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What I'm Reading

This book is a collection of 124 extracts from interviews, public statements and media coverage from one of the world’s leading thinkers. He is also one of the world’s leading doers which contributes to him changing the world as indicated by SpaceX’s mission to colonise Mars. See the reasons to make life interplanetary (http://www.unicornbusinesssolutions.com.au/Scan%207%20Oct%2017.pdf) ..


Unicorn Team Update

Introducing… John Harris Last week we welcomed John Harris to the Unicorn team. He will be working as a strategic business consultant based in our Devonport office. John’s granddaughters think that it is amazing that Unicorns exist and he is thrilled that he can tell them that he now works with magical Unicorns! John has over 27 years’ experience working as a training, sales and marketing specialist in the building industry. He is an award-winning service p ..


I Used To Be An Accountant

This is what I tell people. I say this because accountants are thought of as being boring and (I hope) this implies that I am no longer boring. I also say this because it suggests that I understand numbers and understanding numbers is a critical skill in helping small business owners to build a business that works for them rather than the other way around. I often ask business owners what they measure in their business. Their answers are generally; “my bank balance”; “sales” or “I  ..


Xerocon South 2017

Craig, Pete, Lucy and I attended Xerocon in Melbourne on 13th and 14th September. This is Xero’s annual conference and was attended by over 3,000 people keen to hear CEO Rod Drury’s views on where automation and artificial intelligence are heading, and what Xero are doing themselves right now. Xero then started the conference with Rod up on stage saying, “The future is here, now”. …And they didn’t disappoint. There was a whole laundry list of cool things Xer ..


Key Similarities Between Businesses In Difference Industries

In the next two weeks we have 3 strategic Planning Days booked with new clients and it has been interesting to note the similarities between these businesses in different industries as we do our preparation work: The owners are all time poor Their financial records are not accurate The owners are stressed Quality products and services are provided to happy customers These are all customer focussed businesses, but their business model isn’t quite right, and that is r ..


Specialising Increases Opportunities

There are opportunities everywhere. Opportunities to add new products and services to your offering. Opportunities to expand into new markets, open a new branch or grow with a large customer. My experience is that business owners are very good at identifying opportunities and over time their business grows to offer a diverse range of products and services. Interestingly, the most successful clients we work with do the exact opposite. They specialise and “own” a space. They become the “go to” ..


Government To Crack Down On Super Compliance

We have always encouraged and assisted our clients to meet their Superannuation Guarantee (SG) obligations as late payment incurs significant financial and administrative compliance costs. It seems that other employers have not been so diligent as according to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), workers are collectively owed $2.85 billion in unpaid or underpaid superannuation from the 2014-15 financial year, representing more than 5% of the total amount employers are legally requi ..


Team Member Profile - Lucy Clark

How long have you been at Unicorn? I’ve been at Unicorn for a year and a half now working as a client services superhero! What do you like about it? I love that Unicorn Business Solutions is not your typical professional firm, we are highly innovative and embrace change! I like being a part of a company who create such positive change and who truly do have a passion for helping small businesses thrive. I love working with a supportive team and having the opportunity to continua ..


Grade 3's with 3D Printers - Should Your Business Have One?

On Thursday I attended my daughter’s grade 3 iPad Expo. It was the best school based educational event I have witnessed or been made aware over the past 16 years my children have been in the education system. The kids in groups of 3 were demonstrating fun and educational things that they can and do use their iPads for. With great enthusiasm they explained and demonstrated their projects to us and answered our questions. The highlight was a working demonstration of a 3D scanner and 3D p ..


1 idea paid for a Planning Day three times over

Last week a client in Hobart agreed to proceed with a Planning Day with us because they had successfully implemented an idea from their initial meeting with us. They won a job at an increased price sufficient to pay for the Planning Day 3 times over. They are eagerly anticipating the 100 times return we usually achieve for small business owners in Planning Days. Does a Planning Day make sense for your business? Click here (https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/U ..