Business operations


When you’re assembling a sales team, should you look for complementary skills?

10:20PM | Friday, 28 October 2011 |  It's generally better to hire salespeople who bring individual and complete personal qualities to the table.

What constitutes the "prior use" of a trademark?

7:57PM | Friday, 15 July 2011 |  Generally, the first person to apply for a trademark in Australia has a stronger claim to using it.

Top 10 technology trends for 2012

1:15PM | Thursday, 5 January 2012 |  Technology trends in 2011 were heavily influenced by the uptake of mobile devices, namely smartphones and tablets. So what’s in store for the year ahead? StartupSmart picks out the top technology trends for 2012. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Narrow the focus of your business

1:58PM | Wednesday, 4 January 2012 |  At Taskmaster Enterprises, we won’t promise to do everything for everyone, but we will promise that we’ll be the best at what we do. What will your business promise this year?

IT spending tipped for slight increase in 2012

1:42PM | Wednesday, 4 January 2012 |  Business spending on information technology will rise by less than 2% this year, according to Gartner, but SMEs will continue to lead the way in newer areas such as cloud computing.

Christmas and NY public holiday guide

12:23PM | Thursday, 22 December 2011 |  As businesses eagerly anticipate a well-earned Christmas break, the uncertainty surrounding public holidays comes to the fore, with each state making up its own schedule.

Retailers warned not to follow department store discounts

12:50PM | Wednesday, 21 December 2011 |  Retailers need to look beyond discounting as part of their post-Christmas sales strategy, an expert says, as Myer and David Jones promise to go head to head with record Boxing Day sales.

Entrepreneur inspired by Australia Post’s parcel struggles

12:37PM | Wednesday, 21 December 2011 |  A Sydney businessman has highlighted the business opportunities surrounding parcel delivery, as Australia Post struggles to deal with the rising volume of parcels as a result of online retail.

Consumers set for last-minute Christmas spending surge

12:48PM | Monday, 19 December 2011 |  Retail veteran Russell Zimmerman has revealed his top tips for sparking last-minute Christmas sales, with a recent survey showing 50% of consumers will leave their shopping to the 11th hour.

Shifting from operating solo to a partnership

12:08PM | Friday, 16 December 2011 |  Making the transition from solo operator to a partnership can be tricky, but it’s a move made by many entrepreneurs looking to grow. What matters is how both parties handle the change. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.