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

A franchisee’s biggest business regret

12:00AM | Tuesday, 3 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Old Taskmaster is back at the local shopping centre for another sales meeting. During the meeting, a franchisee confesses their biggest regret in business.

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

Who wants eggs?

12:42PM | Monday, 2 December 2013 | StartupSmart

Are you trying to branch out in your cooking? If so, this invention is a real hoot.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Diversity is good, except as a business model

12:00AM | Monday, 2 December 2013 | Taskmaster

From Christopher Skase's Qintex to Bond Corporation and from Mayne Nickless to Pacific Dunlop, diversified companies have been a disaster. Your grandfather was wrong to warn you not to put all your eggs in one basket!

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

The yin and yang of taking a bath

11:52PM | Friday, 29 November 2013 | StartupSmart

Sharing a bath with your significant other is one way to inject intimacy into any relationship. Enter this German-designed yin and yang bath, which gives each person their own tub side by side.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

How to recognise an EPIC start-up founder

11:40PM | Friday, 29 November 2013 | Garry Visontay

As an investor, you’re looking for start-up founders that are, literally, epic. You want grand scale results and a heroic take-it-on-the-chin attitude.

 | Planning  | Leadership  | How to hire staff

Three reasons holding entrepreneurs back when taking good ideas from “should do” to “done”

11:13PM | Wednesday, 27 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Many start-ups struggle to execute their best insights and big decisions in a timely manner because they’re too nervous or not sure enough of their instincts.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Three steps to turn an idea into a start-up

11:58PM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | Rose Powell

For every start-up launched, there are hundreds, possibly thousands, of start-up ideas. The way to find the courage to turn a good idea into a business, and how to actually do so is good planning, according to Athena Prib, co-founder and commercial director of business consulting group Gemaker.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Sole trader

Tent tackles festival trash

11:16PM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | StartupSmart

Anyone who’s been to a multi-day music festival is likely to have a horror story or two about the mess left behind by their fellow concert-goers. Enter the tent that doubles as a garbage bag.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

The Weekly Digest: Don’t give up this Global Entrepreneurship Week (or ever)

11:00AM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Happy Global Entrepreneurship Week! Here’s the wrap of the stories we covered last week.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Innovation  | Management

Yin and Yang: How to find the perfect business partner

11:13PM | Thursday, 21 November 2013 | Jason Rose

History is full of famous partnerships – unions of two individuals who achieved more together than they possibly ever could have achieved on their own. Here’s how to find your ideal business partner.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Mentor  | Jason Rose

Australia one of the world’s most entrepreneurial countries: New global research

11:21PM | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 | Rose Powell

The vast majority of Australians are interested in giving it a go, according to a new global report into attitudes towards entrepreneurship.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Sole trader

Ireland makes a play for Australian start-ups and announces “start-up ambassador”

11:07PM | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Enterprise Ireland, the Irish government trade board, has announced its first start-up ambassador for Australia, Sydney-based Eamon Eastwood, in a bid to entice both Irish entrepreneurs and Australian founders to set up base in the emerald isle.

 | Planning  | Business planning

The Weekly Digest: All of this week’s start-up tips, latest news and opportunities

11:18PM | Friday, 15 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Here is StartupSmart’s weekly roundup of the big news and events in the Australian start-up community.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Retail store locations: The science behind the choice

11:33PM | Monday, 11 November 2013 | Gerry Gerrard

Whether you earn your bread in a bakery or another retail business, here are some key tips from Bakers Delight general manager Gerry Gerrard on where you should invest your dough.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Retail

Six new technologies set to lift-off in 2014

11:23PM | Friday, 8 November 2013 | Andrew Sadauskas

The tech sector has always been in a never-ending race towards the next big thing. Here’s a look at six technologies set to lift-off in 2014.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Innovation  | Technology  | IT

Working from home

11:21PM | Thursday, 7 November 2013 | Taskmaster

Are you trying to work from home? If so, it’s time to put your foot down!

 | Planning  | Home based business  | Work/life balance  | Running a business from home

Dr Pepper’s lessons on brand loyalty

11:00AM | Thursday, 7 November 2013 | Taskmaster

Do you want to build a brand your customers will keep coming back to? It’s time to take a lesson from the doctor.

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

Feeling flat? How to rediscover your start-up passion ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week

11:23PM | Wednesday, 6 November 2013 | Rose Powell

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week next week, and while there is a lot to celebrate about the local start-up community and the excellent businesses involved, many entrepreneurs may be feeling overwhelmed and burnt out.

 | Planning  | Business planning