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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How involved should I get my family in my new business?

12:00AM | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 | Gillian Franklin

From personal experience, I can say that there are some great benefits to having your family involved in your business. However, you must be sensitive to your staff and your family.

Working from home

11:21PM | Thursday, 7 November 2013 | Taskmaster

Are you trying to work from home? If so, it’s time to put your foot down!

Five tips for balancing your time like a pro

11:10PM | Tuesday, 5 November 2013 | Nina Hendy

Working out how to balance your time so you get all those tasks done can be a job in itself. If you work from home or have young kids, here are five tips to balancing your commitments.

Four questions that will transform your business

11:08PM | Tuesday, 5 November 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

As the end of year approaches, it’s natural for business owners to start thinking about the year ahead. Here are four key questions you need to consider.

Time to clear your desk!

10:20PM | Thursday, 3 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Can you see the surface of your desk? No? Oh dear… the situation’s worse than Old Taskmaster feared!

Running a business when you're sick

10:43AM | Tuesday, 1 October 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Having the flu is never fun – let alone when you’re a sole trader. Here’s how to manage your workload when you’re feeling under the weather.

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