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Workshop Your Business With Mike In May & June

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Time to refresh your knowledge and business growth strategies?

In May and June I’m running 5 intensive business building – Entrepreneurial success workshops – facilitated by myself with input from other very interesting people.

In the package (for Queenslanders) will be 3 hours one on one, PLUS a series of afterhours business workshops that will be held at my boardroom at MiniMovers Head Office.

Mentor 1-1 sessions will be booked for this month, where you and I will discuss your business goals and work through your most important issues.

Following this we have developed the Entrepreneurial Success program which is to be held on the following times and dates:

• 4.30pm- 7.30pm – Tuesday 31st May, 2011
• 4.30pm- 7.30pm – Wednesday 1st June, 2011
• 4.30pm- 7.30pm – Tuesday 7th June, 2011
• 4.30pm- 7.30pm – Wednesday 8th June, 2011
• 2.00pm- 5.00pm – Saturday 11th June, 2011 (Final Day & Celebration of Completion)

The program workshops will be in Lecture/Roundtable format using Chatham House Rules.

We have secured Queensland Government funding which allows us to bring the cost down for Queensland based businesses to about $200 per person. This INCLUDES the course and a 1-1 3 hour mentoring session with me. These prices include GST. Group size will be approximately 10. Non-Queensland based businesses are subject to a surcharge. Obviously this is a smaller number, so I’m running this on a best date match up / first in basis.

The intention is to use myself and external providers or resources to introduce information/debate around business issues that affect you including:

• Financial planning
• Managing (delegating)
• Marketing
• Business planning
• Business trends

We also plan on adding/adjusting some content to address any individual concerns / challenges you may have. This is not for the faint hearted – you will be exposed to leading edge concepts. The learning will be akin to “drinking from a fire hose”.

This is your opportunity to work ON your business.

At this stage all I require is an indication (alice@whichway.biz or Ph 07 37 22 33 44) if you have an interest, with dates and days that suit you for your individual mentoring session, and how many from your business may be attending.

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Where’s The Leadership?

Thursday, 12 May 2011

I don’t know about you, but both (all) sides of Politics seem to have lost the plot. Instead of being visionary and global and developing great strategies to ensure better lifestyles for future generations, they are more intent on the media reaction/coverage of silly things like illegal immigrants (.00% of an already too low immigration number) and carbon tax, which in no way is ever going to influence the production of carbon (all while smart business people are registering their businesses, overseas to avoid all this).

The Budget is same. They now announce expenditure 5 years from now, over and over – what a con.

We need to focus on creating entrepreneurs; the future of Australia is dependent on these value creators.

In my studies, now all round the world I’ve learned that we, in Australia are not good at creating entrepreneurs.

Come on – let’s see some leadership.

MikeO

Join Mike in his Upcoming Speaking Events this May 2011!

Friday, 13 May –
Corragio Group S1
Kirribilli Club, 14 Harbourview Crescent, Kirribilli NSW
Corragio

Wednesday, 18 May –
Wealthy Frog Event
“Who Wants To Be An Entrepreneur?”

Click here to Register

Wednesday, 25 May –
Westside Business Women Inc.’s
“Breakfast Networking Meeting”

More Speaking Events will be posted soon…

Need an engaging speaker at your next event?

Book Mike O’Hagan to Speak

If you are planning a conference or event and would like to have a proven successful small business expert address your audience, then Mike O’Hagan is your best choice. Mike will have your audience engaged! Audiences receive ‘opening night’ like performances. Sitting in his audience will be like drinking from a fire hose you’ll have that many ideas to put in place.

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Cash Is King

Thursday, 5 May 2011

I regularly mentor prestart-ups. Inevitably they roll in with a business idea that has negative cash flow (most expenses need to be paid before the customer pays).

When I point this out and explain that combining this with strong growth will lead to substantial cash flow short falls – they comment that “I’m lucky” in MiniMovers, as my cash flow is positive. Customers pay (electronically) upon completion; we have the cash in the bank before we pay our people (our biggest expense) later that week.

“Luck” is a funny beast – I rejected many business ideas before finding my MiniMovers with its positive cash flow.

MikeO

Join Mike in his Upcoming Speaking Events this May 2011!

Wednesday, 11 May –
Sunshine Coast Business Networking Group’s Workshop Series:
“How I Built My Business From Nothing”

Click here to RSVP

Thursday, 12 May –
Employment Services Queensland’s Workshop:
“How To Get That Job”
PH: 07 3324 5300

Wednesday. 18 May –
Wealthy Frog Event
“Who Wants To Be An Entrepreneur?”

Click here to Register

Wednesday, 25 May –
Westside Business Women Inc.’s
“Breakfast Networking Meeting”

More Speaking Events will be posted soon…

Need an engaging speaker at your next event?
Book Mike O’Hagan to Speak

If you are planning a conference or event and would like to have a proven successful small business expert address your audience, then Mike O’Hagan is your best choice. Mike will have your audience engaged! Audiences receive ‘opening night’ like performances. Sitting in his audience will be like drinking from a fire hose you’ll have that many ideas to put in place.

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The Future Of Most Business

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Following oDesk, I decided to explore more permanent employing – where I can develop / build a strong team – around amazingly low wages.

With this opportunity we can do so much more powerful marketing, processing, etc.

