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Have you made it to the end of January without a Business Plan?

Did our headline there scare you? If you have made it through to the end of January without a Business Plan, there’s no need to panic. We’ve worked with so many businesses across many sectors who haven’t done any strategic planning and they’re five or more years into their business. Here at Shockwave, we’re very…

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5 simple ways you can start building the lifestyle you deserve

We think someone’s been telling us fibs. Well, not just us, you too. Our Shockwave team believe all business owners deserve a lifestyle that makes them bounce out of bed with excitement each morning. For some reason, we’ve been led to believe that this kind of lifestyle is a luxury and exists only for ‘a lucky…

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Sales strategies for surviving the slow New Year period

What’s that you say you hear? Is it the sound of crickets? Every business owner has experienced the dread of a slow January. After all, people are recovering from spending up big ahead of Christmas and many have gone away. Sure, it’s understandable and expected but it’s also absolutely woeful for the average business’ cash…

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5 of the most common New Year’s resolutions business owners make

The New Year generally goes hand-in-hand with resolutions and other promises we make to ourselves in a bid to set ourselves up for success. Business owners are no different and in fact, this time of the year is even more important for setting goals. Even if you haven’t had the chance to take time off…

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The power of customer testimonials in business

Happy New Year! This is our first blog post for 2017 and the entire team here at Shockwave, hope you and your loved ones enjoyed the festive season. We also hope that you’re ready to kick some major business goals this year. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re super pumped and a lot of that…

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A Business Plan – the greatest gift you can give yourself

Well, that time of the year has come and gone once again… if you’re anything like us, you’re probably extremely full from Christmas lunch and too much pudding. Most people look forward to this time of the year because they get an opportunity to slow down, enjoy time with their family and loved ones and…

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Saying thank you to your staff ahead of Christmas

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on! This makes now the perfect time to think back to when you were an employee. What made you go that extra mile for your employer? What got you motivated to put in that extra little bit of effort, even when you were tired? From our experience,…

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6 easy ways to retain existing customers heading into 2017

We’re approaching a brand new year and for most business owners, that means a fresh start after taking a well deserved break over the festive season. Even if you don’t manage to take a clean break (we know what it’s like, as business owners, our minds are always racing), chances are, business will slow down for a short while….

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Get your December freebie: how to get more repeat customers and generate higher sales

It’s that time of the month again! Freebie time! Yep, as we announced last month, we’re giving you a free giveaway jam-packed with heaps of value in the first blog post of each month. This time around, we’re turning our attention to something very timely given 2017 is approaching incredibly fast: repeat business. And when it…

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Why a CRM has the potential to become one of your most valuable assets

Wouldn’t it be great if you had easy access to what makes your business tick at the click of a button? Sales declines, high client turnover rates, how your sales team is performing… You can see this important information and more with a Customer Relationship Management system, better known as a CRM. You’ve probably heard…

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