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What makes a good self-employed entrepreneur?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Poland is now the sixth largest economy in Europe with a projected growth rate in 2014 some 57 per cent higher than the rest of Europe. Poland’s entrepreneurs are driving this. What makes a good self-employed entrepreneur? Read this discussion paper from some researchers at universities in Turkey and Austria. They are into ‘myth explosion’. More...


Australia got caught out by Freelancer.com

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The launch of Freelancer.com onto the Australian stock market last week created great excitement. Upon listing, its 50 cent shares skyrocketed to $2.60 settling at $1.60. Commentators referred to it as potentially Australia’s Twitter.

The story underpinning the share market hype reflects not just a new age technology but rather a transformation in the way business and work is organised. Freelancer highlights how the transformation is expanding and will continue to overpower human resource practices inside large organisations, labour and tax laws and the very idea of what constitutes a business. Read full blogpost... More...


Are small business people tech dopes?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ICA blogger (and China expert) John Findley takes issue with recent suggestions that SMEs are not well engaged with computer technology. Instead of concentrating on the Internet and on-line advertising, he argues that the future for SMEs and technology lies with productivity gains not yet realised. Full post is hereMore...


3D printing revolution = surge in self-employment

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Technology is – again – about to transform the way people work, resulting in another big surge in self-employment.

This next technological revolution is 3D printing. It’s here, it’s now, but it’s just in its tiny beginning. Simple 3D printers are already within a price range for most people – at under $1500. Certainly they’re a novelty at the moment, producing paper toys and the like, but could explode in affordable sophistication. Story continues... More...


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...


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...


We can reach for the sky

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The new world of work is exciting.  Rachel Botsman says technology is cutting out the middleman (mostly big firms) in product and service delivery. HERE’s her video presentation. And Google has made its first move into telecommunications, launching a fibre-to-the-home service in Kansas City. Info HERE.  Who knows what to expect?! More...


The reality of SME innovation

Friday, August 24, 2012

John Findley poses a reality check on innovation for self-employed people. A lot of ‘our’ business is not tech dependent. John argues "that it is impossible for SMEs to introduce technological innovation, or at least the opportunities for technological innovation are extremely limited".  CLICK HERE for the full blog post. More...


Government, SMEs and Entrepreneurship Development

Friday, August 24, 2012

If you’re interested in the interplay between government, small business and innovation, then a publication due out in October may be of interest. Government, SMEs and Entrepreneurship Development asks ‘what are some of the main policy instruments being used, and how effective are they?’CLICK HERE for the flyer. More...


ICA welcomes John Findley

Monday, August 20, 2012

John is a China specialist with over 30 years' experience of living and working in China. He is a highly experienced senior executive and now runs his own migration business supporting high-end executives to work in Australia. More...



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