Early stage social enterprise founder named Young Victorian of the Year

1:12PM | Thursday, 23 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Dan Flynn, the founder of social enterprise Thank You Water, has this week been named Young Victorian of the Year and will go on to represent the state for the title of Young Australian of the Year.


How to attract and retain top talent to a company with no track record

1:14AM | Thursday, 23 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Here are three top tips from recruitment specialist Julie Seeto on how to attract the best talent to your start-up.

 | Leadership  | How to hire staff

VIDEO: Why getting your core team and advisors right is the best thing you can do for your start-up

1:27PM | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 | Rose Powell

PDF technology company Nitro has moved beyond start-up stage, and is now turning over $25 million a year, with offices in Melbourne, San Francisco and Dublin.

 | Leadership  | Managing people

One in four entrepreneurs hire an office while still keeping their day jobs

1:12PM | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 | Myriam Robin

New entrepreneurs may be taking a risk, but they do their best to keep their options open, according to a new survey.

 | Workspace

New year, fresh start

1:50AM | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 | Linnet Hunter

The new year is a great opportunity to start afresh. Here are the big decisions I’ve made to get the most out of 2014.

 | Management  | Mentor  | Sole trader  | Linnet Hunter

Don’t be overly reliant on a single staff member

1:33PM | Monday, 20 January 2014 | Taskmaster

Have you recently hired your first employees? Here’s how to avoid one big potential pitfall.

 | Managing people

I spy with my little…FBI!

1:16PM | Monday, 20 January 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Have you heard the latest about website privacy policies? Especially in light of the Snowden leaks in the US, there are some key issues to be aware of.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Mentor  | Vanessa Emilio

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