Trends

Is this the end of plastic bags?

Claire Dunn 12:00 AM   It is if these environmentally aware people have anything to do with it.

Are bookkeepers the next financial planners?

Alexandra Cain

Alexandra Cain   Gone are the days of receipts in shoe boxes. Mistakes made by people in this industry can have serious repercussions.

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Do you want that X factor?

Julie-Anne Black views charisma as an unparalleled attribute.

Kate Jones   There are ways to become more charismatic in business and life.

Dollar down, export optimism up

The dropping dollar has made Australia's exports more competitive.

Mark Thirlwell   The upside of the fall in commodity prices and the drop in the dollar has been a significant boost to Australia’s relative competitiveness.

Why I won't do business with blokes

Juliet Potter identified a gap in the car sales market.

Caroline James   Some start-ups are purposely targeting men or women with great success.

The problem with ad agencies

Mad Men's John Slattery looks sensational with snow white hair.

Alexandra Cain   Where do I start? ... is the response from most people who have ever dealt with one.

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COMMENT

Are you cyclone ready?

Small businesses need to be natural-disaster ready.

Warren Turner   With savage storms expected to smash the east coast this weekend businesses have been warned to prepare or face the consequences.

Self-employed more financially secure

For Supercheap Storage founder Edward Thirlwall, choosing your own working hours is a standout feature of being self-employed.

Kate Jones   If you work for yourself, you're likely to have more financial comfort than your wage slave peers.

Seven principles of a successful agribusiness

Nuffield Farming Scholar Joe Muscat and Rob Cairns

Joe Muscat   All small businesses can learn from the experiences of the farming sector.

Why bald dudes rule

bald:960511: office.  Picture by Sylvia Tuz.   Ken Irwin and his bald head.

Drake Baer   New research finds men with shaved heads are more dominant.

Is it all over for eBay?

eBay

With plateauing sales and shirty sellers the reign of the once dominant online marketplace could be at an end.

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You can win from the oil price drop

Steve Hui, founder of iFLYflat, says there is great potential in the near term for small business from the decline in the oil price, especially if the airlines' fuel surcharge is reduced.

Gayle Bryant   Every business has the potential to profit from the fall in the value of this commodity.

Beat those burnt-out blues

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Caroline James   Struggling for motivation? You need our 12 top tips to energise your work day every day.

Romance your customers this Valentine's Day

Cupid illo for print only

Michelle Cross   You don't have to be in the flowers, restaurant or jewellery business to make the most of the loveliest day of the year.

This year's hot sectors

face

Denise Mooney   Which sectors are set to explode - and which are headed for the graveyard - in 2015?

Top business trends for 2015

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Caroline James   If you want to be ahead of the curve, you need to know about what's hot at work this year.

From zero to $6m in two years for SignosRT

Signostics co-founder Stewart Bartlett says the global medical community is supporting the adoption of a hand-held ultrasound.

Louis White   This business is projecting 300 per cent growth this year. Guess which sector it's in?

This year's massive growth sectors

Ring from Logbar is a smart wearable that allows you to control your devices with the wave of a hand or the press of a button.

Kate Jones   If you're in wearable technology and hydroponics, there are good times ahead.

Dollar drop hurts importers

Dollar

Adam Courtenay   They have had a purple patch for years. But that is all over now.

The Iconic's inside running

The Iconic's Adam Jacobs says it's fairly obvious what's selling now – active wear.

Adam Courtenay   No one knows better what's hot this Christmas than the man who runs Australia's top fashion e-tailer.

Why don’t we ask for help?

Help

It’s just a four-letter word but many of us struggle to utter it.

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Is Gen X past it?

Amber Daines

The famously inscrutable generation may never get a chance to lead. Gen Y, step up.

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How do you know you’re depressed?

Depression

If you think you might be, you need to read this.