(Photo: www.pexels.com; www.gratisography.com) I wrote recently about research that showed 66% of SME owners don't believe today’s education system gives children the skills they need to run a successful small business. Backing this up is the latest MYOB SME Snapshot survey: 38% of business owners said trial and error was the No. 1 method for gaining business skills in the start-up phase – ahead of other important information sources such as accounts and financial advisers (32 per cent) … [Read more...] about 9 steps to start-up success
What makes a great workplace? The people? The pay? The jobs you work on? We can’t all be like Google and give employees time off to work on pet projects, or provide free lunch and on-site barista around the clock like LinkedIn. But the latest MYOB SME Snapshot research highlights that smart SMEs are leveraging small business attributes – namely culture and employment flexibility – as selling points to attract talent. The research showed 38% of SMEs said employment flexibility was the key … [Read more...] about Attracting the best talent
Australia’s SME revenue performance has hit heights not seen since September 2011, and revenue decline is on the, um, decline. And no, it’s not simply a Turnbull bounce. The strongest SME revenue performance of the last four years, and five year low in the proportion of businesses experiencing revenue decline, was captured in the March 2015 MYOB Business Monitor. But if the Canning by-election is any guide, this confidence will only be bolstered by Malcolm Turnbull’s rise to PM. In his … [Read more...] about Is high SME confidence just a ‘Turnbull bounce’?
I gave up long ago on the dream of a totally paperless office. The predictions weren’t worth the paper they were printed, scanned, filed and archived offsite on. It’s simply a bridge too far for service industries like accounting and legal. Well, we’re one step closer. The relentless march of technology has struck another blow in the endless paper war. I’ve used electronic signatures for a while now – mostly for keynote presentation agreements – and they tick all the boxes: safe, … [Read more...] about New tools to fight the paper war