Business planning



Spacecubed solves start-up puzzle with Perth’s first co-working space

8:00AM | Thursday, 9 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Perth has got its first start-up co-working space in the form of Spacecubed, which will be divided into three broad industry categories and has partnered with crowdfunding platform Pozible.

Mexican entrée for 500 Startups' Latin American main dish

8:12PM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-up accelerator 500 Startups will expand its reach after acquiring Latin American accelerator Mexican.VC, but a local expert says it could be a while before something similar happens in Australia.

Start figuring out where you will be in three years time

8:00AM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Taskmaster

Today we’re going to start a process that might take you months to finish. The task is simple – figure out where you want your company to be in three years.

Sydney retailer Top3 by Design flies the Aussie flag in World Retail Awards

8:52PM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based retailer Top3 by Design is hoping to take out the concept innovation category in the 2012 World Retail Awards, after being named the only Australian finalist in the awards.

RBA keeps rates on hold, says growth is "close to trend"

8:49PM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The official interest rate has remained unchanged at 3.5%, in line with economists’ expectations, with the Reserve Bank saying most indicators suggest growth is “close to trend overall”.

Older, more mobile and global: Three key trends shaping Australia’s online businesses

8:32PM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The latest Sensis e-Business Report reveals consumers are getting older, increasingly use mobile devices and buy more from overseas companies than ever before. So how can Australian start-ups take advantage of these trends?

Vodafone “hackathon” looks to develop mobile innovation, all for a good cause

8:28PM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Want to hone your coding skills and help a great cause? Vodafone want you to build an app for that.

Startup Weekend heads to Perth for first time

8:00AM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Perth will host its first Startup Weekend next month – following in the footsteps of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide – but places are already filling up for the 54-hour event.

Start-ups urged to be wary of tax-free threshold “trap”

8:59PM | Monday, 6 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs who operate a business part-time could be hit by changes to the tax-free threshold, with an expert warning anyone with more than one income source could be caught in a tax trap.

Smirnoff controversy prompts Facebook comments warning

8:52PM | Monday, 6 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups are being urged to monitor comments left on their Facebook pages, after the parent company of Smirnoff failed to monitor distasteful comments made by its Facebook “fans”.

Sean Parker’s Airtime fails to take flight

8:30PM | Friday, 3 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Napster founder Sean Parker’s high profile doesn’t appear to be working its magic with Airtime, amid reports the start-up is struggling to attract users.

Franchising not all freedom and autonomy, expert warns

8:26PM | Friday, 3 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Prospective franchisees are drawn into the industry for greater work freedom and autonomy, according to a new survey, but an industry expert warns these freedoms can often be limited.

Small firms remain “shackled” by unfair dismissal laws: VECCI

8:16PM | Friday, 3 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses remain “shackled” by unfair dismissal laws, according to a major employer group, following yesterday’s release of a review into the Fair Work industrial relations system.

Newcastle’s Start House keen to replicate Fishburner’s incubator success

8:59PM | Thursday, 2 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new co-working space in Newcastle wants to replicate the success of Sydney co-working space Fishburners, aiming itself at digital start-ups in the area.

Nike’s “House of Innovation” tipped to inspire start-ups

8:33PM | Thursday, 2 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Nike teamed up with high-end UK department store Selfridges London in order to allow shoppers to compete against each other in virtual games. It’s a concept experts say Australian start-ups should pay attention to.

Gay community “bigger than a niche”, start-ups told

8:21PM | Thursday, 2 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The launch of a new deals site, called QueerDeals, has again highlighted the spending power of Australia’s lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, questioning and intersex community.

Meet Australia’s first “B Corporation”: Investment firm Small Giants

8:29PM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based investment firm Small Giants has become the first Australian company to be certified as a “B Corporation”, which uses business to solve social and environmental problems.

Revealed: How Aussie start-ups are being hit by IT price discrimination

7:22PM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-ups are suffering from unfair pricing in the Australian technology market, with research conducted by StartupSmart revealing that basic start-up tech products can cost up to 37.5% more than their US counterparts.

PayPal under fire over “arbitrary suspension” of merchant accounts

7:18PM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Online payments provider PayPal has issued some key advice to small businesses to help them avoid arbitrary suspension of their accounts, but admits the process needs to be improved.

Business credit demand slides as start-ups hunt funds elsewhere

7:14PM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Overall growth in business credit applications eased to 4.5% over the year to the June quarter, a Veda report reveals, suggesting start-ups are bypassing business loans for other forms of credit.