The pros and cons of going solo

9:52PM | Wednesday, 26 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Should you go solo in your business, or find a business partner? If you aren’t sure, here are the pros and cons of being a sole trader. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Planning  | Business planning  | Home based business  | Running a business from home  | Sole trader

Government mulls IP crackdown on “weak” patents

9:46PM | Tuesday, 25 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Government is considering tough new standards for innovation patents to stop large companies from abusing Australia’s IP system, admitting weaker patents can “create problems”.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Intellectual property  | Sole trader

Australia’s “overqualified” workforce could prompt start-up surge

9:42PM | Tuesday, 25 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s start-up sector could see a surge in numbers as disheartened employees quit their jobs in pursuit of a challenge, with a report revealing 45% of Australian workers feel overqualified for their job.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Consumers trade old mobile phones for cash using ecoATM

9:33PM | Tuesday, 25 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Now the iPhone 5 is out, millions of consumers have old mobile phones they want to get rid of. A new recycling “ATM”, called the ecoATM, might be the perfect solution.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Sydney Uni’s student union launches start-up program Incubate

9:00AM | Tuesday, 25 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The University of Sydney Union has launched a development program in the hope of identifying high-potential start-ups on campus, securing entrepreneur Matt Barrie as a mentor.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Business advice and education

Queensland Uni to join online course stampede

9:18PM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The University of Queensland has announced it will offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) in the next two years, following in the footsteps of the University of Melbourne.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | Websites

2012 World Retail Awards – what you can learn from the winners

9:12PM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retail start-ups can learn from the winners of the 2012 World Retail Awards, including Turkish brand Teknosa, which was named Emerging Market Retailer of the Year.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | How I did it

Developers set to grapple with Apple’s iOS 6 update

9:06PM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-up developers look set for both opportunities and challenges due to Apple’s latest update to iOS 6, with a redesign of the App Store coming under fire.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | IT

Aussie start-ups on alert for 2014 green card lottery

9:58PM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A US-based Australian entrepreneur is encouraging local start-ups to apply for the United States’ Diversity Visa Program for 2014, also known as the green card lottery.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Start-up gathering TiECON Sydney launches “25 words or less” comp

9:51PM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurial convention TiECon Sydney has launched a “25 words or less” competition, offering the winner a two-hour timeslot at its conference, as Australian start-ups vie for prizes in increasingly unusual ways.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Top five tips to get into a US start-up accelerator

9:20PM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

While the number of Australian accelerators continues to grow, the US still remains the “major league” for start-ups. Here are five tips to help you get into an American accelerator. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

The Clam Chair is an open and shut innovation case

9:44PM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Three students from RMIT University have won a national design award after creating a chair inspired by clam shells.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Australia second only to US in start-up stakes: Report

9:00AM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia has a higher start-up rate than any other developed country except the United States, new research shows, with one in ten of all Australians involved in an early stage enterprise.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Sole trader

Starfish Ventures takes out title at 2012 AVCAL Awards

9:13PM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Starfish Ventures won Best Early Stage Award at the 2012 Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Awards, recognised for its work with software company Quickcomm.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | How I did it

Optus announces 2012 Unleash Your App winners

9:08PM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The winner of the 2012 Unleash Your App competition will use the prize money to attend next year’s Google I/O conference, after building an Android app that tracks users’ carbon footprint.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | How I did it  | Business advice and education

Melbourne co-working space Electron Workshop partners with Flexicar

9:02PM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne will get another co-working space in the form of Electron Workshop, which plans to build a dedicated hacker area within the venue.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

A sobering technological idea

9:44PM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Alcohol-fuelled violence is a growing problem in many cities. Now, thanks to Greek researchers, police officers will be able to find potential troublemakers in a flash.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Five great online courses for start-ups

9:13PM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Time and cost used to be major barriers to people studying. Thankfully, many business courses are now available online for free. Here are five of the best. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business ideas  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership

Three key ways to make innovation a ‘way of life’

9:00AM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There are three key steps companies can take to integrate innovation and make it a “way of life” during their everyday operations, according to a new report by Ernst & Young.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth

Melbourne Uni partners with Coursera to offer free online courses

9:49PM | Thursday, 20 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The University of Melbourne will offer seven free online courses after partnering with US company Coursera, with three of the courses covering topics in economics and technology.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | Websites