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Small Business & Startups
It's no secret that companies who invest in their employees’ wellbeing enjoy higher levels of productivity, enhanced creativity, employee satisfaction and loyalty. After all, no one wants to work with a business that doesn’t care about them.
One of the best and most cost-effective way to invest in your employees’ wellbeing is to spruce up the breakroom or "chill out" area. Here are some tips.
One of the toughest challenges when opening a new restaurant is creating and changing your menu. The menu is what brings customers in and pays the bills, so it's crucial to balance room for trial and error with the perfect array of dishes. If you are creating a menu (or about to change your existing one) and need some help getting it right, these tips from some successful Silver Chef clients will help to steer you in the right direction.
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 Sam Robertson and Cameron Schmidt, co-CEOs of online tutoring platform Scooter Tutor.
Everyone who works in a creative field, or wants to, should subscribe to the monthly newsletter Three Cents. In each issue, writer and editor Manjula Martin writes three brief essays and lists some well-curated links about creative work. It's helpful for learning industry norms and expectations, and it's a great way for freelancers and work-from-home creatives to feel less isolated.
Amazon is finally launching a shopping service in Australia - which means you will soon be able to buy everything from food to electronics without paying those exorbitant international shipping fees. Here's everything we know about Amazon's arrival Down Under so far.
Working remotely as part of a larger workforce can be a real drag - while you usually have more autonomy, it often feels like you're not really part of the team. The Flying Solo blog offers up an interesting idea for letting solo workers tap into some of the social and motivational benefits of group working.
Small businesses should consider thinking like a startup to help achieve better results, especially when it comes to adopting the concept and execution of a minimum viable product (MVP). Basically, a MVP is a cost effective way to test an idea, product, or solution without going all in. This will also allow continuous improvement of the initial idea as feedback from customers will directly help the idea shape and grow.
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 Sam Chandler, founder and CEO of digital workflow manager Nitro.
Residents of Elan Tower in Sydney's Kings Cross are used to 100Mbps download speeds, thanks to the hybrid fibre coaxial cable they paid Telstra to install six years ago.
Now the building is being forced onto NBN's copper-based fibre-to-the-building network. The copper telephone wire in the building, travelling up 40 floors, is 20 years old.
While going viral — that is, having your products or store become briefly famous online and seen by millions of people — can be seen as the holy grail of small business, it can also stop your business in its tracks if not handled correctly. If you're not prepared for a sudden influx in demand and customers, the effect of going viral could be detrimental to your business.
Social media is a great tool for small businesses, often proving more accessible and more effective than traditional advertising strategies. However if you don't set a social media policy for all employees to follow when they are given access to the company's social media policy, you could risk earning a fine or even a lawsuit.
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 Jack Zhang, co-founder and CEO of cross-border payment platform Airwallex.
Jane Lu founded her retailer Showpo in 2010 when she was 24 years old. She started the business in secret, too scared to tell her parents she had dropped out of a cadetship with KPMG and failed at her first startup. In 2017, Showpo hit a run rate of $30 million. It has become known for its instantly recognisable fashion imagery across social platforms.
This week, I was fortunate enough to spend a day in the life of founder and chief executive Jane Lu to see what happens behind all those glamorous Instagram photos.
A recent survey shows that Australians are feeling more time-poor than ever, with 45 per cent of women and 36 per cent of men feeling “always” or “often” rushed, or “pressed for time”. Meanwhile, research has identified that almost one in four shoppers (23%) are willing to pay a premium for “same day” delivery.
In other words, consumers’ expectations are changing. Speed is becoming a point of difference, a new front of competition, between retailers. And many Australian retailers are lagging behind.