December 8, 2017

Why bookkeeping is important

Why bookkeeping is important Organising your finances seem overwhelming but it is one of the most essential functions of any business, no matter how large or small. According to a report published by CPA Australia, the major factor behind failure of many businesses is bad management of their financial records. Here are some of the reasons why bookkeeping is important for the survival and growth of your business and why you should keep proper books: Monitor where your money is going: When you keep proper accounting records you know exactly where your money is going and how much you are spending in each area of your business. Not checking your expenses on regular basis can result in spending too much money in certain areas and not enough in others; and the end result being not having enough left over to cover those expenses that are vital to the success of […]
December 8, 2017

Setting goals for your business

Setting goals for your business As business owner, it’s important that you take the time in setting goals and measuring how you are tracking in achieving them.  Having clear, well-defined goals can help you grow your business, achieve your objectives and impact your team in a favourable way, as everyone knows the direction they are heading in. Most goal setting is done at the beginning of a financial year as it coincides with tax reporting and makes measuring progress much easier To get started Before you even begin to write down your goals, you need to know what areas your business needs to focus on and could improve in. Some tools that could help are doing a SWOT analysis – identify your business’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, as well as Benchmarking – research similar businesses in your industry or location and compare industry averages on income, and expenses. Setting goals Setting […]
December 7, 2017

Why You Need A Bookkeeping Expert In Your Business

Why You Need A Bookkeeping Expert In Your Business The need for a bookkeeping expert in both small and medium-sized businesses is a must if they want to grow to the next level. Experts that have a good understanding of the environment in which the business operates can advise on the expenditure of funds, budgeting, planning, and forecasting of the business growth.  It helps them to offer advice and suggestions to the business owners. Unfortunately, most SMEs face financial constraints that make it difficult for them to hire and maintain experts. In this post, we’ll look at reasons that makes it mandatory for SMEs to hire bookkeeping expert. It Saves Time Bookkeeping and accounting is a complicated subject that is anchored by rules that can only be understood and implemented by experts. SMEs should hire a bookkeeping expert to help them save their valuable time keeping business records.  By partnering […]
November 10, 2017

The Importance of Estate Planning

The Importance of Estate Planning Talking about, or even contemplating death is not something that many people find pleasant.  There can also be a situation where, prior to death, you reach a stage when you can no longer make decisions for yourself, particularly with us all living longer than past generations. Hence the importance of Estate Planning. It is really important to consider what you want to happen to your assets when you pass away. If you don’t have your Estate plan in place your intended beneficiaries may not get what you wanted them to.  Your Estate plan should include a Will and possibly a plan for how you will be cared for medically and financially should you become unable to make your own decisions. It is estimated that nearly 50% of Australians die without a valid Will in place.  In these circumstances a court appointed administrator will make decisions […]
December 8, 2016

Top cyber security tips for business

Top cyber security tips for business It is important you keep all your business and client information secure. If your data is lost or compromised, it can be very difficult or very costly to recover. The ATO has developed these tips in consultation with the Cyber Security Working Group (CSWG), a group of tax practitioner industry groups and other industry partners, such as software developer associations, who are working with them to combat the growing threat of identity theft and cybercrime. Ensure your passwords are strong and secure Use multi-factor authentication where possible. Regularly change passwords, and do not share them. Multi-factor authentication requires users to provide multiple pieces of information to authenticate themselves – for example, a text message sent to your phone when logging into a website. As a business owner, remember: multi-factor authentication puts an additional layer of security on your accounts – it can make it harder for […]
December 1, 2016

Not enjoying your business? Here’s what to do about it

Not enjoying your business? Here’s what to do about it We recently came across this article on and we wanted to share it because we often hear from business owners who go through the cycle described below. If you’re not enjoying your business, there are things you can do before deciding to pack up and sell it. According to Jacob Ohlson of PowerNET IT Solutions and Cryo he believes happiness in your business involves shaking up your management and doing what you love. “The key to success is doing what you love doing,” says Jacob on the My Business Podcast. “You can’t work crazy hours a day and just do stuff all the time and love doing it if you don’t have a passion. “I was just very lucky, in that perspective, to find something that I have a passion with and I stuck with it.” Jacob says businesses have a […]
November 21, 2016

Is A Contractor Really An Employee?

Is A Contractor Really An Employee? There are so many myths about when is a contractor really an employee? Not understanding the differences could leave you in a lot of trouble with the ATO. Here’s a short video explaining more. There are a number of key determinants as to whether an employee is a contractor. Some include: Employees generally work under the direction and control of their employer, while independent contractors exercise more personal control. Employees carry no financial risk, while contractors bear the risk of making a profit or a loss from the job. Employers are paid superannuation and leave; contractors generally aren’t. Employees get tax deducted by their employers but independent contractors pay their own PAYG and GST. Like so many aspects of employment law, contracting is something you need to know more about than the people who work for you. Although it might appear to be a tax-effective decision […]
November 17, 2016

Small Business Cash Flow Crisis

Small Business Cash Flow Crisis In 2014/15, 20,018 businesses in Australia became insolvent, with inadequate cash flow being a key reason. At 30 June 2016, small business owed more than $12 billion in collectable debt, accounting for almost two-thirds of total collectable debt. Evidence shows that businesses which manage their cash flow effectively are more likely to succeed. Despite the large amount of information on cash flow management already available in the market place, it is recognised that cash flow remains a significant issue for small business. The ATO provided the following information on statistics and research: There are more than 2 million small businesses in Australia. The ATO defines a small business entity as a business with less than $2 million aggregated turnover. 96% of all Australia’s businesses are small businesses, producing over $330 billion of our nation’s total economic output. Small businesses employ 4.5 million people, almost half of […]
September 21, 2016

Scam Alert – Tax Time Is The Perfect Time For Scams

Scam Alert – Tax Time Is The Perfect Time For Scams Yet again, the ATO is warning tax payers against fraudsters attempting to scam them by posing as ATO representatives. In 2015 almost 87,000 phone and email scams were reported to the ATO, an increase of over 90 per cent from 2014. From January to May this year, the ATO has received over 40,500 phone scam reports. Of these, 226 Australians handed over $1.2 million to fraudsters and over 1900 gave out some form of personal information, including tax file numbers. Assistant Commissioner Mr Graham Whyte said that while most people were able to identify scams, it is important to remain alert during tax time. “Most Australians are pretty good at catching fraudsters in the act. This is clear from the amount of scams reported to us compared to the number of people handing over money and personal information,” Mr Whyte […]
September 21, 2016

Another Timely Warning Against Identity Theft

Another Timely Warning Against Identity Theft The ATO is reminding Australians to protect themselves against identify theft this tax time. Assistant Commissioner Graham Whyte said identity theft was more common during tax time because of the large number of people lodging tax returns. “With the amount of personal information being exchanged at tax time, it is a prime opportunity for fraudsters,” Mr Whyte said. “Highly organised crime networks use a range of methods to steal personal information in order to commit refund fraud.” In 2014-15, 32,110 cases of identity theft were reported to the ATO. Of these, 22,200 were reported during the peak processing months from July to November. Over the same period, 677 incidents of identity crime relating to refund fraud were dealt with by the ATO. Mr Whyte said there are a number of ways Australians can protect themselves against identity theft and refund fraud. It can be […]