How to keep your small business running over the holidays

How to keep your small business running over the holidays

As the owner of a small business, you’ve probably found that you can’t seem to take holidays too often – if at all. Business must go on and you don’t want to spend years building your business up only to have it fall apart while you take a holiday.

However, with the right forward planning, a bit of automation and some trusted staff members, it is entirely possible for you to take a holiday while your company carries on with business as usual.

Automate as much as possible

The best thing you can do to give yourself a break these holidays is to automate as much of your business as possible. By automating things, you not only take the work load off your plate, but you will set your business up to look like there is still a team of staff sitting in the office … even when they are all at the beach!

Social media is a great area to automate over the holiday period. Everyone knows how important social media is for marketing a small business, so taking …

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Bridal Headpiece

SEO & Content Marketing Results Challenge for Deborah Hartl Designs

Would you like to watch a small business SEO case study in progress? SEO for Small Business and Article Writers Australia have teamed up to assist a small business – Deborah Hartl Designs – by providing free SEO and content writing services for the next 6 months. We’re calling it our Content Marketing & SEO Results Challenge. Each month we’ll be posting details of our strategy and the results so that other small business owners can see what it takes to improve visibility online. For now, we’d like to introduce you to Deborah and her fabulous bridal headpieces and explain why she needs assistance and what we’ll be doing.

Deborah’s story

Deborah Hartl creates unique bridal headpieces, from beach inspired designs to floral crowns. She’s good at what she does – the 2015 edition of UK Brides features one of her designs. Deborah established a website for online sales and a Facebook page, but absolutely nothing happened – almost nobody was visiting her website. She did a little research and wondered if creating …

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What Are The Advantages of Faux Fur Wraps?

What Are The Advantages of Faux Fur Wraps?

Fur has recently undergone a revival in the fashion world and a faux fur wrap is a great way to keep warm during cold winter months. Faux fur wraps can be used for all ages, from newborn babies to adults, and their combination of softness, luxury and durability means that they can be enjoyed for years.

Whether you are ethically minded, fashion conscious or practical, faux fur has a number of benefits over real fur. Here are some of the main ones:

Cruelty-free

Many people choose faux fur over real fur because no animals are harmed during its creation. Fur farming is a notoriously inhumane practice, and one which consumers are becoming increasingly aware of due to the work of animal welfare organisations around the world. Choosing the cruelty free option means that you still get to take advantage of a product that is warm and feels wonderful, and you can enjoy a clean conscience in the process.

Cost effective

Faux fur is often considerably cheaper than real fur, which means that you can look great, …

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Wine Bar Design Ideas

Wine Bar Design Ideas

Wine bars are enjoying a revival in Melbourne and new bars are cropping up all over the place. A favourite with the Friday night after-work drink crowd and couples whiling away a weekend afternoon, the modern wine bar bears little resemblance to the cheesy, fluorescent lit bars of the seventies, and it often combines great wine with high quality bistro-style food.

These days, atmosphere and the quality of the food are paramount and the more quirky and individual the better if you want your bar to stand out among the crowd. If you are thinking about opening up a wine bar in Melbourne, or if you feel like your current premises could use a few changes, here are a few bar design ideas to help you create the perfect ambience.

Size should be no barrier to creating a thriving wine bar, and many of the bars that are gathering the most popularity in Melbourne are small and intimate. If you only have a small space to work with, you will need to be more creative to …

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Leather Couch

A Brief Guide to Cleaning Leather Furniture

Leather is a popular choice for furniture as it looks great and is hardwearing and easy to wipe down. If you have leather furniture, it is important to keep it maintained and cleaned if you want it to last a lifetime. Although leather is fairly robust, it can be damaged by spills and wear and tear, and it’s important to make sure that the cleaning methods you use aren’t going to create more problems.

Here are a few suggestions for cleaning leather furniture, to help you keep it looking great for longer, and avoid damaging it in the process.

Be aware what kind of leather your furniture is made from

Although it may all look the same to the untrained eye, different types of leather often have very different cleaning requirements, and what may work for one type could cause permanent damage to another type. Before you start any kind of cleaning process or treatment for your leather furniture, take a look at the label or find out from the manufacturer exactly what type …

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Apartments

What Is Covered by Strata Inspection Reports?

