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Understanding redundancy

Posted on August 7, 2018 by admin

It is important to understand what your legal obligations entail before you make an employee redundant. You must make sure it is a ‘genuine redundancy’. Otherwise, you risk the employee lodging an unfair dismissal claim against you with the Fair Work Commission. Your employee is entitled to make their claim within 21 days from the day after you dismissed them. A genuine redundancy occurs when: – the employee’s job is no longer needed; – and you followed any consultation requirements in the award, enterprise agreement or other registered agreement. Unfair dismissal occurs when you: – dismiss an employee in relation to discrimination, or for a reason that would be considered unjust, harsh or unreasonable; – require someone to do the job (i.e., hire a replacement); – could have reasonably transferred the employee to another role in your business or associated entity, or did not consult your employees about the redundancy under an award or registered agreement. Redundancy pay and entitlements Your employee is entitled to receive a redundancy pay or severance pay when they are made redundant. However, a redundancy pay is not required by some businesses or to casual employees. A redundancy pay amount is usually based upon your […]

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Landing your first customers

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You have launched your very own startup, your product or service is ready, but you are stuck on how to land your first customer? Consider these handy tips to get the ball rolling! It’s all about networking Attending industry functions and other networking events is a great way to get your business’ name out there and socialise with potential customers. It is also a chance to converse with your competition and gain insight into what might be working or not working for them. Get busy on social media Establishing an online presence will help you reach more customers. It is important to choose the platforms your target market visit more frequently, i.e., do they prefer Facebook or Instagram? Releasing regular and quality online content related to your industry will also help to establish your business as a trusted name for your target market, growing your branding image. Take advantage of online forums A great way to build your customer base is by joining industry forums. These sites will generally have customers requesting freelance work to be completed by a professional in your field. Offer your product for free Get people to try out your product by offering it for free […]

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Blunders to avoid when naming your business

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The name you choose to give your small business is an important, yet challenging decision. These few words must represent the branding image you wish to present to the public and in particular, your target market. To help you make the best decision, here are four things to avoid when choosing your business’ name: 1. A long name Always pick a name that is short and simple. Preferably something that rolls right off the tongue. A long and confusing name that is hard to pronounce will also be one that is difficult for customers to remember. 2. A ‘plain Jane’ name While it is essential to pick a name that is easy to say, it is wise not choose a name so general that it will not convey any of the branding personality of your business. 3. Choosing a name too similar to your competitors It will ensure you do not stand out from the crowd and is likely to confuse your customers. 4. Does not speak to your story Find a name that speaks to your business’ origin story. In this way, you will create the brand in the name.

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Launching a business: mistakes to avoid

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Launching a new business for the first time is an exciting phase for every entrepreneur. However, it is important to increase your chances for success by being aware of and avoiding common mistakes that can occur when beginning a business. Take a look at these five common errors. Being unprepared Starting a business is incredibly challenging, and will take a lot of hard work, time and effort. You must mentally and physically prepare yourself and develop a realistic self-care plan to avoid burning out halfway through. Bypassing market research You may think you have a great idea, but to ensure it will translate to a profitable business always involves market research. Sticking with a lousy business idea Research tells you it is likely to be a flop, but you refuse to let your business idea go. Refusing to delegate Trying to do everything yourself is both impossible and inefficient. It also leads to a toxic workplace. To foster a healthy and productive work environment, you must trust your team, and work together to move the business forward. Running out of capital Nothing sinks a business quite so quick as running out of money. It is important to plan and budget […]

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Protect yourself from early super release scams

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When it comes to protecting your nest egg, avoid getting caught out by a promoter of an illegal early release super scheme. Early release super scheme scams will involve a promoter contacting you and offering to help you access your super early. They usually target individuals under significant financial pressure or those who are not knowledgeable about super laws and the repercussions and penalties involved in illegally accessing your super. You can only access your super when you meet a condition of release. Generally, when you: – Are 65 years old (even if you have not yet retired). – Reach your preservation age and retire. – Reach your preservation age and begin a transition to retirement income stream while still working. There are special circumstances where you may be able to access your super early. These special circumstances include: – Severe financial hardship – Temporary or permanent incapacity – Compassionate grounds – Temporary residents leaving Australia – Super death benefits (inheriting super) – Super less than $200 – Terminal medical condition To avoid falling for an illegal early super release scam, be wary if the promoter: – charges high fees and commissions; – requests identity documents; – claims you can […]

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Avoid these top tax misconceptions

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As tax time continues, the ATO has announced the top misconceptions many individuals make when completing their claims for tax deductions. Four popular tax misunderstandings include: 1. Individuals can give credit card statements as proof of claim Debunked: When making a claim, individuals must be able to show they spent the money, what the money was spent on, the supplier and the date the purchase was made unless record-keeping exceptions apply. 2. Individuals can automatically claim $150 for clothing and laundry, under $300 for work-related expenses or 5000 kilometres for car-related expenses Debunked: While taxpayers are not required to provide receipts relating to the above in certain circumstances, these are not ‘standard deductions’ everyone can just claim. An individual can only claim if they have spent the money, and the expense relates to earning their income. They must also be able to explain how they calculated the amount. 3. Individuals can claim home-to-work travel Debunked: Individuals can only claim home-to-work travel in limited situations, i.e., in some circumstances where they must transport bulky equipment. 4. Individuals can claim work clothes when required to wear a particular colour Debunked: Individuals can only claim a deduction for work clothes if they are […]

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Cash-only business? Consider making the switch

Posted on August 3, 2018 by admin

The Tax Office has released further findings that reveal cash-only businesses could be missing out on a significant chunk of revenue simply by not offering customers the option of electronic payment. An ‘inconvenience’ was the most popular word consumers surveyed in the study used to describe when a business does not provide the option to pay via card. Cash-only may also be having a direct effect on the business’s reputation. The results determined that Australian customers are twice as likely to perceive ‘cash-only’ as negative rather than positive – with many respondents questioning whether the business is honest and paying less tax (regardless of whether this may be fact or fiction). While change may be difficult, cash-only businesses might like to consider the benefits that exist with no longer operating in cash. For instance, electronic tap-and-go payments take less time and cost around 9 cents less than payments made in cash. By providing electronic payment only, a business can find it easier to keep more accurate record-keeping as well as help them to meet their tax and super obligations.

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Hiring temporary residents: employer super obligations

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Employers are being reminded by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) not to forget that along with permanent residents; temporary residents are also entitled to super guarantee (SG). In most cases, an employer will be required to pay SG on top of their employee’s wages (temporary residents included) if they pay them $450.00 or more before tax in a calendar month. Providing the temporary resident has met all the requirements, they can submit their claim for the super that their employer has paid as a ‘department Australian superannuation payment’ (DASP) once they have left Australia. The ATO is encouraging employers to notify their temporary resident workers of the DASP application as it will be easier for these individuals to get the required supporting documents certified in Australia and then lodge once they have left the country.

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Cents per kilometre rate rises for work-related car expenses

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The Tax Office has confirmed the rate for work-related car expenses will rise to 68 cents per kilometre for the income year beginning 1 July 2018. The new rate will affect those eligible individuals who elect the cents per kilometre method when calculating the income tax deductions for their work-related car expenses for the 2018-19 income year. This rate also applies to the following income years until the Commissioner of Taxation deems it should be varied (these rates are reviewed each year). Taxpayers working out their car expenses for the 2015-16 year, 2016-17 year and the 2017-18 year should remember that the previous rate of 66 cents per kilometre still applies to their calculations. When selecting the cents per kilometre method, eligible individuals: – are not required to supply the ATO with written evidence of how many kilometres they have travelled; – may need to show how they worked out their business kilometres calculations; – cannot claim more than 5,000 business kilometres per car; – and cannot make a separate claim for depreciation of the car’s value. It is also important to note that the amount will take into account all the vehicle running expenses.

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Engaging in effective negotiation

Posted on July 27, 2018 by admin

The key to success is remembering that everything is negotiable, and that to get a deal you must ask for one. Many people stop right there because negotiating makes them uncomfortable. They view the process as a contest of wills in which power determines outcome, each party seeks to best the other, and the little guy doesn’t stand a chance. That kind of positional bargaining may produce some short-term results, but it is a distasteful, win-lose process that can leave both sides exhausted, resentful and dissatisfied with the outcome. It doesn’t have to be that way. Effective, principled negotiation will efficiently produce an agreement that meets the needs of both sides while improving or at least maintaining personal relationships. In negotiation the key is to focus on these three areas: People Separate the people from the issues to avoid personalising them. Make sure each party understands the others perception of what is involved. Identify the underlying emotions on both sides and acknowledge them. Listen actively and speak to be understood, not to argue a position. Don’t debate – cooperate. Interests Focus on interests instead of positions. Behind each position lie compatible interests as well as conflicting ones. To identify the […]

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