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The Get to the Contest Small Business Podcast is a program aimed at motivated small business owners and entrepreneurs looking to improve their business. With Warwick Jackson, Chartered Accountant as host and various industry specialists as guests, the show provides answers to the common questions entrepreneurs face when looking to grow, sustain and market their business. Warwick draws on his background in both business & Elite Sport to help business owners to drill down & focus on the the critical KPI’s that drive performance. Get to the Contest is another way of asking the question: “What should I prioritise or focus on to drastically improve my performance?” Answer this question and you will be kicking goals with your small business.

GET TO THE CONTEST Warwick Jackson

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The Get to the Contest Small Business Podcast is a program aimed at motivated small business owners and entrepreneurs looking to improve their business. With Warwick Jackson, Chartered Accountant as host and various industry specialists as guests, the show provides answers to the common questions entrepreneurs face when looking to grow, sustain and market their business. Warwick draws on his background in both business & Elite Sport to help business owners to drill down & focus on the the critical KPI’s that drive performance. Get to the Contest is another way of asking the question: “What should I prioritise or focus on to drastically improve my performance?” Answer this question and you will be kicking goals with your small business.

    Money Saving Life Hacks – Lessons Learned from Iso

    Money Saving Life Hacks – Lessons Learned from Iso

    Uncertainty has been the common theme of our lives for the past two years. With lockdowns and Covid restrictions in constant play even today, we are often stuck at home pondering on nothing. Now that home isolation or sudden lockdowns are part of the norm post-pandemic, our host Warwick Jackson gives nuggets of advice on how to make the most out of your time if in case of mandated quarantine or isolation. Use this time to set your eyes on important matters that you often take for granted– such as your finances. Listen in and enjoy this episode.   
    Hot tips outline
    Look into your finances – will, guardianship, POA, etc.Review your super and plug in your balance.Book-in your non-urgent medical check-ups.Contact your house and car insurance. Review your recurring subscriptions.Clean up your mailbox– start with unsubscribing from spam emailsLearn to use online shopping.Tidy up the cupboard.Review your loans.If you own a business, apply for the small business fees and charges rebate.
    Have any questions for us? Reach Warwick Jackson through wjackson@foxgroup.com.au or follow our Facebook account and visit Get To The Contest website for more.

    • 14 min
    Cashflow Strategies

    Cashflow Strategies

    On this episode of Get To The Contest Small Business Podcast, we talk to Stuart Balloch, Payment Specialist at GoCardless. We talked about cashflow solutions and how it important it is to be paid on time especially for small business owners.

    Here are some key takeaways from our conversation:


    1. Be transparent up front

    Transparency is key to making sure that the cashflow is organised and understood clearly. Right off the bat, get clear on how payments will be made, when payments are due and all related concerns in relation to payments. It is important to be transparent and upfront in doing business to avoid surprises in the long run.


    2. Get rid of the friction

    Make it easy to do business with you. A seamless experience in payments and invoicing makes less opportunity for problems.


    3. There is cost to not managing your cash flow well

    Chasing debtors is expensive. A poor cash position can  then eventually turn to missed opportunities. Take a proactive approach & don;t allow customers to cost you money.


    4. Be open to change

    There is always a better way to do things. Open your mind to new technology and making an effort to learn and find ways to constantly improve—may it be in your cashflow system or even in managing your team. If a new system or technology can create a more efficient and effective way of doing things, it is worth looking into. 


    Get in touch with Stuart Balloch through LinkedIn --  https://www.linkedin.com/in/stuart-balloch/


    Have any questions for us? Reach Warwick Jackson through wjackson@foxgroup.com.au or follow our Facebook account and visit Get To The Contest website for more.

    • 53 min
    Team Engagement and Why it is Important for your Business

    Team Engagement and Why it is Important for your Business

    In this latest episode of the podcast, we talk to Brett White, founder of Be Leaders and author of Shift Happens – 10 Effective Thinking Skills and The Lacuna Effect. He is accredited in Life Coaching, Thought Dynamics and Organisational Leadership, having worked with over 50 organisations and 350 leaders and influencers. We are glad to have him with us to talk about team engagement and why this is important for your business. Here are some key takeaways from this interview:



    1.What is employee engagement? 
    Employee engagement is, simply put, team members and the leadership in the organisation’s love for what they do, enjoying who they do it with, and doing it well. It seems simple but if those things aren’t happening in your team, there’s limited chance in doing their job effectively and successfully. It is important that team engagement isn't just an add-on and an afterthought in your business, but it comes from within and becomes part of who you are and who your organisation is.