So last year, I explored permanent facilities in which to hire full-time staff in India. I was disappointed with their business practices, so I then went to the Philippines. After visiting a variety of different solutions I found an amazing business, Dutch owned, that specialises in Full-time employment of back office people (not a sales call centre).

This business is called MicroSourcing. Involving a couple of my (now) 8 other businesses I now employ very smart, willing focussed employees for around $280AUD a week – ALL UP – including admin, computers etc.

If you want to explore this then email/message me – I’m happy to explain and introduce.

P.S. They also do casual projects around “creative” work, like Graphic design, Web Sites etc.

Without doubt getting customers is becoming more and more digital.
This free eBook written by friends of mine clearly sets out fundamental strategies we should all be implementing.

MikeO

Join Mike in his Upcoming Speaking Events this May 2011!

Wednesday, 11 May –
Sunshine Coast Business Networking Group’s Workshop Series:
“How I Built My Business From Nothing”

Click here to RSVP

Thursday, 12 May –
Employment Services Queensland’s Workshop:
“How To Get That Job”
PH: 07 3324 5300

Wednesday. 18 May –
Wealthy Frog Event
“Who Wants To Be An Entrepreneur?”

Click here to Register

Wednesday, 25 May –
Westside Business Women Inc.’s
“Breakfast Networking Meeting”

More Speaking Events will be posted soon…

Need an engaging speaker at your next event?
Book Mike O’Hagan to Speak

If you are planning a conference or event and would like to have a proven successful small business expert address your audience, then Mike O’Hagan is your best choice. Mike will have your audience engaged! Audiences receive ‘opening night’ like performances. Sitting in his audience will be like drinking from a fire hose you’ll have that many ideas to put in place.

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Growing Business?

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

You will not grow a business unless YOU absolutely WANT to. MOST of my Mentoree’s “say” they want to grow, then go and do all the work themselves, refusing to trust or delegate anything to others.

Apparently the desire to service a customer comes before the desire to increase “self time” and personal income.

Think about it. To grow you MUST delegate, delegate, delegate.

For me it was easy – I NEVER wanted to do any of the work myself – I just wanted to make money.

Your choice.

P.S. if they don’t do it the way YOU want it, it’s odds on that YOU are the problem – you haven’t trained them to do it exactly as you want it done.

MikeO
Listen to me every Sunday “Talking Business” between 8am and 9am on 4BC 1116

Join Mike at the inaugural Kochie’s Business Builders Bootcamp, 7th & 8th of April in Sydney!

It’s a business event not to be missed. Get one-on-one advice from our best business brains, mingle with experts over cocktails at the Small Business Celebration Night, and enjoy sensational networking opportunities.
Visit the website for more information and we’ll see you there!

Need an engaging speaker at your next event?

Book Mike O’Hagan to Speak

If you are planning a conference or event and would like to have a proven successful small business expert address your audience, then Mike O’Hagan is your best choice. Mike will have your audience engaged! Audiences receive ‘opening night’ like performances. Sitting in his audience will be like drinking from a fire hose you’ll have that many ideas to put in place.

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Boot Strapping

Thursday, 3 March 2011

My time at MIT taught me all about “boot strapping” – the strategy of starting a business with very little and growing it WITHOUT borrowing – funding from within. LOTS of very LARGE businesses started like this.

We never borrowed any money in MiniMovers during the first 10 years. We worked enormous hours and poured every spare dollar back into the business (carefully on expenses to avoid the provisional tax trap), taking very little out for ourselves (usually way less than we paid our employees).

My view was “I’m building a money machine to provide the lifestyle I dream of”.

I also had the view that it will be a lot more difficult to become bankrupt, if we owed very little and were careful with any fixed commitments (like leases).

As old fashioned as it may be – we went “without” until we could afford it.

It worked beautifully for us.
I don’t think this strategy is wrong – it just happens it’s the OPPOSITE of what they teach at “Business School” where “leverage” and “return on investment” are the mantra.

Still don’t think I’m wrong.

MikeO
Listen to me every Sunday “Talking Business” between 8am and 9am on 4BC 1116

Join Mike at the inaugural Kochie’s Business Builders Bootcamp, 7th & 8th of April in Sydney!

It’s a business event not to be missed. Get one-on-one advice from our best business brains, mingle with experts over cocktails at the Small Business Celebration Night, and enjoy sensational networking opportunities.

Visit the website for more information and we’ll see you there!

Need an engaging speaker at your next event?

Book Mike O’Hagan to Speak

If you are planning a conference or event and would like to have a proven successful small business expert address your audience, then Mike O’Hagan is your best choice. Mike will have your audience engaged! Audiences receive ‘opening night’ like performances. Sitting in his audience will be like drinking from a fire hose you’ll have that many ideas to put in place.

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Diversity???

Thursday, 17 February 2011

For years I’ve said I do one thing (short distance residential furniture), I strive to be THE Leader in this market, I defend and fight within this market, I rule the market. I want to be THE “name” in Short Distance Moving.

This allows us to have a very intense “focus” on what we do for who.

The “financial/business” turmoil over the past couple of years has led me to change this view. Whilst retaining my MiniMovers cash cow (and single market focus), I’m now hunting for other business opportunities. Opportunities that are well away from the market changes we have just experienced.

The new game is carefully planned – diversity.

A spread of income sources is now appealing – the trick will be to NOT lose the intense focus EACH business will need.

Food for thought.

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