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Entrepreneurs Of Brisbane

Key Person Of Influence – Glen Carlson

We believe that every business owner has an inspiring story to tell.  A story of how they began.  A story of how they overcame the odds.  A story of what drives them.  A story of when they had a b...

New (financial) Year Resolutions

Business Innovation, Profit, Wealth

9 New Financial Year Resolutions you should make today

It’s a new Financial Year, and we believe the key to financial bliss is starting the year the way you’d like to end it. So Ben Walker, brings you his top 9 New Financial Year Resolutions you shoul...

Tax Planning, Uncategorized

$1,261,715.29 saved, 62 Young Families, 3 months.

In April 2016 we set a very big (and hairy) audacious goal.  To help young families in business by having, $500,000 in tax saved before 30 June. Well it’s our pleasure to announce that as at Th...

holidays

Business Innovation, Inspiring Business, Wealth

Why Business Owners Need To Take Holidays, 8 to 12 weeks a year ⛷⛵️

I’m fresh off the boat from 9 magical days in New Zealand and instead of cheap souvenirs, I’ve got a game changing business strategy for you: Grab a big 12 month calendar and map out all the holid...

Welcome Jake (3)

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Welcome Jake to the Inspire Team

Hi #InspireFamily, Please join me in welcoming Jake Pretorius to the INSPIRE team. Jake came to us a few months ago with his dream of becoming an inspirational accountant. He has since excelled in his...

561,478 reasons to aim high

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561,478 reasons to aim high!

561,478 reasons to aim high! In April 2016 we set a very big (and hairy) audacious goal. To save young families in business, $500,000 in tax before 30 June. Well it’s our pleasure to announce th...

Congratulations to the #InspireFamily aka clients of Inspire CA.

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Congratulations to the #InspireFamily aka clients of Inspire CA.

  Congratulations to the #InspireFamily aka clients of Inspire CA. We’ve been busily researching the latest in tax law and have found a number of strategies that will either save you tax, incre...

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#AccountingAnswers, Profit, Tax Planning

Are you SuperStream ready?

Are you SuperStream ready? To make sure employer superannuation contributions are paid in a consistent, timely and efficient manner, the ATO has introduced SuperStream. The key component of SuperStrea...

THANK YOU PHIL!

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THANK YOU PHIL – A year of NEW beginnings!

THANK YOU PHIL – A year of NEW beginnings! Last Friday the Inspire Team farewelled our friend and Senior Accountant Phil “Shep” Shephard. Phil has had a big year, welcoming his new baby girl...

Entrepreneurs Of Brisbane, Inspiring Business

Co-Founder of Australia’s 9th fastest growing company shares his rare insights into finding your competitive advantage – Inspiring Business Event with Glen Carlson

This Inspiring Business Event is powered by Inspire CA, an uber cool and disruptive accounting firm that is proving that not all accountants are boring. Secure your tickets now: WEDNESDAY 8th JUNE, 5:...

On Demand - 12 STRATEGIES FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO SAVE $20,000+ TAX

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12 STRATEGIES FOR BUSINESS OWNERS TO SAVE $20,000+ TAX

WE’RE HELPING YOUNG FAMILIES IN SMALL BUSINESS ACHIEVE A VERY BIG GOAL – SAVE $500,000 IN TAX BEFORE 30 JUNE. We’re calling it the … SAVE $500,000 TAX CAMPAIGN Imagine for a minute …...

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⏰⏰⏰ The ugly truth about TIMESHEETS – what old school accountants don’t want you to know about how they charge when they bill you by the hour 😡😡

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I Can I Will

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“I Can I Will” – Interview with Conan Visser

We believe that every business owner has an inspiring story to tell.  A story of how they began.  A story of how they overcame the odds.  A story of what drives them.  A story of when they had a b...

Entrepreneurs of Brisbane Ezra Taylor

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Entrepreneurs Of Brisbane – Ezra Taylor

We believe that every business owner has an inspiring story to tell.  A story of how they began.  A story of how they overcame the odds.  A story of what drives them.  A story of when they had a b...