    2.Employee engagement at an all time low
    Brett talked about statistics out in the latest Gallup research that the employee engagement in Australia is currently at an all-time low of 20%-- which means only 20% of the team are actively engaged or fully engaged, while some are partially engaged and worse, disengaged. This data has an impact to your business and should be assessed in your own organisation. 



    3.Develop a culture of communication
    A connection with people that you're working with builds trust in the organisation. Once this is established, you will be assured that your people are going to help you and are doing their jobs for the right reasons, which also links to contribution. What is the purpose of the organisation? You're not just out there doing things for a dollar then why are we here and what problems are we solving?



    4.Create a culture of appreciation
    In our conversation, we also touched on appreciation, a really important topic which centres on being valued, heard and acknowledged. Build this culture within your organisation and it will help in your relationships with your employees. 



    5.Employees want the opportunity to grow
    If you want to grow, you want to be a part of an organisation that you believe gives you that opportunity to grow. Otherwise, you're going to be stagnant and eventually you're not going to be the best version of you. 



    All these factors in employee engagement boils down to strong leadership and leaders that believe that these are important. To know more and if you are interested in Brett’s work, visit the Be Leaders website www.beleaders.com.au or email him at brett@beleaders.com.au 

    Have any questions for us? Reach Warwick Jackson through wjackson@foxgroup.com.au or follow our Facebook account and visit Get To The Contest website for more.

    • 46 min
    Covid Vaccines & the Small Business Owner

    Covid Vaccines & the Small Business Owner

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    In this new episode, we talked to Michael Seton, solicitor director and accredited specialist at Seton Family Lawyers, on the constantly changing landscape around COVID-19 and vaccines for small business owners. We also dived into the rights and obligations of small business owners, their teams and staff, and their obligations to their customers during the pandemic. 


    Here are the Key Takeaways from this episode.

    1. There’s no one-size-fits-all.
    Public health orders and mandates are different for every location, industry and jobs. The thing to keep in mind with all of this is that it is rapidly changing and updating and it is largely untested by the courts – so we do not have clear black-and-white answers, which can be very challenging for small business owners. It is important to have an effort to be aware of the developments to do right by your customers and staff. 

    2. Keep your eyes on the horizon. 
    Seeing the big picture is one of Michael’s Get to the Contest points. If you focus on the bigger goal of what you’re doing now, you will not be bogged down with the mundane of the day-to-day.
     
    3. Diversity. 
    Exposing yourself to diverse thinking equals to a better background and a better space for decision-making. Seeking out all the possible thoughts can ultimately make a well-rounded decision.

    4. Prepare to abandon the past and move on to find a better way ahead.
    Experience is a wonderful thing and should not be lost, but that doesn't mean the day-to-day of how you do your role shouldn't evolve and develop. You've got to constantly get your head to adapt and evolve.

    5. Backing your people first. 
    You're working with your team and they need to know that you have their back. It's hard to develop a reliable team, and if you go into bat for your team, they will back you up and see you through in times of challenges. 


    Know more about Michael Seton and his work. Reach him through his contact details below:
    Telephone02 4397 1500
    Email hello@setonfamily.law 
    Web www.setonfamily.law 
    LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-seton-12b07123/
    Have any questions for us? Reach Warwick Jackson through wjackson@foxgroup.com.au or follow our Facebook account and visit Get To The Contest website for more.

    • 59 min
    6 Marketing Things to Consider When Selling Your Business: Part 2

    6 Marketing Things to Consider When Selling Your Business: Part 2

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    In another two-part episode of Get to the Contest Small Business Podcast, listen in as I talk to Melanie Unwin, Director at Mogrify. We discuss the marketing aspects of selling your business and making your business attractive to a potential acquirer. 
    Below are some key learnings that will be valuable to business owners who are in the process of selling their business or want to sell in the future. So, make sure to check out Parts 1 and 2 of this episode and don’t miss out on hearing Melanie’s expert tips.


    1.Have a clear plan.
    It is essential that you have a clear plan if you are to successfully achieve your business and marketing goals. Get your reason, your purpose clear and from there, execute strongly. If selling your business in the future is part of your vision, put it in the plan from day one, document it and put it in front of the right people.


