Unpacking the 2024 Federal Budget: What you need to know

When Treasurer Jim Chalmers handed down the 2024-25 Federal Budget on 14 May 2024, it was clear that the government had a diverse range of objectives. From offering tax cuts to supporting vulnerable groups, the budget is packed with measures aimed at stimulating economic growth and providing relief. Let’s unpack the key points from this […]

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5 common payroll implementation errors you can easily avoid

Managing payroll might not be the most thrilling part of running your business, but it’s an important one. Payroll errors can lead to disgruntled employees, hefty fines and legal troubles. Let’s make sure you’re set up for success and can easily dodge these common pitfalls: 1. Not Staying Updated with Legislation Things are always changing. […]

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How to create good habits in business

If you’re like most small business owners, there are never enough hours in the day to complete every task on your list. Often you’re faced with prioritising what you need to do right now – deal with a customer, meet a deadline, attend an event – and the things you know you should do for […]

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Are you feeling the squeeze?

With rising interest rates and inflation soaring, households are dealing with higher borrowing costs, leaving them with less disposable income to spend. That means businesses are feeling the pinch, and to make matters worse, staff shortages are adding to the pressure. Sales decline affects all businesses. Almost every sector is experiencing a downturn. Building companies, […]

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How to manage payroll effectively

Payroll is one of those things that starts out simply enough. You start your business, hire a few employees, and things tick along pretty well. It’s straightforward enough to keep everything in line at first, but what happens to most companies is… they grow! This is a great thing, but it also means that payroll […]

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The three most important financial reports

While many small business owners prefer brainstorming new ideas to pouring over financial reports, getting a handle on financial analysis can be remarkably empowering. Taking the time to regularly review financial statements can help you assess and improve current performance, avoid risk and make scalable plans for future growth. Protect your company’s financial health by […]

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The “Dos” and “Don’ts” of claiming expenses

Did you know?  The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has very specific rules for claiming a deduction for expenses.  “The Dos” On this webpage,the ATO shares what it calls ‘the three golden rules for claiming your business expenses’. We call them the “Dos”. They are:  ‘The money must have been spent for your business (not a private […]

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Understanding and improving working capital

When it comes to running a thriving business, understanding and effectively managing your working capital is crucial. Essentially, working capital is the cash readily available for the day-to-day running of operations. The more protracted the business cycle, the higher the working capital requirement tends to be. Your goal? To ensure you have enough working capital […]

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Three ways to speed up invoicing

Everyone likes making money, especially small business owners. Invoicing, however, is typically one of the tasks that small business owners like the least. Chores like creating and sending invoices get set aside for other duties that are seen as more enjoyable or even more urgent. You tell yourself you’ll get around to it tomorrow, but […]

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5 ways outsourcing payroll can help you

When you start a business, you’re typically your only employee and payroll is about as simple as it gets. But as you grow, you hopefully find yourself in the position of needing to take on more employees. Before you know it, what was once a very straightforward task becomes a giant undertaking that’s sucking up […]

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8 Ways to Manage People Better

Good people management comes through experience. Courses will teach you the theories, but there is no substitute for day-to-day practice managing staff and their issues. Giving yourself a head start with a common-sense approach and a healthy respect for everyone you come into contact with can help to develop a happy and productive workforce. Don’t […]

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Differences between BAS and IAS

Running a business comes with a lot of financial responsibilities, and as a business owner, you’ve probably come across terms like BAS (Business Activity Statement) and IAS (Instalment Activity Statement). While they may sound similar, understanding the differences between these two statements is crucial for maintaining compliance and staying on top of your tax obligations. […]

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Bookkeeping Basics for Small Business Owners

On average, small business owners spend 10 hours each week recording, organising, and processing financial transactions – everything from accounts receivable and payable, to employee payments, expense receipts and supplier invoices. While the process may be time-consuming (and tedious!), effective bookkeeping is the foundation of sound financial management – which in turn, is the lifeblood […]

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Efficient business systems really pay off

Too many businesses fall over because the owner has not established efficient business systems. This typically happens because the business owner is so caught up in the day-to day running of the business that the fundamentals of good business management get forgotten. Often too it must be said that the owner simply doesn’t like bookkeeping […]

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The ultimate guide to improving business cash flow

In the business world, cash flow remains the lifeblood that keeps your operations running smoothly. Whether you’re a start-up finding your feet or a seasoned business, maintaining a steady cash flow can be quite a challenge. But a few small changes can make a world of difference to your cash flow and overall revenue. So, […]

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