Tips for sending out your first email campaign

Sending out an email campaign for the first time may seem a bit daunting to businesses who have never engaged in marketing before. But simply following best email marketing tips and practices…

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Sham Contracting: What you need to know

Employers who hire and treat an employee as a contractor could face serious penalties as well as claims for super contributions and worker entitlements. A sham contracting arrangement refers to an employer…

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Why your staff may work better at home

Letting your employees work from home is a simple way to increase productivity levels and reduce expenditure within your business. However, choosing the amount of time an employee can work from home…

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Reducing your winter bills

When the winter season commences, you might notice a spike in your bills. Although, it is no surprise that additional heating and hot water adds up, you may be surprised at how…

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Why failing can be good for your career

Failure is often considered a sign of weakness or defeat. However, it is also known to be a natural stage in an entrepreneur’s career and a stepping-stone to success in the world…

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Changes to SMSF 2017-18 annual return

There is a number of changes to the 2017-18 Self-managed super fund annual return (SAR) thanks to the super changes which came into effect on 1 July 2017. Transition to retirement income…

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Importing goods worth $1,000 or less?

Overseas businesses that meet the GST registration threshold (A$75,000) will be required to charge GST on goods purchased from the 1 July 2018. Specifically, GST will be charged on goods that are:…

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Minimum wage to rise

The Fair Work Commission has announced they will increase the national minimum wage by 3.5 per cent from 1 July 2018. The current national minimum hourly wage of $18.29 will rise to…

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Using visual content online

Publishing great content with the right amount of long-tail keywords and phrases can boost a business’ SEO ranking. However, the appeal of this kind of content may be lost on a business’…

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How to respond to employee mistakes

Even your most hardworking employees are bound to make a mistake on the job at some point. Their error may cost your business a client or damage a vital relationship with a…

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Social media marketing trends

Social media platforms continually introduce new features and functions that change the way digital marketers create and distribute content. Maintaining awareness of popular social media trends helps to stay competitive and utilise…

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Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty

In a bid to tackle non-payment of employee superannuation, the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services announced the beginning of a 12-month Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty (the Amnesty) on 24 May 2018. The…

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Preparing for tax time

With the end of the financial year fast approaching, preparing ahead will help to take off the pressure of running your business and organising your tax affairs this tax season. Business owners…

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Common mistakes businesses make on Facebook

Facebook is a convenient platform small businesses can use to promote their brand online and potentially gain new clients. It is essential to use it effectively to create a popular presence and…

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Leading your team through tough times

Navigating your team through difficult times can be a challenge. When things continuously go wrong, and their motivation is at an all-time low, you will need to use your best leadership skills…

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Financial checklist before you die

While preparing for a time when you are gone can be morbid, sorting out your financial matters now will help to protect your loved ones later on. Take a look at these…

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How to turn around a bad work day

Bad days can happen to the best of us, but before you throw in the towel and call it a day, consider how your mindset may be influencing your attitude. Here are…

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First Home Super Saver Scheme

The First Home Super Saver (FHSS) is a scheme that enables Australians to save for their first home inside their superannuation fund. The plan allows for faster saving with the before tax…

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Targeted amendments to Division 7A

The Government is widening the scope of Division 7A to include unpaid present entitlements from 1 July 2019. This will apply where a related private company is entitled to a share of…

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Employee perks every small business should offer

Providing perks to your employees is a great way to boost their morale and engagement in the workplace. While you may not have the budget to provide a free gym or an…

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Content calendars for digital marketing

A content calendar is a handy tool you can use to organise and bring purpose to your digital marketing strategy. It allows you to visualise your strategy in weekly, monthly or yearly…

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Financial tips to reach your goals

Whether it is saving for a new car, a house deposit or a holiday; we all have spending habits that can derail us from achieving our financial goals. But luckily, most of…

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Using storytelling to build your brand

Storytelling taps into your customers’ emotions, builds trust and can help form a stronger connection with your audience. Many businesses are now using their business’ story in their marketing efforts to engage…

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Claiming personal super contributions deductions

More taxpayers can now claim a personal super contributions deductions this tax time due to the removal of the 10 per cent maximum earnings condition that came into effect from 1 July…

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GST at settlement

As of 1 July 2018, purchasers of new residential premises or potential land are required to withhold an amount from the contract price and pay the amount to the ATO before settlement.…

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Lowering your website’s bounce rate

Businesses with high bounce rates are most likely attracting the wrong kind of traffic to their website. Bounce rates are a list of numbers that represent the percent of website visitors who…

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Who can challenge your Will?

