6 Reasons Why You Should Raise Your Prices

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There comes a time for every small business to raise their prices. While it may seem scary, remember that it’s your job to keep prices fair, both for you and your customers. That means you have to charge prices that work for you and allow you to remain in business. Read on for six reasons to raise your prices. Your costs have grown The thing about inflation is that everyone…  Read more

Business Update – 17 August 2022

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Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Economist predicts rising interest rates will soon finally ease Independent economist Saul Eslake predicts that interest rates will settle somewhere around 2.5% by the end of the year. Vegetable prices set to get back on track Growers are reporting that they are starting to catch up after flooding devastated…  Read more

5 ways to combat inflation

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It seems that every news outlet is sounding the alarm about high inflation these days. While it might sound like it’s time to panic, you don’t have to. With a few adjustments, you can handily fight off inflation and possibly even benefit from the current economic climate. Read on to discover 5 ways you can combat inflation and make your money work harder for you. Find out what you spend…  Read more

Business Update – 10 August 2022

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Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Markets continue to wobble The ASX followed Wall Street’s shaky lead last week, closing flat. Traders are reacting to a handful of uncertainties including surging inflation, recession fears, ongoing supply chain issues, and record low unemployment. What rising interest rates mean for those who don’t have a mortgage It’s…  Read more

Practice Update

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August 2022 Tax time focus on rental property income and deductions The ATO is focusing on four major concerns this tax season when it comes to rental properties. Concern 1: Include all rental income When preparing tax returns, make sure all rental income is included, such as from short-term rental arrangements, renting part of a home, and other rental-related income like insurance payouts and rental bond money retained. Concern 2:…  Read more

Business Update – 3 August 2022

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Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Business Council suggests rebranding to entice overseas workers To help weather the storm of high inflation, supply chain issues, and a skilled worker shortfall, Business Council of Australia released a paper proposing we “rebrand” to convince foreign workers to relocate here and help the economy. Economy in trouble as…  Read more

5 ways outsourcing payroll can help you

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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 most of your time. This is when it makes sense to outsource your payroll. While…  Read more

What is lifestyle planning and how does it affect my finances?

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When you think of financial planning, you probably imagine ways to increase your wealth, such as making a budget, reviewing what’s coming in and going out, and creating a plan for how to make the most of your money. You may think of investing in stocks or bonds, or of starting a retirement fund. Perhaps you think of saving for a major expense, like a home or education for your…  Read more

Business Update – 27 July 2022

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Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Mortgage payment struggles lie ahead for homeowners RBA Deputy Governor Michelle Bullock estimates that 30 percent of homeowners will struggle to make mortgage payments as interest rates rise. Payment increases of 40 percent may be seen among homeowners who took advantage of record low fixed rates just five years…  Read more

4 signs you’ve found the right financial advisor for you

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Most people need some help when it comes to financial planning and investing. That’s when we turn to financial advisors. With many options available, it’s important to ensure you choose a financial advisor that you can trust and feel comfortable with. So what are some signs that a financial advisor is a good fit for you? Here are some things to look for when deciding who is best for you…  Read more

How to use your website to attract quality staff

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Most companies need a website to conduct their business, but it’s also a critical piece of the puzzle in attracting amazing team members. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your website is always making a great impression, so you can attract great people to join your team. 1. Think of your website as your storefront These days, your website is the online face of your…  Read more

Business Update – 20 July 2022

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20 07 2022 Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. 20-year comparison shows how drastically the housing market has changed At the turn of the millennium, the median age of first-time homebuyers was 24.5 years, with mortgages generally taken out on 20-year terms. Today, the median age has risen by at least ten years and 30-year…  Read more

How to respond effectively to complaints

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Complaints are an unfortunate part of running a business, but they do happen. No matter how hard you work to please your clients, eventually someone will have something negative to say. However, with the right approach, you can turn complaints into a useful tool to strengthen your business. Here are 6 tips to effectively responding to complaints: 1. Remember that this is not an argument The reason that a client…  Read more

Business Update – 13 July 2022

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Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Many air travellers stranded as airports see busiest days since the beginning of the pandemic A significant portion of the airline workforce is recovering from COVID-19 or the flu, making flight delays and cancellations increasingly common. Doctors urge 4th shot as COVID-19 cases rise again As a new Omicron…  Read more

How to keep your finances on track

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When it comes to your finances, it’s a good idea to check in on your progress periodically, to see if any adjustments to your budget or changes in your habits are necessary. Even if you’ve set your budget for the year, you may learn a new strategy or have a priority come up suddenly that causes you to shift your thinking. Here are ways to take stock of your finances,…  Read more

Business Update – 6 July 2022

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Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. How to keep your tax bill low With tax time upon us, here are 8 simple ways you can maximise your refund or keep your bill as small as possible. It’s a good time to catch up on your taxes It’s required to lodge your tax return every year,…  Read more

8 ways to run more effective meetings

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Meetings are often a source of contention in the workplace. Have too few meetings and people feel disconnected. Have too many meetings and people feel that their work is being interrupted. Meetings that are too short might not accomplish enough, while those that are too long lose people’s attention. With some planning and preparation, you can easily turn your meetings into a productive, pleasant experience. Your attendees will come away…  Read more

5 signs you have cash flow issues

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Whether it’s for personal use or for your business, cash flow is important. The movement of money in and out keeps everything running smoothly, and you have to know where you stand. But what if it seems that your cash flow isn’t really, well, flowing? If it seems that you’ve tightened your belt in every area and still coming up short, you might have cash flow issues. Here are some…  Read more

Business Update – 29 June 2022

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Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Lack of Chinese investment worrying A new report shows that Chinese investment in the Australian economy fell a staggering 69 per cent in the last financial year, reaching 2007 levels. The shift signals a change in the international financial landscape. ATO cracks down on family trust fraud, worrying tax…  Read more

How to choose the best investments for you

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The world of investing is daunting for many people. There’s so much to learn and a lot of terminology that isn’t part of the everyday lexicon. Dividends, EPS, historical returns… and what exactly is an NFT? But once you’ve mastered the basics and the language of investing, there’s another question at play: how do you choose the right investments for you? Of course, the goal of investing is to grow…  Read more

Business Update – 22 June 2022

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Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. What an American recession means for Australia What exactly does it mean for Australia if the United States is headed for a recession? Sky News breaks it down here. ASX continues to drop Most of Australia’s biggest companies continued to see major slides in the stock market last week,…  Read more