Australia/New Zealand Small Business News Round-up – 02/04/2008

Here is this week’s news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from Australia and New Zealand:

  • Small business owners’ recession fears: MORE than half the country’s small business owners feel a recession is on the way as rising interest rates and global market instability takes it toll on confidence, a new survey shows.
  • Keeping your hats on: WITH all the hats a small business operator has to wear, it’s perhaps understandable if they sometimes get behind in things.
  • IDC: What CIOs’ want in their 2008 shopping carts: In 2008, CIO investment dollars will focus on improving internal business/technology processes, business reporting and information management, infrastructure and communicating with partners, suppliers and customers, according to IDC’s Forecast for Management (FFM) Survey.
  • Turning clicks into cash: DARREN Rowse is an accidental entrepreneur. He’s earned more than $700,000 from internet ads by working out what people want to read online.
  • More business start-ups: The number of businesses in New Zealand increased by 2 per cent in the year to February 2007, even as the number of enterprises being born continued to trend down. In all 60,443 enterprises were born during the period, representing…
  • Young telecommunications veteran wary of telecom: Ten years after leaving high school Scott Bartlett has already led change to a local business sector. The 27-year-old chief executive of the internet service provider turned telco Orcon has been an evangelist for change in the…
  • Big week ahead for business : A host of the Government’s flagship policies come into force this week including cuts to business tax rates and workplace savings incentives. April 1 may be April Fool’s day, but it is also the start of the taxation year and as…
  • Small firms think big on the web: Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are increasingly taking advantage of the internet to improve internal efficiency and extend their reach, research reveals..
  • Why women keep the economy going: AS the latest small business survey finds business expects a recession, a leading forecaster blames men for recessions and argues that women are the mainstays of the economy.

As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.

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