Chris Zappone Confidence among smaller businesses has tumbled to levels not seen since the global financial crisis, with worries about fuel costs, cash flow and interest rates weighing on sentiment.
Peter Martin Latest NAB business survey shows two-thirds of businesses reported no need for finance in January.
Clancy Yeates More than on third of small companies in survey cite strong Australian dollar as a concern.
Max Newnham Q. I know I need to obtain an ABN from any supplier but do I need to get one for the people I do work for?
Rachel Wells James Anderson, who runs a small landscaping business, says the government's plan to reduce company tax by one percentage point would help offset the slowdown his business is already beginning to see.
Christopher Niesche SMALL BUSINESS owners who want to get the best price when they sell should start preparing for the sale years in advance, experts say.
Christopher Niesche Small-business owners who want to get the best price when they sell out should start preparing for the sale years in advance, experts say.
Christopher Niesche Succession is a vital, often overlooked, part of self-employment.
Mark Bouris The truth is that you can't influence a rate cut, but you can look for a better deal.
Chris Zappone RBA slashes rates by the most since the GFC in a bid to reignite growth in the sagging economy.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Christopher Niesche Many small businesses are going cheap right now, but potential buyers shouldn't be seduced by low prices and the chance to be their own boss.
With the new financial year fast approaching, the federal government is reminding low-paid workers they will get a pay rise from July 1.
Danny John Key parts of Australia's services sector are being hit by the slowdown in consumer spending.