People

These journos turned an email into a small business

- March 8, 2017 5 MIN READ

Making lists has always been a big part of staying productive for Sydney journalist Rachel Smith. However, she never expected that one of her lists would blossom into a now 15-year-old recruitment business that connects job-posters and job-seekers across media and digital. When Rachel started freelancing in 2001, she found working for herself a little… Read more »

People

How this mum got back into the workforce

- March 6, 2017 3 MIN READ

Petal Post founder Zoe Lamont turned her love affair with flowers into a booming small business. Zoe created Petal Post to deliver fresh flowers with a personal touch to people who shared her passion. She says, “A few years ago I came up with a concept of offering regular deliveries of locally grown flowers to… Read more »

Features

Which industry has the worst retention rate?

- March 6, 2017 3 MIN READ

New data has been revealed from Deputy, a cloud-based staffing tool, from over 30,000 employees in almost 2,000 businesses, that uncovers the staffing issues faced by Australia’s small businesses. Industries surveyed included Hospitality, Retail, Healthcare and Construction/Marketing. Which industry loses the most staff? The construction industry has the flakiest employees (40% retained) Which industry retains the… Read more »

News

Help for budding Aussie entrepreneurs

- March 1, 2017 2 MIN READ

Small Business Minister Michael McCormack has provided relief for young Australian entrepreneurs. There are some fantastic new products and services available to help the younger generation who are starting a business for the first time. Following the increase of young Aussies going into business, particularly in industries such as construction, transport, information technology and telecommunications,… Read more »

People

5 of the best Australian Puppy Pre-Schools

- March 1, 2017 4 MIN READ

Puppy preschool is an integral part of helping a young dog to fit in with a family and prevent behavioural problems. Most veterinarians, behaviourists and trainers agree that attending a good puppy preschool is an essential first step to developing a friendly family pet. Many dog trainers feel that there is a lack of education and knowledge… Read more »

News

Australian small businesses lagging behind global markets

- March 1, 2017 2 MIN READ

According to a new survey, released by global accounting body CPA Australia, small businesses in Australia are crawling behind other markets on the key drivers of growth. The survey demonstrated that growing small businesses are likely to be focussing on innovation, e-commerce, social media, training and exporting. Yet, Australia came last out of the eight… Read more »

People

“I spotted a big gap in the market”

- February 27, 2017 4 MIN READ

When eeni meeni miini moh founder Elizabeth O’Connor-Cowley embarked on a trip to Europe in the late nineties, she never imagined returning with a life-changing concept. Elizabeth and her husband Philip found themselves inside European children’s boutiques and were captivated by the products on offer. “Australia had nothing like this at the time. There truly… Read more »

News

Penalty rates cut a win for small business

- February 23, 2017 2 MIN READ

Great news for small businesses! The Fair Work Commission has decided to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates in the retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy sectors. However, Sunday wages will not be dropping to the same level as Saturday rates. Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell says, “A reduction… Read more »

People

A Kickstarter campaign launched this great business

- February 23, 2017 3 MIN READ

Every small business has a unique story behind why it was created. In the case of husband and wife duo, Dan and Anoushka Strange, they founded their WA-based small business, John Taylor Watches to create an additional source of income. It was a case of necessity when their eldest daughter Isabella was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma at just six… Read more »