Australia/New Zealand Small Business News Round-up – 200-9/03/25

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:

  • Think before you jump: SMALL business operators who have “bought” themselves “silly jobs” will struggle in the current economic downturn.
  • Best smartphone apps for small business: Smartphones open up a wealth of opportunity to be more productive and effective throughout the day.
  • ACCC backs agents in paper spat: Newsagents should be allowed to collectively bargain deals they have with newspaper publishers such as Fairfax Media and News Ltd. to sell and deliver newspapers, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said yesterday, seeking to shift the balance of power in favour of the small businesses.
  • Having a creative crack at new markets: Some small businesses are braving a tough global environment to export their products – and they’re finding there’s still plenty of money to be made.
  • Start-up web firm goes in search of new markets: The world of internet search may be dominated by Google and other multinational giants but a tiny search engine technology company headquartered in the Bay of Plenty is in global expansion mode.
  • Entrepreneur goes mainstream: Aboriginal chef Mark Olive partners with Peter Rowland Catering to bring his unique foods to a wider audience.

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

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