Warning about fake testimonials as ACCC fines businesses

1:17PM | Monday, 20 January 2014 | Cara Waters

Two solar businesses have been ordered by the Federal Court to pay combined penalties of $125,000.

Legal matters  | Sole trader

Make sure you have plenty of business cards – and they stand out!

1:31PM | Friday, 17 January 2014 | Taskmaster

Some people say you no longer need business cards. The Taskmaster, most humbly, disagrees.

 | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Management

I’m doing more work in our start-up than the other co-founder – what should I do?

1:49PM | Thursday, 16 January 2014 | Franz Madlener

Unfortunately, effort doesn’t always equal reward and the end result doesn’t always reflect the work put in.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Mentor  | Franz Madlener  | Managing people

The end of stress

1:09PM | Wednesday, 15 January 2014 | Rebekah Campbell

Now, in the new year, I can admit it: 2013 was stressful and I’m glad it’s over. Here are the four key causes of business stress.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Mentor  | Rebekah Campbell

Three common mistakes to avoid when hiring your first few team members

1:09AM | Wednesday, 15 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Many cash-constrained and time-poor start-ups can struggle to make the best hiring decisions. Here are three common recruitment mistakes – and how you can avoid them.

 | Leadership  | How to hire staff

Breaking bad news

1:00AM | Tuesday, 14 January 2014 | Taskmaster

In a perfect world, your business would grow at a steady pace, no one would ever get ill, every employee would be unconditionally loyal to your business and every single person you hire would work out. Reality is a different matter.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Managing people

Employee share scheme tax treatment needs reform to support start-ups, say accountants

1:23PM | Monday, 13 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

Australia’s accountants have joined calls to reform the tax treatment of employee share schemes, saying current arrangements create an uncompetitive environment for start-ups.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Looking to recruit? Hiring by consensus is worth considering

1:16PM | Monday, 13 January 2014 | Taskmaster

Recently, your humble correspondent read an interesting article about a new hiring strategy used by a growing number of businesses. If you’re looking to take on more staff, it’s certainly something to think about.

 | How to hire staff

Make sure your information is up-to-date

1:17PM | Tuesday, 7 January 2014 | Taskmaster

If you haven't gotten around to taking down all the Christmas decorations around your shop or office, you could be sending the wrong message to your customers.

 | Leadership  | Management

Coalition review of Franchising Code could see penalties hit $50,000

1:40PM | Monday, 6 January 2014 | Melinda Oliver

The federal government will pick up where the former Labor government left off when it comes to reviewing the franchise sector, with the potential for penalties of up to $50,000 for breaches of the Franchising Code of Conduct.

 | Legal matters  | Franchising  | Leadership

What are the 10 biggest legal risks for start-ups in 2014?

1:33PM | Monday, 6 January 2014 | Lachlan McKnight

This year will bring new challenges and risks for start-ups. Here are 10 major changes you need to be aware of in 2014.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Mentor  | Lachlan McKnight

Well, it’s January… Again

1:28PM | Monday, 6 January 2014 | Taskmaster

Don’t shrug your shoulders when you hear everyone around you is on holidays. Instead, use it as an opportunity to get a head start on the year ahead – even if it’s just by completing a few odd jobs.

 | Leadership  | Management

Work from home and test your systems

12:11PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Before you leave home and head to work tomorrow, stop. Today you are working from home, not for personal reasons or the chance to take it easy, but to test the management systems you’ve put in place.

 | Planning  | Leadership

Why businesses need to take food safety seriously: SAI Global scholarship winner announced

12:24PM | Friday, 13 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Laboratory technician Emma McPherson from Lion Dairy and Drinks has been announced as the first recipient of a scholarship for the food safety training program, Advancing Food Safety, run by SAI Global.

 | Legal matters

How to mix a Brandy Old-fashioned

12:00PM | Friday, 13 December 2013 | Taskmaster

After a long year toiling at Taskmaster Towers, your humble correspondent presents the most important piece of advice shared in this column all year: how to mix a good Brandy Old-fashioned.

 | Leadership

Thank the people who helped you this year

12:59PM | Thursday, 12 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Hopefully you’ve made at least a little progress in your business over the past year. For this, there are almost certainly people you should say thanks to.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people

Shane Warne’s beer partnership: Celebrity branding to capture markets

12:21PM | Thursday, 12 December 2013 | Bella Katz

Australia’s favourite larrikin, Shane “Warney” Warne, has just undergone another transformation. This time he is doing his bit for trans-Tasman relations as a craft beer connoisseur with his own label, 99 Not Out.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Mentor  | Bella Katz

How to thoroughly enjoy your life (and jellybeans) on Earth

12:51PM | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 | Jonathan Weinstock

We have a limited amount of time to spend on this Earth, and yet too often we waste it without thinking. Here are a number of ways to ensure you make the most of the time you have left.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Mentor  | Managing people  | Jonathan Weinstock

It’s time for an end-of-year motivational push

12:00AM | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Well, here we are, in the weeks before Christmas. If your staff are already slowing down, perhaps it’s time for some added incentives.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Sales  | Leadership  | Managing people

Start-up owners more optimistic and outperforming established small business: Research

12:35PM | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-up businesses are outperforming established smaller businesses, according to the MYOB Business Monitor created from a survey of over 1000 small to medium Australian businesses.

 | Leadership  | Management