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When the economy picks up again, which market categories will surge first?

Markets progress through calculable patterns cycling through expansions and contractions, and consumers respond in predictable ways. Things might be worse than normal given the nature of a pandemic, but things always get better.
modern slavery

Economy vs. ethics: How COVID-19 can push modern slavery into the Australian supply chain

Findings from the Global Slavery Index estimate there were approximately 15,000 people living in “conditions of modern slavery” in Australia in 2016.
hospitality

Hospitality post-COVID: How to remain profitable with restricted customers

Through careful consideration and planning, businesses can start to rebuild steady profits during the transition back to ‘business as usual’.

Is your remote working cost-effective? How to keep that energy bill down when running...

Whether you’re a freelancer, self-employed, or someone who has found themselves working from home during the shutdowns, knowing how to run a low-cost and energy-efficient home office will help save you money and minimise your carbon footprint.

Is pricing science, art, maths or psychology? How to set the right price for...

But pricing is not an exact science and data alone is not enough to decide the numbers. Psychology, art, maths, science and a little intuition are all key ingredients to successful pricing.

How businesses can learn from the challenges presented during COVID-19

During our nation’s shutdown, I’ve witnessed a few retailers surviving, others thriving, while the majority have experienced a significant downturn or have seen their revenue cease altogether.

Trust, compassion, clear communication: effective leadership in the time of COVID-19

Leading a team in the time of COVID-19 brings a number of challenges. First of all, the external environment is changing at an extraordinary rate.

Reskill, retrain, and renew hope: The importance of upskilling during COVID-19

People everywhere have had to adjust their personal and working lives to deal with the aftermath of drastic changes to industry, business processes and job prospects.

Does your business pass the pandemic stress test? How a crisis can help you...

There’s no textbook on how to run a business in a pandemic and there’s no template for a business model that will withstand every storm.

Building adaptability and collaboration in a world of social distancing: A new benchmark in...

It’s now evident that an emotionally agile and resilient workforce has a massive bearing on the results of teams and organisations.

Outliving the pandemic: here are 7 tips for moving your retail business online

As the health crisis develops daily and social distancing measures differ state to state, small and medium Australian businesses are under pressure to outlive the pandemic.

Surviving COVID-19: Why business owners need to make tough decisions and pivot

When your business is on the line, there is no room for indecisiveness, hesitation and a “business as usual” attitude if you want to survive.

“Oh look, we’re human again!” How being human will improve your bottom line in...

COVID-19 has shaken us all up to the extent that the spotlight has been shone on some of the historical misconceptions of what makes a great manager great.

A digital presence is more important than ever: How to get your business online...

For business owners, the stakes are particularly high as the Australian business community battles through some of the toughest economic conditions since the Global Financial Crisis.

3 essential things new businesses should be spending money on [INFOGRAPHIC]

As a new business owner, determining how to allocate your budget is one of the most difficult (and important) decisions you will have to make.

Here are 8 crisis communications tips on how to survive the quarantine economy

The scope and speed of Corona-related impacts are staggering, requiring dramatic business adaption and presenting an existential threat to many organisations.

Here are 5 great tips on how to build business resilience in a climate...

It’s also critical to understand that contracting in fear is the worst response a leader can have to an economic crisis. In order to build business resilience, it’s time to push hard and get aggressive with your marketing spend.

5 great tips on how to effectively work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic

With a growing number of employees being encouraged or directed to work from home (WFH) during the coronavirus pandemic, the largest work-from-home experiment is testing Australian businesses and employees.

Here are four key steps to empowering your business during the retail shut-down

With many millions of retailers worldwide currently in a temporary, induced shut-down as governments and authorities seek to stem the spread of coronavirus, it’s a concerning time.

Has your strategy just gone out the window? 7 ways to double down on...

Businesses that have already executed with speed and pivoted are either seeing the rewards, or have taken measures to reduce the impact on their business.

FREE BUSINESS TOOLS

How to zig when everyone else is zagging, with Julio De...

Why is it that some business owners appear impervious to business obstacles and upsets? In some cases, it seems that it’s the obstacles that drive certain personality types to success. In this CHEAT SHEET, we share five ways of thinking to respond to INDUSTRY, ECONOMIC, BRAND, SOCIETAL and PERSONAL shifts.

FREE BUSINESS TOOL

Ever considered crowdfunding? [FREE REPORT]

Liz Wald is Vice President of International for Indiegogo.com. She has been terrifically successful raising funds through the crowd model.  One of her successes...

INFOGRAPHICS

New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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