 Sep

Arcadia

ARCADIA

Cultural Forecourt – Arcadia
05 – 26 Sep

Theatre Republic

THEATRE REPUBLIC

Theatre Republic – QUT Creative Industries Precinct
08 – 26 Sep

The Spiegeltent

THE SPIEGELTENT

The Spiegeltent
05 – 26 Sep

Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It

ADRIENNE TRUSCOTT’S ASKING FOR IT

Theatre Republic – QUT Creative Industries, The Loft
08 – 12 Sep

Art From the Margins

ART FROM THE MARGINS

Brisbane City Hall – Sherwood Room
24 – 27 Sep

Bahamas

BAHAMAS

The Spiegeltent
24 Sep

Backyard Cinema

BACKYARD CINEMA

South Bank – River Quay
20 Sep

Beautiful One Day

BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Cremorne Theatre
23 – 26 Sep

Best Of

BEST OF

Theatre Republic – La Boite Studio
08 – 12 Sep

Black Angels

BLACK ANGELS

Queensland Conservatorium – Conservatorium Theatre
23 Sep

Brisbane Airport 3D Chalk Walk

BRISBANE AIRPORT 3D CHALK WALK

South Bank – Cultural Forecourt
05 – 25 Sep

Cabinet of Curiosities

CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Cremorne Theatre
09 Sep

Charlie Lim

CHARLIE LIM

The Spiegeltent
08 Sep

Clem Jones City Hall Concerts

CLEM JONES CITY HALL CONCERTS

Brisbane City Hall – Main Auditorium
08 – 22 Sep

Conrad Sewell

CONRAD SEWELL

The Spiegeltent
17 Sep

Creative³ 2015

CREATIVE³ 2015

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre – Boulevard Room and Terrace
17 – 18 Sep

Dead Centre/Sea Wall

DEAD CENTRE/SEA WALL

Theatre Republic – QUT Creative Industries, The Loft
15 – 19 Sep

Dead Royal

DEAD ROYAL

Theatre Republic – La Boite Studio
15 – 19 Sep

Desirelines

DESIRELINES

Judith Wright Centre – Performance Space
02 – 05 Sep

Experimenta Recharge

EXPERIMENTA RECHARGE

Theatre Republic – QUT Creative Industries – The Block
08 – 26 Sep

Eat South Bank Buskers

EAT SOUTH BANK BUSKERS

Little Stanley Street – Busker Pitches
05 – 26 Sep

Festival Conversations

FESTIVAL CONVERSATIONS

State Library of Queensland – Auditorium 1
06 – 25 Sep

Fox Capture Plan

FOX CAPTURE PLAN

The Spiegeltent
06 Sep

FLEXN

FLEXN

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Playhouse Theatre
23 – 26 Sep

Front Yard Music – Extended Play

FRONT YARD MUSIC – EXTENDED PLAY

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Melbourne Street Green
05 – 26 Sep

Funeral

FUNERAL

Theatre Republic – QUT Creative Industries, The Glasshouse
14 – 20 Sep

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Cremorne Theatre
13 Sep

Halfway

HALFWAY

The Spiegeltent
09 Sep

Hot Brown Honey

HOT BROWN HONEY

Judith Wright Centre – Performance Space
16 – 26 Sep

Kiasmos

KIASMOS

The Spiegeltent
25 Sep

I am Brisbane

I AM BRISBANE

Judith Wright Centre – Shop Front
16 – 26 Sep

Il Ritorno

IL RITORNO

Brisbane Powerhouse – Powerhouse Theatre
09 – 12 Sep

Los Coronas

LOS CORONAS

The Spiegeltent
22 – 23 Sep

Lady Rizo: Unescorted

LADY RIZO: UNESCORTED

The Spiegeltent
12 – 13 Sep

Le Cargo

LE CARGO

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Cremorne Theatre
16 – 19 Sep

Luna

LUNA

The Spiegeltent
15 Sep

Library on the Lawn

LIBRARY ON THE LAWN

Cultural Forecourt – Arcadia
12 – 25 Sep

Made in France

MADE IN FRANCE

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Cremorne Theatre
08 Sep

Megan Washington

MEGAN WASHINGTON

The Spiegeltent
05 – 20 Sep

Minnie and Mona Play Dead

MINNIE AND MONA PLAY DEAD

Theatre Republic – QUT Creative Industries, The Loft
08 – 12 Sep

Music for Little Monkeys

MUSIC FOR LITTLE MONKEYS

The Spiegeltent
12 – 13 Sep

Myele Manzanza & The Eclectic

MYELE MANZANZA & THE ECLECTIC

The Spiegeltent
16 Sep

Perception – Camera Wanderers Installation

PERCEPTION – CAMERA WANDERERS INSTALLATION

Theatre Republic – QUT Creative Industries Precinct
08 – 26 Sep

Paul Lewis

PAUL LEWIS

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Concert Hall
09 Sep

Renée Fleming

RENÉE FLEMING

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Concert Hall
07 Sep

QSO & Simone Young

QSO & SIMONE YOUNG

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Concert Hall
12 Sep

Prize Fighter

PRIZE FIGHTER

La Boite – Roundhouse Theatre
05 – 26 Sep

RAPcity

RAPCITY

South Bank – Cultural Forecourt
05 Sep

Richard II

RICHARD II

Theatre Republic – QUT Creative Industries, The Loft
22 – 26 Sep

Sila- The Breath of the World

SILA- THE BREATH OF THE WORLD

Queensland Conservatorium – Foyer
05 Sep

Rise for the Oceans – A celebration of the sea

RISE FOR THE OCEANS – A CELEBRATION OF THE SEA

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Concert Hall
05 Sep

Saltwater

SALTWATER

Theatre Republic – La Boite Studio
22 – 26 Sep

SINGAPORE UNBOUND – A Singapore Cinema Showcase

SINGAPORE UNBOUND – A SINGAPORE CINEMA SHOWCASE

Griffith Film School Cinema
22 – 26 Sep

Sunsuper Riverfire

SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE

South Bank – All Areas
26 Sep

Symphony for Me

SYMPHONY FOR ME

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Concert Hall
19 Sep

The Listies Make You LOL!

THE LISTIES MAKE YOU LOL!

The Spiegeltent
19 Sep

The City They Burned

THE CITY THEY BURNED

Theatre Republic – QUT Creative Industries, The Glasshouse
22 – 26 Sep

The Female Gaze

THE FEMALE GAZE

Palace Centro Cinemas
06 – 19 Sep

The Female Gaze – Opening Night

THE FEMALE GAZE – OPENING NIGHT

Palace Centro Cinema 1
12 Sep

The Female Gaze – India Song

THE FEMALE GAZE – INDIA SONG

Palace Centro Cinema 1
19 Sep

The Female Gaze – Party Girl

THE FEMALE GAZE – PARTY GIRL

Palace Centro Cinema 2
12 Sep

The Female Gaze – The Diary of a Teenage Girl

THE FEMALE GAZE – THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL

Palace Centro Cinema 2
06 Sep

The Female Gaze – Sworn Virgin

THE FEMALE GAZE – SWORN VIRGIN

Palace Centro Cinema 2
11 Sep

The Female Gaze – The Night Porter

THE FEMALE GAZE – THE NIGHT PORTER

Palace Centro Cinema 2
18 Sep

We Two Thieves

WE TWO THIEVES

The Spiegeltent
10 Sep

Treasury Lights

TREASURY LIGHTS

Treasury Casino & Hotel
18 – 26 Sep

The Female Gaze – Vagabond

THE FEMALE GAZE – VAGABOND

Palace Centro Cinema 2
19 Sep

William Jolly Bridge Art Projections

WILLIAM JOLLY BRIDGE ART PROJECTIONS

William Jolly Bridge
05 – 26 Sep

4ZZZ Flashback: 40 years of Independent Radio

4ZZZ FLASHBACK: 40 YEARS OF INDEPENDENT RADIO

The Spiegeltent
20 Sep

4th National Indigenous Theatre Forum

4TH NATIONAL INDIGENOUS THEATRE FORUM

Judith Wright Centre – Theatre Rehearsal Room
17 – 19 Sep

The Luck Child

THE LUCK CHILD

The Spiegeltent
22 – 25 Sep

The Seagull

THE SEAGULL

Bille Brown Studio, The Greenhouse
05 – 26 Sep

The Theory of Everything

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Theatre Republic – La Boite Studio
15 – 19 Sep

Competition

COMPETITION

South Bank – All Areas
17 Aug – 04 Sep

The Voice in the Walls

THE VOICE IN THE WALLS

QUT – Old Government House
21 – 25 Sep

Thum Prints

THUM PRINTS

Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Concert Hall
18 Sep

Making Mistakes as a Leader

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Making mistakes has always been something i’ve done but learning from mistakes is something I make sure I do.

While it is certainly “human to err,” when you’re leading a team, it is important to learn how to avoid some of the most common mistakes. I’ve seen in many companies I consult in that if you don’t fix these problems you are more than likely to lose the respect of your team and potentially affect productivity.

I find that there are four areas in which you can avoid:

  1. Feedback is vital when running a business. You can not be upset with someone if they don’t know what they have done wrong.  Your employees need to know what they have done wrong so that they can improve on it or so that you can teach them on how to produce better results. I personally meet with my staff on a weekly basis over a coffee just to discuss how their week is going and on how we can fix any issues they might be having. I have found that his has helped our staff learn from their mistakes.
  2. Its hard for your employees to do the work if you are not there for them. So be there for them and teach by doing. If your staff don’t see you doing what you want them to do how will they ever have any respect for you? I remember watching my father clean hotel rooms in a full suit and the faces of his employees seemed perplexed. I asked him why he was helping the cleaning staff and he simply said, if i can do it they can do it!
  3. Goals in a business are important. So explain to your staff what your goals as a business leader are and what their goals should be. Both sets of goals should come together and achieve the ultimate goal.
  4. Finally delegate! The worst thing in business is not to delegate. Don’t do all the work yourself and burn out. Share the work with your team and give them tasks in which they show strengths and not weaknesses. You will soon see that your team gels well together and achieves better results

Remember a good leader knows how to make his employees achieve goals and also shares their successes.

Release that creativity

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I often have a little spare time on my hands.

When we decided to open an office here in Brisbane I wanted to try and aim for a decent work/life balance. Something I struggle with at the best of times.

I get bored easily and like being distracted something all entrepreneurs face.

So I took up a hobby and thats cooking. Who doesn’t love eating.

I jumped onto taste.com.au and started selecting dishes that would inspire me and bring out the creativity inside me.

Today i’m sharing what I made in the office.

Spicy sweet potato and carrot fritters with kale and yoghurt dressing

Enjoy these tasty pan-fried vegetarian fritters. This meal is gluten-free and packed with nutrients.

Spicy sweet potato and carrot fritters with kale and yoghurt dressing
  • 2 1/4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1-2 long fresh red chillies, deseeded, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 2 eggs
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) milk
  • 70g (1/2 cup) gluten-free plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 300g carrots, peeled, coarsely grated
  • 300g sweet potato, peeled, coarsely grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander, chopped
  • Baby kale leaves, to serve
  • Lemon cheeks, to serve

Yoghurt dressing

  • 190g (2/3 cup) natural yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind, finely grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander, chopped

What an entrepreneur does everyday

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This is probably an understatement, but entrepreneurs are some of the busiest people around. A day in my life as an is chock-full of business decisions, research and networking. Because there’s so much to do and so little time to do so, I can easily get off track and become distracted with nonessentials.

When I chat or listen to some of my successful friends they all have routines that help them to steer themselves success.

As a mentor I often am asked why I do on a day to day basis to keep myself in check.

The first step is to establish a routine.

When it comes to me I have a MTWTF routine. What does this mean?

On Monday I review my emails and speak with my employees to see what we can do better. Tuesday I concentrate on my product and look of ways to improve it. Wednesdays we look at marketing the product and ways of building its branding. Thursdays I like to develop my product and build up partnerships. On Friday its all about cultivating company culture and recruiting new staff.

The second step is to meditate and exercise.

When I get up I have a shower and get ready. Then I take my puppy for a two kilometre walk and grab a coffee on my way home. Now we are in Brisbane we are walking around the river more and more. This has allowed me to drop about twenty kilograms and allows me to bond with my dog.

When I get home I feed my dog and take about ten minutes to meditate.

The third daily routine is to always check up on my work.

As an entrepreneur, I get extremely busy. In fact, I may be so focused on the task at hand that you may have neglected a couple of really important things. That’s why at some point during the day you should check in on a range tasks.

I make a list of tasks that need to be completed.

Finally, spend time every day to follow up with clients or peers via phone calls or emails. These days it’s not wasting time to check email. You never know what important message you might miss if you don’t take the time to go through your in-box.

The fourth step is to spend time with family and friends.

I often use to find this hard. I was engaged once and lost this person because my work took over my life and I didn’t spend time with this person.

Remember to not bring your work life home with you.

When you spend time with the most important people in your life, it not only clears your head. It also helps you remember what you’re fighting for.

The final step and something I do at the end of each day. Plan ahead!

When you arrange before going to bed at least a couple of tasks or goals for the next day, you’re more likely to wake up and start on the project at hand. This can also help you create priorities in your schedule for the following day instead of letting thoughts of unfinished work accumulate. Plus, this evening time is a good time to get some work done because everyone is probably asleep or about to drift off. President Obama, for example, seems to have perfected the art of getting ready for tomorrow the night before.

I’m sure we all have our routines but these are mine. I highly suggest you follow this.

Email marketing how it affect your business ?

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Let’s start with Internet marketing. This promotion and creation of sites on the Internet .Promoting various products, websites, brands using online marketing. Fixed and approved by the image of the product. Internet marketing has many branches. They are designed to simplify the user experience. You simply select the desired industry and work in it. Consider these industries. The first and most important – it is certainly the creation of sites and the various portals. For this purpose, web design, programming. Next there is a branch of the search sites and, consequently, their advance. The following industries – the advertising industry.

It is divided into sectors of conventional advertising, video advertising and advertising in social networks. The latter type of advertising is the most popular. Online Marketing – is the most popular innovation today. Since we live in a world of computer technology, access to the Internet is practically at all. Therefore, internet marketing can use all. It’s a great way to earn money. It’s fast, convenient, reliable, and most importantly, you cannot go home and work at home.
The next type – mobile marketing. Today – this is a very popular form of marketing. After all, a cell phone every person. Mobile Marketing – it’s all marketing options that use mobile devices and are not vocal means of marketing. For example, it may be sending sms shares, coupons for mobile devices and so on.

Service certificates. This is also a kind of e-marketing. This is due to the fact that the computer needs to service data function. Each city has its own help desks. This can be a service that provides various information. For example, weather information, general information, information about the city, its sights, the availability of pharmacies and whether there are drugs in them. You can learn and the way how to drive anywhere, whether there are any kinds of tickets, air, rail, bus. Also, you can provide information on entertainment in the city, where to go, what activities are planned and when. You get all kinds of information. This is very useful for tourists, residents and visitors easy.

E-commerce – is an integral part of today’s marketing. E-commerce marketing – interactive.This can be explained by the fact that both the consumer and the manufacturer, as they say, in the same boat. They have the same rights and responsibilities. The manufacturer may at any time to know the opinion of the consumers about the product, its quality, convenient and safe. And this information is easy to handle. Due to this, the manufacturer has the ability to change its policy of marketing and change the number of products. It depends on the demand.

Rahul kanna is the ceo of many niche websites . Recently he and his team started a new website . The website is mainly provides content on pan card status ,and pan card application. Officially the website will the earn the trust form government that to track pan card status and all pan card information right to your inbox. His email marketing business will be the main source to gain the traffic to his business.

Please be check the above website in order to check status pan card

Straight out of Portland

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We’ve never thought of ourselves as simply ‘just some marketing firm’. We’re really more like knowledgeable neighbors, the kind you invite over for a cup of coffee, seek advice from and chat with over the fence. And we’re happy to help you achieve your goals.

We’re different because we don’t just specialize in great marketing services … we care! You know those little details you envision that will separate you from your competition? The ones that make you stand out and be unique? That is our ultimate goal. We collaborate with partners and clients internationally to accomplish all your personal and business marketing needs. When we first had the itch to start-up our companies, we had no clue where to begin. There were no resources or anyone to turn to for help. This is why we created Carrillo Global Enterprises®. Let us help make your dream a reality.

Who are we?

We specialise in the following personalised services including, but not limited to: Branding, Graphics & Design, Search Engine Optimisation, Online Marketing, Writing & Translation, Animation and Audio. Brand and marketing advertisement agencies are notorious for bundling and charging thousands for these services. We want to make this as painless as possible for you. We offer customised, a la carte services, at an affordable price. If you do not see your need mentioned above, please don’t hesitate in reaching out to us.

So why hire us?

Our skilled team can help you create a presence that properly represents YOU.  We listen. We create. We measure. And then we go back to the beginning and do it all over again. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. We will continue to work diligently until we get it right.

Jump online and see their portfolio today.

We’ve moved….

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I know its been a little whilst since we uploaded a post on our business blog and we apologies for this, but we have good news.

We have expanded into the Brisbane market to help young up and coming entrepreneurs achieve their goals through mentoring and business advice.

So where too from here….

We have had some time to relax and we wanted to share our top ten must do in Brisbane.

Visit Brisbane and you’ll find a modern, vibrant city with a sunny, sub-tropical climate and unsurpassed natural beauty. Best of all, you’ll find friendly locals keen to show you around this pretty riverside city. They love their city and so will you.

