Christmas is a distant memory and New Year is long gone.
February is the time it seems for everyone to be back into their businesses.
My wish for you is that 2016 is an AMAZING year.
FEBRUARY IS - RedFeb - is the opportunity to join the Red Army and help fight Australia's number 1 killer - heart disease. Most of us have been touched by this dreadful killer at some stage in our lives and now you have the chance to Get Active / Wear Red / Fundraise you can find all the details here

Hope you enjoy this issue of ba.sically business


BUSINESS INSIGHTS You may find yourself being liable for damages or injuries to another person or property. Some types of insurance are mandatory for Australian businesses in certain situations:

If you employ people, you must take out workers compensation insurance to protect your employees in the event of an accident or sickness.

If you own a motor vehicle, you must pay for third party personal injury insurance, which is often included in your vehicle registration fee.

Public liability insurance  is strongly recommended for businesses in all industries as the likelihood of being sued is unpredictable and potentially very costly. Public liability insurance protects you and your business against the financial risk of being found liable for negligence. 

Professional indemnity insurance is a variety of insurance products that help professionals cover the cost of litigation.

Product liability insurance covers you if If you sell, supply or deliver goods, even in the form of repair or service, that may injure or kill or cause property damage to people or businesses.

Too many businesses choose to avoid the cost of insurance by simply not having any.  

ENTREPRENEUR REVIEW - This month Joanne Trigg shares some unknown secrets and what it takes to be in business for 17 years.

Business name - Hey Beautiful


How did the business originate?  went to help a friend out and ended up buying the business

How long have you been in this business? 17 years


What do you love about your business?   I love the creative side and the relationships with our clients. We can turn a bad day into someone feeling fabulous.


 Is there anything you dislike? Tax

Favourite food: Apples

Favourite colour:  Green

Favourite drink: Hot cup of tea

Favourite movie: Grease

Favourite time of the day: Late afternoon

Favourite item in your office: Tablet


Favourite app on your phone/tablet/computer: Taste

What book are you reading right now? Walking Free - Munjed Al Muderis

Which 3 people (dead or alive) would you invite to a dinner party? Why?  My 2 grandmothers and my Mum. To spend an evening with these 3 strong, intelligent woman now I am an adult would be amazing.

Name 3 things on your bucket list:Trek Kokoda, ski Canada, road trip NZ with my Mum

What do you like to do for yourself? Set up my canvas and paints and lose myself for the day.

Who do you seek advice from? My girlfriends mostly and Dad when it comes to my veggie garden.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting their own business? Do your homework- WELL. Don't think you're going to be a millionaire in five minutes. You don't just hang your shingle out and people come running. Work Hard and keep the attitude of Excellence Always!

What is your tip for a work/life balance? It's OK to say No. Don't sacrifice family time. People WILL wait. Your time is just as important as theirs.

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Beach / Bush: OMG definitely the beach

APP REVIEW -   Facebook Groups make it easy to connect with specific sets of people - like family, VIP customers or course attendees. Groups are dedicated spaces where you can share updates, photos or documents.
If you have created a Facebook group for your business (or you are admin of a group) the Facebook Group App allows you to follow all of your groups in the one place  without scrolling through your Facebook profile.- all from your smartphone while you are out and about.

You can post updates, links and photos and create and follow discussions all from within the app.

You can view activity, search for new groups and manage settings. As an admin of your group its also great to be able to respond to questions and comments as soon as the notification comes through - your customers will appreciate the quick response.

The Groups App is available on Google Play and the Apps Store.

SMALL BIZ TIP -  Codes of Practice set out industry standards of conduct and can relate to a single business or represent a whole industry.

You can decide to establish your own Code of Practice, or to adopt an industry specific Code of Practice (in some cases this is mandatory). 

Mandatory codes provide a minimum standard of protection to the consumers. They are prescribed as regulations under fair trading laws and can be enforced.

Voluntary codes are a form of industry self-regulation. They can be sponsored by an industry association or can be in partnership with a government agency (membership of an industry association is often a condition of the code). Voluntary industry codes are usually flexible and can be altered quickly in response to changing industry/consumer needs.

These guidelines for fair dealing between you and your customers let your customers know what your business agrees to do when dealing with them. 
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the Fishbowl - is back again on 25 February 2016 and first up we have an evening function - info and tickets are here

Flying Solo - has a number of podcasts available to assist with reviewing your business and planning for the next step.
The Women's Network Australia has a large range of articles and blogs to help you and your business grow. Find them here

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