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A good business strategy includes the right structures, planning, business apps and other technologies to improve efficiency. Learn how to increase productivity in the workplace, making your business faster, leaner and more profitable.

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Test your knowledge of electronic signatures

Electronic signatures (sometimes called eSignatures) provide a quick, inexpensive and easy way to sign and receive digital documents. Businesses have taken advantage of the man...

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Smarter Action Plan: Your business app ecosystem

There's an app for everything these days, but to make the most of new technology, it's important for your business to develop an integrated app ecosystem. Blindly diving into n...

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Put your office in your pocket

Business technology has become a bit of a maze, with so many considerations and options available that it’s very easy for a small business to become lost. And with more workers hoping to embrace mobile technology, a common question is, “Where do I start?” Modern business doesn’t stand still. You’re constantly moving – going places, meeting people –...

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Test your knowledge of electronic signatures

Electronic signatures (sometimes called eSignatures) provide a quick, inexpensive and easy way to sign and receive digital documents. Businesses have taken advantage of the man...

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Smarter Action Plan: Your business app ecosystem

There's an app for everything these days, but to make the most of new technology, it's important for your business to develop an integrated app ecosystem. Blindly diving into n...

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Remote access dos and don’ts: Reap the benefits, not the risks

Mobile technology has transformed the way many businesses and employees connect, collaborate and carry out their work. But, as with most things, there is a right way and a wron...

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BYO Device: Managing personal devices in the workplace

BYO mobile devices can make staff more productive at work, but what are the pitfalls? On weekends I like to go for long bicycle rides that I track with my phone, then share ...

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The cost of using old computers

Technology is meant to make business easier, not harder. While running old technology might seem like the cheaper option for busy small business owners, do you know how much av...

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Why it's time to automate your cash flow

Every day, small business owners in Australia draw upon their unique knowledge, experience, intuition and creativity to make crucial business decisions. But there are ma...

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Time is money: Productivity hacks for everyone

Time is money, and here are some great ways to squeeze more value from the working day. Many busy small business owners spend their lives rushing around working on so many proj...

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Eat, sleep, work, love: How couples can stay in business – and love – together

It’s easy to always be connected to your business if you have the right technology, but what about family? Stuart Ridley caught up with two businesses run by couples that are l...

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The Smarter debate: Does telecommuting and remote working mean the end of the office?

Is bringing your employees together in an office redundant when we can work from just about anywhere, or is there still a place for the traditional office structure in the mode...

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Work less and earn more with the help of smarter file sharing

Forget the theory, here’s how file-sharing and storage services help make businesses more productive in real life. For most of us, file-sharing and storage services are an ea...

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The Smarter debate: Paperless or paper less?

Can your office really go completely paperless, or should you just be aiming to use less paper? Two Smarter writers tackle the great paperless debate.

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What to consider when providing secure mobile access to corporate resources

While providing mobile access to corporate resources has the power to improve business productivity and performance, reaping these rewards can be compromised if security is not...

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Signs your business is ready for an intranet

Get your workers completely engaged ‑ and at the same time free your management teams from low-value tasks ‑ with astute use of an intranet. You’ve worked hard to grow your bus...

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Smooth move: How technology takes the pain out of shifting offices

Let’s be honest – moving offices or expanding a workplace is a pain. But smart planning and clever cloud-based technology can take a lot of the headache out of the process. T...

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Finding yourself: The art and science of digital file management

Here’s how to conquer your business data. Really! Improved storage technology means you can keep almost all the information you generate and receive nowadays. That’s great, but...

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Tech resolutions that will stick for 2017

Make this year the one where you don’t just intend to use all those great apps, software and technology to streamline your small business’s operation, you actually do it!

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Tech has your back this Christmas

Automating as many processes as you can will make your business more productive – and also give you the freedom to pull away and take a much-needed break over the holidays.

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Disaster averted! How much is disaster recovery worth to your business?

Did you know…one in three Australian businesses has experienced a major disruption?

