Small businesses form a significant part of the Australian economy. You may recall that one of the focuses of the 2016-17 Federal budget included a raft of initiatives to simplify tax and compliance, encourage investment and increase the level of economic activity in our economy.

Australian small business employs over 3 million workers and added over $340 billion in 2013-14 to the Australian economy[1] it is therefore crucial for all levels of government to support small businesses, however ultimately the buck stops with you.

So what can you do to make your business more successful?

1. Review your business

Taking the time to stop and analyse your current business and areas of improvement, could lead to new ideas, new revenue streams and a reduction in costs.

Reviewing market trends and other factors affecting your business will help you to innovate and be a step ahead of your competitors.

2. Overstocked?

Business owners are enticed to buy in bulk and save, failing to recognise that excess stock will have additional costs to the business, including the requirement for additional storage space, the increased likelihood of perishables, and in many cases, increases in the funding costs required to pay suppliers.

Implementing a policy of buying stock when needed will keep stock refreshed, reduce the need for storage space and improve cash flow.  

3. Keep a close eye on your debtors.

It’s great making sales or providing a service on credit, but not chasing up money owed will lead to greater losses. Have a look at your outstanding debtors right now, did you realise that there was so much money outstanding? You should be looking at this weekly; if your customers think they can get away with not paying you, they will!

We are here to help!

Our business consulting team are experts in the small to medium enterprises (SME). If you would like to have a free consultation regarding your business needs call us today toll free on 1800 679 000 for our Rockhampton office and 1800 804 431 for our Melbourne office. 

[1] Parliament of Australia, Budget 2016 Supporting Small Business, 2016

The information provided (in this article/via email or in person) is general advice only. It is prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on the advice (in this article/presentation/email), please consider the appropriateness of the advice, whether the advice is appropriate to you, your objectives, financial situation and/or needs, before following this advice

Stephen Coniglione joined our firm in 2011 and is an Authorised Representative and Adviser for Capricorn Investment Partners and the Pentad Group. Stephen is a dedicated professional with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Diploma of Financial Planning and is currently undertaking his Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning. Stephen is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).  Stephen has progressed through client services and has prepared and implemented advice documents. Specialising in investments, Stephen knows the importance of the right strategy, investment advice and high quality service necessary for clients to reach their needs and objectives. Stephen works in our Melbourne office.
The information provided (in this article/via email or in person) is general advice only. It is prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on the advice (in this article/presentation/email), please consider the appropriateness of the advice, whether the advice is appropriate to you, your objectives, financial situation and/or needs, before following this advice.
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