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Need legal help? 3 things startups and SMEs should look for when choosing a...

I know, I know… for many people, hiring a lawyer is akin to inviting in a highway robber. But like any industry you can poke a stick at, the legal industry is undergoing massive disruption.

Here are five lessons about business I have learnt from the first years of...

My business, UrbanYou recently completed the strategic acquisition of HomeHello, cementing their position as the market leader in the on-demand home services sector. The acquisition comes after a year of phenomenal growth for UrbanYou.

Avoid these 5 common mistakes that startups make when making R&D tax claims

The ATO and Innovation Australia identified 5 common areas of confusion that result in mistakes among those claiming the R&D Tax Incentive. Groups at higher risk for making these mistakes include startups

Catch up! Here are 4 workplace trends you need to consider or face being...

Have you ever watched a movie or TV show that never really seemed to be old until you notice the décor of the sets? And the great shift in design is never more present than when there is a scene featuring an office.

When your staff are also your biggest fans: how to build an inspired company...

Your business is the sum of many moving parts, and critical to its success is your ability to cultivate a company culture where those parts are moving in synchronicity towards the same goal.

Here’s how your business can survive (and even prosper) in a disruptive industry

Burying your head in the sand at the onslaught of constant disruption can have dire consequences on your organisation. It’s time to get real and embrace disruption, because it’s here to stay.

How to train your dragon: what it takes to unleash the creative beasts in...

In today’s corporate world, you need sharp elbows and quick instincts to stay onboard the innovation bandwagon. Creativity is now elemental in the race to stay on top. So, why is it that (all too often, it seems) we need a complete outsider in the room to help us see our way out of the rabbit hole?

6 tips on achieving a winning business mindset from my own retail success story

In the last three years, STM Goods has doubled in size, tripled in revenue, has offices in Sydney, San Diego, London and Kuala Lumpur and has products available in more than 30 countries

Here are 5 simple steps you can take to make your small business digitally...

One barrier to existing small businesses becoming digitally aware is their perception of what it actually means for their business and the implications that it will have financially.

HR tech is redesigning organisations – are businesses well prepared to make the shift?

Many businesses are still playing catch-up. It is not uncommon to see businesses using automated HR legacy systems with prohibitive pricing models and complex implementations.

Millennials set to make a positive and progressive impact on Australian businesses

According to 60% of Australian CFOs, one of the top qualities brought by millennials to the workplace is an increased emphasis on collaboration and transparency. This is followed by increased flexibility (44%)

One of the world’s most sought-after business coaches has created a world-first entrepreneurial tech...

Fingerprint for Success (F4S) was developed after Michelle led a world-first study into the attitudes and motivations of Australia's most successful entrepreneurs and business owners.

5 lessons on entrepreneurship I have learnt as the founder of 7 successful businesses

I blame my parents for introducing me to wine. Back then they lived on acreage in the Yarra Valley and visiting them on Uni holidays there were only two real leisure activities: riding horses and tasting wine.

Is Australia in the mood for shopping in-store? Research reveals how bricks-and-mortar retailers can...

Changes in technology and consumer behaviour are driving major changes to brick-and-mortar stores. And if your business can adapt to these changes, you will be well placed for long-term success.

Sometimes you have to put the competition aside and join forces – why collaboration...

Small businesses finding and sharing core competencies is a boon for smaller businesses looking to grow. Using the competitive advantage of another business, to the mutual benefit of both, is a legitimate strategy

Short-term thinking is killing our businesses in the long run – what can we...

It’s time that companies regard their own inertia as ticking time bombs and wake up to the urgency of sustainable investment. But for this to happen, we need to adopt a new narrative to motivate change.

Happiness doesn’t come cheap, but it pays up: how our work defines and shapes...

In many ways, there’s no such thing as ‘just a job’. What we do within our 9-to-5 work week is powerful. Work defines and shapes us; it takes the form of our personal fingerprint on society.

What you need to successfully convince talented people to join your startup team

The bottom line is top talent will never fall for a pipe dream. They need something tangible. In other words, show them where the business is going and what their role is going to be on that path to success.

Why do people work in better in different workspaces? How can you manage yours?

Research suggests that our workstations can play a huge role in how we feel emotionally and in turn how it affects our work productivity.

6 questions SME owners should ask themselves in order to fight off cyber attacks

If well known brands are attacked and breached, how can smaller organisations defend themselves? Does it mean that SMEs face even greater risk? And if it does, what can the smaller entities do about it?

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