How do we spruce up a drab office on the cheap?

7:02PM | Wednesday, 25 July 2012 | Jacqueline Lehmann

Simple things such as good lighting and adequate daylight can increase productivity by up to 20%. For most businesses, the renovations will pay for themselves.

Leadership  | Mentor  | Workspace  | Jacqueline Lehmann

Devise a system for reporting bad behaviour

7:15PM | Wednesday, 20 July 2011 | Taskmaster

Having a formal process through which staff can report suspected unethical behaviour is crucial in any business. Just ask Rupert Murdoch.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | Managing people

Stop planning and execute

7:31PM | Tuesday, 24 July 2012 | Taskmaster

Planning is an important job for any business. But there is a job that’s even more important than creating plans: Putting them into action.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership

New credit card reforms: What your start-up needs to know

7:40PM | Tuesday, 24 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Do you use a credit card in your start-up? If so, you need to be familiar with the credit card reforms that came into force on July 1, and what these changes mean for your start-up. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Leadership

Data underlines Australia's two-speed economy

7:40PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | James Thomson

Western Australia's mineral riches are keeping it ahead of the pack.

 | Financing a business  | Tax  | Leadership

Billy Baxter’s under fire for failing to pay $1.2 million damages claim

7:00AM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A former franchisee has spoken out about his legal battle with South Australian restaurant franchise Billy Baxter’s, which is facing a winding-up application over a $1.2 million damages claim.

 | Legal matters  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisee  | Leadership

Develop a tagline

7:22PM | Thursday, 21 July 2011 | Taskmaster

Just Do It. Life's Good. Think Different. You may not be able to afford an ad agency, but you can still come up with a decent tagline.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership

A floating fortress of start-ups

7:37AM | Friday, 20 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Faced with what he saw as an “archaic” US visa system for overseas entrepreneurs, Blueseed co-founder Max Marty is doing the obvious thing – situating a large, live-in cruise ship filled with start-ups, 12 nautical miles off the coast of California.

 | Growth  | Legal matters  | Leadership

Find out what happens to customers when you’re busy

7:00AM | Friday, 20 July 2012 | Taskmaster

What happens to your customers when they visit your store or contact your business by email? If you don't know, it’s time to become a secret shopper.

 | Leadership  | Managing people

Startup Leadership Program opens first Australian chapter

7:00AM | Friday, 20 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The US-based Startup Leadership Program has opened its first Australian chapter in Melbourne, led by start-up expert Grant Downie, with applications now open for the class of 2013.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership

ATO highlights focus areas for 2012/13: Sham contracting high on its list

7:36PM | Thursday, 19 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian Taxation Office has released its 2012/13 compliance program, with information for individuals and micro enterprises, prompting another warning about sham contracting.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Tax  | Leadership  | Managing people

Nationals senator calls for a small business and farming ombudsman

7:15PM | Thursday, 19 July 2012 | Cara Waters

Nationals Senator John Williams wants a small business and farming ombudsman in a bid to combat price pressure being placed on suppliers by the major supermarkets.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership

10 ways retailers can flourish

7:40PM | Thursday, 19 July 2012 | Oliver Milman and Michelle Hammond

It would be an understatement to say it’s been a bad year in retail. Just ask Fletcher Jones, GAME or Dick Smith. Thankfully, there are ways proactive retailers can see out this downturn. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Sales  | Leadership

Understand what your accountant is talking about

7:17PM | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | Taskmaster

Are you looking to learn another language? Forget learning French, Chinese or Lithuanian! Instead, learn to speak your account’s language.

 | Financing a business  | Leadership

Coffee and chocolate chain Oliver Brown collapses

7:38PM | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | Cara Waters

Coffee and chocolate chain Oliver Brown has collapsed because of a dispute between a director and shareholder.

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

Qld business commissioner sacking slammed as “backward step”

7:35PM | Tuesday, 17 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Queensland Government’s decision to scrap its business commissioner role is a “backward step”, according to small business lobbyist Peter Strong.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership

Set up a home office

7:00AM | Tuesday, 17 July 2012 | Taskmaster

If you don’t already physically work from home, chances are you still do plenty of work at home – most entrepreneurs are simply too busy to squeeze everything into the working day.

 | Home based business  | Work/life balance  | Leadership

Retail group outlines agenda for first Retail Council meeting

7:01PM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The GST threshold and parcel processing flaws are among the issues the Australian Retailers Association will discuss at the first meeting of the Retail Council of Australia later this week.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership

Hairdressing salons in hot water for discrimination, underpayments

7:57PM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Hairdressing salons are being urged to review their workplace obligations after the Fair Work Ombudsman fined a Perth salon for discriminating against a disabled, pregnant employee.

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

The four key steps to making your first hire

7:37PM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Fred Schebesta

Congratulations, your start-up has grown to the point you need to hire someone. Here’s how to make sure you end up with the right candidate for your business. BY FRED SCHEBESTA.

 | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff