The idea behind building a small, medium (or large business), or even a side hustle, isn’t complicated, but it can be overwhelming when things don’t go the way you think they’ll go, and with most SMEs, that’s most of the time.

But the truth is most small businesses miss the…


There is absolutely no doubt, that the statistics behind business planning (or lack of it) and those behind business failure rates, line up, almost perfectly.

  • Less than 17% of all businesses ever do any form of planning. …

There are a heap of things that need to be done, in the process of starting a business.

  • The idea, get clear on what it is you do.
  • The correct business structure
  • Legals, finance
  • Don’t forget the logo!
  • And the business and financial plans

But at some point, you need…


We live in a world of researching and googling everything before we buy! Facebook recommendations, Google reviews, if you don’t have some kind of online (or print) profile, it’s certainly makes it harder to get anything moving, let alone started.

I’m amazed at how many businesses and mainly micro to…


  1. Put a lot of money into marketing, advertising and branding. (And I do mean a lot!) or
  2. Get everything in the back end right!

Without doubt, the most confusing and frustrating part of running any business, (that doesn’t have a million dollar marketing budget) is trying to get even some…


Staff. Support and they grow, don’t and they go!

Staff and the way they’re supported is critical to their success, neglect that and you’re probably losing at least 50% additional income, just by them not caring about doing their job as well as possible.

This week, I’ve had three examples…


There are many ways to attract clients and not everything is always about spending a fortune on marketing to get new customers, it could be just as simple as hanging onto the ones that might just walk in, first.

I went to a coffee networking morning this week. Always a great opportunity to meet other local business owners. The cafe was great, good coffee, the owner or manager weren’t available and so nothing was done to capture the market or build some relationships, that were right there.

There were…


There’s been an interesting series of ads running across our TV screens recently that are vague about what the business does. Designed to make you google them and then for ever and a day be remarketed too. (So I didn’t!)

But the idea of their slogan I liked, and thought…


Over the last few months, Sunshine Coast Business Now has continued to focus attention on the challenge we have, that’s so easily overcome, by simply supporting local Australian owned businesses, first!

It doesn’t matter whether it’s coffee, beer, travel booking sites, food delivery options, your daily milk, or honey for…


These days most people Google for something and as a result, get options from everywhere, often from all over the world.

We also tend to want to compare prices, probably nothing wrong with that, but if tackling something like a hotel for the weekend, there’s a chance you’ll search through…

Erwin Brem

MyBusinessNow. Real business growth. It doesn't have to be complicated.

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