Buying a unit in a strata building is different to purchasing a freestanding home or investment property. As well as checking the condition of the unit you are intending to purchase, it is important that you make sure the rest of the building is in good order before you commit, or you could end up with unexpected bills or legal headaches. Strata inspection reports are intended to give prospective owners an overview of the state of not only the individual unit, but also the entire strata building, so they can make an informed purchase.

What could happen if I don’t get a strata inspection report?

If you are planning to buy a strata property, it is highly recommended that you get a strata inspection report first. If you don’t, you could run the risk of making a bad decision and ending up with a property that is not in a good state of repair, has underlying problems, or unexpectedly high strata fees in order to pay for work needed on the building. A strata inspection report …

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Pre-Purchase Inspection Report

What Are The Benefits of Getting A Pre-Purchase Inspection Report in Sydney?

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. Because of the amount of money involved and the potential for disaster, it is highly recommended to get a pre-purchase inspection report before you commit to a property purchase in Sydney.

What is a pre-purchase inspection report?

A pre-purchase inspection report is a detailed report of the property you are planning to buy. The report should list any potential hazards associated with the property such as structural issues, water damage, signs of pest infestation and a number of other possible problems. A pre-purchase inspection report in Sydney will take into consideration local hazards that might affect other properties in the area along with an in-depth examination of the individual property you are considering purchasing.

What are the benefits?

Arranging a pre-purchase inspection report before you buy a home or investment property has a number of different benefits including:

Peace of mind. Knowing that the property you are committing to is free of serious problems can help you feel more secure in …

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Apprehended Violence Order

Are AVOs Serious?

Has someone taken out an AVO against you? Or do you feel threatened and in fear of someone, and you’re considering taking out an AVO against them? Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOS) don’t constitute a criminal conviction, but they should be taken seriously as breaching the terms can lead to serious consequences.

What is an AVO?

An AVO is a court issued order taken out by one person against another. AVOs are intended to protect someone who might be vulnerable and at risk of harassment, intimidation or violence from another person. An AVO restricts the behaviour of the defendant towards the person in need of protection (PINOP), so that the defendant can’t go within a certain distance of them or their place of residence, or contact them. An AVO can also cover the PINOP’s dependants and close family members where necessary.

How do I get an AVO?

If you have a genuine reason to fear harassment, violence or intimidation from another person you can apply for an AVO privately at your local court. In certain circumstances, the police may …

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Retail Design Melbourne

When Size Isn’t Everything; Retail Design in Melbourne

Do you have a small retail space you are looking to transform? Even the tiniest spaces can be made to look inviting and appealing with a bit of creative retail design. Melbourne is known for its quirky shops and cafés, which proves that size does not need to be a barrier when it comes to sales appeal and enticing customers in to your store.

Challenges

When it comes to designing your retail premises, you will need to be strategic if space is limited. Practical concerns include getting the maximum amount of display space while allowing customers room to move freely around the store without feeling claustrophobic. You will also want to consider what type of atmosphere you want to create in your store, and how you will do that.

You may have a limited budget, or restrictions on how much remodelling you can do. Fortunately there are a number of different things you can do to help create a feeling of space and encapsulate your business brand without having to undertake major renovations.

Light

Windows and mirrors can …

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Common Assault Lawyers

How Can Common Assault Lawyers Help Me?

The term ‘assault’ covers a range of different offences, from summary offences to more severe indictable offences that carry a number of possible penalties, including a long-term prison sentence. If you have been charged with common assault or any other assault charge, it is important to seek legal advice. Experienced common assault lawyers can advise you on whether you should plead guilty or not guilty to an assault charge, and help ensure you receive the best possible outcome.

What is common assault?

Common assault is an offence where one person is found guilty of assaulting another person without causing actual bodily harm. Whether or not an offence is considered to be common assault or a more serious charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm depends largely on the extent of harm that is caused to the victim.

Common assault can be treated as either a summary offence and dealt with in the local court, or the prosecution can choose to have it dealt with as an indictable offence – which means that the matter will be …

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