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Where do I get a government grant to start a new business?

Government grants are generally available to companies with an established track record (and sound financials), that need certain types of fiscal assistance not available from traditional lenders (Banks), to achieve something specific and significant to qualify.It would be a first if there were a grant scheme to assist people to start a whole new enterprise.What country are you in Tamara?
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How do I find the most appropriate insurance plan for my business?

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How to find the right accountant?

Kirsty FoxPrincipal at Spitfire Solutions
Have a chat with them to start with, and see if you feel comfortable with them and what they offer. Generally you'll be speaking with the principal or a partner, but they won't be doing the work, their staff will.A couple of things to think about -- are they a CA (Chartered Accountant) or CPA? They are the 2 major industry bodies that require completion of a course plus continual professional learning. If they are doing BAS or tax, they need to be a Registered BAS Agent or a Registered Tax Agent. You can also check this on the Tax Practitioners Board website www.tpb.gov.au. It will also tell you how long they have been registered for.- do they charge by the hour or give you a fixed price for an agreed upon amount (scope) of work. - what do they require from you? How much work do you have to do (or are willing to do), and what systems do they have I'm place to make things easy for you?At the end of the day, it comes down to who you feel comfortable with to do what you want/need, and (hopefully) that extra step for you.
Lisa OrmenyessyOwner at Straight Talk Group
Hi Nathan, I have a report on the mistakes business owners make when choosing an accountant and what questions to ask. Did you want me to send it through to you? Cheers, Lisa
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I want to file my taxes as married filing separately, because my spouse and I like to keep our finances separate.

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What’s the difference between an exemption, credit and deduction?

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How do I work out what to pay my self as a wage and how do I go about it?

Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
One of the first questions I would ask is, are you profitable? Meaning, are you currently making more money than you are spending? If not, it isn't time to draw a wage. Keep in mind if you need to scale (add employees) they are the first to get paid and you are the last to get paid (as a founder / owner).If your business is making a profit, do you have more than enough to keep the company profitable for 1 to 2 months and still have extra money left over? If not, keep not drawing a wage. If this sounds like a board game, you aren't far from the truth.Lastly, if your business has met and exceeded both of those conditions it may be time to start drawing a wage. However, I would recommend starting small and gradually scaling it up to avoid having to ramp your wage back down.If there is still too much "haze" around this topic, I'd recommend talking to an accountant or tax advisor.
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Do you have a "get out of bed" price?

ie If a project isn't going to generate a bare minimum of X income then the conversation ends right... read more

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Has a Government change of policy affected your business? And did you have any recourse?

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How do you value your relationship with your bookkeeper?

Are you happy enough to just get the work done for a low fee without interaction? Does it make a... read more

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Has anyone else had their tax refund been delayed in processing?

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Do I really need PayPal Payflow Pro for $25 per month plus trans fees?

What other options are there? we have a new site that has an embedded "emailmeform" to collect... read more

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Whats the average hourly rate for a good Xero bookeeper

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What sort of budget is required to have someone work on SEO optimisation?

website touch ups etc in order to show up on the first page in google? I just starting paying $200... read more

Steven FreemanOwner at Evolved Sound
Its can be ongoing spend from $100 to $5k+ per month. Spend is only one part of the equation. - What are they exactly doing for your spend?- Can you accurately measure the performance and success?- Is it in line with your sales & marketing goals?The results that you accurately measure can only dictate the value and justify the spend. Otherwise its easy to burn lots of cash on SEO for little tangible results, other than what they tell you to make you feel good.There is a lot you can do yourself as a foundation, but not recommended for most business owners starting out in competitive markets. Their time is best used in their area of expertise instead.
Something to remember is that your competitors are also spending time and money trying to reach that top spot. And some probably have done for years. It will take lots of effort to get ahead. Here are some tips: 1. Do lots of research on your target market and what they want help with. Provide them with well written content on what they want to know in a blog on your website. 2. Make it user friendly 3. No broken links or errors 4. Consider Google AdWords as you'll then show on top of the search results.
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How did you get the start-up capital? I plan to be self-employed

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Who uses debt Collection agencies? Who do you use and are they small business friendly?

Steven FreemanOwner at Evolved Sound
Have used a few but only in extreme situations when we have exercised all efforts and the situation has blown out. By then they have a hard case, so it is difficult to know whether its them or the case which is making their service questionable.
Melanie GrayOwner at MyCL (My Computer Lab)
Hi Danielle, try the CollectMore app. It's free and the person who created it, Paul Metcalf, is very helpful. I'd email him for advice if the app doesn't work for you. Good luck!
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When employing someone permanent part time is there a minimum amount of hours you need to promise in a week?

Melanie GrayOwner at MyCL (My Computer Lab)
You might be best to ring the appropriate government body about this. Laws change all the time and it's best you keep up to date with it all.Consider hiring them as casual if the hours are inconsistant from week to week.
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Which insurance company offers public liability insurance to businesses with independent contractors as their workforce?

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Melanie GrayOwner at MyCL (My Computer Lab)
There a many laws in place for hiring contractors. If they don't have their own insurance and you provide it for them, consider other aspects of their arrangement with you. They might, by law, need to be employed by you.
Mark MellishSenior Account Manager - Commercial and Niche at Richard Mellish Insurance Services
Hi Kellie,Many won't cover a principal if the turnover generated by subcontractors exceeds a certain percentage (which differs between insurers).Some do, however there are more variables that need to be known - these include:- What industry will they be in?- What activities will they be performing?- Are they required to hold their own Liability Insurance?Have you spoken to an insurance broker as they should be able to assist you further? I had a client with a similar situation but after some research we were able to obtain the correct cover for him.Regards,Mark
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Is there a way to remove the tax agent from her MyTax account on the ATO website?

Tax question for my daughter - I haven't done my taxes in 25 years because my accountant does them... read more

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Has anyone had to deal with this? Not sure what step to take next?

So I have a business about an hour away from me who has copied my homepage copy, two of my blogs... read more

Che CooperOwner at Ready2Launch
Hi Monica,Its bad news for them on Google, especially if they are copying your content word for word. Legally I am not sure what can be done, but if I was you I would drop them an email letting them know that you are aware of them copying your content.You could take a look here > http://www.copyright.org.au/acc_prod/ACC/Legal_Adv...Regards Che
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Do you only do your tax when profit is over 18k or even if profit is way below?

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Kirsty FoxPrincipal at Spitfire Solutions
It's also important if you are making a loss. They are carried forward and can be recouped when you are earning - rules apply, and you're better off talking to an accountant about the best way to use them for tax purposes. I'd also talk to an accountant to make sure you are claiming all your deductions.What Dionne has written is correct. If you are a partnership you have to consider if the other partner needs to lodge their tax return. If you're operating through a trust you definitely have to lodge - and have an accountant on board!Good luck with your business.
That depends on your legal status - are you a sole trader or a company? The 18k tax free threshold only applies to individuals, and it's real intention is to minimise the paperwork for employees who didn't earn much. If you've got a business, particularly if the REVENUE is over 18k, you should be lodging a tax return.If you're a company then it's much clearer - do your taxes.And if you don't need to lodge a tax return, you still need to submit a 'Non-Lodgement Advice Form' to the ATO so that they don't list as you being delinquent and start chasing after you.
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