The nine best free apps for small business

Dan Kranjcic is a newcomer to small business but he’s already found his smartphone invaluable. 

The former head chef at Cecconi’s restaurant started his own catering business aimed at schools last year after securing a contract for Camberwell Girls Grammar School. 

I’m always on the go so now I can work on the go. 

Daniel Kranjcic

“Seeing what was on offer, I saw there was a real opportunity to raise the bar of what is being served to school students,” Kranjcic says.

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AASBA-FABA EVENING OF APPRECIATION

The African Australian Small Business Association and the Footscray Asian Business Association co-hosted a wonderful evening event in Footscray on the 13th April, sharing food, entertainment and dancing with dignitaries, community members and friends, in order to show their appreciation to members of the Maribyrnong City Council. The spacious Rama restaurant was the perfect venue, with its dance floor and plenty of room for the buffet dinner and leisurely conversations around the tables.

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The Pros and Cons of Franchise Ownership

Franchise opportunities are more structured than business opportunities. If thinking of purchasing a franchise, just like with any business venture, there are pros and cons of franchise ownership. For instance, purchasing a franchise can be a little more expensive than buying a business, but it comes with a ton of “built in trial and error work” that you will not need to do. Someone else has pioneered that trail for you. 

It is true; generally, buyers operate under their own name not featuring the seller’s trademark, run their business the way they want and call all the shots. In the case of a franchise, with the initial fee you pay, along with future royalties, you gain the advantages of using the franchisor’s brand, trademark, logos, operating systems, signage, expensive demand generation marketing and other marketing practices – website with B2B content creation, real-world content creation and lead generation to name a few. 

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Build Your Business Resilience

Have you thought about how a disruption would affect your business? Events such as drought, floods, the recent blue-green algae blooms along the Murray River, or even illness or accident, can potentially impact your business continuity. The Victorian Government provides a range of support services for small business owners in the event of an emergency, as well as tools to help you identify, minimise and eliminate risks and build the resilience of your business.

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AASBA Continues to lobby on behalf of Local Traders

Yarraville & Footscray business traders have been feeling the pressure of maintaining & keeping hold of their businesses ever since the Maribyrnong council introduced parking meters to their areas & near their workplaces & also, with the increase of 17 new parking meters, this has further added strain to their business as these businesses are their livelihoods & depend on customers’ spending habits so that they can thrive & make financial profit.

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The 30-second daily habit that will change your business life

Want to live a happy and enriched life while working in an exciting and fulfilling business? This super-quick, daily habit will get you there.

 

On any given morning I ask myself questions like, ‘When should I schedule my nap given I’ve only just woken up?’ and ‘Should I go to the gym or just walk briskly to the kitchen?’ and ‘Why hasn’t anyone invented a pyjama-pantry-fridge-combo yet?’

While some of my enquiries are useful, most of them don’t significantly contribute to the fullness of my business and life.

Until now. You see, I’ve discovered two life-changing daily questions.

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Our new small business tool is designed to do the heavy lifting for you.

Setting up or growing a small business can feel a little challenging, and you need to make sure you tick all the boxes. That’s why ANZ has developed Business Ready Tools and Checklists, powered by Honcho1.

Honcho has helped start over 200,000 Australian businesses with a step-by-step guide of what’s required to get a business up and running. From registering your ABN and business name, to setting up a website and business email address, Honcho can help.

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Welcome to the March Business Bulletin

In this edition, we have news about the Melbourne Makers Project, tips on what makes a successful brand and information on upcoming business workshops at Council. 

We have two business profiles this month- Post Industrial Design and Lucky Pet Supplies. Both businesses are located along Barkly Street West Footscray, and were nominated for the Civic Business Awards. They are a shining example of how to run successful businesses out West!

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Maribyrnong councillors vote to keep parking meters switched off in Yarraville

Maribyrnong councillors have voted to keep parking meters switched off in Yarraville village and central Footscray while council staff develop a new parking policy.

Tuesday night’s unanimous decision is likely to send the total hit to council coffers from the switch-off over the $1 million mark, with an estimated $600,000 already lost since December when the council suspended paid parking in both areas until the end of this month.

 

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ASIC warns businesses to review contracts for unfair provisions

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has issued guidance on the unfair contract term protections for small business which apply to contracts entered into or varied after November 12, 2016. 

 

The laws apply to standard form contracts between businesses where one of the businesses employs less than 20 people and the contract is worth up to $300,000 in a single year or $1 million if the contract runs for more than a year.

 

This is not something unknown it has been in the consumer law for some time and what is happening here is that it is being extended to small business. 

Greg Tanzer

 

They will be enforced by ASIC, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and state and territory offices of fair trading.


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