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Can you afford a new top level domain name?

ICANN, the body that oversees the domain name system around the world, announced some time ago an ambitious expansion of its generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) system. However, the initial application fee for a new gTLD is US$185,000 and there are numerous stringent requirements to be met. So, what is a top level domain and what are the rules?

You won’t believe how much work time is wasted on paper jams… but this...

Think a ton of time is wasted at the office water cooler? How about time squandered in dull meetings? You might be surprised to learn that those time-wasting activities pale in comparison to the amount of time flushed dealing with age-old office troubles like paper jams, printer failures, and copier crap-outs.

Here’s how to work with big retailers and not ruin your small business along...

Winning a contract with a major retailer as a SME is often a cause for celebration. Along with the prestige of being associated with a big brand, it can often mean a higher and more secure revenue stream. There are, however, a few downsides to dealing with a much bigger client, so you need to handle the relationship correctly so the advantages outweigh any negatives.

Five hot tips on how to ‘fail forward’ or, how not to be afraid...

If you are doing valuable work you will experience fear. Not the turn up at 9am, do what the boss tells you and go home at 5pm kind of work. The valuable work that pursues continual improvement, demands something of you and makes a difference to the position, product or people you serve. Valuable work always involves risk, and where there is risk, there is often fear. Here are five ways to make fear work for you.

Legal: Getting strategic with your intellectual assets

Intellectual asset management (IAM) is the catch cry of 21st century innovators. Innovation is no longer reactive to market forces; it is a proactive...

How to master the art of ‘cloud management’ [Anthill’s Second Ever Webinar]

It's now possible for organisations, both large and small, to operate from a head-office of... well... one. You might be a solopreneur or a 15 person upstart. You could be a medium enterprise or a manager in a global enterprise. These days, you don't have to share an office with your team. You may never even meet face-to-face.

Is this the most inspirational video for entrepreneurs ever? [VIDEO]

I'm not going to say much about this video. It will hit a nerve with everyone who watches it. I'm already gearing myself up for the...

Here are four key steps to empowering your business during the retail shut-down

With many millions of retailers worldwide currently in a temporary, induced shut-down as governments and authorities seek to stem the spread of coronavirus, it’s a concerning time.

Ten lessons from Dr Seuss on how to be an entrepreneur

I recently decided to start my own business as a virtual CFO. I’m a voracious reader and, as part of launching my business, I...

SMBs learn from their business mistakes and move on

The best way to awesomeness is to learn from your business mistakes. The next best way? Learn from others’ mistakes! Telstra spoke to 1,000 Australian...

Why startups and entrepreneurs continue to freak out traditional businesses [VIDEOS]

You'll know Eric Ries as the author of Lean Startup. This book has become the guide for many a startup business and, indeed, entrepreneurial...

Customers are like toddlers: 6 training tips to get them paying on time

Small businesses need to start treating their customers like toddlers and train them to pay on time. Carl Taylor looks at six methods of getting your customers to pay up.

Using Design Thinking to discover your personal mojo by questioning everything

Design Thinking? It’s not a head scratcher. It’s a way to integrate creative elements of design with the profound elements of thought. Such thinking helps...

Nifty technology brings surprising interactivity to an underground train station ad [VIDEO]

I'm yet to meet anyone who has shiny hair like it is shown in shampoo ads on television. This Swedish shampoo ad, however, I can...

It is high time the Government effected payroll reform, our businesses really need it

The Australian payroll system is one of the most complex in the world, costly to administer and needs to be reformed. Last year, payroll administration...

Knowing when to call it quits. Barkles breaks the news with a remarkable email....

Last week, I was surprised to receive this linked email from Barkles, an online debating platform. The startup, barely a year old, was calling it quits. I suppose that's not so unusual. The mortality rate for start ups in Australia has always been high. What was unusual, however, was the candid nature that the Barkles founders, Diesel Laws and Jay Whiting, approached their sad news.

What sets great business leaders apart from the rest? Here’s how successful CEOs approach...

One of the main conclusions I’ve reached from my research is that truly successful CEOs and business leaders approach their work as an infinite journey. These leaders understand success is infinite and unlimited.

In the battle for market share between similar products, will humour win the day?...

I once had a cat called September. She could climb to the top of a screen a door in under five seconds. Now, I can...

The silver dream

The similarities between start-ups and film projects are even greater in the US, where venture investors are likely to install their own people into a business for a short period of time to help get it moving.

Jolly Solo brings Christmas to small businesses

A whopping 95.6% of Australian businesses are small, while 62.7% don’t employ any staff. Until recently, they couldn’t enjoy end-of-year parties in the same way big business can. I said, 'until recently'.

FREE BUSINESS TOOLS

Five ways to manage your time by managing yourself, with Helen...

Finding the time to tackle everything is one of the greatest challenges faced by business owners. To help time-starved business owners work smarter and not harder, we spoke with Helen Ebdon. The director of Affirming Business and Executive Coaching, she’s a serial entrepreneur who started her first business at age 25. She’s built and run direct marketing and communications businesses and she’s also the creator of the Take 15 Program for business effectiveness.

FREE BUSINESS TOOL

Five ways to manage your time by managing yourself, with Helen...

Finding the time to tackle everything is one of the greatest challenges faced by business owners. To help time-starved business owners work smarter and not harder, we spoke with Helen Ebdon. The director of Affirming Business and Executive Coaching, she’s a serial entrepreneur who started her first business at age 25. She’s built and run direct marketing and communications businesses and she’s also the creator of the Take 15 Program for business effectiveness.

INFOGRAPHICS

New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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