10 Hats in Every Business seminar

11:00, Wednesday, April 17, 2024 

Join Angela Brown at this 90 minutes seminar to understand how
you can improve your organisation structure and take back control of your

The benefits of attending:

  • Learn how you can free up your time and achieve better leverage – without
    blowing yourself apart
  • Learn the 10 Hats and why every business has them
  • Understand which hats you’re wearing effectively
  • Learn the function, responsibility and performance expectation of each hat
  • Implement strategies so your entire team works smarter, not harder

Fixing your organisation structure could be the breakthrough you
need to free up time to grow your business.

  • Do you find yourself spread too thin in your business?
  • Does your business have a clearly defined structure?
  • Do you have job descriptions for every role?

Booking essential!


Make a Plan!

Building a better business – Step 4

Alright, you’ve got your sights set on what you want out of
your business. Now, let’s sketch out the route to get there.

First off, fi gure out what you personally need from your business.
Let’s say you’re aiming for $100,000 a year to cover living
costs and a family holiday. And if your business overheads
are $100,000, your gross profi t target is $200,000. Crunching
the numbers, if your current gross profi t margin is 50%, you’re
looking at annual sales of $400,000.

Make sure your plan is all about how you’ll hit those personal
milestones, like that six-week getaway and hitting that $100k

Here’s some ground rules to make sure this plan sticks:

  1. Keep it simple.
    One page is the goal here, but if you need to flip, make it
  2. Stick to a maximum of four main goals for the year.
    Break them down into 90-day chunks with actionable steps to
    keep the momentum.
  3. Stick to a maximum of four main goals for the year.
    Break them down into 90-day chunks with actionable steps to
    keep the momentum.
  4. Share the plan with your crew.
    Make sure everyone’s rowing in the same direction. Help them
    nail down their own actions and KPIs.
  5. Keep the plan where it can be seen.
    Track your progress and celebrate those wins with your team.
    Visibility keeps the momentum going strong.
  6. Review your plan every quarter.
    Make sure you’re hitting those 90-day milestones and update
    the plan with fresh goals. Having someone to nudge you along
    doesn’t hurt either.

Your Business Plan is your business bible. It’s your roadmap to making those dreams a reality.

Remember, your business works for you, not the other way

Need a hand crafting your plan? Hit us up for more details on
our Business Planning service.

“Hope is not a strategy.” – Anon

Webinar: Ramp up your Business with Xero!

11:00, Wednesday, March 13, 2024 

Nobody goes into business with the intention of doing paperwork. Long days are made even longer by manual data entry, chasing up receipts, reconciling bank accounts, and following up customers for payment. How much time would you save if all of this was automated?

With Xero, you can save time, reduce your stress levels, and get paid faster. You’ll gain valuable insight into how your business is performing and be able to project your cashflow, enabling you to make better informed decisions.

We Invite you to join us on 13 March at 11:00 for our complimentary webinar, Ramp Up Your Business with Xero, where you’ll:

  • Discover how you can achieve more financial, mind and time freedom
  • Understand the benefits of using Xero in your business
  • Learn how to get paid faster with less stress
  • Understand how Xero provides important insights into your business
  • Identify technology in the Xero ecosystem to support business operations

Can’t make it that time? No problem, get your link before the event start to get access to the recording.

REGISTER HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6EyC7ujFT3mLj8cuaHXKHA.

Building a Better Business – Step 3

Written by Bronwyn Pilkinton / BBus, PTBA

“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser

Introduction: In the journey towards building a better business, Chris Grosser’s words resonate profoundly: “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” Crafting a path to success requires an unwavering understanding of your current position – a critical step often overlooked by many. It’s akin to having a treasure map; without knowing where you are, plotting a course to success becomes an aimless endeavor. In Step 3 of our series, we delve into the significance of defining your business’s starting point, warts, and all.

  1. Alignment among Owners/Leaders: The first checkpoint on the road to success involves an honest assessment of the alignment among owners and leaders. Do they share the same dream for the business? Resolving conflicts and aligning visions are paramount to success. It is impossible to move forward cohesively if there’s discord at the top. Aligning thoughts lays the foundation for a unified journey.
  2. Analysing Current Results-Driven Activities: It is not merely about the numbers; it’s about the activities driving your results. How effective are your lead generation efforts? What is your conversion rate? Understanding these metrics sets the stage for improvement. Success lies not just in the destination but in the journey, and knowing the driving forces behind your current outcomes is the key to charting a more successful course.
  3. Team Vision and Buy-In: A great culture and an engaged team are catalysts for success. Ensure that your team comprehends the bigger picture and how they contribute to it. Without team buy-in, achieving the jackpot becomes an elusive dream. Unleash the magic within your team by fostering a shared vision and a sense of purpose.
  4. Evaluation of Measurement and Reporting Systems: Measurement is the cornerstone of improvement. If you cannot measure it, you cannot boost it. Evaluate the accuracy and usefulness of your measurement tools. Your decisions are only as sound as the information they are based on. Ensure that your reporting systems provide the insights needed to navigate towards success.
  5. Identifying Vulnerabilities: What keeps you awake at night? Identifying your business’s vulnerabilities is the first step towards super-hero level improvement. Whether it’s an industry shake-up, new regulations, weak systems, or cash flow challenges, acknowledging weaknesses empowers you to address them head-on. Turning vulnerabilities into strengths is a hallmark of resilient and successful business.

