Small business


Australia’s top 10 female start-up entrepreneurs

11:23PM | Thursday, 3 November 2011 |  Australia may be lagging behind the rest of the world when it comes to women in key industry positions, but this group of female entrepreneurs are paving the way for greater equality.

Nokia to stump up just $10k for start-up competition winner

11:20PM | Thursday, 3 November 2011 |  Mobile phone giant Nokia has selected five aspiring start-ups to become finalists for its In Hindsight competition – but is offering just $10,000 as a prize.

Domain name start-up Winged Media gets $3 million Carnegie Innovation Fund backing

11:56PM | Wednesday, 2 November 2011 |  Winged Media, a domain name trading start-up, has pulled off a $3 million investment deal with the Carnegie Innovation Fund, for a minority stake in the business, said to be “less than 10%.”

Benchmark your way to success

11:57PM | Wednesday, 2 November 2011 |  Call it curiosity or just plain competiveness, most business owners want to know how their business compares to others in the industry, but don’t know how to go about it. Try benchmarking.

How should I frame payment terms for my clients?

11:19PM | Wednesday, 2 November 2011 |  It is one of the most important aspects of running a small business to ensure that debtors’ management is controlled and you remain cashflow positive.

Group buying industry adopts code of conduct

11:09PM | Wednesday, 2 November 2011 |  The group buying industry has unveiled its first code of conduct, following a series of complaints by businesses and consumers over the practices of certain operators.

Google Maps to charge for heavy usage

11:50PM | Tuesday, 1 November 2011 |  Developers that use Google Map links for their websites will be charged for heavy usage of the service as of next year, although the search giant claims the new fees are designed to protect small developers.

Micro firms failing to adopt eCommerce: Report

11:18PM | Tuesday, 1 November 2011 |  Only 29% of micro businesses had a website presence in 2009-10, new data has revealed, yet 31% had a website presence in 2008-09, suggesting start-ups are increasingly shying away from eCommerce.

WizzyBoard takes out $50,000 innovation prize at the Technology Entrepreneurship Forum

11:30PM | Tuesday, 1 November 2011 |  WizzyBoard, a start-up technology based around online games and toys, has won top prize, worth $50,000, at the Technology Entrepreneurship Forum.

What advice do you have for tackling new competitors in your industry?

11:55AM | Tuesday, 1 November 2011 |  Do not rest on your laurels or past successes. You need to constantly innovate and improve every aspect of your business.