Business planning



Handle the pressure like a Hawk

9:18PM | Monday, 30 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Even if you don’t follow the footy, there’s a valuable business lesson to be had from Hawthorn’s victory in the AFL grand final on Saturday.

Army of apps for good including asylum seeker myth-busting app launched at Sydney hackathon

9:46PM | Monday, 30 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Over 80 developers, designers, marketers and entrepreneurs gathered in Sydney for a 48-hour hackathon last weekend to launch apps for charities and care organisations.

If your company is nosediving, don’t buy a private jet!

9:28PM | Friday, 27 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Occasionally, when you read a business news website, you’ll spot something that really makes you shake your head. A prime example is BlackBerry deciding, amidst its current troubles, to buy a new private jet.

Want to launch your start-up in Brazil? New incubation program offering $US35,000

9:56PM | Friday, 27 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Founders can now launch their start-ups in one of the world’s most popular travel destinations, with an incubation program launched in Minas Gerais in Brazil offering a one-year visa and access to coworking space, mentoring and education, and $US35,000 in seed capital.

Hawthorn versus Fremantle: Six small business lessons from the 2013 AFL grand final

9:16PM | Thursday, 26 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Well, after a long season, it’s finally here. Hawthorn plays Fremantle in the AFL grand final this Saturday. Old Taskmaster has distilled six key lessons for your business.

All the smartphone questions you’ve pondered but never bothered to ask

9:10PM | Wednesday, 25 September 2013 | Taskmaster

When it comes to smartphones, there’s a whole heap of jargon. Quad-core processors? AMOLED displays? Android or iOS? Well, in layman’s terms, here’s an explanation of some of the words and phrases you’ve often read but never asked about.

Meet Jolla: Lessons from the smartphone start-up rising from Nokia’s ashes

9:02PM | Thursday, 19 September 2013 | Taskmaster

How Jolla was born from the wreckage of Nokia is an inspiring tale for anyone fed up with working for someone else and thinking of launching their own business.

Access to Asian investors for Australian start-ups set to be boosted

9:39PM | Thursday, 19 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Moves to free up investment flows between Australia and its Asian neighbours have been welcomed as an opportunity to attract overseas investors to Australian start-ups.

Leading incubators and accelerators announce partnership program with oDesk

9:42PM | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-up accelerator programs Startmate, Pollenizer and AngelCube have partnered with international outsourcing platform oDesk in a new support program, oDesk Upstarts.

Google-backed incubator launches in Melbourne

9:05PM | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | Rose Powell

A new, Google Australia-sponsored start-up incubator program, Melbourne NEXT, will launch next week at the York Butter Factory co-working space.

Ex-Nokia start-up Jolla announces Android apps will work on its smartphone

9:03PM | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | Andrew Sadauskas

Jolla, a smartphone start-up launched by former Nokia staff, has announced that unmodified Android apps will be able to run on its MeeGo-based Sailfish operating system.

Is 24/7 the future of your business?

9:41PM | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Late last week, fast-food chain Pie Face announced its latest expansion – a 24/7 drive-through in Queensland.

Migrant entrepreneurs overcome barriers to starting up businesses in Australia

9:03PM | Tuesday, 17 September 2013 | Nina Hendy

Australia prides itself on its multiculturalism. However, migrant entrepreneurs face some unique challenges when starting up.

Are you living life to the fullest as an entrepreneur?

9:04PM | Monday, 16 September 2013 | Jonathan Weinstock

If you want to be an entrepreneur then you will need to grow yourself and your business throughout your lifetime, and you won’t achieve that doing what you’ve always done!

Start your Christmas planning NOW!

9:40PM | Thursday, 12 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Do you want a financially festive Christmas this year? If so, the time to start thinking and planning for it is right now!

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!