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Three Things To Consider Before Taking On A Business Partner

When starting a small business it can be tempting to look for a partner to share the load — but entering into a close business relationship like this can be as difficult as many personal relationships. But how do you make sure that the partnership is going to work before you commit to it?


Elevator Pitch: Onebed

Elevator Pitch is a regular feature on Lifehacker where we profile startups and new companies and pick their brains for entrepreneurial advice. This week, we’re talking with Dylan Tollemache, CEO and co-founder of Onebed.


Three Simple Ways You Can Begin To Automate Your Business

There’s never enough time in the day, but a few well-thought out automations can save you a bunch of it. Of course there are processes, apps and tools to help you automate many and varied aspects of your business, but here are three easy ones to ease yourself into it.


Optus Is Aggressively Expanding SMB Services In Australia

Optus has announced a renewed focus on “tailored SMB solutions” for Australia’s two million-plus small business owners. As part of its Small Business Network strategy, 126 new small business specialist stores have been created, along with a local call centre dedicated to SMB customers. It’s also roped in Ian Thorpe and Mark Wahlberg to help spruik the service. As you do.


How I Succeeded: Oracle's Aaron Green

How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Aaron Green from Oracle.


Ask LH: Are Wikipedia Donations Tax-Deductible In Australia?

Dear Lifehacker, Wikipedia frequently runs annual funding drives, which makes me wonder: are Wikipedia donations tax deductible within Australia? And should I be donating to the main site or the Australian chapter?


Australia Has A New Social Media-Oriented Crowdfunding Platform

It’s called Joey Crowd, and it’s marketing itself as crowdfunding 3.0. Its main goal is to combine a number of aspects of the average crowdfunding campaign — letting you manage your social media from your campaign on Joey Crowd, and even connecting you with influencers in your niche.


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?


Optus Announces New Mobile POS Technology For Retailers

Optus has announced a new service called Retail Assist, a POS capability that will allow retailers to carry out tasks such as processing sales, checking stock and accessing customer information, all from a mobile device within the store.


Research: Over Half Of Small Businesses Can't Let Go Of Paper Invoices

Going digital is in vogue these days and we’ve talked about how to transition to a paperless office. But it appears Australian small businesses still have a love affair with paper invoices and receipts, according to a survey by cloud accounting vendor Xero.


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