Climb Brisbane’s Story Bridge… and Abseil Down

Climb Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge for a glimpse of this amazing city. Whether you climb at dawn, during the day, in the twilight or at night, you will discover exhilarating views north to the Glasshouse Mountains and south to the World Heritage-listed Gold Coast Hinterland. Keep the adrenalin going with an optional 30-metre abseil back down.

South Bank, Brisbane, QLD

South Bank,
Brisbane, QLD

Walk through Brisbane’s Entertaining South Bank

Walk or cycle around South Bank on the Brisbane River and see the best of the city while you exercise. Famous for its diverse mix of entertainment, recreation and leisure activities, South Bank includes 17 hectares of parklands, restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques, museums and galleries. For a fun perspective, take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane.

Lay on the Beach in the Middle of Brisbane City

Experience the Aussie beach vibe in the heart of the city. This fully patrolled, man-made beach is free to use and boasts a sparkling lagoon surrounded by white sand and sub-tropical plants. Relax with an ice cream, have a swim and soak up the famous Queensland sunshine. Nearby Aquativity is a fun, interactive water-play park, ideal for young families.

Stokehouse Restaurant, South Bank, Brisbane, QLD

Stokehouse Restaurant,
South Bank, Brisbane, QLD

Dine at Brisbane’s Best Restaurants

Enjoy the perfect meal at Esquire, renowned as Brisbane’s finest restaurant, overlooking the twinkling lights of Story Bridge and the river ferries. Dine a la carte or choose the degustation menu from chef Ryan Squires, matched with Australian and international wines. Gerard’s BistroPublicAria,Stokehouse and The Foraging Quail are also highly recommended.

Soak up the Art at GoMA and the Queensland Art Gallery

Explore GoMA, Australia’s largest gallery of modern and contemporary art and the iconic Queensland Art Gallery. The galleries are architectural wonders themselves, boasting a diversity of Australian and international art as well as two galleries devoted to contemporary Indigenous work. Friday nights are perfect for drinks with friends in GoMA’s stylish bar.

Kayaking, Riverlife, Brisbane, QLD

Riverlife, Brisbane, QLD

Enjoy a “Paddle and Prawns” Experience on the Brisbane River

Guide your own illuminated kayak up the Brisbane River on Friday and Saturday nights. Take in the shimmering lights of the cityscape on a leisurely 90-minute paddle before relaxing with a riverside meal of fresh king prawns (Friday) or a barbecue (Saturday) with famous Queensland lamingtons for dessert. Wash it all down with Australian beer and wine.

Relax in Nightfall’s Luxury Wilderness Camp

Spend a night under the stars just 90 minutes south of Brisbane. Limited to six guests, Nightfall is an intimate camping experience situated on 257 acres beside crystal-clear rapids in the ancient rainforest of the Lamington National Park. Explore, relax and enjoy a fire-cooked organic dinner before drifting off to sleep in a private luxury tent.

Chocolate, Brisbane, QLD

Chocolate, Brisbane, QLD

Go on a Chocolate or Craft Beer Walking Tour

Sweet-toothed travellers will love the Chocolate Tour, more than two hours of all things cocoa with experts leading you to eight different stores. There’s plenty of taste testing along the way! The Craft Beer Tour takes in four venues – each with a colourful past – and includes tastings of 20 craft beers plus a history of brewing in Brisbane.

Shopping at Brisbane’s The Collective Markets

Browse the stalls for unique and eclectic clothing by emerging artisans. This fun and friendly market in the bustling Stanley Street Plaza is held on Friday evenings and weekends. The designers are mostly creative young people and the emphasis is on effortless cool. Listen to live music as you look over handmade jewellery, art, antiques, photographs and vintage fashions.

Cylinder Beach, North Stradbroke Island, QLD

Cylinder Beach,
North Stradbroke Island, QLD

Personalise Your Tour of North Stradbroke Island

Expect a laid-back time at North Stradbroke Island(known affectionately as “Straddie”) just short ferry ride across Moreton Bay from Brisbane. Packages can be customised to include eco-touring, 4WD tours, kayaking, fishing and sandboarding. Watch the dolphins surf, photograph the birdlife and wildflowers or just wander miles of untouched beach.

6 Reasons Why Dating Can Be a Nightmare for Some Entrepreneurs

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I have a great relationship. My significant other and I have been together for five years, never fight and have a great time together. The relationship I’m talking about is with my business. Dating, on the other hand, has been a complete nightmare.

I chalked it up to entrepreneurs being stubborn, picky and always in “work mode.” I knew I wasn’t the only one in this boat so I reached out to Patti Stanger, founder of Millionaire’s Club, and star of the hit TV show Millionaire Matchmaker. Stanger is a successful matchmaker as well as entrepreneur, recently launching her own line of wine, P.S. Match.

While speaking with Stanger, she identified six main reasons why dating can be complicated for some entrepreneurs. The key word is “some” — there are plenty of entrepreneurs in happy and healthy relationships, but I’m also willing to bet that there are many who also feel like dating is a nightmare.

1. Entrepreneurs prioritize business first.

When business comes first that means everything else plays second fiddle, including relationships. I attribute this as being the number-one reason why I have trouble in the dating world — my business comes first, and I anticipate that isn’t going to change anytime soon.

“Since entrepreneurs prioritize business they tend to put romance second, which puts potential mates off and leaves love on the back burner,” Stanger says.

2. Entrepreneurs travel often for business.

Traveling often for business means that you don’t have roots firmly planted, which is a requirement for relationships. Being away from someone often can lead to disaster — look at how many celebrity and athlete relationships fall apart. Travel and being away is usually to blame.

“An entrepreneurs and his or her partner are rarely in the same place at the same time,” Stanger says. “If they are in the millionaire category they often have homes all over. And, as great as that sounds, it doesn’t lend itself to a settled environment, which turns off family-minded daters.”

3. Entrepreneurs are workaholics.

I’m so guilty of this. I can’t count the number of times I have postponed a date or canceled plans because I felt the need to keep working through the night. It isn’t always due to pressing matters that need to be addressed right then and there — I simply get addicted to my work and feel strange if I’m not consumed by it. This is something that I have personally made an effort to change, and I’m slowly finding a healthier work-life and personal-life balance.