It is a common misbelief that a Will is executed in a way the Testator originally plans it. When preparing your Will, it is important first to understand how another individual can…

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How to spot a fake loan

When shopping around for a personal loan, it is wise to be conscious of any potential scammers that may try and offer you a deal that sounds too good to be true.…

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Why your business needs a mission statement

A compelling mission statement will give your small business the purpose it needs to grow. In just a few clear and succinct sentences the statement should announce your driving business strategy. However,…

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How the new super measures will apply to SMSFs

The Government has introduced new measures to allow SMSF members to access their super for their first home or make contributions to their super from the sale of downsizing their home. SMSFs…

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Focus on work-related car expenses

The Tax Office has flagged work-related car expenses as a concern this tax time. The ATO is targeting those who make mistakes or deliberately lodge false claims. Examples include: – Claiming things…

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How to deal with a toxic coworker

Chances are, at some stage of your working life, you have dealt with a coworker who is destructive to your sanity. Toxic coworkers get in the way of productivity; bringing their negative…

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Why social media is essential for small business

Social media marketing is simply, an effective and costless way to promote your business. The most consumed content is now online so as a savvy business owner it pays to know how…

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Handle customer complaints the right way

Complaints can happen to any small business, but how you and your staff choose to resolve them is essential to retaining your customers on a long-term basis. Take the complaint seriously. Thanks…

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Finance tips for first-time entrepreneurs

Starting a new business is a big commitment. There are many financial factors a first-time entrepreneur must consider if they are aiming to create a long-term business. Check your personal credit score…

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Morning habits matter

How do you like to begin each day? The daily routines of successful entrepreneurs prove that ‘when’ and ‘how’ you choose to start your morning significantly impacts the rest of your day…

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Budget 2018: creating a level-playing field

The Government will continue its commitment to strengthen the economy by focusing on improving its integrity measures to create a fairer level-playing field for all. Funding new ATO enforcement Additional funds will…

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Budget 2018: living longer

The Government is introducing a series of new measures designed to help Australians keep a greater portion of their superannuation savings pie. Insurance opt-in Insurance within super may not be suitable for…

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Budget 2018: building resilience

The 2018 Federal Budget is built on the back of a historically strong post-mining boom Australian economy, triggering fairly conservative changes to tax policy. The Budget’s strategy is to provide sustainable tax…

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Composing the perfect tweet

Twitter is one of the most effective ways a business can build website traffic through social marketing. Twitter is the social media platform for sharing and exchanging link content. Link ‘clicks’ are…

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Importance of a positive workplace

Employees play an essential role in the success or failure of a small business. Which is why creating a positive workplace environment for your staff is of the utmost importance. An environment…

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5 Spending habits to break

Our spending habits play a fundamental role in determining how well we can save our money. If you wish to save more efficiently, it is important to recognise a bad spending habit…

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Upcoming deadline for SMSF 2016-17 returns

Self managed super fund (SMSF) trustees are reminded that the deadline for their 2016-17 annual return is fast approaching. The extended due date for annual SMSF returns is 30 June 2018. As…

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ATO clarifies claims made in recent media coverage

The Australian Tax Office is standing by its actions undertaken that were presented on a recent current affairs program. The ATO says where taxpayers fail to lodge tax returns and BAS returns…

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Make your meetings more productive

Too often employees can walk out of a meeting feeling tired and frustrated; discussions have dragged on, and it seems like nothing is resolved. When an owner pulls their staff in for…

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How do successful entrepreneurs stay organised?

The life of an entrepreneur can be chaotic. There are endless tasks to complete and not enough time in the day to address them. Emails pop up; there are meetings to attend…

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Email marketing laws

When using an email marketing service for your business, it is important to ensure you are complying with Australian email marketing laws. The Spam Act 2003 (Cth) governs email marketing and messages…

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Are you ignoring your biggest selling point?

Many businesses often neglect the strongest and most critical feature of their website: the About Us page. Also referred to as History, What We Do and Who We Are, this part of…

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How to make passive income

With more and more people opting away from traditional 9-5 jobs, the appeal of joining the gig economy is at an all-time high. However, for many people, forgoing their full-time job is…

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Succeed in the workplace

Although workplaces require different skills and personality traits to fit into the role and culture of the business, there are some universal attributes that can help you succeed in the workplace. Consider…

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