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Forum: Starting a business 4 hours ago
Replies: 6
Views: 114
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Competitor research - anyone else find it stressful?

And remember that perception is everything.

You may look at a competitor and think "wow, these guys are killing it!", but in reality it could be the total opposite; The owner could be up to his...
Forum: Search engines etc 3 Days Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,646
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Why most small-medium business shouldn't outsource SEO

If SEO is so time consuming, where do SEO guys find the time to continually write such long, detailed posts on internet forums? :p
Forum: Need a resource? Got a good referral? 1 Week Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 86
Posted By bluepenguin
I need a sign...

Hi there,

I'm looking to get a sign made up to go on one of my client's factories.
It's fairly large, and I'd like it made up of vinyl cut lettering on black composite panel, delivered to...
Forum: Sales & marketing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 348
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Facebook Reach

In my understanding, the more your followers like, comment and share your content, the more of it they will see in the future.

So the challenge is to create content that people want to engage...
Forum: Talking technology 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 266
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Australian VPN service for streaming SBS News Online to overseas viewer

If you use Google Chrome or Firefox, have a look at the Hola browser extension. It's free and you can appear to be browsing from anywhere in the world.
Forum: Sales & marketing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 225
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Cheap(er) ways to do mail out marketing

I'm guessing you're looking at maybe $300 all up. Is that really such a huge amount of money considering the potential return on investment and the chance to get your brand under 250 noses?

My...
Forum: Community reviews 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 266
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: New USB wall socket business

They sound like a great idea, but as Jason kind of said, I would only get one if I was going to have a power point repaired, changed or added for another reason already.
Forum: Sales & marketing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 837
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: What's wrong with the online industry for small business?

Why are 47% of small to medium size Australian business not online?
Not all businesses need to be online. My business has very little online presence because nearly all of my new business comes from...
Forum: Starting a business 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 294
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: pricing help please!

If you want to do it the easy way, simply charge as much as people are willing to pay for your products.

You want to find the perfect balance. If you profit margin is too low, you'll make no...
Forum: Other discussions 20-10-14
Replies: 5
Views: 245
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Dilemma

First of all, if I was interested in your business, Googled the named and found this post which indicates the possibility of you giving the business away, I wouldn't be prepared to pay the asking...
Forum: Starting a business 13-10-14
Replies: 7
Views: 208
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: How to run a photography contest to get good photographs to use in website?

If you want a really good photographer, this is not the way to go. If you want a student or amateur, it may work.

A good photographer will easily spend 10s of thousands on equipment and software,...
Forum: Money matters 10-10-14
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: TAKE CARE! When sending money to overseas suppliers

This is a very real danger. I have a client who transferred $40K into a scammer's account and was never able to recover it.

I saw some of the emails and letters the scammer sent, and they were...
Forum: Sales & marketing 07-10-14
Replies: 6
Views: 239
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Mobile Marketing

I hate being marketed to by SMS and always opt out, no matter who's contacting me. It feels much more invasive than other forms of marketing.

There are now plenty of marketing options that cross...
Forum: Sales & marketing 06-10-14
Replies: 10
Views: 1,182
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Banner / Sign what to include?

If you're in a residential area, there's a good chance that council regulations will limit you to something about the size of an A3 sheet of paper or smaller.

If that's the case, you're best to...
Forum: Starting a business 03-10-14
Replies: 6
Views: 391
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Starting a carpentry / handyman business?

I believe in Victoria, you can do jobs up to $5,000 without an accreditation.

You will definitely need various types of insurance - Your best bet would be to speak to an insurance broker.

Most...
Forum: Talking technology 25-09-14
Replies: 17
Views: 747
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Accounting software - non cloud based

That was my thinking, but MYOB refuses to support their old products (they would rather you pay $70 per month rather than $0 per month, which is understandable), and my fairly recent piece of...
Forum: Talking technology 25-09-14
Replies: 17
Views: 747
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Accounting software - non cloud based

After being a MYOB user for 10 years, at the beginning of this financial year I switched to Reckon Accounting, which is basically Quickbooks, re-branded by an Aussie company.

So far, so good - and...
Forum: Starting a business 11-09-14
Replies: 8
Views: 491
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Email Signatures

I'd do it anyway.

Think of your email agreement as like a lock on a car; when you think about it, a door lock doesn't really make a car that secure: if anyone wants to get in they can easily...
Forum: Sales & marketing 11-09-14
Replies: 4
Views: 567
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Defence/Emergency Personnel - how to ask for proof?

How about showing your support by giving donations to organizations such as the Ambos, volunteer-run fire services and the RSL?
Forum: Need a resource? Got a good referral? 01-09-14
Replies: 3
Views: 276
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Need a we developer to upgrade Joomla on customer site.

Thanks for your message. I found someone and had the site successfully upgraded several months ago.
Forum: Sales & marketing 25-08-14
Replies: 5
Views: 225
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Hang Tags

Your best bet is probably to contact a commercial screen printer.
Forum: Other discussions 25-08-14
Replies: 14
Views: 520
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: How do you keep yourself motivated?

Having small children who need me to pay for swimming lessons, ballet lessons, nappies, Disney merchandise and an unbelievable amount of sultanas keep me sufficiently motivated.

As well as...
Forum: Sales & marketing 25-08-14
Replies: 5
Views: 225
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Hang Tags

Any commercial printer should be able to produce those for you.

You can either get them die cut with the hole, or you can buy a hand punch that will cut that shape out of the top.
Forum: Talking technology 15-08-14
Replies: 25
Views: 1,080
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Logo Design prices

I've got to disagree with you there.
Say I start charging $400 per logo, and spend an average of 8 hours on each job. After a while I get a good reputation, word of mouth spreads, and suddenly I've...
Forum: Other discussions 13-08-14
Replies: 6
Views: 316
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Sole-trader and gst.

First off, you should be putting a margin on the print job and making yourself a little profit. As a designer, you have access to many trade-only printers who will sell to you for much less than what...
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