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Is the size of one's salary the key to happiness?

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NAB flags $25m refund to 62,000 customers

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Depreciation Fundamentals

Depreciation is a concept that is often not fully understood by many business owners. Let’s start... read more

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Important Things to Consider When Switching from Sole Trader to Company

Your business has outgrown your sole trader structure Many small businesses start out as sole... read more

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Tom RadovanicOwner at SMECASH Equipment Finance
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Tax Trouble? Avoid These 9 Common -- and Costly -- Mistakes.

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Budget 2015: Big wins for small businesses. Small wins for startups.

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GST Basics for Small Business

One of the basic principles of GST is that it is paid by the end consumer. A business that is... read more

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Thanks Matt! Yes, this is a common error made by many small businesses. When we access a new client's accounting data file either for the first time or to review and correct their transactions for a BAS, insurance transactions are always reviewed for this reason.
Matt Dell
This is a very good summary Carmen I am in the insurance industry and we repeatedly have to explain how state based Stamp Duty effects the GST charge on many insurance premiums (it is not 1/11th of the total bill) I bet lots of small biz owners just put it in as standard 1/11th and might be in for a nasty surprise if they get audited :)
Accounting

3 Benefits to Setting Up Your Business Accounting Systems for Success

When I created the accounting firm Inspire CA, I wanted to make sure that the businesses we worked... read more

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Superannuation Strategies: A Comprehensive Guide and Tips for Small Businesses

For many small business owners, superannuation can be a confusing and complicated place. It is best... read more

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Driving Business Performance in Difficult Economic Times

It’s said that a week is a long time in politics. In the context of business, a week can be the... read more

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How important was cash flow to Vinomofo?

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Incredibly. We started Vinomofo with $100k in the bank so we didn’t have much wiggle room. It was so important to us that we would actually update it daily. This way we knew exactly where we were going to be (based on projections) at any time over the next 3 months.We also kept the business very lean to give ourselves the longest runway possible. Obviously the numbers are bigger now but we still manage cash flow and stock levels very closely.
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As a startup who has a new product to develop and sell, what is the best way to seek funding?

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Jef LippiattCo-founder at Startup Chucktown
Suzie,I would suggest looking into crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo or others. They can be great places not only to gain funding for your product, but also to validate that you have correctly positioned your product and that the market is reacting favorably to a product that isn't even available yet.You will need to think hard about a launch strategy as well as what type of rewards you're willing to setup at the different tier levels, but all of that can set you up for a successful campaign. Also clearly explaining or demoing the product in a video can really increase the audience understanding and value proposition of the product.I would also recommend that if you are interested in pursuing this avenue, that you browse the different platforms to find out which one is bet suited to your product, as well as research some successfully funded campaigns and see what you can learn from them to apply to your own.
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How to Improve Cash Flow for Small Business

Cash flow is the life blood of every business. It is consistently one of the top challenges I have... read more

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Jeff GordonPrincipal at Prestige SME Business Solutions
MS Data Intelligence (Michael Silberthau) has created a brilliant customised XL spreadsheet model that will make sure you control your Cash Flow really well. The "What If" option is great. Check out www.msdataintel.com.au, use this great option and sleep better at night!
Jeff GordonPrincipal at Prestige SME Business Solutions
By converting to Xero software, as a Business Owner you can turn on your PC, Ipad or IPhone every day and the KPI Dashboard that is great and will be even better in June 2015 when it is upgraded and improved. You will see Cash Flow from every angle, money in and out every day, all bank balances, problem debtors, main creditors you owe etc. Cash Flow is KING. You must watch it every day!
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Dealing With an Unexpected Financial Blow to Your Business

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5 Things You Must Do Before Applying for Finance

Given all the various finance options available and the complex matrix of requirements associated... read more

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Is Ozbargain profitable enough for you to make a living?

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Yes. OzBargain (or rather, the company that runs OzBargain, Delvu Media Pty Ltd) is currently employing 4 full time staffs in Australia paying them proper wage.Edit: Someone on OzBargain asked what's the biggest income for OzBargain and whether there's any income source other than ads. The answer is -- yes it's all ads. Mostly from Google AdSense -- they fluctuate seasonally but generally stable. We also show affiliate links to non-logged in users (which they have option to opt-out). Affiliate commission however,Fluctuates too much for a community website with a stable trafficWorking with affiliate networks distracts us from our main goal which is building a community for the shoppers. It takes more time and requires us to form partnership with merchants, which can be undesirable sometimes.And that's all!
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Is it legal to pay your employee in crypto currency like Bitcoin?

Crypto currency are popular and easy to manage, but i am not sure, whether it is legal or not to... read more

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I find BitCoin and other crypto currencies so interesting. From a legal view point I have no idea how to classify them - are they currency? goods? something else? Are they subject to GST? Income tax? FBT (as Katherine mentioned above, in some circumstances, yes). I also find people's motivations for using cryptos intriguing. Personally, I find the wild fluctuations in the 'value' of each unit worrisome and woudl not agree to be paid in BitCoin.
Ananda Raj PandeyCTO at SavvySME
Thank you Katherine. It will help.
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Accounting

Your Complete Guide in Purchasing a Business: The In's and Out's

Purchasing a business can take time, energy and a lot of research! It may seem less risky and more... read more

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Cashflow management

How To Get Your Money Faster - Without The Hassle

Get Paid Sooner & Boost Your Cash flow Today’s strategy is a no-brainer, but one that can... read more

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