Stanger agrees that I’m not alone in this.

“The art of the deal is often [entrepreneurs] true love, always creating new products and avenues to build their businesses,” she says. “They often take for granted their relationships and this irritates their mates and they end up breaking up because of this.”

4. Entrepreneurs suffer from the “bigger, better deal” syndrome.

“Entrepreneurs have a bad case of ‘bigger, better deal.’ They often change their minds constantly, and once they get the girl or guy, the challenge is over,” Stanger says. “This leads them to greener pastures. Then, they aren’t taken seriously and get labeled as players.”

Stanger hit the nail on the head with that statement. I always want to be a better entrepreneur and build a better business. That has definitely spilled over into my dating life. I’ll be honest — I could be dating a Victoria Secret model and I would think in my head, “Yeah, but she isn’t the one on the cover.” It’s completely asinine and something I personally have to work on.

5. Entrepreneurs thrive on conquering business-related goals.

This relates to the first point above — when your business is your number-one priority business goals and social activities related to your business will naturally come first.

“Some entrepreneurs tend to live large, always wanting to be seen at the best places and go on the best vacations,” Stanger says. “Some can also be status chasers, and social climbing to the top turns into their true love, vs. their mates.”

6. Entrepreneurs mix business and personal emotions.

I’ll be the first to admit that it’s difficult to balance and separate business and personal emotions. Letting business emotions completely carry over into your personal life can cause problems, as can completely cutting them out, causing communication problems. You need to find a happy medium.

“Some entrepreneurs aren’t good at expressing their emotions to the one they love. They often will not realize what they have until they’ve lost that special someone,” Stanger says. “This is because business can be cold and showing emotion is to show a sign of weakness. If this carries over into the relationship, it results in disaster. Nobody wants to be an extra in the movie of your life. Either they get a co-starring role or they leave.”

from entrepreneur.com

Breakfast on the go

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Breakfast on the go

No time to sit at the breakfast table? Never fear, this tasty drink has all the nutrients necessary to get your day off to a healthy start.

Breakfast on the go

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat strawberry yoghurt
  • 1 wheat cereal biscuit, crushed
  • 1 medium banana, chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple juice

5 Movies With Great Lessons for Entrepreneurs

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Books, articles, speeches, television shows and movies can spark creative ideas and provide helpful inspiration for entrepreneurs. That’s right — an excuse to watch some cinematic masterpieces!

Break out the popcorn, get comfy on the couch and watch these movies to get inspired and enlightened:

1. Deli Man

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Image credit: Deli Man | Cohen Media Group

This fun documentary chronicles the rise of delis in the U.S. during the 1930s. The filmmakers interview many deli owners, including star Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation deli man and owner of Kenny & Ziggy’s, a tremendously successful authentic New York-style deli in Houston.

Gruber is charismatic and inspiring, and the movie shows how much he cares about his business and customers. He is energetic, obsessed with high quality, and loves what he does and the deli industry as a whole. He is very focused on delivering top-notch quality in every dish and every customer-service interaction.

He is also hands-on and brings warmth and love to his customers, and importantly, his employees, by engaging with them and showing he cares. Overall, the movie illustrates the importance of passion and heart in business and shows that those who find their passion will find success.

2. Woman in Gold

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Image credit: Women in Gold | BBC Films (UK) | The Weinstein Company (US)

Woman in Gold tells the story of an elderly Jewish woman who 50 years later tries to reclaim artwork taken from her family by the Nazis. She begins a long and difficult legal battle with the Austrian government to get her family’s paintings back.

The movie depicts the struggle between knowing when to give up and knowing when to persevere. This balance is one the hardest elements entrepreneurs need to master.

Don’t be afraid to fail — if a business isn’t a winner, discard it and move on. On the other hand, giving up too early can ruin real chances for success, which often only come after tremendous trials and tribulations. Certain fights can last for decades, just as the main character’s fight for justice did.

3. The Wolf of Wall Street

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Image credit: The Wolf on Wall Street | Paramount Home Entertainment

The Wolf of Wall Street details the decadence and depravity of real-life stockbroker, Jordan Belfort. From crazy office parties to reckless drug use, the film depicts the flashy and shady side of business.

Greed, hedonism and fraud may be tempting for some, but for all will eventually lead to failure. There are no shortcuts to succeeding in business and life. Take the time to grow a credible business built on solid values and ethics.

4. Boyhood

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Image credit: Boyhood | Paramount Home Entertainment

Boyhood not only attracted tremendous attention and acclaim after its release, but also way before, because it was a true purple cow that stood out in the industry. The movie chronicles the childhood of a young boy, and is the first to use the same actor as he aged over a 12-year period.

“If you’ve seen one cow, you’ve seen them all. But what if one of the cows were purple?” writes Seth Godin in his book, Purple Cow. “Make a purple cow. Get people’s permission to find out what they really want.”

Purple cows have the power to capture attention and start conversations. Be remarkable, be different and get the attention of industry peers and consumers alike.

5. The Queen

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Image credit: The Queen | Miramax

The Queen depicts how the British royal family reacted and publicly responded to the death of Princess Diana. Although she was urged to make an official statement and expression of grief, Queen Elizabeth II was stubborn in considering the death a private family matter.

Her strategy was a public-relations disaster, and the media and British people were outraged at the Queen’s seemingly cold composure. As more and more people displayed their grief at Buckingham and Kensington Palaces, the Queen finally took the advice of the prime minister, made a public statement about the death, and visited the palaces to acknowledge flowers and gifts the public has left.

The movie shows that no matter how powerful a person is, they still need to listen to others and take advice during times of crisis. Brand image can make or break a business, and during a crisis, that image is tested. Listen to what the public is saying, consider advice from trusted peers and let go of stubbornness and outdated traditions.

