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Eight essential steps to prepare yourself for investors

2:47PM | Thursday, 6 February 2014 | Marc Peskett

Bringing investors into your start-up will be one of the most important decisions you will make about your company. Here are nine tips that will get you on your way.

The importance of knowing your numbers

12:54PM | Monday, 2 December 2013 | Marc Peskett

It’s surprising how many entrepreneurs are unfamiliar with the bottom-line performance of their businesses. Thankfully, a little external advice can make a world of financial difference.

Three ways money can kill your start-up

10:18PM | Wednesday, 9 October 2013 | Marc Peskett

Most entrepreneurs spend a good portion of their time securing finance. However, if you’re unwary, there are three ways money can destroy your business.

Three things to remember when picking the right start-up team

9:58PM | Thursday, 5 September 2013 | Marc Peskett

Building your start-up team is one of the biggest decisions that you will make. Here’s how to do it right.

Seven steps to get you ready and set before you go raising funds

8:55PM | Wednesday, 14 August 2013 | Marc Peskett

Want to start raising funds for your start-up? Here are seven steps you need to take before you go.

The seven key considerations for tech start-ups choosing a business structure

7:59PM | Tuesday, 9 July 2013 | Marc Peskett

Getting the structure of your company right might be at the back of your mind when you start-up, but it's important to give it some serious thought.

Seven reasons why you shouldn’t be afraid to raise your prices

6:47PM | Wednesday, 12 June 2013 | Marc Peskett

In business, whether you’re a start-up or a sole trader, there is always a temptation to pick up some market share by cutting prices. However, there are some good reasons why you should move in the opposite direction.

The ins and outs of investor agreements

5:29PM | Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | Marc Peskett

Are you looking to find an investor for your venture? If so, here are some crucial points you need to make sure are covered in your investor agreements.

Five top tips to getting start-up funding from family and friends

5:41PM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Marc Peskett

The difficulty of obtaining capital from banks and other lenders means many entrepreneurs resort to borrowing from friends and family. However there are some pros and con that need to be considered – here are five key tips to keep you out of trouble.

A budget that does little to end business uncertainty

5:37PM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Marc Peskett

The government claims a lack of business confidence is responsible for weaker tax receipts. Despite this, the federal budget does little to give business confidence.

Three top tips to producing a better budget

5:33PM | Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | Marc Peskett

Do you struggle to budget for your business or, worse, plan based on adding 10% to this years’ expenses? If so, put away your old abacus – there are some simple ways to make your budgets more effective.

The five-step process to landing a start-up grant

4:31PM | Wednesday, 17 April 2013 | Marc Peskett

There are now more than 600 grants worth $50 billion available to businesses in Australia, making it a great way to raise capital. If you’re looking to apply for one, here are five steps you need to follow.

Five ways to build a Google-style ‘X factor’ into your business

4:16PM | Wednesday, 3 April 2013 | Marc Peskett

The X factor is the edge that gives you a significant advantage over your competitors. Here are five key lessons on how to give your business a boost.

Eight gaps that first-time start-ups need to plug

3:18PM | Thursday, 21 March 2013 | Marc Peskett

While reviewing submissions for the StartupSmart Awards, I noticed a few significant holes in some business plans. Here are eight common holes you need to look for and plug.

Seven top tips to help make your business ‘lucky’

3:56PM | Wednesday, 6 March 2013 | Marc Peskett

Highly successful people tend to create their own luck. If you’re about to start-up, here are seven ways to guarantee good luck in business – without needing a four-leaf clover. BY MARC PESKETT.

The race to stay relevant is on

2:38PM | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 | Marc Peskett

From the retail sector to the media, technology is rapidly reshaping whole industries. However, by taking advantage of government grants, you can make sure your business remains relevant. BY MARC PESKETT.

Three tests to see whether your start-up is investment ready

2:19PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Marc Peskett

Is your business ready for outside investment? Here are the three key benchmarks you need to look at before you start seeking finance. BY MARC PESKETT.

The power of being on trend

1:50AM | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 | Marc Peskett

The great thing about following business trends is that they give you an indication of the direction your industry is travelling. Here are five top trends to follow. BY MARC PESKETT.

Choosing your online revenue model

1:30PM | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | Marc Peskett

What’s the right revenue model for your online business? If you’re trying to monetise your innovation, you now have a number of options to choose from. BY MARC PESKETT.

Biting the management bullet

12:18PM | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 | Marc Peskett

As the owner of a growing start-up, there comes a point where you need to hire experienced managers to help you run your business. Here are five key tips to managing the transition. BY MARC PESKETT.

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