Small business management


Give yourself a to-do deadline

1:00AM | Monday, 23 January 2012 |  Plenty of entrepreneurs I know are list makers. It's time that you do the same.

Spot-check your accounting processes

1:00AM | Friday, 13 January 2012 |  Knowing the boss does the occasional spot-check lets your staff know how seriously you take your business’s accounting measures.

How an overseas deal can get lost in translation

1:41PM | Friday, 6 January 2012 |  InsightfulCRM’s Marc Englaro, who sold his business to a US-based firm before buying it back again, has first-hand knowledge of how important it is to be able to decode legal jargon and trust in your own convictions. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

One in three SMEs expecting Christmas sales dip: Report

12:00AM | Tuesday, 6 December 2011 |  Nearly a third of small businesses are expecting a worse Christmas trading period than last year, with conditions “historically weak” for retailers, according to a new report.

Employers urged to let workers switch off this Christmas

12:11PM | Thursday, 1 December 2011 |  More than 50% of Australians check work emails while on holiday, a new report reveals, heightening the danger of creating stressful workplaces.

How I got my ideal start-up lifestyle – second time around

11:02PM | Friday, 25 November 2011 |  Mini Movers founder Mike O’Hagan started the business with nothing more than $200 and a ute. Today, it employs more than 400 staff and is on track to record around $25 million in revenue in 2011-12.

When persistence and passion pays off

11:33PM | Monday, 14 November 2011 |  Showing people how much your business means to you and how determined you are can only lead to good things in the long run. BY MARK CAMPBELL.

Analysts highlight hidden costs of mobile devices

11:28PM | Monday, 14 November 2011 |  Small businesses need to be aware of the hidden costs associated with equipping employees with mobile devices, analysts warn, as employers attempt to make their staff more productive.

Employers urged to review workplaces of home-based staff

11:17PM | Friday, 11 November 2011 |  Employers are being urged to review the working environments of their employees, including home-based staff, with a new report revealing 90% of employees work in unsafe environments.

Insolvency spike prompts Christmas cashflow warning

11:31PM | Thursday, 10 November 2011 |  The number of corporate insolvencies has surged to its highest level in more than a decade, after almost 3,000 companies entered administration in the September quarter.