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The Art of Bootstrapping:

How to run your business on a shoestring budget

and multiply your bottom line

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Session 1 and 2 of the
Streetsmart and Savvy
Business Practitioner Course

5:00pm – 9:30pm | FRI 13 July
Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre


The Art of Bootstrapping, how to run your business on a shoestring budget

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The Art of Bootstrapping:

How to run your business on a shoestring budget

and multiply your bottom line

With Rick Chisholm text
Session 1 and 2 of the
Streetsmart and Savvy
Business Practitioner Course
5:00pm – 9:30pm | FRI 13 July
Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre


The Art of Bootstrapping, how to run your business on a shoestring budget

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

Rick Chisholm Smiles

The Art of Bootstrapping:

How to run your business on a shoestring budget

and multiply your bottom line

With Rick Chisholm text

Session 1 and 2 of the

Streetsmart and Savvy

Business Practitioner Course

5:00pm – 9:30pm | FRI 13 July
Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre


The Art of Bootstrapping, how to run your business on a shoestring budget

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Sole Traders – The Facts:

61% of Australian businesses are sole traders *
But the survival rate of sole trader business is just 45% – the lowest of all *
58% of small business owners earn $50,000 or less per annum **

The reality is that scaling a small business is hardest for those that start
with the least resources, now matter how solid your business model is.

Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Instead of giving you satisfaction, freedom and lifestyle, your business is holding you prisoner?
  • You’re unable to ever take a break, fearing your business will collapse?
  • You’re not making enough money to pay for staff, yet you’re working crazy hours just to keep up.
  • You’re constantly worrying ‘What happens if I have an accident? Will this pressure ever end? Maybe I would have been better off with a job!’

Well, you’re not alone … help is at hand ... YOU don’t have to be a statistic - not any more!

Do any of these sound familiar - iMAGE
Do any of these sound familiar - iMAGE

Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Instead of giving you satisfaction, freedom and lifestyle, your business is holding you prisoner?
  • You’re unable to ever take a break, fearing your business will collapse?
  • You’re not making enough money to pay for staff, yet you’re working crazy hours just to keep up.
  • You’re constantly worrying ‘What happens if I have an accident? Will this pressure ever end? Maybe I would have been better off with a job!’

Well, you’re not alone … help is at hand ... YOU don’t have to be a statistic - not any more!

Rick Chisholm - Background

A few hours with me can put you on the right track to change everything.

My name is Rick Chisholm and I’ve founded 30+ businesses over the last 3 decades with direct sales revenues well over $300mil.

But a couple of years into my first business I was frustrated, worn out, broke and alone. I felt like giving up.

I was trapped by my own business, working 100-hour weeks, living on breadcrumbs and had zero social life.

Well, that was 35 years ago, and since then I’ve learnt a trick or two. Now I’d love to share with you all the tricks I’ve learned to help you out of the rut, get you hiring, and start scaling your business TODAY.

The Art of Bootstrapping, how to run your business on a shoestring budget

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Rick Chisholm - Background

A few hours with me can put you on the right track to change everything.

My name is Rick Chisholm and I’ve founded 30+ businesses over the last 3 decades with direct sales revenues well over $300mil.

But a couple of years into my first business I was frustrated, worn out, broke and alone. I felt like giving up.

I was trapped by my own business, working 100-hour weeks, living on breadcrumbs and had zero social life.

Well, that was 35 years ago, and since then I’ve learnt a trick or two. Now I’d love to share with you all the tricks I’ve learned to help you out of the rut, get you hiring, and start scaling your business TODAY.

The Art of Bootstrapping, how to run your business on a shoestring budget

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Do You Feel Trapped In Your Own Business?

