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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 […]

72 – How Do You Determine Your Business Strategy?

April 20, 2022

How do you determine what your business strategy and plan should be? How do you identify what your successful business should look like? What goals and targets should you set for your business this year? The first question you should be asking is ‘why?’ Asking ‘Why’? Has become a key process for business owners, made […]

42 – 12 Things That Can Go Wrong When Selecting a Business Structure

When selecting a business structure for a small business, there is a cheap way and an expensive way. The cheap way is to do it right first time – by getting advice from an experienced professional. But the expensive way is commonly disguised as the ‘low-cost’ method. Make sure you consider the real costs of setting a […]

43 – Can Government Grants Really Help Your Business?

You might be surprised to find out just how many different government grants and assistance programs are on offer. Depending on your specific business and the markets you supply to, different grants might be applicable. Is your business leaving cash on the table? By not taking advantage of government grants and incentives which may be […]

44 – Casual Employment Changes – A Good News Story for Employers

Recent amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) change the workplace entitlements and obligations for casual employees. These changes came into effect on 27 March 2021. In February 2021 (episode 24) Paul Cripps and Philip van den Heever discussed the changes that were in the pipeline for casual employment. Paul Cripps from PK […]

45 – 7 Steps to Take Now to Make Your Next Financial Year Better

The 2021 Financial Year has just finished. For many the results will not be great. We all want it to have a better year coming forward.  So, what do we need to do now? In this episode, Paul Sweeney outlines 7 steps to take now to make your next financial year better. Paul Sweeney Chartered Accountant & […]

46 – 5 Ways to Increase Your Profit

Declining or flat-lining profits (or even profits that aren’t increasing as quickly as you’d like) could be a major red flag for a small business. However, many business owners fall into the trap of doing the same things that worked in the past and hoping to achieve the same or better results – despite the […]

47 – What Should I Be Doing When My Business is Impacted by Crisis?

A lot of these family businesses haven’t properly recovered from the impact of the first round of COVID-19 lockdowns during 2020.  What should you be focusing on as a business owner especially during a second and subsequent periods of COVID lockdown? Bruce Gleeson shares with us what all business owners in crisis or financial difficulty […]

48 – How Content Marketing Can Help Your Business Increase Sales

Learn all about how content marketing can help you grow your business. Join Leanne Shelton from Write Time Marketing as she explores these issues. As a business owner, you may be an expert in your field, but are you also an expert in describing your business, services or products? And how they are going to […]

49 – How Do I Manage Employee Annual Leave During Lockdown?

How do you manage employee leave during a COVID lockdown? If your employees are unable to take leave, how do you as an employer manage the increasing liability for annual leave accruals? Can you force an employee to use their annual leave while your business is in lockdown? Can an employee cash out some of […]

50 – 10 Essential Steps to Take Now if Your Business is in Crisis

In our 50th Episode, Bruce Gleeson is back to share his 10 Essential Steps to Take Now If Your Business is in Crisis. After our last conversation with Bruce, which was only a couple of weeks ago, we discussed “What you should be doing when your business is in trouble”. Some of the feedback we received […]

51 – Paul Murray – Account Kit: From Minimum Viable Product to an Established Business

Paul Murray, founder of AccountKit, shares his experience of the start-up process from an idea, to a minimum viable product, to now having an established business that recently celebrated it’s 5th Anniversary. Paul Murray shares some key lessons for anyone contemplating starting a business or for anyone who has already launched their business. Key points […]

52 – 3 Essential Tools Every Business Needs

Paul Sweeney and Paul Cripps discuss three essential tools that every business needs. Accounting software – accounting (including payroll), bookkeeping, taxation CRM Software – Customer Relationship Management Software Sales Tools – the process where a prospect commits to buying from you Accounting Software Accounting is, as everyone knows, an integral part of operating any business. […]

53 – How Do You Manage Talent When Everyone is Working Remotely?

