10 things on start-ups’ Budget wishlist

5:27PM | Monday, 7 May 2012 | Oliver Milman

During recent months, Wayne Swan has talked a great deal about small business. If the Government is serious about start-ups, here are 10 things that must be in the Federal Budget. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Legal matters  | Leadership

Federal Budget 2012: Industry groups outline wish lists for Federal Budget

5:16PM | Friday, 4 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Industry groups have issued their wish lists for the Federal Budget, with an emphasis on reducing red tape and taxes, but the Government is also under pressure to target Australia’s rich.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Tax  | Leadership

Australian start-ups urged to be wary as US passes crowdfunding bill

5:06PM | Thursday, 3 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Local entrepreneurs have voiced their concerns about the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act in the United States, which makes it easier for start-ups to raise funds through crowdfunding.

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

Australian business leaders lag behind global counterparts: Report

5:19PM | Thursday, 3 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new report reveals more than 40% of Australian workers never consider their leader to be effective, compared to 34% of global respondents.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | Managing people

Jim’s Cleaning franchisee triggers warning over exclusivity rights

5:13PM | Thursday, 3 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A franchising expert has issued a warning to prospective franchisees about exclusivity rights, after a former Jim’s Cleaning franchisee claimed he lost exclusivity in his assigned territory.

 | Legal matters  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisee  | Leadership

Small business roundtable prompts call for $30 million SME tax break

5:37PM | Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | Cara Waters

A roundtable hosted by the Council of Small Business of Australia and The Tax Institute has prompted calls for next week’s Budget to include a $30 million tax break for small business.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Tax  | Leadership


5:27PM | Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | Oliver Milman

Infullview is aiming to shake up the recruitment process with video job applications. The Sydney start-up has an impressive array of advisors, but is the industry ready for a video makeover?

 | Growth  | Leadership  | How to hire staff  | Start-up Profiles

Start the week with one-on-ones

5:49PM | Friday, 13 May 2011 | Taskmaster

Here’s a simple task to get your week off to a good start and reconnect with your employees – spend an hour or two sitting at the desk of your employee and talking about the week ahead.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership

Less than a quarter of ICT workers are female: ABS

5:45PM | Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Alarming new statistics show that less than 25% of workers in Australia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry are female.

 | Technology  | Websites  | IT  | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Three lessons to take from the 2012 Corporate Reputation Index

5:19PM | Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been urged to learn from the companies in this year’s Corporate Reputation Index, which saw Apple take the top spot.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership

Praise a staff member

5:00AM | Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | Taskmaster

Time to try using one of the smartest (and cheapest) management tools going around – praise.

 | Leadership  | Managing people

Thomson and Slipper woes compound Labor’s struggle with business vote

4:20PM | Monday, 30 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The reputation of the Federal Labor Government among businesses continues to falter, new figures show, as Prime Minister Julia Gillard attempts to cuts her losses over the Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper controversies.

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

COSBOA calls for clarification on definition of small business

4:38PM | Friday, 27 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Council of Small Business of Australia and The Tax Institute will hold a round table in May, with the aim of clarifying the definition of small business for tax purposes and legal matters.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Tax  | Leadership

AngelCube takes tough love approach with 2012 incubator class

4:00AM | Friday, 27 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based incubator AngelCube has announced the eight start-ups that have joined its 2012 program, all of which are now being put under the microscope by “tough love” mentors.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Managing people

Beware the between

4:00AM | Thursday, 26 April 2012 | Taskmaster

Do you use the word “between” in your negotiations? If so, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment.

 | Sales and marketing  | Sales  | Leadership

Future Capital start-up Drive My Car hunts for new CEO

4:00AM | Thursday, 26 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based start-up Drive My Car Rentals is on the hunt for a new chief executive after its former chief executive chose to step aside.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | How I did it

Business owner issues warning after YouTube trademark battle

4:21PM | Tuesday, 24 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Queensland-based technology company has issued a warning to start-ups that use YouTube, claiming that the online video giant terminated the company’s account over an alleged trademark infringement.

 | Legal matters  | Technology  | Websites  | Leadership

Twitter could outshine LinkedIn for recruitment, report reveals

4:55PM | Tuesday, 24 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Twitter is emerging as an increasingly useful platform for recruiters, according to new research into job advertisements on social media services.

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

Five top tips for hiring an older worker

4:56PM | Monday, 23 April 2012 | Oliver Milman

There are many reasons to hire an older worker, from government incentives to the industry experience they bring. Here are five top tips to help you manage the process. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff  | Growing  | Employer

Bash out a project in an afternoon

4:16PM | Thursday, 19 April 2012 | Taskmaster

If your staff watch the clock on Friday afternoons, it might be time to challenge them with an unusual task.

 | Leadership  | Managing people