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More than just tax services

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Can an accountant provide more than just tax services?  Obviously this depends on the accountant and their level of personal experience but the simple answer is yes, they can.  Accounting is a profession that requires years of schooling at a university level, than post graduate certification study will generally be

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Local Accountant in Castlemaine

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The Big 4 and mid-tier accountants provide a valuable service to many businesses, but they often fail to see the detail when it comes to running a small business and in understanding the day-to-day challenges faced by them. The significant overheads and return requirements for large firms become so great

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Owning a life quote

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My personal life quote of choice is “Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be”, which I took from a Mark Twain novel but was also penned in a poem by Clementine Paddleford, a US food writer, and I have it in big print on the wall of

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Diversification – Spreading those eggs

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Many small to medium sized businesses will colloquially have “all their eggs in the one basket”, with either a limited product range or typically with just a few customers. But is this a bad thing?  Investment advisors often tell us that we need to diversify to spread our risk by

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The Positive Buying Experience

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Many years ago, during my time at Australian Container Network, I employed a sales and marketing consultant by the name of Simon Nette.  Together we developed a sales manual that came to be known as “The ACN View of Doing Business”.  In this manual, aimed at our employees, we spoke

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New Tools from the ATO – Assessing Business Viability

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The ATO has created a Business Viability Assessment Tool that can assist you to self-assess your business’s viability.  This tool assists you to evaluate financial performance and position and provides a summary financial report and summary of key business performance indicators. The tool assesses a business’s ability to pay debts

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