The Australian Small Business Blog

The Australian Small Business Blog

This Blog is a Forum where Australian Small Business Owners can exchange Ideas old & new and get Advice from experts in Australia on how to Improve their Businesses through better Business Management, Planning & Strategy, Business Systems and Marketing Strategy and Systems. They will also learn about the Small Business Best Practice Benchmarks that are critical for their success. Our Ultimate Objective is to help Australian Small Business Owners take their Business to the Next Level and achieve their Goals whatever they may be.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Scam Alert: Online Technologies


by Dr Greg Chapman


From time-to-time, I provide alerts to scams that may affect small business, this one from OnlineTech. There are two aspects to this scam, their service and their billing practices. This is what they do.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Snowball Effect


by Angie 'Speedy' Spiteri


What’s our number 1 front end PROACTIVE activity, that if you took on a consistent basis, would enable you to SMASH your monthly, quarterly and annual income goals?

You’ve got one… but do you do it on a regular consistent basis?… you know you should… but something always seems more important because the activity you need to take is NOT URGENT but it is IMPORTANT… and usually, it can be such a small action like a phone call, that when examined on it’s on it can seem insignificant… But it’s usually an action that you do in quantity like 5 a day, not 1 a day, and if done regularly, like every day, the accumulative effect can snowball into something that needs more than 1 person to manage.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

2015 National Small Business Summit – Part 2


by Dr Greg Chapman


The annual National Small Business Summit was held in Sydney last week. It was attended by peak body and regulator representatives as well as organisations that support small business. As always, the politicians were also there. Here is my summary of what I heard and my impressions from the second day.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

2015 National Small Business Summit - Part 1


by Dr Greg Chapman


The annual National Small Business Summit was held in Sydney last week. It was attended by peak body and regulator representatives as well as organisations that support small business. As always, the politicians were also there. Here is my summary of what I heard and my impressions.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Ad of the Month – Getting Your ATTENTION



by Dr Greg Chapman


Ad of the Month – Getting Your ATTENTION

In a world of ever shorter attention spans, where novels are condensed into 140 characters or less (eg War and Peace: A man tries to kill Napoleon, but doesn’t), how does the poor marketing professional capture your attention for just 30 seconds?

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

What is Your Brand for?

by Dr Greg Chapman, MBA
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There’s a lot written about brands by branding experts which often descends into mumbo jumbo pseudo science designed to allow branding experts to charge 50-100 times what graphic designers charge. (I’m sorry if that sounds a bit cynical.) But here is a different, and easier to understand way of looking at your brand.

Consider what would happen if your market was so disrupted that your business was about to fail because the marketplace had changed so much. All that would be left is the essence of your business, what your old customers remember even when receiving the service in another way.


We don’t have to imagine, we can see real life examples.

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Dr Greg Chapman is the Director of Empower Business Solutions and is Australia's Leading Advisor on Emerging Businesses, providing Coaching and Consulting advice to Australian Small Business Owners in Marketing & Business Strategies Planning & Systems. He is also the author of The Five Pillars of Guaranteed Business Success and Price: How You Can Charge More Without Losing Sales.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Removing the Biggest Bottleneck in Your Business


by Dr Greg Chapman


A bottleneck is where a logjam occurs, allowing only a trickle to pass through the neck to the other side. Bottlenecks result in missed opportunities and impose costs due to underutilised capacity. While this is well known, little is done about the biggest bottleneck of them all.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ad of the Month - Your Own Epic Ad



by Dr Greg Chapman


Ad of the Month – Your Own Epic Ad

In this era where we are bombarded by over 3000 advertising messages a day, you need to stand out. Dramatic images are a great way of catching people’s attention. Perhaps, shot’s from space, or epic environmental events. Here is an example of this genre, for a local renovator business.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Monetise Your Buyer Leakage

by Dr Greg Chapman, MBA
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You have done all the hard work. Someone has just found your website. Well done. Then some of them contact and buy from you. Even better, but what happens next to all those, usually many times more, that didn’t?

They may not have bought for a whole range of reasons. They only just discovered you. They are checking out your competition. They are researching. They just weren’t ready buy.
These buyers are leaking from your website. What are you doing to re-engage these people?

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Dr Greg Chapman is the Director of Empower Business Solutions and is Australia's Leading Advisor on Emerging Businesses, providing Coaching and Consulting advice to Australian Small Business Owners in Marketing & Business Strategies Planning & Systems. He is also the author of The Five Pillars of Guaranteed Business Success and Price: How You Can Charge More Without Losing Sales.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Why we should slash our company taxes


by Dr Greg Chapman


At the moment Australia’s company tax rate 28.5-30% is high compared with most of our competitors. Yes, dividend imputation complicates the comparison, but it also offers the government a unique opportunity to slash our rates.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Steve Job’s Top 10 Tips for Business


by Dr Greg Chapman


At a recent Australian conference, an associate of Steve Job’s, Guy Kawasaki, gave Job’s top 10 tips for running a business. I particularly like no. 3.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5 Ways how to get rid of the client from hell

by Jim Prigg




Every small business has them. The client from hell. You know them.

