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I am always hesitant to talk about cloud computing—after all, it's a term that seems to be saturating the business and technology news at present. But for business owners, cloud computing can prove to be a tremendous opportunity with access to technology infrastructure, software, and data in a pay-as-you-go format. But cloud computing is also a fascinating phenomenon, with many of us already using cloud computing resources without even knowing it. Just think about it—if you use Gmail then you are using the cloud. If you share or post your photos on Flickr, you are using the cloud. And YouTube ... well, you get my drift.
The big race to provide your employees their PAYG Payment Summaries is about to begin. Here are three ways you can simply your payroll process this month to ensure you provide the PAYG Payment Summaries to your employees by the 14 July deadline and the PAYG Payment Summary Statement to the tax office by 14 August. Ensure Staff Details are all up to date. Accountants and bookkeepers assist and prepare a number of PAYG Payment Summaries on clients accounting systems each year. One of the bug bears is that employee’s details have not all be entered into the payroll system. Ensure you have the following for your employees entered into your system:
No matter what business you're in, the cloud can help you punch above your weight. Cloud computing grants SMBs access to powerful tools that were previously restricted to the big end of town. They can be divided into two main categories; Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Both are really forms of outsourcing – handing over maintenance to the experts so you can get on with doing what you do best. The flexibility and scalability of cloud services can make them a good fit for growing businesses. Turning a significant capital expenditure into an operational expense also helps put enterprise-grade tools within reach of SMBs.
There are two major reasons I use cloud computing: convenience and lower IT investment. Coming from corporate IT, I had only ever run marketing programs with the highest reporting and lead follow up capabilities using Customer Relation Management (CRM) systems. But when I decided to set up my own marketing agency, we certainly didn't have one hundred thousand dollars to drop on such a system, so we turned to cloud computing. To translate that into English, call it ‘software rental’. Cloud computing is any subscription-based, pay-as-you-go, or per-use service provided over the Internet. It allows users to access files and software remotely instead of from a hard drive or office server. Many people currently use free cloud computing services whether they know it or not. Examples include web-based email such as Gmail and video-sharing sites like YouTube.
I was recently at a family BBQ enjoying a beer and a sausage in bread when I was asked the following: ‘Hey mate, you work in computers(sic), what’s all this Cloud computing stuff about?’ Now, being the families resident ‘computer nerd’, I’m often asked computer related questions (either that or cartoon related questions). Usually the questions are along the lines of ‘should I buy a Mac’ or ‘why isn’t my email working’. Most can be fairly easily answered with a paint-by-numbers answer, but this one required a bit more effort. Effort that by the end of the conversation – which only ended because if we didn’t stop talking, all of my auntie’s awesome trifle would’ve been eaten without me getting any – still could’ve been delved into a lot more. This ‘Cloud computing stuff’ question became a 45-minute discussion about a bunch of seemingly unlinked topics – business, computers, iPhones and iPads, MYOB, the Patriot Act, Russians; the list went on and on.
Do you have a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in your business? If you’re a small business, chances are, no. Few small or medium businesses have a CFO. A CFO’s role in a business is to use the financial information of a business to drive and improve it. The financial information of a business is the key to the strategic direction and improvement of every business.
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