Small business management


Atlassian rivals Google as best place to work

6:40PM | Thursday, 23 June 2011 |  Tech giant Google and Australian start-up Atlassian are among the top five best places to work in Australia, according to a new survey, suggesting start-ups can compete with larger companies for staff.

Risk downgrades less prevalent among small firms: D&B

6:27PM | Thursday, 23 June 2011 |  More than 145,000 businesses suffered a risk downgrade in the March quarter, according to the latest report from Dun & Bradstreet, with older firms faring worse than their younger counterparts.

Employees clamour for feedback and recognition: Report

6:51PM | Tuesday, 21 June 2011 |  Employees value feedback and recognition more than any other attributes in their boss, according to a new survey, with Generation Y workers the most needing of praise.

ATO emphasises tax debt management following Jim’s Plumbing wind-up notice

6:21PM | Monday, 20 June 2011 |  The tax office is urging businesses to properly manage their tax debt, following its application to wind up SA franchise Jim’s Plumbing after it failed to comply with a taxation-related demand.

ATO sets its sights on builders, real estate agents in deduction crackdown

6:53PM | Wednesday, 15 June 2011 |  Tax experts are urging small businesses to ensure their tax returns are as accurate as possible, with builders, earthmovers and real estate agents among the occupations being targeted by the Tax Office this year.

Hold a Warren Buffett-style lunch

6:21PM | Tuesday, 14 June 2011 |  While we can’t all enjoy a lunch with the Oracle of Omaha, you can pick a leading figure in your industry and invite them to dine with you.

What type of start-up are you?

6:49PM | Tuesday, 14 June 2011 |  Business owners need to be clear about their goals and align the type of business they establish with them accordingly.

The surprising truth about what motivates us

6:21PM | Friday, 10 June 2011 |  We all believe money is the major motivator for employees, but in fact, autonomy, mastery and purpose could be far more inspiring.

I’m starting up my own online retail business and looking to hire my first employees. Which positions should I be looking to fill first?

6:33PM | Monday, 6 June 2011 |  Great businesses are always run by teams, not individuals – and it's a hell of a lot easier to tackle the lonely world of the start-up with at least one partner.

The 10 ingredients to start-up success

6:38PM | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 |  Is there a perfect recipe for start-up success? Like most recipes, the result will change depending on whose hand is on the pan. BY POLLY MCGEE.