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

Five essential steps to legally protecting your online business

11:04PM | Friday, 29 November 2013 | Vanessa Emilio

Are you looking to launch a website or online business? Here’s a short checklist of what you need to start thinking about to protect yourself.

 | Legal matters  | Technology  | Leadership  | Mentor  | Sole trader  | Vanessa Emilio

SMEs set to invest in staff as confidence rises: SmartCompany survey

11:38PM | Thursday, 28 November 2013 | Melinda Oliver

Small to medium business owners will focus on hiring and training staff in 2014, the new SmartCompany – Crowe Horwath SME Directions survey for 2013 shows.

 | Leadership  | How to hire staff

Outsourcing: Why it’s not a dirty word

11:00AM | Wednesday, 27 November 2013 | Taskmaster

Are you outsourcing your non-core tasks? If not, there’s a really good business reason why you should.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people

My experience and key learnings from EO Ignite

11:30PM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | Jonathan Weinstock

Over 200 Entrepreneurs’ Organisation members from the South Pacific region attended EO Ignite in Sydney. Here are some valuable business lessons from the keynote speakers.

 | Leadership  | Management  | Mentor  | Jonathan Weinstock

Outsourcing boom: Cloudstaff raises $500,000 from investors

11:26PM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Cloudstaff, an Australian outsourcing start-up based in Manila, has raised $500,000 from three local investors Robert Whyte, Trevor Kennedy and serial entrepreneur, Bevan Slattery.

 | Financing a business  | Leadership  | How to hire staff

How Hub Australia plans to make its low-margin co-working business model work

11:20PM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Hub Australia has grown three-fold this year, from five team members with one venue to 15 team members at three venues, and is looking to expand further by hiring a general manager and experimenting with business models.

 | Workspace

The Weekly Digest: Don’t give up this Global Entrepreneurship Week (or ever)

11:00AM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Happy Global Entrepreneurship Week! Here’s the wrap of the stories we covered last week.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Innovation  | Management

What to do when an employee injures themselves at work

11:48PM | Thursday, 21 November 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

If an employee injures themselves at work, you have legal obligations to uphold. From notifying your injury compensation scheme to creating a return to work plan, here are the key steps you need to follow.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Mentor  | Managing people  | Lachlan McKnight

Hyperbolic language: This article will revolutionise the way you do business

11:50PM | Wednesday, 20 November 2013 | Bella Katz

Why is it that so many rational entrepreneurial individuals, people who create new businesses, are so fond of exaggeration?

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Sales  | Leadership  | Management  | Mentor  | Bella Katz

What are the legalities of setting up as a sole trader?

11:00AM | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 | James Omond

The trick to starting up as a soloist is to keep your personal expenses separate from your business ones. Otherwise, things might get a little messy when the taxman visits.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Sole trader

Social media competitions: Top five legal tricks and traps

11:13PM | Monday, 18 November 2013 | Craig Yeung

Are you thinking of launching a competition on social media? Before you do, there are a few key legal issues you must be aware of first.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Mentor  | Craig Yeung  | Sole trader  | Legal

MBA student to start-up employee: Why I opted for energy and potential over security

11:02PM | Monday, 18 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Nikee Pomper accepted the chief operations officer role at customisable formal wear start-up Fame & Partners after realising she was fundamentally a “start-up person rather than a corporate one”.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Start-ups are Scary: How 99designs coped when abandoned by big partners

11:00AM | Monday, 18 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Welcome to the first instalment of our Start-ups are Scary series to celebrate the whole truth about start-ups during Global Entrepreneurship Week. We’ll hear from five start-ups about how they overcame their toughest challenges.

 | Leadership  | Management

Don’t talk shop – at least, not all the time

11:51PM | Friday, 15 November 2013 | Taskmaster

You’re passionate about your business – and so you should be. But there are limits to how much you should talk about it while in polite company.

 | Marketing  | Advertising  | Sales  | Leadership  | Managing people

Privacy policy update: The quick and the dirty

11:33PM | Friday, 15 November 2013 | Vanessa Emilio

New privacy laws are coming in by March next year. Here’s what your business needs to know to be prepared.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Mentor  | Government and Regulation  | Vanessa Emilio

Three reasons start-ups fail and how to make the most of mistakes

11:45PM | Thursday, 14 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Most start-ups fail not because the idea is wrong, but because entrepreneurs give up rather than make the necessary corrections to their execution, articulation or to-market strategies, says a start-up mentor.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Management

Organise a regular lunch with your team

11:42PM | Thursday, 14 November 2013 | Taskmaster

Are you starting to build a team? There’s an easy way to improve your team cohesion.

 | Leadership  | Managing people

WikiLeaks documents show Australia could adopt much of the US copyright regime

11:31PM | Thursday, 14 November 2013 | Myriam Robin

Leaked documents from the negotiations of one of the world’s most secretive free trade agreements show Australian businesses could soon be subject to the worst aspects of the American copyright regime.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Intellectual property  | Legal  | Government and Regulation