Time Your Capital Gains

#AccountingAnswers, Tax Planning

Time Your Capital Gains – Hold for 12 months & Sell in a low income year.

  Time Your Capital Gains – Hold for 12 months & Sell  in a low income year. How does this strategy work? You bought an investment. A property for example. Bought it for $200,000, sold it ...

Accelerated Asset Depreciation

#AccountingAnswers, Tax Planning

Accelerated Asset Depreciation – 100% deduction NOW if it’s under 20 k.

Accelerated Asset Depreciation – 100% deduction NOW if it’s under 20 k. How does this strategy work? You buy an asset.   A car for example. For running around doing quotes onsite. Its value w...

Top sales advice

#AccountingAnswers, Business Innovation, Entrepreneurs Of Brisbane, Inspiring Business

Top sales advice from one of top 5 Sales Professionals worldwide (fitness industry)

  Sales is such an important part of any business. Many of us hate the word sales, but it pay the bills and keeps the lights on. So we asked Richard Bell, the speaker at our upcoming Inspiring Bu...

Pay your Life Insurance premiums from Super

#AccountingAnswers, Tax Planning

Pay your Life Insurance premiums from Super – and get double tax benefits.

How does this strategy work? Life Insurance is money your family will receive in the event of you kicking the bucket. Interestingly the premiums you pay for Life Insurance are not tax deductible, unle...

employee super payments

#AccountingAnswers, Tax Planning

Pay your employee super payments 1 month early to get 10 months of additional cashflow

How does this strategy work? Each month you pay super for your employees. 9.5% of their wage. For a quarterly payroll of $100,000, that’s $9,500. Now your Employee Super Payments are typically due o...

Make Additional Super Contributions

#AccountingAnswers, Measuring Key Numbers, Tax Planning, Wealth

Make Additional Super Contributions – Tax Planning Strategies to action prior to 30 June

  Make Additional Super Contributions to reduce your tax How does this strategy work? You may be aware that superannuation is the best investment vehicle for tax purposes out there. It’s also e...

attract more customers

Cash flow, Measuring Key Numbers, Profit

AUTOMATIC CASHFLOW – Step 5 of 5 to make your business work for YOU!

Step 5 – Invest in Multiple Buckets. AUTOMATIC CASHFLOW   Remember Jesus first miracle? He turned water into wine. You’ve got cash in your Profit War Chest, now it’s time to turn profit...

distribute to your children

#AccountingAnswers, Tax Planning, Wealth

Distribute to your Children Under 18 – Tax Planning Strategies to action prior to 30 June

How does this distribute to your children strategy work?   Discretionary Trusts are great for Young Families in Business as they give you… you guessed it, DISCRETION. In fact they’re more wel...

Step 4 of 5 - GET REPEAT BUSINESS

Cash flow, Inspiring Business

Get Repeat Business – Step 4 of 5 to make your business work for YOU!

  Step 4 – Get a Bigger Bucket GET REPEAT BUSINESS   Step 2 asked HOW FAST.   Step 3 asked HOW MANY.   Step 4 asks HOW MUCH & HOW OFTEN. Or put another way Your reservoir of cash...

write off bad debts

#AccountingAnswers, Tax Planning

Write Off Bad Debts – Tax Planning Strategies to action prior to 30 June

Write Off Bad Debts How does this strategy work? Let’s say you are a plumber, and builders are your clients. You send them invoices regularly for your work. Sometimes they pay. Sometimes they don’...

attract more customers

Cash flow, Inspiring Business

How to Attract More Customers – Step 3 of 5 to make your business work for YOU!

  ATTRACT MORE CUSTOMERS  Step 3 – Fill The Bucket Learn with us how to attract more of the right customers! But first let’s review what we have learnt so far: Step 1 was about ensur...

DISTRIBUTE INCOME TO  RETIRED PARENTS

#AccountingAnswers, Business Structures, Tax Planning

DISTRIBUTE INCOME TO RETIRED PARENTS (& IN LAWS!)

