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ATO doesn’t ‘get it’

Monday, December 03, 2012

The ATO’s descriptions of who is/isn’t an independent contractor are out of whack with reality. Have a look at their descriptions for IT contractors. Then compare them with ICA member Luke’s description of realityMore...


South Australia does ‘get’ small business

Monday, December 03, 2012

South Australia is really moving ahead for small business people on several fronts. The Small Business Commissioner will have an oversight role on work safety codes of practice. Now SA has just increased the ability of small business people to represent themselves in the magistrates court. That’s’ good! More...


Fair deal for owner-drivers

Monday, December 03, 2012

What’s a fair deal for owner-drivers? We’ve worked out a check-list at Owner Drivers Australia.  More...


Who loves us the most: Labor or the Coalition?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

There’s a clamouring by the parties to claim they love small business the most!

Federal ALP Small Business Minister, Brendan O’Connor has made a speech claiming that Labor is the natural political party of small business.

Liberal Leader Tony Abbott has also made a speech saying that the Coalition ‘gets’ small business and announced red-tape-cutting policies.  More...


A Typical Contract Dispute

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

An ICA member and independent contractor (we’ve preserved his anonymity), has come to us with a contract dispute. He’s owed money by a client and the email exchange (which he's provided) shows just how things can go wrong. It also highlights the need fair contract laws and cheap and effective dispute-resolution procedures. Full story hereMore...


Another (big) nail in Gillard government's OHS harmonised push

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Last week the South Australian Parliament finally passed new work safety (OHS) laws. It’s been about an 18-month battle as the SA Labor government tried to push through the Gillard government’s model harmonised OHS laws. The outcome in SA, however, is a major departure from the harmonised laws. We’ve summarised and commented on the key amendments here. Ken Phillips' associated Business Spectator article is hereMore...


Red tape kills entrepreneurs

Monday, October 29, 2012

Great commentary on red tape disease, which the BBC says is suppressing entrepreneurship in the USA and the UN says is a global problem. This is bad. Flying Solo research confirms that we self-employed people are both happy at work and productive.  However, The Economist argues that now is a good time to start a new business and become an entrepreneur.  More...


French pigeons fight back!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The new French government decided that economic revival requires French entrepreneurs who sell their businesses to give 60 per cent of the sale price to the government. This, along with related ‘initiatives’, stirred an online viral movement called ‘Les Pigeons’.  Here’s their site (in French). But wait. The pigeons have won. The government has backed off. Power to the pigeons!! More...


We’re productive—says Monash University research

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New research “…debunks the myth that IPros (self-employed professionals) are less committed to their work than permanent employees… One of the biggest differences between a permanent employee and an IPro appears to be that IPros are results-driven from day one. They recognise the value of time and deliver accordingly.” Summary and link to this important Monash University research (sponsored by Entity Solutions) is hereMore...


Desperately seeking entrepreneurs. Like looking for Wally

Thursday, October 04, 2012

The Economist says Europe is making a complete mess of its business policies, resulting in a chronic shortage of wealth-creating ambitious entrepreneurs. Manpower says the world is entering a new age— the Human Age. Here’s Manpower’s video assessment. And here it suggests that entrepreneurship is central to reviving the US economyMore...



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