    2.Make sure key people are on board with your vision and plan.
    If you don’t have buy-in by all the decision makers in your business, your plan will fail. Having that buy-in is critical, otherwise people will just walk away from it—resulting in wasted time, effort, and resources.


    3.Make the journey worth it
    Selling a business can be difficult for many reasons. There’s going to be rewarding times, but there's going to be times of stress and challenges. So, make the journey worth it. Make sure you've got people around you who give you energy, are going to add to that experience, and not drain you. 


    4.If you want to be acquired, step up your game. 
    Take on more challenging work to show that delivering great outcomes is one of the core capabilities of your business, stand out to potential buyers. You want to show that you've got a culture and a skill set in your business that can drive innovation and can deliver projects. Make sure you are heard and seen by your target audience. 


    5.Invest in your people and in your own leadership
    Be around people, co-workers, partners that give your life and energy. Cultivate a culture of learning and encouraging growth in people. This applies to your team members but also to you as their leader. Invest in yourself and your own leadership, but also invest in the people around you and develop them.


    6.Say it, do it. 
    This is one of the core values and core culture points of Mogrify. If you're living this culture in your business, it means that you can be relied on. Team members at Mogrify live by this culture—if they say something and don't deliver, they're not living the values of the company. 


    7.Let it go. 
    Don't invest energy on what you can't control. Now, that’s easier said than done, but you must practice letting go of the things you can’t change and move on from it. 



    Find Melanie Unwin on LinkedIn or check out their website www.mogrify.com
    Have any questions for us? Reach Warwick Jackson through wjackson@foxgroup.com.au or follow our Facebook account and visit Get To The Contest website for more.

    • 35 min
    6 Marketing Things to Consider When Selling Your Business: Part 1

    6 Marketing Things to Consider When Selling Your Business: Part 1

    Check it out on Itunes | Stitcher

    In another two-part episode of Get to the Contest Small Business Podcast, listen in as I talk to Melanie Unwin, Director at Mogrify. We discuss the marketing aspects of selling your business and making your business attractive to a potential acquirer. 
    Below are some key learnings that will be valuable to business owners who are in the process of selling their business or want to sell in the future. So, make sure to check out Parts 1 and 2 of this episode and don’t miss out on hearing Melanie’s expert tips.


    1.Have a clear plan.
    It is essential that you have a clear plan if you are to successfully achieve your business and marketing goals. Get your reason, your purpose clear and from there, execute strongly. If selling your business in the future is part of your vision, put it in the plan from day one, document it and put it in front of the right people.


    2.Make sure key people are on board with your vision and plan.
    If you don’t have buy-in by all the decision makers in your business, your plan will fail. Having that buy-in is critical, otherwise people will just walk away from it—resulting in wasted time, effort, and resources.


    3.Make the journey worth it
    Selling a business can be difficult for many reasons. There’s going to be rewarding times, but there's going to be times of stress and challenges. So, make the journey worth it. Make sure you've got people around you who give you energy, are going to add to that experience, and not drain you. 


    4.If you want to be acquired, step up your game. 
    Take on more challenging work to show that delivering great outcomes is one of the core capabilities of your business, stand out to potential buyers. You want to show that you've got a culture and a skill set in your business that can drive innovation and can deliver projects. Make sure you are heard and seen by your target audience. 


    5.Invest in your people and in your own leadership
    Be around people, co-workers, partners that give your life and energy. Cultivate a culture of learning and encouraging growth in people. This applies to your team members but also to you as their leader. Invest in yourself and your own leadership, but also invest in the people around you and develop them.


    6.Say it, do it. 
    This is one of the core values and core culture points of Mogrify. If you're living this culture in your business, it means that you can be relied on. Team members at Mogrify live by this culture—if they say something and don't deliver, they're not living the values of the company. 


    7.Let it go. 
    Don't invest energy on what you can't control. Now, that’s easier said than done, but you must practice letting go of the things you can’t change and move on from it. 



    Find Melanie Unwin on LinkedIn or check out their website www.mogrify.com
    Have any questions for us? Reach Warwick Jackson through wjackson@foxgroup.com.au or follow our Facebook account and visit Get To The Contest website for more.

    • 36 min

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