Liability

How to write off business costs

Writing off business purposes.

Business Maxims Q. We recently set up an office - can we claim painting and other costs?

FINANCE

Keeping your lenders in the loop

Having a good relationship with your bank could save you.

Tony Kaye Having a better relationship with your bank could save you if push comes to shove. Here's how to do it.

The price of being connected

COMPUTER

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.

Home sweet home, unless it's your workplace

AFR

Christopher Niesche OWNERS of home-based businesses should not assume that their home and contents insurance will provide adequate coverage for their business and their business activities, insurers are warning.

Special Report

How to negotiate a wheel deal

Yan Flageul, director of Drivers on Scoot

Steering your fleet towards the right policy can be tricky, but here's some advice to smooth the way, writes Marcella Bidinost.

One premium does not suit all companies

insurance

Christopher Niesche Different sectors need different coverage so it's vital to correctly identify your requirements.

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.