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Darren Horrigan

Got a spare 10k?

A small business is a hungry beast. It will devour as much time, energy and money as its owner is prepared to give. As Darren Horrigan reports, success comes for those who know how much of each to put into the business and, at the best times, to get the most value. 1. Develop a business plan Yes, it’s the most obvious way to give life to your business dreams – but it works. Charbel Fahd, founder and principal of Capital Eyes Business Advice Financial Vision, says a small business … more »

10 ways to invest $10k

10 ways to invest $10k – A small business is a hungry beast. It will devour as much time, energy and money as its owner is prepared to give. As Darren Horrigan reports, success comes for those who know how much of each to put into the business and, at the best times, to get the most value. 1. Develop a business plan Yes, it’s the most obvious way to give life to your business dreams – but it works. Charbel Fahd, founder and principal of Capital Eyes Business Advice … more »

Co-operative vs. corporation

Co-operatives harness the power of numbers to give their members economies of scale and greater bargaining power. Darren Horrigan finds out how co-operatives can generate a fairer go for those competing against big business. How do they work? A co-operative is an independent organisation owned and controlled by its members, who have joined together to use its goods, services or facilities. A board of directors, elected by the membership, sets the co-operative's policies and procedures. By pooling resources, members leverage their shared power to buy, sell, market or bargain as … more »

Recession proof business ideas

The economy may not be in the best state at the moment, but don't let that get in the way of your inner entrepeneur. All it takes is a bit of gall and a clever idea.  Here are 15 excellent business ideas for a recession: 1. Hair salons. People continue to have grooming needs and hair salons that cater to families are among the most popular. 2. Residential and commercial cleaning. People with busy lives are less likely to go without having someone clean their homes or businesses. These services … more »

Capitalism with a conscience

Co-operatives harness the power of numbers to give their members economies of scale and greater bargaining power. Darren Horrigan finds out how co-operatives can generate a fairer go for those competing against big business. In our globalised world of fast credit, sub-prime loans and stock market plunges, there still exist idealists who believe there is a better way. Appalled by the excesses of modern capitalism, they value people and place them ahead of profit. They eschew mega-marts, generic brands and shopper dockets. And they couldn’t care less about shareholders, return … more »

The power of the humble co-operative

Co-operatives, established by people for people, aim to ensure job viability and to improve quality of life – without sacrificing competitiveness. Proponents say a co-operative’s real value lies in its collective ability to keep the social contract of communities alive and prosperous. What corporations today are realising – with their newfound reverence for corporate social responsibility – is what co-operatives have known for more than 150 years. And they believe their time is arriving again. How do they work? A co-operative is an independent organisation owned and controlled by its … more »

15 businesses to start in a recession

The economy may be going up the spout, but that spells opportunity for keen entrepreneurs. Darren Horrigan hunts down the 15 types of businesses that do best in bad times and finds out how the internet can help. The recession of 1923 to 24 plunged the United States into an economic quicksand that destroyed more than 10,000 businesses. Yet this was precisely the time that a man who lived by the creed ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’ risked everything to launch a small cartoon studio called Disney … more »

Who speaks for the forgotten people?

Caught between the ideological battles of unions and big enterprise, small business voices are marginalised in the political debate. Darren Horrigan finds out why small companies – despite employing half the Australian workforce – get shafted no matter who’s in power.  Former US President Ronald Reagan once said the nine most terrifying words in the English language were, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help’. So it remains for most of Australia’s 1.9 million small business owners. Talk to 100 entrepreneurs and 99 will tell you their success … more »

Predatory pricing: who’s crying wolf?

Smaller businesses often accuse their larger competitors of predatory pricing, but big companies say they are just discounting to benefit consumers. Darren Horrigan wades into the murky waters of competition law and finds out where the sharks really come from. Of all the dastardly deeds big business can perpetrate against small business – and there are many – predatory pricing has always been regarded as one of the darkest in this land of the fair go. John Cummings knows what it is like to do business against the big boys. … more »

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