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Making long-form content readable

Posted on February 23, 2018 by admin

Many people will say that writing long-form content is a ‘no-no’, however, sometimes it is the only way to discuss a particular topic. There are a number of do’s and don’ts you can practice to make your long-form content is as readable and as engaging for your audience as possible. Consider the following: Do’s Use a headline that relates exactly to the content you are discussing. If the content you are sharing is relevant, then there is no need to manipulate the audience into reading it by using misleading headings. Make it clear what the content is about, and you will attract the people that find value in your content. Numbers and lists work for breaking up content. While it may be necessary to write long-form content, it’s not always necessary to present it as an essay. Consider using numbers, point form and/or lists to break up the wordiness of the content and make it more readable. Similar to above, using subheadings to break up large paragraphs of information is ideal for making content more digestible. Using visuals to illustrate specific points is ideal. Visuals may include images, photographs, graphs and charts, videos, infographics, etc. Don’ts Don’t babble. If you’re […]

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Managing risks associated with investing

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Whenever or however you choose to invest, there will always be risk involved. Luckily, there are strategies you can adopt to manage this risk in the best way possible for you and your investment goals. Unfortunately, volatility in financial markets can cause an investor to lose their confidence. The Australian Government has provided Australians with a number of tips on how to minimise the risks involved in investing, to ensure they remain confident and their investments stay strong. Consider the following: Set goals Goal setting is particularly important in a volatile market. Without a plan in place, when the market drops, an individual can be quick to panic and pull their money out. Reacting like this can cause you to lose out, so ensuring you have a goal and a plan will help you handle these times, without losing your head. Diversify A profile that is diversified is much more secure in times of market volatility because it is less exposed to the negative impacts of a specific economic event. Investing in a number of different industry sectors, asset classes and even geographic locations will see your portfolio become more diversified. Stay involved Knowing what is going on with your […]

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Considerations before accepting a job offer

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Accepting a new job offer can be exhilarating; you’ve put yourself out there, gone for an interview, waited to hear back and you finally get the good news. While it is all very exciting, before accepting any new job, you need to ask yourself a few questions about the new workplace and most importantly your new employer or manager. Jumping ship without knowing what you’re getting yourself into can land you in an uncomfortable situation. Consider the following before making the big leap: Personality The ability to be yourself is important whether you realise it or not. Does the workplace allow for you to thrive and flourish, not just as an employee but as an individual? One of the most relevant aspects of job satisfaction is feeling like you are valued and an important member of your team. If you accept a position in a company that is not accepting of you, you are not likely to be satisfied long-term. Employee benefits Many employees have a skill for making job applicants feel like they are extremely lucky to be given the position with the company. While it might be a great career opportunity, companies don’t hire people just to give […]

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The in’s and out’s of asset allocation

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Deciding where to allocate your assets can be confusing and even daunting, particularly if you aren’t confident in your knowledge of the current financial sphere. Consider the following in’s and out’s of asset allocation to make the process much easier: Set goals Goal-setting is extremely important, particularly when it comes to your money. When deciding out where to allocate assets, you should set both short-term and long-term goals. If you are planning to save for a vacation or a new car, this would be a short-term goal, a mortgage would be a medium-term goal and your nest egg would be a long-term financial goal. The goals you set should be SMART; specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. You should also revisit your SMART goals and assess how well you are doing, thus allowing you to make appropriate adjustments if need be. Risks The more open an individual is to risk, the greater the opportunities for where they allocate their assets. If an individual is open to investing in higher-risk assets, they can consider options such as investing in shares. If they are more attracted to low-risk assets, options such as a term deposit are more suitable. Speak to a professional […]

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The ATO targeting record keeping of small businesses

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The Australian Tax Office is honing in on small businesses failing to comply with guidelines regarding appropriate record keeping. Findings from the ATO’s Protecting Honest Business campaign indicated that one of the leading factors for small business failure is their poor record keeping practices. Small business owners are required to disclose particular information, and keep records of the following: Income tax records Income and sales records Expense or purchase records Year-end records Bank records Goods and services tax records Employees and contractors records Fuel tax records By law, all Australian businesses must keep these records for a period of five years. These records must be in writing, either on paper or electronically. Dedicating time each week, fortnight or month to compile all the above-listed information will prevent you incurring fines and possibly losing your business.

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Maximising your accounts receivable

Posted on February 16, 2018 by admin

Freeing up working capital can help businesses fund growth, reduce debt levels and lower costs. One way to improve working capital is by managing your accounts receivable. Many businesses fall into the trap of poor accounts receivable management, for various reasons from extending credit to customers, to ignoring payments terms to guarantee a new sale. These behaviours and behaviours like these can quickly cause disastrous effects on your cash flow. There are a number of strategies you can practice to improve your accounts receivable process, including: Customer credit approval policies One great strategy is to create a clear customer credit approval policy before entering into any business deals with a customer. By assigning credit limits, payment terms, discounts and return policies to specific customers, you are protecting yourself from getting caught out. Introduce a system to determine a new customer’s creditworthiness, such as background and credit history checks. Criteria for approving or rejecting requests for credit Reviewing your credit approval process is an essential component of business, as a customer’s financial situation may cause a change to warranting a reviewal of their credit terms. Sound invoicing procedure One of the necessary strategies to maximise accounts receivable is to establish a […]

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Understanding various kinds of super fees

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No matter the kind of superfund you opt for, you will be subject to super fees. Understanding how these fees work and the difference they can make to your next egg is vital. When it comes to superfund fees, there are two factors you need to get your head around; the kinds of fees you are being charged and the rate of fees you pay. Opting for a superfund based on these two factors can see you retire with hundreds of thousands more money. You should be aware of the various types of fees you are being charged. If you would like to find out the fees you are being charged, you should do two things. Firstly, Google your fund’s product disclosure statement and scroll through to the fees section. You should see a list of different types of fees, with an explanation of what they are, how they are applied, and how often they will be incurred. Secondly, you should log in to your superfund account and take note of all the fees being charged to you. Investigate how closely these correspond and correlate with the product disclosure statement. If you feel there are discrepancies, do not hesitate to […]

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Minimising the risk of fraud

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The Australian Taxation Office is urging all businesses and individuals to take care in relation to avoiding the risk of fraud. With a focus on criminals lodging fraudulent returns in order to obtain unwarranted refunds through accessing banking information that is not their own, the ATO recommends businesses and individuals practice the following: Discussions with staff and clients Keep your employees and your clients about safe behaviours to protect them from being vulnerable to criminals, such as not clicking on downloads, hyperlinks or opening attachments in unsolicited emails. Protection on devices Ensuring the devices you use for confidential information such as transferring funds and purchasing goods and services are all up to date with protective software, such as malware detectors and firewalls. Also, ensure autofill forms are not saved or used. Proof of identity Before taking on new clients, ensure they provide numerous pieces of proof of identity. You should also question discrepancies before lodging their tax returns. Internal security Ensure all employees have access to only what they need in order to perform their role within the company. When employees cease employment, cancel their AUSkeys.

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How to avoid failing

Posted on February 6, 2018 by admin

In any business environment, there are constant challenges that can see you fail or can be tools for success. Channelling these challenges and turning them into strengths is necessary. Consider the following failures business owners commonly make and reflect on how these apply to your business: Multitasking For a lengthy period, the ability to multitask has been seen as a sort after skill. With the growth of technology and its emergence into every aspect of our lives, research is now suggesting that the ability to single task is becoming more and more important. The ability to focus in on one project at a time, without being distracted by things such as emails, phones or social media is extremely valuable. Being present and not being distracted means you are more likely to perform any one task better. Values Most businesses start out small and with strong core values. However, as the business grows, many owners become too focused on profit and growth, rather than remaining true to these values. This attitude will see you lose your core, loyal customers, who have been with your from the start. You may not care, as you are bringing in lots of new customers at […]

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Understanding the First Home Super Saver Scheme

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With much controversial discussion surrounding the First Home Super Saver Scheme, understanding exactly what the Scheme entails is necessary. The scheme was announced in the 2017-18 Federal Budget as a means to reduce the pressure surrounding housing affordability across Australia. The formalities of the scheme are as follows: As of 1 July 2017, individuals can make voluntary contributions, both concessional and non-concessional, into their super fund. As of 1 July 2018, individuals can release these contributions, as well as their associated earnings, and use this money to help purchase their first home. Individuals eligible for this scheme are able to use up to $15,000 per financial year, with a total maximum of $30,000 for all years you have earned super. To be eligible for the First Home Super Saver Scheme, individuals must meet the following criteria: Must be at least 18 years of age. Must not have previously owned property in Australia, or have previously released First Home Super Saver funds. Must have the intend to live in the property you use the funds to purchase as soon as practicable, for at least the first 6 of the 12 months of owning the property.

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