Legal

Should you back up your social media activity?

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?

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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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.

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.

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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Taking out key man insurance

Insurance.

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

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.

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.

Big brother just got bigger

James Adonis, Work in Progress

James Adonis Some employers go to extraordinary lengths to monitor their employees’ movements.

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Internet via contact lenses, as computers die out

Contact lenses

James Adonis What will workplaces be like in 2030? Respected futurists share their forecasts.

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Managers in distress

James Adonis

James Adonis An Australian study released last week revealed that 40 per cent of managers are suffering from distress.

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Showing leadership in a crisis

James Adonis The floods in Queensland and Victoria have provided many bosses with one of the toughest challenges they’ll ever face.

The lonely life of a whistleblower

Whistleblower.

James Adonis Julian Assange’s quest for truth has displayed on a grand scale what employees experience when they reveal the unethical conduct in their organisation.

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Desk danger

Drug tests find favour in white-collar sector

Drugs.

Melissa Davey If you think a couple of glasses of wine at your desk job lunch break are OK, take heed.

Jewellers' shimmering feud becomes copyright lawsuit

Von Treskow bracelet. Melbourne jewellery group Von Treskow is being sued byfellow Melbourne jewellery designer Fiorini for damages for copyright infringement.

Rachel Wells A long-running feud between two Melbourne jewellers over copycat claims is headed for the Federal Court.

Insuring yourself online

Got a problem?

Whats Your Problem Q. I'm selling sports equipment to customers around the world, but can't find insurance.

Political turmoil worrying operators

Small businesses declaring bankruptcy jumped 48 per cent last year.

Vince Chadwick Small business is paying the price of uncertainty in the lead-up to today's Labor leadership vote.

Employee had 'mental capacity of 13-year-old' says guilty manager

Underpaid.

Larissa Ham A retail manager who deliberately underpaid an adult employee $30,000 - saying he had the mental capacity of a 13-year-old and didn’t deserve the full amount - has been fined $11,500.