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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.

Breaking bad news

1:00AM | Tuesday, 14 January 2014 | Taskmaster

In a perfect world, your business would grow at a steady pace, no one would ever get ill, every employee would be unconditionally loyal to your business and every single person you hire would work out. Reality is a different matter.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

How to create a start-up culture that rivals Google

11:43PM | Wednesday, 13 November 2013 | Rebekah Campbell

Are you looking to create a positive work environment for your staff on a limited budget? Here are five ways to create a great company culture without spending a fortune.

Employees hide depression from their boss: How can business owners lift the stigma?

11:17PM | Wednesday, 13 November 2013 | Broede Carmody

Almost half of Australians who take time off work due to depression do not tell their employers why, new research shows.

How do you measure success?

11:57AM | Tuesday, 12 November 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Especially for sole traders, money is not always the only way to judge your success in business. Here are five other ways to measure your professional achievements.

The five types of employee leave

11:46PM | Monday, 11 November 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

If you’re hiring your first full-time employees, it’s important to know what your legal obligations are to your staff. When it comes to leave, here are five types of leave you need to be aware of.

Employees horsing around when they should be off and racing

11:59PM | Monday, 4 November 2013 | Taskmaster

With the Melbourne Cup Day come the sickies that stop a nation. Here’s what you need to do

Best of the web reads: Pick your work battles

11:00AM | Friday, 1 November 2013 | Gavin Lower

Everyone has an issue at work that bothers them. But how to address it? And is it worth making a big deal about?

One of the worst things you can do in business and in life, and we do it all the time

10:47PM | Thursday, 31 October 2013 | Rebekah Campbell

Are you looking to build an honest business? If so, truth be told, there’s one little secret you really need to remember.

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