Business Update – 25 January 2023

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Some good news for energy prices After recent record-busting increases in electricity costs, some good news is on the horizon – energy prices will lower over 2023 and 2024 once an expected drop in wholesale prices reaches consumers. Rent is coming down in one region According to SQM Research,…  Read more

Business Update – 18 January 2023

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Jobs and retail sales more robust than expected New data from the ABS shows that consumer price inflation picked up in November, leading to higher-than-anticipated retail spending to finish the year. Rent in cities is higher than ever Rent has increased by nearly 15 percent over last year in…  Read more

Business Update – 11 January 2023

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. AussieSuper upgrade is still causing trouble AustralianSuper had been struggling with technology issues for two months, with the new member portal and mobile app going live in mid-November. China’s Covid woes could negatively affect Australia’s economy A senior economist warns that China’s surging Covid cases could cause trouble for…  Read more

9 reasons to switch to cloud computing

Don’t be left up in the air by traditional IT solutions. Check out the top 9 advantages for small businesses switching to cloud computing. Cloud computing is fast becoming the norm because storing information and using software hosted on the Internet has many advantages. 1. Save money Traditionally, a small business spends money licensing software or buying packages to install or download onto individual computers. Cloud computing, on the other…  Read more

Business Update – 21 December 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Kevin Rudd is the next ambassador to the US Kevin Rudd will serve as Australia’s next ambassador to the United States. Anthony Albanese said Rudd’s appointment would strengthen Australia’s diplomatic capability and prosecution of national interests around the globe. Twitter users believe Elon Musk should step down A Twitter…  Read more

4 Tips for Positioning Yourself as a Market Leader

Small business owners often feel that they have to do something to stand out from the crowd and attract an audience. If that’s how you feel, you’re definitely not alone. Many business owners try to stand out by creating fancy websites that grab attention. Those may work in the short term, but it’s worth considering other ways to market yourself as an industry leader and build relationships with your ideal…  Read more

Business Update – 13 December 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. NSW builder goes into voluntary administration due to rising costs and pandemic effects Elderton Homes, a major New South Wales builder, has plunged into administration after catastrophic weather events, the pandemic, and rising materials costs made business too costly to continue. ABS data shows that payroll jobs are up,…  Read more

5 Effective Ways to Find New Clients

If you want your business to continue growing and thriving, you’ll need to find ways to bring in new clients. Here are 5 ways you can find new clients for your business. 1. Set aside time for marketing Regardless of whether marketing is your preferred activity, you need to set aside time for it. It’s easy to put marketing at the bottom of your priority list, but doing so makes…  Read more

Business Update – 6 December 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Austudy, carer payments, and youth allowance to get a boost Social security payments for young people, students, and carers will increase by 6.1% on 1 January – the biggest raise in over six decades. Women are 200 years behind men for income equity A new report revealed that Australian…  Read more

How to manage payroll effectively

Payroll is one of those things that starts out simply enough. You start your business, hire a few employees, and things tick along pretty well. It’s straightforward enough to keep everything in line at first, but what happens to most companies is… they grow! This is a great thing, but it also means that payroll becomes more complicated. As such an important aspect of your business, it’s important that payroll…  Read more

Business Update – 30 November 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. RBA governor says it’s “regrettable” that some Australians now have mortgages they can’t afford At a Senate estimates hearing on Monday, Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe apologised to Australians who took out a home loan due to the RBA’s guidance that interest rates would stay the same until 2024.…  Read more

5 ways outsourcing payroll can help you

When you start a business, you’re typically your only employee and payroll is about as simple as it gets. But as you grow, you hopefully find yourself in the position of needing to take on more employees. Before you know it, what was once a very straightforward task becomes a giant undertaking that’s sucking up most of your time. This is when it makes sense to outsource your payroll. While…  Read more

Business Update – 23 November 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. More than one-third of Australians experiencing financial hardship New data from NAB has revealed that a third of us are really feeling the pinch – with some unable to pay bills. The bank encouraged those struggling to seek help early if having trouble paying on time. The “buy now,…  Read more

How seasonal employees can benefit your business

When it comes to hiring seasonal employees, business owners tend to fall into two groups. Some look forward to hiring temporary workers, knowing that the need for seasonal workers reflects a business season. Some feel that it’s a necessary evil to get through times where the workload is heavy and the permanent workforce is lean. Unfortunately, the attitude is that seasonal employees are temporary, and are therefore not as skilled…  Read more

Business Update – 16 November 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. ASX slides as other world markets try to find their footing The ASX was looking good at the start of the week, but with the US wobbling around a recession and crypto crashing, all gains were erased. Stocks dropped to a low not seen since the start of the…  Read more

5 advantages to using electronic onboarding

The process of onboarding employees is often lengthy, but it’s important. New hires need to learn your company’s culture, policies, and procedures. You also need to get some critical information from them so that they can legally work for you. The onboarding process is typically long and a little dry. It may include training, equipment distribution, benefits orientation, and security policies, just to name a few. There are many benefits…  Read more

Business Update – 9 November 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. ASX inches up after news of strong US jobs report The stock markets opened the week strong, with the ASX climbing after the most recent US jobs report. Stock markets around the world followed suit. Senators launch inquiry over phoenix operations The illegal practice of “phoenixing” costs the economy…  Read more

5 ways to combat inflation

It seems that every news outlet is sounding the alarm about high inflation these days. While it might sound like it’s time to panic, you don’t have to. With a few adjustments, you can handily fight off inflation and possibly even benefit from the current economic climate. Read on to discover 5 ways you can combat inflation and make your money work harder for you. Find out what you spend…  Read more

Business Update – 2 November 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. ASX rises in anticipation of RBA rate hike The stock market rallied a bit on Monday in anticipation of the latest rate hike from the Reserve Bank. The performance mirrored other world markets, with many investors hoping that the end of runaway inflation is in sight. Why grocery staples…  Read more

Time Blocking vs Time Boxing, other techniques, and how it all fits together

In a world with endless distractions, it’s no wonder that we find it difficult to complete tasks. Focus is hard to come by these days. This is especially true when you’re working from home. Household tasks that would otherwise be out of sight and out of mind are suddenly in your workspace. With that said, there are some proven methods to help you get things done. Time blocking and Time…  Read more

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