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  • What makes a great accountant

    Posted on September 13th, 2017 by Kellie Bressington

    So you’re wondering if you have what it takes to be an accountant in public practice. While memorising the legislation might seem like the place to start, it’s not actually the thing that will make you excel. What skills does it take to make a great accountant? Here’s what I think.

     

    An understanding of mathematics

    Starting with the accounting stereotype, an understanding of basic mathematics is a must. You don’t need to be able to understand high-end calculus but addition, subtraction, multiplication and division need to be functions you are comfortab…

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  • Five things I learnt about business from one of the oldest professions on earth

    Posted on September 13th, 2017 by Dean Johnson

    I recently met Kumar and his son Vinesh Advani, both gentlemen in the true sense of the word, at a conference on social media and digital engagement. Kumar has run Advani Custom Tailors, a business he has worked in for 50 years and which his father started in Hong Kong, one of the oldest professions in the world.  Vinesh has made the decision to join the business and carry on his family’s legacy.

    What started as a brief conversation around social media and using it to engage with clients taught me several things about business. I love spending time with people talking a…

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  • Marg and the Coast Trek team

    Never underestimate the power of a great team

    Posted on September 12th, 2017 by Marg Marshall

    In 2006, when I was pregnant with my second daughter, I was diagnosed with symphysis pubis dysfunction. This is a debilitating condition, not as uncommon as you might think, and meant that I couldn’t walk without crutches. I spent the rest of the pregnancy, and the following 2 years, on crutches. In the time since, I have had a couple of relapses, where I’ve ended up back on crutches.

    This is my story of how I got back to health and fitness. But it’s also a lesson in how important it is to have a team of people around you.

    After my daughter was born, it became c…

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  • Estate Planning Needs

    Posted on July 14th, 2017 by Stuart Clutterbuck

    As accountants, business and taxation advisors our role covers many aspects of our clients’ financial affairs.

    One important matter that often gets overlooked by clients caught up in the everyday running of their businesses and personal affairs is what would happen if they were to pass away.  Would their family be well looked after? Where would their assets go?  Would the Assets go where they want them to go?

    To this end we are regularly encouraging our clients to implement and subsequently review their Estate Planning.

    When you think Estate Planning do not jus…

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  • Business expenses – when to spend and when to save

    Posted on June 21st, 2017 by Kellie Bressington

    Running a profitable business is a balancing act. You need to decide where to spend and where to save in order to get the best long-term return for your business.

    But are there some areas where it’s not a good idea to lower your spending? Definitely.

    Here are some areas where it may be tempting to cut costs, but   skimping now may end up causing you a lot of stress in the long term.

     

    Insurance

    Under-insuring (or not insuring at all) the key assets of your business may work out for you – provided nothing ever goes wrong. But if things do go wrong, it…

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  • Succession Planning – Why is it so important and how do you go about doing it?

    Posted on May 4th, 2017 by Stuart Clutterbuck

    Successful succession planning allows for a family business to pass through to the next generation, with a smooth transition and minimal impact to business. Succession planning can start as early as the day that you commence business.

    It is better to have a plan in place, even if it’s a rough plan that needs to be refined over time. A good succession plan is linked to your business plan and encompasses the business goals and strategies for the next few years. With any succession plan clear communication with the parties involved is critical so that they are fully aware…

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  • Martial arts and business: five parallels

    Posted on March 22nd, 2017 by Rachel Mendlik

    In a recent article for www.entrepreneur.com Harrison Monarth wrote 5 Simple Resolutions That Will Make You Smarter, Happier and More Confident. Number 4 in Monarth’s article was ‘Challenge yourself in martial arts’.

    I have been training in various martial arts for nearly ten years and it’s a large part of my life, so I was excited to see it featured in a business article.  This got me thinking about what I’ve learned in martial arts and how that translates to business, whether as an employee or owner.  Therefore, I have considered the top five things I have …

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  • Five tax myths that make your accountant cringe

    Posted on March 6th, 2017 by Kellie Bressington

    There are a number of tax “truths” that we all know, right? Well, not necessarily. Here are five frequently heard statements that are bound to make your tax accountant cringe!

    You might as well make a donation – you get it all back in tax anyway
    I’m not saying you shouldn’t donate to charities (so many do so much good work!) but please don’t do it under the impression that the tax office will reimburse you for 100% of your donation. Donations to charities that are Deductible Gift Recipients (yes, there’s a list) can be claimed as a deduction in your tax return, reduci…

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  • The Tip of the Iceberg

    Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Dean Johnson

    We deal with lots of entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, every day. Out of all of those interactions we notice one common challenge they all face at some point. All businesses experience problems and sometimes they are just ordinary everyday problems. At other times, they are like the tip of the iceberg and signal a need for significant and dynamic change. The trick is spotting the tip of the iceberg and understanding which is which.

    We’ve noticed that every business has a natural limit up to which things operate comfortably. The limit is particularly noticeable in …

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