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Germany moves to ban after-work emails: will Australia follow suit?

12:02PM | Thursday, 18 December 2014 | Karen Coombs and Eloise Keating

Checking your smartphone for an email from your boss could be a thing of the past with the number of high-profile advocates who argue for a ban on after-work contact growing.

Work/life balance

Five tips to get through your work quickly and effectively

7:33PM | Tuesday, 1 July 2014 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Every now and again you can have a work week that is daunting to say the least. Here are five tips to help you get through your work quickly and effectively.

 | Work/life balance  | Mentor  | Sole trader  | Amanda Jesnoewski

Crowdfunding helping Australian hardware maker sell innovative tablet

6:23PM | Friday, 13 June 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Vixtel, an Australian hardware startup co-founded by computer pioneer Terry Crews, is running an Indiegogo campaign for a pioneering new tablet called Unity, which combines the functionality of a desktop PC, laptop and phone into one device.

 | Growth  | Running a business from home

Switching off: Why taking a break from the internet is so difficult

5:36AM | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | Linnet Hunter

I took a four-day writer’s retreat recently and made a decision to switch off all my devices. I soon discovered switching off takes more than actually holding down the off button, or locking the phone in a box.

 | Work/life balance  | Sole trader  | Linnet Hunter

Switch off from your startup this May

4:34AM | Friday, 11 April 2014 | Dr Elise Bialylew

From the outside, meditation can look like a whole lot of nothing, but you only need to try it for a few minutes to realise just how challenging it can be to develop our attention and sharpen our focus.

 | Work/life balance  | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people  | Sole trader

Why I stepped aside as CEO of my 10-year-old tech business after we took investment

4:25AM | Tuesday, 8 April 2014 | Rose Powell

It took 10 years of running his email startup as a lifestyle business before Ben Duncan decided he was ready take his business to the next level, raising millions in external capital and replacing himself as CEO.

 | Work/life balance  | Sell a business  | Technology  | Leadership  | Management

Get a life outside your business

2:00AM | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 | Taskmaster

There are many hidden benefits to having a hobby outside work. However, especially in the early days, it can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing exclusively on your start-up.

 | Home based business  | Work/life balance

Why sprinting through your workload is less productive than you think

2:00AM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Too many entrepreneurs push themselves to sprint to the point they burn out. However, if you want to avoid burnout, you need to look at another option.

 | Work/life balance  | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people  | Workspace  | How to hire staff

The secret to an organised, productive workspace

2:02PM | Monday, 10 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Do you have trouble seeing the surface of your desk? If so, there's a simple solution.

 | Home based business  | Work/life balance  | Leadership  | Managing people  | Workspace

Top five tips to launch a business with a new baby

2:31PM | Thursday, 6 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Launching a business is always hard work but it’s even more of a whirlwind when you have a new baby. Olli Ella founder Chloe Brookman shares her top five tips for balancing work with a young family.

 | Work/life balance  | Sole trader

How to avoid burnout and burning clients in busy times

2:28AM | Tuesday, 4 February 2014 | Amanda Jesnoewski

When you're working late nights and early mornings, you can end up tired, stressed and overwhelmed. Here are six key tips to help you avoid burnout and burning clients.

 | Home based business  | Work/life balance  | Mentor  | Sole trader  | Amanda Jesnoewski

Plan something special for Valentine’s Day

1:01PM | Thursday, 30 January 2014 | Taskmaster

One of the nasty traps you can all-too-easily fall in when you run a business is to give your start-up all your attention, while losing sight of personal relationships.

 | Home based business  | Work/life balance

Are home-based businesses viewed negatively by people in the corporate world?

1:00AM | Tuesday, 28 January 2014 | Jane Shelton

Any prospective clients who see that mess in the spare room will be convinced to take their business to your competitors in a flash!

 | Home based business  | Jane Shelton  | Running a business from home  | Sole trader

Dumb things people say to work-at-home mums

1:52PM | Thursday, 23 January 2014 | Cas McCullough

Last week I asked other work-at-home mums about the hurtful comments that have been thrown their way by well-meaning family, friends and partners. Here are some common examples – and what to do about them.

 | Home based business  | Work/life balance  | Mentor  | Running a business from home  | Cas McCullough  | Sole trader

My part-time venture: How to juggle a job with your own business

1:42AM | Tuesday, 14 January 2014 | Nina Hendy

Many start-ups are launched by people building their business while also holding down a full-time job. We track down some committed Australians with big dreams to find out how they do it.

 | Home based business  | Running a business from home  | Sole trader

Freelancing platforms oDesk and Elance merge

12:17PM | Thursday, 19 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

Worldwide freelance platforms oDesk and Elance have announced they will merge, but pledged to continue operating as two separate platforms.

 | Growth  | Technology  | Running a business from home

How much should I charge? New research reveals the median rates for creative freelancers

12:39PM | Thursday, 19 December 2013 | Rose Powell

The median rates and most common ways of billing for creative freelancers have been revealed by a survey of over 1100 Australian creative freelancers coordinated by online creative community The Loop.

 | Planning  | Home based business  | Running a business from home

What lessons have you learnt this year?

12:32AM | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 | Linnet Hunter

The end of the year is an excellent time to look back and reflect on what’s been going on.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Mentor  | Running a business from home  | Sole trader  | Linnet Hunter

Set up an away message for Gmail

12:20PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | StartupSmart

If you’re on leave then you’ve probably familiarised yourself with the automatic response feature on your email client.

 | Planning  | Work/life balance

Winding your business down for the holidays

12:40AM | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

With Christmas just around the corner, chances are most of us are starting to wind our businesses down for at least a couple of weeks. Here are some tips to help you prepare your business for the holidays.

 | Home based business  | Work/life balance  | Mentor  | Sole trader  | Amanda Jesnoewski
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