This first appeared in entrepreneur.com

Woolies under siege in hardware wars, with Masters losing whopping $700 million

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Australia’s fastest growing hardware chain, Masters, is soldiering on and opening new sto

Australia’s fastest growing hardware chain, Masters, is soldiering on and opening new stores, despite pressure on parent company Woolworths to dump the struggling chain. Source: News Corp Australia

STRUGGLING hardware chain Masters is continuing its expansion despite haemorrhaging cash from parent company Woolworths, leaving investors and analysts reeling.

With pressure mounting ahead of Woolworths’ full-year financial results announcement next Friday, speculation is rife that the supermarket giant may close down or sell off the chain.

The company looks to be years away from making a profit, with losses of $200 million forecast for the financial year including $51 million in the three months to July 31, according to The Australian.

The business is understood to have already notched up at least $500 million in losses, but Masters is pushing on with plans to open new stores. Construction is under way at two new sites in Sydney and Melbourne, which will bring the national tally to 63 stores.

The new outlet scheduled to open in October at Penrith in Sydney’s western suburbs has been identified as a “strategic and high potential location”.

Another new store is scheduled to open in Cranbourne North, on Melbourne’s south-eastern fringe, in November.

Construction of a new Penrith Masters store is under way at the old Sinclair Ford and Wes

Construction of a new Penrith Masters store is under way at the old Sinclair Ford and Westbus Depot on Mulgoa Rd. Pictured at the site are Masters senior development manager Tony Pratt and Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler. Source: News Corp Australia

It’s business as usual for the thousands of staff members at Masters outlets around the country, with hopes that a new strategic approach could stem the flow of losses, estimated at an average $75,000 a week per store.

“As recently as its market update in June, Woolworths confirmed its commitment to Masters,” a spokeswoman told news.com.au.

“As per the strategy, we are rolling our new format stores with new ranges. We have also refocused our new store openings to strategic and high potential locations.”

Chairman Ralph Waters said in June that the overhauled store design being trialled across 20 per cent of Masters outlets was showing good results.

“While it is still early days, we are very pleased with the performance of these stores,” Mr Waters said in a shareholder update.

An investor strategy meeting in May heard that the company had “scaled down” its rollout plan for the coming years and would “focus primarily on high-potential locations”, and those already under construction or subject to a binding lease.

Investors were told that the move into the $45 billion home improvement industry was sound and that “Masters will be a long-term profit contributor” to Woolworths.

Masters Rouse Hill, in Sydney’s west, had its grand opening in April. Pictured is staff m

Masters Rouse Hill, in Sydney’s west, had its grand opening in April. Pictured is staff member Carley Mills. Source: News Corp Australia

The manager of the new Rouse Hill store in Sydney’s west, Sean D’Cruz, said the new store design included a large paint department, tool shop and more than 10,000 hardware products, with an extensive bathroom and kitchen display area.

“A drive-through trade area will cater to the needs of local tradies, offering outstanding value, service and quality,” Mr D’Cruz said.

“Trade customers will find familiar brands as well as exclusive products from the world’s best trade suppliers.”

Launched in 2011 as a joint venture between Woolworths and US-based Lowe’s, Masters was a major strategic play to take on the popular Wesfarmers-owned Bunnings chain, but it has failed to achieve the goal of breaking even by 2015.

Woolworths executive Grant O’Brien fell on his sword in June after presiding over sluggish sales across the group, culminating in 1200 job cuts.

The business lost $176 million last year, a blowout of 12.4 per cent on its $156.6 million loss in the 2013 financial year.

Aussies love their hardware, yet Masters has not been able to turn a profit after four ye

Aussies love their hardware, yet Masters has not been able to turn a profit after four years in business. Source: News Corp Australia

Outspoken retail analyst David Errington criticised Woolworths back in 2011 for its decision to move into the highly competitive hardware space, predicting that Masters would be an annual loss maker.

The Merrill Lynch analyst warned in a report: “We are concerned with Woolworths’ entry into the hardware market … particularly as it starts [from scratch] against well established and powerful competitors.”

But Masters’ expansion has pushed on at lightning speed, earning its self-proclaimed title of

Australia’s “fastest-growing home improvement offer”.

An outlet in Northmead, in Sydney’s west, had its grand opening on August 15, while stores opened in Coffs Harbour and Albion Park, on the north and south coasts of NSW, in recent weeks.

Western Australia’s Lansdale got a Masters store last month, and outlets were opened in Queensland’s Everton Park and Bundall, plus Sydney’s Marsden Park, in May and June.

New outlets also opened this year at Adelaide Airport, Lismore on the NSW north coast, Mandurah, Western Australia, and Sydney’s Rouse Hill.

Independent retail analyst Peter Ryan recently told news.com.au that Woolworths was robust enough to sustain big losses from Masters, but faced a big challenge in convincing the market its long-term strategy was sound.

Banana pancakes with coconut cream

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Banana pancakes with coconut cream

Banana pancakes with coconut cream

Ingredients

  • 125ml (1/2 cup) thin cream, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 x 165ml can coconut cream
  • 250ml (1 cup) cold water
  • 1 x 200g bottle pancake shake mix (Green’s brand)
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled, thinly sliced

Ginger, blueberry and pineapple punch

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Ginger, blueberry and pineapple punch

Share the love this Christmas with a big bowl of fruit punch.

Ginger, blueberry and pineapple punch

Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • 1 lime
  • 1L (4 cups) chilled pineapple juice
  • 310ml (1 1/4 cups) white rum
  • 1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored, coarsely chopped
  • 100g fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1L (4 cups) chilled ginger beer
  • Ice cubes, to serve

The 10 Lessons I Learned in More Than 10 Years as an Entrepreneur

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There are plenty of articles online these days focused on helping entrepreneurs make it big quickly. This has caused founders to stop focusing on building a sustainable business brick by brick and instead have their sights on becoming a member of the unicorn club. It’s completely unrealistic.

While some companies have achieved the impossible, the other 99.99 percent of entrepreneurs are building their businesses on the foundation of day-to-day decisions, inevitable setbacks and incremental advancements.

