Business operations


Debtor finance rises 6.1% as SMEs battle cashflow struggles

9:43PM | Friday, 2 September 2011 |  Small businesses appear to be turning to debtor finance to deal with their cashflow woes, with a 6.1% rise in the value of the sector in the June quarter.

Manufacturers at mercy of cotton prices, labour costs

8:25PM | Thursday, 25 August 2011 |  Clothing and footwear wholesaler Pacific Brands has reported a full-year loss of $132 million, highlighting the challenges facing the industry, including cotton prices and Chinese labour costs.

Job cuts could spark entrepreneurialism: COSBOA

8:40PM | Tuesday, 23 August 2011 |  Job cuts sweeping through sections of the economy could prompt more people to work for themselves, according to a small business group, with hospitality and financial services identified as sectors set for growth.

Picking the right venture

8:51PM | Friday, 19 August 2011 |  For those entrepreneurs that choose to start a business simply for the challenge, it can be quite overwhelming deciding which path to choose. Vito Russo faced this hurdle when he was setting up his business, Expanda Van Homes.

How can I ensure that my home-based office is a safe place to work?

8:24PM | Wednesday, 17 August 2011 |  Ensuring that your home is a safe workplace doesn’t happen by chance or guesswork. It requires a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards and risks.

Gift shop

8:13PM | Tuesday, 16 August 2011 |  StartupSmart has unwrapped the elements of the gift shop industry for your benefit.

Is there any particular secret to being a good manager?

8:52PM | Monday, 15 August 2011 |  With a massive talent shortage, the “you’re lucky to have a job” type of management approach just doesn’t cut it any longer.

THQ closes Aussie video game studios

8:17PM | Thursday, 11 August 2011 |  International video game publisher THQ has closed two local development studios as it seeks to narrow its focus to original IP, highlighting how tough the industry has become for start-ups.

The Cheesecake Shop strikes deal with rogue franchisee

8:00AM | Thursday, 11 August 2011 |  The Cheesecake Shop has reached a settlement with disgruntled franchisee Brad Skuse following mediation, but an industry expert says the situation should serve as a warning for other small businesses.

How closely should I be overseeing my franchisees?

8:10PM | Wednesday, 10 August 2011 |  To paraphrase the philosophy of McDonald's legend Ray Kroc, if you make them (franchisees) successful, then it will go to follow that we (franchisor) will be successful too.