Business planning



THE NEWS WRAP: Federal government ministers warned to expect deep budget cuts

12:24AM | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

Federal government ministers have been warned to expect deep budget cuts early next year, with deficits likely to surpass $120 billion over the next four years.

Insights from the San Francisco Lean Startup Conference: Lean is serious and here to stay

12:57PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Angel investor Jeffrey Tobias has returned from the International Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco convinced about the durability of the lean start-up approach.

Best of the Web reads: Ban Ki-moon’s big idea for 2014 and an obituary for the letter E

12:34AM | Friday, 13 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

What will be the big idea to shape 2014? For United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, it is action on climate change.

Monetising motherhood advice: Baby Bargains Australia launches new website

12:00PM | Thursday, 12 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Belinda Jennings, co-founder and chief executive of pre-loved classified site Baby Bargains Australia, has launched Mum Central, a new site to broaden the brand and entice a whole new realm of advertisers to her business.

Drive and determination keys to investment for entrepreneurs

12:04PM | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

Gavin Appel, partner at Square Peg Capital, loves what he does and describes himself as a “passionate guy”.

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.