Too busy to have a sleep in?

80% of small business owners started their business for better work-life balance. But 42% of business owners would rather catch up on sleep! Is this you? We all know that getting enough sleep is important...

Payment Times Inquiry – Final Report

As you probably know, the Australia Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has been conducting an enquiry into payment times for small business. The final report has been released and reminds us of how dire...

Payment Times Inquiry – Our Response

Below is our response to the ASBFEO Payment Times and Practices Inquiry. Skip to the bottom if you want our thoughts which are outside the terms of reference for the inquiry. The Australian Small Business...

Dodgy tradies & travelling con-men

We’ve heard a lot about travelling con men and dodgy tradies over the years and there are some good tips and resources available on how to avoid them. Consumer Affairs Victoria has a great page outlining...

Happy New Year!

Happy new year! 2016 was a massive year for us and I hope it was a great one for your business too. I thought now would be a good time for a recap of our...

Get paid faster

The Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, is currently undertaking a Payment Times and Practices Inquiry. We think this is fantastic as late payments is major problem for small business. Australian small business are collectively owed $26...

Choosing a title: What should I call myself?

The question of titles popped up over on Flying Solo, so I thought I’d repost a LinkedIn post I did last early 2015. I’ve got a team of 2.5 in a pre-revenue startup, Founder, sure...

Listening to your market

It’s been a while since I wrote a new blog. I’ve been flat out working on DragonBill since early this year. We were launched by Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade in February....

Share your friend’s posts!

Do you  have a friend who’s started or runs a business? You have probably seen them sharing things about their business on Facebook. Did you share it or like it? Na, didn’t think so. Unless you’ve...

National Freelance Day

National Freelance Day has been happening around the country this week. It’s been a great effort by the great folks over at freelance.org.au. I was lucky to be on stage with the other speakers, talking about...

Naming your business

I read an interesting post on SmartCompany today about how Shoes of Prey named their business, by Eloise Keating. I love these stories, seeing behind the brand and gaining insights into the people behind the...

DragonBill Beta Update

DragonBill is live Our regular readers will know that we don’t usually talk out ourselves and that our blogs are usually relevant to small business and startups. Yes we know they are different but they share...

Innovation Economy: what’s is it?

  How can crowd funding boost STEM skills? Submissions for the government’s CSEF report closed today. You may have seen my other pieces talking about the UK SEIS program and how a similar scheme could...

Scams and customer protection

  You’ve probably seen our posts about how DragonBill helps small business get paid on time and thought how good it sounds, but wondered what’s in it for customers? When we say we are the safest,...