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The beauty of business: following in the family footsteps

Claire Mackay is nationally recognised as one of Australia’s pre-eminent financial planners and is passionate about improving financial literacy for all Australians. Claire consults to ASIC, the ATO, and her professional associations; and is an adjunct lecturer at Macquarie University. She’s the principal advisor at her family business at Quantum Financial. Like many small family businesses, ours started on the dining room table. My father started Quantum Financial from our home and all through my childhood I was helping out with typing, filing, and everything in between. Naturally I was drawn to follow in his footsteps. My father fully believed that you have to have a trade. It didn’t matter what it was, but you had to have one. I chose accounting and in anticipation of joining the business I knew I needed to know about planning family finances. So I studied financial planning as well. But I didn’t join the family business straight out of university. My dad likes to say he didn’t trust me near his clients and he wanted me to learn my mistakes on someone else’s watch. But really, he knew it was important for me to see what was out there before I joined the family business, so that when I came back, I truly wanted to be there. Taking on the world I went on to work some pretty amazing transactions at big companies. But most of my clients were large corporations and I found that it was less about the people and more about the numbers on a screen. It was hard to get engaged when it had no emotional resonance for me, and I yearned to know the stories behind the numbers I was working with. After developing professionally and personally, and working with some really fabulous people in the corporate world, I decided to go back to my own family business in the hope of helping other small businesses and families. There’s no business like a family business The transition back to small business was challenging. I had to do my job and learn how to be a business owner as…

Coming up roses: a fresh start for the new year

It’s not too late to spring into action and verify that everything is set up and ready for the first quarter of 2018, so that you can have a rosy start to your year. The deadline to submit federal taxes and forms electronically through Xero is April 26, 2018. However deadlines for state filings vary from state to state. Quarter-end checklist Enter all employee wage payments not yet recorded in Xero. Do this prior to filing and paying CX your quarter returns and taxes. If you need to make any adjustments to first quarter, see how to make corrections to a paid pay run. Review your company name, address, federal and state ID numbers, deposit frequencies, state unemployment (SUI) ID numbers and rates, and employee social security numbers for accuracy. Review all employees who have been marked as exempt from taxes. If you’ve received a new SUI rate for the year, and need help making adjustments for payrolls processed prior to entering the new rate, contact Xero support. Don’t delay – reduce your stress and get in touch before April 11, 2018. Verify that the data on the 941 form is correct and that the amount of any adjustment on line 7 is no more than +$5.00 or –$5.00. Adjustments are often due to changing an employee’s taxation for social security and Medicare taxes. Avoid the queues and reach out to us if you need help by April 11, 2018. Are you looking to improve your workflow? Check to see if your state is supported for electronic services. File your tax forms and deposit your taxes with a click of a button. And if you haven’t registered for federal electronic filing and payment services, you can do it in just a few steps. The company still should its own PIN number to make any additional tax payments through EFTPS directly.   Changes to wage base limits The following are the 2018 state unemployment insurance (SUI) wage base limits.  The states shown in bold have changed their wage limits. State Wage base State Wage base State Wage base Alabama* 8,000 Louisiana* 7,700…

Breaking into Virtual Assistant Work Webinar with Gina Horkey – It’s Free!

Work at Home Mom Revolution – Work at Home Jobs for Moms One of the most popular and flexible home-based options is working from home as a virtual assistant. But you may be asking yourself: what is virtual assisting? What do virtual assistants really do? Is there really a demand for VAs? And if so, how do you get started in virtual assisting? I’m excited to tell […] The post Breaking into Virtual Assistant Work Webinar with Gina Horkey – It’s Free! appeared first on Work at Home Mom Revolution.             Related Stories BELAY Hiring Work at Home Virtual Assistants in the U.S. Become a Pinterest VA Today on Facebook Live! Legacy Hiring Home-Based Content Screeners  

