Ration your energy

9:49PM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Taskmaster

Can you feel your energy levels depleting? You should try closing your office door.

Leadership  | Managing people

US start-up kicked off Kickstarter following IP infringement claims

9:19PM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A US start-up accused of intellectual property infringement says it was kicked off Kickstarter just 10 hours before its campaign was due to end, highlighting the potential risks of crowdfunding.

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

Five great online courses for start-ups

9:13PM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Time and cost used to be major barriers to people studying. Thankfully, many business courses are now available online for free. Here are five of the best. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business ideas  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership

Home-based businesses warned over card fraud threat

9:53PM | Thursday, 20 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Home-based businesses and other small online retailers have been issued a warning from the payments industry body, which has launched a new program to help combat online card fraud.

 | Legal matters  | Technology  | Websites  | Leadership  | Sole trader

Time and cost of tax compliance has ballooned since 1995: Report

9:40PM | Thursday, 20 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s tax system has been labelled too complex, after a new report revealed the time spent on tax compliance has increased fourfold in 17 years.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Tax  | Leadership

Test your budgeting ability

9:21PM | Thursday, 20 September 2012 | Taskmaster

Marc Peskett is absolutely correct. You must constantly review your financial performance, instead of putting it off until your annual budget.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Leadership

Government pressed to appoint minister for family-owned businesses

9:00AM | Thursday, 20 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A peak lobby group has called for the appointment of a dedicated federal minister to represent the interests of family-owned businesses, following the first National Family Business Day.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership

Three quarters of SMEs set to ramp up recruitment: Report

9:11PM | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost three quarters of Australian small businesses plan to recruit more staff in the coming 12 months, new research shows.

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

Start-ups urged to not overlook social media policies

9:54PM | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups shouldn’t underestimate the value of social media policies, according to new research.

 | Technology  | Social media  | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Five questions you should be able to answer

9:58PM | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | Marc Peskett

Do you have a clear idea of who you are, what you do and why you do it? If you want your business to succeed, here are five questions you should be able to answer. BY MARC PESKETT.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership  | Blogs  | Marc Peskett

The importance of job descriptions

9:39PM | Friday, 3 September 2010 | Taskmaster

The key to effective performance management is having good documentation, and that all starts with a position description for every staff member in your team.

 | Leadership  | Managing people

LinkedIn leads way for recruiters as Facebook and Twitter lag: Report

9:00PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Three quarters of recruiters use LinkedIn for promoting job vacancies and seeking candidates, a new survey shows, although employers have been advised that Facebook and Twitter comments may reveal more about potential staff.

 | Technology  | Social media  | Leadership  | How to hire staff

BoQ franchisee court case serves as due diligence reminder

9:56PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Franchisees and franchisors have been urged to do as much as “humanly possible” to scope each other out before entering into an agreement, as a court battle kicks off involving 10 former Bank of Queensland franchisees.

 | Legal matters  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisor  | Becoming a franchisee  | Leadership

Three ways to encourage the banks to lend to start-ups

9:50PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Since the global financial downturn, the big banks have been reluctant to lend to entrepreneurs. Here are three practical ways to get lending flowing to deserving start-ups again. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Leadership

Reduce your wardrobe choices

9:51PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Taskmaster

Can we cut the number of business decisions we have to make each day? To paraphrase an unlikely piece of business advice, “yes we can”.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Aussie innovation: Four cultural changes to support ideas

9:22PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Aussie innovation is not just being held back by the system. There are also deep cultural factors holding Aussie ideas back from the world stage. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Leadership  | Managing people

Start-ups tipped to benefit as R&D tax credits switch to quarterly basis

9:48PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The introduction of a quarterly credits system for the R&D Tax Incentive will “vastly enhance” start-ups’ ability to fund their research and development activities, according to a specialist advisory service.

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

Workplace stress costing Aussie economy $730 million a year: Report

9:44PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Employers are being encouraged to offer flexible working arrangements to reduce workplace stress, which is believed to be costing the Australian economy $730 million a year in lost productivity.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | Managing people

Aussie innovation: Six ideas to fix a broken system

9:59PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

By freezing Commercialisation Australia grants, the Federal Government exposed systemic flaws in Australia’s innovation infrastructure. Here's how to fix the system. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership

Pick up the key lesson from Australia’s fastest-growing SMEs

9:16PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Taskmaster

The winners of the SmartCompany Smart50 awards have been announced for 2012. This year’s winner has some valuable tips for your business.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership