Looking to recruit? Hiring by consensus is worth considering

1:16PM | Monday, 13 January 2014 | Taskmaster

Recently, your humble correspondent read an interesting article about a new hiring strategy used by a growing number of businesses. If you’re looking to take on more staff, it’s certainly something to think about.

How to hire staff

Make sure your information is up-to-date

1:17PM | Tuesday, 7 January 2014 | Taskmaster

If you haven't gotten around to taking down all the Christmas decorations around your shop or office, you could be sending the wrong message to your customers.

 | Leadership  | Management

Coalition review of Franchising Code could see penalties hit $50,000

1:40PM | Monday, 6 January 2014 | Melinda Oliver

The federal government will pick up where the former Labor government left off when it comes to reviewing the franchise sector, with the potential for penalties of up to $50,000 for breaches of the Franchising Code of Conduct.

 | Legal matters  | Franchising  | Leadership

What are the 10 biggest legal risks for start-ups in 2014?

1:33PM | Monday, 6 January 2014 | Lachlan McKnight

This year will bring new challenges and risks for start-ups. Here are 10 major changes you need to be aware of in 2014.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Mentor  | Lachlan McKnight

Well, it’s January… Again

1:28PM | Monday, 6 January 2014 | Taskmaster

Don’t shrug your shoulders when you hear everyone around you is on holidays. Instead, use it as an opportunity to get a head start on the year ahead – even if it’s just by completing a few odd jobs.

 | Leadership  | Management

Work from home and test your systems

12:11PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Before you leave home and head to work tomorrow, stop. Today you are working from home, not for personal reasons or the chance to take it easy, but to test the management systems you’ve put in place.

 | Planning  | Leadership

Why businesses need to take food safety seriously: SAI Global scholarship winner announced

12:24PM | Friday, 13 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Laboratory technician Emma McPherson from Lion Dairy and Drinks has been announced as the first recipient of a scholarship for the food safety training program, Advancing Food Safety, run by SAI Global.

 | Legal matters

How to mix a Brandy Old-fashioned

12:00PM | Friday, 13 December 2013 | Taskmaster

After a long year toiling at Taskmaster Towers, your humble correspondent presents the most important piece of advice shared in this column all year: how to mix a good Brandy Old-fashioned.

 | Leadership

Thank the people who helped you this year

12:59PM | Thursday, 12 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Hopefully you’ve made at least a little progress in your business over the past year. For this, there are almost certainly people you should say thanks to.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people

Shane Warne’s beer partnership: Celebrity branding to capture markets

12:21PM | Thursday, 12 December 2013 | Bella Katz

Australia’s favourite larrikin, Shane “Warney” Warne, has just undergone another transformation. This time he is doing his bit for trans-Tasman relations as a craft beer connoisseur with his own label, 99 Not Out.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Mentor  | Bella Katz

How to thoroughly enjoy your life (and jellybeans) on Earth

12:51PM | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 | Jonathan Weinstock

We have a limited amount of time to spend on this Earth, and yet too often we waste it without thinking. Here are a number of ways to ensure you make the most of the time you have left.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Mentor  | Managing people  | Jonathan Weinstock

It’s time for an end-of-year motivational push

12:00AM | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Well, here we are, in the weeks before Christmas. If your staff are already slowing down, perhaps it’s time for some added incentives.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Sales  | Leadership  | Managing people

Start-up owners more optimistic and outperforming established small business: Research

12:35PM | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-up businesses are outperforming established smaller businesses, according to the MYOB Business Monitor created from a survey of over 1000 small to medium Australian businesses.

 | Leadership  | Management

Social enterprise Code for Australia incubator to launch in 2014

12:29PM | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Popular social enterprise coding start-up Code for America has launched an Australian branch in Melbourne, with the local co-founders beginning conversations with a couple of local councils.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership  | Workspace

Offering your services on outsourcing platforms? How to be the freelancer who gets chosen

12:32AM | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Independent creative freelancers and sole traders are among the main beneficiaries of outsourcing platforms. But standing out from the crowd can be a major challenge.

 | Leadership  | How to hire staff  | Sole trader

Trademark ownership and social media: Who owns what?

12:40PM | Friday, 6 December 2013 | Vanessa Emilio

Kyle and Jackie O’s recent trademark battle with radio station owner Southern Cross Austereo has raised some critical legal questions about the ownership of social media accounts. Here’s how it impacts your business.

 | Legal matters  | Social media  | Leadership  | Mentor  | Intellectual property  | Sole trader  | Legal  | Vanessa Emilio

Time to put up your Christmas decorations: Deck the halls with boughs of holly

12:42PM | Thursday, 5 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Well, it’s almost that time of year again. That’s right kids, it’s almost the festive season – it’s time to get ready.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people

Take a few deep breaths

11:11PM | Friday, 29 November 2013 | Taskmaster

Business is inherently stressful: The greater the risks, rewards, opportunities and costs, the higher the pressure. It's important to contain yourself.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people

How to recognise an EPIC start-up founder

11:40PM | Friday, 29 November 2013 | Garry Visontay

As an investor, you’re looking for start-up founders that are, literally, epic. You want grand scale results and a heroic take-it-on-the-chin attitude.

 | Planning  | Leadership  | How to hire staff

Hiring your first employee: When going it alone is no longer an option

11:36PM | Friday, 29 November 2013 | Linnet Hunter

There comes a point for every business when going it alone is no longer an option. Here are five key things to consider when you hire your first employee.

 | Leadership  | Mentor  | How to hire staff  | Sole trader  | Linnet Hunter