COVID-19 Business Update – 3 March 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Government Committed to Vaccinating All Australians by October Although the vaccinations are currently behind the target set for the end of February, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says the government stays committed to getting all Australians inoculated by the end of October. The Australian Defence Force will also assist…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 24 February 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Second Shipment of Pfizer Vaccine Arrives in Australia The second shipment with about 166,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived late Monday, as Australia entered the second day of a nationwide immunisation drive. Total weekly doses will be increased to 80,000 next week, from 60,000 doses this week.…  Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Cash Flow Forecasting

Nobody wants their business to fail. Although it’s impossible to predict the future with 100% accuracy, a cash flow forecast is a tool that will help you prepare for different possible scenarios in the future. In a nutshell, cash flow forecasting involves estimating how much cash will be coming in and out of your business within a certain period and gives you a clearer picture of your business’ financial health…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 17 February 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Victoria lockdown to end Victoria’s five-day lockdown is due to end at midnight Wednesday 17th February as no new local COVID-19 cases were announced. While most restrictions will cease, some will continue. For example, face masks are required in most circumstances and five visitors are allowed to homes. Public…  Read more

Xero Mistakes Business Owners Make and How to Avoid Them

If you’ve just started working with Xero, it is normal to make a few mistakes while you’re learning. We see mistakes that are quite common – and unfortunately costly – so you should be aware of them if you want to get the most out of Xero’s powerful cloud accounting system. 1. Not connecting all the bank and credit card accounts dedicated to your business Make sure that you keep…  Read more

Key lodgment and payment dates for business

Upcoming Key Dates Key lodgment and payment dates for businesses in Australia this February 2021: 21 February Activity statements January monthly activity statements – final date for lodgment and payment. 28 February Activity statements Quarter 2 (October–December) activity statements – final date for lodgment and payment, including electronic lodgment. GST Annual GST return or Annual GST information report – final date for lodgment and payment (if required) if you do…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 10 February 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Active COVID-19 Cases at Near 2-Month Low Australia only has 46 active cases of COVID-19, the lowest number in nearly two months. However, authorities warned against complacency. New South Wales, which has now gone 23 days without detecting any local cases of COVID-19, also warned of a drop-off in…  Read more

Winding-up: Simplifying small business insolvency

On 1 January 2021, new laws came into effect that introduce a new, simplified debt restructuring and liquidation framework for small business. Drawing on key features of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy model in the United States, the new system aims to speed up the insolvency process, reduce costs and where possible, restructure to help the business survive. Where survival is not possible, it’s hoped that the quicker insolvency process will…  Read more

Three tips for managing construction industry cashflow

Owning a small business in the construction industry can be incredibly stressful. In addition to the long days and difficult working conditions, you have to worry about cash flow issues. It can take a long time to collect on payment from your clients or contractors who hired your business, and in the meantime you have to pay employees, cover fixed expenses, buy supplies and pay your own subcontractors. Here are…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 3 February 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Australia Aims to Vaccinate Entire Population by End of 2021 Australia will spend more than $1.9 billion on equipping hospitals and health centres to administer COVID-19 vaccines that will see 26 million Australians vaccinated by the end of the year, according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Morrison said a…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 27 January 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Australia Set for 10th Day of No Local COVID-19 Cases Australia is on track for its 10th consecutive day of no new local COVID-19 cases, with NSW hoping to ease restrictions this week after controlling a fast-spreading cluster. Meanwhile Victoria, which is hosting the Australian Open tennis tournament, has…  Read more

Personal Finance Hacks To Start Now

Having total control over your finances can give you an amazing sense of freedom. However, it takes a lot of discipline and hard work for you to be able to achieve this. In this article, we will share some of the most useful tips that you can start now to live a better financial life. Build multiple sources of income Whether it’s through your business, a side hustle, or investing,…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 20 January 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Australian Consumer Confidence Clouded by COVID-19 in January Survey The Westpac-Melbourne Institute index of consumer sentiment released today fell 4.5% in January, from December, when it rose 4.1%. This is due to new outbreaks of COVID-19 in Sydney and Brisbane, though the spread has now been contained with relatively…  Read more

2021 Risks & Opportunities

With the borders between the State and Territories all but open and 2021 in sight, there is a hunger for a return to ‘normal’. The recent Westpac-Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment articulates this desire to ‘get on with things’; sentiment reached its highest level since November 2013 and Christmas spending is expected to be consistent with previous years. However, the Reserve Bank of Australia cautions that the recovery will…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 13 January 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Queensland Orders Hundreds to Restart Quarantine After a cluster of the new COVID variant was discovered at the Grand Chancellor quarantine hotel, all those in the hotel will have to restart their quarantine period. According to Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, the remaining 129 guests are going to be moved…  Read more

5 Essential Tips for New Property Investors

Everyone wants to achieve financial independence. However, until you have enough income-generating assets, you are unfortunately dependent on someone else such as your employer. Investing in properties, when done right, can provide an ongoing income stream and a cash lump sum when you decide to sell it. If you are a first time property investor, check out these five tips that can help you along your journey towards financial independence.…  Read more

Three finance options for your business

Most entrepreneurs find a time in their business when they need to access financing. It may be in the early stages of their business, when start-up costs for offices, equipment and employees must be covered. Or it may be later on, when they have to relocate, purchase more inventory or equipment, or market their business more aggressively. Financing a business can be scary, but there are many options for entrepreneurs…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 6 January 2021

Happy New Year! We hope you had a relaxing holiday break and are raring to go in 2021. Our first weekly digest of the new year includes the latest updates and ideas to help us all move forward. South Australia Keeps NSW Border Shut South Australia has a hard border closure in place with New South Wales with no one from that state allowed to enter unless they are a…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 23 December 2020

Thank you for your amazing support during this incredibly busy and challenging year. We hope you and your loved ones enjoy a safe and healthy festive season. We look forward to working with you next year! As usual, here are the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. November Retail Sales Surge Preliminary data showed Australian retail sales jumped 7% in November from the month before,…  Read more

Early Warning Signs of Insolvency to Watch Out

Running a business isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It is definitely hard work, but a rewarding journey at the same time and you can probably attest to this yourself. Sometimes, things also don’t go as planned and you may find your business under financial distress. Suddenly you find yourself falling behind on due dates, suppliers are chasing for payments, and your stress levels are skyrocketing. Regardless of the…  Read more

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