Bookkeeping Blog

Advice and tips for Australian Businesses

What can we learn from 2020?

That is the million-dollar question right there.

What have we learned from 2020? The year that brought Australia and the world to a stop. A global pandemic that brought businesses to a standstill, many hundreds and thousands of deaths across the world, not only in Australia but all countries because of COVID-19.

We all wanted a slower pace of life, the old saying, there is no place like home.

And home is what we got.

Hundreds and thousands of people, children, families had to stay home because of this pandemic. It made us all look and review how we live our lives, it gave us time to reflect on what we have, our health, our families.

What is most important to us.

Personally, what I learnt from 2020 was I had more time with my two boys and my husband. I was able to see what my boys were learning through school and find out their weaknesses first hand and was able to support and help them. Especially my eldest boy who finished Year 12 this year. I am glad I was able to support him during this time.

I was there for my dad more and helping him with errands and my husband. So for me what I learned was life is precious, family is precious. Business is not the most important thing in life, family, love and our health is.

I truly feel many people probably think along the same lines as I do, but that is what I learnt in 2020.

I hope we all as a community, as a country pulls through this together and 2021 is a better year for us all, but that we don’t forget the precious things in life, which is are families.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, insourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

The Jobmaker Plan

Have you seen the Jobmaker Plan the Government has put together to create jobs and help the recovery of the Economy?

If not, click the link here to read more https://budget.gov.au/2020-21/content/jobmaker.htm

What the Government has put forward is a $74 billion Jobmaker plan to support economic recovery and get Australians back to work and on their feet.

Some of the core elements they are putting together are:

–       Infrastructure, the Government has invested an additional $14 billion in new and accelerated infrastructure projects across Australia over the next 4 years

–       Jobmaker Hiring Credit – $4 billion providing businesses with an incentive to take on additional employees aged between 16 and 35.

–       Energy technologies – The Government is investing $1.9 billion in new energy technologies which will reduce emissions.

  • Reducing red tape for businesses – The Government is incorporating a insolvency system to keep businesses in business and make it easier for consumers and small businesses to obtain credit.
  • Digital Business Plan – The Government is accelerating digital transformation by increasing productivity and job growth; therefore, their goal is a leading digital economy by 2030.

It will be interesting to see over the next 4 years how this Jobmaker plan will unfold and we hope that we all come out of this a stronger and economically sound country.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, insourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

The most common accounting errors all small businesses should avoid.

What do you think Number 1 would be, can I hear you….yes, your right?
BAD BUDGETING.

Bad budgeting might sound cliché but budgeting can make or break any business. A budget needs to give you a clear idea of how your business is tracking, whether you are breaking even or making a profit.

The next one is UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS.

Hiring staff can sound exciting, when you tell your friends and family, I’m hiring staff because my business is going well. There are many pro’s and cons to both. Hiring an employee or a contractor has massive differences in terms of insurance, payroll tax, legalities and when it comes to staff who are actually employed by you, then you need to review if you need this help temporarily or on a long-term basis. Remember contractors are businesses themselves, they invoice you for the hours spent on the agree job.

The next one is NO ORGANISATION OR PAPERWORK.
It is so important to make sure your paperwork is in order, especially when it comes to tax time. Have a checklist of tasks to complete and keep your paperwork organised, legally you might hold files either digitally or physical for seven years in Australia

Oh, this one I see way to often MIXING PERSONAL FINANCES WITH BUSINESS

Many businesses say they don’t have a separate bank account for their business and that is a risky situation. Mixing up financial accounts for their business is difficult when you are trying to sort out your personal expenses (which are not tax deductible). Unless you are a sole trader, opening up a separate business account and not mixing business and personal expenses is a good idea, though I do suggest sole traders to separate the two as well.

The last one is NOT HIRING A BOOKKEEPER OR ONE AT ALL.

Many small businesses think that it will cost the earth to outsource, but there are so many benefits to outsourcing help, from saving time doing the books, hiring someone that knows the ins and outs of business finance, they will get to know your business and help you achieve your goals and address any weak areas in your budgeting or cash flow. They will keep you organised and your documentation will be correct and in order. Lastly, they take away the stress out of money management.

If this resonates with you, give me a call on 0429 363 047.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, insourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!