Five new apps to turbocharge your business

One easy way to breathe life into your business is to enlist a top-tier app. A powerful app with a strong productivity slant can dramatically boost efficiency.

You may well already know about star contenders such as the storage utility Dropbox, the accounting program Xero, and the internet telephony service Skype. Here is a shortlist of lesser known apps that just might work wonders for you and your business.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Stress head: how to cope with pressure

How much do you switch off? As the National Broadband Network rolls out across Australia and the business landscape becomes ever more connected you may feel on-call all the time through an array of communication channels. Worse, your business could be hit by a snarky social media review any second. Heavy pressure.

Doubtless, you already know about how deep breathing and meditation can help you unwind. But here are five alternative stress relief tips.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Tourism operators need to lift their game

Australia’s high cost of living and strong currency mean tourism operators must be remarkably shrewd to attract patronage.

This country holds the distinction of being one of the world’s costliest to visit. Its flagship cities Sydney and Melbourne rank among the top five most expensive anywhere. Analysts blame high wages and the gouging effect of the high Australian dollar. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald..

How to handle a manipulative employee

In the fraught field of office politics, that viper the arch manipulator seems to pose a particularly virulent threat. And you might not notice the damage until it’s too late.

“Usually, the signs that someone is manipulating you are subtle and almost imperceptible,” says business psychologist Christopher Shen.

But it never hurts to trust your instincts, says Shen, who warns to watch out for odd gestures or facial expressions, or clear signs of disrespect.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..

Ten signs your business is doomed

For a second, suspend the bullish self-belief every entrepreneur needs to get through the day. Weigh up whether your business has much of a future.

Disaster might well lie ahead, judging by a Deloitte report that suggests Australian firms lacking digital savvy are in a “short fuse, big bang” scenario.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..


The most degrading thing I ever did for money: entrepreneurs confess

Hollywood director Bobcat Goldthwait recently confessed stooping to playing the voice of a talking Walmart fruitcake. Have you ever sunk to such depths? Four entrepreneurs confess the most degrading things they ever did for money.

First, Albury-Wodonga-based consultant Tanya Honeychurch admits that she went to the bank and withdrew $6,000 in savings from the accounts of her “beautiful” sons aged 7 and 8. The money, which she deposited, was the beginning of an education fund for them.

Honeychurch felt “disgusted” and “sick” about recouping the money, which she spent on her website and an exhibit for the Reinvent Your Career Expo in Melbourne in June. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..

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The ultralight start-up: how to launch a business without clout or capital

Launching a start-up is easier than ever. But, because entry barriers verge on non-existent and everyone wants to be the next Facebook, Twitter or Dropbox, competition is fierce.

The intensity raises the question of how you stand out, especially if you lack clout or capital. A new business guide by Bloomberg business wiz Jason Baptiste, The Ultralight Startup, shows that you do not need an MBA, a trust fund, or even experience running your own firm to become a tech world star.

One of Baptiste’s success tips is that you should build a product you need – Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley built an early model of his product because he wanted to keep in touch with ex-colleagues.  Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..