Business planning



How to make the most of quick conversations with start-up gurus

9:54PM | Tuesday, 10 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Mentoring can be the make-or-break factor in a start-up’s journey, so it pays to make the most of every opportunity.

Decide now whether you’re closing over Christmas and New Year

9:46PM | Tuesday, 10 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Are you planning to close your business for a week during Christmas or in January? If you haven’t really thought about it, here are four good reasons why you should make the decision now.

Canberra start-up sector set for a boom with the Coalition set to cut 12,000 public service jobs

9:19AM | Monday, 9 September 2013 | Rose Powell

The fledgling Canberra start-up scene is set for a boost with the city’s largest employer, the federal government, set to shed 12,000 public service jobs in line with Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott’s election cost-reducing promise.

A few very merry mobile trends you really must watch

9:39PM | Thursday, 5 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Well, it’s certainly been a big couple of days in the mobile industry – and the news is set to get bigger. If you’re running, planning or developing a mobile app, here are some trends you really must pay attention to.

A lesson on taste from Steve Jobs

9:40PM | Monday, 2 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Over the weekend, your friendly local Taskmaster watched the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs. Here are a couple of business lessons – and spoilers!

Curtin University’s Ignition program signs up sponsors

9:12PM | Monday, 2 September 2013 | Gavin Lower

Curtin University’s Ignition entrepreneur and innovation program has received sponsorship backing from the West Australian Department of Commerce.

Meet the Facebook group so popular it spawned a business

8:55PM | Friday, 30 August 2013 | Rose Powell

Three of the administrators of the Queensland Business Group on Facebook have this week launched a business on the back of their popular community group.

Apple seeks to trademark “startup” in Australia

8:36PM | Wednesday, 28 August 2013 | Rose Powell

Apple has lodged a trademark application for the term “startup” in Australia.

Hannibal Lecter, CEO: New research likens entrepreneurs to psychopaths

8:18PM | Tuesday, 27 August 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Entrepreneurs have been found to share many characteristics with psychopaths, in a new study conducted by one of Australia’s top business schools.

Brewing up a unique hybrid

8:36PM | Monday, 26 August 2013 | StartupSmart

What’s the more refreshing brew – an iced tea or a cold beer? One brewery says both – combined.

Six important things to remember when negotiating and reviewing your first commercial lease

8:46PM | Monday, 26 August 2013 | Tom O’Brien

If you’re preparing to sign your first lease agreement, here are some of the key issues you need to be aware of.

Red line warning keeps revellers safe

8:20PM | Thursday, 22 August 2013 | StartupSmart

These clever cups can detect ‘roofies’ (also known as rohypnol), with red lines running up the side of the cup when the drug is present, sending a clear warning sign to drinkers.

Android app development dominates over Apple iOS

8:52PM | Thursday, 22 August 2013 | Myriam Robin

Android app development continues to power ahead of Apple’s iOS, according to figures released by

Big dogs won’t play, so start-up entrepreneur sinks his teeth into pet grooming venture

8:50PM | Wednesday, 21 August 2013 | Rose Powell

Former real estate entrepreneur Steven Deveraux-Stanford launched his second start-up three weeks ago and is flat out meeting incoming orders for his all-natural pet grooming products.

Mastering the reports that matter: How reports can be used to grow your business

8:27PM | Tuesday, 20 August 2013 | Rose Powell

The last thing start-ups and small business operators want is to invest more time in paperwork. But that doesn’t mean all reports should be outsourced or ignored until they become critical.

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop: Pipe dreams are better than tunnel vision

8:51PM | Monday, 19 August 2013 | Taskmaster

Remember how, in the 1970s, state governments and planners promised us that freeways were the solution to traffic jams? Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk says he has a new solution to our traffic woes.

Good, bad and ugly: Feedback is everything when running a café or restaurant

8:21PM | Monday, 19 August 2013 | Trevor Jenkins

How do you know your hospitality venue is up to scratch, especially when you aren’t around? From secret shoppers to open book audits, there are ways to find out.

Why being afraid of customers can hold tech start-ups back

8:12PM | Thursday, 15 August 2013 | Rose Powell

International design marketplace 99designs is one of Australia’s major start-up success stories, with 240,000 registered designers. Chief operations officer Jason Sew Hoy discusses some of the challenges the platform has faced.

Seven steps to get you ready and set before you go raising funds

8:55PM | Wednesday, 14 August 2013 | Marc Peskett

Want to start raising funds for your start-up? Here are seven steps you need to take before you go.

The impact an accelerator can have: Two Slingshot start-ups share their stories

8:58PM | Wednesday, 14 August 2013 | Rose Powell

Eight tech start-ups, the current intake of the Slingshot start-up accelerator program, have pitched their ideas to a packed out room of almost 300 people at its demo day.