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How to get a competitive edge for your architecture practice (part 2)

Winning work is tough for any professional practice, none more so than for architects. For that reason it's important to stack the deck in your favour wherever possible by giving yourself a competitive edge! In this series we look at three things that will help to give your practice that edge, and here is number two - the ability to manage large projects.

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How to get a competitive edge for your architecture practice (part 1)

In this first of three articles on giving your architecture practice a competitive edge we take a look at how to give your practice a strong point of difference. Having a strong point of difference is imporant - architecture’s a crowded industry, with over 13,000 businesses in Australia. How will your practice stand out from among the crowd? With more and more architecture graduates being produced each year, there’s no end of competition in this growing field.

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Is equity crowdfunding right for your business?

For company owners looking to raise funds, crowd sourced equity funding (aka equity crowdfunding) can sound attractive.

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Want to write a business plan but have no time? Enter the one-page business plan

It’s probably been on your to do list for the last 2 or maybe 3 years. It’s likely half finished and languishing in a folder somewhere… maybe.

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Best Practice, Schmactice: What creative business owners can do when the text book fails

Plenty of people will give you advice on how to run a business. There’s no shortage of them. Even in the field I specialise in, creative and innovative companies, there are coaches, mentors and strategists galore. There’s all sorts of people willing to offer you the one true way to business success.

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Top 5 financial questions for not-for-profits and how to answer them

Many of us within the creative industries are also embedded in the not-for-profit world. You might be on the board of an NFP, or on staff or maybe even providing funding for them.

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What grants can my small business get?

“I’d love to get some government grants to help run my business!” It’s a common cry from small business owners around the country.

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Where can I get funding for my arts project?

Artists of all different stripes – musicians, theatre makers, filmmakers, writers, dancers, photographers, visual arts and the like – have traditionally found raising the funds they need to pursue their passion to be difficult. It’s tricky to know how much you’ll need, not to mention finding sources of funding and then building up the confidence to make an approach.

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17 ideas to kick start your business in 2017

As 2017 clicks around and we put aside fond memories of lazy holidays, sleeping in and afternoons spent at the beach fade away… it’s time to gear up for the year ahead. Is it a struggle? A shock to the system? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. We’ve got 17 ideas to help kick your business into the new year. That’s right – 17!

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8 things which ruin business plans

Let’s say you’ve taken the decision to invest some time and money in a business plan. You may even be in the process of writing it yourself. You’ve done your research,  you know what you’re writing and why.

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