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Grow Your Family Business While Preserving Family Relationships

Family business owners often share a similar goal – to grow the business and pass it on to the next generation. While keeping the business in the family and getting to work with your parents, siblings, or children can be rewarding, managing and growing a family-owned business isn’t without its challenges. Conflicting views on business and family matters such as succession of power, rivalry, favoritism, and disposition of assets often…  Read more

Creating your business to-do list

When you’re a small business owner, your to-do list is often long and constantly growing. There are an overwhelming number of things need to be done and it can seem they’re all urgent. It’s easy to push important tasks to the side and focus on less-vital activities but that often means you miss deadlines, make mistakes and feel as though you’re always trying to catch up. Create a list and…  Read more

Preparing for the end of JobKeeper

Since the government announced the $70-billion JobKeeper program to support businesses and their employees, many businesses have relied on the scheme to stay afloat. Others have been grateful for the cash boost that made the way for smoother sailing. Phase one of Jobkeeper comes to an end on 28 September and not all businesses are eligible for the next relief package. According to a recent survey by the Australian Institute…  Read more

Battling Through COVID-19: Finance Tips for Business Survival

We’ve heard this before: the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global health and financial crisis that has caught many off guard. While the threats to human life are very real, the damage to the health of businesses is really just starting to show. The seriousness of the disease and the lack of a vaccine (at the time of writing this) have prompted governments around the world to impose strict measures…  Read more

Business Update – August 2020

Our August update is designed to keep you informed of the latest options available to business in response to Covid. Cashflow Boost Estimator Employers who are eligible to receive cashflow boosts can calculate the credits they may receive using the FREE cashflow boost estimator which you can download here. Those who received an initial round of cashflow boost will be eligible for a second round of assistance when they lodge…  Read more

JobKeeper to continue for eligible business until March

The Jobkeeper scheme has been extended but wage subsidies have been cut and eligibility has been tightened. A second phase of the JobKeeper program will run to March 28, 2021 Two tiers of JobKeeper will be introduced, based on hours employees worked in February 2020. The higher tier payment for those who worked 20 hours or more each week in February will be eligible for the $1,200 a fortnight payment…  Read more

JobKeeper changes coming in September

The government has announced changes to the JobKeeper scheme. The Treasury’s review found that the subsidy was still “needed” but required a “test to ensure that JobKeeper is well targeted”. Where a business has qualified and is receiving JobKeeper, then payments for eligible employees will continue until 27 September with no changes regardless of turnover improvements. Who will qualify past 27 September? We expect very few WA businesses will qualify.…  Read more

Finding money within your business

Times are tough for business owners. Many small businesses are experiencing cash flow problems from time to time and urgently need working capital. While many business owners immediately think of the bank or loans when they’re short of money, there are other resources you can tap before you ask for that expensive overdraft or overdraft extension. The money you need might already be there—locked up in inventory, assets or your…  Read more

Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty

On 6 March 2020, just as COVID-19 was starting to cause mayhem, the government passed legislation for a Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty. The amnesty allows employers to disclose and pay previously unpaid Super Guarantee Charge, including nominal interest, that they owe to their employees for past quarters (1 July 1992 to 31 March 2018). Despite intense lobbying for an extension, no changes have been announced and the Amnesty is due to…  Read more

Tax tips for business owners

Seamless bookkeeping and accounting You want to avoid paying more than you should come tax time. Part of that is ensuring you have well organised and recorded financial records. When tax time comes around, are you ready or scrambling last minute for missing financial records? Business owners have a lot on their plate and can easily lose track of an approaching tax deadline or financial data needed to submit returns.…  Read more

How to build a cash war chest when money is tight

Your “war chest” is the financial reserve your business has built up. Your war chest helps you take advantage of opportunities or cover unexpected costs or emergencies such as the current Covid pandemic. Building a cash reserve when finances are tight, however, can be difficult. You need money to continue running your business while attempting to keep your reserve account healthy. To begin you should download a cashflow scenario planner…  Read more

How to market and sell remotely – free webinar

We’ve teamed up with our Website provider Bizink to bring you a free webinar on how to market and sell remotely. They’ve been 100% remote for seven years but have built a global business and they want to share how they did it with you. I’ve attended webinars from them in the past and they are always practical and useful. They are going to cover everything from slide decks, proposals…  Read more

JobKeeper Eligibility Tests

The ATO has just released Alternative Tests for the JobKeeper payment which expands eligibility from the initial basic test. This is good news for many businesses, particularly startups, those affected by last year’s droughts and those with variable revenues. Basic Test If you satisfy the eligibility requirements for the basic test, you can ignore the alternative tests below. The basic test is satisfied where your projected GST turnover for the…  Read more

‘Job Keeper’ payment makes up Government’s 3rd stimulus package

As we try to catch a breath from all the chaos going on with Coronavirus, we just got word of the Australian Government’s latest stimulus package. This package focuses on the ‘job keeper’ payment, aimed at helping businesses keep their staff, which will be a lifeline for many people over the coming months. Here a quick overview of what it means: Employers and sole traders will be able to apply…  Read more

What the Coronavirus Stimulus Package means for you

It’s hard to escape the news of the Coronavirus as it continues to have a huge impact on people across the world. Closer to home, the Morrison Government has announced a stimulus package in response to the anticipated economic downturn. This package includes a number of economic stimulus measures for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 income years, with most of targeted at helping small to medium-sized businesses. Here to help But…  Read more

Cash flow – Where does the money go?!

Join the small business train. You’re working all hours, making sales, invoicing clients but it seems that all of us ask the same question, “Where does all the money go?” When you own a small business, it’s vital you understand how money flows into and out. At a basic level, you need to know where your income comes from and what your expenses are. At a deeper level, knowing how…  Read more

Is DIY bookkeeping holding you back?

Small business owners can enjoy diversity and job satisfaction by being involved in all aspects of their business. Involvement in all areas of your business allows you to use a variety of skills which challenge you and keep work interesting. Very few operators however, enjoy doing the books. Many business owners do their own bookkeeping under the assumption they will save money. Time spent on the books is less time delivering…  Read more

Technology toolbox for trades

When you run your own trade business, your life involves long days on job sites managing projects, staff and clients. Often we see successful business operators working so hard they find no time for invoicing and bookkeeping. Thanks to a variety of online software companies, running your business is now a lot easier. You can efficiently manage your projects, employees, finances and records on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone.…  Read more

Customer Service is Key

Small business owners know that to find a loyal customer base, you have to stand out from your competitors. One of the best, and easiest, ways to do that is to have outstanding customer service. How you treat your customers reflects on your entire business. Your customers deserve to be treated well. They are supporting your business. Many small business owners focus a lot of attention on their products and…  Read more

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