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  • July 1 2016 5 things to consider if you want to take your small business offshore

    For small business owners, the intrigue of taking their products and services off shore can be too exciting to ignore.  But among all the hype that international business can bring, there are still numerous risks to assess and manage if you decide international trade is right for you. Perhaps the most important area to consider Read More…

  • June 20 2016 Intellectual Property: Asset Depreciation

    Intellectual property, such as patents and copyrights can represent a significant portion of a company’s assets – particularly for highly innovative start-ups. Currently, intangible assets are subject to a legislative “effective life” period which is used to calculate their rate of depreciation. However, these existing provisions which mandate their life span are inflexible and often Read More…

  • May 31 2016 How to prevent the largest business liabilities

    The business world is filled with liability. The dangers that lurk around every corner could spell disaster for your company. While many business owners push ahead without any thought to preventing disasters before they happen, this course is a reckless path that you will want to avoid at all costs. There are reasons a huge majority Read More…

  • May 10 2016 How to protect your IP when you have an online business

    Regardless of the size of your online business, it is important that you protect your intellectual property ( I.P) as this can be the very thing that  differentiates you from your competitors .  Most business owners are not aware that registering a business, does not offer any protection to your Intellectual property whether it is Read More…

  • April 8 2016 Electronic Contracts

      Many business owners are now choosing to use electronic contracts. Many of these systems are simple to use and enable you to sign the contacts electronically on whatever device you are using. The two main types of electronic contract are as follows: Click-Wrap Agreement This type of agreement states the terms and terms and Read More…

  • April 6 2016 Keeping it local: Aussie small businesses that are making their mark

    Allianz Australia took some time to speak with a couple of Aussie businesses that are ‘doing it for themselves’. The owner-operators of Naturally Gifted spoke with us about what it’s like running a micro-business. Businesses that choose to create and provide locally made or locally sold products and services continue to shape not only the Read More…

  • March 17 2016 What you need to know about Copyright, Trademark and Business Name Registrations

    Copyright In Australia, copyright protection is automatically granted to any original creations. This means that as soon as someone has created something original such as writing, music or artwork, they then become the copyright holder for the creation. As the copyright holder, you then own the rights to your creation, including the right to license Read More…

  • March 10 2016 Risks of legal non-compliance

    Undertaking an annual legal health check of your company is one of the best decisions you will make for it’s reputation, growth and for your sanity. Compliance and risk management don’t sound very sexy but they are crucial to having a sound business and are drivers to achieving business excellence – we call it Future-Proofing. Read More…

  • March 8 2016 Managing flexible working arrangements: 4 things SMEs must understand

    As the owner of an SME, it’s more important than ever in this rapidly-changing business environment to get flexible working schemes right. Compared to ten, or even five years ago, employees are now looking for more of a balance between their personal and work lives. This can be a great thing as flexible working arrangements Read More…

  • February 15 2016 Encouraging innovation through insolvency reform

    Current Insolvency provisions under the Australian Corporations Act impose a duty on Directors not to trade while insolvent, but also not to trade in a manner that will lead it to insolvency. Although this may not appear too onerous an obligation, it can actually be trickier than it seems.  Some companies regularly flirt with insolvency, Read More…

  • February 3 2016 Key Consumer Law issues to consider when running an online business

    The fastest growth rate in Australia for start ups is the online business. This range from selling goods such as make up or skin care, to children’s clothing and toys. However, before you rush ahead and set up your business online, there are a few legal issues that you need to be aware of when Read More…

  • January 13 2016 5 Things you need to do to ensure your company is compliant in 2016

    The end of a calendar year marks a moment in time when we consider the goals we set for ourselves and measure them against what we achieved.  We reflect on what went well and what needs improvement and we use those reflections to set our goals for the year ahead.  What we don’t often do Read More…

  • December 3 2015 Internships: A potential minefield for employers

    As the job market becomes increasingly competitive for university graduates, many students and young professionals are willing to take on unpaid internships to gain experience in their chosen industry. This practice is widespread in the United States, where a laissez faire approach to workplace relations means businesses can benefit from taking on unpaid workers. But Read More…

  • November 13 2015 Three tips for avoiding unfair dismissal claims in your business

    Have you started noticing strange, odd behaviours from an employee? This may be occurring over time and can include the employee being too aggressive, too intimidating or just plain bizarre. If you’re the owner of an SME, you have the right to terminate an employee; however, you may be quite reluctant to dismiss the employee Read More…

  • November 11 2015 The legal industry: fast asleep while technology enables a new model for start-ups

    The challenges for traditional industries are intensifying. After decades in the driving seat, technology is now striking the heart of what some industry sectors have traditionally kept to themselves. And arguably, it’s about time, as a new wave of technology enabled start-ups are finding more efficient ways to deliver services tailored to a client’s needs Read More…