Start-up loans worth $500,000 on offer for environmental and social start-ups based in Victoria

12:23PM | Wednesday, 18 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Sustainable Melbourne Fund has announced they’re offering capital loans for start-ups creating products or services with environmental benefits for Victorians.

Planning  | Business planning

THE NEWS WRAP: Joe Hockey warns community to prepare for budget cuts

12:00AM | Wednesday, 18 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has warned the entire community will have to accept government spending cuts as Australia heads for an economic trough.

 | Planning  | Government and Regulation

Tips for work-life balance over the summer holidays

12:19PM | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 | Dan Moss

Almost 50% of Australian business people say they’ll be working over the summer holidays, a new survey has revealed.

 | Planning  | Business advice and education

Can the crowd revolutionise roadside assistance? Meet the start-up with the NRMA and RACV in its sights

12:00AM | Wednesday, 18 December 2013 | Rose Powell

A roadside assistance start-up has recently built an app they believe will change how broken down drivers get help.

 | Planning  | Business ideas  | Business planning  | How to start a...

How to sell your work without selling your soul: Three tips for creative start-ups

12:45PM | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-ups powered by creative talent can be deeply rewarding if the entrepreneur behind the company can balance the commercial and creative aspects of their work, according to business advisor Tony Shannon.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Business advice and education

THE NEWS WRAP: Federal government ministers warned to expect deep budget cuts

12:24AM | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

Federal government ministers have been warned to expect deep budget cuts early next year, with deficits likely to surpass $120 billion over the next four years.

 | Planning  | Business ideas  | Business planning  | Tax

Set up an away message for Gmail

12:20PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | StartupSmart

If you’re on leave then you’ve probably familiarised yourself with the automatic response feature on your email client.

 | Planning  | Work/life balance

Work from home and test your systems

12:11PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Before you leave home and head to work tomorrow, stop. Today you are working from home, not for personal reasons or the chance to take it easy, but to test the management systems you’ve put in place.

 | Planning  | Leadership

Infographic: Getting over your fear on path to becoming an entrepreneur

12:25PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

There are plenty of things to worry about if you’re an entrepreneur with an idea. Here's an infographic to ease some of those worries.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Insights from the San Francisco Lean Startup Conference: Lean is serious and here to stay

12:57PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Angel investor Jeffrey Tobias has returned from the International Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco convinced about the durability of the lean start-up approach.

 | Planning  | Business ideas  | Business planning  | How to start a...

THE NEWS WRAP: Federal budget deficits set to blow out

12:45AM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

Federal budget deficits for the next four years are set to double to more than $100 billion, with the federal government expected to sign off on forecasts of a $50 billion deficit this year and $30 billion the next.

 | Planning

Best of the Web reads: Ban Ki-moon’s big idea for 2014 and an obituary for the letter E

12:34AM | Friday, 13 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

What will be the big idea to shape 2014? For United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, it is action on climate change.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Monetising motherhood advice: Baby Bargains Australia launches new website

12:00PM | Thursday, 12 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Belinda Jennings, co-founder and chief executive of pre-loved classified site Baby Bargains Australia, has launched Mum Central, a new site to broaden the brand and entice a whole new realm of advertisers to her business.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Drive and determination keys to investment for entrepreneurs

12:04PM | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

Gavin Appel, partner at Square Peg Capital, loves what he does and describes himself as a “passionate guy”.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Preparation and planning prevents poor performance

12:45PM | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 | Matt Murphy

One of the first things you need to do when you are embarking on your start-up is to create your business strategy and then a plan for implementation.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Mentor  | Matt Murphy

Camp Kidprenuer wants to raise a generation of entrepreneurs

12:15PM | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 | Myriam Robin

Camp Kidpreneur is a week-long camp for children eight to 12 that teaches them the skills to be an entrepreneur.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Business advice and education

Entrepreneurialism insights from the trenches: Fitzroy Academy of Getting Sh-t Done launches

12:00AM | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Incubators, accelerators and university courses in entrepreneurialism have flourished across the country in the last 18 months.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Indigenous and employment start-ups stand out in latest social enterprise accelerator intake

12:10PM | Monday, 9 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Fifteen start-ups have been announced as successful applicants for the Crunch Accelerator program, a six-month intensive incubator program that turns social ideas into enterprises within 12 months.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Start thinking about 2014

12:51PM | Friday, 6 December 2013 | Taskmaster

That’s right, kids: In less than one month, the year will be 2014. So, do you want to hit the ground running in the new year?

 | Planning  | Business planning

Australia's love affair with online shopping continues, but growth is slowing

12:28PM | Thursday, 5 December 2013 |  Katherine Jimenez

Australians are continuing to embrace online retailing, but the pace of growth has slowed and the value of transactions has shrunk considerably.

 | Planning  | Business planning