Cybersecurity – Cheers to a prosperous and secure new year!

Cybersecurity – Cheers to a prosperous and secure new year!

I recently went an accounting technology conference in Boston and the one big surprise take-away I got was about internet security also known as cybersecurity – or more accurately how unsecure most of our systems are AND horrifyingly how disastrously wrong it can go very quickly – like literally within seconds! I’m not even talking anti-virus or anti-malware because these days you MUST have both of these at a bare minimum...

Take the Stress Out of Getting Your Startup Ready for Tax Season

As a small business owner, you probably don’t get excited about tax season. At best, prepping your taxes feels like a hassle, the least fun of all your business activities. At worst, it has you pulling your hair out in a state of distress and confusion. Tax season doesn’t have to be painful. With the following tips, you can take the sting out of tax-related tasks and save your...

5 Startup tips to give your business a headstart

As a startup it’s easy to get so caught up in the excitement, the product, the service and the marketing that you forget to focus on some of the fundamentals of beginning a business.  Getting these foundations right though from the start, will serve you well as you progress on your business journey and down the track you’ll thank yourself for it.

Demystifying the difference between accountants, tax agents & bookkeepers.

You see accountants are like doctors – they’re everywhere but just as there are many different types of doctors – such as general practitioner, paediatrician, psychiatrist, oncologist, ophthalmologist, etc – in the accounting profession there are also different types of accountants too – such as in-house company accountants, management accountants, tax accountants, financial accountants, cost accountants, forensic accountants, and the list goes on.
If we go back to my previous analogy of Accountants and Doctors we can go a step further and say that bookkeepers are like nurses, and they do the day to day work such as raising invoices, paying bills and processing payroll but it is the accountant who ensures the allocations are correct, prepares and interprets reports and ensures all the compliance requirements are being met.

The Key To Business Partnership Success

As an accountant I see many Small Business partnerships go pear-shaped and whenever a client asks me about going into partnership, my most common recommendation is don’t do it.

You see money brings out the absolute worst in people and makes even the nicest people turn ugly. Although we can anticipate and even plan for differences, it’s often not until we are faced with very real money decisions or when money really becomes tight that those very ugly traits surface.