Business operations


Staff loyalty factor tipped to pay off for small businesses: Report

9:59PM | Tuesday, 27 September 2011 |  The favourable working culture of small businesses will aid them in the recruitment battle as the economic picture brightens, according to new research.

Doubts raised over government tax break plan

9:26PM | Tuesday, 27 September 2011 |  The government is set to unveil plans to allow loss-making companies to claim back tax paid on the prior year’s taxable income, but experts have warned that the proposals may not go far enough to benefit start-ups.

ACCC takes publishing companies to court

9:27AM | Tuesday, 27 September 2011 |  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched legal action against four publishing companies and their sole director for allegedly ripping off small businesses.

Outgrowing the dining room

9:31PM | Friday, 23 September 2011 |  Founder of online retailer Style and Substance Kathryn Heaven reveals how she went from an home-based business to a warehouse dubbed “Diva Central”.

I want to embrace the cloud, but I’m worried about security. What should I do?

9:14PM | Tuesday, 20 September 2011 |  Embracing the cloud means unlocking a whole swag of IT benefits.

SMEs urged to get robust over health and safety

9:50PM | Wednesday, 14 September 2011 |  Start-ups have been urged to review their health and safety policies, particularly in relation to home-based workers, ahead of a looming national OH&S regimen next year.

What can I do to drum up sales in quiet periods?

9:04PM | Thursday, 8 September 2011 |  The first year of business is always the hardest, so try not to get dispirited. There are plenty of things you can do keep your sales steady all year round.

Start-ups urged to be flexible with overworked staff

9:00AM | Thursday, 8 September 2011 |  Start-ups have been urged to introduce flexibility in the workplace after a major new study found that nearly half of Australian employees are not compensated for the overtime hours they work.

I’ve started up a retail business in a regional town. How can I build a rapport with the local community?

9:29PM | Wednesday, 7 September 2011 |  I believe you can really make a difference by having your business in a regional town. I should know – we have six bakeries in regional Victoria.

Employers failing the disability test, industry chief admits

9:08PM | Monday, 5 September 2011 |  Small businesses should help boost flagging workplace productivity by better utilising employees with disabilities, according to the chief executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.