December 07, 2011
When we talk of leasing business equipment, we instinctively tend to think of mighty corporations hiring huge chunks of robust industrial machinery, or perhaps even just fairly big businesses choosing to borrow enough hi-tec IT equipment to fill an entire fleet of spaceships.
It’s not always a concept that you would readily associate with Small Business.
For example, here at the Martin Print office, the only kind of leasing development that we’ve seen over the last few weeks, was when Old Bert borrowed the electric stapler, and forgot to bring it back again.
I’m not even sure why exactly he was trying to repair a leaky tap with an electric stapler in the first place, but Old Bert’s mind works in very mysterious ways, and I’ve long since given up trying to work him out.
But have you ever considered the advantages in leasing the very latest state-of-the-art office equipment, on a smaller scale, to suit your own business?
December 02, 2011
I can think of several more enjoyable things to do with my day than think about making any drastic changes to my banking arrangements.
Probably several million, in fact.
Some of them actually involve my own head, the nearest wall, and a repeated banging movement.
Let’s face it, nobody really relishes the prospect of going through all that financial hassle, do they? Doesn’t sound like too much fun to me. Perhaps it’s something that can be put off until another day?
In fact, why change anything at all, if your current arrangements seem perfectly reasonable, and reassuringly comfortable?
Well, according to the experts (and, in particular, Robert Graham, the chairman of Refunds Direct) the current financial climate is creating such healthy competition between the banks, that right now could well be the perfect time to hunt out a better banking deal for your Small Business.
October 18, 2011
We all know how difficult it can be to secure the funding to kick-start your new Small Business.
It’s particularly problematic for young entrepreneurs, who aren’t very likely to have any significant personal assets to secure against a loan – but it’s certainly not restricted to the young. It’s an uphill challenge that everyone has to face and conquer before you can get your brand new business off the ground.
But could a cutting-edge approach to the fundraising problem be just around the corner?
In today’s Martin Print Case Study, I talk to Sydney-based entrepreneur Ryan Wardell, who believes that he’s found a viable alternative to traditional fundraising sources.
His company Project PowerUp is billed as ‘Australia’s first Crowdfunding platform for Startups and Small Businesses’, and is already creating positive sparks in the industry.
Are you ready to switch on your new Small Business?
Far back in the ancient mists of time, the budding entrepreneur only had very limited avenues to explore when it came to raising the necessary funds required to launch a pioneering new Small Business.
The first was plan of attack was always to try and impress your bank manager or potential investor with a watertight business plan, a sense of enthusiasm, a smart set of clothes, and a winning smile.
If that failed, then you could always just drop to your knees and start begging, but this was only ever really supposed to be a last resort, and usually resulted in you being firmly escorted from the premises of the building.
Thankfully, times have moved on.
August 30, 2011
Ready to start up your own business? All set to take the world by storm? Just that pesky little issue of raising the start-up funds to contend with, before you can spread your glorious wings of enterprise?This is normally the point when you put on your best smile, and go and have a nice chat and a cappuccino with the bank or a potential investor.
But what happens if you get knocked back? Is it time to abandon the dream, and go back to a simple life in the wild, foraging for nuts and berries?
Not necessarily. There are other, more creative, paths to raising the initial finance you need to get started, and they don’t involve begging in the streets, or trying to sell off bits of your body for scientific research.
They simply require a novel and forward-thinking way of approaching the problem, and perhaps a fairly strong set of negotiating skills might also prove to be quite handy, too.