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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WHY COWORKING IS BETTER THAN CUBICLES

WHY COWORKING IS BETTER THAN CUBICLES

COWORKING trumps cubicles in serviced offices every time. When the word 'coworking' was coined way back in 1999, little did people know how popular this style of working would become. Really, its popularity has grown due to the truly unique experience it offers workers. Couple this with the fact you can't reproduce the...

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CENTRAL HUBS IN DEMAND

CENTRAL HUBS IN DEMAND

COMMERCIAL leasing is springing back to life in Southport and Surfers Paradise as tenants jostle for the best position in well exposed locations. The resurgence of leasing activity is in large part due to the overwhelming success of the first stage of the city's light rail system which has breathed new life into these markets. Vac...

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LOOKING TO LEASE? LISTEN CLOSELY

LOOKING TO LEASE? LISTEN CLOSELY

BRISBANE'S commercial leasing market is poised at a unique point in the property cycle, creating seemingly favourable conditions - but there might be a catch. 

High supply and low levels of demand have created extremely favourable conditions for prospective tenants, with many feeling it's almost impossible not to get a good ...

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CHINESE UNFAIRLY TARGETED IN PROPERTY HYSTERIA

CHINESE UNFAIRLY TARGETED IN PROPERTY HYSTERIA

FOREIGN investment: it's a hot topic in Australia, and with good reason. On the Gold Coast, we're receiving enormous enquiry from overseas buyers and in particular the Chinese. They see the city as a safe place to invest and view the Gold Coast as the nation's premier lifestyle destination. There are a couple of factors drivin...

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LIGHT RAIL LUNACY: HAVE WE BEEN HIJACKED AGAIN?

LIGHT RAIL LUNACY: HAVE WE BEEN HIJACKED AGAIN?

HAS the Palaszczuk Government totally hijacked the Gold Coast light rail system and short-changed the city all over again? The latest plans by the government to fast track construction of the light rail is the most ill-advised response to an issue as any that this government has offered since coming to power in January. Forget the scr...

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BUSINESS OWNERS: TAKE RISKS AND HAVE A GO

BUSINESS OWNERS: TAKE RISKS AND HAVE A GO

AUSTRALIA needs to get off its hands and start taking risks again in order to reinvigorate the nation's stagnant economy, according to accounting and advisory firm William Buck. Corporate advisory director Robin Judd says Australian CEOs need to rediscover their entrepreneurial spirit and begin making things happen rather than sitting...

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TIME TO HIRE

TIME TO HIRE

NOW is a better time than any in Queensland to hire an apprentice or trainee, or up-skill employees, if it's your hip pocket you're really worried about. 

The State Government is incentivising business to support on-the-job training and professional development through tax breaks.

Bob Carter, managing director of Improve Group...

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QUEENSLAND, THE STARTUP STATE?

QUEENSLAND, THE STARTUP STATE?

QUEENSLAND has lofty goals for the startup sector, calling for a 100-fold increase in GDP and growth in employment to comprise 20 per cent of all Queensland jobs by 2033. This is reflected federally, where the startup sector is expected to lift GDP from $1.5 billion in 2014 to $109 billion in 2033, and to employ 540,000 Australians in wha...

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