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Staying in the same career for a lifetime used to be the path chosen by most people, but these days, industries are becoming more competitive, and continually changing, so it is now harder for people to retain a long-term position. If you’re one of these people and are looking for something more stable to move in to, consider the careers below:

1. Bookkeeping

The bookkeeping industry has been around for a long time, as businesses will always need someone to keep its financial and administrative elements in order. Also adding to the stability of this industry is the support given by companies such as the Australian Bookkeepers Network that provide tools and resources through a range of experts.

2. Accounting

Another stable career to move into is accounting. With businesses booming these days, from large corporations to the growing number of entrepreneurs, accurate financial representation is more important than ever. Moving into this industry will also mean being able to start your career instantly by studying through a traineeship and get your degree while you work.


3. Education

Career stability can also be found in the education and teaching industries, as even though information is now highly accessible through technology and the internet, nothing can replace the role of the face-to-face teacher. The interactive and flexible nature of teaching means it is always going to be the first choice for schooling.

4. Computer Analyst

Technology is a way of life in today’s society, and even though it is constantly changing, there are some positions that are proving to be stable career choices. One such career is as a computer analyst. What makes this career stable is this role’s responsibility for analysing a company’s computer systems, and then designing new solutions to improve or fix any issues. As just about every company runs their business through computers now, there will always be work in this field.

5. Dental

If you’re after an industry with one of the lowest unemployment rates going, then look no further than the dental industry. Dental technicians are always in demand, and you will often find several employment opportunities, even in a small town. Or if it’s the role of a dentist you’re looking at moving into, then you can also feel assured knowing that it’s not just stable, but is also a highly paid occupation as well.

6. Nursing

Nursing is another industry that is constantly looking to recruit more staff, so you will be hard-pressed not to find a job if this is the career you move into. Because of this, positions are relatively stable and offer substantial opportunities for movement between hospitals and surgeries if you want to work somewhere bigger, or smaller. Nursing also has many opportunities for those interested in travel, as you will easily find paid or volunteer placements in other countries.

Careers shouldn’t just be about finding your ‘dream job’ – they should also be about finding an industry that is going to support you through your career development. Stability is the key here, and stepping into jobs such as the ones above, will guarantee financial security well into the future.

How long have you been in your current career? Do you think it’s as stable as it once was? Discuss your answers below.

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Inventory management is vitally important for any business with a constant flow of incoming and outgoing stock. Inventory management affects every part of your business, from expenditure to customer service, so making sure that your numbers are correct is vital to everything operating at peak efficiency.

To be specific, though, what is it about inventory management that is so important? Here are just three prime examples:

1. Revenue and profit

If you have a business, then you likely have a product you want to sell. Your inventory is the primary factor driving your capacity for revenue and profit generation. This makes a great argument for automated inventory management using software like the type Fishbowl provide because it gives you at-a-glance information on every part of your system, including revenue and profit. Now you can see exactly what you’re spending on stock, what you’re selling it for AND what you’re making all at once, allowing you to adjust your expenditures accordingly.

2. Management

Once you’ve used your highly optimised inventory to go to your suppliers and hammer out better deals on stock in order to better maximise your profits, you will need to be able to manage the influx of new stock accordingly, especially if you’re buying in bulk.

Ordering too much means devoting more employee time to organising it all and arranging appropriate storage space. If you deal in perishables, that can mean you run the risk of having stock rot or expire. You don’t want too little stock either, however, because that may mean you run out of an item. That could lead to an irate customer base, which puts pressure on your customer service team to keep consumers happy and coming back to see you.


3. Turnover

You’ll also be able to better track your inventory turnover, allowing you to see what’s selling, what isn’t, better anticipate order quantities and be more selective in which stock you bring in and which you do not.

Not only does this allow you to fine tune your product catalogue for maximum customer penetration but it also keeps your shelves open to capitalise on new products that might be trending among consumers. Products that do not display rigorous turnover can be discarded from the inventory system once they’ve sold through, creating more space for newer and potentially more viable items.

Poor turnover also forces clearance sales and run-outs, meaning you won’t make back as much on the product. All of these statistics can be monitored or even averted through scrupulous management of your inventory.

These are just three ways that inventory management will dictate not only your ability to run your business in an efficient and responsible way, but also the level and quality of customer service you can provide. Like so many other facets of running a business, it isn’t the most fun or glamorous part of the job but it is a job worth doing right.

What are your top tips for flawless inventory management? Help your fellow entrepreneurs out in the comments below!

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Happy Christmas! We hope you love our Pair of Hands Gift Guide that is easy on the landfill and great for the soul plus, any gift purchased in this guide is supporting a mum in small business – so thank you!

To download your own copy of the Christmas Gift Guide click the link and/or check out what’s on offer below.

