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Partnership and Shareholder Agreements – Why You Shouldn’t Go Into a Franchise Business Without Them

October 31, 2014 | Simone Pentis

Going into business with a friend? Make sure that you are prepared legally in the event that everything heads south.

When going into business with a friend there is generally a lot of excitement and the belief that as friends you know each other and will be able to complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses. What happens when a business partnership breaks down? While I have seen some friends build up fantastic businesses and win […]



Understanding Trust

October 16, 2014 | Thomas Downey

Trust - it's a challenge we all face in both our work and family lives.

As social beings we are meant to be in collectives where we connect with others. For many our work situations and various family combinations are our most obvious collectives. So too are professional bodies including Women’s Network Australia (WNA) and recreational bodies such as sport teams, etc. Bonding is formed by the degree of intimacy […]



Are You And Your Business Ready For Growth?

May 28, 2014 | Sarah Savvas

Expanding your business? Don't get too excited until you have run all the figures and considered the true costs.

The thought of expanding your business from a small business to a larger entity is something that drives many business owners. But it requires careful planning to get it right. Any small business owner who’s tasted success in some form, will undoubtedly have thought about the prospect of expansion. Rapid business growth can be an […]



Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset – Your People (Part 2)

April 22, 2014 | Sarah Savvas

Are you connected and feeling the love in your workplace?

Second only to the difficulty of accessing capital, the biggest complaint I come across from business owners is about finding and keeping good employees. Good employees are, without a doubt, the most valuable asset any company can have. And when times are tough, it is more important than ever to get the most out of […]



Your Worst Nightmare Come True

March 19, 2014 | Kate Fairley

PayPal offer small business owners flexible, no interest, fee based, working capital loans

One of the hardest things as an insurance broker is having your client call and tell you they have had a burglary. It sucks every time. It’s not like an accident or a storm, instead someone deliberately broke into your client’s business and stole from them. They chose to do it. Thankfully though, most clients […]



New Bullying In The Workplace Laws

March 4, 2014 | Mandy Cann

Unhappy customers and clients are the last thing you need. Here's how to avoid common customer service mistakes.

With the new bullying laws coming into effect from the 1st January 2014, is your business ready to defend a claim if required?  The laws now allow those who are being bullied to go directly to the Fair Work Commission to seek an order.  The Fair Work Commission will make whatever order they see fit and […]



Can An Employee ‘Cash Out’ Accrued Annual Leave?

January 15, 2014 | Mandy Cann

Can your employees cash in their leave entitlements?

For employees covered by an award or agreement, cashing out of annual leave is permitted if the award or agreement allows it. Award or agreement-free employees may agree to cash out annual leave at any time. However, in all cases the following applies: the employee must retain an entitlement to at least four weeks paid […]



Social Media Education is Key in Workplaces

November 4, 2013 | Anna Cairo

Facebook purpose

What is your organisation doing about social media? Ignoring it or being active? As social media continues to grow and make significant impacts in workplaces, employers need to get onto the front foot and manage the risk factors involved. Without a doubt social media presents many opportunities. It allows for easier communication internally and easier […]



How Does Personal/Carers Leave Accrue?

October 7, 2013 | Mandy Cann

Here is a quick synopsis of personal/carer leave entitlements in Australia.

The National Employment Standards establish minimum entitlements for permanent employees to receive: paid personal/carer’s leave unpaid carer’s leave paid or unpaid compassionate leave. These forms of leave are designed to help an employee deal with personal illness, caring responsibilities, family emergencies, and the death or serious illness of close family members. Casual employees are eligible […]



Does your Workplace Ban Social Media?

July 3, 2013 | Anna Cairo

Do you know who actually owns your social media contacts?

To tweet or not to tweet? To post or not to post? These are the questions which confront business every day. Social media is proving hard to resist. Millions are engaging in social media muddying boundaries between work and home. As this continues to grow workplaces are increasingly banning social media during work hours. But […]