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November 19, 2020 at 4:19 am #1224426::
I think the answer to your question starts with the expected quantity you are printing … printing is often about the size, the binding, the print colours, leaf count, the print run quantity (the higher the quantity, the lower the pricing as a general rule).
An off-shore order would require significant quantity order and you would need to consider freight, clearance, import insurance etc etc. I’m not sure if local printers print off-shore?… or more publishers who use off-shore services??
Perhaps if you are looking at testing the water, you could approach a print broker or several larger local printers to get a general quote and review viability if you are planning to retail this item.
Good luck (and by the way … it is Stationery if you are talking notebook/diaryJune 18, 2020 at 3:35 am #1223445::
Yes Bert … absolutely correct .. this is a forum topic so all information is ‘general in nature’ … agree, anyone seeking answers to these types of queries should always ask their own professionalJune 17, 2020 at 11:54 pm #1223451::
I thought that is what I mentioned in paragraph 2 re BAS lodgement?? ..June 17, 2020 at 11:53 pm #1223450::JamesMillar, post: 270034, member: 5318 wrote:Just FYI. The body of tax law and issues that apply to companies is substantially different to individuals. There are many issues that could trip you up. I strongly recommend that you get some professional help.June 17, 2020 at 7:15 am #1223447::
Single touch payroll has been brought in for all businesses now (I believe?) so if you haven’t set up, go through Xero and this will connect you direct to ATO.
Then when you record the pay run, you will file it and the information goes directly to the ATO.
At each BAS period (pending if you are quarterly or otherwise), you’ll complete the BAS and record the PAYG withheld and gst … and pay ATO whatever the required payment.June 17, 2020 at 7:03 am #1223443::
Firstly I’m not an accountant … but I do use Xero.
Firstly, in case you do not use, this is really helpful for working out the various payments and splits: http://www.paycalculator.com.au
Someone savvy will come along and help and clarify .. as far as I know from what you’ve advised:
If you are paying $3000 + super:
Employee is paid: $2662.00
Super (paid to employees super fund when due at BAS time): $285.00
If you are paying $3000 inclusive of the super, then I would think the gross wage is actually $2715.00 + super:
Employee is paid: $2438.00
Super (paid to employees super fund when due at BAS time): $257.93
Gulp, I hope I haven’t confused further !
All the best
MorganMay 27, 2020 at 5:56 am #1223286::
Not sure about mouthwash as this may have specific regulations attached to manufacturing and labelling (highly likely).
Even if there was a manufacturer in Australia, of a retail product, the quantity you are likely to require and for private labelling, may not be of interest to them.
There are however, dental related promotional products that can be used as a promotional give-aways or as a post service thank you e.g. dental floss, sugar free mints and bamboo toothbrushes.
I have supplied a few dentists over the years with the above.May 27, 2020 at 5:39 am #1223164::
All printing works on ‘the bigger the print run, the better the pricing’. It is just more cost effective to setup a project and run hundreds than to run a tiny quantity.
So just 30-40 is quite small and hence the quote you will receive is likely to be $$$ per sticker.
I’ve arranged lots of stickers over my time for various projects and clients … so some advice. Check out what types of material available (basic paper stickers are okay for internal use .. while vinyl for outdoor). Check different quantity breaks too, as it may be well worth going to a higher quantity to bring costing down.September 11, 2019 at 6:38 am #1220925::
I agree that approaching smaller pet stores … getting into the big guys means ability to meet their distribution .. and marketing spend. You would need a very good set up to meet expectations.
So if you are only small, tackle what you can handle. I’d go into the stores within an easy delivery radius … and find out who makes the decisions and ask for an appointment.
Markets are good too as you are trying .. I like the subscription idea mentioned for loyal and regular clients.
Try to find dog clubs in your area .. maybe a special offer?? Maybe a little out there .. but there are hamper services, unless your product needs refrigeration?
I have also supplied branded dog leads to companies participating in events I.e. council dog days. Maybe check out those events for sponsorship?
Good luck.February 15, 2019 at 11:39 pm #1218753::CephIT, post: 263863, member: 112253 wrote:Hi Morgan..
A few things to think of here: Your hosting will likely have a reasonable service for email, but they may have restrictions on it’s use, capacity etc.
If you plug your website or operations into your email you might find that some providers can impose limits to how many emails are being sent from your domain or total email limit size etc.
There is spam filtering to consider. Which can become a night mare if you are mistakenly marked as a spam provider. You can also make your own email server etc, but this is hard to do securely.
