Heather Douglas

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Auckland , Auckland region
Member since 17 Oct 2009

A bit about myself

I started Bizbuzz (or HomebizBuzz as it was called then) in 2000, when I worked from home and realised there was nowhere for home businesses to find relevant information, nor a community of like-minded people to tap into for support, or just a chat. A few years later, Smallbizbuzz was born, and the two sites have since amalgamated to become Bizbuzz as you see it today: a popular, active destination for self-employed business owners, a place to find information, resources, tools, support and friends.

I'm passionate about micro business, as they are often "invisible" and their contribution to the economy is under-rated. I've been involved in research projects, co-written a book chapter, launched The David Awards and lobbied government and others to help give the micro business person a voice. In 2005, I was humbled to receive a Vero Excellence in Business Support for the Individual who had made the biggest contribution to business support in New Zealand.

When I'm not driving Bizbuzz, I enjoy gardening, experimenting in the kitchen, entertaining, travel and spending time with my family.

My content

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Turning a great idea into a viable home or small business is not so easy. Heather Douglas examines some of the stumbling blocks, and how home businesses can be helped to be more successful.
26 Apr 2017
Good financial management throughout the year gives you a clear picture of how your business is doing, helps you set financial goals and plan budgets and makes handling the necessary administration for your financial year-end easier.
31 Mar 2017
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Corporates spend tens of thousands of dollars (or more) on creating and maintaining their brand - but what about the home-based or small business operating from less-than-public premises? Does it need a brand? Can it bring one into being on a shoestring?
15 Mar 2017
Christmas corporate gift
With Christmas approaching, it's time to start thinking about giving your clients, suppliers and associates gifts - and whether to make your gift do double duty as a promotional tool.
15 Nov 2016
When you are in the throes of running your business on a daily basis, it can be hard to take a long-term perspective - but it's important to have these plans in place and work towards them. Have you considered your exit strategy?
04 Oct 2016