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17-Dec-2018 PracticePlus

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Increasing benefits of Cloud Computing

In this era where a lot of activities are digital, no individual or organization wants their information lost. People also want to have access to their information; especially at the point of their needs. Therefore, one thing of increasing importance is the issue of accessible data storage.

16-Dec-2018

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7 steps to brilliant job and staff scheduling

Effective job scheduling is one of the most important but least understood disciplines of business management.

16-Dec-2018 Workflow Max

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Security is everyone's responsibility

For most of us the internet is an intrinsic part of our lives. We rely on it to get us where we are going, connect us to friends and family and answer all of our questions, no matter how banal. It has also quickly become an integral part of most businesses, enabling them to complete business transactions in mere minutes as well as connect to their customers and a global network.

16-Dec-2018 Neto

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Why you should take UX seriously

UX (User Experience) is at the heart of every good design. It’s the difference between your customers groaning in wretched frustration, or grinning with enjoyment; with them shaking a defeated fist at your site and hastily clicking away from it, or completing a satisfying purchase and wanting to return for more.

12-Dec-2018 PracticePlus

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Christmas celebrations: avoiding Fringe Benefits Tax

It’s Christmas season again, a season to be jolly and a season of giving! Every employer is probably on a quest to appreciate employees for a job well done all year round, and also to provide incentives to help secure great performances from them in advance, for the coming year.

12-Dec-2018 PracticePlus

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Christmas tax write-offs

Christmas is here and more than anything, it’s usually referred to as the season of love. Love is expressed by giving, and many employers hope to express this love to their employees by giving gifts.

12-Dec-2018 PracticePlus

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Christmas tax write-offs: tax on gifts

It’s the time of the year when the streets look very beautiful as snowflakes fall on them. Parties are being planned, holiday reservations are being made, families are gathering together, and everyone is preparing for loads of fun.

10-Dec-2018 Xero

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Five important business negotiation strategies

Business negotiation is a world of contradictions. You’ve got to be firm but flexible open and sharing, but a little cagey. There’s a lot to get your head around. But your state of mind might be the most important thing. Aim for a mutually beneficial outcome, and you’ll find the whole exercise more comfortable. Follow these five tips to prepare for your next negotiation.

10-Dec-2018 Xero

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How to make price quotes work for you

When a customer asks you for a quote, they're giving you a golden opportunity. With the right response, you can close the deal quickly and win new business. Here's how to make the most of price quotes.

10-Dec-2018 Xero

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Make a mobile office work for your business

Offices used to be essential for most businesses. But mobile technology and new working practices mean that many small businesses don't need any office space. Here's what you need to know about having a mobile office.

10-Dec-2018

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Why thinking negatively isn't always a bad thing

Contrary to what you've always been told, thinking negatively can very much be a good thing.

29-Nov-2018

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Shutting down over Christmas and New Year?

The end of 2018 is fast approaching. It's time to start thinking about what happens over Christmas and New Year. Many businesses shut down or run on skeleton staff over the holiday period. In this blog, find out how this affects pay and leave.

18-Nov-2018 Schaefer Marketing Solutions

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Influencer Marketing For Small Businesses And Startups

Some benefits of social media and content marketing are normally inaccessible for small businesses and startups because:

18-Nov-2018 Xero

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Make Small Business Accounting Fun

Owning a small business is exciting. You get to do what you love, day in, day out. But traditionally, small business accounting isn’t exciting. So how can we change this stereotype and make accounting fun and easy?

15-Nov-2018 business.gov.au

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$20,000 instant asset write-off extended

The $20,000 instant asset write-off threshold has been extended to 30 June 2019. This means you can continue to claim the cost of new or second-hand assets that are less than the threshold of $20,000.

15-Nov-2018 readwrite

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4 Email Personalization Tactics That Are Sure to Get Clicks

Email is a notoriously fickle channel. Something as simple as tweaking the subject line can be the difference between an 8 percent or an 80 percent open rate.

15-Nov-2018 WorkflowMax

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Are you being data smart with your smartphone?

A few weeks ago, the new shiny iPhone XS entered the market. For all the Apple lovers out there, this might mean being the first to wrap your hands around the irresistibly smooth all-glass design, or finally upgrading your old glitchy iPhone 6 to the new model.

If this is you, I’m guessing you’re focused on the opportunity to start afresh, buy a new case, clear all those apps cluttering your current device, and start playing with its new features. Right?

