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How do i grow my business to the next level?

We've had the business for close to 8 years now and in that time from my point of view I don't think it has grown anywhere near enough. I feel like we should be growing more and getting bigger. There seems to be this barrier that I am finding very difficult to overcome and I believe it is to do with marketing. What are some marketing strategies? How do you do good marketing? I have always found marketing the hardest thing to do. I have ran plenty of Facebook and Google Ads with very specific targeting to our target market but I'm not getting the results I want.

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Starting out in business how do I find clients?

I have an enormous passion and knowledge of my business and the products i have on offer. I have attempted to run programs to generate business but had not interest at all. I don't have much money to input to advertising as i am a single mum currently on parenting payment but i so want to change this situation for me and my children I have applied for other jobs to help cover my business costs but due to school and kinder hours I am not having any success in gaining employment. I did a diploma and a certificate to help me get into this line of work but found that I'm still not qualified enough for employment so this is why i want to go out on my own and fill the neich in the mental health area. I have so much life experience and a real understanding and i just want to get myself out there and start helping people. Please any advice at all will be taken on board and so appreciated. Regards ANNALISE

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How do I get funding for a social enterprise?

There is a serious shortage of accommodation for the homeless. There are many young people including young refugees in need of training to be able to earn a living for their future. I would like to start a social enterprise where we train these young Australians by teaching them building trades while building small houses in some of the thousands of shipping containers lying idle around the country. As an architect, I know how to create the conversion (having done one already) and I can find the trainer builders. How do I get funding to get the enterprise going until it becomes self funding?

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Starting a Counselling Practice

I am currently working as a Support Worker for people with disabilities. I recently completed a Bachelor Degree in Counselling. Ideally I'd like to run a counselling practice where people can overcome problems like anxiety depression and behaviour change that lasts a bit longer than 6 weeks. I feel like I can't compete against psychologists who have a medicare provider number. I'm doing a postgraduate in psychology with the hope to get a provider number. I'd still have to do another three years of study. I'm 53. I've seen other counsellors do well without a provider number. My house isn't good enough for clients to have here for counselling sessions. I have had one counselling client since November he is doing very well now and contacts me once a month to check in. He isn't paying. My job that kind of pays the bills is only casual and I earn about $700 -$900 a week. My morgage is $310 a week my bills are around $250 a week. Not including food. I feel like I'm stuck chasing my tail. I feel like I need help to work on my counselling practice as a business not just an idea.

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How can I secure a loan when my business is 90% cash?

I’m a small landscaping and garden maintenance company with roughly 65 regular clients consisting of both residential clients and commercial clients. Roughly about 90% of my clients pay cash which in turn hard to keep bank records of cash flow. My work schedule and invoice books shows how much I earn buy all the lenders want bank statements to show my income

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Who do we trust to help us grow our business to the next level?

We have been in business for 22 years. We have grown but find it extremely hard to get to the next level where we, as business owners can work on the business not in it. Maybe even have a holiday each year. We work extremely hard but I feel we need external help. We do not have a lot of cash to throw around so we need the help of someone who can give us the direction to do this. So many people offer their services but how do you know they are the right person/company. We are considered to be structured and organised but we could grow to double our capacity. We have the premises to do so. We would need to employ extra technicians when the need arose to handle the extra work. We need also to do this for our exit plan. Who do we turn to to help us get there? We have not been able to do this on our own. We have made many continual improvements which have helped but not got us there!

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Choosing a business name...

I am in the process of establishing a bookkeeping, payroll processing and accounts preparation business (working with a Registered Tax Agent who then lodges the return if required). I am struggling to come up with a business name I'm happy with. I would like to keep it generic in case I decide to become a Registered Tax Agent down the track. I don't want to use my own name so the business can have its own identity. Please help!

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Finding the right people to expand my business.

I need to take my business to the next level but finding hard to so and which direction to take. Finding the right people in the right place is difficult. We have a great product and reaching customers and getting more customers to buy our product can be challenging. I would like to enter a new sector of the food industry but don't how to sell or get customers to buy.

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How to engage and entice new customers

Hello all, I hope you are well. I am currently assisting my mother with her small business https://m.facebook.com/frankieandbilly/. She hand makes quilts, book bags and clothes for children. I have an advertising background however I can't seem to attract new customers for her. She is so passionate about her work and is truly talented. I want her to be able to make a living from her passion! Please let me know if you have any advice, it would mean the world to myself and my mother. Many thanks, Francine

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Subcontract out or employ?

We are a husband and wife cleaning company I would like the business to Work for me and reduce The working hours i do by Employing a subcontractor Or employee. Where do i look and how do i prevent them taking my work on for themselves Any advice would be appreciated Expecting an influx of work in the new financial year. Thanks Sandra