Take your informal board to the next level

6:00AM | Wednesday, 27 June 2012 | Taskmaster

You probably have some sort of informal board of directors – made up of mentors, trusted friends and family members and colleagues. Time to take it to the next level.

Leadership  | Managing people

Revealed: The 10 most common habits of ineffective leaders

6:45PM | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Franchising expert Greg Nathan has unveiled 10 of the most common habits of ineffective leaders, after highlighting the secrets to franchise success in a new in-depth report.

 | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisor  | Becoming a franchisee  | Leadership

Five things you may not know about the Fair Work Act

6:55PM | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

Three years after the introduction of Fair Work, it remains a mystery to 90% of businesses. If you’re still not sure of your obligations, here are five key points you must be aware of. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

One in four SME bosses threatened by employee legal action: Survey

6:00AM | Monday, 25 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Fair Work Act has again come under fire after a survey revealed more than 25% of small business managers have been threatened with legal action by a disgruntled employee.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Managing people

Choose a habit to kick in the new financial year

6:15PM | Friday, 22 June 2012 | Taskmaster

I’m a clean living entrepreneur. I don’t smoke and only drink on days that end in the letter Y. Nonetheless, I’m making a resolution to kick a bad habit this financial year – and you should too!

 | Leadership

Downsize your goals

6:12PM | Thursday, 21 June 2012 | Taskmaster

Presenting employees with big annual targets can intimidate them. But is there a better option?

 | Leadership  | Managing people

Five intellectual property mistakes start-ups must avoid

6:53PM | Thursday, 21 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

Alarming new statistics reveal that 70% of all micro businesses have no intellectual property protection. If you’ve worked hard to develop your big business idea, here are five mistakes you can’t afford to make. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Intellectual property

Apple fined $2.25 million over misleading iPad 4G ads

6:35PM | Thursday, 21 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

Apple has been fined $2.25 million by the Federal Court for misleading “many hundreds of thousands” of consumers and business owners by claiming its latest iPad was compatible with Australian 4G-LTE networks.

 | Legal matters  | Technology  | Leadership

Seven in 10 Aussie micro businesses have no IP protection: ABS

6:29PM | Tuesday, 19 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost 70% of businesses with zero to four staff use no intellectual property protection methods, according to an alarming Australian Bureau of Statistics report.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Intellectual property

Keep a journal

6:00AM | Tuesday, 19 June 2012 | Taskmaster

Reflecting on your lessons, problems and insights can have unexpected benefits. So it’s time to put pen to paper.

 | Leadership

How an angry resignation letter sparked a landmark defamation case

6:27PM | Monday, 18 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Employers have been urged to regularly audit their workplace culture to avoid legal battles, after a woman was ordered to pay her former boss damages after circulating a scathing email.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Managing people

ACCC launches hotline for carbon price claims

6:18PM | Monday, 18 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses unsure about carbon price claims can now access a dedicated hotline, designed to make it easier for consumers and business to complain if they suspect a price claim is false.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Tax  | Leadership

A Q&A on what the Greek election means for small businesses

6:52PM | Monday, 18 June 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Greece looks like it has a new government, so what happens now?

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Legal matters  | Leadership

Capitalise on a collapse

6:00AM | Monday, 18 June 2012 | Taskmaster

While I know the Taskmaster could stand accused of being ghoulish with this tip, here it is: If a collapse happens in your sector, you must look for ways to capitalise on it.

 | Financing a business  | Leadership

eBay sellers under scrutiny amid Centrelink fraud crackdown

6:45PM | Friday, 15 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian eBay sellers have been put on notice after Centrelink confirmed it is cracking down on people who receive benefits while making large profits on the online selling platform.

 | Legal matters  | Technology  | Websites  | Leadership

SMEs urged to speak out on NSW small business commissioner role

6:21PM | Friday, 15 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses are being encouraged to have their say on proposed legislation to support the role of the NSW small business commissioner, two weeks after the NSW Opposition slammed the lack of legislation for the role.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership

Group buying body releases global code of conduct

6:07PM | Friday, 15 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Group buying sites can now choose to be held accountable on a global scale, with the release of the first global code of conduct, seven months after the release of an Australian code of conduct.

 | Legal matters  | Technology  | Websites  | Leadership

ACCI calls on employers to consider mature-age workers

6:43PM | Friday, 15 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched a campaign for mature-wage workers alongside Business SA, as statistics show older workers are increasingly overlooked.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Get some great customers testimonials

6:00AM | Friday, 15 June 2012 | Taskmaster

I’ve always found it strange that some entrepreneurs are awkward about asking their customers for testimonials.

 | Leadership  | Managing people

Female entrepreneurs rely on networking, not governments: Report

6:15PM | Thursday, 14 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Female entrepreneurs rely on networking events rather than government resources to grow their business, according to research from the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership