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

Top three tips for social enterprises who want to create real change

11:21PM | Wednesday, 6 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Thousands of social entrepreneurs are involved in over 150 events across Australia this week as part of the first annual Changemakers Festival, coordinated by the Australian Centre for Social Innovation.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business

Canberra start-ups to showcase creativity at Festival of Ambitious Ideas

11:21PM | Monday, 4 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Thirteen Canberra-based start-ups are set to share their plans and visions this week at the second Festival of Ambitious Ideas, launched to showcase and encourage innovation in the Australian Capital Territory.

 | Planning  | Business planning