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Ask LH: What Tax Rules Do I Need To Know For My Online Store?

Dear Lifehacker, I recently started up an Etsy store selling handmade stickers. I read somewhere I needed to register for an ABN and I did that, in the capacity of a sole proprietorship. My question is — what next? I didn’t realise opening an Etsy store and selling homemade wares is so akin to small business, and I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed with working out what records I need to keep and how taxes will work. Any advice for side-hustlers in the Etsy space?


The Best Tech Deals From Target's Massive Ebay Sale [Updated]

Following on the heels of eBay’s huge Valentine’s Day promotion, Target has followed suit with an eBay sale of its own. Until 21 February, you can get 20 per cent off everything in store — including items that were already heavily discounted. Read on for the best video games, consoles and tech goodies from the sale. Prices start at under $7!


The Impact Of A Slow Website On Your Business Is Worse Than You Think [Infographic]

A sluggish or unresponsive website might be a “first world problem” — but it’s one that web users take very seriously. If your company relies on online commerce, speed and reliability are absolutely imperative — a slightly slower load time can result in customers taking their business elsewhere, never to return. This infographic looks at the different ways a slow website can burn a hole in your pocket.


Hands On With Aussie Farmers Direct's 3D Grocery Store App

If you’re not doing your groceries online, you need to get with the times. Stocking up your fridge and pantry from home is both convenient and cost-effective. (For anyone with rug rats, it’s also far less stressful.) The only downside is the user interface, which tends to be buggy, overly complex and boring to boot. Aussie Farmers Direct is looking to buck this trend with its new virtual shopping app. Instead of presenting a list of thumbnail images, the app invites you to browse 3D grocery aisles through your iPad. We put the new service to the test.


Three E-Commerce Tips For SMBs

Online shopping is now the preferred way for many consumers to purchase goods. While major retailers are doubling down on efforts to cultivating a thriving online business, SMBs are lagging behind in this department. Here are three tips to help SMBs make the most of e-commerce opportunities.


How To Book And Enjoy Your Holiday Safely This Summer [Infographic]

Booking holidays online is vastly preferable to the old ring-around method. It’s simple, convenient and you have a much better chance of landing a discount. However, it is also rife with potential dangers; especially if you’re new to online shopping. This infographic from AVG Technologies looks at how to avoid the scammers — both before and during your holiday.


The Best Black Friday And Cyber Monday Deals [Updated]

The craziest sales season of the year has kicked off in the US once again. To make your life easier, we’re collecting the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargains that you can get in Australia — keep checking back for updates!


All The Best Deals From Steam's Christmas Game Sale (So Far)

We knew they were coming and now they’re finally here — the first round of Steam sales for the Christmas holidays. This round is called the Exploration Sales, and as you’d expect there’s some good deals. Let’s dive right in.


Black Friday Shopping Tips For Australians

Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days on the US calendar, with retailers offering discounts of up to 80 percent on big ticket items. If you’re stuck here in Australia, there’s no reason why you need to miss out on the action. Here are seven online shopping tips for Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) bargain hunters.


Why Listening To Customers Beats Looking At Competitors

Online retail has become a very competitive space, far more competitive than it was ten years ago. When I first started my online-only furniture store Milan Direct we were told many times that selling furniture online wouldn’t work. If we’d listened to those people instead of the market that was crying out to buy furniture through an online channel, then I wouldn’t have found success through my online business.


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