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Roy Morgan Researchs Business
Confidence survey in July showed
an increase following four
consecutive months of decline.
The July result of 117.3 was well up
on the on the June figure of 112.7
and represents a tentative positive
sign for economic recovery in
At the same time the Roy Morgan
Research Consumer Confidence
survey in July also improved to
116.2, up from 114.6 in July.
These results are from 2,681
interviews with business decision
makers across Australia and 4,165
consumers in July before the $30
billion budget blow-out announced
Friday August 2nd by Chris Bower,
Consumer Confidence fell
Roy Morgan Research is in the
unique position of being able to take
a more holistic view of confidence
in Australia by measuring the
confidence of both businesses and
Lets Talk Business Back To Basics Business Solutions - Support for Small Business
Issue 06 August 2013
Undoubtedly, a major contributor to
the lack of business confidence, is the
ongoing instability in federal politics.
The question is: Will confidence lift
after the Federal election?
Will a positive outcome re-ignite
business and consumer confidence
and kick-start a sluggish Australian
Business owners are desperately
hoping that this years election will
end a tumultuous period for Federal
politics, or at least provide enough
short-term respite to help people feel
confident, spend more, save less, and
make big-ticket purchases.
Queensland small business, in
particular, are feeling the mining
A recent survey for the June quarter
commissioned by Mining Australia
showed Queenslands business
conditions were 5-10 index points
lower than the state average.
The survey said business confidence
for the June quarter stood at 43 per
cent, which is eight per cent lower
than North Queensland.
This is predicted to jump during the
present quarter to 50.9 per cent,
putting business confidence in
Better Business Network President, Dennis Chiron said: "Managing and running a small business can be very tough. I think people have been really cautious with their spending and it's all about their available disposal income at the end of the day.
From a business point of view, we have seen a lack of confidence for a number of reasons.
"Increases in our utilities charges for our water, gas, electricity, and service charges associated with delivery of those services to property have gone up and they have increased dramatically in the last 12 to 18 months," he said.
Roy Morgan Researchs Business Confidence Survey in July showed an increase following four consecutive months of decline. Yet, in spite of this current research, most Australian small businesses are still doing it tough with increased costs and reduced consumer spending.
Small Business Confidence Australian Small Business is doing it tough
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A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A
small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?" The crow answered: "Sure, why not." So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very,
very high up.
A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't
got the energy."
"Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull "They're packed with nutrients." The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fortnight, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.
Moral of the story: Bull dung might get you to the top, but it won't
keep you there.
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold, the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile
of cow dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and
happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him!
The Morals of this story:
Not everyone who drops dung on you is your enemy.
Not everyone who gets you out of the dung is your friend.
And when you're in deep dung, keep your mouth shut!
In the restroom at work, the Boss had
placed a sign directly above the
sink. It had a single word on it --
The next day, when he went to the
restroom, he looked at the sign and
right below, immediately above the soap
dispenser, someone had carefully
lettered another sign which read --
"JOIN OUR FAST-PACED
COMPANY" We have no time to
train you; you'll have to introduce
yourself to your co-workers.
"FLEXIBLE HOURS" Work 40
hours; get paid for 25.
"DUTIES WILL VARY" Anyone in
the office can boss you around.
"MUST HAVE AN EYE FOR
DETAIL" We have no quality
A MUST" You're walking into a
company in perpetual chaos.
An Economist: A person who knows more about money than people who have it.
Economy: Going without something you want in case you should want something you probably don't want.
Free Speech: Using someone else's telephone.
Life Insurance: A contract that keeps you poor so that you can die rich.
Market Analyst: A person who tells you what is going to happen within six months, and then after that tells you why it did not.
Theres a Little McFat
During the first court
hearing in a highly publicised case
involving McDonald's, a lawyer for
the fast-food chain urged a federal
judge to dismiss a suit claiming the
company has deliberately tried to
mislead the public into thinking Big
Macs and other products are
McDonalds is arguing that
restaurants are not legally required to
tell consumers what they already
know namely eating too many Big
Macs and fries will make them fat.
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Specialty Areas: Business Strategy.
Marketing Strategy, Websites, PR,
Event Management, Social Media,
Webinars, Business Awards
& Tender Submissions
Yvette was born on the fortunate cusp of Generation X & Y into a techie family which at any one time had several computers littered about the house.
She started her first business at the age of 17 a newspaper which was bought out by an American entrepreneur after its first issue. She created her second business and first e-commerce site in 2002 an online tee-shirt business.
Within one month of launching she received a Government Grant and won a website award. In 2006 she sold the global business and concentrated on launching The Creative Collective.
An international freelance writer of many years and a self-published author (see morethanmeetstheeye.co.nz), she has been the online content editor of a massive player in the UK magazine market (tntmagazine.com), and has consulted numerous businesses in New Zealand, the UK and Australia on their online strategies and built many websites.
She started The Creative Collective in 2007 after the birth of her second child from the study nook of her home, and it has since grown to have six staff based from the company's commercial offices in Maroochydore, 2 franchisees and over 30 contractors around the world.
She has won numerous business awards including the Commonwealth Bank Business Owner of the Year Award at the Telstra Business Womens Awards Queensland 2010 against a field of 4200,
the Entrepreneurial Award at the
Women in Technology Awards in 2012, and being recognized as a finalist in the Asian Entrepreneur category of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
She now promotes this awards program, which also includes the International Business Awards, the Sales & Customer Service Awards and the American Business Awards in the Australia and New Zealand