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What makes a real entrepreneur believable?

Tony Featherstone How believable are you as an entrepreneur? Lots of people say they are entrepreneurs, but in truth are small business owners, or unwilling to take true entrepreneurial risk.

Should you back up your social media activity?

A Facebook page

Valerie Khoo We all know it's important to backup our computer data, but with business increasingly being done online and through social sites, how do you effectively backup your social media activity?

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

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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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Familiarity doesn't breed contempt, it results in repeat business

innovation

Valerie Khoo To innovate or not? That is the question every business must answer

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How to build your personal brand through networking

Business

Valerie Khoo Are you looking to build your personal brand? Networking is the answer.

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All in a gay's work

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James Adonis The list of Australia's most gay-friendly organisations has just been released.

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How to win more jobs with a 'love me' tender

Parliament House in Canberra

Maurice Downing Businesses of all sizes have to look outside their traditional patch in order to survive and thrive.

10 ways to grow your business by 10% (or 20% or 50%) in 12 months

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Anneli Knight If your business is not green and growing then it’s ripe and rotting, says serial entrepreneur Creel Price.

FAMILY BUSINESS

Pluses and minuses to working with family

Gina Rinehart.

Transparency is important in avoiding feuds in a family-run business, says Family Business Australia chief Philippa Taylor.

New one-stop shop for business registrations

Stamping your territory.

Max Mason Small businesses around Australia will now be able to register and renew business names in one central location, cutting red tape and registration costs.

MANAGING

Mate, this is serious business

Apple.

Jo-Anne Hui Some of the world's most successful businesses were launched by two mates with a great idea. Think Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak at Apple.

Donut King plays host to 'humiliating' sacking

Fair Work Australia

Daniel Hurst The manager of a jewellery kiosk company could have found a better location than a Donut King outlet to inform an employee she was being made redundant, Fair Work Australia has found.

Are you an office thief?

Steal.

James Adonis Is the stealing of office stationery really stealing?

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Guarding your business when you're sick

AFR photoillustration Tamara Voninski.

Financial advisers spend a lot of time creating contingency plans for their clients, but many neglect to prepare for their own worst-case scenario.

Warranty company on the brink, say ex-staff

Myer's profits have plunged.

Jane Lee and Max Mason A struggling company that provided extended warranties for Myer and Big W is under the regulators' spotlight, amid claims from former staff that it has failed to pay wages since the first week of...

Directors 'must be forced to pay'

Dave Oliver: 'If that means going after their personal assets then so be it.'

Ben Butler and Clay Lucas Senior union leader says the government should be able to go after the personal assets of company directors who do not keep aside enough money to pay employee entitlements.

Want to win $50k and a mentor?

Aussie entrepreneurs.

Valerie Khoo Australian entrepreneurs continue to "punch above their weight" in the field of global e-commerce, a trend likely to continue in this year's Shopify Build-a-Business competition.

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Staff to be protected from scarpering directors

The ASIC will clamp down on bosses who try to run away from their responsibilities to workers when companies fail.

Ben Butler Corporate regulators will clamp down on bosses who try to run away from their responsibilities.

'You're Fired!': Bouris sacks own staff

Mark Bouris.

Michael Evans The Mark Bouris-chaired technology company TZ has slashed its workforce as part of cost cuts to avoid a cash crunch.

How would you rather be sacked?

George Clooney in Up In The Air.

Tony Featherstone By using a blunt axe, some companies make redundancy programs a whole lot worse.

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