From Auckland to abroad: the rise of Flossie

From manicures to haircuts, spray tans to brow shapes, more than 50,000 Kiwi women have had their beauty needs met in the past three years thanks to innovative Kiwi startup, Flossie. Now, the company has made the leap to Australia and is firmly eyeing up the UK. Flossie is the next-generation beauty commerce startup which has changed the landscape of bookings in New Zealand. We talk to Jenene Crossan, founder and CEO of Flossie, about her journey. An innovative approach to beauty services Flossie is a booking app that acts as a smart payment service. It helps hair and beauty salons fill their spare capacity with prepaid customers. Jenene and her team chose the salon industry as the first market to roll their technology platform into. This is because salons, on average, only sell 65% of their time. No-shows, which can occur at rates of up to 35% on a daily basis, also hit them hard. “Unsold time costs businesses money. Flossie brings them paid-up customers filling up their spare capacity”. Flossie users can access hundreds of thousands of salon appointments across Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and now Melbourne, from the palm of their hands. Busy women can book and prepay in seconds, without having to talk to someone. Users know they can book with confidence, as Flossie only brings on salons that have been recommended by a customer. The salon is then tested twice by the Flossie team. The leap across the Tasman After more than 1000% growth in the last 18 months in New Zealand, Jenene and the team were eyeing up bigger markets and opportunities offshore. The first logical step was to launch Flossie in Melbourne earlier this year. It was a move that presented its share of opportunities and challenges. “New Zealand is tough because of its size, but people are generally willing to give you a chance. That means with enough tenacity you can usually get started and build something interesting. In Australia, we certainly find a stronger level of cynicism, usually derived from a glut of sales people knocking on doors over-promising and under-delivering,” says…

Mentor and mentee talks: How to understand small business metrics

Mentor Sophie Andrews is the award-winning director and owner of the Accounts Studio, an accounting firm that works to build profit for creative thinkers. Mentee Kate Crews is the founder of The Nursery, an online store specifically designed to help busy people buy beautiful baby gifts. They met to discuss small business marketing and social media as part of our beautiful business campaign. What does it mean for a small business to be ‘metrics driven’? Sophie: “A lot of business owners I speak to as an accountant naturally get caught up in the day-to-day operational running of things. They find themselves pulled in so many different directions that it becomes hard to find the time or energy to focus on the financial side. “When we can guide those people to easily identify, understand and care about even a few metrics in their business, it makes a massive impact to their profitability and cash flow. You see the moment of realisation: these numbers mean something. They become excited about what can be achieved by being across their figures and tweaking a few key drivers, and take proactive steps towards the business or life they want to create. That’s what it means to be metrics driven.” Kate: “As a small business owner, you need to understand so much that’s outside your experience. Before I met up with Sophie, I wasn’t confident about what numbers should really matter to my business, and when the priorities would change. “But I think a big part of finding success as a small business owner is about having the confidence to seek out the right people with the right skill sets to help you on your way. I’m no accountant, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start to understand more about my own metrics from the Accounts Studio. “I’d also say that as a small business owner, you need to question every regular outgoing or direct debit you commit to and ensure you’re using the systems you’re paying for to the best of your ability – or move on. I could tell there was so much to Xero that…

The beauty of business: You create your own career

Sophie Andrews is the award-winning director and owner of the Accounts Studio, a bookkeeping firm that works to build profit for creative thinkers. We spoke to Sophie about the highs and lows of her business journey as part of our beautiful business campaign. Growing up in the United Kingdom, I used my languages and business degree to build a career in the jewellery and gift industry. But when I moved to Australia 25 years ago, I found my European languages weren’t required in Australia. I’d always been good at maths, so I came up with a new way to stay in the same industry – and moved into finance.   When the jewellery industry took a dive in the mid 90s, I transitioned to finance for fashion brands. Then my daughter was born 10 weeks premature and I needed to reduce my hours, which meant another job change. I worked with some surfwear brands but one by one they moved their operations to other states and I didn’t want to uproot my family to follow. Through all this upheaval, I realised that you can work hard to make yourself invaluable, but as long as you’re working for someone else, there’s always an element of your career that’s out of your hands. I wanted more control over my working environment and I wanted to create stability for myself. So I set up my own business doing something I knew: bookkeeping. Taking control into my own hands The Accounts Studio was a means to an end at first, but it took off quickly and I brought someone on to help me part-time. Some years later, with demand still strong, I realised I was getting burned out. So I made the conscious decision to go niche and position the business to work largely with designers and creatives doing their bookkeeping. The change revitalised me and took me back to the creative space where I’d started my career. I relished those creative client relationships, and my clients found someone in the finance world who understood them. It’s incredible to think the Accounts Studio has…

