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6 Handy Tips to Work With Your Spouse

Posted by NextMinute on Jun 14, 2019 2:45:46 PM

First, you signed the marriage certificate, now you signed the employment agreement.

Working with your spouse is completely different from working with someone you barely know.

So is it a dream come true or a mistake?

Well, it depends on how you handle things. We've compiled a list of 6 tips that'll help you become the power couple at work. 

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Topics: Staff, Employee, Hiring, Staffing, Small Business

The What, How, and Why of Referrals

Posted by NextMinute on Jun 10, 2019 11:08:00 AM

What is a referral?

A referral is an act of sending a potential customer to a business that is qualified to deal with their problem.

Your current or past customers can refer your business to their mates or business contacts and bring you more customers.

John Jantsch, the author of Duct Tape Selling, says "The sale is not complete until the customer is so happy that he or she confidently makes referrals."  Well, we can all agree on that.


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Topics: Marketing, Small Business, Advertising

5 proven strategies to improve staff productivity (that you can use now)

Posted by NextMinute on Jun 7, 2019 8:36:00 AM


How productive are your employees? 

Because you'll spend a large chunk of your revenue paying salaries to your employees, it's really important that you manage the team effectively and get the right return on investment. 

As a business owner, it's ultimately your responsibility to take necessary steps to increase staff productivity. More productivity means more revenue, happy customers, well-paid employees and, last but not least, the opportunity to expand your business and make a name for yourself.

Keeping that in mind, here are 5 proven strategies to improve staff productivity:

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Topics: Staff, Employee, Management

5 Simple Ways to Sell More to Existing Customers

Posted by NextMinute on May 30, 2019 8:36:07 AM

It's true that new business brings you more money, but that doesn't mean you should shy away from your existing customers. 

According to research, it's easier to sell to an existing customer compared to selling to new ones. In fact, the probability of selling to an existing customer is 60-70%.

Although you should continue on-boarding new customers, you should always remember that existing customers can be more lucrative.

Here are the 5 strategies to target existing customers:

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Topics: Marketing, Customers, Small Business, Advertising

5 Marketing Methods Tradies Should Be Aware Of (2019)

Posted by NextMinute on May 20, 2019 11:08:06 PM

The internet is filled with articles on how to market your business. Unfortunately, almost none of them are tailored for trade businesses. No worries mate, NextMinute has got your back.

In this article, we'll discuss some marketing methods every tradie should be aware of. We have excluded Google Adwords, because you probably know more about it than we do - seriously.

Having said that, let's dig into the some marketing tips that will keep the cash coming.

Here are the 5 marketing methods you should be aware of in 2019:


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Topics: Marketing, Customers, Advertising

The Ultimate Guide to Managing Trade Staff

Posted by NextMinute on May 7, 2019 9:47:00 AM

When you run a small trade business, you're not just the boss; sometimes you have to be an  accountant, an office manager, a HR manager, a salesman and even a barista - if the situation demands.

Out of the all roles mentioned above, managing employees can prove to be one of the most difficult challenges. Getting your tradies to finish their work on time and keeping all of them happy is no walk in the park. 

That's why we present to you, the Ultimate Guide to Managing Trade Staff. It's a comprehensive guide that will cover what you need to know to ensure that your business runs smoothly. 

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Topics: Staff, Employee, Management

Managing timesheets: 5 tips to turn timesheets into your friend

Posted by NextMinute on May 2, 2019 9:00:00 AM

When you're stretched to keep on top of things at work, the last thing you need is to be stressing over managing timesheets.

Although it sounds like a simple thing to manage, it can often be another task that drags on and makes the day even longer. Especially when you’re lacking in time; timesheets can quickly turn into a hassle.

Never fear - there are plenty of ways to turn timesheets from foe to friend. In fact, their main purpose is to help you keep organised whilst on the job, which is why we’ve compiled a list of a few tips to help you manage them.

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Topics: Admin, Management

How to motivate and reward your tradie team

Posted by NextMinute on Apr 1, 2019 4:24:29 PM

Ask yourself: what steps are you taking, as an employer, to make sure your employees look forward to come to work?

Fact is, trade jobs can be physically and mentally tiring, hence, it's really important that you do all you can to keep your team motivated.

Here's how you can motivate and reward your employees:

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Topics: Employee

4 smart ways to advertise your business locally

Posted by NextMinute on Apr 1, 2019 4:23:37 PM

"I need to build a house in Sydney. Let me travel to Poland and get the best tradies," said no customer ever. If you run a trade business, a majority of your customers will be local - probably all of them.

Success depends on your ability to promote your skills in your neighbourhood because that, for the most part, is who you'll be servicing.

Here are the 4 ways to advertise your business locally:

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Topics: Marketing, Advertising

5 Metrics to Measure Your Team's Performance

Posted by NextMinute on Mar 29, 2019 11:12:00 AM

Your team is the most important asset of your business. A large amount of your financial resources will be spent paying out salaries to your employees.

But how do you calculate the return on investment (ROI)? Do you need to reduce expenses? Or do you need to hire new staff?

It can be really frustrating to understand why business is stagnant and what needs to be fixed. That's why calculating employees' value is really important.

Here are the employee ROI metrics that you can use to measure you employee's performance:

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Topics: Staff, Employee