15-Nov-2018 Xero

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Construction accounting basics

Construction is unlike any other business. Building projects can last for months or even years – and you might be both an employer and a contractor. So how do you learn the basics of construction accounting?

15-Nov-2018 business.gov.au

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GST and BAS tips for running a successful business

Successful businesses spend that little bit of extra time on record keeping and getting their tax right, including preparing and lodging business activity statements (BAS). Once set up and organised, you’ll save time in the long run.

15-Nov-2018 Socially Sorted

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How Customers Engage With Social Media Video: 8 Things You Need To Know

Want to peek into the mind of your ideal customer and find out how they engage with social media video? How they are interacting with brands via video? How are they purchasing?

Take a seat, because in this post we break down exactly how customers are watching social media video and more importantly, how they are purchasing from video.

And it’s all based on data and research, so you can start using this intel now, to get results in your business.

15-Nov-2018 Entrepreneurs' Organization

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It's About Time

We equate being busy as being virtuous. When we’re maxed out, it feels safe. It must be productive. (Or is it?) It’s a badge of courage, honor or something …

15-Nov-2018 Xero

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Understanding Cloud Computing

Cloud computing got you perplexed? You’re not alone. Most of us talk about ‘the cloud’ without even realising what it really means. We’re clearing the air on cloud computing and how it can benefit your small business.

18-Oct-2018

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Accurate Inventory Forecasting, No Crystal Ball Needed

Anticipating future demand is a tough job, wrought with ways you might go wrong. Proper demand forecasting and inventory control can save a company from buying too much or too little of something, which of course avoids expensive overstock scenarios or stockouts.

18-Oct-2018

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Aussie businesses get over $3.5m to launch their innovative idea into global markets

Offers for grants worth over $3.5 million will support 7 businesses to help launch their innovative products, processes and services into domestic and international markets.

The funding has been provided from the Accelerating Commercialisation element of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

18-Oct-2018 Vend

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Crafting Your Mobile Strategy: How Retailers Can Go Mobile and Increase Sales

We no longer need studies to tell us: Smartphones are almost everywhere. Most of the customers coming through your doors have a mobile device with them. And these devices aren’t always shoved in pockets or bags — shoppers are using them while they’re in store too.

18-Oct-2018

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Creating a business without debtors

There’s literally hundreds of blog posts giving you the 7-10 steps to reduce debtors and improve cashflow. Yet the debtors problem still exists to some extent in the majority of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) globally.

18-Oct-2018

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Customer-centric banking innovation in Asia

Over 100 accounting/bookkeeping, marketplace and banking partners across Asia joined us in Brisbane this year to attend Xerocon, the most innovative conference for cloud leaders in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

18-Oct-2018

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Debt Collection: The Whys & When

Too often businesses leave collecting debts at the bottom of the pile. Why? Often there is anxiety and worry around the process, or lack of trust in collection agencies. Sometimes lack of time and understanding of the process.

18-Oct-2018

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If You Don’t Got the Time, You Don’t Got the Money

Clichés. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. (See what just happened there—it’s that bad).

The most widespread, just-waiting-to-pop-out-at-you, cliché is a very short one, measuring just three words—time is money.

18-Oct-2018

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Make your business's homepage stand out!

The homepage is the most important page of your business’s website. It is the virtual shop front to your business, providing your customers a first impression of what you have to offer. You only have seconds to grab your customer’s attention so it is key to make sure that they can find what they’re looking for quickly and easily.

18-Oct-2018

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Tips for managing seasonal workers

During the Christmas holiday season, businesses of many types employ seasonal or casual workers to meet extra demands. Often these workers are hard-working young people who have travelled from overseas, bringing with them their own language and culture. This international melting-pot makes for a fun and productive work environment, although it can also present challenges.

11-Oct-2018

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Two-Step Authentication to Keep your Data Safe

Is your data protected? New regulations for the transfer of data and software security have certainly brought this to front of mind, and not without frustration. This year has seen a significant increase in all things data security, and we all have no choice but to comply.

03-Oct-2018

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Tax deductions for small business owners

Tax time is fast approaching—it’s important to do your homework and know exactly what tax deductions you can claim.

03-Oct-2018

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What does Single Touch Payroll mean for you?

Single Touch Payroll – the term has been thrown around a bit in the last few months, but what does STP mean for you?

