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Top four tips for effectively hiring and managing outsourced workers

9:00AM | Tuesday, 17 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Matt Cooper, vice president of international and enterprise at oDesk, shares advice on how to hire and manage outsourced workers in advance of his appearance at the Startup Spring Festival.

The pros and cons of rewarding your staff

9:49PM | Monday, 16 September 2013 | Trevor Jenkins

A good reward system is an excellent way to show your staff that you are noticing their work and that you really do appreciate it when they go above and beyond what is expected for their regular pay check.

Decide now whether you’re closing over Christmas and New Year

9:46PM | Tuesday, 10 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Are you planning to close your business for a week during Christmas or in January? If you haven’t really thought about it, here are four good reasons why you should make the decision now.

Allow your staff to be entrepreneurial

8:39PM | Friday, 30 August 2013 | Taskmaster

As your humble correspondent has mentioned in the past, you should aim for a diverse workforce and never be afraid to hire the best person for the job. Now it's time to take the next step.

Diversity in the workplace: Don’t hire clones of yourself

8:33PM | Thursday, 29 August 2013 | Taskmaster

Dare, if you will, to imagine this nightmare scenario. It’s an office – a Taskmaster Tower – full of Taskmaster clones.

Apple tries to trademark “start-up” in Australia: Time to stand up to patent trolls and intellectual property bullies

8:33PM | Wednesday, 28 August 2013 | Taskmaster

There are some things in life your humble correspondent just can’t stand. An intellectual property bully is high on the list.

The highway to good communications

8:31AM | Tuesday, 27 August 2013 | Linnet Hunter

Good communications is a journey – and one you can’t always map out ahead of time. Thankfully, there are ways to make reaching your desired destination easier.

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop: Pipe dreams are better than tunnel vision

8:51PM | Monday, 19 August 2013 | Taskmaster

Remember how, in the 1970s, state governments and planners promised us that freeways were the solution to traffic jams? Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk says he has a new solution to our traffic woes.

The company you keep: Seven tips to keep you out of trouble as a company director

8:02PM | Monday, 19 August 2013 | Ursula Hogben

Incorporating a business often also means becoming a director – along with all the legal responsibilities that entails. Here are seven key issues you must be aware of as a company director.

Recruitment: Why age should be no barrier

8:54PM | Monday, 12 August 2013 | Taskmaster

Age discrimination at both ends of the spectrum poses a golden opportunity for smart entrepreneurs looking to hire staff.

How to take off your micro-manager hat: The positive side to policies and procedures

7:12PM | Wednesday, 31 July 2013 | Trevor Jenkins

Want to spend more time managing your recipes rather than your employees? An effective set of policies and procedures can allow it to happen.

A republican small business lesson from the royal baby

7:19PM | Tuesday, 23 July 2013 | Taskmaster

Even if you’re a committed republican like Old Taskmaster, there is at least one valuable lesson from the British royal family. (Warning: If you’re a committed monarchist, you might want to skip this piece – you have been warned!)

How safe is your venue? Counting the costs of workplace safety

7:24PM | Monday, 22 July 2013 | Trevor Jenkins

By their very nature, kitchens are dangerous work environments. Here are the steps you need to reduce the risk of a work compensation claim in your café or restaurant.

How to handle the emotional rollercoaster ride of being an entrepreneur

7:45PM | Monday, 8 July 2013 | Jonathan Weinstock

As an entrepreneur, sometimes it feels as if you are getting kicked in the guts from every angle! But with experience comes a measure of stability.

The cowardly salesperson: What to do when good staff go bad

7:43PM | Monday, 8 July 2013 | Taskmaster

How important are effective sales structures and incentives to your business? After yet another battle with the phone company, Old Taskmaster has the answer.

Re-energise by doing more work

7:00AM | Thursday, 4 July 2013 | Taskmaster

Do you feel lethargic by the time Thursday and Friday roll around? It’s time to boost your energy levels by reviewing your schedule.

Confessions of a serial emailer

7:01PM | Wednesday, 3 July 2013 | Linnet Hunter

Email might be convenient, but there are times it pays to pick up the phone and build a working relationship with the person at the other end.

Incentivise your team: A quick guide to employee share schemes and phantom share schemes

7:28PM | Monday, 1 July 2013 | Ursula Hogben

The right team can make the difference between your businesses failing or achieving your vision.

Entrepreneurs welcome Gonski reforms, but call for innovation in education

7:00AM | Monday, 1 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-ups are calling for more innovation in Australia’s education sector following the passage of the Gonski school funding reforms into law.

When to hire a CFO

6:37PM | Wednesday, 26 June 2013 | Matthew Murphy

As a business grows, it becomes important to make the right decision when hiring key staff such as a chief financial officer.

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