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  • 22
    Sep
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    5 reasons mobile payments are here to stay

    Written by Businesses

    If you ever need any indication that mobile payment adoption will pick up speed here, you only need to look at the number of new players entering the market over the last few months. It’s a hot topic in the payments industry right now, and for good reasons. The ability to make and accept payments via a smartphone is potentially game changing, especially for tradies, consultants, field agents, mobile vendors and those who are always on the move.  Businesses can accept card payments from any location with cell phone coverage – perfect for mobile businesses. …

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  • 19
    Sep
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    Episode 6: ATSA – speed dating event for tech savvy accountants

    It’s safe to say that David Smith was always the ‘person most likely’ to stage an annual technology conference for accountants. His love of all things geeky and techy started back in the 1960s. As a boy, he would huddle close to his shortwave radio to follow the conversations of astronauts and their adventures high above the earth. Today, David advises accountants Australia-wide on how to use technology to optimise the workflow and productivity of their practice, among other things. The Accountants’ Technology Showcase Australia, or ATSA, was his brainchild and kicked off 7 years ago. ATSA is, in David’s words, ‘speed dating …

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  • 19
    Sep
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    MYOB partner wins dream French Riviera trip with CompanyDocs

    If you’re anything like me, you're probably skeptical when it comes to winning competitions. I mean, no one I know ever wins a thing. Oh sure, fifth division Lotto is still a win, but I mean the BIG prizes. That’s why I was thrilled to interview the winner of the recent MYOB CompanyDocs competition. Debra Anderson of NSW firm Legally Counts was over the moon to be spending 6 nights in the south of France, with an opportunity to drive a Ferrari around the Côte d'Azur. The winner was picked from a ballot. …

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  • 16
    Sep
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    10 financial tips to get through tough business conditions

    Written by Businesses

    When trading conditions become difficult, successful small businesses are the ones that have the flexibility to transform poor performance into optimal growth and profit. Sounds easy right? Well, it can be if you are willing to make the changes — and maybe even take some risks. The starting point is to understand the current business environment, its impact on your business operations, and then identify where improvements can be made. Here are ten tips you can look at to help you navigate through tough times: 1. Take stock How financially healthy is your business? Look at profit and loss, balance sheet and cash flow statements and mea …

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  • 12
    Sep
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    Hate running your business? 3 ways to get your groove back

    Being a sole trader or a freelancer can be a lonely reality. You’re essentially on your own, steering your own ship. Some people operate beautifully in this environment — I work predominantly with accounting firms, and I know of many sole practitioners who have come out of partnerships and would never go back. But others struggle when there is no one to bounce ideas off. Whichever camp you fall into, one thing is for certain: If you love what you are doing, you’ll have a more fulfilling existence. …

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  • 11
    Sep
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    Credit scores explained for small business

    With the introduction of credit scores, the playing field around obtaining credit has changed dramatically in the last year here in Australia. Many people were concerned about the move — and possible restriction of credit — but a surprise outcome has been the ability for you to actually use your credit score to look for better deals for your loans and finance arrangements. Small business people are among the most likely to seek credit (and unfortunately be refused) so the ability to review and actively manage your score is a great step forward. Until now people have only dealt with credit bureaus when they get rejected for credit. They …

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