$1000 grants available for small businesses keen to improve their online presence

7:51PM | Monday, 15 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-ups and small businesses looking to invest in their online presence and mobile technology have the chance to win a $1000 grant through accounting software provider Intuit.

Financing a business

Five tips to help you work on the go

7:55AM | Wednesday, 10 July 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Laptops, smartphones, tablets and the cloud can greatly increase your productivity outside the office. Here are five ways to boost your productivity when you’re out and about.


How to turn your travel blog into a business

7:16PM | Friday, 5 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Travel bloggers turned business owners Caroline and Craig Makepeace have been announced as panellists at the upcoming Social Media Tourism Symposium in Wollongong this July.


Pop-ups set to bloom as insurance scheme rolls out

7:46PM | Monday, 1 July 2013 | Rose Powell

It just got a whole lot easier for companies dreaming of opening up a pop-up store, with Sydney-based start-up Pop-up Brands about to launch a range of short-term public liability insurance policies.


Housing recovery is bad news for start-ups: RBA

6:44PM | Tuesday, 25 June 2013 | Larry Schlesinger

The current slow rise in house prices could create problems for Australian small businesses, the RBAs head of domestic markets, Chris Aylmer, has warned.

Financing a business

Slow eCommerce websites costing sales

6:52PM | Monday, 24 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Australian internet retailers need to focus on increasing their website loading speeds to boost sales, the head of a an online retail groups says, as international research shows many eCommerce sites take longer to load.

Sales and marketing

How to master social media as a storytelling tactic in time for international Social Media Day

6:30PM | Monday, 24 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Thousands of people are set to mark online news community Mashable’s fourth international Social Media Day with events on June 30.


Cloud accounting could be key to cashflow and growth, says tax expert

6:30AM | Wednesday, 19 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Small businesses and sole traders could halve the time they spend managing their financials and focus on growth and innovation if they embraced cloud accounting software systems, a tax specialist from advisory firm BDO says.


Searching for a place to call “work”

6:21AM | Wednesday, 19 June 2013 | Linnet Hunter

Especially if you’re a sole trader, the novelty of working from home eventually wears off. Here are my experiences with a couple of the alternative options.


Federal government seeking comment on review of Franchising Code of Conduct

6:16PM | Tuesday, 18 June 2013 | Rose Powell

The federal government is seeking comments from the franchising industry on recommendations contained in a review of the Franchising Code of Conduct.


Quality service, not discounts, keeps consumers loyal: Survey

6:05PM | Tuesday, 18 June 2013 | Virginia Millen

Australians are more likely to be loyal to small businesses offering quality services and products than those offering freebies or bargain-basement prices, a new survey has revealed.


Small business owners struggling with tax and at risk of major fines

6:09PM | Tuesday, 18 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Small business owners are running serious financial risks due to knowledge gaps about tax, new research has found.

Financing a business

Does my website need legals? Infographic helps with answers

6:46PM | Monday, 17 June 2013 | Gavin Lower

You’re setting up a business with a website to promote it. Here's a guide to the fine print you should include.

Legal matters

Australian franchisees seek structure for satisfaction

6:57PM | Friday, 14 June 2013 | Rose Powell

An Australian franchisee’s satisfaction with their business was likely to be based on how well the franchise’s structures were set up, according to a leading industry figure.


Seven reasons why you shouldn’t be afraid to raise your prices

6:47PM | Wednesday, 12 June 2013 | Marc Peskett

In business, whether you’re a start-up or a sole trader, there is always a temptation to pick up some market share by cutting prices. However, there are some good reasons why you should move in the opposite direction.

Financing a business

Franchise Council of Australia to celebrate leading franchisees in annual regional and national awards

6:23PM | Friday, 7 June 2013 | Rose Powell

The Franchise Council of Australia’s annual awards are back, with the FCA notifying the state finalists of their success this week.


How to sell new products to cautious Australian online shoppers

6:03PM | Friday, 7 June 2013 | Rose Powell

As online retail gains traction in Australia, Australian start-ups are working out exactly how to build customer confidence to generate maximum sales and business growth.


New software set to simplify and speed up bookkeeping

6:13PM | Thursday, 6 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Australian start-up Bomeba has launched a beta service which it says will significantly cut the time start-up operators spend bookkeeping by automating the majority of the process without compromising on accuracy, verification and double-checking process.

Financing a business

Small businesses can make better use of their accountant to boost their bottom line

6:04PM | Thursday, 6 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Small business operators who used their accountant as a business advisor last year were 31% more likely to see an earning uplift, according to new research from the 2013 MYOB Business Monitor.

Financing a business

Eight tips to generate more repeat customers

6:19AM | Wednesday, 5 June 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

It can be far easier and cheaper to encourage an existing customer to return rather than attract a new one. Here are eight key tips to help you keep them coming back for more.