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How would you rather be sacked?

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

Mining boom blamed for rise in business failures

Mining

Courtney Trenwith The mining boom is being blamed for much of the dramatic rise in the number of failed WA businesses forced into external administration.

Job losses bode poorly for uni graduates

Uni graduates.

Tony Featherstone We need young people who can ‘create’ rather than ‘apply’ for their jobs.

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Register sneaks up on companies

Regulation

Ben Butler The Personal Property Securities Register opens for business on Monday, replacing 40 registers and 70 laws around Australia.

Real estate agents' books to be checked

Real estate agent.

The books of up to 350 real estate agents will be scrutinised by the New South Wales Fair Work Ombudsman over fears some staff are not being paid correctly.

Michael Pascoe

Spare a thought for the self-employed

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Michael Pascoe Small businesses treated as second-class citizens, but they keep the country functioning.

61 jobs go as Fletcher Jones tailors for buyer

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Henrietta Cook Menswear chain to shed staff and close a third of its stores immediately.

On the 10th day of Xmas, my boss gave to me...

Christmas time.

Belinda Williams Frugal bosses cop a lot of flak at Christmas time. But are employees expecting too much?

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Taking out key man insurance

Insurance.

Business Maxims Don't neglect one of the most vital pieces of insurance for a small business owner.

ASIC alert: running on empty

ASIC

Henrietta Cook Almost one in two companies that spiralled into administration last financial year were suspected of insolvent trading, report says.

Qld to cut 'greentape' for business: govt

Greentape.

Businesses could save up to $20,000 under Queensland government reforms to cut so-called 'greentape'.

Hold on rates bad news for retail

Larissa Ham The Reserve Bank's decision to leave the cash rate unchanged has created the "perfect storm" for job losses in the limping retail sector, says industry body.

What's your problem?

Got a problem?

Whats Your Problem Q. We're setting up a travel business to India. What should we be aware of?

Startup

Share your problems with us

Whats Your Problem We like to think of ourselves as helpful types here at MySmallBusiness.

Greens propose more flexible work hours

The Australian Greens are planning to introduce legislation that would give workers the right to more flexible hours.

Travel company takes on Google

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Julian Lee Google's dominance of the internet is facing a fresh challenge from an internet minnow.

SMEs feel neglected, says state's first commissioner

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Anneli Knight New South Wales' first small business commissioner, Yasmin King, says smaller operators in the state have struggled to have their voices heard and are suffering under excessive regulation.

Social networking - or social and not working?

Social media: help or hindrance for employers?

James Adonis For many employers, the first instinct is to ban the use of social media at work. But is this a smart move?

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Shining a light on moonlighting

James Adonis What’s the impact of moonlighting in the workplace? And on the employee?

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Word of (bad) mouth

Word of mouth.

James Adonis New research reveals the majority of employees wouldn't recommend their employer to anyone else.

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