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Why Australian small and medium businesses need the nbn

As savvy consumers expect more from businesses when it comes to digital, fast internet is key. Did you know Australia ranks 56th in the world when it comes to internet download...

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What does nbn mean for my business?

Four business owners let us inside their operations to show us what nbn™ has enabled them to do. Real people. Real businesses. Real benefits. Being a small business owner means...

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7 tech habits of highly successful people

What technology is best for work – and how do you stop it taking over every other aspect of your life? Technology infiltrates almost every part of our lives. It’s changed the w...

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How to foster a culture of innovation

The best innovations often come from frontline staff, who deal with day-to-day operations and have great ideas about how incremental improvements can transform the business. It...

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How to avoid procrastination

Procrastination can mean nothing ever gets your full attention and work that deserves more input goes neglected. In psychological terms, procrastination is a trade-off between ...

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Eight great productivity apps for your small business

From e-commerce to accounting, here are eight great productivity apps to get more done on the go. Apps for smartphones and tablets assist in transforming how small businesses a...

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Is It time to spring clean your apps?

Don’t be a hoarder. Deleting unused apps and outdated accounts can assist in strengthening your digital security and may also help to save you money. If someone asked how many ...

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How to cut costs with smarter IT

Office equipment can account for 15 to 30 per cent of the overall energy bill of your business and with the escalating use of computers, tablets and smartphones, it’s a no-brai...

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Top tips for multitasking like a pro

Industry leaders share tips on productive moves as we head to the end of the financial year. Managing a business can be a constant exercise in multitasking. You may find that y...

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How to cut faff and boost your billable hours

Small business owners tend to have one thing in common: a wish for more hours in the day. Business owners often struggle to find a good balance between work and life. Here are ...

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How a positive workplace can make your organisational culture great

A solid organisational culture is a differentiator between you and your competition. Jason Cunningham shares the lessons he learned in changing his own business’ culture. Any s...

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4 business tips for the year ahead

We’ve pulled the figures on the stories hundreds of thousands of small businesses read last year. Here’s what you read last year and four business tips to get you ready for the...

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Game, set, match: Business lessons from tennis

Consistent training, determination and mental fortitude. Here’s what your business can learn from centre court. Tennis champions aren’t stars over night. It takes years of trai...

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4 technology tips to help keep track of your flexible workforce

For Lisa Messenger, a flexi-workforce is a reality and she’s needed to build the tech infrastructure to cater for it. One employee works Monday to Friday, another Wednesday to ...

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Business improvement tips: make the most of January

It’s January. Things are a little quieter. Time to take a breath and relax, right? Not the case, argues Jeff Haden. It’s business development time. If you’re in retail, or B2B,...

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4 digital resolutions you really need to keep

Less than one in 10 of us keep our New Year’s resolutions. Jeff Haden explores four that should be on your list, and are well worth keeping. New Year’s resolutions: easy to mak...

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5 business tools you can buy on a post-Christmas budget

Sometimes it’s the small things that make a big difference. We’ve rounded up the best, budget-friendly business tools and tech that will streamline your business in 2016. We al...

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Why 'minding your mojo' is crucial to success

To social entrepreneur and founder of Playground Ideas Marcus Veerman, we all have a ‘mojo-meter’ – an internal dial for us to assess our wellbeing and sense of purpose. But ho...

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Be a leader of tomorrow: Create an 'uncorporate' culture

A business without leadership is like watching grass grow. Things happen, but at a very slow pace. Leaders fuel progress. They create a mental picture of what the future can lo...

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Decentralising small business

The workforce is changing – a dispersed workforce combined with a decentralised management structure means change is unlikely to slow down soon. The concept of a decentralised ...

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The control freak's six rules to delegation

Most business owners know what they want, but few can do it all. Lisa Messenger explores how you can learn to let it go. How many items are on your to-do list right now? Or – i...

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The importance of visibility

It’s easy to identify inefficiency and risks when you’re a sole operator. But what happens when you're at the top of a 100+ person workforce? Identifying inefficiency in your b...

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Shiny and bright: Interns invigorate business

Many businesses are discovering the value of employing interns and apprentices as a source of fresh and inexpensive young talent. So build a relationship with a local universit...

