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A Basic Framework for Creating Your First Procedure

A Basic Framework for Creating Your First Procedure

Here is my basic framework for getting someone off the endless treadmill of operational responsibility: Find something you do every day that is very simple to write down. Even if it only takes you 15 minutes to do. Start small. Start simple. Next time you do it, write...

How I Hired a Woman to Hire Herself

How I Hired a Woman to Hire Herself

This is a quick but valuable post. For many small business owners, the prospect of outsourcing sensitive tasks to people overseas is a daunting and intimidating prospect. If an employee does something wrong in your own country you can report them to the police. How...

Could you franchise your Business?

Could you franchise your Business?

For many first time entrepreneurs, buying a franchise is a popular choice when starting their business. The popularity of franchises has been growing steadily in Australia over the years, as more and more people – from new entrepreneurs to seasoned business owners –...

The truth about exits

The truth about exits

Selling your business is an exciting prospect, but all exits are not created equal. It’s not uncommon to see headlines that tout acquisitions as an exciting end to an exciting journey, but how many of these represent the best possible outcome for the founder of the...

Kill your index.php

Kill your index.php

Although not all PHP frameworks are "Rails clones", the history of modern PHP frameworks really begins with the rise in popularity of Ruby on Rails. Until Rails started to gain serious mindshare amongst developers and market share amongst consulting clients, no-one...

18 things I wish I’d known 7 years ago

18 things I wish I’d known 7 years ago

This is a response to Rand Fishkin's blog post "24 things I know now that I wish I knew then" which is itself a response to Rae Hoffman's "Entrepreneurial Lessons: 48 Things I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then" "Premature optimisation" applies to nearly everything...

When does automation become coding?

When does automation become coding?

There has been spirited debate on Hacker News this morning following Jeff Atwood's post "Please don't learn to code". Let me start by saying that fundamentally I agree with Jeff - the whole "everyone must code" and comparing creating software with literacy and...

Thanks Louis C.K, now here’s my Dad

Thanks Louis C.K, now here’s my Dad

Sorry if this is a little "off topic" for this blog but I was really inspired by this recent (and wildly successful) experiment by Louis C.K in independent release of artist work. My father, Nick Dooley has been performing as a street musician for a long time and this...