I went into business as a DJ years ago. All was smooth sailing. I was making good money, my bookings were increasing and life seemed great. However, soon enough, I came up against the 3 biggest obstacles that most sole operators and small business owners face:

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Time

There’s never enough time to work on growing the business in a structured way, let alone improve my current operations or train staff to help me out. I was king s$%t in my business, so there were never enough hours in the day to get things done. I already had a job and was still studying, so taking a power-nap in the bathroom cubicle at work during my lunch break was a common event.

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Money

Cash was scarce, far too often. As soon as I got money in the bank, I spent it on marketing to get more bookings.. or on staff and new equipment to help service those bookings. To the point where sometimes, the more bookings I had, the less money I ended up with in the bank! So there was hardly ever enough money…

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People

When I did manage to have enough money to employ someone to help, I found that they’re either incapable of doing the job as good as I wanted it done (in short bloody hopeless!).. or they’re just too good… good enough to compete against me and steal my customers! Grrrr!

References:
* Australian Bureau of Statistics: Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits (cat. no. 8165.0 2017)
** ATO ‘Total Business Owners By Taxable Income’ report 2014-2015

But, with a little trial and error, I quickly worked out a formula for overcoming these three deadly obstacles.

These are just a few of the larger businesses that I founded during that period, all of which I structured as scalable businesses and either sold or still own under management:

LSW logo           Lightsounds           Innovest SME           Innovest SME - eLearning

Chisholm Coaching          ABALL logo           Self Defence

The Art of Bootstrapping, how to run your business on a shoestring budget

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Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to breathe easy?

Knowing that there’s always enough money in the bank to pay all your bills BEFORE they’re due – even if you’re not there?

Knowing that you can go away on holidays to a Caribbean beach or skiing in Switzerland, whenever you felt like it without having to check your bank balance?

Knowing that you can go home early if you felt like it, sleep in on weekends and simply enjoy your family, loved ones and children while they’re still young.. not when they’re all grown up and have families of their own

Knowing that all your hard work has paid off when you go to sell your business and you’re able to charge 4, 5, 6 x its profit value because you’ve built an asset for your family’s future, not just a job for yourself.

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The content is a proven launchpad for any sole operator, solopreneur or small business owner who wants to conquer the number one obstacles to growing their business and improving their lifestyle …

Bootstrapping and Cashflow

Session 1: The Art of Bootstrapping: Finding the Money hidden in your business now and how to run your business on a shoestring budget

  • Outsourcing: the benefits and how to find good reliable staff at 1/10th the cost of employing locally while still being able to monitor their work.
  • Free, low cost- and low tech tools for DIY website building, ad creation, graphics and much more
  • Rethinking your ultimate Business equation to keep your efforts and costs laser focused on what brings the results
  • How Parkinson’s law costs you valuable profits
  • Fastest ways to find savings in your business even if you thought you’re already running on the smell of an oily rag!
  • Alternative funding sources when the banks won’t play along

Session 2: Cashflow and Financial Intelligence

  • Boost your margins and stay away from discounting wars
  • Hacks and tricks that can turn your business cashflow around with just a few small changes
  • How to collect receivables FAST and keep your customers happy
  • Critical yet simple KPI’s to run your small business cashflow like a pro so you can grow much faster!

YOUR INVESTMENT

ONLY $197

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Whether or not you are trying to grow a multi-million-dollar empire,

I guarantee you will come away with new tools to:
  • Boost your margins and how to avoid discounting
  • Give you more money and improve your family’s lifestyle and yours
  • Create a higher sense of accomplishment and enjoyment for you personally
  • Allow you to multiply your income using your ‘newly found’ profits

If this is not worth the investment, then what is??