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The benefits of rewards: Improve employee morale this holiday season

Coming to the end of the year can mean impending deadlines and a huge upturn in activity, especially for retailers. That means the holiday period might feel like it’s all about...

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Stop, collaborate and listen

Collaboration is a buzzword used in boardrooms across the country, but understanding its implications can have big benefits for business. “There are more people willing to give...

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Sydney's best coworking spaces: Working outside the square

Sydney’s reputation has always been heralded as “business HQ” for many top companies, so why not extend your network and branch out of your home to venture into a coworking spa...

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5 apps your small business needs this holiday season

Looking to make the most of the busy season? Jeff Haden looks at five apps to make your life a little easier. Sure, Santa Claus is holly and jolly and merry, but in one way he ...

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Are business Christmas gifts going to waste?

Environmental conservation groups urge you to re-think your choice of business gifts this year. What options other than the stock standard promotional present can you send to c...

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Managing a perfect storm with apps

Storm Electrical broke out of a cycle of paperwork by giving their staff access to modern technology and a system to manage their workflow. Storm Electrical were looking to mak...

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Telstra business apps: Process redefined

The workplace is evolving, from the traditional offices we grew up with to a more distributed network of productivity. For finance operations, keeping this flow under wraps doe...

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Preparation key to taking stacks out of tax

For many of us, tax time means digging through shoeboxes and gloveboxes of receipts and paper invoices, if you’re not preparing for it all year round. Luckily, there’s an app f...

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Collaboration on the go

Ramp up your team’s productivity with connected tablets and an app that makes paperwork, scheduling and collaboration intuitive and simple to manage. Many construction firms ar...

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Managing your best assets

People are the core of any business. So how do you balance staff management with morale? You get a solid Deputy. There are lots of things that make up a successful business: gr...

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Going green: How your business can reduce waste and save money

It’s National Recycling Week. And from rebates to plans, there’s a lot businesses can be doing to cut down on waste. Every year, Aussie businesses throw out thousands of comput...

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How Wonder Woman taught me resilience

For Penny Locaso, a cracked foot in her childhood is a perfect metaphor for finding her resilience. Here’s her advice for businesses looking to find theirs. I secretly always w...

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Taking stock: overcoming wholesale challenges during peak periods

Christmas can be a demanding time of year for wholesalers. So how do you ensure your peak periods are your profitable ones? A MYOB whitepaper, Defining the challenges to a whol...

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Fleet, telemetry and the future of cars

The future’s bright for businesses with company owned vehicles. The connected car’s a reality in the near future. Connected cars are becoming more prevalent on our roads and ev...

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Toughen up on softer skills

For small businesses, getting employment right can make all the difference. But what do you look for outside of the right resumé? A resumé tells a story someone looking for a j...

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4 ways to work less and earn more

Working less and earning more is the dream for many business owners. Jason Cunningham looks at ways you can change the way you work. When it comes to owning a business, your re...

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The future of office space is here

The connected office is upon us, but how can you set your own space up to make the most of staff and future technology? When we think about the idea of an office, it’s easy to ...

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Top priority: how to do what matters

Multi-tasking seems like a foregone conclusion for many business owners, and technology and proper process can help bridge the gap. Business owners these days need to be a jack...

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Is work life balance dead?

From typewriters to tablets, technology has changed how we operate. But has it taken over our lives? A staggering 13 million Australians spend 18 hours a day online – that’s 6,...

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Habits for a healthy mind, body (and business)

Health and success have inextricable links. But how can you ensure you’re setting yourself up for success in the workplace? Healthy minds and bodies are energetic and motivatin...

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Is email dying?

With the growing backlash against one of the workplace's most used and abused communication tools, are we ready to abandon email in the pursuit of greater office productivity? ...

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What your workspace says about your business

Where you work says a lot about what you do and why you do it. Ennis Cehic looks at why your space should reflect your brand. Regardless of your industry, your office space inf...

