Solar-powered water distiller

2:51PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The lack of clean, reliable drinking water has long been a problem in many developing countries. It’s a problem a new solar-powered water distiller hopes to tackle.

Planning  | Business ideas

Anything’s Pozible for musician Clare Bowditch following funding success

2:31PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian musician Clare Bowditch will accelerate the development of her side project Big Hearted Business after smashing her $26,450 target on local crowdfunding platform Pozible.

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

Labor appoints fourth small business minister in two years

2:25PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The small business sector has been handed its fourth minister in two years, with former immigration minister Chris Bowen assuming the role as part of an unexpected cabinet reshuffle.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Sole trader

The break-up: What happens when franchises go wrong

2:12PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Leon Gettler

A good franchise has a lot in common with a good marriage. In both cases, however, things can get messy if it ends in divorce. BY LEON GETTLER.

 | Planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisor  | Becoming a franchisee

Online start-up the perfect Sidekicker

2:09PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Ever talked a friend into running an errand or helping you out with a trivial task? Next time, you might want to call in a Sidekick.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Forbes’ Australian rich list pits innovators with miners

2:23PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Forbes Asia’s annual list of the richest Australians is littered with mining magnates, including Gina Rinehart in the top spot, but it also features a strong contingent of entrepreneurs who have made their fortunes in other fields.

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

HMV staff hijack Twitter feed, live-tweet mass layoffs

2:30PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

A disgruntled employee of collapsed music retail chain HMV hijacked the company's Twitter account and started live-tweeting about mass lay-offs.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites  | IT

Need a fake girlfriend? There’s a site for that

2:05PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Ever wanted to make your ex-girlfriend jealous after a nasty breakup? A new website has the perfect solution: A fake Facebook girlfriend.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

How do I work out what my best business concept is?

2:52PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Brad Callaughan

There is no substitute for doing your homework before you decide to pursue a business opportunity.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Brad Callaughan

Business groups fear policy paralysis following election announcement

1:43PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Yesterday’s announcement of the 2013 federal election date garnered a largely positive response from business groups, but there are now concerns about “policy paralysis” within government.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership

Australia up three spots in global innovation – but expert says we can do better

1:23PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A new report shows Australia has improved its global ranking in the innovation stakes, moving from 16th spot to 13th spot, although access to venture capital and public funding remains a problem for start-ups.

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

Retail Food Group sees 120% post-Christmas spike in franchise enquiries

1:19PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Retail Food Group says it received more than double the number of enquiries this January compared to January 2012, as enquiries throughout franchising experience an upward trend.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisee

The one (election) day in September we want to remember

1:39PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Taskmaster

The 2013 federal election has been called for September 14. Old Taskmaster says it’s time for a little less conversation and a little more action.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Tax  | Leadership  | Managing people

Chinese chocolate lovers indulge at chocolate theme park

1:21PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Ever dreamed of visiting Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory? Well, a theme park made of chocolate has now opened its edible, nougat-filled doors in Shanghai.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Consumer credit demand up 4.1% but debt expectations at three-year low

1:59PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Consumer credit demand rose by 4.1% over the past year, according to new data from Veda, but a Dun & Bradstreet report shows expectations for household debt are at a three-year low.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Aussie start-up seeks third co-founder for Startupbootcamp Amsterdam

1:48PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-up is scrambling to find a third co-founder after being selected as a finalist for Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, which has a preference for teams with three founders.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | How I did it  | How to hire staff

Election announcement welcomed by business as focus turns to policy

1:40PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s surprise announcement about this year’s federal election has been welcomed by the business community for giving “certainty” to small firms.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership

StealthWear Clothing has got you covered – literally

1:31PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Are you worried about the infrared scanners used by drone aircraft? Two New York designers have created StealthWear clothes for the times you don’t want to stand out from the crowd.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Seven key challenges set to hit SMEs in 2013

1:42PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Greg Hayes

It is easier to overcome business challenges if you prepare for them ahead of time. Here are seven challenges you should start planning for in 2013. BY GREG HAYES.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Blogs  | Greg Hayes

Melbourne entrepreneur offers $2,000 bounty in hunt for co-founder

1:51PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A Melbourne-based entrepreneur has taken an unusual approach in his search for tech co-founders, offering a $2,000 bounty to anyone whose recommendation is eventually hired.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | How to hire staff