How to Successfully Kick Off a Project

So you've got your funding.  You're ready to go.  But how do you actually kick off a project successfully?  The very first thing that you need to do is be crystal clear on what the scope of the project is and also the timeframes in which you have to do it. Once, you know that the second thing you need to do is to determine who are yo...
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Why Having a Strategy is a Game-Changer

The 1st of July; a day where business owner's pull out their shiny, new Strategic Plans for the upcoming Financial Year and hit the ground running with gusto! Wait…what Strategic Plan? Isn't that something corporations spend big dollars over many months creating? I mean, they have whole teams of people working on 3, 6 and 12-month strategies, right...
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Test & Learn Before You Earn

Since time immemorial humans have been testing, tweaking and improving big ideas. Our curiosity and eagerness to 'give it a go' has led to some of civilisations best inventions (the 'Cronut' anyone?). Every inventor will tell you, however, that it takes many prototypes to find the perfect,   commercially viable product. Didn't Edison famo...
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Building Your Virtual A-Team

Whether you are brand new in the game or running your business like a well-oiled machine we're all on a never-ending search for "the secret". These are the time-saving, growth-enabling tools, techniques and trends that help our business to skyrocket. If there was a single, fool-proof secret to business success we'd all be sipping cocktails in the &...
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What’s in a Marketing Plan

No matter what industry you're in or how long you've been operating for every single one of us is in the business of selling. Whether it's our expertise, craftsmanship or product that we're selling, every interaction we make with people (whether you realise it or not) is a form of advertising.   The astute amongst us realise this and go to gre...
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Guest Blog: Make your retirement income last as long as you do

Do you have enough to retire on? How much even is 'enough' to retire on? Will your retirement years be free of financial worries, or will you struggle to make ends meet? How can you ensure your 'nest egg' will last the distance?  Picture this: you've just retired from your last ever day of work, picked up your last pay cheque, and suddenly the...
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“Even the Simplest Tools Can Empower People to Do Great Things”

  To-do lists have a puzzling ability to re-generate far quicker than we can put a line through completed items. The list just keeps growing and, unfortunately, the number of hours in the day (or level of productivity before our morning caffeine surge vanishes) will always stay the same. At LVL Up Consulting we are always on the hunt for tools...
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Build You Own Strategic Business Plan

When you're a Micro, Small or Medium business owner it's easy to fall into the trap of dedicating all your valuable time working in the business and not on it. Suddenly, the days become weeks and the weeks become months and you're left without the fundamentals.   More often than not these fundamentals include Strategic Planning. Whether it's y...
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Tips To Maximise Your Productivity Working From Home

There are many silver linings that have come from the year that has been 2020. One of which is the proficiency in which a lot of us can now work from home. This proficiency didn't happen overnight though, because for many working Australians this way of working was a brand new experience. Throw into the mix home schooling responsibilities, governme...
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The Pomodoro Technique:A New Way to Supercharge Your Productivity

By Jasmine O'Reilly As someone who lives and breathes 'The 10X Rule' (add this book by Grant Cardone to your professional development reading list if you haven't already) I am constantly on the hunt for tools and techniques to supercharge productivity. Too often my 'bursting at the seams' to-do list leaves me working at all hours of the day, a trap...
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Planning For The Year Ahead: Objectives & Key Results (OKRs)

It's now January which is the "back to it" period for many businesses. It doesn't matter if you're a business that works on a financial year cycle or a calendar year cycle, January is traditionally the time when most businesses sit down and plan out the next six to 12 months. There are many ways that you can do strategic planning and in this articl...
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Brand Strategy: How to solidify your business brand

This week we've been creating a brand strategy for a client and we thought it would be great to share with you the steps for how you can create your own brand strategy for your business. First and foremost, what is a brand strategy and what is it not..?   A brand strategy is not your logo or the colours that you use on your website. They ...
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Simple Ways To Boost SEO

In this weeks Next LVL Business Tip we are looking into Search Engine Optimization (SEO). These are the tactics that you employ on your website to help you land in that elusive spot on page one on Google.  Not only just on page one, but you should actually be striving to land in spots, one to five, of page one. Search results that land in spot...
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Email Etiquette

Today's tip is all about email etiquette. So when should you send an email versus picking up the phone, having a meeting or meeting someone face-to-face?  Email is an excellent communication medium, if you need to send something very important in writing. For example, you may have a great idea you want to tell your boss about, or you're sendin...
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How To Check The Health Of Your Business

Today's Next LVL tip is all around how you can check the health of your business. It's now February which means we're roughly six weeks or two thirds into quarter one of 2021,  or have to have FYI 21, if you use financial year calendar. By this point the holidays are behind us, we've got our new starters, onboarded. We should really know our s...
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Meeting Etiquette

 Today's Next LVL Business Tip is all around how to run an effective meeting. Now, if you're like me and you've been to a million meetings throughout your career, you'll know what works and what doesn't. Today we are going to talk about some of the things that are great when running a meeting.  So first and foremost, when should you hold ...
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How to Communicate Change

  Today's Next LVL Business Tip is all about how to communicate change to your employees or to your customers. We've had a lot of people ask us about the most effective ways to implement change and change management in organisations. There's a lot of change happening and change is complex and change is constant. So if you can at least put the ...
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How to Stay Focused at Work

