Business planning


Business on notice after ATO flags insolvency spike

1:28PM | Wednesday, 4 January 2012 |  Insolvency practitioners have put businesses on notice after the Australian Taxation Office said it was preparing for a new wave of business closures and taxpayer bankruptcies this year.

$1 starting price for iPhone app highlights developers’ struggles

1:20PM | Wednesday, 4 January 2012 |  A mobile app developer is selling his iPhone app on eBay for a starting price of $1 to escape the costs associated with the app, suggesting the market is becoming less viable for smaller players.

Incubators accused of fostering start-up “ghettos”

1:11PM | Wednesday, 4 January 2012 |  A US-based serial entrepreneur has described start-up incubators as “ghettos” because most participants fail to secure funding, claiming the real value is in the networks on offer.

Stanford University rolls out free online start-up courses

1:20PM | Tuesday, 3 January 2012 |  Australian start-ups have been given the chance to gain access to some of the sharpest business minds in the US, with Stanford University offering free online courses on entrepreneurship.

Blog and backup to improve LinkedIn presence, expert says

1:56PM | Tuesday, 3 January 2012 |  Start-ups can improve their LinkedIn presence this year by integrating blog content, enhancing their company profile, using company updates and preserving their contacts, an expert says.

Retailers gloomy over first quarter prospects: Report

1:48PM | Tuesday, 3 January 2012 |  Retailers remain pessimistic about their performance in the first quarter, according to a Dun & Bradstreet report, with expectations down 26 points compared with the same period in 2011.

YouTube’s top 10 viral ad hits offers start-up insight

12:29PM | Thursday, 22 December 2011 |  Start-ups who want their advertisements to go viral should link their product or service to topical and/or timely events, an expert says, after YouTube announced the top ten viral ad hits of 2011.

Christmas and NY public holiday guide

12:23PM | Thursday, 22 December 2011 |  As businesses eagerly anticipate a well-earned Christmas break, the uncertainty surrounding public holidays comes to the fore, with each state making up its own schedule.

Start-up investment marketplace edgeyo to launch Christmas Day

12:58PM | Thursday, 22 December 2011 |  Four entrepreneurs are preparing to launch edgeyo, an investment marketplace for start-ups and investors, on Christmas Day.

Retailers warned not to follow department store discounts

12:50PM | Wednesday, 21 December 2011 |  Retailers need to look beyond discounting as part of their post-Christmas sales strategy, an expert says, as Myer and David Jones promise to go head to head with record Boxing Day sales.