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Social media comments = ‘advertising’

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The regulators are finally learning how to red-tape strangle social media. If you run a blog, or Facebook page about your small business, and someone puts up a comment, that’s now called ‘advertising.’ You are responsible. Click HERE for the details. Click HERE for Ken Phillips' associated commentary. More...

The reality of SME innovation

Friday, August 24, 2012

John Findley poses a reality check on innovation for self-employed people. A lot of ‘our’ business is not tech dependent. John argues "that it is impossible for SMEs to introduce technological innovation, or at least the opportunities for technological innovation are extremely limited".  CLICK HERE for the full blog post. More...

ZOPA. Small business finance revolution

Friday, August 24, 2012

Funding circles, like Zopa, look like part of a revolution in finance. Already this year in the UK half a million cheque accounts have been shifted from the big banks to smaller ones as people have had enough of the fiddling.  More...

NSW train wreck

Friday, August 24, 2012

NSW risks a train wreck in building its new $8.5 billion new Sydney Rail Link according to Ken Phillips. CLICK HERE for his blog post.  More...

Government, SMEs and Entrepreneurship Development

Friday, August 24, 2012

If you’re interested in the interplay between government, small business and innovation, then a publication due out in October may be of interest. Government, SMEs and Entrepreneurship Development asks ‘what are some of the main policy instruments being used, and how effective are they?’CLICK HERE for the flyer. More...

ICA welcomes John Findley

Monday, August 20, 2012

John is a China specialist with over 30 years' experience of living and working in China. He is a highly experienced senior executive and now runs his own migration business supporting high-end executives to work in Australia. More...

Flexible Work: Get with it! (updated)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Australian Institute of Management has produced an excellent discussion paper on flexible work. But the discussion only applies to big organizations and misses the 70 per cent of the workforce working in small business situations. More...

Are tax rules being applied properly in Australia?

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

We’ve been reported in the Australian Financial Review raising concerns about the Tax Office applying the tax rules to self-employed independent contractors. Our concerns are based on actual cases we have studied.

Here’s the AFR article. Here’s the case study that concerns us.  More...

Obama's strange comments on entrepreneurs

Sunday, July 22, 2012

President Obama has caused quite a stir over these comments:

"If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own ... If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help... Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive ... If you've got a business - you didn't build that ... The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together."

Contractor Tax: UK vs Australia

Saturday, July 21, 2012

We know the cricket comparisons between Australia and the UK. We're also batting very differently on contractor tax issues. Here's an analysis from the popular UK website contractorcalculator.


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