You can use Gsuite (Think corporate Gmail, with your own domain) Office 365 (hotmail, livemail) for email providers, they have a very very strong set of other tools and apps for usual office work as well. Googles Gsuite with Docs, Sheets, Slides are brilliant if you aren’t sewn to Microsoft at the hip.
As for your web hosting, glad you have a reliable web host. Wanted to ask though, if you have considered what can be achieved with various public cloud services?
We are here to help small businesses like your think outside the box and innovate beyond traditional services.
Belated thanks for info!February 3, 2019 at 12:31 am #1218751January 11, 2019 at 2:45 am #1218297::
I think you have a really appealing service Clinton.
From recent experience funeral homes may not be the best option … families are ‘exposed’ to lots of suppliers such as caterers, flowers, printers etc. Probably too late for your service.
I definitely think down sizing companies would be worth approaching and even real estate agents re referral opportunities (it can be traumatic leaving a long held family home, so if you can provide a memory that includes that aspect of their life)??
Maybe also libraries … worth talking too as they often have community interest exhibitions/displays.
The last thoughts for you would also be culturally specific organisations i.e. thinking Italian and Greek as they have strong community and family bonds .. but not exclusive!
… and increase instagram stories/images. Ramp this up as it is inexpensive even if you are not skilled at social media (I’m claiming that status!).
MorganJanuary 9, 2019 at 6:59 am #1218295::
Perhaps old fashioned, but I would prepare a PR release … ideally with a backgrounder with a case study. Then I would make direct (phone) contact with all the relevant e.g. NRMA, Seniors Magazine and regional newspaper editors in your demographic target. All have digital versions as well .. so fingers crossed a double hit.
Check out possible speaking engagements for a ‘general’ talk about sharing memories. There are many seniors groups (e.g. check out large shopping centres as they often have community group gatherings).
As others have said, it is perhaps the 40 or 50 somethings that may be keen to record their parents stories.
Perhaps some seniors expos ?
Partners .. do you photographic/film as well as record? Perhaps a partnership with photographer to offer a package i.e. photo session with family history. Even contacting companies that specialise in downsizing may be a good partnership.
All the best ..
MorganApril 29, 2018 at 4:54 am #1214141::
Gosh, haven’t been active on flying solo for a while .. but I do like reading about other businesses and their challenges (it ‘seems’ so easy to work out what other businesses need to do .. right!!.
Congrats firstly for having a go. It is early days so don’t be too hard on yourself.
Just some general thoughts …
1) Go local: As another contributor has mentioned, you probably need to target a tight geographic area. This is going to maximise your labour/time and minimise costs such as travel. So pick a few areas to start that are within a reasonable driving time to concentrate your online and other marketing. Your website indicates your areas are northern beaches, Northshore, inner west, western suburbs .. that is a huge area if you are one person business or small team).
2) Word of mouth is going to be the key. Find ways to find local people who are influential . E.g. Local newspaper editor for some PR profile (locals still read their local .. pitch interesting story ideas to relevant section editor ), local P&C newsletter, go and actually see key real estate agencies (agents refer lots of trades), a customer with lots of connections, introduce yourself to local businesses such as pharmacist who are face to face all day .. ask them if they refer businesses to certain customers as you never know.
3) Website: I notice your website front page intro has lots of mention of ‘we’. Agree with Karensaid …. maybe better is to establish what is in it for your customer e.g. no more last minute tidy up panic before an open house, more time rather than cleaning house on weekends, more time with kids etc) .. even, if not too sexist and I am female by the way, ‘dont break your finger nails on cleaning’. !). Keep your blog active.
4) Public Profile: Your business is all about cleaning .. so make sure your car is clean and you have your business name and contact somewhere on it as it is a cheap billboard. Perhaps have a plastic box you can leave business card or pithy flyer ‘have you got the cleanest house in the street’ .. old fashioned but cheap and worth trying to see if you get a hit). Finally, wear a uniform or branded polo and look the part.
MorganDecember 28, 2015 at 4:06 am #1192383::
Not sure how large the consumer online market in Australia is for buying religious items. .. that may be the first research to undertake.
You’ve mentioned gift shops within places of worship (many general gift retailers also stock a % of religious items). They are likely to buy from existing wholesalers (there are several wholesalers that specialise in religious gifts).
You may have a broader reach as a wholesaler (as long as you can supply stock in a reasonable time frame and it appeals to market … And you can afford a wholesale price that gives you sufficient margin and sufficient margin for retailer).
How about preparing a database of contacts e.g. Religious gift shops and the possible gift shops with some religious content … and online options .. make contact with the owner or buyer, present range and then follow up with a wholesale brochure and price list (hard copy or emailed version or website with trade access to wholesale info and purchasing).