The dangers of being a part-time entrepreneur

10:09PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Alexandra Cain

A growing number of entrepreneurs launch start-ups while still in full-time work. However, if you’re thinking about building a business part-time, there are risks you must be aware of. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.

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Gillard urged to help create 'Silicon Beach' for Australian tech businesses

10:38AM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

The tech sector has told the Federal Government that regulations need to change if Australia wants to have its own Silicon Valley.

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Tax watchdog calls for improvements to ATO’s audit processes

10:54PM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The tax watchdog wants the Tax Office to improve its audit processes, after the ATO wrongly investigated almost 6,000 small business owners as part of a crackdown on the cash economy.

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Time and cost of red tape on small businesses spiralling: Report

10:23PM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Nearly three quarters of Australian small businesses spend longer complying with regulations than they did two years ago, according to a new study.

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The four-step plan to handle staff feedback

10:07PM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Mark Capps

Staff feedback is important for any organisation, but being criticised can feel unpleasant. Here’s how to create an effective communication environment in your start-up. BY MARK CAPPS.

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Calls mount for US start-up visa to spur immigrant-founded start-ups

10:46PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost a quarter of US tech start-ups were founded by immigrants, according to a new report by the Kauffman Foundation, but this figure is currently in decline.

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Eagle Boys franchisee fined $30,000 for underpaying staff, lack of experience blamed

10:19PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Business inexperience rather than malice led to underpayment of employees by a NSW pizza franchisee.

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Banker by day – start-up investor by night

10:54PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Nick Reade is balancing his role as general manager of small business banking at ANZ with investments in start-ups. In his own words, here’s how he manages it. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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On-demand car service Uber looks to assemble Sydney founding team

10:01PM | Monday, 1 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based car service Uber is looking to hire Australian employees to launch the business locally, after announcing its plans to head to Sydney, and will offer equity options as part of the package.

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Companies hit with $1 million penalty for door-to-door selling practices

9:49PM | Friday, 28 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Court has ordered two businesses to pay a total penalty of $1 million for illegal door-to-door selling practices, following action by the ACCC.

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Take a Grand Final day break

9:39PM | Friday, 28 September 2012 | Taskmaster

One of the things that entrepreneurs and soloists are notorious for is devoting every waking moment to their businesses. It’s time to make Grand Final day an exception.

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Government mulls measures to ease SME bank funding woes

9:00AM | Thursday, 27 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Federal small business minister Brendan O’Connor has said that the government is analysing overseas examples to find a solution to the funding problems faced by small businesses at the hands of Australia’s “risk adverse” banks.

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The five customer service sins of our major retailers

9:17PM | Wednesday, 26 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups should take note of the customer service “sins” committed by major retailers such as Harvey Norman, which received the poorest feedback in a ‘shadow shop’ conducted by Choice.

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Secure your humble USB sticks

9:35PM | Thursday, 15 September 2011 | Taskmaster

When it comes time to secure your computers, don't overlook the basics.

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Government mulls IP crackdown on “weak” patents

9:46PM | Tuesday, 25 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Government is considering tough new standards for innovation patents to stop large companies from abusing Australia’s IP system, admitting weaker patents can “create problems”.

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Australia’s “overqualified” workforce could prompt start-up surge

9:42PM | Tuesday, 25 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s start-up sector could see a surge in numbers as disheartened employees quit their jobs in pursuit of a challenge, with a report revealing 45% of Australian workers feel overqualified for their job.

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Amanda Gome departs as CEO of Private Media

9:22PM | Tuesday, 25 September 2012 | StartupSmart

SmartCompany founder Amanda Gome has left Private Media after more than five years with the company.

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Ration your energy

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

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

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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.

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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.

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