 Today's Next LVL Business tip we are going to share with you some quick tips for how you can stay focused during your work day. So it's that time of year where we're into the rhythm of things. We've got our strategy, we've got our work. It's really easy to fall into the trap of doing busy work, to be distracted by emails, by calls. And to fal...
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Market Research You Can Do Right Now

Today's next level business is all about how you can do market research for your business right now. So market research is an incredibly important than you can do and something that you should do quite regularly.   Market Research You Can Do Right Now  Whether you're making a marketing plan or building a strategic business plan or maybe e...
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Productivity Hacks

Today's Next LVL Business tip is all about Productivity Hacks for your business. There are tons of ways you can be more productive with your day. But here's just some quick ideas that you can implement right now.  Hack #1 The first one is to have a plan for your day. Do it the day before, do it in the morning, but whatever you do have a consci...
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Customer Research You Can Do Right Now

So why is customer research important? As we know, as consumers ourselves, our preferences and our drivers are changing all of the time. As Business Owners we've got so much content and so many things that are top of mind for us. So tapping into what your customer wants and needs regularly is vitally important because to know your customer is to kn...
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Why You Should Invest In A Manifesto Video

So you may have heard the term manifesto video before, but what exactly is it? Well to put simply, it's a video that encapsulates your businesses why. Why are you here? What are you hoping to achieve by being in business?  And we've all heard the wise words of Simon Sinek before, which is people don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it. A...
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When Should You Transform Digitally

We are celebrating our recent announcement that LVL UP Consulting are partnering with the team at RAPID Platform for the next four weeks with the Next LVL Business Tips. We are going to be talking all things digital transformation and today's next level business tip is all around when you should consider transforming digitally. So we've all heard t...
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5 Ways to a Successful Digital Transformation

Today's digital transformation themed Next LVL Business Tip is all around how you can do digital transformation successfully. So Bain & Co did a study where they found that only 8% of companies actually did digital transformation that achieved its objectives. And according to global company Citrix, here's what the 92% who weren't successful sho...
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The 3 Phases to Digital Transformation

Today's next level business tip is all around the digital transformation journey. So just like any sort of transformation, whether it's to your body or your mind or your business - Digital transformation it doesn't happen overnight. There is no magic wand! But there are three distinct phases of transformation, which is what we are going to share wi...
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How To Set Your Project Up For Success

So you've been handed a project and initiative, a really important piece of work for your company. You might be sitting there going, Okay, now what do I do? There are four things that you should do pretty much straight away, which will set you up for success.  #1 Define Project Scope The first thing that you should do is define the scope of th...
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How to Prepare for End of Financial Year

Today's Next LVL Business Tip is all around how to prepare for end of financial year. There are a few ways that you can prepare for end of financial year. Here are 5 ways to ensure you are prepared for end of financial year:  #1 Know Your Numbers - The very first thing you should do is to know your numbers. Even if you've got a bookkeeper and ...
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How To Successfully Apply For A Business Grant

Today's Next LVL Business Tip is how to successfully apply for a business grant. Now, this is a very topical tip subject because there are lots of these going around at the moment. Whether it be from federal government, state government, local councils, or even industry groups.  There's a lot of focus at the moment of helping businesses bounce...
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4 Reasons Why You Should Invest in a Business Health Check

Today's Next LVL Business Tip is the four reasons why you should invest in a business health check. Let's get straight into it!   #1 - Business is Ever Changing The first reason is because things change business is never static. It's extremely dynamic. And what was relevant to you maybe six months ago, or 12 months ago could be very diffe...
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Business Health Check - #1 Strategy & Planning

 Today's Next LVL Business Tip is the first in a series of six we are doing on the business health check categories. The first category in the Business Health Check we will start with is strategy and planning. You need to think of your strategy as your vision or your goals. To put it in a metaphor, your destination of where you want to go with...
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Business Health Check - #2 Cashflow & Financial

Today's Next LVL Business Tip is part two of our Business Health Check series. And it's all about cashflow and financial. So if you heard those terms and you shrieked a little bit, or you thought I don't do numbers or I outsource that to my accountant. Then this tip is for you because it doesn't matter what level you are in business or how big your...
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Business Health Check - #3 People & Culture

Welcome to part three of our Next LVL Business Tip on how to do your own business health check. Today we're going to talk all about people and culture, the engine room of our business.  So when we're doing a health check on our people and our culture category of our business, the kind of questions we ask first and foremost, is everybody clear ...
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Business Health Check - #4 Sales & Marketing

  Welcome to part four of our Next LVL Business Tip on how to do your own business health check. Today we're going to talk all about sales and marketing! In our Business Health Check part 3 we talked about the customer experience but of course you can't deliver a brilliant customer experience   if you don't have any customers. S...
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How to optimise your time in lockdown

  These snap lockdowns they're widespread at the moment and they really shaking up the status quo. But when the status quo is shaken up is actually a fantastic time for innovation and growth in your business. So here are my top tips for how you can optimize your time while you are in lockdown: 1. Take some time to check in with your staff and ...
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4 Things You Should Do Before You Start A Marketing Campaign

4-Things-you-should-do-before-you-start-a-marketing-campaign 4 Things You Should Do Before You Start A Marketing Campaign
So the very first thing that you should do is to assess your past performance. Have a look at all of the marketing campaigns you've done and understand what worked, what didn't and where will you get the best return on investment this time?   The second thing to do is to conduct some customer research.  We all know that customer preferenc...
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