Planning

Ho ho ... oh: planning the office Christmas party

James Adonis ‘Tis the season to be organising the office Christmas party. Here are seven ways to minimise the risk.

Business builds on the Facebook friendship

Facebook

Anna Spargo-Ryan The widespread use of social media serves as both a challenge and an opportunity to all businesses.

Regional move a powerful stimulant for coffee roasters

Bill Parianos

Coffee roasters Bill and Lisa Parianos have managed to infuse a slice of Sydney's cafe culture into the regional centre of Orange. And it's paying dividends.

Create a clear vision then take the plunge to go solo

Rohan Gamble.

Miriam Steffens How to quit your job and start your own business, with Rohan Gamble.

What makes a real entrepreneur believable?

Running

Tony Featherstone How believable are you as an entrepreneur? Lots of people say they are entrepreneurs, but in truth are small business owners, or unwilling to take true entrepreneurial risk.

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Business Maxims

Avoiding the please-explain on GST

Tax.

Business Maxims Max Newnham answers your tax questions.

The workplace narcissist

vanity and narcissism

James Adonis Workplaces with narcissistic people have lower levels of job satisfaction and productivity.

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Mark Bouris

Small and non-bank lenders worth a look

Mark Bouris

Mark Bouris The truth is that you can't influence a rate cut, but you can look for a better deal.

Insolvencies at a record high for small businesses

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Tony Kaye Insolvencies across Australia's small business sector are soaring, with the number of companies placed into administration at the highest since 1999.

Jim Vrondas

Currency tactics help you find a competitive hedge

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Jim Vrondas Jim Vrondas explains how to find a long-term plan that cushions a business.

Preferential treatment a click away

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Alexandra Cain You may not have yet heard of s-commerce, but it has gained serious traction in the US.

How to start a multi-million dollar venture with $10,000

business man

Tony Featherstone Consider this: a young entrepreneur starts an online furniture retailer with $10,000. Another starts an online pharmacy with $20,000, and a construction franchise gets going with $25,000.

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Daily deals have all the right flavours for wine entrepreneur

Wine

Craig Butt Entrepreneur Andre Eikmeier has plenty of reasons to crack open a bottle of wine and celebrate.

RBA slashes interest rates to 3.75 per cent

Interest rates may be lifted next month...

Chris Zappone RBA slashes rates by the most since the GFC in a bid to reignite growth in the sagging economy.

Social media used to poach workers

Facebook

Chris Zappone Your best employees are most at risk of being poached by competitors in modernising economy.

Entrepreneur ‘failures’ can be heroes too

Factoring

Tony Featherstone Every so often, an interview sticks with you for weeks or months. I have thought about a refreshingly honest comment from Billie Goat Soap founder Leanne Faulkner, about the downside of media stories...

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Can I claim my mortgage on my business tax?

house

Max Newnham Many small businesses operate from the owner’s home. This could mean the factory is a shed in the backyard and the office a corner of the kitchen or dining room table.

Home sweet home, unless it's your workplace

AFR

Christopher Niesche OWNERS of home-based businesses should not assume that their home and contents insurance will provide adequate coverage for their business and their business activities, insurers are warning.

Undervalued: why less is risking more

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Christopher Niesche The increased cost of construction brought on by the carbon tax and the soft economic conditions mean many more small businesses are taking the risk of being underinsured, an insurance consultant...

Missing tax cut doesn't spell doom for small business

budget

Max Mason Wayne Swan’s surprise decision to drop Labor’s previously promised one per cent cut in the company tax rate will still have benefits for small business, economists say.