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  • 08
    Sep
    140908_pyjama

    Working in your pyjamas? 5 tips for being productive

    Working from home is expected to become increasingly prevalent over the coming decades, as is already a commonplace option for small business owners and the self-employed. But unless you are Hugh Hefner, pyjamas may not be the ideal daywear of choice for the productive self-employed worker or business owner. Here are five basic tips to stay on top of your game as a home-stationed operator. …

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  • 05
    Sep
    Ep5RyanMiller

    Episode 5: How one accounting practice got savvier with its services

    It’s a familiar story… how does a business owner create a more holistic service for their customer? Do they extend the existing business offering (and possibly lose focus on what made the company successful), or do they start another business? Ryan Miller of accounting firm Steven J Miller & Co chose the latter and hasn’t looked back since. Ryan was keen to provide services over and above the typical accountant practice remit - he wanted to help small businesses on a day-to-day basis; not just once a month, a quarter, or a year. With his new business Keeping Company, Ryan and his team now offers secretarial, bookkeeping, and v …

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  • 05
    Sep
    140825_modernoffice

    4 trends shaping the future office

    The concept of the office of the future has been kicking around since the 1940s and is something that futurists and technology guys like me love speculating on. At the most basic level, it’s about running a paperless office. Since then, it has evolved into something so much more. If you remember Microsoft’s video from 2009, they presented an office where every surface was a screen — where every device you owned was connected and could transmit data from wherever you put it, from your desk to the kitchen bench. But now, in 2014, where the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets has shown that a world of screens has truly come to pass, w …

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  • 03
    Sep
    140902_hyperlink

    What’s a backlink? Everything you need to know

    Written by Businesses

    You may have heard the term backlink in your marketing dealings or discussions with digital companies around search engine optimisation (SEO), and you’ve probably got a vague idea what everyone is talking about. So what is a backlink, and why are they so important to your business? …

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  • 03
    Sep
    140903_TimeSaving

    4 ways to reduce time spent on day-to-day accounting tasks

    By Rhys Roberts If you’re like most small business owners, you probably find yourself constantly switching hats between doing the books, managing staff, running a sales and marketing campaign and doing the day-to-day admin tasks, among many things. Automating or streamlining any of those tasks is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make, giving you back valuable time to grow your business or hang out with your family and friends. Consider these four steps you can take to get out of tedious and time consuming bookwork. …

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  • 02
    Sep
    140902_BankVault

    How much of your cash is in your customers’ bank accounts?

    By Rhys Roberts For a majority of businesses, the saying “cash is king” has never been more true than it is today. According to a recent Dun & Bradstreet survey, Australian businesses now wait an average of 54 days to receive payment from their customers after issuing an invoice. If your business is turning over $400,000, those 54 debtor days equate to almost $60,000 of your cash that is still sitting in your customers' bank accounts! Getting paid 30 days after you issue an invoice instead of 54 days would add an instant $28,000 to your bank balance. The situation is even worse for small businesses, with customers taking 60 d …

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