The Business Behind Your Business

The Business Behind Your Business

Conversations to help your business grow and thrive. It's like having your own board of expert advisors in your pocket. Join your host Paul Sweeney and our team of expert advisors as we take a deep dive into the problems (and solutions) faced by business owners. In our 15 to 20 minute podcasts, we’ll discuss information and advice from qualified, experienced professionals to help you create a great business. Running a business is hard. And no matter how experienced you are in your business you’ll run into unexpected issues. Whatever is happening to your business now, it has likely happened to plenty of business owners before. The Business Behind Your Business will be bringing the team of expert advisors to you, sharing their experience, tips and case studies to help you run a great business. Hear from expert advisors including Business Accountants, Business Advisors, Lawyers, Insurance Brokers, Finance Brokers, Information Technology (IT), Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Financial Advisors, Business Restructuring, Business Turnaround, Systems Design and Implementation, and Strategic Planning.

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June 22, 2021 28 min

You might be surprised to find out just how many different government grants and assistance programs are on offer. Depending on your specific business and the markets you supply to, different grants might be applicable.

Is your business leaving cash on the table? By not taking advantage of government grants and incentives which may be available to your business, are you turning your back on financial assistance that Federal and Stat...

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When selecting a business structure for a small business, there is a cheap way and an expensive way.

The cheap way is to do it right first time – by getting advice from an experienced professional. But the expensive way is commonly disguised as the ‘low-cost’ method.

Make sure you consider the real costs of setting a business up – selecting the wrong structure through poor advice can become a costly mistake.

When you try to cut corner...

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Landing pages are often dismissed as a cheap alternative to websites. Phil Wendell from Click Click Media explains how every business can use landing pages as part of their marketing strategy to target new customers. By using landing pages, you can quickly and easily test your market and get feedback.  How much did I invest in marketing this landing page? What were the results? How many leads did I get? And what was the quality of ...

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What is RegTech? How does it affect my business? What should I be doing?

According to Deloitte, "RegTech (Regulatory Technology) is more than a buzzword, it is a very real movement that is already having an impact on regulatory compliance."

Deborah Young, CEO of the RegTech Association explains what RegTech is, and how RegTech is used every day by businesses everywhere.

The RegTech Association is a global non-profit industry m...

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Tax planning is a legitimate strategy all business owners can take advantage of to minimise tax.

Tax planning is not just for big business. Every business can take advantage of some simple strategies to reduce tax this financial year.

Paul Sweeney, Chartered Accountant and Registered Tax Agent,  explains some simple strategies to reduce tax this financial year for your business.

Connect with Paul Sweeny on Linkedin

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The Australian economy's recovery from COVID-19 is well underway. The Federal Budget is focused on securing Australia's recovery and rebuilding. It is a plan to invest rather than reform.

Many have argued that it is a bland budget, missing the opportunity to deliver more tax cuts to help business owners.

So how do the measures announced in the budget help your business? Where are the opportunities for growth and how can you t...

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May 11, 2021 24 min

What is unfair dismissal?  Who can apply for it? How does the Commission consider cases before it?

For many employers, unfair dismissal can be a roadblock that prevents them from hiring because they don't have a good understanding of unfair dismissal and it's associated risks. It's useful for businesses to understand which employees can apply for unfair dismissal and what types of things the Commission considers when th...

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Are you struggling to engage your employees who are working from home? Do you want better ways to support your remote team? Find out more about emotional intelligence and how a greater understanding of this skill can affect your business and help you all work as a cohesive team.

Managing remote workforces has its challenges. Given how common this situation is, it's worth learning the skills to help make remote work a success. He...

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Have you thought about trying networking but not sure where to start? Maybe you're not sure what you'll get out of it or if it will be worthwhile? Sandra Zalud from Liberty Network Services shares her experiences with business networking as a small business owner.

Sandra found one important benefit that she received from business chambers and other networking groups was education on  how to run your business. Plus, there was...

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PART 2 of our look at cybersecurity and the insurance you need to protect your business.

In this episode, we look at what happens if there's a cyberattack and I have to make a claim? What's the process?

Join Dave Ferris (Davelcorp Insurance Brokers) and Luke Iacovelli (UNITECH Solutions) as they dive into the issues around cybercrime and how best to protect your business from cyberattacks.

If your business experiences a cyber...

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April 13, 2021 22 min

Is your business appropriately protected from cybercrime? Do you have specific cyber insurance coverage? Many small and medium businesses don't understand the issues involved and are at risk of costly cyberattacks.

In the past, it was the mega companies that were being hacked and they had teams of cyberloss control staff trying to prevent this by designing good security systems. Now, the cybercriminals have moved to targeting s...

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In this episode, we're going to delve into some of the practical steps that you can take to reduce your exposure to cybercrime. Luke Iacovelli (UNITECH Solutions) returns to help your business identify some of the practical steps you can take to reduce your cybersecurity risk and exposure.

Many businesses are experiencing the following situation - their IT systems at the office are up-to-date and working fine, but the home compu...

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When it comes to cybersecurity, the weakest link is the user - the actual human being behind the computer. You could have the best systems in the world doing what they do best, but if someone clicks on something or does something at a user level, then you can potentially compromise a lot of the work.

The common misconception is that cybersecurity and cybercrime is an IT issue. It is, but it's also a management and business issu...

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With the end of Jobkeeper approaching in March for those businesses still meeting eligibility criteria, and other tax concessions being phased out, business owners need to look beyond March.

The COVID-19 crisis has provided some indirect beneficial outcomes. It has in many ways been a catalyst for businesses to closely examine how they operate, who they transact with, and the efficiency and profitability of their businesses.

There h...

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What are the traps businesses fall into with digital marketing? Where does your website fit in with your marketing strategy? Claire Wendell from Click Click Media discusses the problems many businesses face when trying to get started with digital marketing. Claire states, "You really want to try with your online marketing to showcase who you are as a business. The behavior of consumers online - and your competitor - is just one...

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Sandra Zalud shares some of the lessons learned from her experience of starting a business and provides some key advice for anyone getting started in business.

Even with 25 years' experience with lending and assisting a mortgage broker, there were lessons to be learnt when Sandra started her own mortgage broking business.

Sandra has been a representative of Liberty Network Services for over 5 years and has over 25 years of bankin...

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When processes and procedures aren’t documented…

  • A customer’s issue may be handled incorrectly
  • Customer service won’t meet customer expectations
  • Errors will be made
  • How much time is wasted by other employees learning how to do someone else's job (badly) on the fly?
  • How much of their own work do they not get done while they are covering for someone else? 
  • Paul Sweeney from Pretium Solutions Chartered Accountants and Certified Business...

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    Every business has risks. Identifying the cost to your business from losing one of your key people is the first step in protecting your business from loss.

    Jim Mills from Merit Wealth identifies the major risks to your business from losing a key person. How do you identify the impact? How do you create a plan to financially protect your business from the loss resulting from death, disablement or trauma?

    Explore these issues around r...

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    Jason Smith, from Capital Plus Finance, shares his lessons learned from creating and successfully selling his business Cash Flow Advantage.

    Jason didn't start his business with a plan of selling. But the decisions he made and the systems he implemented transformed his business into a profitable business that ran independently of him.
     
    When the time came to sell, Jason had a very saleable business that sold quickly at a good price...

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    Employers now have a new issue that has come to the forefront that's to do with a case concerning casual employment, and it has the potential to significantly change the way that employers look at casual employment.

    Before we actually look at this issue, it's important to understand what is meant by casual employment and the reasons why we have casual employment.

    Casual employment is there to help businesses employ people o...

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