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

April 20, 2022

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 & […]

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

April 20, 2022

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 […]

43 – Can Government Grants Really Help Your Business?

April 20, 2022

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 […]

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

April 20, 2022

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 […]

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

April 20, 2022

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 […]

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

April 20, 2022

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 […]

39 – Tax Planning: How Your Business Can Benefit

April 20, 2022

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 […]

38 – Does the 2021 Federal Budget Help Your Business?

April 20, 2022

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 […]

37 – Unfair Dismissal

April 20, 2022

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 […]

36 – Understanding How Emotional Intelligence Affects Workplace Success

April 20, 2022

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. […]

35 – How Business Networks Can Help Your Business Be Successful

April 20, 2022

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 […]

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

April 20, 2022

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 […]

66 – Managing Change in Your Business

Raj Nathoo from Keystone Active Learning explores how your business can manage change in this constantly evolving business environment. It all starts with your personal mindset. Raj discusses why it’s important to reduce negative thoughts and stop punishing or blaming yourself for circumstances beyond your control. You need to accept change as being inevitable – […]

67 – 10 Actions to Kick-Start Your Business in 2022

Have you been reflecting on your business over the holidays? Maybe you have found some things that aren’t working well, things that you want to do differently. Or perhaps you aren’t even sure where to start. Don’t worry, we have some inspiration to help you kick-start your business this year. Paul Sweeney shares some of […]

68 – 10 More Ideas to Kick-Start Your Business in 2022

We hope you got some inspiration from last week’s ‘kick-start your business’ podcast. We have another dose ready for you this week on The Business Behind Your Business. While we have all been experiencing many challenges over the past couple of years, we want to see businesses flourishing, despite the bumpy road. That is why we […]

69 – Meet Airwallex – Australia’s Fastest Growing Fintech Unicorn

Is your business losing profits to expensive and unnecessary FX conversions? These costs are often ‘hidden’ but can go up to 5% each time you bring money back, or pay global expenses. In this episode we talk to Henry Broad from Airwallex who have developed a solution to this problem. Essentially, Airwallex provide a cheaper […]

70 – Why Business Owners Need to Use Superannuation to Plan for Retirement

Planning for your retirement? Or do you look at retirement as something to think of ‘down the track’? Many business owners don’t plan properly for their retirement. And many rely on selling their business to fund their retirement. But will that provide the lifestyle that you’ve been dreaming of? Find out what else you should […]

71 – How to Fund Your Research and Development Project

Did you know there are many grants and  incentives to help fund early stage innovation companies? And small and medium businesses can access them – they are not just for the large companies. Peter Towers from ESS BizTools explains what opportunities are available around research and development. Find out about the application process and steps […]

72 – How Do You Determine Your Business Strategy?

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

75 – Black Dog Institute – Creating a Mentally Healthier World

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 […]

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

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 […]

77 – Law @ Work

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 […]

78 – Should I Start a Business?

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 […]

79 – Before You Start Your Business

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) […]

80 – Turning Your Passion into a Business

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 […]

81 – National Employment Standards

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 […]

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