Aussie-led London business takes to Twitter to “fight the Monster”

8:00AM | Friday, 24 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A small UK business founded by an Australian entrepreneur is rallying the SME community against drinks firm Monster Energy via Twitter in a legal stoush over the word “rehab”.

Legal matters  | Technology  | Social media  | Leadership

Find a way to make your workplace more inviting

8:55PM | Wednesday, 24 August 2011 | Taskmaster

Here are some quick things you could do to improve the feel of your workplace.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Managing people

Study the Inc. 5000

8:15PM | Thursday, 23 August 2012 | Taskmaster

Everyone at Taskmaster Enterprises has been busy sticking up posters of Oleg Firer. There are no picture frames left in Taskmaster Towers that don’t have a photo of the Russian entrepreneur. Here’s why.

 | Leadership  | Managing people

Australian workers pessimistic as they wait for economic storm to hit: Report

8:14PM | Thursday, 23 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian employees are more pessimistic about job security and financial wellbeing than those in recession-hit countries because they fear the worst is yet to come, a new report reveals.

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

Five ways to stay ahead of the copycats

8:18PM | Thursday, 23 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

These days, cheap imitations are as common as bad Elvis impersonators on karaoke night. So here are five ways to protect your business from copycats who want to step on your blue suede shoes. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Leadership  | Intellectual property

Start-up retailer Lonely Kids Club turns to social media in plagiarism row

8:00AM | Thursday, 23 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Niche fashion retailer Lonely Kids Club has highlighted the role of social media in its struggle with urban fashion brands Glue and JXcess, which have been accused of plagarising the start-up’s design.

 | Legal matters  | Technology  | Social media  | Leadership

Put your watch forward five minutes

8:55PM | Wednesday, 22 August 2012 | Taskmaster

Earlier today, I made sure that every single clock in Taskmaster Towers was running at least five minutes fast. Around here, no one ever gets in trouble for being overdressed and no one ever gets in trouble for being early.

 | Leadership  | Managing people

Money, money, money is not all that employees want, survey finds

8:41PM | Wednesday, 22 August 2012 | Patrick Stafford

A new survey has some surprising results for those who think staff are only ever after one thing - money.

 | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Female “corporate refugees” suffering from start-up wage drought: Report

8:00AM | Wednesday, 22 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry is calling for a mandate to ensure female business owners have access to government contracts, claiming more than half are unable to pay themselves a wage after they start-up.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership  | Sole trader

Franchising expert highlights pros and cons of training academies

8:57PM | Tuesday, 21 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An expert says training academies can be an ideal way to educate franchisees without damaging the reputation of the brand, after Retail Food Group revealed details about its training academy.

 | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisor  | Becoming a franchisee  | Leadership  | Managing people

Childcare centre accused of underpaying “young, vulnerable” workers

8:53PM | Tuesday, 21 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Fair Work Ombudsman says the involvement of young workers was a key factor in the decision to prosecute the owner-operator of a childcare centre for allegedly underpaying staff.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership

Pick your social media hunting ground

8:08PM | Tuesday, 21 August 2012 | Taskmaster

At Taskmaster Enterprises, we used to focus all our social media efforts on Facebook. That was until we discovered all our customers prefer to use Twitter and LinkedIn.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites  | IT  | Leadership

Focus on one task at a time

8:05PM | Monday, 20 August 2012 | Taskmaster

Since the day a hospital nurse first penned the name “Task Master” on a birth certificate, I’ve learnt a thing or two about mastering a task. Here’s my secret.

 | Leadership

Eftpos hits out at Visa, Mastercard over payment processing

8:19PM | Monday, 20 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Eftpos Australia has applauded a move by the RBA Payments System Board, which has raised concerns about multi-network debit cards, and is calling for a voluntary agreement on the issue.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Leadership

Animation: The global financial crisis, five years on

8:21PM | Monday, 20 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

We recently passed the fifth anniversary of the worldwide credit crunch, which has hit businesses and households alike. Here’s how it happened – and how it may all take place again.

 | Leadership

Web start-up Tweaky.com hunts for a “founder apprentice”

8:00AM | Monday, 20 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian online start-up Tweaky.com is on the hunt for a “founder apprentice”, who will work closely with the business’ co-founder Ned Dwyer on day-to-day operations.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Leadership  | Business advice and education  | How to hire staff

Online start-up Fab sues rival for copyright infringement

8:47PM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based online start-up Fab is suing its rival TouchOfModern for copyright infringement, accusing the company of copying Fab’s site design and aesthetic, and lifting copy from the site.

 | Legal matters  | Technology  | Websites  | Leadership

Cobblers cop a load as complaint results in $206,000 back-pay for 260 workers

8:41PM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

More than $206,000 has been reimbursed to past and present employees of Cobbler Plus and Watch Works kiosks across the country, following a complaint from a worker.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership

ACCC attacks “unscrupulous industry practices” in door-to-door selling

8:34PM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Cara Waters

The consumer watchdog has issued a warning about widespread unscrupulous industry practices in the door-to-door sales industry, but the industry says many of the practices raised by the ACCC have been addressed.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership

Audit reveals 50% of Victorian businesses awarded government grants failed to meet grant criteria

8:43PM | Thursday, 16 August 2012 | Cara Waters

The Victorian Auditor-General's report into government grants says there needs to be more emphasis on business innovation.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership