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Small business


The naked selfie effect

Christine D'Mello Which entrepreneurs are using nude and clothed self-portraits to promote their businesses?

Getting a job after 50


Adam Courtenay We're told we need to retire later - but do businesses even want older workers?

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Five lessons for your first year in business


Caroline James Here's what top bosses say they wish they knew when they started out.

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Get your staff out of the office

Work at home

Duncan Bennet Working from home increases productivity, reduces distractions and helps people improve the quality of their output.

Pharmas need to do more drugs


Nigel Bowen It generates billions and keeps us alive. So why does the local pharmaceutical industry struggle for attention?

Virtual fitness classes threaten gyms


Nina Hendy A trend towards Australians watching online exercise classes has thrown fitness franchises a curve ball.

Mint Wireless' MYOB coup


Caroline James Payment pioneer poised to take on the world.

So you want to be an eBay millionaire?

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Alexandra Cain Join the growing army of online moguls taking on the world.

Meet our YouTube baking queen

Cake Boss layer cake

Claire Dunn Her show has 450,000 subscribers and averages 3.7 million views every 30 days.

Wedding planner says 'I do' to Bali

Villa Botanica

Marianna Papadakis Entrepreneurs are targetting overseas markets to avoid the high cost of doing business in Australia.

How to make scary decisions


Kate Jones If you want to operate outside your comfort zone, get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Iconic bike shop on the move

Exercise bike, fitness.

Michael Baker Famous Sydney cyclery transforms its business model.

2013 Worst Customer Service Awards


Tony Featherstone It's time to cast your annual vote on the companies whose service infuriated you the most this year.

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Aussie Asian property alliance lays foundations

For sale

Mercedes Ruehl Home builder GJ Gardner Homes is poised to partner with a Chinese company to take advantage of the booming Asian interest in Australian property.

Mr World is flexing muscle worth $16.9 million

Grant Mayo

Caroline James Grant Mayo likes to get big, fast.

Five ways to disrupt an industry


Andy Sheats Don't just accept the status quo - challenge everything you do and your industry instead.

Five tips to help your business grow


Adam Schwab It sounds like an oxymoron, but in order for your business to grow fast, it needs to grow slowly first.

What are the hot industries of 2014?


Christine Long If you're in tourism, wealth management or agribusiness you're onto a winner.

How to win an argument


Christopher Niesche Stand up for yourself, show respect and use evidence.

Stop bringing the laptop to bed

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Kate Jones Wondering where the passion went? If you left the laptop outside the bedroom door you might find out.

Ten things to do before breakfast


Anneli Knight If you want to be uber-productive, this is what you should have accomplished before your first coffee.

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Breathing life into the small business sector

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Jason Fryer The next month may hold the key to the future of thousands of small businesses across Australia that find themselves at a tipping point.

Christmas marketing secrets


Lee Hawksley Make the most of festive season business opportunities.

Think global from day one


Tyson Hackwood Acting local and thinking global is something you can do even at the start-up stage.

Which management style suits entrepreneurs?


Many entrepreneurs have boundless energy for their businesses but lack leadership where it counts. So where does entrepreneurship fit in with leadership and management?

How did this man land a $4 million contract on LinkedIn?

David Ogilvie

Nina Hendy David Ogilvie hits the jackpot on the business social site.

CBD parking secrets


Kate Jones We've discovered the best parking bargains around.

Are sex shops OK in shopping centres?


Kate Jones Leading adult shop poised to sign a deal with major retail chain.

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Flattery will get you everywhere?


Michael Baker Are you more likely to buy something if the sales person compliments you?

The secrets of self-made millionaires


Caroline James Aussie moguls spill the beans on how to make big bread

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