Lessons learnt from migrating to the cloud

Ben Shields and Lisa Stribley   COMMENT: For most, it should be a question of which services first and how, not if a move to the cloud makes sense.

There's an app for ... your will


Nigel Bowen   The big law firms are quaking in their boots as cut-price competitors steal market share.

You need this wetsuit

Aqua Tongue wetsuits have built-in hydration packs.

Louis White   An ingenious addition to the standard design means water lovers can now spend lots more time in the drink.

The Aussie Facebook whiz-kids

Cameron, left, and Jason Segal: social media tycoons in the making.

Kate Jones   Their page is headed towards a million likes and it's making them a fortune.

Everyone wants to run through mud

Maximum Adventure's obstacle race.

Christine D'Mello   Tough Mudder and its competitors helped found an increasingly crowded industry.

Who's taking on Nestle?

Perth still has the highest-priced coffee, according to the Coffee Economist's cappuccino price index.

Louis White   This business is suing the global food giant for nearly $2.8 billion. And it's all about coffee.

Council support for start-ups

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Robert Doyle   COMMENT: The City of Melbourne's grant program has been so successful around 80 per cent of its businesses are now small businesses.

Is blogging really a business?

Jess Dempsey: started her blog to flaunt her personal style.

Kate Jones   These fashionistas have turned their passions into a profit-making machine.

Meet the uni student entrepreneurs

More students are moving into business.

Louis White   ¬†Forget bar jobs, these budding bizoids are the next start-up generation.

Can you make $1m from $1?

Two thirds of ASX 200 companies reporting in August will lift their dividend payouts, Bloomberg says

Caroline James   Dirt-cheap start-ups make some lucky entrepreneurs filthy rich.

Meet Australia's muesli magnate

Narelle Plapp, founder of Food For Health.

Christine Long   She went from selling from the back of her car to a $5 million business in a decade.

Guess who's wearing woolly knickers?

Wundies: very woolly undies.

Louis White   They are protecting our country and community and they're warm as toast.

Is this the Trip Advisor of health?

NSW Premier Mike Baird said there was little scope for states to make major health savings.

Caroline James   It's a business model that's threatening the established private health providers.

Never come home sandy again

Sandusa beach towel

Louis White   Entrepreneurs are developing products so beachgoers can leave the sand by the sea rather than bring it home on their towel.

Start-up invents 'Shazam for property'

A home up for sale

Adam Courtenay   The technology has incredible application for the real estate market.

What's Branson's next move?

Caitlin Iles and Richard Branson: dress up night on Necker Island.

Adam Courtenay   One Australian entrepreneur, a recent guest on Necker Island, might just well know.

Game on for local liquor ventures

Banjo Plane (left) and Tom Walenkamp: Making wine selection simpler.

Louis White   Never draw a blank when looking at a wine list again.

Booze for the lazy or immobile


Christine Long   There's plenty of services springing up to deliver grog to your door. Pronto.

Are these Australia's oldest businesses?

Jim and Liz Thompson: Part of the sixth generation to run Summerville Farm.

Kate Jones   A farm, a transport company, a vineyard and a rural homestead top this venerable list.

Can women brew beer?

Leimin Duong, the founder of Zeven Lemon Beerworks.

Larissa Ham   The entrepreneur behind strawberry-flavoured beer Strawberry Blonde certainly thinks so.

How to nail year one

Financial fitness is vital for start-ups.

Louis White   How did this business go from zero to revenue of $210,000 in a few years?

No end in sight to the tattoo craze

Tashi Dukanovic says tattooing can be a lucrative career.

Nigel Bowen   As ink becomes more widespread, there are more business opportunities than ever for body artists.

How to pack a cinema

film movies

Sylvia Pennington   Two competing businesses want to reinvigorate interest in spending a night at the flicks.

Will Aussies skydive without a parachute?

Skydive the Beach

Caroline James   Indoor and outdoor operators say the sky is the limit in the freefall market.


Seven crowdfunding tips

Crowdfunding attracts both dollars and supporters, and the challenge is to keep those supporters engaged with the product or project.

Christopher Niesche   Learn how to raise money from the people who have generated tens of thousands this way.

The Aussie pioneering US drone delivery services

Matthew Sweeny and Tom Bass (L), Flirtey: drone pioneers.

Nigel Bowen   An Australian entrepreneur is about to do the first officially-sanctioned drone deliveries in the US.

Is this the end of wasted food?

No, no that kind of worm.

Kate Jones   A new app is obliterating the need for cafes and restaurants to throw out surplus grub.

Which local firm has cornered homewares?

Temple & Webster: dominating online.

Christine Long   This business is chasing $200 million in annual revenue by 2018.

Why won't Jen Hawkins talk about solariums?

Jennifer Hawkins.

Caroline James   The model might not want to discuss the banned sun beds, but plenty of other fake tan moguls are relishing their demise.

Vivid made my business

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22:  The Sydney Opera House lights up on the opening night of Vivid at Circular Quay on May 22, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Fairfax Media)

Christine D'Mello   Meet the entrepreneurs who have used Sydney's winter light festival as a launchpad.