US-founded THack to launch in Oz in April

2:00AM | Tuesday, 19 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australia will play host to its first THack in April, when developers will create and showcase new digital travel products and web or mobile-based tools over the course of just eight days.

Business planning

Another $350 million for innovation fund under Venture Australia

2:06PM | Monday, 18 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups look set to benefit from a new $350 million round of equity funding through the federal government’s Innovation Investment Fund, announced as part of the Venture Australia package.

Business planning

Salt therapy entrepreneur among first BOD12 graduates

2:06PM | Friday, 15 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The co-founder of natural therapy franchise Salts of the Earth has spoken of his experience in the Board of Directors 12 program, after becoming one of the program’s first five graduates.

Business planning

Can I get a start-up going by working on it part-time?

2:27PM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Jane Shelton

You need to do your homework before you invest your time and money. That being said, the decision should ultimately rest on your quality of life.

Sole trader

The three Ws of writing about your service

2:53AM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Linnet Hunter

Do you need to write some copy for an advertising flyer or your website? It’s time to brush up on a few basic writing skills. BY LINNET HUNTER.

Linnet Hunter

The Founder Institute opens its doors for autumn program

2:00AM | Tuesday, 12 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The Sydney branch of start-up accelerator The Founder Institute has opened applications for its autumn 2013 program, having enjoyed huge success since it opened its doors in late 2011.


Three tests to see whether your start-up is investment ready

2:19PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Marc Peskett

Is your business ready for outside investment? Here are the three key benchmarks you need to look at before you start seeking finance. BY MARC PESKETT.


What are the legal implications of having a marketing database?

2:44AM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Craig Yeung

Before you start building a marketing database, there are a few key pieces of legislation you should be familiar with.

Sole trader

Five tips for greater mumpreneur productivity

2:40AM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

As a business owner, you want to be as productive as possible in the time you have; as a mumpreneur, you need to be. Here are five simple tips to help you boost your productivity. BY AMANDA JESNOEWSKI.

Amanda Jesnoewski

Record numbers of businesses are for sale

1:10PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Two separate reports are saying small business is in for a hard slog in 2013.


Businesses with dodgy bookkeepers should be penalised, says IPA

1:45PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups using dodgy bookkeepers to prepare GST returns would miss out on deductions under a proposal by the Institute of Public Accountants, which has released its pre-budget submission.

Legal matters

Government urged to better support home-based businesses

1:26PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Leading ‘mumpreneur’ Cas McCullough has highlighted the struggles of home-based micro businesses ahead of International Work At Home Person Week, calling for more support from government and industry.

Home based business

Energy costs up 14.5% for start-ups after carbon tax: Report

1:54PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Energy costs for businesses have risen on average by 14.5% since the introduction of the carbon tax, according to new figures from the Australian Industry Group.

Financing a business

Andrew Bogut hopes new start-up venture is a slam dunk

1:47PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Andrew Bogut, Australia’s premier basketballer, has launched a new venture that aims to help Australian start-ups gain contacts and funding opportunities in Silicon Valley.


Startup Weekend winner among latest Innovyz START participants

1:12PM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A former winner of Startup Weekend is among the 10 ventures selected to take part in the second ANZ Innovyz START program, which is once again dominated by Adelaide-based start-ups.

Business planning

Meet Australia’s first red tape commissioner: Why he wants to hear from you

1:41PM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Victoria has appointed John Lloyd as Australia’s first red tape commissioner, ahead of consultations with SMEs about regulatory burdens.

Legal matters

Start-ups warned of top five digital threats set to strike in 2013

1:21PM | Thursday, 17 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Internet security company AVG has identified five digital threats facing businesses and consumers in 2013, prompting an expert to highlight how start-ups can respond to the trends.

Business planning

Do I really need an actual accountant? Can’t I just use accountancy software and do it myself?

1:10AM | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 | Paul Clements

Picking up some software doesn’t turn you into a skilled accountant for the same reasons picking up a chisel doesn’t turn you into a carpenter.

Sole trader

Why you need a new year “not to-do” list

1:54AM | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Many busy mumpreneurs stay organised by making to-do lists. However, when it comes to productivity, it is just as important to create a “not to-do” list. BY AMANDA JESNOEWSKI.

Amanda Jesnoewski

Incubator start-ups outgunning co-working counterparts: Study

1:00AM | Monday, 14 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-ups located in incubators raise an average $175,379 more in funding than those located in co-working spaces, according to new data from Perth-based research start-up Floq.