APRIL IS - Supermarket Free - a quarter of the Australian public's dollar is spent in Coles and Woolworths and their subsidiaries. Supermarket free aims to encourage the "buy local" for the Month of April (and longer if you wish) using farmers markets and the small local butcher, baker, fruiter, fashion etc. You may even improve your carbon footprint by purchasing foods that haven’t been transported all around the country.
Spread the love around and help keep locals in business.

Hope you enjoy this issue of basically business

Education and training is an important part of your business even if you are a solo entrepreneur.
Continued learning is necessary in your business for you and your employees and as innovation in the workplace creates an ever changing landscape only ongoing education can help to keep your business competitive.
You are legally obliged to make sure your staff are trained to do their jobs safely and certain occupations also require industry specific training. 
Investing in skills and training can increase productivity and innovation, keep staff motivated, help you attract and retain high quality employees and improve customer satisfaction. Training within your workplace can help should there be unexpected absences etc. By offering your employees extra skills you always have a qualified member of staff on hand to help out.

ENTREPRENEUR REVIEW - Karen Preddy, personal trainer, shares a little bit about herself and her business -

Business name ​- Kick It To The Kerb

Website ​​Kick It To The Kerb

How did the business originate? I have always wanted to be a Personal Trainer so I completed a course in 2011 and then did mobile training with clients for a while.  Due to the business growing we moved in to factory premises on Parkes St in 2014

How long have you been in this business? 3.5 years

What do you love about your business? The people 

Is there anything you dislike? I hate it when my clients think they have failed.

Favourite food: Salmon

Favourite colour: Blue

Favourite drink: Red wine

Favourite movie: The Green Mile

Favourite time of the day: 5am

Favourite item in your office: The Spin Bike

Favourite app on your phone/tablet/computer: Lorna Jane

What book are you reading right now? Fitness Magazine

Which 3 people (dead or alive) would you invite to a dinner party? Why? My Mum, my sister and my friend Casey. They are the 3 best women I know/knew and there wouldn't be anything but laughter around the table.

Name 3 things on your bucket list: A baby, run a Marathon at Boston or London -- if you are going to do it do it big. The gym with the best view!

What do you like to do for yourself? I have reiki twice a week and a facial once a month

Who do you seek advice from? My sister and Google!

What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting their own business? Go for it and remember it’s about the clientele not you; they are seeking you for your business and help.

What is your tip for a work/life balance? Sleep

Apple / Android: Apple

Beach / Bush: Bush

APP REVIEW -  LinkedIn is the number one online social network for developing a professional network, finding new opportunities and building a career. It allows you the opportunity to keep informed of professional (rather than personal) updates on your connections within your professional network and provides numerous ways for users to discuss ideas and simply connect over conversation through the group facility.
LinkedIn is the social network that allows you to update from time to time, rather than one you use every day. Posting, sharing and liking can all be completed when you are out and about and syncs to all your devices. An app is available for your phone and tablet.
Set up is simple; it’s a matter of cutting and pasting your existing resume - LinkedIn emphasizes professional affiliations, work experiences, skills, and job titles. Then add connections from your existing email accounts as well as offered suggestions by LinkedIn. Look for those you have worked with in previous jobs including volunteer work and from other professional groups.
A free account is available through Apple iStore and Google Play Store, although a premium service is available at a cost.

SMALL BIZ TIPThe biggest mistake I have found when completing accounts for clients, especially micro and small business, is the use of business funds for personal expenses. If you have used business funds for personal use you will be required to pay more tax as well as be liable for tax penalties. Also using personal funds for your business expenses.
Your accounts will not show the true state of your business when this occurs.
If having an income is required then pay yourself a wage/salary!!
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the Fishbowl - will be hosting its next Networking event at Helensburgh Tradies on April 23 commencing at 7:00pm. Tickets can be purchased here

Looking to source funds to get that great idea up and running, don’t miss this free webinar from The Australian Businesswomens Network – Cash from the Crowd 23 April. Book here

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