In my 15 years as an entrepreneur, I’ve faced these challenges daily. Here are the 10 biggest lessons I’ve learned while running a startup to hopefully help push you through the daily grind and continue to pursue gradational success.

1. You will fail.

It’s practically required of entrepreneurs to fail. Entire businesses go down in flames every day. A decision made in a misguided moment results in months of scrambling. Paradoxically, failure is in fact critical to success.

It’s not about how badly you fail, it’s about how you respond, recover and learn. After all, growth comes with pain — that’s why they’re called growing pains. Resilience, patience and persistence are crucial to a startup’s success, so focus on those attributes with every decision you make.

2. Luck matters.

Yes, hard work and intelligence go a long way in the startup world. However, the stars need to align every once in a while as well. That doesn’t mean you should sit back and wait for good things to fall into your lap. You need to be observant enough to see luck on the horizon and smart enough to take advantage of it. Keep your eyes open and don’t feel guilty for good things coming your way. Expect good fortune and capitalize on it.

3. Conduct your business like you conduct your life.

The line between personal and professional lives have blurred for many, especially entrepreneurs. In my experience, the vast majority of people who have a positive attitude toward their personal life and reflect this outlook in their business life experience more success. Passion, integrity and continuous self-improvement are deeply embedded traits that are hard to partition to only one part of life.

4. Things are never as bad as you think.

Having a positive mindset goes much further beyond day-to-day business operations. At your lowest point, when you’re ready to give up, is often the time when growth is actually happening. It may feel like your feet are cast in concrete, but you are actually walking the path toward success. Don’t lose your perspective on reality, but keep in mind that struggle is good: It’s indicative of progress.

Next time you’re in a rut, take a deep breath and find the power and passion that drove you to enter the startup world in the first place. This tenacity can help you make it through even the most difficult situations.

5. Network, network, network.

Many entrepreneurs — okay many business professionals in general — inwardly groan at the suggestion of networking. It seems like a huge waste of time to pass out business cards over drinks and count handshakes at conference after conference. However, there’s a reason all entrepreneurs do it.  Making connections with folks may not lead to something today or tomorrow but often pays off years down the road. Force yourself to get out a few times a month and meet new people. Focus on making connections with those can help your startup thrive and build lasting relationships — instead of a just a business card collection.

6. Be responsive and respectful in all your encounters.

Demonstrate kindness, humility and respect to all acquaintances — no matter who they are. This goes far beyond networking events. If someone reaches out to you with a solicitation, let them kindly know you’re not interested and why. After all, this is what you want from your prospects when you reach out to them. This same idea applies to job candidates, people reaching out for business advice and more. Respond to all of these people and remember that good begets good.

7. Go boldly where no man has before.

Don’t be afraid to try things everyone else thinks is crazy.

Move forward with that “out there” product idea. Attempt that crazy marketing stunt. Entrepreneurs didn’t become successful by repeating the tactics of those who came before them. Don’t be afraid to turn your industry on its head and build a thriving company by refusing to listen to those who call your ideas crazy.

8. Be fiercely loyal.

Trust takes time to earn, but once someone has proven trustworthy, loyalty enables relationships to make it through thick and thin. Practice this with your business partners, friends and employees. It will pay off. If you are loyal to others, most will be loyal to you.

Don’t forget to demonstrate loyalty to your customers either. Gaining a group of dedicated customers takes an enormous amount of hard work. Don’t abandon them when you finally build up that following. Keep their experience in mind with every decision you make and keep the promises you make to them.

9. Trust your gut.

If you feel strongly about something and instinct is telling you to take action on a feeling you have, you probably should. Even scientists say your gut is right 90 percent of the time. Use data and research to help guide your decisions, but don’t use them as a crutch. Your instinct has taken you pretty far in business and will continue to serve you well if you trust it when it counts.

Similarly, if you think you’re not being given an honest answer, maintain forward momentum. People will tell you “no” when “yes” is really there. Keep pushing for the answers you want and need. Stay strong in face of the opposition.

10. Actively seek constructive feedback and advice.

Remember to be humble and open to criticism from everyone — customers, colleagues, employees or that random guy you met at a networking event. Constructive criticism is crucial to a startup’s success.  Listen to everything someone wants to say about your product, service and brand. They’re often just trying to help make your business stronger.

That being said, don’t let them knock you off your path. All criticism should be taken with a grain of salt. If you think you’re on the right path, tell the naysayers, “Thank you for your input,” and follow your instincts.

5 Ways to Stop Embarrassing Yourself on LinkedIn

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How exciting! You’ve just received a great introduction to a big potential client. And as you and your team work hard to whip up a stellar pitch, what do you think the potential client is doing?

She’s researching you, of course. And chances are, the first place she’ll go to learn more about your background, experience and personality is LinkedIn.

What’s she going to find when she pulls up your profile? An amateurish photo? Outdated information? Unpopular political views? A lack of references?

In business, it’s vital to focus on developing a quality LinkedIn profile and avoid making a poor first impression. Here are five ways to ensure you don’t embarrass yourself on this fast-growing and powerful platform:

1. Stop using unprofessional photos.

LinkedIn is not Facebook, Instagram or any typical social network. It’s a place to show your professional side, and that starts with your photo. A picture of you slamming beers won’t do; neither will a family reunion. You want a clean, professional headshot with a white or neutral background. If you don’t already have one, hire a professional photographer.

2. Stop forgetting to update your profile.

If a potential client looks you up on LinkedIn to find that your profile still says you work for your previous company, you’ve just made a poor first impression. Your profile is a living, real-time résumé that should be updated on a regular basis to reflect the current reality. It should also be consistent with your other public bios — especially the one on your company’s website. Always make sure to note every time you switch companies, earn a new job title or win major recognition.

3. Stop posting inappropriate updates.

Your passionate opinion about this week’s episode of The Bachelor may be appropriate for Facebook or Twitter, but it has absolutely no place on LinkedIn (unless you happen to be an entertainment journalist). Avoid posting personal or political opinions that could turn off potential employers, clients and vendors. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be yourself on LinkedIn; just be yourprofessional self. If you wouldn’t say it in an office meeting, it definitely doesn’t belong on LinkedIn.

