Five Ways to Manage a Healthy Cash Flow

We cannot stress further the importance of properly managing your cash flow to ensure the smooth running of your business. However, in times of crisis such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this becomes more than important– managing your cash becomes a necessity for survival. If you are experiencing cash flow troubles, here are five things you can do to manage your cash flow better. Check your expenses. Now is the…  Read more

Christmas Parties and Presents – and Tax!

Christmas is a great time to acknowledge and reward your employees and other associates by celebrating and giving gifts. But don’t get caught out by entertainment rules! Claiming entertainment and gifts as business expenses is not always straight-forward, as there are implications for GST, income tax and fringe benefits tax (FBT). Is it Entertainment? Entertainment is generally not a deductible business expense. Entertainment rules can be tricky, but in general,…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 25 November 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s updates and some ideas that will help us all overcome this crisis. Australia Opens Up More Borders in Domestic Travel Australia will lift more internal state border restrictions in a boost for tourism as new COVID-19 cases slow to a trickle, while the first vaccines could be available…  Read more

New Rules for Super Age Limits and Work Test

Changes to superannuation legislation in July 2020 have adjusted the rules around age limits and the work test, allowing older workers to continue making superannuation contributions. Super Contributions Superannuation guarantee contributions made by employers on behalf of employees can be paid into the employee’s super fund, for workers of any age. For other contributions, (after-tax, pre-tax, government and spouse contributions), individuals need to satisfy a work test before the super…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 18 November 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s updates and some ideas that will help us all overcome this crisis. 6-Day Lockdown Ordered in South Australia The state of South Australia will begin a 6-day lockdown at midnight on Wednesday, with schools, universities, bars and cafes closed. Only one person from each household will be allowed to…  Read more

Building a Better Business in 10 Steps

You’re in business, congratulations, that takes courage and commitment. It’s not easy, and at times you might question why you’re even doing it, particularly after the impact Covid-19 and the associated lockdowns had on business. But you’re here because you had a vision. You decided being in business was a better way to achieve that vision than working for someone else. And, you’re right; you just have to work on…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 11 November 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s updates and some ideas that will help us all overcome this crisis. No locally acquired cases for the first time since Feb! Great news this week for Victoria who recorded 12 days with no new COVID-19 cases, and the rest of the country as Australia recorded its third…  Read more

8 things your invoice needs in order to get paid faster

Invoice So you’ve set up your business and sold some products and services. Now, you have to send an invoice to collect your payment. But what should you include on your invoices in order to get paid faster? Even if you’ve been running your business for a while, you might be missing other information that you should include. So here is a step-by-step guide on what to include on your…  Read more

What’s involved in setting up a Self Managed Super Fund?

Oawpost What Is A Smsf What is a Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) and how do you go about setting one up? The general consensus is that there are less fees and you have greater control on how your money is invested and so by taking control of your Superannuation YOU can make more money and retire on a larger amount. It’s also a tempting prospect for small business owners…  Read more

Balance passion and planning when you pitch for funding

Seeking outside funding for your business is a big step. Whether you’re looking to start a new business or expand an existing one, it makes sense to feel a little nervous. But if you combine your passion for your business with detailed financials and meticulous planning, there’s nothing to be afraid of. Have a plan, know your stuff and add some spark Investors want to know that you have a…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 4 November 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s updates and some ideas that will help us all overcome this crisis. Victoria Reports No COVID-19 Cases For Fifth Straight Day Victoria, Australia’s coronavirus hotspot, reported zero COVID-19 cases for the fifth straight day as states started easing regional border restrictions. This increases the prospects for a faster…  Read more

The top 10 time wasters

We all have the same 1,440 minutes each day, but some of us achieve so much more than others. How can we free up time to help lead a better business and ultimately achieve a happier life? The top 10 time wasters: 1. Lack of clear goals. Start by setting clear 12 month goals, then break these down into 90 day goals. Your actions each day should be steps towards…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 28 October 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s updates and some ideas that will help us all overcome this crisis. Australia Starts Fourth Quarter on Stronger Economic Footing Flash Australia PMI signals faster output growth in October as COVID-19 restrictions loosen. The IHS Markit Flash Australia Composite PMI, covering both manufacturing and service sectors, increased from…  Read more

Contractor or Employee – What You Need to Know

What is the difference between a contractor and an employee and whose responsibility is it to get right? An employee works in the business and is integral to that business has rights and entitlements under the Fair Work Act 2009 has a reasonable expectation of ongoing work, agreed hours and duties is covered by the employer’s workers compensation insurance is paid superannuation guarantee. A contractor is actively running and advertising…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 21 October 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Lately, economists have been talking about a “K-shaped” recovery from the current recession. As this article in The Conversation explains, this kind of recovery happens when different parts of the economy recover at different rates. White-collar workers who can more easily work remotely may have an easier and faster path to recovery than…  Read more

Setting sales targets

Setting sales targets for your business is standard practice for any aspirational, growing company. If you’re going to stretch the sales and marketing teams, it’s important to have clear, unambiguous targets for them to aim for. But what happens when a crisis looms? In uncertain times it’s more than likely that your pre-crisis sales targets will effectively become unrealistic and impractical for your teams to use. So, how do you…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 14 October 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Proposed Superannuation Reform Measures The Government has announced that it will spend $159.6 million over the next four years to implement a number of reforms to the superannuation system that will save fund members $18 billion in fees and other costs between now and 2030. The key…  Read more

2020-21 Australian Federal Budget announced

The Federal budget was announced on Tuesday 6th October after a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said it would focus heavily on job creation in order to pull the country out of the economic crisis it faces. With uncertainty remaining until a vaccine for Covid-19 is available, there will likely be more announcements as circumstances change over time. Some of the key measures in the budget…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 7 October 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Federal Budget 2020 Released The Federal Budget was released earlier this week. Here’s a quick rundown of the key points: This budget is based on economic assumptions including that there will be a COVID-19 vaccine rolled out by the end of 2021. Asset write off – businesses…  Read more

Cutting costs or increasing your prices? We can help

With more than 85% of SMEs expecting a lower profit in the next nine months, the more prepared you can be for the unexpected, the better. Managing expenses is a good idea at any stage in your business and you may need to consider increasing your prices. Smart ways to get your costs under control Cashflow has been a big issue for thousands of businesses this year, and when the…  Read more

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