Conclusion: Skipping the crucial step of defining your business’s starting point is akin to sailing without a compass. Be honest, identify weaknesses, and take proactive steps to improve. In the words of Chris Grosser, seize the opportunity to create success. Need assistance in navigating this critical step? Reach out to us by phone or email – we are here to guide you on your journey to building a better business. Do not skip this step; your business’s success depends on it!

Webinar: Getting ready for Year-End

11:00, Wednesday, February 14, 2024 

Join us for insights on the importance of year-end financial preparation for businesses.

As a business owner, efficient year-end preparation is crucial to save time and effort.

We’ll provide a checklist and guide you through the process for a smooth preparation, ensuring you don’t overpay in taxes. Learn about the significance of maintaining an updated Xero file and discover handy tips for organizing receipts and invoices.

On Wednesday, 14th February at 11:00, we are hosting a 60-minute complimentary webinar where you’ll:

  • Learn the importance of preparing for year-end
  • Receive a checklist to work from
  • Know how to organise your documents
  • and more…

REGISTER HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4NMnceHwQ3y_RZOz6WyScw

Building a Better Business – Step 2

Written by Bronwyn Pilkinton / BBus, PTBA

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Ghandi

Embrace Change and Embrace Learning

Isn’t it wild how much there is out there for us to discover? The world is full of opportunities to learn, especially with all the digital information available at our fingertips. You can’t really dodge learning something new!

Think about how kids soak up everything at five years old. They’re all about diving headfirst into the sea of possibilities and soaking it up like little sponges. So why do we grown-ups sometimes slam the brakes on learning new things?

I get that life is a whirlwind and finding a quiet moment to dive into a book seems impossible sometimes. But its worth making time for. Set yourself some goals, share them with someone will keep you on track.

Here’s five ways to soak up more knowledge and level up your business game:

  1. Read, read, read.
    Even if its just ten pages before bed. Start small, bump it up every week. Mix it up with fun reads and stuff that will help your business. Bonus: it might even make you go to sleep faster!
  2. Step away from your phone (unless you’re learning).
    Facebook isn’t exactly a learning hotspot, right? Try an eBook, audiobook, podcast, or a cool learning app instead.
  3. Sign up for courses or workshops.
    Online or in person, pick stuff that fires you up and helps your business.
  4. Have TV Time-Out
    Unless you’re watching TED talks or something super useful for learning, turn the TV off.
  5. Keep a learning journal.

Go back to it now and then. Remember, you really get something when you can teach it to someone else.

So what’s your learning game plan? Leadership, sales, writing? Figure out what you need and make time to learn it. Oh, and find someone to keep you accountable. Buddy up, share your discoveries. Trust me, once you start, you will want more!

Need a hand boosting your business? Not sure where to go to find the information on what you want to learn? We’ve got your back. Give us a call for a chat about your needs.

AOD App of the Quarter

LastPass – App of the Quarter

In the world of running a business, there’s tons of things to juggle – meetings, projects and most importantly, keeping sensitive information safe and sound. That’s where LassPass swoops in to save the day.

LastPass isn’t just any old password manager; its like a fortress guarding your digital kingdom. Here’s why it’s a game-changer for business owners like you:

  1. One Master Key: Imagine having one master key that unlocks all the doors in your business castle. That’s your master password for LastPass. It’s the only code you need to remember to access all your important passwords and sensitive data.
  2. Effortless Organisation: Last Pass is your personal vault where you can stash all your passwords, from company email accounts to project management tools. No more scribbling down passwords on sticky notes or trying to remember which password goes where.
  3. Enhanced Security: LastPass generates robust, complex passwords that are like fortresses against hackers. It’s a shield protecting your business accounts from cyber threats, ensuring that only the right people get access.
  4. Team Collaboration: You can securely share passwords and sensitive information with your team without fear of it falling into the wrong hands. Need to grant temporary access? LassPass makes it easy to control who sees what and for how long.
  5. Accessibility on the Go: Whether you’re in the office, working remotely, or travelling for business, LastPass is there with you. It syncs seamless across devices, so you can access your important data anytime, anywhere.
  6. Extra Layers of Protection: LastPass goes beyond passwords. It offers multifactor authentication (MFA) options, adding an extra layer of security, such as fingerprint or authentication apps, for added peace of mind.
  7. Audit Trails and Monitoring: You can keep track of who accessed what and when with detailed logs and monitoring features. It’s like having a security camera for your digital assets.

