Archive for the "Blog" Category

  • Moving forward from COVID-19: Business recovery, opportunities and readiness

    Posted on August 26th, 2020 by Alison Merridew

    2020 has been a year of significant change, to the point of upheaval – far more than any organisation would willingly impose on its people and its operations.
    When Premier Peter Gutwein recently announced that Tasmania’s borders will remain closed until 1 December 2020, there was a mixed response. Some people welcomed the news that our COVIDSafe ‘bubble’, which has allowed us to resume a degree of normality and business operations, will remain in place for a little longer. For others the continued border closures mean further delays, particularly those businesses t…

    Posted in Blog, COVID-19
  • The Importance of Consistency

    Posted on October 3rd, 2018 by WLF

    What is it that makes you consistent?

    It’s the things you do, the way your view things, the approach you take and the responses you give.

    Recently on holiday, I visited a maze. I entered the maze with a group of people and we came to a fork in the road. Which way to turn? We were all trying to get to the centre of the maze but there were no directions, so we had to guess how to get there.

    I chose to go right. The people who had entered the maze beside me went left. I weaved around for a while and there was no one else on the path I was following, so I began to wo…

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  • Touring with the Derwent Valley Concert Band, and my son

    Posted on August 22nd, 2018 by WLF

    During July, my son Connor and I were fortunate to be able to participate in a ten-day concert tour of Malaysia with the Derwent Valley Concert Band, based in New Norfolk, Tasmania.  Now in its 25th year of operation, the Derwent Valley Concert Band is one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed, travelled and successful Community Bands.  Winner of a number of Tasmanian State Championships, the band also tours every second year with previous tours having travelled to Japan, Canada, Austria, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Spain…

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  • ATO now data matching all Motor Vehicles over $10,000

    Posted on June 13th, 2018 by Karen Banks

    The ATO will acquire information from the eight State and Territory motor vehicle registry authorities on vehicles that have been transferred or newly registered where the purchase price or market value is equal to or greater than $10,000. The financial years impacted are 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

    The majority of transactions in the data matching process will involve a single seller and a single buyer. Examples of transactions matched are:

    date of transaction
    type of transaction
    sale price of vehicle
    market value of the vehicle
    vehicle make a…

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  • The Importance of Accounting Ratios Analysis

    Posted on May 2nd, 2018 by Karen Banks

    Accounting ratios analysis helps in the identification of the strengths and weaknesses of a business. Based on the financial reports it enables the business to measure its efficiency and profitability and provides a way of determining the relationship between one accounting variable to another on their financial statements. Over time a business can assess their performance and pick up on key indicators on whether improvements or changes are necessary.


    The use of these ratios can assist a business to better understand:

    how they are tracking – their day to d…

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  • The Importance of Budgeting in Business

    Posted on February 28th, 2018 by Karen Banks

    Some business owners begin their operation with a wave of optimism and enthusiasm but without a well thought out budget they find it is not possible to create a successful action plan.

    When running a business it’s easy to get bogged down with day to day problems and miss the bigger picture. Successful businesses allocate time to create and manage budgets, prepare and review business plans and regularly monitor their financial situation and business performance.

    Budgeting identifies current available capital, provides an estimate of expenditure and anticipates incomi…

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  • Are you protecting your business from digital scams?

    Posted on February 5th, 2018 by Matthew Kiernan

    Email is now a vital function of many businesses and their finance. Emails, like post boxes in the past, are seeing increased amounts of vital and confidential communications pass through them, such as invoices, statements, bills and contracts.

    Increased use of email over the last decade has seen scammers switch from the less and less common telephone calls to the increasingly common email phishing, identity theft, viruses and hackers. We are seeing email scams more and more due to email being unaffected by the location of the scammers or the target.

    Scammers frequent…

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  • 6 pieces of financial advice from my mother

    Posted on November 29th, 2017 by Claire Thornett

    Recently, I was watching a ‘documentary’ about terrible savers receiving financial counselling to mend their ways. One man who was up to his armpits in debt said, “My mum told me, you’re born into this world with nothing, so if you go out owing, you’re ahead!” This amusing but dreadful advice made me grateful for the sound financial advice my own mother has given me over the years.

    My mother has worked her whole life, she’s done everything from working in a pea factory (didn’t last long), to apprenticing as a hair dresser (which meant she cut our hair gro…

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  • Even the internet can’t provide all our solutions – why we still need our accountants (and our mums)

    Posted on November 22nd, 2017 by WLF

    When our daughters were still toddlers, I declared that I would leave home when they became teenagers. I was a bit afraid of parenting teens in the world of devices and social media. Well, it’s happened. Our eldest turned 13 a few weeks ago.

    I haven’t left home, and I guess I probably won’t. For the most part, our teen is a delightful girl. Navigating the challenges of parenting a teenage girl is probably going to stretch me, but I’m up for it. It’s a learning curve, for sure, but what new thing isn’t?

    There are so many things about being a teen that weren…

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  • Business owners – what is your end game?

    Posted on November 13th, 2017 by Paul Lyons

    Why do you own a business?

    It’s interesting to consider this because we are surprised at how many business owners haven’t taken the time to consider this fundamental question. From a big picture perspective, having a business provides you with a lifestyle. That’s it!

    It gives you cash now to fund your family spending, and hopefully a lot of cash in the future when you sell your business.

    And it’s very similar to having, an investment property, share investments or even a Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF). They give you cash either now or in the future, or a c…

    Posted in Blog
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