Stores & Services Brands

ITP Review & Guide

Posted by March 13th 2018

For the majority, it’s hard to get motivated when it comes to tax, particularly lodging the EOFY tax return. Despite the improvements over recent years, the tax return is still seen as a chore, requiring hours of work, as well as hunting down documents and...


H&R Block Review & Guide

Posted by March 12th 2018

Tax time can often be a painful process, as organising and lodging your claim can be a long process, particular if you don’t know much about tax. Add into the mix the wide variety of accountants and tax agencies who claim maximum refund guarantees and...


Etax Accountants Review & Guide

Posted by March 12th 2018

Often seen as a chore, tax returns can be an added stress for the end of financial year. With taxes and financials not everyone’s forte, and with so many different services to consider, it can quickly become a daunting task, with many consumers putting it...


National Storage Review & Guide

Posted by April 11th 2018

When it comes to the average household, chances are there’s one room in particular that is full of boxes, waiting to be cleaned out. Old memories, the kids’ baby clothes and old family heirlooms fill the space, too precious to be simply thrown out. While...


Kennards Self Storage Review & Guide

Posted by April 11th 2018

Despite our good intentions, clutter always seems to build up around the house or the workplace. Old mementos, unfiled documents or outdated furniture quickly takes up space, causing havoc when it comes to maintaining a clean and easily-accessible space. Thankfully, self-storage units and facilities have...


Storage King Review & Guide

Posted by April 11th 2018

Self-storage services have become a popular option, with many households thankful for the opportunity to de-clutter their house while still being able to hold onto those favourite family heirlooms. With plenty of options available though, it can be a tough decision as to where you...


F45 Gyms Review & Guide

Posted by April 11th 2018

F45 has taken the fitness community by storm, with the franchise quickly expanding to hundreds of studios nationally over the last year or two, giving gym-goers a new way to burn calories. Founded in 2011, F45 has become an industry leader with its new style...


Menulog Restaurant Guide

Posted by April 11th 2018

Jeff Goldblum is the current celebrity ambassador for restaurant meal delivery service Menulog– and that definitely has to count for something… Food, uh, finds a way How does Menulog work? Menulog is an Australian website and mobile app (owned and operated by Just Eat) that allows you...


UberEATS Restaurant Guide

Posted by April 11th 2018

We’ve all come to know Uber – you probably have the app on your phone. But do you have UberEATS? If you’re a fan of trying new foods – and having it delivered straight to your door, then this guide is for you. We review...


Foodora Restaurant Guide

Posted by April 11th 2018

Foodora is a popular app that brings your takeaway food to you – perfect for when you have cravings that only a certain restaurant (that may not normally deliver) can fix. But where does Foodora deliver to and how does it work? Here’s our guide...


Deliveroo Restaurant Guide

Posted by April 11th 2018

One of the apps you might download to satisfy your late night cravings of loaded fries is Deliveroo – but where do they deliver to and what restaurants do they have listed? Here is our guide to Deliveroo in your area. How does Deliveroo work?Deliveroo is...


Review of MoneyWorks accounting software

Posted by March 12th 2018

While a smaller player in the business accounting software field, MoneyWorks can do a lot of work for your money. How does this New Zealand-based global firm make accounting different? Canstar Blue reviews its products and pricing. MoneyWorks is a set of software products by Cognito,...


Review of Reckon accounting software

Posted by March 9th 2018

With a true blue Aussie backstory – founded 30 years ago off the back of a maxed-out credit card and a loan against a dodgy old Holden Commodore – Reckon today is the accounting software of choice for more than 600,000 businesses across Australia and...


Review of MYOB accounting software

Posted by March 9th 2018

The name MYOB stands for ‘Mind Your Own Business’ – which is exactly what this accounting software company aims to help you do. But is it as good as it sounds? Find out with Canstar Blue’s review of MYOB accounting software, its product features and...


Review of Intuit QuickBooks accounting software

Posted by March 9th 2018

America’s biggest accounting software company, Intuit, has been going strong since 1983. But what can it offer to the modern small business in Australia today? Find out as Canstar Blue reviews Intuit QuickBooks products and prices. QuickBooks, Intuit’s cloud-based accounting software for businesses, was first developed...


Review of Curves Fitness gyms

Posted by April 11th 2018

Founded in 1992, Curves is a one of the largest networks of fitness centres for women. Curves says its embraces women of all shapes and sizes, and aims to have a practical approach to women’s diets and fitness, as well as providing a supportive environment....


Review of Plus Fitness gyms

Posted by April 11th 2018

Plus Fitness is an Australian-owned gym chain operating for more than 18 years. It aims to provide members with friendly, non-intimidating gyms and high levels of support. Let’s have a look to see how Plus Fitness holds up to its goal. Plus Fitness There is a lot...


Review of Fit n Fast gyms

Posted by April 11th 2018

Fit n Fast is an Australian-owned company aiming to offer great value fitness options. In the spirit of its popular 30 minute ‘quickie’ workouts, let’s have a look to see if Fit n Fast is the right gym for you, with this Canstar Blue review. Fit...


Review of Genesis gyms

Posted by April 11th 2018

Genesis Fitness Club was founded in Victoria in 1997, with the aim of offering health and fitness classes to help with weight management and other health issues. It has now grown into a chain that spans across five states and has a variety of different...


