Essentials.jpg      Starting and running a small business is a massive commitment.  Unlike big businesses that can hire legions of staff to perform all sorts of roles, small business owners end up doing most jobs.  This section provides insight into some key issues for every small owner to think about.

How to protect your business against supply chain interruptions 12 August, 2011
It seems like the world is experiencing an increase in natural and man-made disasters large enough to disrupt supply chains. If your company is part of a supply chain, you need to have contingency plans for coping with breaks in deliveries of parts or finished goods.
The benefits of employment contracts 12 August, 2011
Small businesses usually create formal, written employment contracts that dictate the specific terms of their employment agreements with top executives. But should you consider drafting and requiring employment contracts for all of your full-time employees? Here are some things you should be aware of.
Can subleasing work for you? 05 August, 2011
After downsizing during the recession, many small businesses now have more office space than they need. By subleasing unused space, you may be able to generate extra cash while putting the space to good use. Here are five things to watch out for.
More super for small business 03 August, 2011
Most SMEs are unaware that they can contribute up to $1.2 million to their super fund if they are eligible for a total or partial disregard of their capital gain from their business. Read more to find out the four different types of CGT concessions available to small business owners.
Understanding the basics of small business market research 27 July, 2011
When you are starting your business, understanding the basics of market research is critical to success- particularly when your business is expanding into new markets, products or services. Market research helps you understand three things: your industry, your competition, and your target market. Read more to find out what questions you should ask yourself.
Should your business buy or lease office equipment? 21 July, 2011
Whether you're growing your business or starting a new one, furnishing and equipping an office can seem daunting. There are many things to consider before you make any decisions about buying or leasing office equipment and furniture. Ask yourself the following five questions.
Should your office manager also handle HR duties? 21 July, 2011
In a small business, an office manager may have to assume the role of human resources manager, but does that necessarily mean it is the best way to use that person's time? Here are some criteria that will help you decide.
Tax time: what to watch out for 14 July, 2011
For many Australians, the end of the financial year is something to look forward to, given that they will be getting their tax refund from the government. However, this time of the year can also spell stress and anxiety for many small businesses, as the amount of paperwork and tax reporting obligations can be overwhelming.
Managed Wi-Fi access: making wireless work for your business 07 July, 2011
Setting up and securing a basic Wi-Fi network for your customers isn't terribly difficult to do. But if you're not comfortable dealing with technology or simply have better ways to spend your time, there's another option: outsourcing the task.
Five ways to motivate your employees on the cheap 07 July, 2011
Keeping your staff happy, engaged, and motivated to do their best work day in and day out should always be a top priority for your business- in good times and in bad. Here are the top five ways to keep your staff motivated.

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