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  • 01
    Sep
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    Great entrepreneurs focus on these 4 areas

    Written by Businesses

    By Jack Delosa As business owners it is incredibly easy for us to get bogged down in the day-to-day of running a business. However, this short-term view leaves us simply fire-fighting, instead of growing a business. Great entrepreneurs have four main focus points when it comes to approaching and developing businesses. These focus points will pull you out of the day-to-day and enable you to start building a truly great company. Focus #1: Vision It is your primary job as the business owner to set the vision and direction of the company. Many business owners shy away from setting a clear vision for the business by using this excuse: “I …

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  • 28
    Aug
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    Is Australia really open for business?

    By Jenny Nedanovski As Prime Minister Tony Abbott continues to remind us that Australia is ‘open for business’, recent discussions have brought to question just how conducive the business environment really is, especially for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). According to a research by the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, tax compliance is costing SMEs approximately $18.4 billion a year. The average gross tax compliance cost is approximately $11,000 a year. …

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  • 28
    Aug
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    Episode 4: Content marketing 101 with Trevor Young

    Trevor Young, PR warrior, keynote speaker, consultant and writer, is a veritable mine of information when it comes to content marketing strategy. His content philosophy focuses on getting three things right: passion, purpose, and strategic intent. In today’s episode, he discusses loads of tips, ideas and strategies around getting your practice into a content marketing mindset. Trevor answers key content marketing questions, such as: …

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  • 27
    Aug
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    Getting to know the voice of small accounting firms on the AASB

    When I was given the opportunity to interview Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) board member Carmen Ridley, I expected a trek to the busy business end of Bourke Street, Melbourne. Instead, I found myself nestled beside a log fire in a gorgeous home – itself comfortably nestled into a bushy hillside on the Mornington Peninsula. And while the view over the valley was interrupted by a disappointingly opaque morning fog, the company more than made up for it. …

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  • 15
    Aug
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    Rewarding growing businesses in the mid-market

    Tim Reed recently had the pleasure of judging & attending the 2014 Telstra Australian Business of the Year award.  As always, it was a fantastic event for Tim, signifying a huge celebration for the drivers of our economy – small and medium businesses across Australia. “These awards are very special to us at MYOB. In 1996 when we had just 40 employees and around 70,000 clients, we entered the awards. The application process, then as it does now, forced us to reflect on where we'd come from and where we were going. Never did we imagine that we'd win ... but win we did,” says Tim. He still views winning the Australian Business o …

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  • 15
    Aug
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    Episode 3: Beyond the traditional accountant-client relationship

    18 months ago, Amanda Gascoigne was at a crossroad. Her accounting practice Gascoigne Consulting was about to celebrate its 15th year in business, and was growing from strength to strength. She had to make a decision: grow or consolidate. While growth made sense, Amanda had long held a dream to mentor startups – beyond the advice normally offered by accountants. So she closed the books, removed slow-paying clients, and consolidated. This would provide her the space to finally realise her dream. …

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