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Hairdressing salon

7:18PM | Tuesday, 26 July 2011 | Michelle Hammond

StartupSmart provides a snapshot of the hairdressing industry to ensure your business can cut it.

Market stall

7:56PM | Tuesday, 19 July 2011 | Michelle Hammond

With the right strategy, you could turn your humble market stall into a thriving, innovative business.

Taxi company

7:13PM | Tuesday, 12 July 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Could you drive away with a healthy profit by starting your own taxi firm? Here's what you need to do to get started in the industry.

How to start a gym business

7:10PM | Tuesday, 5 July 2011 | Michelle Hammond

The rise of health and fitness chains during the past decade is proof that people are willing to dedicate a lot of time and money to get in shape, especially as obesity rates hit record levels.

Courier company

6:13PM | Tuesday, 28 June 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Courier companies provide a valuable service, delivering important packages to companies and individuals alike. With high customer expectations, competition is fierce.

Travel agency

6:19AM | Tuesday, 21 June 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Travel is a glamorous sector, conjuring up images of beaming air stewards and sun-kissed beaches. But can you turn this into a profitable business?

How to start a clothing boutique

6:35PM | Friday, 10 June 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Are you an avid fashionista dreaming of opening a little boutique in an ultra trendy part of town? StartupSmart ventures into the world of fashion boutiques for your benefit.

How to start a freelance business

6:39PM | Tuesday, 7 June 2011 | Michelle Hammond

For many people, the idea of freelancing for a living sounds far too difficult. But for those who dream about being their own boss and dictating their own hours, freelancing is a very attractive option.

Tutoring business

5:33PM | Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Tutoring is a competitive area and you’ll frequently be up against people with more experience and larger networks; so do your homework before you begin.

App development business

5:37PM | Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | Michelle Hammond

While it’s true that anyone can develop an app, very few mobile app developers actually make any money, so you need to hone your offering if you plan on making a profit.

Consultancy business

5:53PM | Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Unlike some other businesses, there's no hiding place for poor service if you're a consultant.

Cake making/decorating business

5:37PM | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Before you can carve yourself a slice of the cake making business, you need to be equipped to handle anything that you may get served. StartupSmart does some research to help you have your cake and eat it too.

Wine bar

5:07PM | Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | Michelle Hammond

If you’re a lover of great wine, starting your own wine bar may have crossed your mind at some stage. But in Australia’s competitive industry your offering needs to be well executed.

Childcare business

3:30PM | Wednesday, 30 March 2011 | Michelle Hammond

The household services sector represents a new frontier with regard to business opportunities, as time-poor, cashed-up consumers increasingly outsource household duties, including childcare.

Personal training business

3:33PM | Wednesday, 23 March 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Want to become a personal trainer? It’s imperative to train up in order to stay ahead of the pack, particularly as the industry starts to pick up pace.

Plumbing business

3:13PM | Wednesday, 16 March 2011 | Michelle Hammond

The plumbing industry in Australia has cashed in on the growth of our cities and now covers a wide range of services.

Wedding planning business

3:17PM | Wednesday, 9 March 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Weddings represent a $4 billion industry in Australia, so cashing in on this trend by starting up a wedding planning business could, if done correctly, prove fruitful.

Dog walking/washing business

3:45PM | Friday, 4 March 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Dog walking and washing might seem like a pretty basic business venture, but there’s money to be made from canine-loving consumers.

Floristry business

2:07PM | Wednesday, 23 February 2011 | Michelle Hammond

The floristry industry is one that has a long lifespan – flowers are perennially associated with friends, family and loved ones and enjoy huge demand from a broad customer base.

Bookkeeping business

2:05PM | Wednesday, 16 February 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Bookkeeping is a growing profession and, contrary to popular belief, can be exciting and rewarding.