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Monday 3 December

Monday, 3 December 2012 | By Oliver Milman
When starting a business, it’s tempting to grasp control of all aspects of your operations and micro manage them in order to avert early catastrophe.

But, as skincare entrepreneur Alison Vickery found, hiring an in-house team to handle every step of your sales and distribution process can hamper growth.

Today, the Pod Puraceuticals founder explains how she realised the error of her ways and embraced outsourcing before it was too late.

We are also celebrating today at Private Media (the company that owns StartupSmart and six other websites in our stable) after our great colleague and cartoonist Andrew Marlton (aka First Dog on the Moon) won a Walkley award on Friday night.

You can see his winning entry - a rather touching reflection on the asylum seeker debate - here. Congratulations, First Dog!