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December 2013

Time to put up your Christmas decorations: Deck the halls with boughs of holly

12:42PM | Thursday, 5 December 2013 | By Taskmaster Well, it’s almost that time of year again. That’s right kids, it’s almost the festive season – it’s time to get ready.

How to prevent dodgy sales practices in your business

12:00AM | Wednesday, 4 December 2013 | By Taskmaster Earlier this week, the ACCC announced it is taking an energy company to court over its sales tactics. Here’s how to prevent the same thing happening to you.

A franchisee’s biggest business regret

12:00AM | Tuesday, 3 December 2013 | By Taskmaster Old Taskmaster is back at the local shopping centre for another sales meeting. During the meeting, a franchisee confesses their biggest regret in business.

Diversity is good, except as a business model

12:00AM | Monday, 2 December 2013 | By Taskmaster From Christopher Skase's Qintex to Bond Corporation and from Mayne Nickless to Pacific Dunlop, diversified companies have been a disaster. Your grandfather was wrong to warn you not to put all your eggs in one basket!

November 2013

Take a few deep breaths

11:11PM | Friday, 29 November 2013 | By Taskmaster Business is inherently stressful: The greater the risks, rewards, opportunities and costs, the higher the pressure. It's important to contain yourself.

It came from the flatlands: Why you need to pay attention to customer service

11:28PM | Thursday, 28 November 2013 | By Taskmaster By the carload, residents from the sprawling metropolis in the flatlands are making their annual summer pilgrimages up the highway towards the hills. And in a small town in Parts Unknown, the locals are working on their customer service.

Outsourcing: Why it’s not a dirty word

11:00AM | Wednesday, 27 November 2013 | By Taskmaster Are you outsourcing your non-core tasks? If not, there’s a really good business reason why you should.

Be strategic about how you discount

11:00AM | Tuesday, 26 November 2013 | By Taskmaster Are you thinking of doing a promotion? It’s time to think through your discount strategy.

Organise a festival and promote local businesses

11:11PM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | By Taskmaster The Parts Unknown traders’ association has gotten together with the local shire council to organise a local community festival. Here's why your town should do likewise.

A lesson from LG’s creepy TVs: The pitfalls of data collection

11:20PM | Friday, 22 November 2013 | By Taskmaster Recently, your humble correspondent read about a PR disaster at consumer electronics giant LG. Here’s a key business lesson from the saga.
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