Introduction No matter how big an enterprise you run, having a strong network of suppliers, partners, and useful contacts goes a long way in helping it grow. This is especially true in the case of small businesses: networking opens the door to numerous opportunities for growth and future expansion. Benefits of Networking for a Small … Read more
Hot Desk or not to Hot Desk? That is the question…
Hot desks, like everything in business has its pros and cons. If you are a small business or freelancer, having aspirations of a huge spacious office over-looking the river with its own personal spa and sauna may seem a little far-fetched. But this doesn’t mean you should put up with hunching over a wobbly table that you can … Read more
Are you tempted to move your business back home?
As we near the end of the financial year, it’s always a good time to assess outgoings, to know where we need to make changes, to ensure we move forward with growing our businesses and bank balances. For most business owners, the largest expense is normally going to be the premise in which we are … Read more
Moving forward for Working Mothers
Working Mothers on the rise The drive to support working mothers back into the work force is great. Support with more child care places, Reducing the costs with Child Care subsidies Work places offering more school friendly work hours All excellent ways to support mothers returning to work. But there are more ways to support this … Read more
Results instead of Resolutions
Results instead of Resolutions New Year’s Resolutions. Its like a blank slate. Easy to make, hard to keep! Many studies have showed more than 80% of year’s resolutions fail before Valentine’s day. So as we come to the end of February, how many of you out there made resolutions and have kept them going? If you are … Read more
The Power and Simplicity of “No”
No…The Simplicity of it. Recently I heard about a study of some of the world’s most successful people. In the study they found that the more successful a person was, the more often they said no. Most successful people in the world say no to almost every opportunity given to them. They save their “yes” for the … Read more
TEDtalks on Creativity
Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? Ken Robinson is a British speaker, author, and education enthusiast. His talk discusses the stigmatisation behind creative mistakes and encourages changes to our educational systems. Ken Robinson touches on the hierarchy of education systems around the world and the pyramid of subject favourability- mathematics and languages being highly favoured, followed by humanities, leaving the arts at the bottom. Ken says, “by the time they get to be adults, most … Read more
Serviced office vs Collaborative Space – What’s the difference?
As the three founding members of The Lab Factory hit the pavement letting the Perth Business Community know about this amazing collaborative space, there was a common misunderstanding out there. Many of the business owners we talked with initially thought that a collaborative was a fancy term for a serviced office. So, what is the … Read more
What stage are you and your team at? Honeymoon, Storming, or Norming?
Donna Bates, from On Point! Strategy, and founding partner of The Lab Factory says that in all big projects there are three distinct phases to start up. The Honeymoon Phase, The Storming Phase, and The Norming Phase. It’s important to understand that these are all normal, and part of working on a project. The Honeymoon Stage … Read more
7 Steps to building a collaborative relationship
1Relationship Building The healthiest collaborative relationships are those where people have taken the time to get to know each other. The deeper the collaboration needed for a project the more important it is to build a strong relationship with those you are working with. You don’t have to be BFF’s with everyone, but take the … Read more