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.

START-UP

Why didn't he call? New app tackles dating dilemma

Audrey Melnik.

David Wilson Business guru's app helps shed light on a classic dating dilemma.

BUSINESS MAXIMS

A question of profits

Tax.

Business Maxims Operating a business through a company can be a great idea when starting out. But the tax benefit can be outweighed when profits have built up.

How would you rather be sacked?

George Clooney in Up In The Air.

Tony Featherstone By using a blunt axe, some companies make redundancy programs a whole lot worse.

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Makers of Mortein cut 190 jobs

Almost 200 workers will lose their jobs after the makers of Mortein and Dettol announced plans to shut down its only Australian manufacturing facility in Sydney.

START-UP

Pushing the right buttons: new help for start-ups

New help for start-ups.

Alexandra Cain Forget traditional venture capital - a new approach to helping start-ups with potential is emerging.

Michael Baker

Giving up on the store?

Online shopping.

Michael Baker Ten questions to answer before committing to an online-only future.

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Are you resting on your laurels?

Valerie Khoo The small business owner's creed: don't just sit there, do something!

Mining boom blamed for rise in business failures

Mining

Courtney Trenwith The mining boom is being blamed for much of the dramatic rise in the number of failed WA businesses forced into external administration.

Don't buy the wrong wheels

Work car.

Max Newnham Many small business owners stumble in buying and financing the right sort of work vehicle.

Staff don't care too much for money

Max Mason A new study shows pay and bonuses are unlikely to help drive success for SMEs.

Severely late bills hit one-year high

Late bills became even later in the December quarter.

Chris Zappone The number of bills being paid "severely" late by Australian businesses have hit a one-year high, rising by almost 30 per cent in the December quarter.

Real estate agents' books to be checked

Real estate agent.

The books of up to 350 real estate agents will be scrutinised by the New South Wales Fair Work Ombudsman over fears some staff are not being paid correctly.

START-UP TIPS

10 things to consider before ditching your day job

Ditching your day job.

David Wilson Dreaming of throwing in the towel and going it alone? Make sure you've thought of everything.

Michael Pascoe

Spare a thought for the self-employed

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Michael Pascoe Small businesses treated as second-class citizens, but they keep the country functioning.

61 jobs go as Fletcher Jones tailors for buyer

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Henrietta Cook Menswear chain to shed staff and close a third of its stores immediately.

On the 10th day of Xmas, my boss gave to me...

Christmas time.

Belinda Williams Frugal bosses cop a lot of flak at Christmas time. But are employees expecting too much?

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WORKING FROM HOME

Tax tactics: what to claim when you work from home

Working from home tax tactics.

Business Maxims Q. I run a plumbing business from home. What can I claim?

MARKETING

Red carpet ride: the power of celebrity endorsement

American megastar Oprah Winfrey.

Getting celebrities to wear or recommend your product for free can be a powerful marketing tool. Larissa Ham finds out what it takes to get the big names on board.

Super savings total $1.5b over four years

Super.

Federal government to reduce what it gives to low and middle-income earners through super co-contribution from mid-2012.