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Federal R&D Tax Credit Bill passes, more changes to come

The passage last Thursday of the Tax Laws Amendment Bill (2009 Measures no 4) represents the Rudd Government's first significant milestone on the road to delivering a more streamlined R&D Tax Credit for innovative Australian businesses.

Federal R&D Tax Credit Bill passes, more changes to come

The passage last Thursday of the Tax Laws Amendment Bill (2009 Measures no 4) represents the Rudd Government's first significant milestone on the road to delivering a more streamlined R&D Tax Credit for innovative Australian businesses.

We Gen Ys need more dollars and sense (here’s how)

It has become obvious to me over the past few years spent presenting at universities that an understanding of basic financial principles is not taught anywhere throughout the traditional education system. This leaves us Gen Ys, again, with the responsibility of educating ourselves. Or going bankrupt.

Unclaimed Nigerian oil money is a safer investment

The next time you get a proposal from a sales rep that quotes your spend as an “investment”, kick ’em in the butt and throw them out of your office. If they can’t pay you the courtesy of telling you the truth by calling it a “spend” or an “expense” or something that smells a lot less like bullshit, then you don’t want to do business with them.

Things looking up for Australian businesses

Australian businesses are cautiously optimistic that overall business conditions will improve through the rest of 2009 according to the latest D&B National Business Expectations Survey released today.

Small Business Support Line workers trained by beyondblue?

Today, the Australian Federal Minister for Small Business, Dr Craig Emerson, officially launched a free phone service that will provide advice and support for people running and working in small businesses.

Sammartino’s Creative Espresso – Ways to change your life

We've held on to this latest manic instalment of Steve Sammartino's Creative Espresso series since he submitted it for inclusion in the July print edition, which didn't eventuate. Here it is, in all its super-charged, creative glory.

Sammartino's Creative Espresso – Ways to change your life

We've held on to this latest manic instalment of Steve Sammartino's Creative Espresso series since he submitted it for inclusion in the July print edition, which didn't eventuate. Here it is, in all its super-charged, creative glory.

Clive Peeters’ $20m internal fraud – are you vulnerable too?

The Australian business community is still reeling from the news that a Clive Peeters employee managed to embezzle $20m before anyone noticed. The obvious question arises: is anyone safe from this kind of fraud?

When business is booming, but the cupboard is bare

An over-efficient accounts payable person can be the worst enemy of cashflow in a business, writes Sue Hirst.

Need a finance template for a bank loan?

Are you seeking a template that is purposely designed to accompany a business bank loan? BusinessPlans.com.au has prepared hundreds of business plans for bank loans...

How to work with a $0 marketing budget

You know your idea is a winner and it won’t take much effort to get it off the ground, but you're not in a position to throw money at it at the moment. What are you going to do with a zero dollar marketing budget? Use your brain and get creative.

Are all angel investors ruthless?

If you haven’t hit up your family, friends and fools to investment in your new venture, angel investors have every right to be sceptical. Sahil Merchant has a bunch of ruthless angles crowded on his shoulders, and he thinks it’s a damn fine thing.

Starting your own business or working from home?

Regus gives you the flexibility to work where, when and how you want. As the word’s leading provider of workplace solutions we can help you...

Two Free Tickets – Domenic Carosa Workshop (Valued at $2,950 each!)

Domenic Carosa, a former BRW Young Rich List Member, is running a workshop designed to teach attendees how to accelerate business growth through the...

Your new business = The job from hell

It’s a familiar story. You, a technically-minded professional, leave the comfort of a salaried job to venture out on your own in search of greater autonomy and prosperity. Soon enough, you’re out of your depth, writhing around trying to manage costs, staff and responsibilities far beyond your area of expertise. Congratulations! You’ve created the job from hell. And it’s all yours.

Making your cash… flow

Cashflow problems often arise due to lack of understanding of how cash moves through a business and the difference between profit and cash flow. Here are some great tips to help ensure that your cash is flowing in the right direction.

Pitch Club delivers a knockout to Melbourne

Pitch Club in partnership with Melbourne Angels hosted its latest event in Melbourne last week. Over 140 people attended the event at Life.lab in the...

Boost cashflow by reducing your cycle time

Many businesses fail despite having customers lined up around the block. The reason? They grow too fast. If you have a long cycle time between order and payment, chances are you’re used to cashflow crises. It’s time to reduce your cycle time.

What is The 1% Spend?

It's about spending money, other people's money, to deliver technology solutions. It's also about getting that spend down to 1% of gross revenues and still delivering what the business needs.

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How To Grow Your Business and Profits with Jason Cunningham [CHEAT...

Recorded guerrilla-style in the basement of York Butter Factory, the linked video course is a rollicking, authoritative lesson (with some colourful language, mind you) from someone who has been through it all. In this Cheat Sheet, we cover three hot tips from the lesson, with a focus on helping business owners grow and increase profitability: Why entrepreneurs need to think about “the end," why cash flow is king – no matter what you’ve heard, and why you need to have a vision for success.

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How to price your product or service in 8 steps with...

The world is littered with products that do little more than cover their cost, and underpaid service industry professionals. But there are some entrepreneurs who set their own prices and receive what they ask with apparent ease. Steve Major teaches you how to become one of these entrepreneurs in this 8-step infographic.

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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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