Cheers, Alli x

Christmas Gift Guide 2015

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Balancing motherhood and a successful career is not a piece of cake, but Judi Ruja, founder of Urban Lighting, has managed to do this gracefully. Armed with passion, a strong vision and love for her kids, this single mum to twins was able to successfully run her business and make a name for herself in the lighting industry.

Here are four lessons Judi learned in business and motherhood:

1. Find the right balance between motherhood and running a business

Being a mum and an entrepreneur require flexibility and adaptability. You will be faced with a new set of challenges every day, so it is important to know your priorities.

Making those two things work is a challenge, so do not think twice to ask for help. In Judi’s case, her twins were only 2 when she started working full time at the store. Sending her kids to childcare while she’s at work is what helped her carry through those times. “I was a single mum so I really had no option,” Judi shares. She added that this whole experience made them disciplined and organised as a family.

Eventually her kids showed interest in joining the family business, and just last year, Judi decided to hand over the company to them. Her daughter Britt has taken the role of Urban Lighting’s main buyer and according to Judi, the business has thrived with her creative flair at the helm. She was also instrumental in efforts to diversify the product offering of their stores.  Her son Robert, on the other hand, manages the administration side of things.

2. Empower your staff

Training your staff and giving them a chance to develop their skills will not just boost their morale but also benefit your business. To achieve this, be an effective leader and make your employees feel that they are a part of your success.

Judi was a good mentor to her employees—she spent decades to hone her craft and she shared her knowledge with her team. In return, she was able to earn their loyalty and they helped her business succeed.

3. Nurture relationships

As the famous adage goes, “no man’s an island”, so it is important to take care and maintain relationships not just with your kids but also with your whole team.

“Running a successful business with my children but still maintaining a healthy relationship with both of them as their mother is my biggest achievement,” Judi says. “We have our issues like any family-owned business, but we still get along very well and love to spend time together outside of work.”

“Try to be there for whoever needs you.  As long as everyone feels they can approach you and talk to you about their concerns including your children, you will earn their loyalty, and loyalty from your team breeds success.”

4. Develop a “never give up” attitude

As your business grows, you will inevitably experience failures. These mistakes should not dishearten you; instead you should look at them as temporary obstacles and experiences that will help you improve your skills and abilities.

Judi wants budding mum entrepreneurs to never give up no matter what obstacles they face. Her advice: “Stay focused. Don’t be afraid to work very hard for something you’re passionate about. Don’t make any decisions unless you’ve thought about them overnight.”

Judi’s journey proves that passion for what you do and the desire to give your children a good life will light your path to success.

Judi Ruja is the founder of Urban Lighting, which offers interior and exterior lights for every taste and budget. They have two stores located in Willoughby and Annandale in Sydney.

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When you start a small business, the hardest part is knowing where to begin. You don’t have the financial backing of a big corporation, and people are yet to find out how fantastic you are. If you’re currently in the position of choosing where to focus your budget, check out the items below for some instant business inspiration.

1. Communications

Communication is key in small business, so it’s important to choose the right strategies and tools for staying in touch both internally and externally. Computers are a great start, as is an internet connection and an email program so your staff can easily communicate with each other and the outside world.


Even though people today often prefer emailing to calling, a phone system is still a worthwhile investment for almost any small business. For example, setting up professional business phone systems through a company such as Com2 will give you access to services such as VoIP (voiceover internet protocol), which allows voice calls to be made over a data connection. This allows flexibility for staff that are offsite regularly and will save you dollars on monthly call costs.

2. Cyber Space

An online presence is vital for any small business, as you need to establish a solid client base quickly and the internet is often the first stop when searching for new products or services.

You might think this is an easy place to save money as it’s not hard to write a few Facebook posts. However, investing in a social media expert, content creator, or IT programmer will help you take it one step further. These sorts of employees (or contractors) understand how the online world works. This means they can design content to increase your hits on search engines. They can design a website that will not only directly appeal to your future clientele, but is also easy to use, has flow, and makes sense to even the most tech-illiterate client.

3. Money Manager

When you’re a small business owner, you want to try and save at every opportunity – this often means self-managing your finances. This might seem like the right choice, but this is actually one area definitely worth investing money towards.

Consider hiring an accountant or financial planner. Managing your business expenses is not the same as managing your home budget, as there are more details to think about. These include BAS, employee wages, superannuation, tax, GST, business maintenance, rent, and so on. And as your business expands, so will the finances. Employing someone to take care of this will help to separate your business from your personal finances, as well as allowing you to focus more on the productivity of the company itself.

As a small business owner, you understand that sacrifice is part of the game. To keep yourself ahead, especially in the first couple of years, investing your often limited resources wisely is the only way to come out on top. Take on board the suggestions above, and even talk to a business consultant if you need some extra advice; that way, you’ll have peace of mind knowing the sacrifices you’re making will be worth it.

What small business have you always wanted to start? What approach out of the above three do you think would work best for you? Discuss your answers below.

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