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Small Business
  • June 6 2019 Why small-to-medium sized businesses should consider global cloud providers

    By Lionel Legros, Asia-Pacific Director at OVH We are living in an era of cloud adoption. A 2019 study on Australia’s cloud market reveals that cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is growing considerably, with market spend expected to reach $1.3 billion by 2022. Yet despite this growth and a growing awareness of the benefits of the cloud, providers Read More…

  • June 6 2019 How SMEs can avoid common financial pitfalls by managing cash flow

    Setting up a small business can be an exciting yet daunting experience. By the time you actually launch your business you have likely experienced a lot of uncharted waters, sleepless nights, caffeine highs and are generally left questioning your overall sanity. Trust me I know. In 2008 my brother and I started our business, Credit Read More…

  • June 5 2019 The future of fintech in Agribusiness

    Thought leadership byline: Sam Fitzpatrick, Agribusiness Lead, Western Union Business Solutions Agribusiness in Australia: the lay of the land Australia’s agribusiness sector is currently estimated to be worth $256 billion,[1] with the economic impact reaching communities around the country. Currently more than two thirds of agricultural commodities produced on Australian farms are exported each year, with production Read More…

  • June 4 2019 Agility: a business strategy

    Byline: Brad Newton, DocuSign, VP APAC We’re in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, marked by extraordinary technological advances. For businesses it can sometimes feel like a bumpy road, but you really can do more than just hold on for the ride. Through economic downturn, industry upheaval, changing customer preferences or technological transformation, businesses Read More…

  • June 4 2019 The Australian Tax Office hotspots 2019 – do they apply to you?

    Byline: Mark Chapman, the Director of Tax Communications at H&R Block. Every Tax Time, the ATO focusses on certain hotspots where taxpayers are prone – either accidentally or deliberately – to make errors. These are the areas it will concentrate its audit firepower on and for those who have made claims in areas which the Read More…

  • June 3 2019 Getting ready for the EOFY: A how-to-guide for businesses

    By Mark Chapman, Director of Tax Communications with H&R Block With just a few weeks remaining until the end of financial year, many businesses will be taking stock of the year just gone and planning for the year ahead. So what are some of the key issues your business might be facing as it looks Read More…

  • May 31 2019 Dominique Grubisa: The entrepreneur that bounced back from serious debt

    In three years Dominique Grubisa went from being millions of dollars in financial debt to having a turnover of $12 million dollars in the 2017-2018 financial year with her company DG Institute. Prior to 2008, Dominique and her husband Kevin were thriving with a seven figure business in renovating and selling property. The global financial crisis Read More…

  • May 31 2019 Why do major companies keep getting caught in employee underpayment scandals?

    Every few months sees a major employee underpayment scandal – companies announcing that they have made payroll errors that have impacted thousands of employees – go public. Examples are the $43 million error by Rebel Sport this year, the $2 million error by Lush Cosmetics last year, the $1 million in underpayments by Maurice Blackburn Read More…

  • May 30 2019 The new Federal Budget: Promised policies for tradies

    The Coalition’s federal election win prompts us to reflect on their FY20 Federal Budget promises that piqued our interest. With Australian households spending over $73 billion each year on tradespeople and 250,000 trade businesses operating around the country, the sector represents an important economic contributor that deserves nurturing for continued prosperity and growth. So if Read More…

  • May 30 2019 How to attract, retain and cultivate a new breed of IT professional

    By Simon Horrocks, Regional Vice President ANZ, AppDynamics The technology skills gap is impacting Australian organisations across almost every industry, with businesses struggling to find the right talent to drive innovation, whether that be in cloud, data analytics, or other emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI). According to the Australian Computer Society (ACS), an Read More…

  • May 30 2019 Employees need to be able to work remotely

    Australians are working outside the office more than ever; a recent survey revealed nearly half of all Australian employees work remotely for at least half the week while more than two-thirds work remotely at least one day per week.  This means employees are relying on mobile devices, from smartphones and tablets to laptops, to get Read More…

  • May 29 2019 Combatting work stress

    Byline: Amanda Gordon, Director of Armchair Psychology Work stress is inevitable, right?  We need some stress or we’d find a way to play solitaire all day when no-one is looking.  When the stress comes from internal sources (the things we say to ourselves to ensure we stay on track) e.g. “I like what I am doing Read More…

  • May 28 2019 Small business owners prioritise climate change, energy costs and tax cuts

    A new survey from Xero, the global small business platform, has revealed a disconnect between small business owners and politics, with a whopping three in four (75 per cent) unable to name the Federal Small Business Minister, and 15 per cent unable to name the Prime Minister. Despite many not being able to name key Read More…

  • May 28 2019 How brands can better and effectively use influencers

    Influencer marketing isn’t as simple as choosing an influencer with a high number of followers to post an ad for you. In 2019, there have been a multitude of changes that have taken place in the influencer marketing world which brands need to factor into their strategies to get the most ROI. Consumer expectations around Read More…

  • May 27 2019 What are your obligations if an employee is sick during their annual leave?

    When most people think of taking annual leave, they don’t anticipate spending that time either sick in bed or in hospital with a family member. However, the reality is that unforeseeable events can occur and potentially derail an intended vacation or any leave plans. So, what are an employer’s obligations if their employees get sick Read More…

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