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The dangers of discounting in a downturn

It might seem logical to discount during an economic downturn. You need to boost sales and attract new customers. And customers are tightening their belts and shopping around for the best price. But is discounting the best option over the long-term?

Dump your old IT systems and save money

It seems like everyone is scrambling to find ways to cut costs these days. Projects are being put on hold, redundancies are piling up, travel scaled back, etc. And when it comes to technology costs, no organisation is safe. But how do you ensure IT does its part to reduce costs while ensuring you don't compromise security or competitive advantage? There are a number of maturing technologies that are peaking at just the right time to deliver in the downturn.

Focus on the numbers: a business health checklist

Across the board, strong businesses are those that are well run and designed to withstand outside influences, or have factored in potential risks and have a plan to manage the situation.

Grow Me The Money

Grow Me The Money is a 12 month online program designed to help small to medium sized businesses become more sustainable and save money....

Is this possibly the stupidest headline you’ve read all year?

We decided to ask you, our very innovative readers, to tell us how you have tweaked your own business models to build new revenue streams and make money in this destructively distracting economic climate (rather than 'save' it). And, of course, we'll publish the most interesting, innovative, inspiring and instructional in our Apr/May/Jun print edition.

Is this possibly the stupidest headline you've read all year?

We decided to ask you, our very innovative readers, to tell us how you have tweaked your own business models to build new revenue streams and make money in this destructively distracting economic climate (rather than 'save' it). And, of course, we'll publish the most interesting, innovative, inspiring and instructional in our Apr/May/Jun print edition.

Top 5 new small business opportunities during the credit crunch

It's a time of debt, liquidation and even bankruptcy for small businesses. Hopes that the credit crunch might prove more hype than hurt have long since faded. However, when the economy is leaning towards a recession, there are still opportunities for businesses to not only survive, but thrive.

Aussies planning to go cheap this Valentine's Day

This probably comes as no surprise, but lovers, dreamers and schemers across the nation are expected to go cheap this Valentine's Day (which is tomorrow, gentlemen... eh-herm).

Aussies planning to go cheap this Valentine’s Day

This probably comes as no surprise, but lovers, dreamers and schemers across the nation are expected to go cheap this Valentine's Day (which is tomorrow, gentlemen... eh-herm).

Documenting your next 'killer' deal

Even those who can sense a good commercial deal and have the acumen to negotiate the terms are often uncertain how to document their...

Documenting your next ‘killer’ deal

Even those who can sense a good commercial deal and have the acumen to negotiate the terms are often uncertain how to document their...

Business 101 – Making sure you get paid

The risk of being dudded is reduced by following a few simple rules. It’s surprising how often they’re bypassed or forgotten. RULE 1: IDENTIFY YOUR...

The Fine Print: Know your art

Published in Australian Anthill Magazine, Dec 2008/Jan 2009 The most successful companies not only continually innovate but they position their innovations within a framework of competitor...

Top 10 ways to kill your phone costs

Look after the cents and the dollars will look after themselves. You might have first heard this axiom on your mother’s knee, but it...

Before saving the world, you need the right armour

The opportunity Do you want to save the world and make money doing it? That’s the opportunity that presents itself with the introduction of the...

Selling our IP to the Chinese

An Aussie swimming coach sells training secrets to the Chinese and it hits the front pages of the tabloids. Fair enough. But our precious...

The 168 steps to starting a business (Part I)

We decided to list 168 steps (for want of a better random number). Of course, coming up with 168 steps is even harder than writing them, so we called on our trusty readers via the Anthill blog, in what has since been described as an experiment in Magazine 2.0 (reader-generated print content).

Climate change opportunity

We regularly hear of the “climate change challenge”. Indeed it is. But it also presents an opportunity. With the policy objective of reducing emissions, the...

IP 101

Editor’s note: We often jump straight into the minutia of intellectual property affairs on this page without sufficient regard for those of you who...

Systems = Sanity

A major challenge for any business owner is how to get others to help run the business, so that it doesn’t completely take over...

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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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