Services sector


Aussie humour workshop is no joke

10:20PM | Tuesday, 18 October 2011 |  Swinburne University ran a workshop to teach its international students the logic of Australian humour, highlighting the level of interest in quirkier aspects of Australian culture.

Give out some samples

6:00AM | Thursday, 7 June 2012 |  Struggling to get your sales pipeline full? Why not take a leaf out of the book of the restaurant trade and use one of the oldest tricks in the book – the free sample.

Services sector struggles to enter positive territory

1:00PM | Thursday, 5 January 2012 |  The services sector remained in negative territory in December, according to the latest Australian Performance of Services Index, with ongoing weakness across consumer-related sub-sectors.

Drive-by beauty services offer quick fix

1:01AM | Thursday, 5 January 2012 |  Drive-by beauty appointments are a growing trend as women turn to the professionals to glam up for the party season.

Waggit gets tails (and chins) wagging

12:58PM | Tuesday, 20 December 2011 |  Waggit, a US-based platform for finding potential dog sitters among other local pet lovers, recently won the grand prize at Startup Weekend New York City.

Jolly Solo

12:41PM | Monday, 19 December 2011 |  Jolly Solo co-founder Leah Klugt talks to StartupSmart about creating a business concept solely for the silly season.

Services sector tipped to lead recruitment in 2012

12:08PM | Tuesday, 13 December 2011 |  Less than a quarter of Australian employers expect to increase hiring in the first quarter of 2012, a report reveals. Employers in the services sector are more confident that those in mining.

Be wary of franchise income guarantees, expert says

12:00PM | Friday, 9 December 2011 |  Prospective franchisees should not enter a franchise solely because it offers a guaranteed income system, an expert says, as more franchisors use income guarantees as a recruitment incentive

Open Shed opens up new ideas

12:02PM | Friday, 9 December 2011 |  New Australian website Open Shed allows people to rent out or hire goods from people registered to the service.

11:08PM | Monday, 28 November 2011 | founder Jon Manning talks to StartupSmart about how he hopes his idea will change the way people do business.