Start-ups could be hit by Coalition tax hike as budget hole blows out to $12 billion

4:19PM | Monday, 29 April 2013 | Patrick Stafford

SMEs could be hit by the Coalition's proposal to tax the largest 3200 companies in order to fund its maternity leave scheme, according to tax experts.

Financing a business

NSW start-up ditches Business Insider name following US legal stoush

4:14AM | Monday, 29 April 2013 | Oliver Milman

Business Insider Pty Ltd, based on the Central Coast of NSW, has rebranded itself as Business Ink following legal action lodged by New York-based The Business Insider Inc.

Legal matters

Finding the elusive balance between business and family

4:30PM | Wednesday, 24 April 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

A growing business will quickly put strain on our attempts to create work/life balance. A growing business will quickly put strain on our attempts to create work/life balance. Thankfully, by following these six key tips, you can comfortably manage both.


Your guide to 2013 Anzac Day trading rules and regulations

4:57PM | Tuesday, 23 April 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Are you confused about if or when you're allowed to trade this Anzac Day? If so, this state-by-state guide will help you out.

Legal matters

Five industries cashing in on Australia’s soaring divorce rate

4:50PM | Monday, 22 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The number of divorces in Australia increased by 8.7% over the past five years. Legal services, counselling and childcare are just a few of the industries cashing in on this trend.

Legal matters

Abbott tipped to dump company tax cut for small business

4:30PM | Friday, 19 April 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

The Liberal Party will abandon its promise to cut company tax by 1.5%, should it be elected, new reports have suggested, disappointing business groups.

Government and Regulation

Picking the right web developer for your start-up

4:19PM | Wednesday, 17 April 2013 | Amanda Watts

Finding the right website developer for your business can be confusing – especially if you aren’t a techie. Here are some key things to consider before you get started.


Six tips to help you tame the email monster

4:13PM | Wednesday, 17 April 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Are you struggling to find genuine emails from customers amongst all the spam and scam messages clogging your inbox? Here are six easy ways you can take control of the clutter.


Small businesses pessimistic over federal budget prospects: Survey

4:19PM | Tuesday, 16 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

More than half of small businesses are hoping for reduced taxes in next month’s federal budget, although the majority of firms are expecting the economic showpiece to hinder SME growth, according to a new study.

Financing a business

Cloud-loving start-ups enjoying sky high revenue: Study

4:09AM | Tuesday, 16 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses that use cloud computing were 106% more likely to see a revenue rise in the past year, according to new MYOB research, although only 16% actually use cloud computing in their business.


Top reasons for small business failure: Study

4:59PM | Friday, 12 April 2013 | Cara Waters

Small and medium-size businesses are most likely to fail because of an inability to manage costs or anticipate rising costs, according to a survey of more than 1000 Australian owners of SMEs.

Financing a business

Five essential tips to hiring contractors online

4:36PM | Wednesday, 10 April 2013 | Paul Dunstone

Hiring a freelance contractor online is an excellent way to save time, money and boost productivity – but there are risks involved. Here are five tips to ensure you get the most our of your freelance projects.


Sharing your entrepreneurial buzz

4:25PM | Wednesday, 10 April 2013 | Linnet Hunter

Recently, I was lucky enough to attend the StartupSmart Awards as a guest. The atmosphere of joyful electricity inspired me to think about the best ways of sharing an entrepreneurial passion.


Australia’s broadband future: The Labor and Coalition plans compared

4:12PM | Tuesday, 9 April 2013 | Oliver Milman

Shadow communications spokesperson Malcolm Turnbull has unveiled his alternative broadband vision for Australia – here is everything you need to know.

Financing a business

NSW start-ups get $6.7 million innovation boost

4:16PM | Friday, 5 April 2013 | Oliver Milman

The NSW government has labelled the state as “Australia’s innovation powerhouse” after unveiling Innovate NSW, a $6.7 million scheme aimed at backing cutting edge start-ups.

Business Grants

Five ways to build a Google-style ‘X factor’ into your business

4:16PM | Wednesday, 3 April 2013 | Marc Peskett

The X factor is the edge that gives you a significant advantage over your competitors. Here are five key lessons on how to give your business a boost.


The Hub expands to Sydney, asks start-ups to ‘crowdfund’ launch

4:31PM | Tuesday, 2 April 2013 | Oliver Milman

Co-working network The Hub has officially announced it will expand to Sydney, with the shared office provider set to open a “co-working and innovation clubhouse” in Darlinghurst in May.


Three VC firms to oversee government’s $200 million start-up fund

3:13PM | Wednesday, 27 March 2013 | Oliver Milman

The federal government has picked three venture capital funds to co-invest at least $200 million into high-growth Australian start-ups via its Innovation Investment Fund.

Financing a business

Brisbane specialty grocer charges customers $5 "just for looking"

3:38PM | Wednesday, 27 March 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

A Brisbane speciality grocery store is charging browsers $5 if they do not buy anything from the store, after people have been browsing in the store and then going elsewhere to buy their products.

Financing a business

How I sold a record 1,500 deals on LivingSocial

3:21PM | Tuesday, 26 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A Darwin-based entrepreneur has offered start-ups some key tips for group buying campaigns, after her business attracted a record number of deals on daily deals website LivingSocial.