The life of an Entrepreneur – are you willing to pay the price?

Posted by Azure Group on 04-Mar-2019 07:58:13


Entrepreneur is a pretty cool term. It is certainly a buzz word at the moment, with many people choosing to leave behind the security of a job to start their own business. 

Every entrepreneur has a different story about why he or she decided to go on that road. But if you are considering starting your own business, here are a few truths about just what it takes to build a successful business and be an entrepreneur.

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Topics: Entrepreneur, Startups, strategy, Startup Australia, business advisory, entrepreneurship, technology

How can you UP your Entrepreneurial Game?

Posted by Michael Derin on 18-Feb-2019 08:01:08



Entrepreneurs are more than just business owners. They are visionaries and risk takers. They have a passion and insatiable drive to develop a business, taking on risk in the hope of financial gain. They are often the people that disrupt an industry and provide change and new and innovative products to the market.

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Topics: Entrepreneur, Startups, strategy, international business, Startup investors, Landing pad, startup incubator, startup accelarators, technology

Here's why being a Thought Leader gives back to Entrepreneurs of the future

Posted by Michael Derin on 04-Feb-2019 09:05:03


Are you a thought leader?
It seems to be the buzz word of this decade, but what is it?
Often when we are in business we are focused on the tasks at hand, where is the next product, sale, or income stream coming from. We are so deep into our business that we don’t always stop and think about the legacy we are leaving or the wisdom that we are imparting on others.

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Topics: Entrepreneur, strategy, leadership, business advisory, entrepreneurship, strategic advisor, thought leader

Strategies for improving Business Performance in 2019

Posted by Michael Derin on 07-Jan-2019 07:00:00


By now you’ve probably settled back in to the working week, feeling recharged from the Christmas break. Your team is well rested and motivated to get stuck into all that 2019 has install. With your optimistic outlook and the positive energy surrounding your business it makes 

January is the perfect month to reflect on the past twelve months and revise your strategies for the year ahead.

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Topics: Business Growth & Cashflow, Entrepreneur, SME, strategy, KPI, strategic advisor, business strategy

Do these 50 things to become a better Entrepreneur

Posted by Azure Group on 06-Dec-2018 07:43:06


There is one thing that entrepreneurs want, and that is to be better. They are constantly striving for bigger and better. Never satisfied, they are always looking to achieve great things. But the one thing that will bring about the greatest shift for an entrepreneur is within. Working and investing on themselves is the best investment an Entrepreneur can make.

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Topics: Entrepreneur, strategy, Business growth, Business success, entrepreneurship, technology

Virtual Reality is one of the high-growth industries for entrepreneurs in 2018

Posted by Azure Group on 09-Oct-2018 08:42:53


In a few years it will be hard to find a business or person that isn’t touched by Virtual Reality ("VR"). In fact, if you are using Siri on your phone or have Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa then you already have virtual reality in your life.

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Topics: Entrepreneur, Tech Business, Startups, enterpreneurship, virtual reality, plan property, VR, technology

Can you succeed as an Entrepreneur if you treat your Business like a Hobby?

Posted by Michael Derin on 01-Sep-2018 09:12:00


Whether you need motivation to transform your idea into a functioning business or you just need a little boost when you’re down, it’s always good to seek wisdom from bright and successful minds who have experienced it all before. 

Recently, I heard one successful entrepreneur say “If you don’t want to work ON YOUR startup for at least 10 years, don’t startup at all”.  This was meaningful to me because, as a business owner myself with more than 25 years experience in entrepreneurship I can easily relate with that sentiment.

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Topics: Business Growth & Cashflow, Entrepreneur, Startups, strategy, Business growth, Startup investors, Business success, enterpreneurship, technology

Has the Government done enough to stimulate Innovation in Australia?

Posted by Michael Derin on 04-May-2017 08:32:08

 

The Turnbull Government has pledged to support tech companies, and in particular startups. The National Innovation Agenda had been well received with the possibilities that it presented. However, the governments announcement recently to scrap the 457 visa scheme and to tighten rules for working visas may be casting uncertainty over this sector.

Australia’s oldest and most successful tech incubator, Cicada has advised that roughly a third of their startups have people on 457s, and about 70% of those companies that have scaled up are also utilising talent on 457s. 

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Topics: Entrepreneur, Tech Business, innovation

Why it might be time to engage a CFO (CFO Australia Consulting - event 2)

Posted by Michael Derin on 11-Aug-2016 13:46:00

There is a common misconception out there that a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is a role only available to the large corporate. However, if you continue to hold this view you could be doing your business a critical injustice. Having the commercial guidance that a CFO can provide to get your business from where you are now to where you want to be is one of the best investments a business owner can make. Nowadays the CFO offering is incredibly flexible and affordable with options ranging from a full time CFO right through to a Virtual CFO solution.

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Topics: Business Growth & Cashflow, CFO, Entrepreneur, SME, Tech Business

Strategies for improving business performance in 2016

Posted by Michael Derin on 12-Jan-2016 11:00:09


By now you’ve probably settled back in to the working week, feeling recharged from the Christmas break.  Your team is well rested and motivated to get stuck into all that 2016 has install. With your optimistic outlook and the positive energy surrounding your business it makes January the perfect month to reflect on the past twelve months and revise your strategies for the year ahead.

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Topics: Budget, Business Growth & Cashflow, Entrepreneur, SME, Small Business Accounting, KPI

Why it might be time to engage a CFO

Posted by Michael Derin on 03-Dec-2015 14:18:51

There is a common misconception out there that a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is a role only available to the large corporate. However, if you continue to hold this view you could be doing your business a critical injustice. Having the commercial guidance that a CFO can provide to get your business from where you are now to where you want to be is one of the best investments a business owner can make. Nowadays the CFO offering is incredibly flexible and affordable with options ranging from a full time CFO right through to a Virtual CFO solution.

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Topics: Business Growth & Cashflow, CFO, Entrepreneur, NSW Business Chamber, SME, Tech Business

Lessons on attracting investors taken from the Dragons’ Den

Posted by Michael Derin on 10-Oct-2013 15:17:00

One of my favourite shows lately is Dragons’ Den on BBC which sees entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to a group of savvy investors in order to obtain financial backing to get their innovation off the ground.

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Topics: Entrepreneur