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How to deal with a difficult employee

Dealing with difficult staff can be a challenge. Jeff Haden explains why it could be you as much as them. All the great bosses I know are optimistic – especially when it comes ...

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Top ways to get the best talent

At the heart of any small business is the staff. By applying some discipline and the right tools, you can give yourself the best chance of scoring the cream of the crop.

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The downside to dedication

It’s fine to love your job, but drawing a line in the sand can make you a better boss and build your business’ brand. If a couple spent every minute of every day together, woul...

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Signs you're approaching burnout (and how to avoid it)

When the only constant is pressure, as a small business owner you need to know the signs that indicate the need for time out. Whether you opt for a day at the spa or spend the ...

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The secrets to successful collaboration

Collaboration is one of the biggest pieces of the effective business puzzle. Experts and business owners share their tips and advice on successful collaborations and partnershi...

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4 ways to foster feedback

Having the right feedback can be the difference between a good decision and a bad one. Here’s how to get the information you need. You’re in charge. You make decisions – lots o...

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The incredible importance of body language

Body language can say a lot about a person. From how to stand to internal psychology, Jeff Haden explores the benefits of being mindful of how you act. You’re attending a netwo...

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Surround your business with experts

Business owners are often required to know everything about everything, but this is neither realistic, nor reliable. We explore where and how small business owners can make con...

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How to fit 48 hours into your work day

The best leaders know how to manage their time effectively. They know where their time is best placed and how to make things happen. Lisa Messenger breaks down how she does it ...

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4 steps to understanding success

Looking back at the way your business has run is often done to find out what went wrong, not what went right. But understanding the importance of a project debrief is more valu...

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Gen Y and the agile workforce

Generation Y is a polarising generation. But as they approach the majority share of the workforce, how can business take advantage? Attitudes to Gen Y vary greatly across workf...

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Put it on plastic: Choose the right card

It could be argued that a credit card is one of the absolute-must have tools of trade for small businesses. But every card has different options and benefits and it’s important...

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Why smart doesn't mean successful

Being smart is a desirable trait. But will it get you to the top? Jeff Haden looks at why emotional intelligence trumps IQ every time.

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What's on your desk? Ryan Trainor

Ryan Trainor has sold more companies than some people work for. But for the founder of Republica Education, the motivation is his family.

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5 Ways To Score A Hotel Discount Or Upgrade

Does business regularly take you away for the night? Join the club. Australians collectively clocked 49.4 million nights of overnight business travel in the 2014 financial year...

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Roaming Responsibly: How To Travel For Business Without The Hefty Fees

Destination dependent, one of the main features of a smartphone is that you can usually take it overseas and keep up to date with the office. We look at how you can cut costs w...

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Why You Shouldn't Send That Email

The immediacy of email changed the working world forever, and overwhelmingly for the better. But with immediacy comes responsibility, says Jeff Haden.

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5 Tips To Stay Productive On The Road

Being “out of the office” is a reality for most businesses, and more-so business owners. But while working from the road might seem like a necessary evil, it doesn’t have to be...

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Which frequent flyer scheme should you join?

For business people on the go, getting the most out of the money you spend can be the difference between cattle class and the lap of luxury. So which frequent flyer program sui...

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Getting a franchise network connected

Running a franchise can have significant benefits, but managing staff across multiple premises can prove challenging. However, technology may have an answer. According to the F...

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LinkedIn embraces training with Lynda

"Professional development" is a buzz phrase at the big end of town, but providing staff with training and development doesn’t need to be a challenge for small businesses.

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Weird And Wonderful Business Tax Deductions You Probably Didn't Know About

From fridges to moisturiser, there are hundreds of surprising items that are tax deductible. CPA and Registered Tax Accountant at The Practice, Jason Cunningham, lets you know ...

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Why you don't need an army to be victorious

How many staff members do you need to be successful? Serial entrepreneur Lisa Messenger, CEO of The Collective, says pick a number – and then halve it.

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Top ways to save when impressing clients

The lunch meeting is a staple of new business tactics, but how can you help seal the deal without spending the world?