Sales is Dead: Why Social Content is the Best Sales Tool

  Sales is Dead: Why Social Content is the Best Sales Tool Ramon Ray, editor, Smart Hustle Magazine – www.smarthustle.com No one cares about you. No one cares about your business. Everyone is distracted. No one’s paying attention. These things are all hard to realize but they’re true – with one exception. They’re true until you, dear business owner, earn the attention of your prospective customer and are able to show them that YOU have a solution to their need. Hard core selling is a short term strategy to generate short term revenue. If you want to succeed for the long term, if you want to build relationships with your customers and potential customers, first seek to educate them. Seek to get them to know, like and trust you. Seek to build a fan base of those interested in learning more from you. Social media is the best gift that business owners can use to educate their customers. Supported by a website and blog, social media is the best way to consistently deliver a message to customers who want to hear it. Instead of asking someone to buy your legal services or sign up for your logo design services, educate them. The lawyer who specializes in real estate should use LinkedIn to do a weekly 2 minute video with tips and stories to educate his customer on what they need to know to better invest in real estate. Over time, he’ll find a growing following who are looking forward to his knowledge. The real estate lawyer, for example, won’t have to do any selling. From his or her followers, a certain percentage of people will seek him out. When you take the time to educate your customers, to add value to them, you won’t have to CHASE down new clients, instead clients will be chasing you down. Twitter’s a great way to frequently and succinctly share content of interest to your potential customers and somewhat related to what you do. Maybe you have a doggie day care business, what if you’re sharing every day cute pictures of your dogs and…

Channel Partners: Survival of the fittest

  Channel Partners: Survival of the fittest You don’t need me to tell you that the partner channel is undergoing massive change. That’s nothing new, but the pace of change feels faster than I’ve seen in my 25 years in the business. New technologies, growing security risks and dramatic changes in customer expectations are demanding rapid transformation. Only the best will thrive; will you be one of them? By Bill Hooper, Managing Director, Verizon Partner Channel The partner channel has always been fiercely competitive. And in the last four to five years, we’ve seen an enormous number of mergers, consolidations and acquisitions in the telecommunications industry. Many of the smaller, niche companies are being absorbed by larger ones. Meanwhile, customers are demanding lower prices than ever, reducing profit margins. While competition is a perpetual challenge, I’ve found the biggest thing affecting the partner channel is the speed of technological evolution. I’ve seen many channel partners struggling to keep up with the pace of change. Some are determined to stick with selling their dated product sets and older network elements—but this can make it harder for them to stay ahead of the technology curve. Products like SD-WAN are in high demand, and if you don’t have the capability to offer these advanced solutions then your customers will look elsewhere. And they will take all their business with them. Several years ago, you might have sold an internet connection and voice services to a business, and that would have been fine. Today things are very different. Customers want to work with someone that can provide data networks, voice services, advanced security solutions and 4G LTE wireless backup solutions—to name just a few. As a result, Partner Program Members need much deeper technology expertise to stay relevant. And achieving that is no easy feat. Train to stay ahead of the curve There’s no simple answer to these challenges, but there are steps you can take to improve your chances of staying competitive. One of my key recommendations is having a robust training program. Your employees need to be informed about the latest technologies…

Top 7 Ways to Protect Your SMB Network from Cyber Threats

  Securing a Small Business Network: it even sounds daunting! The days of installing Norton Anti-Virus on your computer and thinking you are safe, are over. Today you need to take a layered approach to securing your network. Think of it as a puzzle, with each piece playing an important role. No one solution solves the problem; it’s various products, devices, solutions, and software that must all work together to secure an environment. In my upcoming webinar with Verizon, I’ll discuss the top seven ways you can protect your Small Business Network. Here’s a sneak preview of what you’ll about learn at the webinar. #1 – Replace Your Router with a UTM Gateway Unified Threat Management, or UTM, is a buzzword in technology today. The idea is to block security threats before they enter your network. Traditionally a network gateway consisted of a Router or Firewall while the workstation or other devices would handle AntiVirus, AntiSpam, Web Filtering and other security functions. A UTM Gateway combines a Router, Firewall, Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, Intrusion Prevention, Content and URL Filtering, etc. into one device. This device analyzes incoming network traffic before it enters your network and can throw out suspect data before it has a chance to infect your computers.   #2 – Install Content and URL Filtering on your Computers Content Filtering is the process of controlling the content that a computer can access on a network. This can be as simple as blocking broad categories of websites, such as pornographic or violence-oriented content. Going further, Content Filtering can be used to block things such as pop-ups, advertisements, URL redirects, cookies and even Flash or Java-based content. URL Filtering is allowing or denying access based on the URL or origin of the requested content. This can be used to block specific websites that an organization does not want its employees accessing, such as monster.com or facebook.com. Instead of filtering based on broad categories, this is a granular approach to filtering. Many URL filtering services include dynamic block lists which will prevent access to websites that are known security threats. This can significantly…

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