How to make the perfect pitch

4:36PM | Tuesday, 17 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Knowing how to pitch to an audience is one of the most important things an entrepreneur needs to know, particularly if they plan on raising capital from investors. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Planning stage  | Starting

The importance of insuring your business

4:04PM | Monday, 16 April 2012 | Nina Hendy

Those with an entrepreneurial spirit are renowned for their optimism, meaning the importance of insurance can often be overlooked. But not having insurance can be devastating on a business. BY NINA HENDY.

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First-time stumbles lead to later success

4:10PM | Tuesday, 10 April 2012 | Leon Gettler

It’s easy to be discouraged if at first you don’t succeed. However, as these three entrepreneurs learnt, early stumbles can lead to later success. BY LEON GETTLER.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Planning stage  | Starting  | Growing

To build or buy, that’s the question

4:42PM | Tuesday, 3 April 2012 | Greg Hayes

So you want your own business? The first thing you have to do is decide if you want to build it or buy it. BY GREG HAYES.

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Working out the 80/20 rule

3:29PM | Thursday, 29 March 2012 | Walid El-Khoury

Many farmers say that 80% of the apples grow on 20% of the trees. In the same way, a few key staff or customers might be critical to you growing your business. BY WALID EL-KHOURY.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Managing people  | Planning stage  | Starting  | Growing

Five credit checks you must make on new customers

3:07PM | Monday, 26 March 2012 | Oliver Milman

Could you afford it if a customer paid their bills late or went bankrupt? If not, here are five steps you must take to protect your business. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Leadership  | Starting  | Growing

Pinterest – a guide for small businesses

3:34PM | Monday, 12 March 2012 | Nina Hendy

Pinterest is fast becoming the new frontier of social media marketing for businesses. But is it really worth the effort for Aussie start-ups? BY NINA HENDY.

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Five secrets to engaging with customers using social media

3:17PM | Monday, 5 March 2012 | Oliver Milman

Social media sites are essential marketing tools for your business. Here are five ways to make sure potential customers like you, rather than your competitors. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Technology  | Social media  | Starting  | Growing

Why redundancy can be the ideal start-up springboard

2:40PM | Monday, 27 February 2012 | Emily Ross

As redundancies flood the Australian job market, it’s worth remembering that “victims” of retrenchment can become the entrepreneurs they always wanted to be. BY EMILY ROSS.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisor  | Becoming a franchisee  | Leadership  | Planning stage  | Starting

11 early warning signs that your start-up is in trouble

2:28PM | Wednesday, 15 February 2012 | Greg Hayes

Having a good radar system for identifying cashflow troubles in your start-up is an essential management skill. BY GREG HAYES.

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