Business operations


Playing the franchise waiting game

12:37PM | Friday, 2 December 2011 |  Managing workers within a mobile business can be risky, particularly if you’re not around to supervise. But when your business centres around children’s parties, everything must go to plan.

Employers urged to let workers switch off this Christmas

12:11PM | Thursday, 1 December 2011 |  More than 50% of Australians check work emails while on holiday, a new report reveals, heightening the danger of creating stressful workplaces.

How I got my ideal start-up lifestyle – second time around

11:02PM | Friday, 25 November 2011 |  Mini Movers founder Mike O’Hagan started the business with nothing more than $200 and a ute. Today, it employs more than 400 staff and is on track to record around $25 million in revenue in 2011-12.

App developers plagued by piracy, poor cashflow

11:37PM | Thursday, 24 November 2011 |  Australian app developers are plagued by poor cashflow, piracy issues and lengthy turnaround times, according to development firm Shifty Jelly, publisher of various popular apps.

Harvey Norman’s new website incorporates franchisees

11:33PM | Thursday, 24 November 2011 |  Harvey Norman has finally launched an eCommerce site, despite the reservations of its chairman Gerry Harvey, but measures are in place to soften the blow for bricks-and-mortar franchisees.

Banks introduce same-day settlement for weekend trade

11:29PM | Tuesday, 22 November 2011 |  Retail and hospitality businesses relying on weekend trade look set for quicker access to their funds, with two of the major banks moving to same-day settlement, seven days a week.

Healthzone collapse compromises 80 franchisees

11:43PM | Monday, 21 November 2011 |  Health products chain Healthzone Limited’s 80 franchised and 30 company-owned stores will continue to trade in the short-term, despite the business being placed into receivership.

Verizon identifies top tech trends for 2012

11:33PM | Friday, 18 November 2011 |  Global tech company Verizon has unveiled its top 10 technology trends for 2012, with a renewed focus on improving connections between people, equipment and their environments.

ACCC issues carbon price business guide

11:16PM | Tuesday, 15 November 2011 |  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched a guide for businesses on carbon price practices, urging them to ensure their claims are accurate and can be substantiated.

Sham contracting rife in cleaning and call centres: Report

11:50PM | Friday, 11 November 2011 |  Sham contracting continues to plague cleaning, beauty and call-centre businesses, after a recent audit found almost a quarter are guilty of misclassifying employees as independent contractors.