Katie lets you in on which sites are her fave sources for info and advice when it comes to business, and more specifically marketing. Their e-newsletters are great for the latest business information in bite-sized pieces.
Over my years in the industry and with my qualifications I have learned so much and the more I learn the more I realise there is still so much to know! However it needn’t be overwhelming and I am a firm believer that marketing your business need not always be costly to get a great result.
So this week I thought I would share with you a few of the great sources where I find information and advice when it comes to business, and more specifically marketing. Most of these sites have email updates (daily or weekly) which I highly recommend you subscribe to. It is a great way to receive the latest business information in bite-sized pieces by quickly scanning the headlines and overviews and then it is up to you about what you click on for more insight and information. Often I come across areas of business which I wouldn’t normally look for but which are incredibly important to running my business.
Have a browse through these sites for some simple info which may help your business or inspire you to do something differently…it could be just the change you need.
SmartCompany is a completely free news, information and resource site for Australia’s entrepreneurs, small and medium business owners and business managers to help keep them ahead of their competition. Our writers have many years of experience reporting for Australia’s best newspapers and magazines including BRW and The Australian Financial Review. Contributors include Australia’s top entrepreneurs, experts and advisers.
Every Monday to Friday, SmartCompany.com.au posts a daily news briefing, a round-up of business trends and ideas from around the world and SmartBlogs from SmartCompany’s handpicked network of expert bloggers. SmartCompany.com.au profiles the views of Australia’s best business experts – exclusive content including features on big issues for small and medium business, case studies, profiles as well as podcasts of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs, tax and legal updates, personal finance and businesses for sale.
This is a free news and information website for Australian start-ups and people thinking of starting their own business and was started by Smart Company founder Amanda Gome.
Amanda explains, “When I was setting up my business, I often felt very alone and isolated. There was no daily publication to read, no site to help and no community to join. During that start-up phase you need specialist assistance, news and advice. The critical decisions you make at that stage affect the life of your business. It really is a question of starting up dumb or starting up smart.I vowed that once SmartCompany, a news site for entrepreneurs, was established, I would return to the start-up space. StartupSmart is the result: a publication that assists people thinking of taking the leap and holding their hands during those first few years of starting up.”
The Australian Businesswomen’s Network (ABN) has over 20,000 members and provides education, inspiration and support. They teach women skills to start, manage and grow their business; inspire women in the workplace to enhance their career paths; and connects women with peers and role models so that they can be inspired by each other.
ABN is a membership organisation that sees women participate in web-based training, mentoring, virtual networking events, publications, a business directory, website and business forums. The Business Directory showcases members and provides an easy reference to visitors looking to network and to do business with other women.
Business Chicks has over 25,000 members and offer various ways to connect Australian business women through online member community, national events program, fundraising efforts, Latte magazine, strategic partnerships and other initiatives. The members come from a variety of organisations – from small & medium sized businesses through to large multinational corporations, as well as savvy female entrepreneurs running their own show.
The Business Chicks community is inclusive and welcoming, offering a place where you can be yourself, feel at home, have fun, learn something, meet exciting people and enjoy amazing experiences. It offers you the opportunity to develop your skills, gain inspiration, meet people who can help you in your journey, and it’s your chance to give something back.