Holiday feasts for your dining table (and your business)

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to do some grocery shopping in preparation for the parties, luncheons and get-togethers. As you plan your menu for the lunches and dinners, consider how the usual holiday fare can also bring you insights and tips for your entrepreneurial journey.

 

The Australian Christmas feast is a combination of local culture and influences from the UK and the US. But what makes Christmas in this side of the globe different is that it coincides with the summer season. Check some of the common dishes that take centre stage on the dining table at this time of the year.

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Best cities for business travel

Progress is taking place simultaneously in various parts of the world, and more and more places are growing at an accelerated rate. With all the modernisation and development in cities, many of them become great destinations for business travel. Business trips demand a lot of needs. Whether you travel for meetings, conferences, events, exploration, professional development, networking, company visits, attending EO activities, or incentives, it is important to pick the right place for such important transactions.

They say, go where the business will take you, but if you have a choice when it comes to business travel, there are factors to consider when selecting a place. These are availability and frequency of flights, complete amenities like venues, accommodations, emergency facilities, and restaurants, communication and connectivity, cost, and safety and convenience of travellers.

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Anna Ross and her entrepreneurial learnings

Growing up in New Zealand, Anna Ross has developed a deep sense of care for the environment and animals. Such values have helped shape the direction of her business, Kester Black, which prides itself as Australia’s most ethical beauty brand.

Going towards that route was more of a “common sense rather than a business decision” for Anna. But she clarifies, “We’re not an activist brand, but we do highlight issues in the industry. You buy our product, and then later you find out that we’re vegan and cruelty-free. If you want to learn more about vegan and cruelty-free and what that means, then we’ve got the information available. But we don’t ram it down your throat. We only talk about what we do. We don’t pinpoint or poke fingers at anybody else in the industry.”

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Forming and keeping the right team for your business

Having the best team for your company is one of the major factors of success that enables you to achieve your business goals. On the other hand, the opposite of this, such as getting the wrong people on your team, has always been cited as one of the biggest challenges and disappointments of business owners. In short, the right set of people plays an important role in bringing your venture to its peak.

The first step is to select the people who will fit in your team, depending on your needs and preferences. However, you can only determine such over a period when you will see the dynamics of the members among each other and to the whole group. Once you have a good set of staff, you need to find ways to nurture them and retain them in your team.

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Common mistakes entrepreneurs commit at startup

Many people believe that for them to learn the ropes of running a business they have to make several mistakes. Moreover, there are those who subscribe to the idea that they have to commit the mistakes themselves. It is true that experience can make you remember the lessons more as compared to simply reading them from books. However, although one can learn from such situations, a mistake can be avoided by leveraging on the experience of others who have done it before. Such is the beauty of EO.

Some of them started young, not having enough time to fully prepare themselves for what lies ahead on the entrepreneurial path. Others consider themselves as accidental entrepreneurs, discovering a profitable venture by indulging themselves to their passions. It was inevitable to experience slipups, oversights and missteps in their journey. But one doesn’t have to go through all of those blunders to learn and do the correct thing moving forward. EO Melbourne members share the mistakes they did in the past that become valuable lessons for them and others.

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Holiday gift ideas for clients

The holiday breeze is just around the corner. Christmas reunions, year-end parties, decorating and gift-giving will once again fill our calendars. As a business owner, this is the perfect time to show appreciation to people who have helped us throughout the year. It is the season to renew ties and strengthen bonds.

A good gesture to thank, greet or appreciate someone, especially a client, is through giving them with something that will remind them of the friendship or relationship they have with you. But with so many people to thank who have varying interests, gift-giving can be a tedious task. To simplify, here are some steps you can take before you choose the right item to give to those on your list.

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The language of entrepreneurship for Costa Vasili

EthnoLink’s founder and CEO Costa Vasili is a son of migrant parents. His father, who was born in Cyprus, moved to Australia at 13 years of age. It is where he met Costa’s mother, who is also of Cypriot descent, and where Costa was born. To ensure that Costa had the best chance of success in Australia, his parents spoke to him and his brother mostly in English rather than in Greek. While this decision had a positive impact on Costa’s English language skills, it impacted Costa’s ability to speak Greek.

For example, Costa had great relations with his grandparents, who spoke almost exclusively in Greek, but he struggled to have in-depth conversations with them because of the language barrier. With that pain point in mind and with an opportunity to be introduced to the language services industry during his university years, Costa went off and started his translation company at the age of 20 years old, while still in university.

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10 items you may find on an entrepreneur’s desk

There are studies conducted that one’s workspace or office desk reflect the personality of the person behind the desk. Entrepreneurs have different styles of running their businesses, and they may have varying methods on how to dress up their work tables. It may sometimes depend on the layout, design and culture of your office, but you can inject a few things that will leave your mark on your territory.

Some may adopt a minimalist design, while others would prefer to fill their offices with items that can stimulate their thoughts and creativity. Nonetheless, no matter what kind of personality you have and despite your preferences on the upkeep your workstation, you will see the following items on the desk of some business owners. You might also find a few of them useful or handy to have on your table.

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Using hashtags on social media for your business

The use of hashtags (words preceded by the pound # sign) is now a commonplace practice in various social media platforms. It was first popularised on Twitter until it is widely used in other social networks as well. How do you take advantage of hashtags to market your business?

Hashtags are presently included in marketing strategies to promote products, services, brands or events due to its rising popularity. Because they narrow down topics for discussion, hashtags make it easier for users to search and sift through words and subject matter. It also increases engagement and visibility for your brand.

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Braving the entrepreneurial roller coaster ride

Theme parks are a child’s paradise. It’s a place where thrill and fun abound. It’s appealing and attractive, but can be quite daunting. The experience of enjoying theme park rides can run parallel to the entrepreneurial journey. Like in the business world, being in an amusement park can fill you with mixed emotions – fear, excitement, wooziness, and satisfaction.

It is interesting that children appear as if they don’t dread the frightening theme park rides. Similarly, young entrepreneurs seem to have less apprehension about entering the business race. Nevertheless, not many may find it enjoyable. Only those who have the sense of adventure will linger and crave for more. True enough, there are joys and anxieties in owning and running a business, which is why it is suitable for those who have the spirit and courage to go through it.

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