business

Australia's Business Tablet Market Set To Explode In 2013

The use of tablet computers among Australian businesses is set to increase by at least 50 percent in the next 12 months, according to a new survey from market research group Roy Morgan. However, some industries continue to drag their feet.


Can Viewster's Free Video-On-Demand Service Beat The Torrent Pirates?

Can anyone make money by giving stuff away? We speak to Viewster CEO Kai Henniges about the challenges of running a video-on-demand service in a turbulent sea of free, illegal online content.


Aussie Board Directors Failing Basic Maths

Yesterday we highlighted how large Australian businesses don’t have a clue about online business, and here’s a not-so-oblique clue why. Research by QUT suggests that Australian company board members can’t even agree on how many members their board has, with only 15 per cent of boards providing a unanimous answer. Remember: these people are being paid to track numbers. [The Conversation]


No Big Changes For Optus Customers Despite Restructure

Optus’ parent company SingTel is restructuring its entire operation. We normally don’t give two hoots about executive structure, but with large-scale changes it’s always worth checking to see if those shifts might alter the actual products we get offered. While it’s early days yet, right now it doesn’t look like Optus customers will see major changes.


Learn About Business Management And Marketing From 'The Macintosh Way'

Whether you’re an Apple fan or not, “The Macintosh Way” by Guy Kawasaki could be a insightful read for entrepreneurs or anyone interested in marketing and innovation management. The free PDF book gives an insider view of how Apple was run when the Mac was first introduced in 1984.


Five Best Places To Set Up Shop Online

Whether you make stuff as a weekend hobby or you’re set on making a business out of selling your wares, it’s never been easier to set up shop and sell things online. These five sites are a great place to start.


Ask Google To Take A Free Photo Of Your Business

Google is revamping its Local Business Centre offering, taking up the Place Pages concept it launched last September and renaming the business service Google Places. As part of that deal, it’s offering to take free interior photos of selected businesses for inclusion on Place Pages (and hence Google Maps).


Prepare For When The ATO Dumps E-Record

We know Lifehacker readers are big fans of e-tax, and we suspect many of our business-minded audience may also use the business-targeted E-Record. So it’s worth reminding the latter than the ATO is dumping support for the latter after this financial year, having decided that commercial providers can better serve the needs of the business sector.


A Four-Question Business Plan to Jump-Start Your Inner Entrepreneur

The Wise Bread blog suggests that when most of us think “business plan,” we’re thinking of a 50-page, multi-charted, supremely detailed document that has every branch and angle thought out thoroughly. That’s also why some of us never end up launching on worthy business ideas. The basics of any plan, though, can be answered in four questions: What is your product or service? Who are your customers? When will things get done? When are bills due and when do you get paid?


How Do You Make Conferences Worth the Trip and Time?

We all know that networking can be vitally important, especially for freelancers and those with a bit of salesmanship to their jobs, but gigantic conferences like SXSW Interactive or O’Reilly Emerging Technology can seem like imposing behemoths, and even smaller gatherings can be frustrating if your crowd-working skills aren’t up to snuff—which certainly holds true for your morning editor. There’s always another chance to book a room and pin on a name tag coming up, though, so I turn to our more networking-savvy readers and ask: How do you set goals or keep focused on getting something worthwhile out of your time at conferences and seminars? What kind of must-have goods do you bring? Do you plan to meet certain people ahead of time, or are big gatherings a chance to play it by ear? Let’s hear your advice, war stories, and suggestions in the comments.