Top 10 time wasters to avoid

We all have the same 1,440 minutes each day, but some of us achieve so much more than others. How can we free up time to help lead a better business and ultimately achieve a happier life? The top 10 time wasters: 1. Lack of clear goals. Start by setting clear 12 month goals, then break these down into 90 day goals. Your actions each day should be steps towards…  Read more

Delivering the Goods: Are our buying habits driving industrial property demand?

In 2020, many retail businesses have pivoted their models to incorporate delivery – as opposed to traditional ‘bricks and mortar’. Some businesses are switching back now that restrictions are easing, but not all. So how is this changing the commercial property landscape? The new, newer normal In a year full of uncertainties, there’s no doubt that our love of home-delivered, on-demand online shopping has shown no signs of slowing. In…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 9 December 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s updates and some ideas that will help us all overcome this crisis. Australia Bounces Out of Recession As Economy Grows 3.3% Australia’s economy grew by 3.3% in the third quarter as it rebounded from its first recession in nearly 30 years. This rebound in Q3 GDP reversed around…  Read more

12-step checklist for hiring employees

Hiring employees can be extremely time-consuming, but it’s important if you want to grow your business. If you get the process right, you’ll ensure you hire the right people. And if you look after your employees, they’ll stay with you longer and your business will perform better. Here are 12 steps to follow in your next hiring process: Create a clear job description Determine who is doing the recruiting Ensure…  Read more

Getting together remotely this Christmas?

By this time of year, we would usually have our venues booked and menus sorted for the end of year staff gathering! But this year many businesses are having to gather remotely instead. If you haven’t already got a plan or organised a date for your staff, start planning now before everybody’s calendars fill up. Get Creative The office party held online can be as fun and creative as you…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 2 December 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s updates and some ideas that will help us all overcome this crisis. South Australia Now Open to Victoria Since 12.01am on Tuesday, the border with Victoria has been reopened, allowing travel between the two states. Victorians entering South Australia are still required to fill in an online permit…  Read more

Covid-19 and Personal Insurance

We have all taken physical safety measures to protect ourselves and our loved ones through this pandemic. Just as wearing a mask, social distancing and increasing sanitation help protect your family from Covid, life insurance can help protect them if you get ill or injured. Covid-19 has a lot of Aussies thinking about the impacts of major injuries or illnesses and how their family would cope if the dominant, or…  Read more

The parent trap: should you loan to your kids to help them buy?

More young people are turning to parents for financial assistance with the purchase of their first home, but is lending money from ‘the bank of mum & dad’ a good idea? Or should you be guiding your children towards other options? The ‘Great Australian Dream’ has always centred around owning property, and as a parent, it’s only natural to want to help your kids enter the property market as early…  Read more

Common Myths About Work Expense Deductions

Every year we hear the same myths floating around our clients regarding what they can and can’t claim for work expenses. While Covid-19 has resulted in some changes, all the following remain myths.   Myth: Everyone can automatically claim $150 for clothing and laundry, 5000 km under the cents per kilometre method for car expenses, or $300 for work-related expenses, even if they didn’t spend the money. Fact: There is no such thing…  Read more

Finding a business idea that fits you

Every business starts with an idea. It might be a crazy concept that’s never been done before or a twist on a common product or service. It might be something everyone will want, or it might fill a tiny niche in the market. There’s no single way to find the best business idea – it’s about finding the one that suits you best. So how do you do that? Find…  Read more

More than home loans: brokers can help with business finance too

Most Australians know mortgage brokers can help them find a home loan that meets their requirements. What a lot of people don’t realise is brokers can also help small business owners secure the right commercial finance for their business too. Many small business owners use the equity in their homes to cover their start-up and expansion costs. It’s often the only option in the early days but, as your business…  Read more

Get Out Of Town: Are rural areas the new Australian property hotspots?

2020 has seen a serious slowdown in city property markets, but some rural real estate agents say they’re busier than ever. So, is this simply a result of the pandemic? Or a trend that’s set to keep growing after COVID-19 is gone? The fact is, most of us have spent a lot more time indoors this year than ever before, and now that lockdowns and travel restrictions have started to…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 18 November 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s updates and some ideas that will help us all overcome this crisis. 6-Day Lockdown Ordered in South Australia The state of South Australia will begin a 6-day lockdown at midnight on Wednesday, with schools, universities, bars and cafes closed. Only one person from each household will be allowed…  Read more

Safeguard your business with simple checks and processes

Being able to trust your team is gold standard but introducing a few simple processes ensures that is much harder for someone to abuse your trust. Think about these tips to safeguard your business and keep your trusted relationships strong. Housekeeping Good systems make it easy to understand and hard to hide things. If you have a system, make sure it’s documented. They don’t have to be complicated. For instance,…  Read more

Navigating your first home loan application

Increase your chances of a fast approval with a well-prepared first home loan application. We’ll show you how. Although applying for your first home loan may be the biggest financial decision you’ll make, it doesn’t need to be an overwhelming one. With the right preparation, a realistic understanding of your financial position and some professional guidance from a good mortgage broker, you can position yourself as an attractive first home…  Read more

Living above the line – how winners behave

There are three winning behaviours and three responses that’ll sink your team. Are you living above the line? If not, you need to get there, as it’s the easiest way to transform workplace culture and team performance. Here’s how, using the OARBED behaviour model: The acronym starts with OAR – when behaving above the line, one takes: Ownership. Accountability. Responsibility. Below the line, BED, is defined as: Blame. Excuse. Deny. No matter what, reacting in these…  Read more

How does an accountant save you money?

Turning a profit will be high on your list of goals as a business owner. And if you want to generate the best margins, that means keeping an eye on the money that’s going out of the business, as well as what’s coming in. So, how can your accountant help with this? The days where your accountant just did the bookkeeping, compiled your accounts and filed your tax return are…  Read more

You should be using two factor authentication

For small business owners, the risk of data breaches and fraud is high, so taking all the necessary steps to protect your sensitive data is a must. Unfortunately for many entrepreneurs, the decision to increase their company’s data protection comes too late – after they’ve been victimised by a malicious hacker. The good news is, simple and inexpensive steps can be taken to avoid being hacked. According to a recent study,…  Read more

Growing your business with referrals

Did you know that peer recommendations are about 2.5 times more effective than other marketing efforts? Referred business is generally more valuable in the long run too, as it generates better margins combined with higher retention. Instead of focusing your efforts tirelessly investing in advertising, direct mail, email marketing, and cold calling to generate new business, look at the opportunity that lies within your existing business. Developing your unique referral…  Read more

Why location is crucial when buying an investment property

The first thing most of us look at when selecting an investment property is its location. If the property itself isn’t quite right, you can always renovate, but it’s not as easy to move a house to a better location. That’s why you should consider the location carefully. Here are some of the most important things to look for. Love thy neighbour Before you buy, familiarise yourself with the local…  Read more

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