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JULY IS - Dry July - takes a light-hearted approach to raising funds for a serious issue. The challenge is to go booze-free for a month to support adults living with cancer.  It helps you get healthy and clear your head while also raising funds for an important cause.  Fundraising improves the wellbeing of adult cancer patients by creating better services and environments for them and their families.    

Dry July is a challenge of determination that rewards with a great sense of achievement and feeling of wellbeing.

Taking part in Dry July gives you the chance to also focus on yourself – notice your own drinking habits and the value of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. 



Hope you enjoy this issue of basically business

Sharon

Business planning is essential for the success of any business.

A business plan is not just a piece of paper with all of your essential details. It should be your map to where you and your business are heading(goals) keeping in mind the things that are important to you (values).

It shouldn't be written and filed away. You should be reading it regularly and reviewing it quarterly- if not monthly so that any changes can be implemented without delay.

The clearer your business plan the more effective you can be in making those important decisions that effect your business.

A business plan provides direction, keeps you on track and is usually a requirement when you seek finance. 


 
ENTREPRENEUR REVIEW - Lynda Babister, Solicitor and Owner of Babister Legal shares a little about herself and her business.

Business name - 
Babister Legal

Website Babister Legal


How did the business originate?  In 2005 I became uninspired by travelling into Sydney CBD every day for work.  I had a look around the local area for jobs, and although there was opportunities there was also many local solicitors and so I continued the commute.  In early 2009 the opportunities opened up again, and this time everything fell into place for me to open Babister Legal.  Sometimes opportunities just need to come at the right time.

How long have you been in this business?  I have been a lawyer for over 15 years.  Before then I worked in the legal field for 10 years. 

What do you love about your business?  I love the challenge of solving people’s problems, and helping people with complicated situations.  When people have legal issues they often become stressed because they are not familiar with the processes involved.  I love being able to help reduce their stress.  

Is there anything you dislike? The one area of running my business I dislike is administration.  Filing and accounts drive me to distraction.  I would much rather spend my time sorting out a legal problem.

Favourite food: Give me a fresh fruit salad any day!

Favourite colour:  It depends on the day.  Some days I am in a turquoise mood, and others are more a carnelian kind of day.

Favourite drink: Depending on the time of day, either a nice cup of tea or a good red wine.

Favourite movie: I don’t tend to watch movies.  But when I do it is either a science fiction or action movie, and something classic like Star Wars.

Favourite time of the day: That hour before you finish work.  It is so productive.  Finalising the work of the day, seeing how much you have done, and madly trying to get the last bits finished so I can go home.

Favourite item in your office:  My Nelson Mandela poster. 

Favourite app on your phone/tablet/computer: I love my email app on my phone.  It means that I can check emails wherever I am, and respond to things quite quickly.  It saves me from having to be at my desk all the time.

What book are you reading right now?  I am re-reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.  It is taking a while because I don’t have a lot of time to read at the moment.  I also read a lot of legislation – there are a lot of changes coming in for the new financial year, so lots to get up to date on.

Which 3 people (dead or alive) would you invite to a dinner party? Why? 

Nelson Mandela – I love the way that despite all he went through, he stuck to his values.  My grandfather – is the same age as Nelson Mandela, and is also someone I admire greatly.  I think they would get on really well together, and I’d love to listen in on that discussion.  My friend, Suzanne Stanton – she is another person I admire.  I love the varied conversations we have.  She is smart, well read, very thoughtful and has some wonderful and amazing insights into the world.  I think the four of us would have a fabulous dinner party and end up talking the night away.
Name 3 things on your bucket list: To visit Scandinavia, to write a book, and to learn woodcarving.
What do you like to do for yourself?  I like to learn.  There are so many things in this world to learn about, and not enough time. 
Who do you seek advice from? I seek advice from people with experience and knowledge in their field.  Different people for different advice. 
What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting their own business? It is a bigger job than you think it is.  There are so many different aspects to consider.  There is also a lot of people out there who can help you, so you don’t need to do everything on your own.  Seek help as you need it.
What is your tip for a work/life balance? Keep some recharging time for yourself.  The more you feel like you don’t have time to recharge, the more you actually need to do it.
Apple / AndroidApple
Beach / Bush: Most definitely bush!

Lynda can be contacted for any of your legal dilemmas.

APP REVIEW -  Almost everyone has a smartphone and with that comes a camera. So whether you are taking selfies or photos of your food a good photo app will come in handy. There are many free options available in the Apple Apps Store or Google Play.

Each one has various filters as well as numerous grid styles to showcase those great (and not so great) photos. Many have text options and sharing to all the major social media platforms.

Give one a try today and show off your photography skills!



 
SMALL BIZ TIPEnd of Financial Year is a busy time for small businesses and you should have a checklist of all the items that need to be completed from financials through to  strategic management.

If you don't have a checklist already prepared create it as you go so that it saves you next year. 

 
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EVENTS WORTH NOTING THIS MONTH INCLUDE:

the Fishbowl - will be hosting its next Networking event at Helensburgh Tradies on 23 July commencing at 9:30am. Tickets available here

This month Illawarra iTec are running a number of courses for small business. Contact them here 



 
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