The Art of Bootstrapping, how to run your business on a shoestring budget

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BUT BEWARE Not All Business Advice Was Created Equal

Be warned taking business training or advice from:

  • Academics, who haven’t spent a day in business themselves
  • Business coaches, whose only experience has been in sucking people in but only ever operated their own coaching business. Be especially careful of the LIFE COACHES.
  • Business trainers, whose businesses never exceeded a fraction of even your business!
  • Ex-Multinational advisors or coaches, who have never run a small business before and don’t realise how it’s a different animal to corporate.
  • Motivational speakers, who are great at making you laugh, cry and discover your inner purpose (supposedly, even if for only a moment), but really can’t tell you what you can do with all that BS to make $ in the real world!
  • Lawyers: We all need them but their job is to protect you from every risk. And what is the first thing you need to get mastered to start your own business? Risk-taking! Not saying you need to discard their advice, but really, there’s a balance.
  • Accountants: Sure, they’re the closest to your business and know the ins and outs but they’re always looking at the past. Secondly, what has been their experience in growing businesses outside of their accounting firm?
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As the founder of Innovest SME,

Rick has successfully helped hundreds of Small Business owners and entrepreneurs reach their goals faster than they believed possible.

See what other business owners like yourself have to say about Rick Chisholm’s training …

Regardless, if you DO decide to listen to someone for advice, just make sure they have FAILED and came back from that, more than once, (so you don’t make the same blunders they did), AND, make sure they are at least 5 times more successful than you.

5 Star

Incredible wealth of knowledge and great directions to managing and growing a successful business. Rick is a seasoned entrepreneur!

Ishwar Shretha
Ishwar Shretha
AWL Accounting

5 Star

Shortly after transitioning my part-time business to a full-time venture, I found myself needing to secure more regular, on-going business opportunities. I have worked with Rick and Tala for some time and found that their no-fuss approach to business resonated with me. They have helped me clarify my thoughts and begin to structure some robust business processes, delivering immediate results.“

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Michel Nicholson
Automation Squared

5 Star

If only I had known the stuff that Rick taught me BEFORE I started my Masters degree and wasted years of my life doing. Only to run my business and get hammered by customers that never paid up! I would have saved 5 years learning what I REALLY needed to know. No one I’ve ever met knows business like this bloke, he’s the real deal

Michael Grey
Michael Grey
MKG Events

5 Star

For someone who’s not a lawyer, this guy knows more about law than anyone else I’ve ever seen!

Alex Tees
Alex Tees
Lawyer and Entrepreneur | Legal Exchange

5 Star

When you first start working with Rick, you’ll immediately feel his contagious energy. His guidance has been critical to the growth of my firm.

Hayder Shkara
Hayder Shkara
Lawyer and Entrepreneur | Founder of Neat Law

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Who’s is This Course For?

Sole operators and small businesses looking to break away from the small business ‘life-sentence’.

If you’re on a mission to scale your business for:

  • Increased profitability as a reliable source of income
  • Building up the value in your business so it’s saleable
  • Having a team to help take the pressure off you personally
  • Working less hours and experiencing a more enjoyable lifestyle
“I have a business degree and a Masters in business and I learnt more in the last 2 days than my entire university education!”
Sophie Testi

So, When Is It On?

5:00 pm - 9:30 pm 13 July

Venue: Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre

Price: $197

The Art of Bootstrapping, how to run your business on a shoestring budget

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Seats are limited – bookings essential

I’m not an accountant, nor am I a lawyer. I’m a self-taught millionaire and my results are not typical. All my advice is general advice and has not taken into account your personal circumstances. If you want to get specific advice on your personal circumstances, seek an independent financial and legal professional who has actually achieved the results you are seeking to achieve. Good luck with that! Never blindly take action on what I (or anyone for that matter) says or reports. You may lose money that way. I have, and you could too. There are no guarantees in business. The only guarantee is if you take shortcuts, don’t learn lots of stuff about what it takes to run a business successfully and implement that knowledge, you’re likely to end up broke when you need the money most, in retirement. It’s your business and the best person to manage it is you. The more educated you are in your specific areas, the more likely you are to make smarter, educated and ultimately profitable decisions. As far as disclaimers go, here is the bottom line: If you make millions after working with me, reading my materials or leveraging my thoughts and ideas, its not my fault (and vice-versa).
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