DISTRIBUTE INCOME TO  RETIRED PARENTS (& IN LAWS!) How does this strategy work? Discretionary Trusts are great for Young Families in Business as they give you… you guessed it, DISCRETION. In fa...

Step 4 of 5 - GET REPEAT BUSINESS

#AccountingAnswers, Cash flow

How to Get Paid Faster – Step 2 of 5 to make your business work for YOU!

GET PAID FASTER Imagine a river.  A river flows.  From high ground to low ground.  The higher the ground, the faster the flow. Step 2 – Control the Tap Step 2 is about HOW FAST cash flows out...

Step 4 of 5 - GET REPEAT BUSINESS

Cash flow, Profit

How to take your Profit First – Step 1 of 5 to make your business work for YOU!

    TAKE YOUR PROFIT FIRST “Money isn’t everything, but having a mountain of it sitting around is handy.” Step 1 – Stop the leaks This might surprise you but the Profit equation ...

Fringe Benefit

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#AccountingAnswers What is a Car Fringe Benefit?

What is a Car Fringe Benefit?   A car fringe benefit can occur when an employer makes a car they own or lease available for the private use of an employee. If you conduct your business through a ...

Chapter One

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Chapter One: You Have The Power to Change Stuff

Chapter One:  You Have The Power to Change Stuff Build an Inspiring Book List with Harvee Pene (Partner & Business Advisor at Inspire CA) as he undertakes his 2016 Challenge:  Read (implement &a...

Pedro Alcobio EOB interview (2)

Entrepreneurs Of Brisbane, Uncategorized

Introducing Pedro Alcobio, owner of The Health Place

We believe that every business owner has an inspiring story to tell.  A story of how they began.  A story of how they overcame the odds.  A story of what drives them.  A story of when they had a b...

Ben Love Father Businessman and Hero

Entrepreneurs Of Brisbane, Uncategorized

Ben Love, Father, Businessman and Hero

Ben Love, Father, Businessman, and Hero We believe that every business owner has an inspiring story to tell.  A story of how they began.  A story of how they overcame the odds.  A story of what dri...

Phillip Di Bella

Entrepreneurs Of Brisbane, Inspiring Business, Speaking, Uncategorized

Want to meet the man himself – Phillip Di Bella?

Find out how Phillip Di Bella revolutionised the Australian coffee culture! We’ve all experienced the disappointment that comes with an average cup of coffee, however Phillip Di Bella has made i...

book review Legacy

Book Review, Inspiring Business

Book Review: Legacy – What the All Blacks can teach us about the business of life.

  Build an Inspiring Book List with Harvee Pene (Partner & Business Advisor at Inspire CA) as he undertakes his 2016 Challenge:  Read (implement & review) a Book a Week. Book Review: What th...

Brett Campbell

Business Innovation, Entrepreneurs Of Brisbane, Marketing, Media, Speaking, Uncategorized

5 of the Most Powerful & Under-utilised Facebook Strategies (Brett Campbell)

The Power of Building an Empire Using Social Media Many Business owners tell us that GROWTH is amongst the top items on their agenda for 2016. To grow you need more customers. More customers means mor...

Self managed super fund

Wealth

SMSF Myths Busted! Self Managed Superannuation Funds

SMSF Myths Busted! Self managed super fund Is a Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) right for you? Already have a SMSF, but want to make it work harder for you? Over 900,000 Australians run their own SMS...

pay yourself

#AccountingAnswers

#Accounting Answers: Review How You Pay Yourself

Before you can decide about the best way to pay yourself for your hard work in your business, you need to understand about structures. 9 times out of 10, if you’re a young family in a small busi...

self funded retirees

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#Accounting Answers: Self Funded Retirees

#Accounting Answers: So remember young family, small business equals family trust or discretionary trust as the ideal structure for 9 times out of 10. If you don’t understand how your structure ...

commercial property

#AccountingAnswers

#Accounting Answers: How Can I Buy a Commercial Property?

Why is an SMSF better for investing in commercial property, and leasing it back to yourself, than an investment trust? Many people ask us how is it that they can stop paying somebody else for their le...