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Taking care of business: The importance of happy staff

Staff are the backbone of any small business. And when they’re overwhelmed or stressed, productivity and morale can decrease. Here’s how you can protect you most important asse...

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The perfect home office: What you need to know

Follow our strategies for setting up a home office where you can get things done and stay productive. Planning to start using your home as an office? Or perhaps you’ve been hea...

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PB seeds: The importance of mobile

Over a three part series, we’ll look at the power of technology and how PB Seeds has changed its operations using a combination of Telstra Cloud, National Broadband Network (NB...

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Why School Holidays Shouldn't Affect SMBs

During school holidays, running a small business and managing your kids (along with staff) can seem like you’re going non-stop on a hamster wheel.

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App-ealing ways to streamline your business

End of financial year presents a prime opportunity to start thinking about how your business runs next financial year. We look at the ways you can work Smarter.

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5 steps to staff management

Shaping a business is reliant on knowledge. Knowing your team is not only empowering, it’s also the sign of a resilient, tuned-in leader. Meetings and workshops foster collabor...

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What Entrepreneurs Don't Realise About Being the Boss (Until They Are the Boss)

Everyone thinks they’d be a great boss. But Smarter spoke to Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO of Red Hat on what you don’t realise about being the boss, and what you can learn...

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Team building isn't a craft activity

Looking to build bonds between your team? Jeff Haden looks at ways to create a culture without resorting to craft activities.

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Brain vs. brawn? Hitting the gym increases creativity

Whether you run a small graphic design firm, restaurant or construction business, one thing is for sure – creativity is a valuable trait. And getting fit could help you harness...

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Inspiring Employees To Be Entrepreneurial (And How You Can Benefit)

On the surface, having entrepreneurs in your team would seem like a recipe for high staff turnover. But treating staff well can mean entrepreneurship doesn’t equate to resignat...

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How to build a culture of innovation

Innovation is the aim of the game for many small businesses, but is it an inherent quality, or can it be built?

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Is your organisation paying fairly?

Pay equity is still an issue, despite equal pay being introduced in Australia in 1969. But a recent Workplace Gender Equality Agency report has highlighted ways your small busi...

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5 traits to be significantly more effective

What is the biggest difference between efficient people and effective people? Efficient people are organised and competent. They check items off their to-do lists. They get stu...

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9 bad habits that are good for business

The personality traits that bug your friends and family might just be the key to your success.

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Should you hire freelancers?

A CareerGuide Australia survey has suggested nearly 30 per cent of Australians surveyed are doing some type of freelance work. That doesn’t mean those individuals are solely do...

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Redefining success: Why money might not matter

Many of us slave away in the pursuit of the almighty dollar. But should conventional measures of success be defining your business?

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Got a business issue? There's an app for that

Imagine a business world where contracts are signed in minutes, receipts are easily stored and staff can access product specs on their way to the next sales meeting. Sara Howar...

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4 skills you can't do without

Accessing a range of “new” skills – especially those focused on maximising digital engagement and marketing – can help you keep up with the big end of town in an ever-changing ...

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Business benefits of diversity

Big corporates often talk about the benefits of flexible working. Now, some of Australia’s most successful small and medium businesses are jumping on-board and finding that att...

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How terrific is tiny tech?

As smartphones get bigger and computers get smaller, where is the sweet spot in terms of productivity? A decade ago we raced to build ever-smaller mobile phones, but these days...

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What can the army teach small business?

Every small business owner says they want innovative, creative, collaborative, team-oriented employees willing to embrace and pursue a larger purpose.

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How to Automate Your Home Office

These four devices could sweep your home office toward the long-promised automation revolution.

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Smart work pods: Thinking outside the box

Jason Fremder, managing director of Harwyn, says his idea of prefabricated pods to provide businesses a little extra room for a lot more freedom came to him like a bolt of ligh...

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Get on the best places to work list

Some very familiar names grace Glassdoor's 'Best Places to Work 2015' ranking. What makes them so popular with their employees?

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The best accessories for your iPad

Bought a new iPad over the holidays and wondering how you can turn it into a productivity workhorse? Read on to find out. With a remarkably thin and light construction and unbe...

