Podcast

84 – Intellectual Property: What are your first steps when starting a business?

June 14, 2022

Intellectual property (IP) is frequently overlooked by businesses. But by looking at your IP issues early, when you are setting up your business, you are both protecting your business, as well as adding value to it. André Meyer, founder of Meyer West IP, joins us to take a closer look at intellectual property and the […]

83 – Why Every Business Needs an Exit Strategy

June 07, 2022

So you have just started your business –  why would you want to look at exit planning? Well, the more you focus on having a great exit plan, the more profitable and successful your business will be.  A good business plan is a long-term plan, with both a start and a finish. By planning your […]

82 – Scaling Your Start-Up for Success

May 31, 2022

What’s the difference between a ‘start-up’ and ‘starting a business’?  A start-up is all about scale, it’s about creating a business that is built to grow quickly. We are joined by Meryl Johnston from Bean Ninjas. Meryl looks at start-ups and ways you can scale your business. She also looks at supports for businesses such […]

81 – National Employment Standards

May 24, 2022

Do you understand your employer obligations under the National Employment Standards? Whether you have one employee (even if it’s just you, the business owner) or many, these are rules you must follow, including understanding changes in the past couple of years. Paul Cripps (PK People Solutions) gives an overview of the eleven points of the […]

80 – Turning Your Passion into a Business

May 17, 2022

Are you ready to turn your passion into a business? Sister2Sister pop duo did exactly that when they opened the popular Sister2Sister School of Singing in 2004. They successfully moved from a performance career to balancing running a singing school with being professional freelance, session vocalists. So how did they do it? Learn about the […]

79 – Before You Start Your Business

May 12, 2022

Is being passionate about your product or service enough to warrant starting a business? What about skill or quality – if your product or service is ‘the best’, does that mean you should start a business selling it? A successful business requires more than just passion, skill and an amazing product or service. Paul Sweeney (Pretium Solutions) […]

78 – Should I Start a Business?

April 28, 2022

Do you have a great business idea, but not sure where to start? Are you confused about what you need to do first? If this is you (too many questions and not enough answers) then you are in the right place! Paul Sweeney, chartered accountant and business advisor, explores what you need to know before […]

77 – Law @ Work

April 20, 2022

As a business owner, have you ever avoided getting advice because it was too expensive, then had to fix up a legal problem which cost even more money? Have you turned down opportunities because getting advice was too hard and too expensive? Do you worry about being appropriately covered for risk but not sure who […]

76 – Practical Ways Employers Can Look After Their Employees’ Wellbeing

April 20, 2022

As an employer, what are you doing to look after your employees? These days, employers are investing more into employee wellbeing than ever before. Employee relations and getting the most out of your employees is one of the most critical things for any business, but it’s particularly important for small businesses. Paul Cripps from PK […]

75 – Black Dog Institute – Creating a Mentally Healthier World

April 20, 2022

How can we support better mental health in our communities and workplaces? What training is available to help workplaces promote mental health and recognise when someone needs help? Who can you turn to if you are worried about the mental health of someone at work or at home? Michael van Dyk from The Black Dog […]

74 – You Really Do Have Time to Work on Your Business

April 20, 2022

Do you feel like your days are spent running from one thing to another and never getting anything done? Do you look at those 5 and 10 minute gaps between speaking to this client and invoicing that client and picking the kids up from school and think, “That’s not enough time to do anything, why […]

73 – Why You Need to Know How to Increase Revenue to Be More Profitable

April 20, 2022

What is revenue and why is it so important? Let’s start with looking at profit. Profit is the outcome; the end result. It’s quite simply what’s left over from your revenue when you deduct your expenses. Profit is the final score. Just looking at the final result and saying how much you want it to increase won’t make any […]

18 – Why Your Business Needs to Have a Plan

What’s the point of a business plan?  My business is already up and running. Are business plans and goals the same thing? What do you need to include in your business plan? Are there any tools to help me create a business plan? Paul Sweeney, from Pretium Solutions (Chartered Accountant & Business Advisory) discusses why […]

19 – Why Your Personal Goals are Important for Your Business

Personal Goals play a valuable part in defining your business goals and the specific actions you need to take. A major cause of stress and anxiety for business owners is the failure of their business to enable their personal goals to be met. In this episode we explore why personal goals are very important in […]

20 – Reducing Risk from Business Interruptions Using Insurance

It’s important to have contingency plans as part of your risk management strategy. What plans do you have in place, right now, to deal with scenarios where your business isn’t able to function for a period of time? From there, it is then essential to think about how your insurance can help you make these […]

21 – Will 2021 be the Year of Opportunity?

We are hearing from business owners about opportunities that now exist. Many are planning on how they will capitalise on these opportunities. “Creating opportunity is about more than just thriving in an unstable, sometimes scary world. It’s about becoming the best version of yourself, and creating the life where you have all the opportunities you […]

22 – The 5 Pillars of Success – Part 1: Your Primary Motivation

Rita Morar from Keystone Business Advisory explains the five pillars of success. In Part 1 of this two part discussion Rita discusses the first and most important pillar of success which is  our primary motivation. A foundation of success is to identify and utilize your primary motivators. Find out how understanding your primary motivators can […]

23 – The 5 Pillars of Success – Part 2: Avoiding Negative Outcomes

Rita Morar from Keystone Business Advisory  provides Part 2 of our discussion of the five pillars of success. In Part 1 (Last Episode) we dived deeply into this discussion of what is a primary motivator and why people need to understand what motivates them to have a really successful personal life and business life. In […]