3 candles IB newsletter

#AccountingAnswers, Business Innovation, For Accountants, Uncategorized

Collaboration Not Competition: a tale of 2 candles

🕯🕯 Collaboration Not Competition: a tale of 2 candles 🕯🕯 Only read this if you operate business in a very competitive industry, like we do. Competition = 2 competitive business owners figh...

HUMMING BIRD HOUSE

#AccountingAnswers, Cash flow, Human Resources, Know Your Numbers, Measuring Key Numbers

#AccountingAnswers – Is donating to charity tax deductible?

  Is donating to charity tax deductible? There’s three rules at play: Is it more than two dollars? Are they a DGR? You want to ask the provider that. Are you a profitable business? Now, why thr...

Surf into a profitable cash rich business

Business Innovation, Business Structures, Cash flow

8 ways to know if you can afford to hire your next employee – Part 2 of 2

8 ways to know if you can afford to hire your next employee – Part 2 of 2 The opportunities for growth in your business will come in ebbs and flows, like waves. Hire too early and you’re a si...

Book Review: The Four Hour Work Week

Book Review, Business Innovation, Uncategorized

Book Review: The Four Hour Work Week – Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich.

The Four Hour Work Week Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich.  Build an Inspiring Book List with Harvee Pene (Partner & Business Advisor at Inspire CA) as he undertakes his 2016 Ch...

Joshua Kilroy, Tyson & Peppa

Entrepreneurs Of Brisbane, Uncategorized

Famous Fashion Blogger opens Fashion Boutique

  We believe that every business owner has an inspiring story to tell.  A story of how they began.  A story of how they overcame the odds.  A story of what drives them.  A story of when they ...

business growth

Business Innovation, Inspiring Business, Marketing

If 10x Business Growth is on the 2016 agenda, read this today.

Many Business owners tell us that GROWTH is amongst the top items on their agenda for 2016. To grow you need more customers. More customers means more sales. Before Sales you need Marketing. You proba...

hire your next employee

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8 ways to know if you can afford to hire your next employee – Part 1

Can’t afford to hire your next employee? It’s an age-old dilemma for small business owners: You need help to grow your business, but you can’t afford to hire anyone. This common situation is...

AccountingAnswers Sharon Claim GST new car

#AccountingAnswers, Tax Planning

#AccountingAnswers – Claiming GST on a new car

How much GST can I claim on a new car? When it comes to claiming GST on a car (Goods & Services Tax), it’s very similar to claiming GST on any other business expense. You can only claim th...

Do Cool Sh*t: Quit your day job

Book Review

[Book Review] Do Cool Sh*t: Quit your day job. Start your own business. Live happily ever after.

Do Cool Sh*t: Quit your day job.  Start your own business.  Live happily ever after. by Miki Agrawal.   Build an Inspiring Book List with Harvee Pene (Partner & Business Advisor at Inspire ...

Francesca Moi Empowering Events

Business Innovation, Entrepreneurs Of Brisbane, Speaking

Collaboration queen makes career out of passion

  We believe that every business owner has an inspiring story to tell.  A story of how they began.  A story of how they overcame the odds.  A story of what drives them.  A story of when they ...

Building an Empire With Social Media! (3)

Tax Planning, Uncategorized, Wealth

Give your Super a Boost! Buy a commercial property (via SMSF) and rent it from yourself.

Give your Super a Boost! An alternative way of building up your retirement savings. While most of us will hopefully accumulate enough superannuation throughout our working lives to have a comfortable ...

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Book Review, Business Innovation, Uncategorized

Book Review: Daring and Disruptive: Unleashing the Entrepreneur by Lisa Messenger.

Book Review: Daring and Disruptive: Unleashing the Entrepreneur by Lisa Messenger.   Build an Inspiring Book List with Harvee Pene (Partner & Business Advisor at Inspire CA) as he undertakes his ...

Build Profit War Chest

Cash flow, Profit, Wealth

Building a Profit War Chest and save your Business

Building a Profit War Chest and save your Business How a Small Business owners can very quickly amass Emergency Cash Reserves and Build a Profit War Chest: Most business owners don’t have the time t...

