You know when you sometimes have those career defining moments… well, yesterday I felt like we had one.

Yesterday Michael McCormack, the Federal Minister for Small Business came to Wollongong to meet with me in relation to our online Small Business program that we have created called The Academy.

The reason that the Minister made such a huge effort to leave his comfortable office in Canberra to come and see me was quite simply that Australian small business owners have a huge problem understanding technology and how to use it to scale up their businesses and to become more profitable.

What was really interesting when talking to the Minister was that most of the challenges (but not limited to) come in regional areas. I think when we dig a little bit deeper into that it is really evident that there are just not as many resources available in regional areas and hence the gap.

What the Minister particularly liked about The Academy was the fact that it is an online program that can be accessed anywhere in the world at any time. So it doesn’t matter if you are in the middle of Sydney in the middle of the day or on the outskirts of Leeton in Riverina NSW at 10 o’clock at night, everything inside The Academy is accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

You could be asking the question though, is keeping up to date with online technology really that important…?

Quite simply the answer is a resounding YES!

There are so many smart people around the world who are creating apps and online programs that help us as business owners become more efficient, and let’s face it, outside of money, TIME is the the greatest currency that we need to focus on when running a business.

One of the biggest questions that the Minister had was around how we are going to keep The Academy up to date when there are so many new programs coming into the market and other programs such as Facebook constantly updating their platform and functionality. Quite simply we have a huge Team that do this every day. They have the same passion as I do to help others and they actually find doing the research fun and exciting – which is something that I couldn’t do, but they love it so it all works well.

So the question is to you today, are you using online technology to help you make more money in your business and to buy you back more time?

If you are doing a great job but know that there is always a little bit more, or you know that what you are doing just isn’t good enough and you are ready to give it a red hot go, then check out The Academy. It is an amazing tool that can help you but just remember that the vehicle will only operate as well as the Drive – invest your energy into learning from The Academy and you will get the outcome you desire.

For only $47 per Month you can get full access to The Academy – you can check it out here at www.b4bacademy.com.au