Business planning



Five top pieces of business tech from the IFA show

9:21PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

The annual IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin wrapped up yesterday. Here are five products from this year’s show your start-up might use in the near future. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

‘No-nonsense’ Web Directions South event to launch start-up workshop

9:00AM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs can now register their interest in Web Directions South, a conference aimed at new tech companies, while Startup Weekend is to return to Adelaide for a second time.

Three start-up trends from the RMIT business plan competition finalists

9:56PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

RMIT University has announced the finalists of the 2012 RMIT Business Plan Competition, with ideas ranging from green fuel to eco-friendly beer packaging.

Twitter founder: Why scale is crucial for start-ups

9:49PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of Twitter has shared his views on what it takes to create successful new technologies, highlighting the importance for companies to allow room to scale on a global basis.

Location key for retail start-ups amid foreign fashion wave

9:45PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A retail expert says small independent retailers won’t be too badly hurt by the wave of global fast fashion retailers entering Australia.

TiECON Sydney to dole out $50,000 through start-up pitch contest

9:00AM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been given an 'open door' chance at the TiECON Sydney event to land $50,000 from angel investors, with organisers claiming that the initiative is an opportunity for new ventures to hone their pitches.

New IP laws set to penalise “quick and dirty” patent applications

9:51PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A patent expert has issued some advice about Australia’s new intellectual property and patenting laws, urging start-ups to refrain from rushing into a “quick and dirty” patent application.

Interest rates left on hold for third straight month

9:42PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Interest rates have remained on hold for the third consecutive month, with the Reserve Bank board attributing the decision to “quite firm” consumption growth and low unemployment.

Access to finance the biggest sore point for small firms: Study

9:00PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Access to finance remains one of the biggest problems faced by start-ups, according to an academic study, which finds small firms are also struggling to keep up with the growth of technology.

Online security stats prompt key tips for start-ups

9:55PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been urged to reassure consumers of the security of their sites, after a report revealed 95% of consumers would terminate their relationship with a company if it mishandled their data.

Dog grooming franchise HydroDog rebrands, taps into mobile concept

9:51PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The success of mobile franchises often depends on the season, an expert says, after mobile dog grooming service HydroDog Australia underwent a rebrand and launched two new businesses.

Attach a problem to each of your products

9:01PM | Tuesday, 6 September 2011 | Taskmaster

By attaching solutions to each product you have defined your ideal customers and created five little marketing campaigns.

Retailers counting on Christmas to boost sales: Report

9:49PM | Monday, 3 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retailers are counting on Christmas to boost their sales, with the latest Dun & Bradstreet report showing sales expectations for the December quarter are 26 points above the 10-year average.

Small group buying sites told to “hold on and sit tight”

9:46PM | Monday, 3 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small players in the Australian group buying market need to “hold on and sit tight”, an expert says, after a report revealed consumer spending has fallen for the third consecutive quarter.

NSW schoolboy snags big-name brands for 360º Mall retail launch

9:42PM | Monday, 3 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

More than 100 brands have signed up for The 360º Mall, a 3D shopping centre created by a 16-year-old NSW schoolboy that will launch in Australia next month.

The outback innovators

9:01PM | Monday, 3 September 2012 | Matty Soccio

The major metropolitan areas are not the only places where new businesses are being launched. However, starting up in rural regional Australia can pose some unique challenges. BY MATTY SOCCIO.

Eastern states' start-up numbers leap as WA lags: Report

9:00AM | Monday, 3 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost 6% of all Australian businesses launched during the past 12 months, with the eastern states outshining boom state Western Australia in terms of new enterprises, according to data intelligence company Veda.

Perth crowned Australia’s top business ‘eTown’ by Google

8:44PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Joanne Koh

Perth, despite its mining-centric reputation, is the top urban location and Byron Shire in NSW is the best regional area when it comes to Australia’s burgeoning ‘digital economy’, according to new rankings from Google.

Enterprises targeted with new features for Google Maps and Google+

8:19PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech giant Google is continuing to woo developers and businesses with new features, after launching new ad formats to help developers monetise Google Maps, and new business-specific features on Google+.

Enjoy your (Startup) Stay: New global community launches for travelling entrepreneurs

8:00AM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been offered the chance to dodge accommodation costs when they travel, following the launch of global community Startup Stay, which allows members to say with and host other entrepreneurs.