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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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