Business Update – 03 July 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. New tax brackets kick in on 1 July. Here are some other new laws starting this financial year While we might hear about new laws at any time, often they aren’t scheduled to kick in until either a new year or a new financial year.  And with the beginning…  Read more

Business Update – 26 June 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Small businesses hoping for spending boost at tax time Small businesses are hoping for a spending boost next month fuelled by tax returns starting to land in the pockets of Australians. How to check if you’re owed a share of up to $580 million in unclaimed money Revenue NSW…  Read more

Record keeping for construction businesses

If you’re a contractor, it can be challenging to manage a hectic schedule and complex projects, all while ensuring your paperwork, documents, and contracts are in order. It’s important to keep a paper trail of your work and practice due diligence. Keeping all your working documents in order shows that you treat your business, customers, and subcontractors responsibly. This is not only a mark of professionalism but can also help…  Read more

Business Update – 19 June 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Tips for the upcoming tax cuts. Every Aussie taxpayer will receive a pay rise on July 1 with the new stage three tax cuts kicking in, and it couldn’t come at a better time as millions struggle with a cost of living crisis. No doubt some of this pay…  Read more

Business Update – 24 April 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Unemployment is better than expected, dampening hopes of an early rate cut Australia’s unemployment rate has risen slightly to 3.8 per cent after 6600 jobs were lost in March, a stronger-than-expected result that will likely end any chance of a mid-year interest rate cut. Macquarie Bank slapped with $10m fine after…  Read more

Business Update – 17 April 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Australia’s economy: A mixed bag with signs of slowdown Amidst a backdrop of economic intricacies and evolving market dynamics, Australia’s fiscal landscape is both nuanced and volatile. As the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) maintains a cautious stance, retaining the cash rate in its recent deliberations, the nation’s economic…  Read more

Employee vs Contractor – What You Need to Know

Depending on the nature of your business, you may have workers who are employees or contractors, or you may have both. Each has its merits, but it’s important to review which are which to meet your tax obligations. When you have an employee, you must withhold income tax as well as report on additional benefits. Contractors generally look after their tax obligations. It’s against the law to treat an employee…  Read more

Business Update – 10 April 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Startling images reveal the truth about who owns most major brands found in the big two supermarkets A compelling illustration by a graphic design enthusiast has revealed the sheer concentration of ownership of popular brands found in Australian supermarkets. Strolling through the aisles of a Woolworths or Coles, shoppers…  Read more

The importance of budgeting, forecasting, and setting goals for your business

If you’re like many business owners, you may find yourself struggling to understand what your finances mean or how you can use your financial information to make decisions for your business. Often we get into business because we love a product or service we want to provide. It’s not as common that we love managing the financial aspects of our business.  As a business owner, you have the best chances…  Read more

Unlocking the secrets to stellar customer service

Customer service is the heartbeat of any successful business. It’s the unsung hero, that transforms a potential disaster into an opportunity, and a mere transaction into a lifelong relationship. In the narrative of customer loyalty and retention, service is the protagonist. Your approach to customer service has the power to attract and retain customers. Why stellar customer service is key The importance of customer service for loyalty and retention cannot…  Read more

Business Update – 27 March 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Australia’s job boom sees unemployment rate fall Australia’s unemployment rate has fallen to 3.7% in February, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), with around 116,000 people starting jobs in February. Resilience of Australian Households and Businesses In its latest Financial Stability Report released today, the…  Read more

Marketing your business: where to start and how to make it easier

Marketing can feel like a daunting task for small business owners. If you’re new to the game, or maybe you’ve been in business for a while and just haven’t quite cracked the code, navigating the world of marketing can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. Your business deserves to be seen, heard, and thriving – and with the right guidance, you can make marketing work for you. Let’s…  Read more

Business Update – 13 March 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Australian economy grows ‘a little but not a lot’ Australia’s economy grew by 0.2 per cent in the December quarter, the smallest increase in more than a year but one that nonetheless pushed the nation to nine successive quarters of growth. Almost 1 million Australians are working at least two…  Read more

Tradies: How to Market Your Business

You can be great in your job but the hard truth is that without customers there won’t be any work. Many tradie businesses experience hard times or fail before they even start not because there is a lack of clients looking for the service, but simply because clients do not even know the business exists. In this blog, we look at simple marketing strategies to get more tradie jobs. 1.…  Read more

Keeping Your Team Working Together

Team alignment – one aspect of running a successful business that keeps all its moving parts working together. Aligning every member of your team to a common cause keeps everyone in stride together, motivated by each other and working towards the same goal, confident in how their day-to-day impacts the big picture. And this alignment doesn’t happen by accident. The magic lies in rallying your team around a common cause…  Read more

How to Start a Business in Australia

Venturing into a new business is both exciting and terrifying in equal measure. On one hand, you’ll finally be the boss, the master of your own destiny who’s pursuing success in something that you’re truly passionate about. On the other hand, you now have a laundry list of things that you need to tick off before you even start to ensure everything kicks off smoothly. Whereas working for someone else…  Read more

The Basics of Managing Cash in Your Business

When it comes to the financial management of any business, it’s often said that Cash Is King! Whether your business is growing or struggling, managing the flow of cash in your business effectively is absolutely essential, and for many, it’s the key to business survival. You’ve probably heard the statistic that over 60% of businesses that fair is still profitable, but just ran out of cash. If you’ve used a…  Read more

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

Tips for Keeping Your Business Data Secure

It’s no secret that data loss can be a costly nightmare for a small business, with recent estimates citing the total cost of data breaches exceeding $2.1 trillion by 2019. Unfortunately, cyber attackers increasingly target small businesses because they are less likely to have security protection in place. Accidental loss or loss due to a natural disaster can be just as harmful to a business, with recovery efforts and delays…  Read more

Why Bookkeeping is Crucial to Your Success

Keeping track of sales, earnings, expenses, and purchases is fundamental to the overall health and sustainability of your business. Effective bookkeeping produces the data you need to evaluate your current practices, anticipate challenges, and set attainable future goals. But despite their proven importance, many business owners dread and avoid accounting tasks. In fact, 40% of surveyed entrepreneurs claim that bookkeeping is one the worst parts of running a business! Wondering…  Read more

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