Australian Newsagency Blog

A blog on issues affecting Australia's newsagents, media and small business generally.

Entries Tagged as 'Small Business'

Mark Latham doesn’t get it: size doesn’t matter to small business owners

June 3rd, 2015 · 6 Comments

Mark Latham loves to goad people into debate. This is what Fairfax pays him for from his op-ed pieces in the Australian Financial Review. Latham was wrong in his column on the weekend when he wrote: Self-evidently, if small businesses were any good they would’t be small. They would be big monstrous things with massive […]

[

Tags: Ethics · Newsagency management · Small Business

Worth revisiting the Greens small business policy

June 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Prior to the last federal election I commented about the small business policy of the Greens compared to the major parties. I felt the policy of the Greens was better. I still do. I reconsidered this recently following the federal budget small business initiatives. It is interesting to see what the Greens proposed and what […]

[

Tags: Small Business

Ignorant commentators come out against the small business instant asset write off in the 2015 federal budget

May 15th, 2015 · 2 Comments

I write this as the owner of an Australian software company serving several specialist retail channels, as a newsagent and as the owner os a couple of other businesses serving small businesses in Australia. I am disappointed at some of the commentary about the instant asset write off announced in the federal budget this week. I have […]

[

Tags: Ethics · Social responsibility · Newsagency management · Small Business

Available at all good newsagents…

February 28th, 2015 · 11 Comments

It frustrates me when I see a magazine publisher promote that their latest magazine is available at all good newsagents. They control where their magazine goes – or their representative distribution company does. My message to suppliers: don’t shift judgement of which are good newsagencies and which are not on the basis of where you […]

[

Tags: Newsagency challenges · Ethics · Newsagency management · Small Business

Sunday newsagency management tip: fail well

November 2nd, 2014 · 4 Comments

It’s natural to fear failure in personal and business life. Online and offline gossip about friends, colleagues, competitors and others is often about failure, intensifying our own fear of failure. Today, news of failure is amplified more than ever because of the ready access to the megaphones of social media. My uneducated theory is that volume of […]

[

Tags: Newsagency challenges · Ethics · Social responsibility · Social Media · Newsagency management · Newsagency opportunities · Optimism · Management tip · Small Business

The smoke and mirrors of Victorian Government’s Small Business Day

October 2nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

This Saturday, October 4, is Small Business Day in Victoria. Yipee – I can hear you cheering from here. We Victorians are being hounded with TV ads telling us to shop in and support small businesses. I am sure there are some in the current government who will point to this as support for small […]

[

Tags: Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Small Business

Health checks from Woolworths?

July 1st, 2014 · 12 Comments

The announcement today that Woolworths intends to offer free heath checks is another example of why we need legislation to stop the growth of the supermarket duopoly in Australia. Indeed, politicians need to legislate to force a reduction of their market share. Bob Katter was on TV tonight listing the businesses closed brown by the supermarkets. […]

[

Tags: Ethics · Social responsibility · Small Business

Sell locally-sourced products and prove your pitch to the local community

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

If we are to promote a shop local pitch to our local communities we need to source locally made and locally connected products. This week I will draw attention to several local suppliers newsagents could consider. Stocking products from these and similarly local suppliers adds credibility to our shop local pitch. To me, local products […]

[

Tags: Ethics · Social responsibility · Newsagency management · Newsagency opportunities · Small Business

Great to see a small business fight the supermarket duopoly

June 28th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Check out the photo of a sign in front of a local butcher a friend posted on Facebook yesterday. I love the direct and feisty words of this butcher who is making a plea for locals to support their small business and not the big supermarket. With tougher competition from the supermarket dopily newsagents could […]

[

Tags: Newsagency challenges · Social responsibility · Newsagency opportunities · Small Business

Newsagency management tip: What’s your song?

March 5th, 2014 · 19 Comments

What’s the song you play when things really get to you and you’re just about ready to give up? You know, the song that takes you to a better place – maybe some nostalgic or somewhere you dream to be. The song that helps you process, deal with and or forget what appears to be […]

[

Tags: Newsagency management · Management tip · Small Business

Minister for Small Business speaks up on business funding

February 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

The federal minister for Small Business Bruce Billson on Thursday spoke at a G20 meeting on the need for easier access to funding for small business. Click here for the SBS report. Here’s what the Franchise Council of Australia reports the minister as saying: “This inability to obtain start-up finance is a strong disincentive to […]

[

Tags: Small Business

Small Business stories aren’t sexy or emotional enough to make the front page

February 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Even in their demise big business trumps small business when it comes to the news. I guess it gains more clicks and sells more newspapers to report on 1,000+ job losses at a big business than job losses of 1,000+ at 300 or so small businesses. While the news in Australia is currently dominated with […]

[

Tags: Small Business