Business operations


How can I make it easier for people to buy from my website?

10:21PM | Tuesday, 4 October 2011 |  It’s crucial to think of your website as a sales funnel. People hunt down what they want to buy and you need them to flow neatly down into the buying page.

Five essential cloud-based tools for start-ups

10:39PM | Monday, 3 October 2011 |  A couple of years ago, business owners didn’t think about the cloud unless they were flying through one on the way to a major client meeting.

LivingSocial deal debacle a warning for start-ups

10:23PM | Monday, 3 October 2011 |  Start-ups have been reminded of the perils of advertising on group-buying sites, after an attractive deal for Havaianas thongs led to a severe backlog of deliveries, angering customers.

Eftpos fee change triggers warning for retailers

10:10PM | Monday, 3 October 2011 |  Industry groups say small businesses should be wary of passing on new Eftpos interchange fees to customers, urging retailers to disclose the new charges upfront to avoid confusion.

How do I know it’s the right time to hire someone?

10:10PM | Monday, 3 October 2011 |  When you are a larger business, you will look back at this time and chuckle at these kind of decisions.

COSBOA to focus on super and paid parental leave at tax forum

9:08PM | Friday, 30 September 2011 |  The peak industry body for small businesses says it will lobby hard at next week’s Tax Summit for the removal of red tape, especially surrounding superannuation and paid parental leave.

Retailers hit out at union challenge to student working hours

9:00PM | Friday, 30 September 2011 |  Industry body the Australian Retailers Association has lashed out at a last-ditch union attempt to prevent changes to students’ working hours, claiming that the challenge harms employees and retailers.

What are the essentials I need to speak to a lawyer about when starting a business?

9:23PM | Thursday, 29 September 2011 |  It is a fact of business that quality advice costs money.

I’m pretty sure that a member of my staff has taken sickies on a few days. How should I handle this?

9:01PM | Wednesday, 28 September 2011 |  You should handle it head on -- directly, but with research done first.

Caring about sharing

9:14PM | Wednesday, 28 September 2011 |  If you established your business under a company structure as part of the set-up process there would have been shares issued, so you probably own shares in your company.