24 – Casual Employment Creating Great Uncertainty

Employers now have a new issue that has come to the forefront that’s to do with a case concerning casual employment, and it has the potential to significantly change the way that employers look at casual employment. Before we actually look at this issue, it’s important to understand what is meant by casual employment and […]

25 – Lessons Learned from Successfully Selling a Business

Jason Smith, from Capital Plus Finance, shares his lessons learned from creating and successfully selling his business Cash Flow Advantage. Jason didn’t start his business with a plan of selling. But the decisions he made and the systems he implemented transformed his business into a profitable business that ran independently of him. When the time […]

26 – Understanding Key Person Risk in Your Business

Every business has risks. Identifying the cost to your business from losing one of your key people is the first step in protecting your business from loss. Jim Mills from Merit Wealth identifies the major risks to your business from losing a key person. How do you identify the impact? How do you create a […]

27 – How We Do It Here! Why having systems is essential for every business

When processes and procedures aren’t documented… A customer’s issue may be handled incorrectly Customer service won’t meet customer expectations Errors will be made How much time is wasted by other employees learning how to do someone else’s job (badly) on the fly? How much of their own work do they not get done while they […]

28 – Lessons Learned from Starting a Business

Sandra Zalud shares some of the lessons learned from her experience of starting a business and provides some key advice for anyone getting started in business. Even with 25 years’ experience with lending and assisting a mortgage broker, there were lessons to be learnt when Sandra started her own mortgage broking business. Resources mentioned in […]

29 – Why Your Website is a Key Piece of Your Marketing Strategy

What are the traps businesses fall into with digital marketing? Where does your website fit in with your marketing strategy? Claire Wendell from Click Click Media discusses the problems many businesses face when trying to get started with digital marketing. Claire states, “You really want to try with your online marketing to showcase who you […]

30 – Beyond JobKeeper – What does your business need to prepare?

With the end of Jobkeeper approaching in March for those businesses still meeting eligibility criteria, and other tax concessions being phased out, business owners need to look beyond March. The COVID-19 crisis has provided some indirect beneficial outcomes. It has in many ways been a catalyst for businesses to closely examine how they operate, who […]

31 – Understanding Why Cyber Security is an Issue for Your Business

When it comes to cyber security, the weakest link is the user – the actual human being behind the computer. You could have the best systems in the world doing what they do best, but if someone clicks on something or does something at a user level, then you can potentially compromise a lot of […]

32 – Steps You Can Take to Strengthen Your Business Cyber Security

In this episode, we’re going to delve into some of the practical steps that you can take to reduce your exposure to cyber crime. Luke Iacovelli (UNITECH Solutions) returns to help your business identify some of the practical steps you can take to reduce your cyber security risk and exposure. Many businesses are experiencing the […]

33 – How Does Cyber Insurance Work?

Is your business appropriately protected from cyber crime? Do you have specific cyber insurance coverage? Many small and medium businesses don’t understand the issues involved and are at risk of costly cyber attacks. In the past, it was the mega companies that were being hacked and they had teams of cyber loss control staff trying […]

34 – What Happens When I Have a Cyber Security Breach?

PART 2 of our look at cyber security and the insurance you need to protect your business. In this episode, we look at what happens if there’s a cyber attack and I have to make a claim? What’s the process? Join Dave Ferris (Davelcorp Insurance Brokers) and Luke Iacovelli (UNITECH Solutions) as they dive into […]

35 – How Business Networks Can Help Your Business Be Successful

Have you thought about trying networking but not sure where to start? Maybe you’re not sure what you’ll get out of it or if it will be worthwhile? Sandra Zalud from Liberty Network Services shares her experiences with business networking as a small business owner. Sandra found one important benefit that she received from business […]

36 – Understanding How Emotional Intelligence Affects Workplace Success

Are you struggling to engage your employees who are working from home? Do you want better ways to support your remote team? Find out more about emotional intelligence and how a greater understanding of this skill can affect your business and help you all work as a cohesive team. Managing remote workforces has its challenges. […]

37 – Unfair Dismissal

What is unfair dismissal?  Who can apply for it? How does the Commission consider cases before it? For many employers, unfair dismissal can be a roadblock that prevents them from hiring because they don’t have a good understanding of unfair dismissal and it’s associated risks. It’s useful for businesses to understand which employees can apply […]

38 – Does the 2021 Federal Budget Help Your Business?

The Australian economy’s recovery from COVID-19 is well underway. The Federal Budget is focused on securing Australia’s recovery and rebuilding. It is a plan to invest rather than reform. Many have argued that it is a bland budget, missing the opportunity to deliver more tax cuts to help business owners. So how do the measures […]

39 – Tax Planning: How Your Business Can Benefit

Tax planning is a legitimate strategy all business owners can take advantage of to minimise tax. Tax planning is not just for big business. Every business can take advantage of some simple strategies to reduce tax this financial year. Paul Sweeney, Chartered Accountant and Registered Tax Agent,  explains some simple strategies to reduce tax this […]

40 – What is RegTech and How Does It Help Me?

What is RegTech? How does it affect my business? What should I be doing? According to Deloitte, “RegTech (Regulatory Technology) is more than a buzzword, it is a very real movement that is already having an impact on regulatory compliance.” Deborah Young, CEO of the RegTech Association explains what RegTech is, and how RegTech is […]

41 – Landing Pages – How Do They Help Your Business?

Landing pages are often dismissed as a cheap alternative to websites. Phil Wendell from Click Click Media explains how every business can use landing pages as part of their marketing strategy to target new customers. By using landing pages, you can quickly and easily test your market and get feedback.  How much did I invest […]

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