IS PROPERTY A GOOD CHOICE?

IS PROPERTY A GOOD CHOICE?

UNCERTAINTY around superannuation in the lead up to the July federal election has people taking a flight to property investment as they look to escape the clutches of self-managed and institutionalised super funds. Choice Home Loans Varsity Lakes managing director Peter Gwynne says people were looking for certainty in an uncertain environ...

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FROM THE TANK: PEOPLE MATTER MOST

FROM THE TANK: PEOPLE MATTER MOST

WHAT am I looking for on Shark Tank? In actual fact, I am looking for 'who' rather than 'what'.

The product or service has to be market relevant but I am more interested in the capability of the entrepreneur. Exceptional entrepreneurs take companies on exceptional journeys and I am looking for people who I want to work wi...

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FROM THE TANK: WHY 'ROLL UPS' BLOW UP

FROM THE TANK: WHY 'ROLL UPS' BLOW UP

'ROLL UPS' of the professional services kind generally fail because the wrong people pull together a gaggle of small businesses for the wrong reasons.

Who are the wrong people to lead an industry aggregation? Private equity houses, founding practitioners having an entrepreneurial seizure, and industry outsiders having a crack (convinc...

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WHAT I'VE LEARNT: AS FOUNDER OF A RAPIDLY SCALING BUSINESS

WHAT I'VE LEARNT: AS FOUNDER OF A RAPIDLY SCALING BUSINESS

BORN in Australia to migrant parents from Hong Kong and China, they instilled in me the principles of discipline and hard work from a young age.

I now look back fondly on the weekly piano, guitar, cello and saxophone lessons they had me undertake. I wasn't terribly talented - I could probably bust out chopsticks at a stretch - but it...

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WHAT I'VE LEARNT: 12 MONTHS INTO STARTUP LIFE

WHAT I'VE LEARNT: 12 MONTHS INTO STARTUP LIFE

GO TO university, graduate with good grades and get a job with a reputable company. Retire after 40 years, buy a caravan and travel around Australia.

Sounds boring.

Nonetheless, I started going in that direction and ended up working at several SME design agencies. But all of that changed when I was offered an opportunity to join a s...

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DOES AMAZON IN AUSTRALIA SPELL TROUBLE?

DOES AMAZON IN AUSTRALIA SPELL TROUBLE?

THERE'S been murmurs about Amazon setting up a presence in Australia for years now, but the rumour mill is currently in overdrive. 

Based on the Australian Government's plan to apply the GST to imported goods, it now makes logistical sense for Amazon to maintain a warehouse locally.

This has some Australian retailers co...

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FUN IN THE WORKPLACE IS ESSENTIAL FOR SUCCESS

FUN IN THE WORKPLACE IS ESSENTIAL FOR SUCCESS

ENCOURAGING fun and play in the workplace is essential for today's business to be successful, according to Australian team building and corporate culture expert Dwain Richardson. Richardson, who has dedicated his career to bringing fun and games into businesses across Australia, says a fun workplace culture has many and varied benefit...

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FACEBOOK FEATURES SMALL BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW

FACEBOOK FEATURES SMALL BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW

WITH advertising on social media on the rise, Facebook should take top spot in the marketing budget of every business according to SponsoredLinX. In 2016, all of the major social networking sites will introduce new features designed to entice potential advertisers. With so many options available, confused businesses may be wondering where...

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FIVE TIPS FOR FIRST TIME INVESTORS

FIVE TIPS FOR FIRST TIME INVESTORS

THE first few months of the year always brings a wave of investors to the market many of which have decided to invest for the very first time. From an agent's perspective, meeting with these new clients can be exciting as they are always keen to explore the 'rental world' and are ready to soak up the information thrown at them...

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TOUCH COMMERCE SET TO SOAR, BUT WHERE IS THE MANAGER'S RUNWAY?

TOUCH COMMERCE SET TO SOAR, BUT WHERE IS THE MANAGER'S RUNWAY?

