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 »

Business Basics

Free government funding for staff training

- March 1, 2017 3 MIN READ

Limited cash-flow is an oft-used excuse for putting off staff development projects in a small business. However, with the help of government funding, this doesn’t have to be the case. Offering training is great way to retain staff. A more productive workforce is also paramount for the bottom line. So, how can your small business benefit from subsidised training… Read more »

Resources

7 things every online business should know

- January 23, 2017 3 MIN READ

We’re nearing the end of the second decade of the twenty-first century, and by now technology has completely changed the way businesses operate, whether it’s billion dollar companies or small independent entrepreneurships. The Internet has had a huge impact on both the way we conduct our personal lives and our businesses, and it’s mostly made things much easier.… Read more »

Growth

Small businesses boost 2017 economic growth

- January 10, 2017 3 MIN READ

Two recent polls of small business sentiment are painting the Australian small business forecast for 2017 as a time for jobs and growth. According to the Small Spark survey from Xero – which polled over 340 businesses across Australia and New Zealand – close to half (49 per cent) of Australian small business owners said… Read more »

Features

Have you made these 5 mistakes?

- December 9, 2016 2 MIN READ

We all know that starting and managing a business is no easy task. Getting the business basics right when you are starting out, including legal and brand protection advice, is essential. From choosing a brand name, to registration, to obtaining a trade mark, there’s a lot to consider including these five things. # 1. Choosing… Read more »

Features

Is my business idea a winner?

- December 7, 2016 3 MIN READ

Like a lot of good things in life … my dream business began unexpectedly. My father returned from Hong Kong with a gift for my mother. He gave her a piece of gorgeous moissanite jewellery. The quality was almost equal to that of a diamond and was just a fraction of the cost. It couldn’t… Read more »