Business planning



Preparation and planning prevents poor performance

12:45PM | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 | Matt Murphy

One of the first things you need to do when you are embarking on your start-up is to create your business strategy and then a plan for implementation.

Camp Kidprenuer wants to raise a generation of entrepreneurs

12:15PM | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 | Myriam Robin

Camp Kidpreneur is a week-long camp for children eight to 12 that teaches them the skills to be an entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurialism insights from the trenches: Fitzroy Academy of Getting Sh-t Done launches

12:00AM | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Incubators, accelerators and university courses in entrepreneurialism have flourished across the country in the last 18 months.

Indigenous and employment start-ups stand out in latest social enterprise accelerator intake

12:10PM | Monday, 9 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Fifteen start-ups have been announced as successful applicants for the Crunch Accelerator program, a six-month intensive incubator program that turns social ideas into enterprises within 12 months.

Start thinking about 2014

12:51PM | Friday, 6 December 2013 | Taskmaster

That’s right, kids: In less than one month, the year will be 2014. So, do you want to hit the ground running in the new year?

Australia's love affair with online shopping continues, but growth is slowing

12:28PM | Thursday, 5 December 2013 |  Katherine Jimenez

Australians are continuing to embrace online retailing, but the pace of growth has slowed and the value of transactions has shrunk considerably.

A franchisee’s biggest business regret

12:00AM | Tuesday, 3 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Old Taskmaster is back at the local shopping centre for another sales meeting. During the meeting, a franchisee confesses their biggest regret in business.

Diversity is good, except as a business model

12:00AM | Monday, 2 December 2013 | Taskmaster

From Christopher Skase's Qintex to Bond Corporation and from Mayne Nickless to Pacific Dunlop, diversified companies have been a disaster. Your grandfather was wrong to warn you not to put all your eggs in one basket!

Three reasons holding entrepreneurs back when taking good ideas from “should do” to “done”

11:13PM | Wednesday, 27 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Many start-ups struggle to execute their best insights and big decisions in a timely manner because they’re too nervous or not sure enough of their instincts.

Three steps to turn an idea into a start-up

11:58PM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | Rose Powell

For every start-up launched, there are hundreds, possibly thousands, of start-up ideas. The way to find the courage to turn a good idea into a business, and how to actually do so is good planning, according to Athena Prib, co-founder and commercial director of business consulting group Gemaker.

The Weekly Digest: Don’t give up this Global Entrepreneurship Week (or ever)

11:00AM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Happy Global Entrepreneurship Week! Here’s the wrap of the stories we covered last week.

Yin and Yang: How to find the perfect business partner

11:13PM | Thursday, 21 November 2013 | Jason Rose

History is full of famous partnerships – unions of two individuals who achieved more together than they possibly ever could have achieved on their own. Here’s how to find your ideal business partner.

Australia one of the world’s most entrepreneurial countries: New global research

11:21PM | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 | Rose Powell

The vast majority of Australians are interested in giving it a go, according to a new global report into attitudes towards entrepreneurship.

Ireland makes a play for Australian start-ups and announces “start-up ambassador”

11:07PM | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Enterprise Ireland, the Irish government trade board, has announced its first start-up ambassador for Australia, Sydney-based Eamon Eastwood, in a bid to entice both Irish entrepreneurs and Australian founders to set up base in the emerald isle.

The Weekly Digest: All of this week’s start-up tips, latest news and opportunities

11:18PM | Friday, 15 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Here is StartupSmart’s weekly roundup of the big news and events in the Australian start-up community.

Retail store locations: The science behind the choice

11:33PM | Monday, 11 November 2013 | Gerry Gerrard

Whether you earn your bread in a bakery or another retail business, here are some key tips from Bakers Delight general manager Gerry Gerrard on where you should invest your dough.

Six new technologies set to lift-off in 2014

11:23PM | Friday, 8 November 2013 | Andrew Sadauskas

The tech sector has always been in a never-ending race towards the next big thing. Here’s a look at six technologies set to lift-off in 2014.

Dr Pepper’s lessons on brand loyalty

11:00AM | Thursday, 7 November 2013 | Taskmaster

Do you want to build a brand your customers will keep coming back to? It’s time to take a lesson from the doctor.

Feeling flat? How to rediscover your start-up passion ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week

11:23PM | Wednesday, 6 November 2013 | Rose Powell

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week next week, and while there is a lot to celebrate about the local start-up community and the excellent businesses involved, many entrepreneurs may be feeling overwhelmed and burnt out.

Top three tips for social enterprises who want to create real change

11:21PM | Wednesday, 6 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Thousands of social entrepreneurs are involved in over 150 events across Australia this week as part of the first annual Changemakers Festival, coordinated by the Australian Centre for Social Innovation.