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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).

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...

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...

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...

Cashflow: Why profitable businesses go bust

If business is selling products or services and buying labour and parts at the right price, why do so many go bust? Cash is often...

How to conquer six life and death business scenarios

Life is rarely predictable. So why would business be any different? Paul Ryan and Jodie O’Keeffe square up to a meteor shower of corporate Kryptonite and figure out how to dodge commercial doom. Cyber-attack, idea theft, competitor outsourcing, cash-flow crises, disruptive innovation and fraud. Take a deep breath, assess risk, consider your options…and never turn your back on a clear blue sky.

Media shake up – only the moguls will gain

The Packer deal took everybody by surprise. It coincided perfectly with the media reform announcements, but in fact had more to do with maximising shareholder value than with media reforms.

Here we go again

Everyone knows that business is all about cycles. What goes down must go up, and vice versa. With my dot-com scars so recently healed, I am loathe to be trumpeting another technology boom. But things are certainly afoot.

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.

Heroic profits

Microsoft. Amazon. Intel. Federal Express. Google. Due to economies of scale and network effects, these firms are likely to dominate - for decades - the global industries that they created. Australia desperately needs to create new industries as the USA has done and as all other first-world nations are struggling to do.

Small business is big business

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. More than one million of them operate in Australia, accounting for a staggering 97 percent of all private sector businesses. They employ around 3.6 million people, representing 33 percent of our workforce and 49 percent of all private sector employment.

Cashflow 101: the King and I

Cash is king... and no one except Elvis is likely to disagree. So why don't we ever have enough and how can we fix cashflow problems without selling off part of our company?

Strategy: Cash is king

While sometimes apocryphal, start-up failure rates tell a sombre story: most start-ups don't see their third anniversary. This high attrition rate has many causes, but a primary factor is poor cash flow management.

Strategy: Securing your first customer

Achieving your first sale can literally make or break a start-up. Many investors will delay committing significant funds until you can identify a customer...

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