Business Update – 31 January 2023

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Interest rates are expected to keep rising despite softening inflation Economists generally believe that the worst of inflation is behind us, but they also say that the Reserve Bank will continue to raise interest rates until prices come down. Changes to FBT and providing employees with electric cars Employers…  Read more

What is inflation and how does it affect my savings? – UK

You can’t get through the news these days without hearing about inflation and how rapidly it’s increasing. Rates were generally low for quite some time and we all got used to it. Suddenly, however, everyone is getting squeezed by inflationary pressure. But what exactly is inflation, and how does it affect the money you have in the bank? Read on to learn more about what it is and what it…  Read more

What is inflation and how does it affect my savings?

You can’t get through the news these days without hearing about inflation and how rapidly it’s increasing. Rates were generally low for quite some time and we all got used to it. Suddenly, however, everyone is getting squeezed by inflationary pressure. But what exactly is inflation, and how does it affect the money you have in the bank? Read on to learn more about what it is and what it…  Read more

Business Update – 25 January 2023

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Some good news for energy prices After recent record-busting increases in electricity costs, some good news is on the horizon – energy prices will lower over 2023 and 2024 once an expected drop in wholesale prices reaches consumers. Rent is coming down in one region According to SQM Research,…  Read more

8 ways to protect yourself from personal financial fraud

Unfortunately, fraudsters are out there. They want your money, your identity, or both, and they’re getting more sophisticated all the time. There’s a wealth of opportunity for swindlers to take advantage of people because so much of what we do is now online. There are ways for you to protect yourself, both by taking action and being aware of what’s going on. Here are 8 ways to protect yourself from…  Read more

Business Update – 18 January 2023

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Jobs and retail sales more robust than expected New data from the ABS shows that consumer price inflation picked up in November, leading to higher-than-anticipated retail spending to finish the year. Rent in cities is higher than ever Rent has increased by nearly 15 percent over last year in…  Read more

7 tips to help your small business adjust for inflation

Inflation has ballooned worldwide in recent months, and there’s no question that small businesses are feeling the pinch. Supplies cost more, employees are hard to find, and your profits are shrinking. It’s undoubtedly challenging, but you can weather the storm with the following tips. 1. Study your data Your numbers are always helpful, but in times of rapid inflation, you’ll be especially thankful that you keep a nice, clean set…  Read more

Business Update – 11 January 2023

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. AussieSuper upgrade is still causing trouble AustralianSuper had been struggling with technology issues for two months, with the new member portal and mobile app going live in mid-November. China’s Covid woes could negatively affect Australia’s economy A senior economist warns that China’s surging Covid cases could cause trouble for…  Read more

Business Update – 21 December 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Kevin Rudd is the next ambassador to the US Kevin Rudd will serve as Australia’s next ambassador to the United States. Anthony Albanese said Rudd’s appointment would strengthen Australia’s diplomatic capability and prosecution of national interests around the globe. Twitter users believe Elon Musk should step down A Twitter…  Read more

Employee vs contractor – what you need to know

Depending on the nature of your business, you may have workers who are employees or contractors, or you may have both. Each has their merits, but it’s important to review which are which in order to meet your tax obligations. When you have an employee, you must withhold income tax as well as report on additional benefits. Contractors generally look after their own tax obligations. It’s against the law to…  Read more

Business Update – 16 November 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. ASX slides as other world markets try to find their footing The ASX was looking good at the start of the week, but with the US wobbling around a recession and crypto crashing, all gains were erased. Stocks dropped to a low not seen since the start of the…  Read more

Business Update – 23 November 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. More than one-third of Australians experiencing financial hardship New data from NAB has revealed that a third of us are really feeling the pinch – with some unable to pay bills. The bank encouraged those struggling to seek help early if having trouble paying on time. The “buy now,…  Read more

Tips to increase engagement during the holidays

The holiday season is typically busy, whether you run a retail business or a service-based one. If you’re not helping shoppers, you’re helping your clients fit in their appointments before year end. There’s a lot to do and the time passes quickly. Take this opportunity to show clients and customers how much you appreciate their business. After all, it’s less expensive to retain existing clients than it is to attract…  Read more

4 end of the year financial planning tips

The end of the year is typically a reflective time. Something about that lull between holiday festivities and New Year’s Eve sets the stage for introspection and review. While you’re busy reflecting on the year that’s ending and the new one about to begin, make sure you take some time to consider your finances. Here are some financial tasks that should be on your must-do list before the calendar rolls…  Read more

Business Update – 30 November 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. RBA governor says it’s “regrettable” that some Australians now have mortgages they can’t afford At a Senate estimates hearing on Monday, Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe apologised to Australians who took out a home loan due to the RBA’s guidance that interest rates would stay the same until 2024.…  Read more

Business Update – 6 December 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Austudy, carer payments, and youth allowance to get a boost Social security payments for young people, students, and carers will increase by 6.1% on 1 January – the biggest raise in over six decades. Women are 200 years behind men for income equity A new report revealed that Australian…  Read more

What is a fractional CFO?

A fractional CFO, or Chief Financial Officer, is a finance professional who works on a part-time, retainer, or contract basis. They bring the experience and expertise of a high-level CFO to your business – without the cost of hiring a full-time, in-house employee. Fractional CFOs service several clients at once typically on a part-time, retainer, or contract basis. Their specialty is providing outsourced CFO services to small and medium businesses.…  Read more

Australia implements new paid family and domestic violence leave

Employees in Australia will soon have access to paid family and domestic violence leave. Business owners and employers should be aware of these changes as the paid family and domestic violence leave means you will have to pay up to 10 days of leave per 12-month period for employees who require the leave. Starting in 2023, employees will have access to 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave…  Read more

Business Update – 13 December 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. NSW builder goes into voluntary administration due to rising costs and pandemic effects Elderton Homes, a major New South Wales builder, has plunged into administration after catastrophic weather events, the pandemic, and rising materials costs made business too costly to continue. ABS data shows that payroll jobs are up,…  Read more

Business tips for the end of the year

The end of the year tends to be a bit chaotic for business owners, but it’s actually a good time to get some extra housekeeping done for your business. Read on for some tips to help you finish the year neatly and feel prepared to face the new year. Review your goals and KPIs A lot has likely happened for your business over the course of the previous 12 months.…  Read more

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