Is COVID and shutdowns affecting your business?

With the many businesses that I do bookkeeping for, some have been affected, but the majority haven’t, during COVID and the many shutdowns.
I think because many business owners have had to either pivot or look at different ways to operate their business, either by having staff work from home, or look at different options in the way they operate their business.

I am not taking it away that many hundreds of businesses have closed completely due to the lockdowns in Australia. But it does show the resilience we have in Australia and as Australians, that even a virus or shutdowns, won’t stop us from managing and operating our businesses.

I would be interested to hear your thoughts; how have you managed your business during all the lockdowns in Australia.
If you need any bookkeeping assistance, don’t hesitate to contact me anytime.

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

Changes to Casual Employment and what it means for Employers

Employers will now have to give every new casual employee who commences with their company what is called Casual Employment Information Statement, in short (CEIS), either before, or as soon as possible after they start their new job.

A employer does not have to provide the CEIS more than once in any 12 month period, if the casual employee starts at different stages or times throughout the 12 month period.
The CEIS was first published this year on 29th March 2021 and updated on 20th May 2021.
The updated version provides more information about the definition of a casual employee and minor changes to information about casual conversion.
You can download the CEIS statement here.

Download the Casual Employment Information Statement (PDF 296.4KB) (DOCX 50.1KB).

Employers can give the casual employees the CEIS in person, by mail, email, emailing a link, emailing a link to a copy of the CEIS, by fax or by another method, as long as it is received.
If you are unsure of these changes or need to know any more information, please do not hesitate to give me a call.

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

The COVID Rebound

Can you believe it’s been 12 months already of the 1st case of COVID. In Australia we faired pretty well compared to the rest of the world.

We are definitely in rebound mode, for many business owners, it’s survival. Some have been able to grow leaps and bounds, pivot, while others have relied on the Jobkeeper payments and still could close.

But the outlook looks to be that Australia business is on the rebound.

There has been new consumer confidence in the market, people seem to have more money, they are spending on homes, cars, holidays locally and interstate because they can’t spend that money on overseas holidays.

So there are a couple of things to think about with this rebound which is:

Look at your business and review exactly how much it needs to survive and what timeline.

2. Documentation
Document everything, if you are not already, look at streamlining your processes. Start reviewing your costs in pre-crisis revenue and margin to post crisis.

3. Inventory
As Australia is starting to reopen borders, early movers building inventory soon may benefit from pre-surge prices.

4. Prepare to Hire
I know that sounds crazy, but can you afford to add staff now or not. Do you have a HR person to help, look at identifying job descriptions, start dates.

5. Work with the best Bookkeeper
Now this one is a given, you need to talk to me. A good bookkeeper will save you a lot of $$$.

So remember, we are coming out of this pandemic and it’s exciting to see Australia rebound and show the rest of the world, how tough and resilient we truly are.

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 and saves you time to work in/on your business this 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 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.


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.

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


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.


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!!