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.
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.
David Wilson Launching a start-up is easier than ever. But, because entry barriers verge on non-existent and everyone wants to be the next Facebook, Twitter or Dropbox, competition is fierce.
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.
Clancy Yeates The number of corporate insolvencies has surged to its highest level in more than a decade.
Clancy Yeates More than on third of small companies in survey cite strong Australian dollar as a concern.
Christopher Niesche For a small business, a couple of bad or late payers can be devastating, putting the business under financial stress or potentially dragging it under.
Michael Baker Big US retailers such as Gap are said to be eyeing off the Australian market, but small operators here shouldn't panic, writes Michael Baker.