Business plan


Turning the page on the Mag Nation doubters

1:38PM | Monday, 31 January 2011 |  A slew of doomsayers told Sahil Merchant his start-up – Mag Nation – didn’t have a chance of succeeding. Five years and more than four million customers later, Merchant didn’t just beat the odds. He smashed them.

Greeting a new pet-focused start-up

1:23PM | Friday, 28 January 2011 |  Greeting cards have universally been aimed at humans. Until now. US entrepreneur Beth Logan has created Catnip Cards – greeting cards aimed at humans and cats alike.

What do I need to do to be “investor ready”?

8:00AM | Tuesday, 24 August 2010 |  As a corporate advisor, I meet with many companies who seek investment capital to help with the growth of their business. But attracting investor capital depends greatly on whether you are “investor ready” or not.

Devise an emergency managerial plan

1:41PM | Tuesday, 18 January 2011 |  Illness, accidents and incidents will happen. A smart entrepreneur must be at least somewhat prepared.

A potential investor wants to perform due diligence on my start-up. How can I prepare for this?

1:36PM | Friday, 14 January 2011 |  Due diligence is a lot like the mythical “ball of string”. It can take as long, be as complex and as expensive as you and your potential investor allow it to be.

Budding franchisees urged to join ACCC course

1:00AM | Thursday, 13 January 2011 |  The ACCC is calling on wannabe franchisees to enroll in its franchise education program at Griffith University.

Labor says NBN will take nine years to construct

12:20PM | Monday, 20 December 2010 |  The NBN will take more than nine years to construct and will have $5.8 billion revenue by 2021, the long-awaited business plan into the network has revealed.

How to decide whether your idea is a winner

12:53PM | Thursday, 16 December 2010 |  In the first of our ‘How to do it in 2011’ series, Philip Weinman explains how to stop procrastinating and test your idea.

Have you got what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

12:50PM | Tuesday, 14 December 2010 |  StartupSmart regularly features inspiring tales of entrepreneurs who have either made it or are on the dizzying ascent to business stardom. But do you have what it takes to join them?

12:24PM | Monday, 13 December 2010 | co-founder Chris Noone reveals how the idea for his venture came about and his ambitions for the future.