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Should you let your employees work from home?

Telecommuting is becoming commonplace, but can it work for small business? Serial entrepreneur and editor-in-chief of The Collective, Lisa Messenger, examines the pros and cons...

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2015: Battle of the smartphones

Is your current smartphone looking a little rough around the edges? Why not make the most of the new year by upgrading your existing handset? Advanced features, a better screen...

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The Business Benefits Of Sleep

A new study has found that one in every five employees is sleep deprived and more likely to experience stress in their job. Read our top tips to minimise stress in the workplac...

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10 hr lessons from the healthcare industry

Australia’s medical sector is high stress and high pressure, but there’s plenty to learn as it moves to promote a better workplace.

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What I've Learned: Justine Curtis, Inspired Adventures

Philanthropist Justine Curtis started fundraising agency Inspired Adventures after a year travelling through India and Tibet.

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Want employee engagement? Show them respect

Employees who are engaged and committed are crucial to the success of a business. Yet for many business leaders, their own incivility could be the biggest obstacle to nurturing...

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4 must have gadgets for the business road warrior

Business travel is often rushed, flights can be delayed causing long-booked in meetings to be rescheduled. We’re constantly on the search for solutions to make work trips as st...

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Is it time to go back to school?

For small businesses, the decision to invest in education can be a difficult one. Smarter has compiled some upskilling, education and training options for small business.

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True blue Aussie apps for your business

It’s Australia Day and all over the country people are donning thongs featuring the flag, throwing a slab of home-grown steak on the barbie and celebrating what’s great about t...

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The Aussie way: How 9 Australian businesses do it better, faster, smarter

Renowned internationally for our larrikin but hard-working habits, there are plenty of Australians punching above their weight in every arena from the sports field to the board...

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Make working from home work for you

Turn your home office into a productive money-making hub. It’s time to dress the part, invest in some good technology and achieve a real work/life balance. It’s easy to think t...

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Expert advice: Smarter energy measures

Have you ever experienced bill shock? Many businesses are concerned about their energy bills, but few ever add up how much they spend each year. When they do, it can come as a ...

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Brisbane's best co-working spaces: Working outside the square

Centrally located coworking hubs are becoming the first choice for budding entrepreneurs and freelancers keen to spread their wings (and increase their networking opportunities...

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Coaches: Not just for sportspeople

It’s not just Ennis Cehic champions who have coaches to help them become the best at their game. Business leaders are turning to coaches in droves – and finding both business a...

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Melbourne's best co-working spaces: Working outside the square

Cubicles, permanent desks and fluorescent lighting are SO passé. Instead, innovative entrepreneurs and freelancers are finding flexibility and success in Melbourne’s new crop o...

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Are you getting the best from your sales team?

The more successful your sales team, the healthier your bottom line. Here’s how to get your sales team operating efficiently and effectively to maximise profits.

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Say no, get yes

When you are passive, you risk compromising your needs. When you are aggressive, the other person might be compromised. Assertiveness is a middle ground and there’s a simple te...

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New year, new approach: 15 ways to get 90% of your work done before lunch

Want to know the secret to leaving work on time? Follow these 15 tips and you’ll be able to help squeeze two days into one. Back in the office after a fully loaded festive seas...

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6 New Year's resolutions to make you super productive in 2015

Want to make a resolution that’s worth sticking to all year? Here’s six that will help you make the most of your time in 2015.

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What to focus on to win great talent

Job hunters are increasingly turning their attention to mobile devices to find work, a new global survey by professional social media platform provider LinkedIn has discovered.

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Wakey wakey work awaits - 5 apps to help kick start your day

Even when you’re running your own small business, dragging yourself out of bed every morning can be hard – especially if you’re a night owl and you do your best work when the s...

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Easy Breakfast Building Blocks To Help Lift Your Business Game

Time-poor but keen to fit in an easy brekkie that ticks the boxes and suits an entrepreneur’s hectic schedule? When it comes to making a nutritious breakfast on the go, the opt...

