Six industries set to be hit by “big bang” digital disruption

9:11PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new report by Deloitte singles out six industries tipped to experience a “short fuse, big bang” in the way of digital disruption, highlighting opportunities for forward-thinking start-ups.

Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites  | IT  | Sole trader

Non-retail franchisors lead the charge in revenue growth: Report

9:07PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

First-time franchisees are being encouraged to consider non-retail franchises such as home and personal services, after a report revealed retail operations are lagging behind other sorts of franchises.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisor  | Becoming a franchisee

Start-ups urged to prioritise debt reduction with tax return cash

9:03PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A tax expert has offered some advice on how start-ups can utilise their tax refunds, after a survey revealed more than a third of Australians intend to put their refunds into savings.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Tax

Five ways the GST threshold report recommends changing the postal sector

9:51PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The postal sector could be revamped if recommendations for a new report are acted upon by the government.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Tax  | Leadership

Uncovering the Canberra start-up scene

9:43PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There are more than just pollies and bureaucrats in Canberra. The nation’s capital is also nurturing a healthy start-up scene. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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

Cardboard queen creates $19,000 bracelet

9:09PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

How much would you be willing to pay for a bracelet made from salvaged industrial cardboard? Californian jewellery designer Keariene Muizz hopes your answer to that question is $19,000.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Single, 40-something men most likely to go bankrupt: Report

9:50PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Single men in their 40s are most likely to go bankrupt, new research shows, but a small business expert says this is due to men’s aversion to ask for help as much as their risk-taking nature.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Sole trader

The world’s top five most innovative businesses

9:14PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Are you hoping to reshape an industry with your start-up? If so, here are five innovative businesses you should pay attention to. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Take a walk on the soft side

9:02PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Building scaffolds are often ugly structures designed to protect pedestrians from debris. However, a New York company has created a kit to transform them into functional public spaces.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Adelaide start-up Happy Inspector snags funding from US tech hub

9:00AM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Property inspection start-up Happy Inspector has raised a seed funding round from investors including Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, after lamenting the struggles it faced in securing cash in Australia.

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

NSW Opposition outlines details for small business commissioner role

9:26PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

NSW shadow small business minister Adam Searle has delivered a second reading of his Small Business Commissioner Bill, outlining further details about the scope of the proposed role.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership

Three green trends from clean tech competition finalists

9:22PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Seven finalists have been announced for the 2012 Australian Clean Technologies Competition, with a range of ideas covering everything from green manufacturing to improving crop care.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology

Retail tenancy predictions prompt pop-up shop tips

9:13PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been urged to use pop-up shops as a way to test the market before making a larger investment, following predictions that “monolithic” large stores could be on the wane.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

CSIRO identifies six megatrends and the business opportunities in them

9:05PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Cara Waters

A new CSIRO report identifies the six megatrends businesses need to know about.

 | Planning  | Business ideas  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Apartment-dwellers fly high with “sky garages”

9:50PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

In a concept straight out of The Jetsons, a luxury high-rise development in Singapore has begun selling apartments with “sky garages”. It’s a concept that could lift-off in Australia too.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Five top pieces of business tech from the IFA show

9:21PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

The annual IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin wrapped up yesterday. Here are five products from this year’s show your start-up might use in the near future. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Websites  | IT

‘No-nonsense’ Web Directions South event to launch start-up workshop

9:00AM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs can now register their interest in Web Directions South, a conference aimed at new tech companies, while Startup Weekend is to return to Adelaide for a second time.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Three start-up trends from the RMIT business plan competition finalists

9:56PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

RMIT University has announced the finalists of the 2012 RMIT Business Plan Competition, with ideas ranging from green fuel to eco-friendly beer packaging.

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

Twitter founder: Why scale is crucial for start-ups

9:49PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of Twitter has shared his views on what it takes to create successful new technologies, highlighting the importance for companies to allow room to scale on a global basis.

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

Location key for retail start-ups amid foreign fashion wave

9:45PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A retail expert says small independent retailers won’t be too badly hurt by the wave of global fast fashion retailers entering Australia.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy