Elevator Pitch: Maestrano

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 CEO Stephane Ibos from Maestrano.


You Don't Need Permission To Start Your Dream Job Or Business

We’ve all been there. You have an idea for a project but you don’t get started on it. You’re timid and worried about failing, and so you seek advice from someone else or wait for the right circumstances. Here’s the truth though: you don’t need anyone’s permission.


Are $4.95 Pizzas A Viable Business Model?

The battle for affordable pizza between Pizza Hut and Domino’s took an interesting turn last week, with 80 Pizza Hut franchisees lodging an injunction against the parent company’s “$4.95 pizza” promotion. While the Federal Court rejected the injunction, it does present an interesting question: is there such a thing as a pizza that’s too cheap?


Elevator Pitch: Vindl

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 Brad Thomas, cofounder of Vindl.


Elevator Pitch: ingogo

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 Hamish Petrie, founder of ingogo.


How I Left Google To Start My Own Consulting Business

My journey from working at Google to running my own consulting business has been a challenging but rewarding experience. Here is my story and the lessons I learned.


Changes That Affect Small Business Tax In 2014/2015

What new tax changes will affect small businesses in 2014/2015? Here’s what you need to know.


Home Office Records You Need To Keep

If your employees work from home, they may be entitled to claim a portion of their home office expenses as deductions against their taxable income. However, they need to be careful not to over-claim — especially this year.


How Superannuation Changes Will Affect Your Small Business

Changes to tax rules for 2014/2015 aren’t as extensive as in previous years, in part because many proposed changes won’t be possible until the shift in control of the Senate which won’t happen until the new financial year begins. One switch business owners do need to be aware of now? New SuperStream systems for tracking superannuation contributions.


How Long Do You Have To Keep Business Tax Records?

The end of the financial year is nigh, and you’re gathering together documents to prepare for 2013/2014 tax filing. But how long will you have to hang onto them?