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.
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.
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.
In the heat of the moment after losing a contract, an employee tweets a derogatory comment about a competitor, putting his firm at risk of legal action.
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...
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.
Paul Drum How to handle GST in a small business with Paul Drum, of CPA Australia.
Max Newnham This year's federal budget has again shown that the small business sector is largely ignored by politicians and bureaucrats in Canberra.
Christopher Niesche When businesses go under, it’s usually not because they’re not making a profit, but because they don’t have enough cash to pay their bills.
Christopher Niesche Increasing prices can be tricky at any time, but in the current soft economy small businesses risk losing customers if they mishandle the price rise.
Max Newnham If you're continuing to work full-time while starting a new business, beware of the tax implications.
Adam Cooper The ACCC is warning small businesses to justify prices if they use the carbon tax to rort customers.
Clay Lucas The national minimum wage for Australia's 1.4 million lowest paid workers should be raised by $17.10 a week, Fair Work Australia has said.
A leading business group has urged the big banks to pass on a cut in the official interest rate to their borrowers in full.
Workers' compensation insurance: if you aren't safe, you'll be sorry, writes Alexandra Cain.
Eric Johnston and Peter Martin Borrowers face further pain, with Commonwealth and NAB expected to review mortgage, business rates.
Max Newnham When you own a business there are countless rules and regulations that must be met.
Peter Martin Latest NAB business survey shows two-thirds of businesses reported no need for finance in January.
Tony Featherstone Picture this: a family-owned retailer has a $40-million bank loan. The founder has had a good relationship with his banker for years, watched footy with him, and met the bank’s CEO at functions.
Local exporters are still battling to remain competitive despite a recent dip in the value of the Australian dollar, a survey suggests.