How do you manage talent when everyone is working remotely? It’s a question being asked by many business owners and managers during these current periods of uncertainty and continued COVID lockdowns. So how do we manage our employees who are working virtually? Harry Nathoo and Paul Cripps discuss how we can achieve this. They suggest […]

54 – How Do You Succeed in Small Business?

How do you succeed in small business? Paul Sweeney shares some of the key steps and tools all business owners should have in place to help them succeed in business. In this episode, we explore how using each of these contributes to running a successful business. Get advice before starting: Business Plan Budget and Cashflow […]

55 – How Much Cash Does Your Business Need?

This week we’re looking at a topic that is very relevant in today’s business climate. Paul Sweeney explores the question: If you are going to survive in small business, it will be necessary to know what your cash needs are going to be, both cash in and cash out. What do you need to consider when […]

56 – Small Business Dads – Daniel Munday

We are joined by Daniel Munday, the host of Small Business Dads podcast and the owner and manager of DPM Performance, who specialise in supporting the fitness needs of people who are 40+ years old. We talk about some of the tools and strategies we use in creating a podcast, plus we discuss the challenges and triumphs […]

57 – Back to Business – Avoiding Deja Vu

The challenges facing businesses just keep piling up. But by being adaptable in your thinking, you can create a better path forward for you and your business. Avoid that sense of deja vu with some solid business planning (and implementation!) Paul Sweeney explores how you can keep your business moving forward once lockdowns end and […]

58 – How to Respond to Customer Hostility

As businesses begin opening up, there is the added responsibility of enforcing the government’s mandate on restricted access to the unvaccinated. Some important questions need to be asked: Are you confident about dealing with potentially aggressive confrontations at work? What training do you or your staff have in handling conflict? What are the benefits and […]

59 – What Does the Future of Work Look Like?

Harry Nathoo from Keystone Active Learning talks about the future of work. The future of work is characterised by rapid and large-scale changes that will affect all industries, in how work gets done over the next decade. This will be influenced by technological, generational, and social shifts. For example, the growing adoption of artificial intelligence […]

60 – The Great Resignation Race

This week, we’re excited to have Paul Cripps (PK People Solutions) back to shed some light on The Great Resignation Race that we’ve been hearing about in the media – and how it will impact Australia. Some reports indicate that between 25% and 40% of people are considering moving on in their jobs. Find out […]

61 – Skills You Need for the Future of Work

Part 2 of our Future of Work series with Harry Nathoo from Keystone Active Learning. What skills will you need to successfully navigate the future of work? The future of work is characterised by rapid and large-scale changes that will affect all industries, in how work gets done over the next decade. This will be […]

62 – Director Identification Numbers

The introduction of director ID will create a fairer business environment by helping prevent the use of false and fraudulent director identities. This will go a long way to better identifying and eliminating director involvement in unlawful activity. Shareholders, employees, creditors, consumers, external administrators and regulators are entitled to know the names and certain details […]

63 – How the Economic Environment Will affect Your Business

How will your business be affected by the events happening in the domestic and global economies? What can you do to prepare your business to take advantage of the opportunities and minimize risk from adverse conditions? Jim Mills from Merit Planning Hills talks about what is happening in the markets and in the economy and […]

64 – Using Technology to Make Your Business More Profitable

Technology is wonderful for business, make no mistake. It helps you deliver a more efficient, consistent and effective outcome. For instance, using technology to improve efficiency with compliance and administrative activities gives you more time and resources to apply to value-producing activities like marketing and sales. But we can also fall into the trap of […]

65 – Document Your Policies and Systems So Your Business Can Grow

Why is documenting your business systems important? Mitch Kenny from Maus Software explores the benefits around having your business processes documented. Some of the benefits include:  Less reliance on a single business owner/manager  Opportunities for scale and growth  Improved overall efficiency Mitch discusses barriers that often prevent business owners from documenting their systems. The myths […]

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