10 things on start-ups’ Budget wishlist

Wayne Swan has talked a great deal about small business recently. If the Government is serious about start-ups, here are 10 things that must be in the Budget. BY OLIVER MILMAN.


Why expert advice needs to be part of the start-up recipe

Celebrity chef Luke Mangan thought he had the perfect business recipe. However, it took some expert advice to find the missing ingredients. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.


10 top small business uses of YouTube videos

Video has killed the radio star and emerged as a major marketing medium. If you want to harness the power of YouTube, it’s time to learn from these 10 businesses. BY OLIVER MILMAN.


The five golden rules of financial management

Poor financial management causes 80% of all small business failures in Australia. Ignoring these five golden rules might cost you your business. BY MARC PESKETT.


Sprinkle your start-up with stardust

When done properly, celebrity endorsements can help small businesses gain much-needed exposure. However, there are also some potential pitfalls to avoid. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Women in Business

Video Interview: Nikki Durkin from Y Combinator
Having launched her first business aged 15, Nikki Durkin has broken through the glass ceiling of the male dominated IT industry. She explains how you can follow in her footsteps. BY ORSI PARKANYI.

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eCoffeeCard keeps loyalty cards together

Do café loyalty cards clog up your wallet? Here’s an app that can help.


A Brisbane-based entrepreneur is gunning for a breakthrough in the US market after raising more than $40,000 via Kickstarter for his invention – a new type of iPhone holder for use in vehicles.
The rise in popularity of online shopping has created a generation of consumers that are increasingly intolerant of websites that fail to deliver a smooth retail experience, according to new research.
Small business owners have a worryingly poor knowledge of a number of regulatory changes set to start in the new financial year, such as amendments to superannuation and the tax-free threshold, according to new research.
A University of Adelaide student led a team of eight at Startup Weekend Sydney to take out the top prize, receiving $5,000 for her idea of an online fitness centre reservation service.
Wayne Swan is to deliver his Budget speech to a backdrop of a share market slump in Australia, with investors concerned over the eurozone economic situation and jobs data from the US.


Study the Budget
As a curious and determined entrepreneur, you are going to take your interest in the Budget a step further and actually go and read the Budget papers yourself.

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Find and replace text in Word
Ever used the wrong word or phrase a number of times in a Word document? Instead of manually replacing each instance, Word can do it for your automatically.


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How long will negotiations with investors take?

With institutional investors, 60 days is the bare minimum. Here’s why.


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The Forbes start-up roundtable

In this business roundtable discussion, hosted by Forbes, publisher Rich Karlgaard discusses the challenges and fears of entrepreneurship with small business owners.


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