SMART-device and mobile consumer purchases are predicted to spiral upwards of 150 per cent worldwide this year in countries such as Australia, according to Deloitte. The financial services firm's annual Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) predictions tilts heavily on the 'how' of purchasing, while managers need to f...

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SICKIES MORE PREVALENT AFTER AUSTRALIA DAY

SICKIES MORE PREVALENT AFTER AUSTRALIA DAY

IT appears Aussies celebrate Australia Day with more gusto than other national events, with recent data revealing that sickies are most common the day after 26 January. The survey of more than 2000 Australians by Clipp - an Australian mobile-payment and deals app for bars, pubs and restaurants, suggests that 16 per cent of Aussies have ch...

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USING DATA WITHOUT UPSETTING CUSTOMERS

USING DATA WITHOUT UPSETTING CUSTOMERS

SENSITIVITY isn't just something a woman looks for in a man, but something customers so desperately need from marketers. Here's how to stay on point.

Marketers have access to a wealth of information on individual customers, obtaining this data through purchase and web histories, geolocation tools or social media activity.

Ta...

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GOLD COAST MUST DRIVE 'IDEAS BOOM'

GOLD COAST MUST DRIVE 'IDEAS BOOM'

AFTER just 24 hours it's hard to measure the impact of yesterday's much-anticipated innovation policy statement on launching Australia's "ideas boom". However, one thing we can be certain of is that the Gold Coast is already leading the way in creating a more vibrant and dynamic community through our hard-working, ri...

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BUILDING A PIPELINE FOR FEMALE LEADERSHIP

BUILDING A PIPELINE FOR FEMALE LEADERSHIP

MORE must be done by individuals and companies to nurture female leadership the world over, according to LeadershipHQ CEO Sonia McDonald. McDonald believes that the current efforts put in place in various industries by way of quotas and similar methods are not hitting the mark. "We need to do so much more in order to bring about ...

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CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING KEY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH

CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING KEY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH

THE continued development of South Australia's economy will depend upon its community feeling confident enough to engage with new Asian markets, according to Dr Amrita Malhi, research fellow at the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding. Mahli is a keynote speaker at conference convened by The Hawke EU Centre for...

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ASIALINK BUSINESS LAUDS TPP AGREEMENT

ASIALINK BUSINESS LAUDS TPP AGREEMENT

THE conclusion of the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), resolved in the early hours of Monday morning, has been welcomed by Asialink Business, Australia's National Centre for Asia Capability. Following eight years of negotiations, 12 Pacific-rim nations including Australia agreed upon the free trade agreement, which ...

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PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS FROM FRAUD

PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS FROM FRAUD

EVERY year in Australia, instances of fraud cost businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars, and these are only the ones we know about.

Fraud doesn't just happen on the scale of fake Tahitian princes and scandals akin to the Queensland Health debacle. Fraud can often occur in much smaller cases which may be minor in isolation, but h...

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WHY A POSITIVE COMPANY CULTURE COUNTS

WHY A POSITIVE COMPANY CULTURE COUNTS

YOU hear every day business operators saying how difficult it is to keep employees motivated and productive. As a long-time Gold Coast business operator with a 250-strong team, I believe the key to these challenges is creating a positive corporate culture that attracts and retains the best people in the industry. It makes business sen...

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SHOULD WE LIKE THE IDEA OF A FACEBOOK 'DISLIKE' BUTTON?

SHOULD WE LIKE THE IDEA OF A FACEBOOK 'DISLIKE' BUTTON?

IF the founder of Australia's most engaged with brand on social media doesn't think a Facebook 'dislike' button is a good idea, then should the rest of the business community?

Brisbane Business News asked a couple of local business owners what they thought about Facebook's latest announcement to roll out a 'dislike'...

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BCA LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN SUPPORTING CHINA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

BCA LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN SUPPORTING CHINA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

THE Business Council of Australia has launched a communications and advertising campaign in support of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). BCA chief executive Jennifer Westacott says it's the most important bilateral trade deal Australia has ever done. "The Business Council has taken the extraordinary step of s...

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