Beautiful baby smell gets bottled

3:52PM | Friday, 1 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Do you have a particularly fussy baby? If so, it might be time to pamper them with a bottle of Dolce & Gabbana’s baby perfume.

Planning  | Business ideas

A picture says a thousand words

3:59PM | Friday, 1 March 2013 | Taskmaster

Take a look at the photos you use to promote your business and your products. If they’re not up to scratch, it’s time to call in a professional photographer.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

PayPal co-founder launches Affirm, aims for one-click mobile payments

2:04PM | Thursday, 28 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

PayPal co-founder Max Levchin is launching a new mobile payments start-up called Affirm, the first project to come out of Levchin’s San Francisco tech incubator.

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

Top trends from the Mobile World Congress 2013

2:48PM | Thursday, 28 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Technology advisory firm Ovum has highlighted a number of key trends to emerge from Mobile World Congress 2013, based on announcements from Telefonia, Google and MasterCard.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology

What do your doubters really know?

2:29PM | Thursday, 28 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Meeting people who are sceptical of your business idea is an inevitable part of being an entrepreneur. But it’s important to remember not all of your critics’ criticisms are equally valid.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership

Travel outfit runs hot and cold

2:15PM | Thursday, 28 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

An inevitable sight when travelling is the clueless tourist whose clothes are unsuitable for the local conditions. Thankfully, TravelSupermarket has developed the perfect outfit for every climate.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

$1.9 million grant generates global distribution deal for ultrasound device maker

2:00AM | Thursday, 28 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A South Australian manufacturer of ultrasound devices has announced a global distribution partnership with a Japanese company, two years after receiving a $1.9 million government grant.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | How I did it

DIY home design to spark homewares sales: IBISWorld

2:29PM | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

An increasing trend of do-it-yourself home design will stimulate sales for houseware retailing, according to an IBISWorld report, which shows industry revenue is expected to be worth $1.71 billion in 2017-18.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Instagram hits 100 million users – three things you can learn

2:24PM | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The co-founder of Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram has outlined key reasons for the company’s success, after hitting 100 million users since its launch in October 2010.

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

Take a lesson from the keynote master, Steve Jobs

2:05PM | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Do you have a big sales presentation or pitch coming up? If so, you could do far worse than watch a keynote speech from Steve Jobs.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Sales

Tweet seats are a sweet idea

2:17PM | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Ever been distracted at a theatre by a Twitter addict who can’t seem to put their smartphone away? US theatregoers are now being offered seats where they can tweet without distracting everyone else.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Writing your first ever business plan

2:31PM | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 | Oliver Milman

Planning a business can be daunting – especially if you’re doing it for the first time. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you through the process. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Sole trader

Hiring an apprentice: A start-up guide

2:07PM | Tuesday, 26 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Hiring an apprentice can be very rewarding – both from a business and a personal perspective. Here is everything you need to be aware of before you start. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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

Digital wallet does the thinking for you

2:15PM | Tuesday, 26 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Ever been confused about which credit card will give you the most reward points at a given retailer? The Wallaby Card is a digital wallet that automatically charges the account with the best offer.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Star-studded event series helps entrepreneurs face the Startup Grind

2:53PM | Monday, 25 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The US-founded Startup Grind event series continues to grow in Australia, with the Sydney and Melbourne chapters set to host the founders of Atlassian and Zendesk respectively.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Leadership  | How I did it  | Sole trader

Stopping corporate culture from strangling your start-up

2:02PM | Monday, 25 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Corporate bureaucracy can squeeze the creativity out of any business. However, there are ways to retain your entrepreneurial edge as your start-up grows. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | Managing people

Tamagotchi gets tweaked for a new market

2:17PM | Monday, 25 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

It’s been 16 years since the Tamagotchi craze swept the world. Now Japanese toy giant Bandai hopes an app for Apple and Android smartphones will create a new generation of virtual pet owners.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Gamification takes centre stage in new innovation tool Blitz

2:00AM | Monday, 25 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian gaming company 3rd Sense has outlined how it built an online tool called Blitz, developed by Dr Ken Hudson, which uses gamification principles to drive corporate innovation.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | IT  | Sole trader

Live in the moment with a Phonekerchief

2:48PM | Friday, 22 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

There’s nothing more annoying than a phone call during a family dinner. Now you can wrap your smartphone in a Phonekerchief, which blocks out mobile signals, to show your loved ones you really care.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Shortlist unveiled for season two of Optus Innov8 Seed Program

2:05PM | Thursday, 21 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Pocketbook, RecruitLoop and OrionVM are among the 10 start-ups shortlisted for the second season of the Optus Innov8 Seed Program, chosen from an applicant pool of 92 start-ups.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology