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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.

Big rise in business failure rate

Immigration cuts have contributed to the decline in retail sales.

Clancy Yeates The number of corporate insolvencies has surged to its highest level in more than a decade.

More small companies fear damage from high dollar

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Clancy Yeates More than on third of small companies in survey cite strong Australian dollar as a concern.

Bad debts: tardy payers hurt small business

Debts

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.

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

business man

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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How to increase prices without alienating clients

money

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.

The ultralight start-up: how to launch a business without clout or capital

Bankrupt

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.

Retail

American retailers are coming, but there's no cause for alarm

Illustration: Michael Mucci.

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.