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:
- Cash-flow woes a boon for sme: Receivables finance is on the rise as small businesses feel the cashflow squeeze.
- Cloud Computing: The OnlineOffice Benefits: ‘Cloud Computing‘ is in the media everywhere these days. What does is mean and how is it going to help your small business or home business?
- Filter plans a step too far: NetRegistry: Australia’s biggest domain name seller NetRegistry has slammed the government’s proposed internet content filtering scheme, claiming that the proposal would hurt small business.
- A start-up? Don’t wind me up: Isn’t starting a business right now a really bad idea? Not ncessarily, writes Adrian McFedries.
- Consumer glint of hope: Consumer sentiment has perked up, with big interest rate cuts and cheaper fuel at the bowser helping to stoke shoppers’ confidence. The monthly Westpac-Melbourne Institute survey shows consumer sentiment rose 4.3% in November to 85.5 points from 82 points the previous month. The gauge, though, remains in negative territory, remaining below the 100-point mark that divides pessimism from optimism as it has done so since February.
- Tony Stewart denies threatening policeman: SIDELINED NSW Small Business Minister Tony Stewart has denied he threatened a senior police officer, telling him to halt an investigation into a close associate.
- Small business banks on lending: SMALL business owners in Perth are seeking to remain positive, despite the uncertainty lingering in the global financial markets and access to finance, according to business advisers.
- Small is the trend in a tight market: The real estate industry has to deal with and adapt to big changes in the commercial and industrial property market as a result of the upheaval in global financial and investment markets.
- Angels of the office: THEY may be the first ones to be hired and the last to be fired, but receptionists and personal assistants are commanding a higher price tag, making them a luxury item for small business.
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.