Small Business & Startups

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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 Munro, CEO of "interchangeable thong" company Willi Footwear.

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It's hard to turn down work, especially in an uncertain economy. But sometimes it's in your best interests to say no to some projects or clients, such as when those projects might pigeonhole you into an area you don't want to specialise in.

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When I moved house recently, I had to schlep a bunch of folders and files with paper documents. Looking at the pile, I realised that actually finding a document I wanted would be a very time consuming activity and all those folders would take up lots of space. Surely there's a better way...

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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 Tony Wu, head of growth at on-demand staff provider Weploy.

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Mark Jordan's workspace is clean, tidy, and actually looks like someone gets work done in it -- mostly because Mark is a a PC technician and uses the entire area to the left to repair and maintain client systems. That doesn't mean his primary setup is anything but good-looking though.

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It's been nearly two years since I've received a corporate pay cheque. I left that world and haven't looked back since. Was it an easy jump?

Hell no. It's been hard — very hard — but I don't regret it and still consider it one of the very best things I've ever done for myself.

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Absenteeism is a massive impost on businesses. A recent survey has found that workers are, on average, away from work for about 9.5 days per year. With the average work week nudging towards 41 hours per week according to the ABS many of us are spending a lot of time at work in potentially unhealthy positions. Belinda Lyone, the general manager at family owned business COS, is involved in supplying offices with office equipment and is deeply concerned at how our work environments are making us less healthy. That's bad for business but, more importantly, bad for all of us.

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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 Jaime Hall and Nicole Bailey, co-founders of "AirBnb for venues" Venue Insider.

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Over on the battlestations subreddit, damienslash offers up his new setup to the crowd, complete with a beautiful custom desk, ultrawide monitor, and some other touches we can really get behind.

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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 Graham Hawkins, founder of the small business sales platform SalesTribe.

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‘Draw With Jazza’, is an Australian YouTube channel hosted by Josiah ‘Jazza’ Brooks, a 28-year old artist from Gippsland in Victoria. Currently, the how-to channel has around 1.9 million subscribers.

I spoke with Jazza about what it takes to be successful on YouTube and the most important things you need to know to grow your audience.

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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 Christy Laurence, founder of Instagram money-making app Plann.