Business News

  • Written by Annette Densham


New ABS stats show Hope Island is an entrepreneurial hot spot with a 15% increase in sole traders over the past 12 months.

Small business advocate Paula Brand said the figures support what she has been saying for five years. “Home based, mobile and online business will be and are where most of the business is being done. It is time to accept this and look for ways to accommodate this growth.

“Councils need to stop building shop fronts and change zoning and business support groups need to change their membership packages because these types of business do business differently. Now it is time to play catch up.”

Brand’s Small Business Expos, which have been running for over five years, saw this. “I knew these businesses would need somewhere to come together to connect, collaborate and to sell,” she said.

“Last year, alone, the Expos helped generate over $6 million in sales amongst these home base, mobile and online businesses.

“When I started the Small Business Expos five years ago, I could see there would be a major shift away from bricks and mortar and shop fronts to the home. This is despite being told that these businesses would never be more than hobby businesses.

“That mindset that a home-based business is a mum sitting her kitchen table pottering around with hobby is so far from the truth. There are multimillion-dollar businesses being run from homes across the Coast.

“Australians want to work for themselves and they are leaving corporate lives and jobs to do that. When you get down to the grassroots, sole traders are enterprising and optimistic about the opportunities that present themselves. We have seen this through the expos, with increasing exhibitors and visitor numbers. There are a lot of clever, innovative and creative people out there.

The ABS figures released show a jump from in sole traders from 10,000 four years ago to 66,000 in 2018.  And it is regional areas like the Gold Coast that are experiencing the biggest booms. It also revealed sole trader businesses across Australia are up 7.3% or 42,841 businesses and over 23% of all business started in in 2018 were sole traders.

Outside the major cities the BYOB hotspots include Ulladulla 116 or 18%, Torquay up 76 or 7%, Hope Island up 162 or 15% and Victor Harbor up 36 or 6% and which compare with national growth of 5%. 

Brand said in a joint survey with UQ three years ago found a strong preference of home-based workers to have more opportunities for local networking, collaboration and face-to-face interactions. “They want to connect with other home-based workers living nearby, not only to work together but also to improve their work/life balance and life satisfaction,” she said.

“The release of the ABS statistics reinforce that contemporary homes should be designed to cater for home-based work (office room, separate entry for clients/customers, additional parking spaces). Also, neighbourhoods should be home based work-friendly (promote walkability, cycling, include co-working spaces with access to meeting rooms, printers, shops with office supplies, more dining options).

2019 Brisbane Small Business Expo – 4th April
2019 Gold Coast Small Business Expo – 23rd May
2019 Moreton Bay Region/Brisbane North Small Business Expo – 5th July
2019 Toowoomba Small Business Expo – 3rd October 
2019 Logan Small Business Expo – 30th August
2019 West Brisbane and Surrounds Business Expo – To be announced  

https://www.smallbusinessexpos.com.au

Data4Good Confernece at Sydney ICC

The misuse of data and the lack of transparency by big tech firms to be combated with Data4Good event   With the widespread lack of transparency and misuse of data by large tech firms worldwide, t...

Jacob Webb - avatar Jacob Webb

Best Tips on how to remove negative content online

Business proprietors who are serious about reputation on the internet have long wondered how to remove negative content online. Unsurprisingly, they are concerned that consumers are further expected...

News Company - avatar News Company

How big is the promotional products industry?

It’s easy to imagine the promotional products has been declining with the rise of the internet, but the inverse is true. The promotional products industry has actually been steadily rising for numer...

Claire Ward - avatar Claire Ward

The Dollar Shave Club of contact lenses is now available to Aussie contact lens wearers

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — Finally, an Australian-made and owned contact lens business has launched direct to consumers, making the lives of thousands of Australians easier and more affordable with just a ...

Georgie Zonneveld - avatar Georgie Zonneveld

Psychologist’s 8 tactics to build resilience in the workplace

A clinical psychologist from Wesley Hospital has identified low resilience as a major factor impacting the mental and physical wellbeing of employees. He is calling for more awareness around the nee...

Sophie Harrison - avatar Sophie Harrison

Intense Growth As Car Next Door Launch Capital Raise

Releasing internal revenue figures for the first time, Car Next Door has achieved marketplace revenue of $10m last year and is on track to almost double that again in 2019 as it marks the start of a...

Car Next Door - avatar Car Next Door

Politics

Scott Morrison at Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce

QUESTION: I suppose one question I'll ask is about the role of social media, YouTube, Facebook. And the sort of thought process that we’re having as a nation of how we can create that sort of societ...

Scott Morrison - avatar Scott Morrison

Delivering the rail links Western Sydney needs

The Morrison and Berejiklian Governments will ensure the Western Sydney International (Nancy Bird Walton) Airport has a metro rail line in time for its opening.   The Prime Minister said his Gover...

Scott Morrison - avatar Scott Morrison

Nancy-Bird Walton immortalised at Western Sydney Airport

Australia’s biggest aviation project will honour one of the nation’s trailblazing stars of the sky.   The $5.3 billion Western Sydney Airport will officially become Western Sydney International (N...

Scott Morrison - avatar Scott Morrison

Travel

Have An Unforgettable Vacation in Orlando

Family-friendly with unique theme parks, Orlando, Florida is the place to go for an unforgettable vacation. Head to the beach, spend time in Disney World, and visit The Wizarding World of Harry Pott...

News Company - avatar News Company

Airports and Customs in Australia: Everything you need to know to discover the country by plane

Australia is such a huge country that the beginning of air travel represented a very important step in the development of the country and communication among its citizens. Before air travel, it took...

News Company - avatar News Company

The Gold Coast is famous for fun but it is also famous for horrible traffic issues

The Gold Coast is a great place for a holiday but there are problems that tourists need to be aware of. The Gold Coast airport is a busy place. Thousands of visitors arrive every day from around the ...

Holiday Centre - avatar Holiday Centre