Do your Best, for Pete’s sake…

2:47PM | Monday, 24 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was a competent drummer named Pete. The problem was, when it came to drumming, he was no Sergeant Pepper.


Moving beyond compliance: Three things to remember when choosing a business adviser

2:33PM | Monday, 24 February 2014 | Robert Krigsman

You are running a business, trying to do 100 things at once, when you realise you need an accountant who does more than just the compliance stuff. Here are the key issues you need to consider.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Mentor  | Robert Krigsman

Website disclaimers: The inside story

2:53PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Most websites –StartupSmart included – feature a disclaimer of some description. Here’s a look at whether they really provide you with legal protection, and what you need to include in one.

 | Legal matters  | Technology  | Websites  | Leadership  | Mentor  | Vanessa Emilio

In business, don’t play follow the leader

2:45PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Of all the games you played as a child, the dullest was follow the leader. Here's why your start-up should leave this management style in the playground.

 | Leadership

Big Datr in social media furore over unpaid internship ad

2:20PM | Tuesday, 18 February 2014 | Melinda Oliver

Melbourne digital media company Big Datr has faced the furore of social media over a job advertisement asking interns to work for free.

 | Leadership  | How to hire staff

The pitfalls of perfectionism

2:00AM | Tuesday, 18 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Aiming for perfection is one thing. But as Old Taskmaster discovered, it does carry the risk of micromanaging your business to death.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people

Six tactics to avoid being interrupted at work

2:10PM | Friday, 14 February 2014 | Jonathan Weinstock

Do you find you always get more work done on the weekends or when your employees aren’t around? Here are six tactics to try.

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

Enable people’s laziness – and profit!

2:56PM | Friday, 14 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Today, like so many other days, your humble correspondent arrived at Taskmaster Towers. On the desk was a post-it note.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people

Dumb Starbucks: When does parody go too far in regard to copyright?

2:26PM | Friday, 14 February 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

A comedian who created a parody of Starbucks is being sued by the US-based coffee giant for copyright infringement. The case is a major test case for the fair use provisions protecting parodies.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Mentor  | Vanessa Emilio

Unemployment reaches 10-year high, but it isn’t the Great Depression yet

2:19PM | Friday, 14 February 2014 | Yolanda Redrup

The unemployment rate yesterday jumped to a 10-year high of 6%, in line with predictions from economists and the Reserve Bank.

 | Leadership  | How to hire staff  | Sole trader

New co-working space opens for social enterprises and not-for-profits in Melbourne

2:55PM | Thursday, 13 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

A new co-working space has opened its doors in Melbourne for social enterprises and not-for-profit firms.

 | Workspace

Start-ups named to join ANZ Innovyz START summer 2014 program

2:12PM | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Leading Australian accelerator ANZ Innovyz START has announced its latest intake of seven start-ups for summer this year, with director Dr Jana Matthews saying it’s one of the strongest groups to enter the program so far.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership  | Workspace

Work smart and get more done in 2014

2:12PM | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | Kyri Theos

Smart entrepreneurs focus on what they’re best at, rather than trying to do everything. So how do you do what you love minus the headaches and the hassles? Here are some tips.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Sole trader

My dirty little secret: Confessions from 10 successful entrepreneurs

2:48PM | Monday, 10 February 2014 | Yolanda Redrup

Some of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs reveal their biggest business secrets.

 | Leadership  | Sole trader

The secret to an organised, productive workspace

2:02PM | Monday, 10 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Do you have trouble seeing the surface of your desk? If so, there's a simple solution.

 | Home based business  | Work/life balance  | Leadership  | Managing people  | Workspace

Best of the Web: The cereal adultery of modern consumers

2:10PM | Friday, 7 February 2014 | Cara Waters

Customers are increasingly fickle. The same connectedness that makes it tougher for companies to avoid a disappointed customer is also making it harder to guarantee those customers will stay faithful.

 | Leadership  | Management

Want to make a real impact? Keep calm and carry on!

2:01PM | Friday, 7 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Near the dawn of time, many aeons ago, your humble correspondent was a humble school student. Yes, as difficult as it may be to imagine, it once happened.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people

Are you giving away your copyright for free?

2:32PM | Friday, 7 February 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Every creative work has automatic copyright protection. Adding a Creative Commons (CC) licence to your work means you give general rights to the public to use the work in the manner specified, for free.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Mentor  | Vanessa Emilio

Business cards evolving as they refuse to die

2:28PM | Friday, 7 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

As the world goes digital and businesses embrace the opportunities presented by features such as the cloud and responsive website design, there’s one old-school business tool that’s refusing to die – the business card.

 | Leadership  | Management