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How Your Business Can Adapt During COVID-19 Lockdown

How Your Business Can Adapt During COVID-19 Lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly shaken businesses not just in Australia but globally. It has been particularly rough on many small to medium-sized enterprises (SME) with some forced to close their doors temporarily. In this blog, we discuss how your business can adapt during the COVID-19 Lockdown. What You Can Do To Adapt During the COVID-19 Adapt During COVID-19: Business Action Items Strategic Planning With Your Team Strategic planning is essential to help grow your business. The aim is to reinforce or create new goals, get updates on company progress and come up with a new action plan.  Your priority during a time like this should be to create a […]

Free Remote Work Tools Available To Manage Your Business And Teams From Home

Free Remote Work Tools Available To Manage Your Business And Teams From Home

Most of the world is now working from home, which is something here at Puzzle Media we’ve done on and off since 2010. Today, we’re sharing the remote work tools we use to manage our clients, projects and teams. Majority of these tools have free and paid versions, depending on how many features you require. Here Are Remote Work Tools That We Use Communication Slack Slack is an instant messaging platform, or a chat room, intended to replace email as your primary method of communication. You can organise conversations by using dedicated channels related to specific projects, topics or teams. You can also streamline work by connecting to other services such […]

How Doing Business Globally is Becoming Easier

Nowadays, more and more companies are presenting their business to a global market. From small startups to medium enterprises and large well established businesses, the digital age has helped level the playing field when it comes to using technology to reach a customer and close a sale. Gone are the days when only companies with the deepest pockets can afford the latest and greatest high-end technological advances. Anyone anywhere can punch a few keywords into a search engine and find the product or service they want – anywhere in the world. Digital technology now means that you can communicate with the rest of the world at the touch of a […]

What to do when you’re not feeling motivated

What to do when you’re not feeling motivated

Today I want to talk about what to do when you wake up and you feel unmotivated and all you want to do is get back into bed and hide under the covers. These things happen, so the important thing is to try not to give yourself a hard time about it. First thing I would recommend is to get up and get ready. Have a shower, do your hair, put on some make up (men or women!), put on your favourite outfit. If you’re male and you don’t need to do your hair, have a shower, have a wash. If you’re female put on an iPod as you put […]

5 steps to global success

5 steps to global success

DMS is now working as a Global Digital Agency, We have been working in this capacity for a while, but are making it ‘official’! To date, in the last 4 years, Tina has personally worked with clients in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Cyprus, Poland and Germany. It’s wonderful how the small the world has become! Putting your business out there is a big step. But putting your business OUT there, on a global scale is something that needs a multi-angled attack! 1.  Decide It Goals are funny things. They become easier the moment you decide to make them goals! Now, the bigger the goal, the stronger your […]

Showing Your True Colours In Business

Showing Your True Colours In Business

I have a confession to make. Last week I was challenged in the technology department. I’m usually pretty good at figuring tech problems out, but last week, it didn’t happen. Firstly both my websites went down. Probably had something to do with the Telstra issues. What can I say. You have to love how the whole of Australia can be affected by one telco company. Quite scary really! Where was I? So my website went down. Was it a disaster? Not really, but I was spending money on Facebook and Google adverts, sending people to links that didn’t work. Thankfully I realised relatively quickly, so didn’t have too bad a dent in my […]

Why you never stop learning in business

Why you never stop learning in business

It’s 9pm on a Friday night and I’m writing a blog post. What on earth is wrong with me? I’m pretty sure it’s nothing to do with the one glass of wine I’ve consumed, so I can only put this behaviour down to being 100% committed to my business! That and I’m taking action following a day of learning… Today I attended the first of a three day seminar being held by my wonderful business coach,Sharon Jurd. The event was buzzing with business owners and professionals who want to make a difference in their lives and business and already, after one day, I walked out of there pumped and ready to take […]

Top 5 reasons that hold you back from growing your business

Top 5 reasons that hold you back from growing your business

After the stress and difficulties of finally establishing your own business, it can be difficult to move things to the next phase. Growing and developing a business isn’t something that comes easily to many of us and inevitably, that is the reason many businesses fail. 1. Why is this so? Occasionally outside factors play a part, however often it’s our mindset and bad habits that affect how our business excels or fails. It could be that the fear of failure is just too great. You could also say that it isn’t so much the fear of failure, but rather, the fear of success. This may sound like a contradiction, isn’t […]

Business Education for March

Business Education for March

It’s Monday morning and the sun is shinning here on the Gold Coast. I’ve had one great meeting this morning and several positive calls and emails from clients so am feeling good and ready for a amazing week of helping business owners reach their goals. The start of the year has been busy, however I haven’t lost sight of my goals for 2015. One of my personal focus points for 2015 is education. I believe that education in all areas of life can only enhance us as individuals.  Last year I spent a lot of time on personal development and business process, whilst I will continue to invest in that area, […]

Networking to grow your business

Networking to grow your business

Do you use networking as part of your marketing strategy to grow your business? If you don’t, then you should! When I began Direct Marketing Solutions in 2010, I attended a few Gold Coast networking events to help market my business. Through these events, I  not only expanded my contact base, make friends and grow my business, I also learnt so much.  The groups I attended were targeted to smaller business owners and were very educational, so from that perspective, I did exceptionally well. Forward on three years and in 2013 I became a member of a local Gold Coast group that met once a fortnight for breakfast. The format was […]