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Will 3D body scanners transform retail e-commerce? These start-ups are betting yes

3:46AM | Monday, 10 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Previously the domain of science fiction and controversial airport security, 3D body scanners are popping up across Australia and could be a game-changer for e-commerce companies as well as bricks-and-mortar retailers.

Marketing  | Management

Start-up red tape tangles revealed: The most difficult regulatory burdens for start-ups

3:39AM | Monday, 10 March 2014 | Rose Powell

While the federal government has announced a focus on simplifying red tape for business, rapidly growing early stage businesses have slightly different needs the government should be aware of.

 | Legal matters  | Sole trader

Leaked draft for terms of reference of Fair Work Act review: SMEs react

3:35AM | Monday, 10 March 2014 | Yolanda Redrup

Penalty rates, flexibility and pay conditions are on the agenda for the upcoming Productivity Commission review of the Fair Work Act.

 | Managing people

Thinking of setting up a start-up business? Here’s what you need to do first

3:17PM | Friday, 7 March 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Did you know there's a legal difference between a company and a business? Before you start-up, here are a few things you should consider.

 | Planning  | Legal matters  | Mentor  | Vanessa Emilio

Do you want to work at my start-up?

3:02PM | Thursday, 6 March 2014 | Rebekah Campbell

Are you looking to work at a start-up? If so, here are six key tips to help you get the job.

 | Leadership  | Mentor  | Managing people  | How to hire staff  | Rebekah Campbell

Cause mass confusion – with a smile

3:59PM | Thursday, 6 March 2014 | Taskmaster

The Taskmaster has turned up to work – in a suspiciously happy mood. What could trigger such a turn of events?

 | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people

Hard lemonade leaves a sour taste: Why a system needs a driver

3:04PM | Wednesday, 5 March 2014 | Walid El-Khoury

A dad went to buy his seven-year-old son a lemonade while they were watching the Detroit Tigers. Poorly implemented systems quickly turned a fun family outing into a nightmare – and the same can happen to your business.

 | Management  | Mentor  | Walid El-Khoury

How to keep your best talent without using financial incentives

3:30PM | Wednesday, 5 March 2014 | Julie Seletto

While it is easy to assume that monetary incentives help to keep good talent, it’s only part of the story.

 | How to hire staff

Breaking free: The top three risks holding older aspiring entrepreneurs back

3:14PM | Wednesday, 5 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Entrepreneurial aspirations aren’t only for the young. Older entrepreneurs bring greater expertise and life experience to being a first-time founder, but they also have greater risks to face.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Sole trader

Three tips to help you build your email mailing list

3:59AM | Tuesday, 4 March 2014 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Here are three tips to help you turn your likers, followers, readers and connections into regular email subscribers.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Leadership  | Management  | Mentor  | Sole trader  | Amanda Jesnoewski

When do you legally have to refund a product?

2:47PM | Friday, 28 February 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Does your warranty policy comply with the Australian Consumer Law? Here are the legal and commercial issues you must consider when deciding how, who and when to issue a refund.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Vanessa Emilio

Freelancer keeps revenue growing while aiming for over “one billion users”

2:59PM | Thursday, 27 February 2014 | Melinda Oliver

Freelancer.com, which became a public company in November 2013, has released its first full year annual report, revealing a net profit of $753,000, up 3% on the previous year.

 | How to hire staff

Forget FOMO – entrepreneurs want JOMO

2:21PM | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 | Cara Waters

Forget the fear of missing out; the new mantra of entrepreneurs is JOMO – the joy of missing out.

 | Management  | Sole trader

Are you an elaborator?

2:36AM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Linnet Hunter

In conversations, and especially in emails, it’s easy to bombard people with irrelevant details. Often, it’s far smarter to make sure you ask the right questions.

 | Marketing  | Management  | Mentor  | Sole trader  | Linnet Hunter

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

Do your Best, for Pete’s sake…

2:47PM | Monday, 24 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was a competent drummer named Pete. The problem was, when it came to drumming, he was no Sergeant Pepper.

 | Leadership

Moving beyond compliance: Three things to remember when choosing a business adviser

2:33PM | Monday, 24 February 2014 | Robert Krigsman

You are running a business, trying to do 100 things at once, when you realise you need an accountant who does more than just the compliance stuff. Here are the key issues you need to consider.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Mentor  | Robert Krigsman

Website disclaimers: The inside story

2:53PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Most websites –StartupSmart included – feature a disclaimer of some description. Here’s a look at whether they really provide you with legal protection, and what you need to include in one.

 | Legal matters  | Technology  | Websites  | Leadership  | Mentor  | Vanessa Emilio

In business, don’t play follow the leader

2:45PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Of all the games you played as a child, the dullest was follow the leader. Here's why your start-up should leave this management style in the playground.

 | Leadership

Big Datr in social media furore over unpaid internship ad

2:20PM | Tuesday, 18 February 2014 | Melinda Oliver

Melbourne digital media company Big Datr has faced the furore of social media over a job advertisement asking interns to work for free.

 | Leadership  | How to hire staff
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