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40,000 stores later, Bigcommerce is singing a happy song!

While there’s been a lot of talk about the big online retailers in Australia, barely a thing has been said about the small businesses...

Understand how investors think and be the entrepreneur they beg to take their money

We all know getting investment as an entrepreneur is downright hard. There are many hoops and hurdles and it usually comes down to who...

Love thy SME neighbour this November, shop at the nearest small business. You might...

In business, loving thy neighbour can mean the difference between being a survivor and a casualty. In this spirit, this November MYOB, one of...

These two brothers left $200,000 worth of combined salary to sell cakes. Now they...

Michael Khatib and his brother Ibrahim always wanted to run a business together. You see, even though they both had stable well-paying jobs -...

Is your venture stuck in a rut? These five tips on growing a business...

First off, if you are going to grow a business, it is important that you actually have a business in the first place. You...

This is the ramp your start-up needs to launch into success. Rev up your...

Do you run a tech start-up that just needs that one extra push of cash to get it rolling into entrepreneurial success? Then rampersand...

Go big or go home! Your start-up cannot afford to miss out on this...

As we embrace a newly-elected government, Chhai Thach, app developer and founder of ground-breaking new event for start-ups, SouthStart, believes there has never been...

Three common marketing mistakes companies make without even realising it

Marketing is undeniably one of the pillars of successful entrepreneurship and with the fast-paced nature of the business world today, more and more means...

Meet Oneflare, the start-up revolutionising how your leaking kitchen sink gets fixed

Cleaners, electricians, plumbers, removalists, pest controllers, painters, accountants, renovators, landscapers, gardeners, and the like... we only need these guys every once in a while...

Don’t just sunbathe, turn your dream business into a reality this summer

How long have you been mulling over that business idea of yours? Months? Years? Are you finally ready to see it come alive? Well...

Your business will never fly if you never let it leave your nest

Starting your own company is no easy task and requires you to wear many hats and play many different roles. Many SME owners are...

The entrepreneur’s dilemma: go it alone or, team up with a co-founder?

There is an African proverb that goes, “Alone we go fast, but together we go far”. You remember the movie The Social Network, right? How...

The three keys to unlocking an entrepreneur’s mindset of success

What do you think is the reason behind the success of the most successful people around the world? Financial background? Education? Successful family maybe?...

This wine start-up has brewed sweet success. Which startup will be next?

The horizon really looks quite bright for the start-up community of Australia, I must admit. I mean, how can it not be bright when...

Small, savvy & self-funded: The 3S formula of your typical Australian start-up

Have you ever wondered what drives our entrepreneurs? Why they become entrepreneurs in the first place?

Awesome sauce alert: Startup Weekend Adelaide & Brisbane is shaping up for greatness

The next Startup Weekend event is happening 16-18 November 2012 in Adelaide. The event will host developers, business personnel and legal experts who will work collaboratively to try and hammer out a new idea over the weekend, with a focus on bringing to bear a new startup. The event is nearly all filled-up, but those of us watching from the side-lines have a whole lot to look forward to. Participants will arrive Friday afternoon and start networking. After dinner and a small round of pep talks, the “Pitchfire” will begin.

NSW set to pump $291,000 into four lucky projects

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner today announced the latest round of funding from Screen NSW’s $3 million Interactive Media Fund (IMF) established to support the creation of new digital content in NSW.

Entrepreneurship and parenthood – the ultimate juggling act

I have always held the belief that the pinnacle of my career would be to successfully create and run my own business. I really wanted to test myself and see what I could do. I have enormous respect for people who put themselves on the line and take the calculated risk to give something a red hot go.

How venture capital from Innovation Australia is breathing life into great ideas

Venture capital assistance from Australian Government programs, such as the Innovation Investment Fund, has been vital for helping turn groundbreaking ideas into commercial products...

Small businesses happy despite the cloudy economic weather

The current economic climate has often been the subject of negative opinions. Raise your hand if you have not seen a suited-up doomsayer on TV foretelling the economic Apocalypse... see, no hands! However, the responses and attitudes towards whether, and where, existing businesses are prepared to spend over the next 12 months, paint a rather fascinating picture. These guys are dancing in the rain! With 72% of business owners saying they would be happy to start up a business again, the survey also revealed 53% of owners say their business is their passion.

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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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Five essential ingredients for a humming homepage with James Tuckerman [FREE...

Most homepages dedicate too much of their valuable space to predictable and generally unhelpful information, such as the purpose of the business, their products and services, their achievements and needy invitations to ‘buy, buy, buy’ or ‘contact us for a free consultation on no obligation quote’. Effective homepages focus on the needs and wants of the customer.

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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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