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    Episode 6: ATSA – speed dating event for tech savvy accountants

    It’s safe to say that David Smith was always the ‘person most likely’ to stage an annual technology conference for accountants. His love of all things geeky and techy started back in the 1960s. As a boy, he would huddle close to his shortwave radio to follow the conversations of astronauts and their adventures high above the earth. Today, David advises accountants Australia-wide on how to use technology to optimise the workflow and productivity of their practice, among other things. The Accountants’ Technology Showcase Australia, or ATSA, was his brainchild and kicked off 7 years ago. ATSA is, in David’s words, ‘speed dating …

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  • 16

    10 financial tips to get through tough business conditions

    Written by Businesses

    When trading conditions become difficult, successful small businesses are the ones that have the flexibility to transform poor performance into optimal growth and profit. Sounds easy right? Well, it can be if you are willing to make the changes — and maybe even take some risks. The starting point is to understand the current business environment, its impact on your business operations, and then identify where improvements can be made. Here are ten tips you can look at to help you navigate through tough times: 1. Take stock How financially healthy is your business? Look at profit and loss, balance sheet and cash flow statements and mea …

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  • 12

    Hate running your business? 3 ways to get your groove back

    Being a sole trader or a freelancer can be a lonely reality. You’re essentially on your own, steering your own ship. Some people operate beautifully in this environment — I work predominantly with accounting firms, and I know of many sole practitioners who have come out of partnerships and would never go back. But others struggle when there is no one to bounce ideas off. Whichever camp you fall into, one thing is for certain: If you love what you are doing, you’ll have a more fulfilling existence. …

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  • 10

    2014 General Election: Politicians state their case for SMEs

    By Sarah Putt, MYOB NZ Public Affairs Manager In New Zealand, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) represent 97% of all enterprises, and yet their needs often go unaddressed in public debates leading up the General Election. With the election coming up, MYOB wanted to put SMEs in the centre stage, by inviting representatives from the main political parties to present their views, ideas, and policies for SMEs. …

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  • 09

    5 signs your business is headed for trouble

    More often than not, business owners are oblivious to the problems brewing in their company. If you are quick to spot the warning signs, then you can take a proactive approach to manage your business through difficult times. Here are the five most common warning signs for any small business. …

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  • 09

    6 things you need to do before buying a business

    It’s fairly easy to buy a business but much harder to sell one, so before you take the plunge and lock yourself into a potentially bankrupting financial commitment, there are a number of things you need to do to ensure you’re on the right track. …

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