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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.

Which team will get to have the final say?

2:00AM | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Your products will end up looking very different depending on which team is put in charge.

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.

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.

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.

The handbrake that stops all madness

2:48PM | Wednesday, 5 February 2014 | Walid El-Khoury

When it comes to cars, handbrakes are an essential system. It is critical that the equivalents are fitted to your start-up.

Merimbula launches bid to be the “SeaChange Startup capital” of Australia

2:31PM | Wednesday, 5 February 2014 | Rose Powell

The NSW south coast town of Merimbula will be running a start-up camp and Dragon’s Den style investment pitching event in March this year, in a bid to draw entrepreneurs to the area.

Three ways to worry less about productivity

2:32AM | Tuesday, 4 February 2014 | Linnet Hunter

While the word ‘productivity’ gets bandied about as if it has the same meaning for everyone, I don’t think it does. Here are three key ways to think about productivity as a soloist.

The Super Bowl: Start-ups versus the establishment

2:26PM | Monday, 3 February 2014 | Taskmaster

The first Super Bowl was the product of that most American of traditions: A disruptive start-up business taking on the corporate establishment.

Simplicity and good presentation

1:43PM | Friday, 31 January 2014 | Taskmaster

By now, long-time Taskmaster readers will be familiar with the saga of John, the owner of the local chicken shop in Parts Unknown. Well, there’s a new chapter to the sad, sorry saga.

Don’t wing it by buying a business without research

1:00AM | Tuesday, 28 January 2014 | Taskmaster

If you don’t do your research before buying a business, you’re plucked.

Keep the Australia Day epidemic at bay

1:20PM | Friday, 24 January 2014 | Taskmaster

It’s the epidemic sweeping the nation: Fakenitis Fever. As a boss, here’s what you need to about it.

New year, fresh start

1:50AM | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 | Linnet Hunter

The new year is a great opportunity to start afresh. Here are the big decisions I’ve made to get the most out of 2014.

Make sure you have plenty of business cards – and they stand out!

1:31PM | Friday, 17 January 2014 | Taskmaster

Some people say you no longer need business cards. The Taskmaster, most humbly, disagrees.

I’m doing more work in our start-up than the other co-founder – what should I do?

1:49PM | Thursday, 16 January 2014 | Franz Madlener

Unfortunately, effort doesn’t always equal reward and the end result doesn’t always reflect the work put in.

The end of stress

1:09PM | Wednesday, 15 January 2014 | Rebekah Campbell

Now, in the new year, I can admit it: 2013 was stressful and I’m glad it’s over. Here are the four key causes of business stress.

Employee share scheme tax treatment needs reform to support start-ups, say accountants

1:23PM | Monday, 13 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

Australia’s accountants have joined calls to reform the tax treatment of employee share schemes, saying current arrangements create an uncompetitive environment for start-ups.

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.

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.

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.

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