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What to eat to beat stress and fuel productivity

Is the mad rush getting the better of you? Follow our expert guide on what to eat to lower your stress levels and get more out of each working day. If you live with a small bus...

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New hires: Experience vs. qualifications

When it comes to hiring young recruits, do you pay greater heed to work experience or university degrees? 80 per cent of the new graduates you interview have a strong opinion o...

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Standing desk guide: Say no to sitting at work all day

Stand up for your health at work with our list of budget friendly standing desk options. Our sedentary lives have hit the headlines as the consequences of spending most of our ...

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Make Christmas less stressful with top coping strategies

Are you worried there’ll be more bah humbug and less magic this Christmas? You’re not alone. Read on to see how to stress-proof the silly season.

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Help wanted: Survive the staffing nightmare before Christmas

Need a hand to get through the Christmas chaos? If you’ve left recruitment to the last minute, there is hope! Read on for tips on staffing your business during the festive seas...

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The computer monitors that are a sight for sore eyes

With more and more workers opting for the mobility benefits of a laptop versus a desktop, the screen that you use on a day-to-day basis is likely to be a lot smaller than 19 in...

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Why Jelly Beans May Be Key To Your Future Workspace

With 2015 just around the corner it’s timely to think about workplace change. A new study purports that we are undergoing the biggest workplace changes since the industrial rev...

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Gadget gift guide for entrepreneurs on the go

Here are 10 high-tech suggestions for the business go-getter you thought had everything already. Smartphone? Check. Tablet? Check. Wristwatch that can time a soft boiled egg an...

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Staff Christmas gifts without the fringe benefit tax sting

Want to reward your staff with a cool gadget, smartphone or wearable device this Christmas? Follow our gift guide and avoid being slugged with fringe benefits tax. Tired of the...

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The 7 business behaviours that drive high performance

The seven secrets of driving high business performance have been revealed through ground-breaking research and published in a new book. Is there a secret recipe to sustainable ...

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To buy or lease business equipment: That is the question

Smarter assess the pros and cons of leasing, hire purchase agreements and chattel mortgages, so you can work out which option is most beneficial to your bottom line. When you’r...

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Power Preservers: The Simplest Ways To Prolong Your Tablet Or Smartphone's Battery

An all-encompassing modern-day concern is ensuring our communication device is charged. Read on to discover how to never suffer from battery drain again.

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Turn Your Tablet Into A Productivity Powerhouse

These accessories for your iPad and Android tablet could make your laptop redundant.

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Is Your Leadership Style Flexible Enough?

Business owners are, by default, also leaders. But Leadership comes in many different shapes and sizes. Read on to see if you can pinpoint your own style.

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5 Ways To Extend The Storage And Battery Life On Your Smartphone

Have you ever gone into an important meeting and pulled out your phone to discover a flat battery or no space to store your notes, photos or videos? Here’s how to avoid the emb...

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Why You Should Always Be Yourself In Business

Alex Malley believes that effective leaders should possess the courage to fail, so they are able to succeed. Here’s a sneak peek of the lessons you’ll learn in his new book and...

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Can Mozart Help You Do More? Research Confirms Music's Productivity Power

Everywhere you go, people have their earphones in, tuning out to their favourite song. But could this music-centric culture be a good thing when it comes to increasing workplac...

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Get Buzzed: Productivity, Coffee, And The Perfect Machine For Your Workplace

Thinking about forking out for a fancy coffee machine at work? Investing in good coffee might just be the best way to create a happy, humming workplace.

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Picking The Right Vehicles Not So Vexing For Aircon Firm

JJ Metro air conditioning trusts Toyota Fleet to provide the right vehicle for every job as part of its amazing growth strategy.

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Top Sydney Business Hotels: Where To Stay And What To Pay

Interstate travel can be a taxing affair, especially in action packed Sydney – one of the world’s most expensive commercial travel destinations. If a Sydney business trip is on...

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5 Top Ways To Get Moving At Work

The latest stats on physical activity in Australia are concerning. According to The Department of Health, low levels of physical activity is the second greatest contributor, be...

