Darrell Lea placed in administration as competitors steal market share

7:16PM | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The trend towards high-end chocolatiers and chocolate cafés has finally got the better of industry stalwart Darrell Lea, which has been placed in voluntary administration after nearly 85 years.

Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership

Company collapses imperil independent subcontractors

7:37PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A debt recovery specialist has highlighted the perils of operating as a subcontractor, particularly in the construction industry, in light of the recent collapses of various construction companies.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Leadership

Brumby’s carbon tax controversy prompts franchisee legal warning

7:31PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Franchisees have been warned that they are personally liable for their actions, in the wake of the Brumby’s carbon tax pricing furore.

 | Legal matters  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisee  | Leadership

Retail body calls for penalty rates to be halved in Fair Work review

7:22PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retailers are calling for penalty rates to be halved, as part of a Fair Work Australia review, with a leading industry group insisting retailers simply can’t afford to pay staff more.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Leadership

Learning to listen

7:26PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Nina Hendy

The social media age has empowered consumers to share their experiences like never before. Here's how to harness customer feedback in a way that will boost, rather than sink, your business. BY NINA HENDY.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Leadership

Take the temperature of the office

7:00AM | Thursday, 5 July 2012 | Taskmaster

Does your office need a morale boost? Time to take the temperature of your work place and find out.

 | Leadership  | Managing people

Applications open for registration of R&D activities

7:27PM | Monday, 2 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups can now apply for registration of research and development activities for the R&D Tax Incentive, which replaces the R&D Tax Concession for all income years commencing on or after July 1, 2011.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership

Welcome to the new financial year – here’s 10 things that have changed

6:16PM | Friday, 29 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

Getting your head around all the new financial year legal changes can be a struggle. To make it easier for you, we’ve compiled the 10 biggest changes you must know about this year. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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

Tackle a perfectionist

6:13AM | Friday, 29 June 2012 | James Thomson

Perfection is overrated, but action isn’t. If there's a perfectionist in your organisation holding up progress, it might be time to have a word with them.

 | Leadership  | Managing people

Government introduces paid paternity leave – and businesses don't have to pay

6:41PM | Thursday, 28 June 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The government has introduced two weeks of paid paternity leave and business doesn't have to be the scheme's paymaster.

 | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Increase your accessibility

7:00AM | Thursday, 28 July 2011 | Taskmaster

Emails. Phone calls. Text messages. LinkedIn messages. When you are in business, there is a never-ending stream of communications coming your way. But being accessible to customers is crucial.

 | Sales and marketing  | Sales  | Leadership

Abbott’s carbon tax flyer prompts last-minute gouging warning

6:08PM | Wednesday, 27 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs have been warned over carbon tax price gouging, after the Opposition wrote to thousands of small business owners warning them of the impact of the tax.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership

How to muscle up your new business

6:20PM | Wednesday, 27 June 2012 | Marc Peskett

If you want to strengthen and grow your start-up, there are exercises that must become part of your business routine. Here are the five major managerial muscles you must flex. BY MARC PESKETT.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Managing people  | Blogs  | Marc Peskett

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