Find an excuse for New Year sales calls

1:38PM | Thursday, 12 January 2012 |  January is always a reasonable quiet period. Plenty of people are still on holiday, the kids aren’t back at school yet and it’s still nice and summery (at least some of the time).

Start-ups face early bank battles: Report

1:00PM | Thursday, 12 January 2012 |  Small businesses with turnovers up to $5 million typically stay with their main bank for 13-14 years, according to DBM Consultants, although most dissatisfaction occurs in the first year.

Start-ups tipped to surge amid falling job vacancies

1:41PM | Thursday, 12 January 2012 |  A small business expert predicts a spike in the number of new start-ups in 2012, amid falling job vacancies, but doubts have been raised over the banks’ willingness to lend.

Top 10 start-up logos

1:49PM | Thursday, 12 January 2012 |  It’s the most visible, striking aspect of your business. The thing that your customers will see more than any other, which you hope you will be plastered approvingly across billboards and the internet in double-quick time. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Sticking to your start-up pitching script

1:36AM | Thursday, 12 January 2012 |  This week's best of the web features some tips for facing your own Dragon's Den, four billionaire entrepreneurs that never went to college and 11 businesses you can start in your pyjamas.

Thursday 12 January

1:55AM | Thursday, 12 January 2012 |  Are you keeping an eye on your cash? Today, Marc Peskett has some top tips on how to not let it get burned up.

The parallels between tennis and start-ups

1:40PM | Wednesday, 11 January 2012 |  The moment you start playing it safe and restraining your raw passion, you will lose. BY JASON ROSE.

The three critical tests of your cash control

1:08PM | Wednesday, 11 January 2012 |  There are three important cash KPIs every start-up must measure. BY MARC PESKETT.

The Hub launches Startup Weekend-style competition

1:24PM | Wednesday, 11 January 2012 |  Melbourne co-working space The Hub is launching a new Startup Weekend-style event for young entrepreneurs who solve a “social problem or add social value to the community.”

Get your pay rates sorted

1:42PM | Wednesday, 11 January 2012 |  If you want complete comfort about paying your staff the correct pay rates, you need to enlist the help of a lawyer.