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Personal perfection and “lightning gratification” among top future trends for SMEs

2:54PM | Monday, 17 February 2014 | Melinda Oliver

Most trend forecasts for SMEs focus on expectations of business confidence, financial status, use of technology and new online marketing habits, but futurist Ross Dawson has other ideas.

Enable people’s laziness – and profit!

2:56PM | Friday, 14 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Today, like so many other days, your humble correspondent arrived at Taskmaster Towers. On the desk was a post-it note.

Which team will get to have the final say?

2:00AM | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Your products will end up looking very different depending on which team is put in charge.

How to determine whether you qualify for the R&D Tax Incentive

2:56PM | Monday, 10 February 2014 | Robert Krigsman

The Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive program was developed to assist businesses recover some of the costs of undertaking R&D. Here are the key details you need to know.

Is fear holding you back from chasing your dream?

2:13PM | Friday, 7 February 2014 | Marina Go

I recently attended StartupSmart's inaugural pitching event, So You Think You Can Start Up at the glamorous office of sponsor Servcorp in Sydney's Chifley Tower.

Don’t create a doberhuahua!

2:39PM | Thursday, 6 February 2014 | Taskmaster

So are you toying with the idea of combining two different products into one? Be careful you don’t create a doberhuahua!

A roaring trade or a dog of an idea?

2:00AM | Wednesday, 5 February 2014 | Taskmaster

A zoo in China was recently busted for short-changing its customers after a “lion” began barking like a dog. It’s time for the Taskmaster to get to the bottom of this hairy business dilemma.

Ask an outsider

2:00AM | Tuesday, 4 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Most of the rest of the world cares far less about your industry than you do. It’s time to tap into what they really think of your business.

The Super Bowl: Start-ups versus the establishment

2:26PM | Monday, 3 February 2014 | Taskmaster

The first Super Bowl was the product of that most American of traditions: A disruptive start-up business taking on the corporate establishment.

A start-up intern shares an inside look at 99designs

1:22PM | Wednesday, 29 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Dan Williams wasn’t sure about the Melbourne University start-up internship program. But, after scoring a place at 99Designs, he’s caught the start-up bug.

Tech, food and leisure most popular industries for new business

1:09PM | Thursday, 23 January 2014 | Rose Powell

More than half of Australia’s entrepreneurs are feeling confident about their start-up prospects and the best time to launch a new business will be in 2016, according to research by Snap Printing released this week.

Mobile commerce visionary Tomi Ahonen on the newest mass media: You must watch this video

1:00AM | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 | Taskmaster

Are you thinking about developing an Android or iPhone app? Or perhaps you’re looking for a great business idea? If so, here’s one video you absolutely must watch.

Who entered the So You Think You Can Start-up pitching competition?

1:43PM | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 | StartupSmart

Entries have now closed for our So You Think You Can Start-up pitching competition. The 10 finalists will be announced shortly.

Starting a business doesn’t make you an entrepreneur: study

1:00PM | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 | Myriam Robin

Starting a small business doesn’t make you an entrepreneur, according to a study by two Swedish academics from the country’s Research Institute of Industrial Economics.

The dark side of vertical integration

1:00AM | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 | Taskmaster

What would your business do if a large supplier or customer decided to become a competitor? Here are a few of your options.

Five tips to start up a business in 2014

1:43PM | Friday, 17 January 2014 | Jocelyn Hunter

So you’ve decided you’re going to be your own boss in 2014. Congratulations. Here are five tips to ensure you focus on the right things in the early days.

Patience is not a virtue – and neither are queues

1:00AM | Wednesday, 15 January 2014 | Taskmaster

There are some things in this world Old Taskmaster has little time for. Queues being chief among them.

Many Australians planning to change jobs want to start their own business in 2014: Survey

1:07PM | Thursday, 9 January 2014 | Rose Powell

A third of Australians are planning on changing their career this year, according to national bookkeeping franchise First Class Accounts.

App for personal trainer entrepreneurs wins Adelaide’s MEGA awards for 2013

1:03PM | Monday, 6 January 2014 | Rose Powell

PTBiz, an app for personal trainers to manage their businesses, has taken out a series of awards as part of the 2013 graduating class of Adelaide-based early stage start-up program MEGA.

Top five areas to start a business in 2014

1:00AM | Friday, 3 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

When it comes to starting your own business, it can be a challenge working out what sectors have the best potential.

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