Growing

Are solopreneurs happier?

Michelle McQuaid says regularly using your strengths helps you feel more confident, energised and engaged in your work.

Michelle McQuaid   Why working by yourself leads to being more engaged and energised at work.

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School's back and so are lucrative tutoring businesses

Tina Tower with preschool pupil Rome Southwell at her Begin Bright Class in Cronulla.

Sylvia Pennington   The school year is underway and tutoring firm are gearing up for a business boost from mums and dads willing to spend upwards of $50 an hour.

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Why everyone is reading indie mags

Lara Burke founded Frankie with Louise Bannister and has now moved on to start Lunch Lady magazine.

Cara Waters   Small independent magazine publishers are not just surviving but thriving.

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Making money in my activewear

Stylerunner is banking on the popularity of activewear continuing.

Cara Waters   Meet the entrepreneurs making millions from our love for wearing yoga pants to do do everything but yoga in.

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Seven keys to building your personal brand

No job is forever these days so how well are you looking after ME Inc?

Chris Gaborit   Whether you like it or not you are being constantly Googled so controlling what people see can make all the difference in business.

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The cut-price coffins boom

Lifeart coffins can feature everything from photography to NRL team colours.

Caroline James   Forget the traditional silver casket, now you can get a budget coffin or one decorated in NRL colours.

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Turnbull's 'brutalt cabinet

Kelly O'Dwyer Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer says cabinet meetings are longer now more women are ...

Cara Waters   The increased number of women has changed the way cabinet is operating according to Kelly O'Dwyer.

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Aussie small businesses' innovation fail

Yummia  founder Mia McCarthy has built her business on innovation.

Cara Waters   Australian small businesses are lagging well behind their Asia-Pacific competitors when it comes to innovation.

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Winemakers battle supermarkets murky labeling

Rollo Crittenden is a winemaker at the Crittenden winery, a small family-owned business in Dromana on the Mornington ...

Cara Waters   Is that bottle of wine from a small independent winery or is it really a Coles or Woolworths home brand?

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Billson: Why I quit

Bruce Billson says he wasn't pushed.

Cara Waters   Former small business minister Bruce Billson says he wasn't pushed to leave politics but the timing of his departure was Malcolm Turnbull's choice.

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Government 'squibs' on competition review

Peter Strong, chief executive of the Council of Small Business of Australia, is disappointed but relieved there is still ...

Cara Waters   The government has put the effects test off and delayed some of the other key reforms recommended by the Harper Review.

Garbage queen's $10 million business

Capital City Waste Management founder Le Ho has succeeded in a male-dominated area.

Cara Waters   There's nothing sexy about garbage but Le Ho went into the waste management business precisely because it's always in demand.

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How the two-litre towel was born

Michael Mazur and Paul Taylor put   The 2 Litre Towel to the test.

Patrick Hatch   A historic Australian manufacturer hopes a towel that soaks up two litres of water can help it compete with imported products.

The Indigenous business going great guns

There's more to indigenous enterprise than bush tucker businesses

Christine Long   New research shows Indigenous entrepreneurs are making their mark in a diverse range of industries.

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Flexibility fail for small business

Stephen Jones, co-founder and chief executive of House of Home, supports a flexible workplace.

Cara Waters   Stephen Jones is embracing flexible work but research shows most small businesses are not so quick on the uptake.

Taming your ego at work

"If you aren't able to let go, you aren't able to grow": Fergus Watts, chief executive of the Bastion Group.

Kate Jones   How to put your ego on a leash and take a lesson in the gentle art of humility.

Five tips for market stall success

Kate Vandermeer and David "Noonie" Nunez: Trade on good word of mouth.

Kate Jones   It's possible to build a big business from very humble beginnings.

Does work-life balance actually matter?

Work-life balance is as important to men as women, so why don't we hear about it?

Christine Long   It's the be-all and end-all, according to some. But is it really?

Australia needs to invest in exporting

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Lisa McAuley   COMMENT: International trade is one of the keys to driving domestic economic growth.

The Aussie email marketing gurus

Some companies are banning emails.

Louis White   Which local success story has more than 120,000 clients in 170 countries?

Do you need a personal concierge?

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Claire Dunn   More of us are realising we're not superheros and we need to delegate parts of our lives.

Fatigues prepared me for pinstripes

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Caroline James   Bosses reveal six things the armed forces teach that equip business owners for battle.

Local business leads the way in pain relief

A reader has provided WAtoday.com.au with a harrowing tale of her brother's battle with mental illness.

Louis White   A new way of manufacturing drugs will allow mass production of non-addictive pain medication.

Want free personal training?

Luke Istomin; you don't need to pay big bucks for a hot bod.

Kate Jones   The man who turned Hugh Jackman into Wolverine is about to shake up the online fitness sector.

It’s all in the planning

Net exports will make a contribution of 0.5 percentage points to March-quarter gross domestic product.

Andrew Watson   COMMENT: There are plenty of ways small businesses can make exporting a success.

Want to be a superhero?

Caper: Halloween is the busiest time of year for costume rentals.

Louis White   Dressing up is all the rage for adults and children alike, prompting a boom for costume businesses.

GROWING

Is chia the next quinoa?

The Chia Co boss John Foss believes Australia has a unique opportunity to offer premium and safe health foods worldwide.

Claire Dunn   Local growers are positioning themselves to be at the head of the next superfoods trend.

The town where bookshops never die

Clunes bookshop owner Robin Schmidt says the May festival keeps his store alive.

Kate Jones   The Clunes Booktown festival will again throw fairydust over the town's small businesses this year.

Secrets of Australia's gun companies

Mike Fitzsimmons argues against compartmentalised investing.

Caroline James   Want to know how to generate revenue growth of almost 300 per cent?

What can the TPP deliver for Australia?

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Lisa McAuley and Stacey Mills-Smith   It's a controversial policy in some quarters, but it has the potential to deliver long-term benefits.