Do I need to get techy to start a retail business?

2:28PM | Thursday, 6 February 2014 | Franz Madlener

Once in a generation, retail goes through a change that could never have been predicted – and cannot be ignored. Online retail is the latest example of such a shift.

I’m doing more work in our start-up than the other co-founder – what should I do?

1:49PM | Thursday, 16 January 2014 | Franz Madlener

Unfortunately, effort doesn’t always equal reward and the end result doesn’t always reflect the work put in.

What will changes to the GST threshold on overseas online purchases mean for my business?

12:56PM | Monday, 9 December 2013 | Franz Madlener

How quickly we forget the predictions of “doom and gloom” before the GST’s initial introduction in the late ‘90s. The truth is very little will change if the threshold is lowered.

Does it matter if you aren’t good friends with your business partner?

4:51PM | Friday, 19 April 2013 | Franz Madlener

Business relationships and personal relationships are just about one and the same. To pick wisely, you need to find common interests, goals, drivers, likes and values.

How much should I tell investors about my idea?

2:34PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Franz Madlener

It’s time for you to find a savvy lawyer who can write an iron-clad confidentiality agreement.

How can I find the courage to launch a start-up?

12:00AM | Tuesday, 20 December 2011 | Franz Madlener

Make sure your business plan is clear and correct. Once you can believe in your plan, your fears will fade.

How do I seal the deal on seed round funding?

11:09PM | Monday, 19 November 2012 | Franz Madlener

There’s a little secret that will determine whether you succeed or fail in securing funding.

Are pop-up stores worth the time and effort for an online retailer?

8:01PM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Franz Madlener

It's important to remember that the biggest mental hurdle that many potential shoppers have with online retailers is that they don’t have a physical presence.

At what point is it safe to hire more people and grow my business?

7:40PM | Monday, 2 July 2012 | Franz Madlener

The answer, my friend, isn’t blowing in the wind. But it should be written down in your business plan.

What tips do you have on staying motivated?

5:11PM | Monday, 21 May 2012 | Franz Madlener

To give you a definitive answer, I’d need to write a book. That being said, there are a few key tips I can share.

I’m not a natural leader. What do I do?

4:47PM | Thursday, 5 April 2012 | Franz Madlener

Leadership is a process, not a destination, and it’s something we can continually work at.

How should I deal with my overseas suppliers?

9:45PM | Thursday, 30 September 2010 | Franz Madlener

More important than worrying about the quality of the stock, or the integrity of the supplier, is understanding the quagmire of import regulations and requirements.

What do I need to build my brand, other than a name and logo?

8:10PM | Thursday, 12 August 2010 | Franz Madlener

My belief in business has always been that people don’t just “buy” what it is, or “buy” what it does. Rather, people “buy” what it does for them.