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How I overcame the hurdles of manufacturing in China

Doing business overseas can be a daunting prospect for even the most experienced entrepreneurs, let alone a primary school teacher with no prior business experience. For Robyne Luketic, an ICT specialist teacher at a Melbourne primary school, the journey from teacher to inventor to businesswoman hasn’t always been smooth. However, Article source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/my-best-mistake/how-i-overcame-the-hurdles-of-manufacturing-in-china.html By: StartUpSmart [...]

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How I fashioned a new cashflow from unwanted stock

Being a fashion designer means having the ability to transform fabrics into bestselling items. But what if the fabrics you’re working with aren’t always what you imagined them to be? This was the predicament of fashion designer Trelise Cooper. Cooper is the founder of three fashion labels – Trelise Cooper, Article source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/my-best-mistake/how-i-fashioned-a-new-cashflow-from-unwanted-stock.html By: StartUpSmart [...]

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Calling in the big guns

Being passionate about your business idea is critical, but unless you can back it up with industry-specific expertise, you won’t get far. Luke Watson, founder and managing director of DashLuxe, knows how important it is to seek out established players in your sector and take full advantage of their street Article source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/my-best-mistake/calling-in-the-big-guns.html By: StartUpSmart [...]

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Why expert advice needs to be part of the start-up recipe

You can’t start a business without a vision, but you can start a business without seeking professional advice, however risky that might be. This was the situation celebrity chef Luke Mangan found himself in when he first started out. Mangan owns and operates restaurants in Sydney, Surfer’s Paradise, Singapore and Article source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/my-best-mistake/why-expert-advice-needs-to-be-part-of-the-start-up-recipe.html By: StartUpSmart [...]

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Disrupting the status quo

Launching a new concept in an unfamiliar industry often requires a thick skin, particularly if you plan on franchising your business from the get-go. When 28-year-old Nathan Cuneen started his latest venture, Blow Dry Bar, doubts were raised not only about his idea but his knowledge of hairdressing. Blow Dry Article source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/my-best-mistake/disrupting-the-status-quo.html By: StartUpSmart [...]

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Bridging the knowledge gap

Promising the world to clients can be a tempting sales strategy for start-ups, particularly in the early days when sales are scarce, but it can also backfire in a very big way. Sabir Samtani and David Easton learnt firsthand what happens when you claim to know more than you actually Article source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/my-best-mistake/bridging-the-knowledge-gap.html By: StartUpSmart [...]

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A debt-laden start-up idea

Having very little money has served as the motivation for many successful entrepreneurs, from Seven Media chief Kerry Stokes to Harry Potter mastermind JK Rowling. However, severe debt is more likely to act as a deterrent to starting up rather than draw people to it. This wasn’t the case for Article source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/my-best-mistake/a-debt-laden-start-up-idea.html By: StartUpSmart [...]

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Battling search engine invisibility

Operating online is the norm these days, particularly if you’re a new business. But as Matt and Richard Burgess found out, setting up a website is the easy part. Being found online presents an entirely new set of challenges. The Burgess brothers are the founders of vehicle financial brokerage service Article source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/my-best-mistake/battling-search-engine-invisibility.html By: StartUpSmart [...]

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Picking the right venture

For many entrepreneurs, choosing which industry to enter doesn't warrant a second thought – they enter a particular market based on their experience and business idea. But for those entrepreneurs that choose to start a business simply for the challenge, it can be quite overwhelming deciding which path to choose. Article source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/my-best-mistake/picking-the-right-venture.html By: StartUpSmart [...]

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From zero to creative hero

Being temporarily dis-engaged from your parents as a teenager might not sound like the ideal background for a successful entrepreneur. But for Yvette Adams, it was a reality that she managed to turn into an innovative start-up business. Adams is the founder of The Creative Collective, an award-winning creative services agency Article source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/home-based-business/from-zero-to-creative-hero/201110074119.html By: StartUpSmart [...]

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