LastPass isn’t just a tool; it’s a reliable ally in the battle against cyber threats, simplifying your security measures and allowing you to focus on growing your business.

Building a Better Business

Written by Bronwyn Pilkinton / BBus, PTBA

“The first secret of getting what you want is knowing what you want”. — Arthur D Hlavaty

You can’t build a better business without defining what you want.

Define what success looks like to you.

What does a better business look like? Do you have a vision of
where you would like to be in 12 months?

Be clear about what you want from your business because your
business should be there to serve you, not the other way around.

To build the picture, answer these questions:

  1. Who do you need to be right now?

Stop having a mindset of “When I’ve got this, I will do that, and then
I will be this.”
Instead think about who you need to be right now and start acting
in a way that is consistent with that – do what you need to do to
get what you want to have.

  1. What do you love doing outside of work and at work?

Identify the things that you love doing the most. We all have jobs
that we don’t like doing that we procrastinate on. Work out which
tasks you could pass on to someone else to free up your time to do
the things you love.

  1. How many hours will you commit to the things you love doing?

Write down how many hours a week you are going to spend doing
the things you love doing. Commit to doing this – block the time
out on your calendar and tell someone so they can hold you
accountable. Putting aside time to do the things you love doing in
life is a great way to start taking back control of your life.

  1. What holidays do you want to have?

Write down where you want to go and when you would like to go.
Be specific so the image in cemented in your mind. Then block out
the time on your calendar now.

  1. How much income do you need for this new life?

Write down a figure. Don’t worry about how you are going to
achieve it right now, just write it down.
You now have your own personal plan for what you want to get out
of your business.
Make it visible to remind yourself and start working towards it now.

The average person spends 40,000 hours at work during their
lifetime and life is too short to be stuck doing something you hate.
Make the most of your time and do something you love doing.

If you would like help getting your vision out of your head down
on paper or keeping accountable to your vision, give us a call to find out how we can help.

The importance of Shopping local & giving Feedback!

Angela Brown – Director / ACMA, PTB

The idea of shopping local often takes a back seat to the convenience and accessibility offered by large corporations and online retailers, however, supporting local businesses and utilising testimonials and Google reviews can have a significant impact on both the community and individual consumers by:

  • Boosting the Local Economy – by supporting local business, we can help nurture a vibrant community and ensure its long-term prosperity. Local businesses offer a personalised service and a sense of connection
  • Shopping locally can have positive environmental impacts as local businesses often source their products locally, reducing the need for long-distance transportation and thereby minimising carbon emissions. Moreover, small businesses are more likely to adopt eco-friendly practices such as sustainable sourcing, reduced packaging, and waste management.
  • Harnessing Testimonials and Reviews: Endorsements play critical role in the local community. By sharing their positive experiences through testimonials and reviews, satisfied customers become fans! Positive feedback from satisfied customers can help establish trust and credibility, especially for those who may be unfamiliar with the business or reluctant to try something new. Testimonials and reviews act as powerful word-of-mouth marketing tools and provide the business with valuable feedback for continuous improvemet.

So, shop local and don’t forget to give Google reviews!

Cash is not profit and vice versa

Bronwyn Pilkinton – Director / BBus, PTBA

Your business was set up to make money and that means you
need to understand the difference between profit and cash

Net profit is what you have left after you have deducted all your
business expenses from your income. You can improve your net
profit only by changing the things that affect your income and

For example:

  • You come to an arrangement with your suppliers to get
    stock cheaper – or you reduce the amount of inventory that
    you have on hand.
  • Your staff get to know your customers better, they learn
    more about what they do and don’t like – and that
    generates more business for you.
  • You roster your staff differently so that you are able to run
    your business more efficiently.

Cash flow comes from various sources. However, it also
covers operating expenses, tax, buying new equipment, debt
repayments and distributions to you as an owner.
Having a profitable business does not necessarily mean that
you have good cash flow.
And a business with good cash flow is not always profitable.
Your business can’t survive without cash.

The following things are essential for business success:

  1. Protect your cash position by knowing what it is. Have a
    cash flow statement and keep it up to date.
  2. Create a cash buffer as an insurance against unexpected
  3. Protect your cash position against revenue shocks, by
    keeping a balance equivalent to at least two months of
    operating expenses.
  4. Be realistic with your revenue expectations. Take action
    now if it looks like sales are not going to get you to your
    breakeven point.
  5. Credit check your customers up front to reduce the risk of
    not being paid. Make sure you follow up with clear payment
    terms agreed in writing.
  6. Every dollar you spend reduces your cash reserves. The
    best way to protect your cash is to create a budget for the
    spend you know you need – and stick to it.

If you would like help with understanding your business cash
flow, give us a call.