Ombudsman’s observations on those overdue
Expert Advice
In her relatively short tenure as Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (a descriptor for which even the acronym ASBFEO appears too long), Kate Carnell and her staff have not taken a backward step in inquiring into some controversial economic issues. In her most recent report, Ms Carnell proudly eschews those who would otherwise ignore the proverbial room-bound elephant,...
Need working capital? Your Accounts Payable ledger may hold the answer!
Cash Flow Solutions
At first blush, the idea of using your company's accounts payable ledger to generate cash flow is a little "left field". Traditionally, the Accounts Payable function has always been about cost management not revenue and savings, but that has changed with the emergence of what is generically referred to as supply chain finance. Choosing the right supply chain finance will...
Debtor management
Business Law
You have a thriving business and a diverse customer base. Your sales are on target, yet cash flow is poor. You sell on credit and you are concerned that tightening the credit you give will impact on your customer relationships. The ACT is one of the slowest paying regions in Australia, payment being an average of 19 days late1. An...
Parlous attention to payroll procures penalty
Expert Advice
Airport lounges, once a haven of the elite and well-heeled travellers, are now most often the province of business types. So, whilst awaiting the departure of a flight recently and patronising such an establishment, I happened across a copy of that revered publication, The Australian Financial Review, open at an article headed "Accountancy firms liable for underpayments". As an accountant...
Unauthorised use of your brand – what are your options?
Expert Advice
Businesses often see their branding misappropriated. However, the range of intellectual property and allied rights which can attach to branding means care must be taken in developing a suitable strategy before taking action. Branding registered as a trade mark If the branding in question has been registered as a trade mark, then the simplest course is to consider trade mark...
Fringe Benefits Tax spotlight – customer loyalty programs
Accounting
Do you provide employees with a business credit card associated with a customer loyalty program? Are employees able to convert loyalty points accumulated in connection with the business credit card to rewards (e.g. goods, personal flights, holiday accommodation etc.)? Do you as an employer use the points accumulated under your business credit card to reward employees (or potential employees) with...
What is Native Advertising?
Expert Advice
Native Advertising is the future of advertising, magazines, newspapers, blogs and websites. It is basically paid editorial or advertorial. Or you could call it 'content marketing'. The way the old media (including online) worked was that the content was written by journalists and was 'objective', 'unbiased' and 'news'. There was a solid brick wall between 'journalists' and 'advertising'. The thought...
It’s still ‘horses for courses’ online
Expert Advice
Marketing in today's world is confusing. There are traditional offline marketing mediums like print, TV, radio, outdoor advertisements and there are online options such as search engines, blogs and social media. Ideally, your marketing mix should have both offline and online mediums. In this article, let's focus on the online bit and break it down into smaller chunks. Before we...
Mental wealth
Expert Advice
According to a survey conducted by Discover Financial Services in 2008, lack of cash flow is a major problem for nearly 44 percent of all small businesses. While it is only natural for a business to experience fluctuations in income, generating sustainable cash flow is perhaps the only way to remain afloat. The irony of the situation is that a...
Five simple things you should be doing to improve your online security
Cyber Security
Most of us are regularly exchanging data over networks with organisations, people and devices. With cyber-attacks becoming more common, strategic and methodologically diverse, I'm amazed by how many people take their online security for granted and don't implement some very basic cyber security controls. The following are a few simple steps to increase your cyber security. 1. Use a password...
Customers and cash flow
Cash Flow Solutions
The challenge of late paying customers is one that every business has to deal with at some stage. Typically, there are four types, so read on if you want to find out who you could be dealing with. 1. In their own time The chronic late paying client can be an ongoing challenge. Often it's the big corporations or government...
Skills in demand for the Fourth Industrial Revolution – are you job-ready?
Recruitment
The digital and technological divide between jobseekers' skills and employers' requirements has never been greater than it is today as we approach the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Of the new jobs added to our April to June Hays Quarterly Report of skills in demand, almost all require the knowledge and capabilities needed to utilise new emerging technologies and digital trends, from...
Preparing to sell your business
Business Law
There will come a point when a business owner wishes to realise their investment. Whether for personal or financial reasons there are steps all owners can take to prepare their business for sale; to minimise tax, transactional costs and stress, and maximise the return. Grooming your business for sale can streamline the sale process. Even if the sale doesn't proceed,...
Time for a change: accounts health check tools for not-for-profit organisations
Bookkeeping
The Not for Profits (NFP) sector in Australia is considered diverse and large (approximately 600,000 NFPs in 2010 per the Productivity Commission report), contributing to annual revenue over $100 Billion and representing 8% of the Australia's workforce (ABS, 2016). With the chief goal of achieving missions beneficial to the public, NFPs are expected to meet a higher standard of public...
Ransomware and small business
Cyber Security
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) make up 60% of the nation's cybercrime victims, and it's not hard to see why. SMBs are often unaware of the threats they face and are not sure how to defend themselves without spending a fortune. Unfortunately, these factors make them very likely victims of ransomware. Ransomware is a type of unwanted software that can...
Listing an investment property: essential tips every landlord should know
Property
1. Understanding your rights and obligations The legislation governing rights and obligations varies for each state in Australia. Including everything from bond, rent collection, lease length and the rights and obligations of owners and tenants under the tenancy agreements. The big issue for landlords in Canberra is safety. It is vital that a landlord ensures the safety of their property....
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