A house you’ll be happy to let your cat scratch apart

10:54PM | Monday, 14 October 2013 | StartupSmart

A feline scratching up a house is no longer a cat-astrophe, thanks to a product with a sharp new design your moggy will feel right at home using.

Planning  | Business ideas

What kind of entrepreneur are you?

10:42PM | Friday, 11 October 2013 | StartupSmart

Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes and, as this cute infographic from BizSugar shows, styles.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Best of the web reads: How to make better decisions

10:13AM | Friday, 11 October 2013 | Melinda Oliver

Lists on how to ‘do life better’ are abundant, but leading the way is the blog Marc and Angel Hack Life.

 | Planning

The hamster wheel of fashion

10:47PM | Thursday, 10 October 2013 | StartupSmart

Have you ever wanted to dress up a tiny domesticated rodent as Captain America? Well, in the unlikely event you have, one business is now making it possible.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Speed kills: Why you don’t need to build your start-up at a million miles an hour

10:24PM | Thursday, 10 October 2013 | Jason Rose

In business, there can be a temptation to aim for fast growth from day one. However, sometimes a slow and steady approach is the most sustainable strategy.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Mentor  | Jason Rose

Leading entrepreneurs share the best business advice they ever received

10:35PM | Thursday, 10 October 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Australia’s best and brightest entrepreneurs share the best pieces of business advice they’ve received.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sole trader

How to discover if there is a big enough market and strong enough problem for your start-up

10:00AM | Thursday, 10 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Big ideas, big markets and billion dollar problem areas were the key topics at this week’s edition of the Next start-up development program.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Time to organise your Christmas party!

10:03PM | Wednesday, 9 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Christmas is just around the corner. And, when it comes to organising your Christmas party, there are a number of options you should consider.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales

The big smartphone trends mobile app developers need to be aware of: Part Two

10:31PM | Tuesday, 8 October 2013 | Taskmaster

The global smartphone market is huge – and growing rapidly. In the second of a two-part series, here are the big trends in the mobile industry you need to be aware of.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology  | Websites  | IT  | Leadership  | Management

The “super sectors” to contribute $250 billion to the economy within 20 years

10:59PM | Tuesday, 8 October 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Agribusiness has been identified as one of the next “super-growth” sectors, capable of contributing $250 billion to the economy in the next 20 years.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Five tips for overcoming procrastination

10:52AM | Tuesday, 8 October 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Procrastination can be a killer for home-based businesses. If you’re finding yourself putting things off, here are five tips to help you snap out of it.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Mentor  | Sole trader  | Amanda Jesnoewski

Watching out for wasted time

10:45PM | Monday, 7 October 2013 | StartupSmart

Perfect for any time-poor and easily distracted ideas person, this watch tells you what the rest of the world is most likely up to at any given time.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

The big smartphone trends mobile app developers need to be aware of: Part One

10:16PM | Monday, 7 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Ever wondered whether Apple or Android is ahead the Australian smartphone market? In the first of a two-part series, here are the big trends in the mobile industry you need to be aware of.

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

The Nitro story: How to grow a software company from five guys to over $25 million in annual revenue

10:00AM | Friday, 4 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Taking on the “gorilla in the room” competitor doesn’t always end well, but it seemed like a great idea to the founding team of now international software company Nitro when they squared up to Adobe in 2005.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology

Flat out in the kitchen

10:48PM | Thursday, 3 October 2013 | StartupSmart

Like a flat-packed swiss army knife, these three kitchen tools that transform into six are sure to be a popular option with homes (and storage spaces) getting smaller and outdoor activities about to increase with the warm months.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Time to clear your desk!

10:20PM | Thursday, 3 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Can you see the surface of your desk? No? Oh dear… the situation’s worse than Old Taskmaster feared!

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Home based business  | Work/life balance  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Workspace  | Running a business from home

Dealing with regret

10:21PM | Wednesday, 2 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Regret. It’s an emotion your humble correspondent is all too familiar with. The secret lies in how you deal with it.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people

Sitting down for a workout

10:18PM | Wednesday, 2 October 2013 | StartupSmart

With most of us sitting down at desks in front of computers for much of our working day, there’s an increasing number of reports emerging about the adverse impact it’s having on our health.

 | Business ideas

What unseen signs are holding you back from your true potential?

10:33PM | Wednesday, 2 October 2013 | Greg Ferrett

Subliminal signs and cues in your everyday environment can be a powerful motivating or demotivating force. It’s worth thinking about the messages you’re sending yourself in your workspace.

 | Planning  | Leadership  | Mentor  | Workspace  | Greg Ferrett

How to work out if you’ve got a viable start-up idea: Insights from the Next program

10:22PM | Tuesday, 1 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Customer discovery and honing start-up ideas were the key topics explored during the first evening of the Next start-up development program, run in co-working space York Butter Factory on Monday.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Sole trader