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Adapting your business is just good business.

Tips to Adapt Your Small Business During the Pandemic As COVID-19 continues to impact the way businesses operate and consumers shop, many small businesses may struggle to stay afloat, let alone thrive. Below are some of the simple, yet effective, ways on how you can build a stronger brand, earn more sales, and survive in these uncertain times. Showcase locally-made products Now, more than ever, consumers want to buy from…  Read more

Cloud Accounting – better business

Technology is a tool and a means to an end. How does it help you? make your business run better make your life easier give you control information at your fingertips access to real time support from our team option for our bookkeepers to do it all for you We are here to help. What is cloud accounting? Accounting moves from your desktop computer to your fingertips. Cloud accounting software…  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

Three reasons why you need small business insurance

If your small business operates on a tight budget you might be tempted to eliminate costs that you think aren’t necessary. Often small business owners choose to go without business insurance as a way of saving money, but doing so can be incredibly costly in the long run. Business insurance is something that may seem like an unnecessary expense in the short term, but is worth the cost now in…  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

Do you have more questions this tax time?

What a year! We don’t need to tell you that this year has been “unprecedented”. With so many stimulus packages, support programs, tax changes and business shutdowns this financial year is set to be like we’ve never seen before. Oddly enough, amongst all the upheaval, rarely have we felt so enthusiastic about the opportunities for people and businesses who are open to new ideas and who are looking for guidance…  Read more

Payroll and Payment Summaries – what you need to know

The introduction of Single Touch Payroll (STP) has meant that tax time this year will be a little different. Under the new system employers must report pay, taxes and superannuation information directly to the ATO every payday through STP. Employers using STP will not give employees a payment summary as they usually would at this time of year. Instead, employees will get an end-of-year income statement in ATO online services…  Read more

Surviving and Thriving in a Recession

The pains caused by a recession can be brutal and most of us dread the thought. A recession can mean massive layoffs, fewer jobs and wages frozen, which means consumers spend less and in turn worsening the economic slowdown. If we look at the effects of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008, between December 2008 and December 2010, about 1.8 million small businesses closed. According to Investopedia one decade…  Read more

Are you a caterpillar or a butterfly? Questions to ask post COVID.

As small business operators emerge post COVID, there are some important business questions to ask. These questions will help determine whether your business model is working and if there are additional changes you want to make to protect your business through future economic downturns or volatility. Will you remain the same old caterpillar or a change and improve like a butterfly? 1. What worked and what didn’t work in my…  Read more

Efficient business systems really pay off

You run a business, you take a risk. The aim is generally to provide income to support your lifestyle and family and freedom to be your own boss. For too many business owners, their business is a harder task master than any boss they have ever reported to. We know there is a better way… Too many businesses fall over or fail to achieve their potential because the owner has…  Read more

Instant Asset Write-Off Extended

Good news! This week the government announced that the Instant Asset Write-off has been extended for six months, taking the initiative to 31 December 2020. Australian businesses with less than $500 million annual turnover will be able to take advantage of the write-off and invest in assets to support their business. This government initiative is designed to help the economy reopen and boost economic growth. The instant asset write-off applies…  Read more

Business lessons learned during COVID-19

Image from The Spirit Business If you’re like many business owners you’re probably astounded by how the world changed in a very short time, and now it seems to have changed all over again! While we can all hope that the pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime scenario, the truth is there is a lot in life and in business that is uncertain, and there is a great deal we can learn…  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

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

Extension time to apply for JobKeeper

Extension of time to enrol for the JobKeeper scheme The Commissioner has extended the time to enrol for the initial JobKeeper periods, from 30 April 2020 until 31 May 2020. If you enrol by 31 May you can still claim for the fortnights in April and May, provided you meet all the eligibility requirements for each of those fortnights. This includes having paid your employees by the appropriate date for each fortnight. For the first…  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

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