Adapting your small business to a slower economy – tips and advice

It’s hard to go a day without reading something in the news about the state of the economy. Whether it’s interest rates rising or the cost of living, there’s no getting around the fact that in 2023 there are many doing it tougher than a few years ago. But while there are some economic challenges for individuals and businesses, it’s important to not go too far down the rabbit hole.…  Read more

Superannuation Guarantee Increase – 1 July 2023

For small business owners and payroll managers, staying up-to-date on the latest superannuation changes is essential. And, with the Australian Superannuation Guarantee (SG) set to increase from 10.5% to 11% from 1st July 2023, it’s important to understand what this means and how it could affect your business. As an employer, this increase, and subsequent increases, will have an impact on your payroll management and accounting systems. Here’s what you…  Read more

Business Update – 7 June 2023

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Be ready – recession or not Businesses should be prepared for a recession, even if one is not imminent. Planning ahead and having a strategy in place can help businesses survive and even thrive during a recession. This includes having a cash reserve, reducing costs, and diversifying income streams.…  Read more

Mastering the basics: A guide to accounting principles for small business owners

As a small business owner, you know that managing your finances is crucial to the success of your business. But with so many accounting principles and practices out there, it can be challenging to know where to start. That’s where we come in! In this guide, we’ll break down the essential accounting principles that every small business owner should know. We’ll discuss how these principles can help you keep track…  Read more

Crafting the ideal successor for your business

Crafting the ideal successor for your business When you’re busy running and growing your business, it’s generally not a priority to think about who will take over when you can’t or don’t want to be so involved. Transitioning leadership can be a challenging task. It demands an insightful and systematic approach to ensure that the process runs smoothly. Achieving a successful handover requires detailed and strategic planning that will benefit…  Read more

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses In our digital age, cybersecurity is a crucial aspect of running any business. Cybersecurity breaches could lead to not only data theft but also reputational and financial loss. Hence, it’s imperative to establish robust cybersecurity measures to protect your business and customers’ sensitive information. Here are some cybersecurity practices that could help safeguard your online presence. 1. Invest in Security Software: One…  Read more

What the 2023 Federal Budget means for you

The Australian Government unveiled its annual budget this week, which aims to stimulate economic growth, address long-term challenges, and improve social services. The budget is focused on helping with the cost of living, with tax cuts for middle and low-income earners, while also allocating funding to health, education, and small businesses. If you have any questions about how this budget affects you, please get in touch. Tax Cuts One of…  Read more

Business Update – 10 May 2023

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Australia to deliver first budget surplus in 15 years Australia is set to deliver its first budget surplus in 15 years, with a small surplus of around A$4 billion for the fiscal year ending June and deficit estimates for subsequent years also decreased. Australia to ban public vaping in…  Read more

How small start-ups can level the playing field against established competitors

Starting a small business is both exciting and daunting. While the entrepreneurial spirit may drive you to take the leap of faith, the reality is that you may be entering a market that has already attracted some large competitors. It can be intimidating to think about competing against larger, more established competitors, but it’s not impossible. Here are some steps you can take to help your small business take on…  Read more

Unlocking the secrets of small business cash flow

When it comes to running a small business, maintaining a healthy cash flow is essential for sustainability and growth. Your business can be incredibly profitable but still ultimately fail because of improper cash flow management. To prevent that from happening, here are some best practices that can help you better manage your cash flow and maintain the financial health of your small business. Remember, the key to success is to…  Read more

Business Update – 15 March 2023

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Australian markets take a hit after multiple US banks collapse Australian markets experienced a sharp decline on Tuesday after multiple banks collapsed in the United States. The ASX200 opened down 1.6% and fell a further 2%, wiping out all gains made this calendar year, with financials bearing the brunt.…  Read more

Financially Savvy Women: 5 Strategies to Improve Your Financial Literacy

It is well established that financial literacy is a key component of financial independence. The more you know and understand about finance, the better equipped you are to make important decisions. Historically, women have had lower financial literacy scores than men for many reasons, including social norms, a lack of access to resources, and needing to focus on other issues. That said, women are living longer than men and studies…  Read more

Business Update – 8 March 2023

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Inflation is still a concern as the economy slowly recovers Australia’s economy has recovered better than most from the COVID pandemic and is now 7% larger than before. But experts say that ongoing inflation is a continuing concern for everyday affordability. Mental health is a major concern as the…  Read more

Return on investment vs cost: how to weigh them when making business purchases

Deciding to purchase something to help your business is a big decision. It can be difficult to part with hard-earned money, especially in the early days. To understand the right time to invest by purchasing something for your business, you must calculate whether the Return on Investment (ROI) would be profitable. The cost is the amount of money you spend making the purchase, plus any indirect costs (such as training…  Read more

7 tips to help your small business adjust for inflation

Inflation has ballooned worldwide in recent months, and there’s no question that small businesses are feeling the pinch. Supplies cost more, employees are hard to find, and your profits are shrinking. It’s undoubtedly challenging, but you can weather the storm with the following tips. 1. Study your data Your numbers are always helpful, but in times of rapid inflation, you’ll be especially thankful that you keep a nice, clean set…  Read more

What is a balance sheet and how does it help me manage my finances?

You’ve likely heard the phrase “in the black.” Your balance sheet is the tool that shows you whether your business is indeed “in the black.” Your balance sheet includes a section for your assets (things you own or will receive that have value), your liabilities (what you owe to others) and equity (retained earnings and funds from investors) at a specific time. The relationship between these three sections shows how…  Read more

Christmas FAQ’s

Christmas Bonus Payments Employees are often paid a bonus around the time of Christmas. Generally, the bonus is paid for performance over the past year – in this case, when it is classified as a “one-off bonus”, it is taxed only in the current financial year. If the business is paying a bonus for a defined period of less than 12 months, there is a choice to either calculate the required…  Read more

Business name renewal scams

One of the processes business owner’s may need assistance with from time to time, is the Business Name renewal requirement as requested by ASIC – The Australian Securities and Investment Commission. Business Name renewals should be completed via the ASIC Connect website or via an email that will be sent to the Business Owner, which will include a “Pay Now” option. Renewal options are for either 1 year (possibly a good…  Read more

TPAR – What is it and are you required to lodge

What is TPAR Taxable payments annual report or TPAR is an industry-specific report for businesses to report the total amounts paid to contractors. TPAR was introduced to assist the ATO with their data matching processes.  The reach of TPAR has been extended over the years to include more industries.   Relevant Industries If your business is in the following industries, you may need to lodge a TPAR Building and constructions…  Read more

EOFY Client Checklist – post 30 June

So 30 June has passed, its now time to finalise EOFY and handover to your BAS Agent and or Accountant. Here are the next steps for your review/action.   XERO TIP – save all documents in Files for easy collaboration & archiving   Bank, Loan and Credit Card Statements Provide a copy of all bank, loan and credit card statements for June.  Even if there is a bank feed, a…  Read more

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