4. Stop being a narcissist.

Have you ever been at a dinner party with a person who can’t stop talking about himself? Don’t be that person. Too many people on LinkedIn are self-promotional peacocks. They post constant streams of updates and group comments that promote their company, their products, an upcoming event or an article they just wrote. No one wants to connect with someone who blatantly self-promotes all the time. And employers don’t want to hire people who seem to always put themselves before the team.

Instead, be genuine and constructive. Always think about how you can add value to your connections and your industry. Try linking to quotes and articles that represent your values and your brand. You can even repurpose content from other leaders who inspire you.

5. Stop neglecting LinkedIn.

LinkedIn isn’t just for job seekers; it’s a nearly limitless network of successfully employed individuals, and it’s a venue where you can establish yourself as a thought leader in your field.

Try to post one quote or image every week that reflects your personal and professional values. Also, check out LinkedIn Pulse, a great resource that’s helped me establish my expertise in performance marketing, affiliate marketing and online customer acquisition. In the past six months, more than 20 high-quality job candidates specifically mentioned that my LinkedIn posts inspired them to apply for a job with my company.

It’s time to start treating LinkedIn like the incredibly powerful platform it is. Your profile should make you look like a polished, professional, well-rounded and well-connected expert.

Need examples? Visit the profiles of Dharmesh Shah and Brigette Hyacinth to see how true networking masters built their identities. Take the time to fully understand every benefit this social network can provide, and hone your own profile to capitalize on those opportunities.

Crispy tofu and kale stir-fry

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Crispy tofu and kale stir-fry

Tahini sauce adds punchy flavour to this quick vegetarian stir-fry.

Crispy tofu and kale stir-fry
  • Grapeseed oil, to deep-fry
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 long fresh red chillies, sliced
  • 350g firm tofu, cut into 2cm-pieces
  • 80g baby kale leaves, plus extra, to serve
  • White pepper
  • 500g cooked egg noodles, to serve

Tahini satay sauce

  • 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 long fresh red chilli, finely chopped
  • 250ml (1 cup) coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar

Ashley Madison hackers dump double the size of previous data

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Impact Team hackers release more data with a note to CEO Noel Biderman.

Impact Team hackers release more data with a note to CEO Noel Biderman. Source: Supplied

IF YOU thought the 10GB dump of data from the Ashley Madison leak was already bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

The hackers behind the initial security breach, known as the Impact Team, dumped another swathe of files overnight, but this time, it’s double the size of the debut dump, Motherboard reports.

Accompanied by a cheeky message to Avid Life Media’s CEO Noel Biderman, who owns and runs the extramarital dating site, the archive of files weigh in at just under 20GB.

“Hey Noel, you can admit it’s real now,” reads the hacker’s message that was posted on the same site as the first data breach.

Impact Team hackers release more data with a note to CEO Noel Biderman.

Hackers Impact Team leave a note for Avid Life Media CEO Noel Biderman: ‘You can admit it’s real now’, Source:Supplied

But readers may not need to fear the onslaught of more embarrassing personal revelations just yet — it appears this time the hackers are targeting the organisation from within, including internal data and emails stolen from Biderman’s inbox. One file within the new data includes a folder titled “noel.biderman.mail”.

Various websites are attempting to verify and release information as uncovered files come to hand.

A list of files within the new data dump.

A list of files within the new data dump. Source: Supplied

The previous leak released the personal details of 36 million users, including home addresses, credit card details, and sexual preferences.

“This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality,” a statement from the website read.

“It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities.

“The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society.

“We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world. We are continuing to fully cooperate with law enforcement to seek to hold the guilty parties accountable to the strictest measures of the law.”

from news.com.au

What’s the Difference Between Business Casual and Smart Casual? A Handy Guide on How to Dress.

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If you think black tie means Chucks with a tux, you’re doing it all wrong. Or are you? Deciding what to wear when to which event — so you don’t end up looking clueless — can be overwhelming for the fashion-challenged. But, with a little help, it’s not so bad.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a quick and dirty cheat-sheet you could refer to before hobbling together your outfit for your next important soirée, interview or meeting? A dress codes 101 decoder, for him and her? Lucky for you there is. Check the informative infographic fromMannix Marketing below. It covers everything from casual to business casual, to business formal to black tie and beyond. (Do us a favor and ignore the weird Homer Simpson reference at the top, okay? Yeah, it threw us for a loop, too.)

So, yeah, not all dress codes are created the same. If the occasion, or your office — lucky you! — calls for your basic no-brainer casual, breathe a sigh of relief and reach for your favorite T-shirt and jeans combo. The clean ones, people. Not the stinky wrinkled ones in the hamper. Do we really have to go over this? We’re starting to sound like your mom.

If business casual is the mandate, classy dress pants and a crisp, collared shirt or blouse should do the trick. Top it off with a snazzy pair of dressy shoes and you’re set. The authors of infographic, notably not personal stylists, nor fashion designers or editors, suggest you slip into khakis, the safe choice, for biz casual, but we’re not so sure. Do people even wear khakis anymore? In some places, a nice pair of jeans will fit the business casual bill, as long as you dress them up with a nice top.

Then there’s “smart casual,” whatever that is, and business and business informal. And semi-formal, formal and black tie. Confused yet? Time to conveniently refer back to the handy how-to below. Running potential outfits past your best-dressed friend ahead of time helps, too. Good luck, champ. Knock ‘em dead. Whatever you wear, you probably look better than you think.

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Pizza ravioli bites

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Pizza ravioli bites

Simply take some sheets of fresh lasagne and create this sensational pizza ravioli meal!

Pizza ravioli bites

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons pitted kalamata olives, finely chopped
  • 25g mozzarella cheese, finely chopped
  • 2 slices prosciutto, finely chopped
  • 50g fresh ricotta
  • 4 fresh lasagne sheets
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Vegetable oil, for shallow-frying
  • Baby rocket and lemon halves, to serve