Australia/New Zealand Home & Small Business News Round-up – 2009/05/27

Australia Home & Small Business News RoundupHere 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 conditions in massive slide: SMALL business conditions have dropped to their lowest levels in 13 years, a new survey shows.
  • Small business expo shrugs off recession: The same number of exhibitors as last year has turned out for the Bizzone Business Expo, opening at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland today.
  • Ad Stimulus package ‘no gimmick’: Advertisers plan to ask the Government to underwrite ad campaigns for small businesses, despite criticism.
  • Thinksmart trading above expectation: Small business IT lender expects earnings to grow in 2009 as Australian retail sales hold up.
  • Handyman still gets his kicks at 66: BRUCE Cavender is 66. He runs his own handyman franchise, performing property maintenance and repair jobs in Adelaide
  • Blood, sweat and tears: If you are considering starting a small business, the first couple of years of your business are characterised by a lot of blood, sweat and tears. It’s simple, there’s a lot of hard work involved. That might seem like I’m stating the obvious but I’m seeing so many “get rich quick” promotions around these days. Typically, they are the domain of internet marketers who are offering a magic solution that you can buy in a box which will allow you to work only a few hours a week while raking in your first million.
  • Young entrepreneurs tell Australians to toughen up on the global financial crisis: MIKE Jarocki is 19. Last month, he made $25,000 from the business he started less than a year ago.

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

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