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How to quit multitasking in a world that demands it

Despite the fact that experts have repeatedly cautioned against multitasking, small business owners keep doing it. Why?

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Please don't stop the music

The right mix of music can go a long way towards improving your productivity levels. Here are the best products and services to bring music to your ears.

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5 Productivity Boosting Accessories For Your iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus

Apple’s latest handsets, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, have been out for only a short time, but we are already seeing a raft of new accessories hit the market.

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5 Tips For A Happy Workplace

Happy people lead to happy customers which leads to happy shareholders, says top ranking businesses in BRW’s Best Places to Work 2014 survey.

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From LEGO To Business Happiness

Why you need to ditch the rules and work together to boost workplace creativity.

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The Pros And Cons Of Internships And Apprentices

The legalities of taking on interns and apprentices explained.

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5 Qualities Every Elite Business Team Has

Business trainer and former professional sports coach Kirk Peterson works with large corporates, small businesses, and AFL footballers to develop Leadership and management skil...

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Why You Should Play To The Strengths Of Your Staff

This burgeoning area of psychology research shows what is more productive for business leaders to focus on than trying to improve weaknesses.

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Sleeplessness Can Kill: How Sleep Muse Ahna De Vena Saves Lives

The importance of getting a good night’s sleep has been drilled into us from birth, yet the reality of achieving a good eight hours a night is but a dream! Or is it?

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How To Know If Your Mentor Is Right For You

The best way to learn how to run a business and increase growth is to learn directly from a mentor who's been around the block, but how do you know what to look for in a mentor...

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6 Simple Strategies For Happy Workers

A successful business is made of happy workers. Check out these 6 simple strategies for keeping your workers engaged and happy.

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Is your business owed money?

Ways to make sure debt collection doesn't slip!

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How To Print From Smart Devices

Always on the go? Now there are easy ways to securely print from any location or device.

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How to hire a sales pro

First-time recruiters of sales people are right to be nervous about their strategy of hiring one.

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Mental Health In The Workplace: It's The Law

Workplace mental health laws not only protect workers but can help with business productivity and profit.

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Can Thinking Like A Gamer Unlock Motivation?

Think of motivation like this – you’re playing a video game and you need to unlock the next level.

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Top 6 Apps To Train Your Brain

Want to master the chaos upstairs? Organise your brain with six of the best mind mapping apps available.

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Me and my mentor: Presentation skills

Lucy Karnani’s expertise in training corporate high flyers has helped her friend Fiona Trembath to hone her own business presentation skills, writes Emily Brayshaw.

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Must have tech for business travellers

Before you pack your bags for your next business trip, make sure you’re prepped with the right tech to help you work effectively.

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How small businesses can hire the best talent

How does small business compete with the big corporates when it comes to hiring the best talent?

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Tetra Tea Tree's top 3 tips to maximise productivity

From rising early to fit more in to installing systems that will make working on the road easier, we find out what processes help Tetra Tea Tree get more done in less time. Ste...

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Smarter ways to get your customers to pay on time

Chasing payments isn't exciting — but it’s a top priority for any business. So how can you make it easier for customers to do their bit for your cash flow?

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The rod or the carrot? How to motivate staff the right way

Yvette Chegwidden holds a red-hot poker to the feet of three business leaders to find out how they motivate their staff. These experts have to say about motivating their staff ...

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The benefits of a socially responsible small business

Corporate social responsibility is about doing your bit for your community. It can boost your business’s reputation and also change how you see yourself. We speak to some very ...

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How to move contacts and calendars to your new smartphone

While the old days of being able to transfer your contacts using only your SIM card are well and truly gone, it has now become even easier to bring your contacts across to your...

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Video Conferencing 101

Improved technology is bringing the power of video to small and medium businesses, and as Stuart Corner explains, not only is it easy to set up, it’s become remarkably affordab...

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Turn to technology to retain Gen Y

It takes time and effort to train up young workers, but how do you keep Gen Y happy and not moving on? Sometimes it comes down to how you arm them with technology, as Jonno Sei...