Review of Snap Fitness gyms

Posted by April 11th 2018

Snap Fitness was founded in 2003 and is one of the more internationalised gym franchisees in Australia. Gym branches can be found in Australia, the US, UK, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Malaysia and many other countries. Snap Fitness aims to not only help you achieve...


Review of Jetts Fitness Gyms

Posted by April 11th 2018

Jetts Fitness was founded in 2007 with the idea to create a gym solely for its members. The gym chain seems to value its simplicity, claiming to treat people well and listening to improve the experience for its members. Jetts Fitness has more than 250...


Review of Xero accounting software

Posted by March 8th 2018

Even the most savvy business owners aren’t automatically amazing at balancing the books. Small businesses especially can be held back from their best work when administration takes up more time than it should. Xero is designed to be a sleek tool for managing your finances...


About Century 21

Posted by March 9th 2018

As the winner of our Most Satisfied Customers Award for small business real estate agents, Century 21 clearly knows how to keep its clients happy. That’s probably one of the reasons why the company is the largest real estate sales organisation in the world, with...


About Harcourts

Posted by March 9th 2018

Harcourts as we know it started out in the property business in 1888, but the company wasn’t always focused on property. Before it was in real estate, Harcourt & Co. (as it was known) was a soft goods business in New Zealand that went by...


About Raine & Horne

Posted by March 9th 2018

Raine & Horne has been in the business of property for more than 130 years and is still a family-owned Australian company to this day. From its first office in Sydney, which opened in 1883, the company has grown to become a huge international real estate...


About First National

Posted by March 9th 2018

The First National story begins in Victoria, where a group of rural real estate agents came together in 1981. These agents were all independent and concerned about the competition they faced from the big franchised real estate agencies. From this meeting, the First National Group of...


About LJ Hooker

Posted by March 9th 2018

LJ Hooker has its beginnings in Maroubra, Sydney, where a young entrepreneur started his first real estate business in 1928. The entrepreneur’s name was Leslie Joseph Hooker, and at the time he was only 24-years-old. At first, it was tough going in the business sector, but...


About Ray White

Posted by March 9th 2018

The Ray White business wasn’t always focused on real estate. In fact, it began with a young man who was restless in the small country town of Crow’s Nest and willing to sell anything with value. Selling anything from pigs, to machinery, to insurance, young Ray...


About DHL Express

Posted by March 9th 2018

Operating in more than 220 countries worldwide, DHL claims to be the most international company in the world. It employs more than 325,000 people across the globe and a significant number of them are in Australia. A brief history Starting out in America in 1969, it didn’t...


About Australia Post

Posted by March 9th 2018

Most Australians will use the postal service at one time or another – whether it’s getting a birthday card from your grandparents or just the usual influx of monthly bills to pay. And the delivery service name that will naturally spring to mind is Australia...


About Harvey Norman

Posted by March 12th 2018

Gerry Harvey and Ian Norman met when they were both working as door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesmen. In 1961 they opened their first store together and it didn’t take them long to expand, with retail chain Norman Ross taking off and becoming one of the largest...


About The Good Guys

Posted by March 12th 2018

The Good Guys started off as a single store in Essendon back in the 1950s and the brand has slowly but surely become a household name across Australia. Originally known as ‘Mighty Muirs’, the company had slow growth until 1998, when rebranding to ‘The Good Guys’...


About Dick Smith

Posted by March 12th 2018

As the name suggests, it all began with Mr Dick Smith. He started a car radio installation back in 1968, growing from one business in Sydney to a national chain, to an international chain. From the car radio business emerged an electronic wholesale business, which is...


About JB Hi-Fi

Posted by March 12th 2018

JB was born out of a humble store in Victoria, where John Barbuto set up shop in 1974. His philosophy was to deliver a great range of music and hi-fi systems at the lowest prices in Australia. In 2004, the company made a major move by...


About Bing Lee

Posted by March 12th 2018

Bing Lee is a family-run business that dates back to 1957 when its first store opened in Fairfield, Western Sydney. In the late 1950s, Fairfield was an area close to government housing for new Australians and the Lee family business supplied many of them with...


Review of Goodlife Health Clubs

Posted by April 11th 2018

Goodlife Health Clubs aspires to encourage people to live healthier and more active lifestyles with its programs, equipment and a variety of gym membership options. Goodlife has 76 locations across Australia and more than 200 000 members. Let’s have a look to see if a...


Review of Fitness First Gyms

Posted by April 11th 2018

Founded back in 1993, Fitness First’s philosophy is apparently to offer the best equipment, range of classes, knowledgeable staff and personal advice in a welcoming environment that helps members to achieve their fitness goals. That’s a bold claim! Fitness First operates clubs in 16 countries...


Review of Fernwood Fitness gyms

Posted by April 11th 2018

The Fernwood Fitness Women’s Health Club is a female-only gym chain. It opened in 1989 and has since expanded to 69 fitness clubs across Australia, giving 68,000 members access to women-only gym facilities. Fernwood says it aims to deliver world-class health clubs and programs, and...


Review of Anytime Fitness Gyms

Posted by April 11th 2018

Anytime Fitness is a leading 24/7 fitness franchise with one of the biggest fitness communities in Australia. Founded in 2008, Anytime Fitness has more than 440 clubs throughout Australia and over 3,300 clubs worldwide. It aims to support members in achieving their personal health and...