The Venture on Running Your Business

Do the most charming entrepreneurs win?

Tony Featherstone Apparently more US chief executives are hiring charisma coaches to make them compelling, charming and attractive. Good luck with that.

Right on cue, there’s a long line of bad service

Queue.

Tony Featherstone Forcing customers to wait means dead time and dead businesses.

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Home improvement, or time for renovation?

Tony Featherstone Running a home-based business has great benefits and risks for the unwary.

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When too much is not enough

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Tony Featherstone Is it worth going the extra unpaid yards in small business?

Open your business with a bang

Opening with a bang.

Tony Featherstone Nine tips to get the most out of your store opening, and avoid common pitfalls.

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The lost age

Closeup

Tony Featherstone Why do businesses let their ‘corporate memory’ go when older workers leave?

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Protect your best assets

Tony Featherstone Is hunger for business success wrecking your personal relationships?

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Entrepreneur ‘failures’ can be heroes too

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

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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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What makes a real entrepreneur believable?

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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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The knack of looking big for small business

Tony Featherstone One of my favourite reports each year is the BRW Fast Starters, which ranks and profiles some of Australia's fastest-growing start-up ventures.

The Gen thing’s just stupid generalising

Jo Gay

Tony Featherstone How many employers got sucked in by all the hype about supposedly demanding, hard-to-manage Gen Y employees?

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Who is your company’s worst employee?

Tony Featherstone Helping workplace strugglers improve can have a huge effect on overall performance.

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Losing out: why we shouldn't write off older workers

Don't write off older workers.

Tony Featherstone Ageism destroys, not renews, Australia’s skills base.

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Return to corporate life: pleasure or pain?

Fancy returning to 9-5 work?

Tony Featherstone More small business owners will have to consider their employment options as trading conditions deteriorate.

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Politicians’ power games undermining small business

Tony Featherstone Have your say about how leadership speculation is affecting sentiment.

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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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A strong will or 'give while you live'?

Inheritance.

Tony Featherstone How much is too much when it comes to leaving money for your children?

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