The "look at moi" egotist.
• The late respondent to requests.
• The "can I add just one more item for the same price" schemer.
• The Pickypicky family.
• The drama detail king/queen.
• The late payer.


Friday, May 22, 2015

5 Step Formula Guaranteed to Double Your Profits and Put Your Marketing on Autopilot

by Dr Greg Chapman, MBA


The ideal for any business owner is to turn their business into a Profit Machine that can run without them. However, in order to achieve this, a critical step is to take control of their marketing.

Discover the 5 Step Formula Guaranteed to Double Your Profits &
Put your Marketing on Autopilot





Discover the simple steps at this free webinar training for small business owners, and get a copy of my Five Profit Drivers Toolkit & Instant Business Plan to put you in control of your marketing, just for attending.

May Your Business Be – As You Plan It!


Dr Greg Chapman is the Director of Empower Business Solutions and is Australia's Leading Advisor on Emerging Businesses, providing Coaching and Consulting advice to Australian Small Business Owners in Marketing & Business Strategies Planning & Systems. He is also the author of The Five Pillars of Guaranteed Business Success and Price: How You Can Charge More Without Losing Sales.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ad of the Month - Words and Music



by Dr Greg Chapman


Ad of the Month – Words and Music

Music can be used in an ad to harness emotions and re-inforce a message and make it memorable. This UK political ad may be the most evocative I have seen. The ad is stringing together a series of predictions to create a negative narrative of their opponents. Normally you would expect that people would lose the plot with the joining together so many dots, but the music just carries you on.

Rather than mad slasher music which is what we normally hear when politicians try to scare us about their opponents, they use the marvellous classical piece Danse Macabre (often referred to as the Dance of the Skeletons).

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Fishing Upstream

by Dr Greg Chapman, MBA
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It’s common in highly competitive markets, that it becomes a feeding frenzy when someone puts up their hand and says I’m ready to buy. Crocodiles are just waiting for the hand to be raised before they bite it off, and if you don’t move quickly enough, you go hungry.


Is that what it’s like in your industry?


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Dr Greg Chapman is the Director of Empower Business Solutions and is Australia's Leading Advisor on Emerging Businesses, providing Coaching and Consulting advice to Australian Small Business Owners in Marketing & Business Strategies Planning & Systems. He is also the author of The Five Pillars of Guaranteed Business Success and Price: How You Can Charge More Without Losing Sales.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Lessons for Small Business from Big Business – Appointing General Managers


by Dr Greg Chapman


It’s the dream of many small business owners to one day appoint a General Manager to their business so they can step back and enjoy life. In this dream world, the GM sends the owner regular reports, and a monthly cheque with little need for involvement from themselves except an occasional guiding hand.

Reality is somewhat different as I observed while watching the biopic on Steve Jobs. By all reports, he was not the easiest person to work with, in spite of (because of?) his genius.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Ad of the Month - Misdirection



by Dr Greg Chapman


Ad of the Month – Misdirection

In today’s world where the fast forward button is just a click away, keeping people’s attention through the whole ad is always a challenge. How do you get people to hear about all the features you want to promote without switching off?

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Defending the Sharks


by Dr Greg Chapman


A recent article in the Small Business Section of The Age was critical the TV program, the Shark Tank. This is where 5 very successful business people receive pitches from small business owners for an investment from them in return for equity in their business. The journalist thought the sharks treated these people with ‘complete distain’ and hence she loathed the program. I don’t think they do, and that she completely missed the point.

The journalist compares the Shark Tank with other reality shows, and says that the sharks treat the pitchers far worse. Seriously, has she seen the talent shows which always have a judge who is paid to be nasty to contestants?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Marketing Moments - 50 Shades of Pay

by Dr Greg Chapman, MBA
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Have you ever been in a situation when you were asked for a quote, and just because of the threat of being beaten down on price, you have submitted to a lower one, just to avoid that pain and to get paid? Only then to see your price readily accepted by the buyer who never even flinched, which meant instead of being beaten by the buyer, you beat up yourself?

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Dr Greg Chapman is the Director of Empower Business Solutions and is Australia's Leading Advisor on Emerging Businesses, providing Coaching and Consulting advice to Australian Small Business Owners in Marketing & Business Strategies Planning & Systems. He is also the author of The Five Pillars of Guaranteed Business Success and Price: How You Can Charge More Without Losing Sales.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Domain Name Scam


by Dr Greg Chapman


There is a bit of a landrush for new domain names on right now. Let’s say you own a business that supplies pet grooming products and you are based in Sydney. How would you like the domain name petcare.sydney. Pretty good eh? But there is a catch.

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