Six top business lessons

Christine Long 11:19 AM   What's the best advice Australia's most successful entrepreneurs have ever followed?

Out of African opportunities

South Africa Tour

Stacey Mills-Smith 3:08 PM   The complex continent to our west holds promise for Australian businesses.

'It's definitely worth at least a million'

Alexandra Cain

Alexandra Cain   Will new rules really prevent real estate agents from acting unethically?

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I quit everything

I Quit Sugar author Sarah Wilson.

Caroline James   Inside the health 'blogosphere' there is nothing you cannot do in 12 weeks (eight if you're game).

What do 'Tony's tradies' really think?

Belt up: Small businesses around Australia will probably never get a better tax break.

Louis White   Builders, plumbers and electricians are supposed to be some of the main beneficiaries of this year's budget. Do they care?

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I'm not interested in your personal life

Alexandra Cain

Alexandra Cain   Why you should keep your stuff to yourself at work.

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How to recover from robbery


Kate Jones   It's disheartening, but there's a way back.

The baby boomer business boom

Kusal Goonewardena: boomers want objective results.

Sylvia Pennington   Meet the entrepreneurs looking to make life as easy as possible for the 60-plus set.

Could you work with your brother or sister?

Anna Hopkins asked her brother Luke to join new in a new business.

Nigel Bowen   Would your sibling bond be strong enough to weather the stresses of starting a business together?

Is BYO dead?


Kate Jones   Increasingly, it's a case of bring your appetite but leave your wine at home.

5am is the new 9am

Alexandra Cain

Alexandra Cain   Why are we in a race to be the first at work?

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I'm not paying for a quote

Alexandra Cain

Alexandra Cain   No matter how great you think your business is.

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What should you do about mental health?

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Christine D'Mello   It affects one in five of us so it's important to talk about it at work.

Smoke 'em if you've got 'em

E-cigarettes: Money to be made.

Kate Jones   There's money to be made in the niche industry of electronic cigarettes.

How I look does not matter

Alexandra Cain

Alexandra Cain   Why do people think it's appropriate to comment on their colleagues' appearance?

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Seven ways to ask better questions

If you don't truly want to know the answer, don't ask the question.

Caroline James   People with the right approach to inquiring are more successful, creative and innovative.

Who's winning the car wars?

David Brim, co-founder and chief executive of Tomcar Australia, is  optimistic about the future.

Caroline James   Introducing the next generation of Aussie auto industry champions.

Wearing jeans works at work

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs .

Drew Banks   COMMENT: Making great presentations isn't about slides it's about content and context.

Redundancies are ridiculous

Alexandra Cain

Alexandra Cain   Is it really a great business idea to pay tens of thousands to let someone go?

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Who's working the real estate boom?

Zoe Pointon (R) and Marta Higuera, co-founders of OpenAgent.

Louis White   Numerous start-ups are set to profit from the frothy housing market.

What's the secret to getting ahead?


Sylvia Pennington   Researchers have identified the one thing that makes the difference between success or failure.

The future of recruitment

Change: second-round offers provide students with new opportunities and a chance to change direction.

Louis White   In today's labour market, candidates are just sitting back and waiting to be approached.

Eight reasons you need a holiday

Was it worth all the planning?

Rebecca Burn-Callander   More than 30 per cent of entrepreneurs don't take holidays. We explain why these workaholics should take a break.

Why has raw food exploded?

Tommy Nichols has transformed his parents' 20-year-old blender distribution business into an online force.

Larissa Ham   Sex and the City started the trend that has become a favourite of health nuts.

Who runs the hipster economy?

Salvatore Malatesta, "can see my business selling coffee to the good folk in places such as Western Sydney or regional Queensland."

Nigel Bowen   They may be much derided, but they're taking over the world.

Penalty rates aren’t the problem

Alexandra Cain

Alexandra Cain   What’s the real reason so many businesses closed over Easter?

How to do business in China

The Reserve Bank's concerns about property market risks could put the Abbott government under more pressure to deliver serious tax and spending reform.

Nigel Bowen   You need to know more than how to use chopsticks if you want to impress Chinese business partners.

Builders rule, OK

Alexandra Cain

Alexandra Cain   In which special part of Sydney do tradespeople comprise the upper social echelon?

What's the future for live music?

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Kate Jones   The Hi-Fi bar chain has been resurrected after receivership, but there's a dwindling number of places where local musos can play.

We walked away from our old lives

Donna Sparx has started two new businesses: one playful, the other strategic.

Christine D'Mello   Meet the people who tossed in their boring jobs to follow their dreams.