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Last week, we reported that HP had released firmware for some of its inkjet printers that blocked the use of replacement third-party replacement ink cartridges. Consumer advocacy group CHOICE even launched an investigation into whether HP broke Australian Consumer Laws with this move. Now HP has come out to apology to customers, not for making its printers unusable with unofficial cartridges, but for not being upfront about it. The company also plans to release firmware to remove the block on third-party catridges. Here are the details.
Value is often subjective and when you’re a business owner trying to pitch your products, this is an important factor to consider. It’s not just a matter of making your offerings cheaper than those from competitors; if you’re working with a client organisation that has a number of different stakeholders, you need figure out what elements make your products unique and sell it differently to each stakeholder. Here’s how.
Start-ups can operate at a frenetic pace and it feels like everything needs to be done immediately. Time is money for start-ups and these businesses can’t afford to stagnate. But trying to do everything at the same time isn’t practical and here’s where using a ‘triage system’ to determine which tasks you should prioritise can help.
Mobile payments company Square has released its contactless and chip card reader in Australia. The reader is aimed at small and medium businesses (SMBs) and comes at a time when smartphone payment services like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay are still quite new to the country. Here are the details.
Public speaking can be terrifying for some people but it’s something that business owners often have to do in order to raise their company’s profile. Even speaking at an intimate networking event can be daunting. One start-up founder recommends having a back-up personal story that you can rely on when you freeze up from stage fright.
Small and medium businesses (SMBs) have seen a jump in confidence in the third quarter of 2016 and continues to have a buoyant outlook for the rest of the year, according to the Westpac Melbourne Institute SME Index. This is despite continued pressure on profitability. The optimism could be a result of recent interest rate cuts and the fact that it’s getting close to the Christmas season, a busy period for SMBs. Read on to find out more.