07-Sep-2018

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A reflection on farming in recent times

It has been said that “farmers are the only ones in our economy who buy everything at retail, sell everything at wholesale and pay the freight both ways”…

06-Sep-2018

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Emergency Drought Relief – some practical tips

Welcomed by many, criticised by others, the reality is that some government relief is available for many of our farmers affected by drought. Many ag providers, including YBM, are offering face-to-face assistance with claims, so be sure to access this if you need it.

06-Aug-2018

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Are you eligible for a Drought Transport Subsidy?

Applications are now open for Drought Transport Subsidies and YBM would love to help you.

19-Jul-2018

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What you can and cant claim at tax time?

Are you looking for a new accountant? Are you wanting to understand what you can and can't claim?

19-Jul-2018

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Can you claim motor vehicle deductions?

Do you know if you're eligible to claim motor vehicle deductions in your income tax return? Kel Lech from our office steps you through the requirements to be able to claim this deduction.

23-Apr-2018 YBM

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RAA Reimbursements for YBM Farm Business Advice

In an effort to provide assistance to our farming clients, YBM have recently been in touch with RAA. Excitingly, we have found some subsidies available for business advice. Yes, subsidies, not just low interest loans!

06-Mar-2018

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$20,000 Instant Asset Write-Off Scheduled to Cease

Small businesses have until 30 June 2018 to utilise the instant asset write-off threshold of $20,000. The threshold, which has applied from 12 May 2015, is scheduled to reduce to $1,000 from 1 July 2018.

06-Mar-2018

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Rental Property Owners Lose Some Deductions

The “housing tax integrity” bill solidifies the government’s intention to deny all travel deductions relating to inspecting, maintaining, or collecting rent for a residential investment property. As well, second-hand plant and equipment that came with an investment property are now off the table as far as depreciation goes.

25-Oct-2017

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Second Bathurst Agribusiness Networking Event

Come and join us at this free event to meet with agribusiness professionals and farmers from Bathurst and District.

03-Oct-2017 BDO Australia

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Are you ready for Single Touch Payroll Reporting (STPR)?

This new Government initiative is designed to streamline business reporting obligations and will change the way employers report their tax and superannuation.

09-Aug-2017

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9 tax deductions you probably can't claim

Yes, there are some odd tax deductions available (handbags, anyone?) However, there are also a lot of myths and mistaken beliefs about what you can actually claim as deductions against your income.

12-Jul-2017

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What did I miss? 1 July changes

The new financial year typically brings a number of important changes for business, individuals and the economy as a whole. Below is a summary of the key things to remember from 1 July 2017:

10-Mar-2017

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Self Managed Super Fund Update Seminar

Do you understand the impact the new Super Legislation will have on your Superannuation Fund from 1 July 2017?

22-Feb-2017 ESS BASIP

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Debtors’ Days Outstanding “Silent Killer of Modern Business”

Australia is lagging the rest of the world in terms of late payments described as the “silent killer of modern business” by the Australian government’s Small Business Ombudsman, Kate Carnell late last year. (Australian Financial Review Article).

16-Jan-2017 Aspect Buyer's Agency

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Investment Strategy or Investment Product?

What’s the difference and why does it matter?

19-Sep-2016

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Bathurst Agribusiness Networking Event

Come and join us at this free event to meet with agribusiness professionals and farmers from Bathurst and District.

12-Sep-2016

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Superannuation - the Gender Gap is closing

The gap between men’s and women’s superannuation levels is closing, according to a new report released last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). But there is still some way to go.

11-Aug-2016

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Gumboots. Akubra. Tax Status?

Hobby farming is a lifestyle choice that has been around for years and looks like an option that, if anything, is on the increase.

And while it can be easy to poke fun at the success or otherwise of the average hobby farmer (like the old joke about their skills at growing blackberries and rabbits), for many the choice to embrace the rural idyll leads to a thirst for information about the taxation realities of owning a small country property.

11-Jul-2016

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Start the New Financial Year by building a Budget

A new financial year is like springtime for your business. Full of opportunities to breathe new life into existing processes and ways of thinking. We love this time of the year for new resolutions. Much better than in January when you’re battling post summer holiday blues.

29-May-2015

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Budgets, Just part of your Plan

Knowing what road to take is just the first step in building your business

10-Feb-2015 Vend

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How to Collect Data in Your Store and Four Ways to Use It

Retail stores have long been collecting basic details (i.e. name and email) on their customers. Now, with the help of some nifty retail cloud solutions, it’s possible to collect so much more.