Bank

Comm Bank, NAB to review business rates

Eric Johnston and Peter Martin Borrowers face further pain, with Commonwealth and NAB expected to review mortgage, business rates.

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.

FINANCE

Build your brand without breaking the bank

money

Christopher Niesche Six low-cost tips from marketing experts on how to raise your business’ profile.

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.

FINANCE

Keeping your lenders in the loop

Having a good relationship with your bank could save you.

Tony Kaye Having a better relationship with your bank could save you if push comes to shove. Here's how to do it.

Retail likes rate cut

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Clancy Yeates and Eli Greenblat Business leaders in the slow lane have applauded the Reserve Bank's interest rate cut.

START-UP

Hot or not? Market research tactics that work

Hot or not?

David Wilson So you've had that 'aha!' moment. Here's some tips on finding out whether your inspired idea is as good as you think.

Credit growth 'building up'

banking.

Clancy Yeates New lending to business has jumped to levels not seen since the global financial crisis.

Businesses slow to act on rising dollar

Dollar.

Despite all the gripes from business about the strength of the Australian dollar hitting profits, few seem prepared to do anything to protect their bottom line.

ENTREPRENEURS

Dodging the doubters: how to get rich despite the sceptics

Jack Delosa.

Alexandra Cain Like many young entrepreneurs, Jack Delosa faced a huge amount of scepticism from friends and family when he bailed out of a commerce/law degree aged 18 to buy into his first business.

Rates put big squeeze on small business

More interest rate cuts likely (Thumbnail)

Clancy Yeates Small-business customers have received the least benefit from the latest cycle of interest-rate cuts, new figures show, despite moves by the major banks to target the SME market.

Startup

What's your problem?

Got a problem?

Whats Your Problem Q. I've started an online store. How do I calculate postage costs for different countries?

Setting up is as easy as ISP

You've got the computer and the brilliant business idea, now it's time to get your e-business running.

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.

Business demand for credit at four-year low

Peter Martin Latest NAB business survey shows two-thirds of businesses reported no need for finance in January.

Accountants still a trusted source of advice, say SMEs

Finance

Alexandra Cain Most small business owners still rely on their accountant rather than their lawyer, bank, business coach or financial planner, according to a survey of Australasian small business owners.

Wage expectations over inflation target

Wages.

Wage expectations have risen well above the central bank's inflation target band, a survey shows.

Banks fighting over mid-sized businesses

banks

The big four banks are doing all they can to win over mid-sized businesses but bank satisfaction ratings among that segment have either dropped or are static, research shows.

Online boom sparks credit card crimes

One in 15 adults were hit with credit card fraud over the past year.

Eric Johnston The online shopping boom spawns a surge in credit card fraud, with about one in 15 Australian adults becoming victims last year and total losses blowing out to a record $278 million.

Pay tax at the lowest possible rate

Tax cut.

Max Newnham We're opening a cafe in a few weeks' time. How can we maximise our tax claims?