CAANZ Brand Ambassador

#AccountingAnswers, Cash flow, Cloud Accounting, Know Your Numbers

#AccountingAnswers – Help! My Cashflow is Killing Me

Help! cashflow is killing me #AccountingAnswers:  3 tips to even out the ups and downs Fixing cashflow problems is like dealing with the pain of a toothache. Strong painkillers give immediate but tem...

February Meetup Inspire CA

Book Review

HAPPY BIRTHDAY INSPIRE! Our own start up story, told for the first time.

Happy Birthday Inspire! Our own start up story, told for the first time. WOW it’s Inspire CA – Young Family Small Business 3rd Birthday today. For the first time, I’m going to share ...

Entrepreneurial Stars have aligned

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Entrepreneurial stars have aligned

Collaborate with 5,000+ inspirational entrepreneurs on the same journey as you Running a small business can be hard. Being an entrepreneur can be lonely. Most fail. Yet every morning we get out of be...

Book Review

Book Review: REWORK – Change the way you work forever

A better, faster, easier way to succeed in business Build an Inspiring Book List with Harvee Pene (Partner & Business Advisor at Inspire CA) as he undertakes his 2016 Challenge:  Read (implement ...

Book Review, Business Innovation

Book Review: The Virgin Way – How to listen, learn, laugh and lead

Build an Inspiring Book List with Harvee Pene (Partner & Business Advisor at Inspire CA) as he undertakes his 2016 Challenge:  Read (implement & review) a Book a Week. The Virgin Way How to l...

Book Review

Book Review: BUILD TO SELL by John Warrillow – Create a business that can thrive without you.

Build an Inspiring Book List with Harvee Pene (Partner & Business Advisor at Inspire CA) as he undertakes his 2016 Challenge:  Read (implement & review) a Book a Week. 1st day back in 2016 an...

Book Review

Book Review: UNPROFESSIONAL by Jack Delosa – How a 26 year old university dropout became a self-made millionaire.

Build an Inspiring Book List with Harvee Pene (Partner & Business Advisor at Inspire CA) as he undertakes his 2016 Challenge:  Read (implement & review) a Book a Week. Happy pre-Australia Day...

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[Photo Diary] Inspiring Business Event: Meet & Greet with Top Entrepreneurs of Brisbane.

A visual memoir of the Australia Day themed Inspiring Business Event on Jan 22, 2016 Welcome to our first Inspiring Business event of 2016!   What started as a small group of like minded business own...

HUMMING BIRD HOUSE

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Hummingbird House: Supporting a Hospice, for Children

We recently attended a charity for Hummingbird House and while putting on my black tie, inquisitive 7 year old nephew asked “Uncle, what is Hummingbird House?” I said “Do you know what a Hospice...

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Book Review: CREATIVITY INC: Overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration.

Build an Inspiring Book List with Harvee Pene (Partner & Business Advisor at Inspire CA) as he undertakes his 2016 Challenge:  Read (implement & review) a Book a Week. This is a brilliant sto...

Oversubscribed by Daniel Priestley book

Book Review

Book Review: OVERSUBSCRIBED by Daniel Priestley – How to get people lining up to do business with you.

Build an Inspiring Book List with Harvee Pene (Partner & Business Advisor at Inspire CA) as he undertakes his 2016 Challenge:  Read (implement & review) a Book a Week.   Harvee – T...

Caveman Kitchen

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The secret recipe to breaking down Big Scary (and Hairy) Audacious Goals into bite sized chunks!

Ever had a great idea for a business that was borne out of a frustration you faced?  Ever wanted to take a 3 month Road trip around Australia?  Ever tried one of those crappy frozen meals and wonder...

Measuring Key Numbers

How to set company goals that your whole team will buy into

Goal setting is one of the most important things you should be doing with your team on a weekly or even daily basis. But sometimes it is harder to implement them than we think. In this video, Harvee w...

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Know Your Numbers

5 Questions to Profit in 2016

And designing the dream lifestyle you want, with plenty of holidays and time to work ON the business! Hey, welcome back to 2016!  Ever heard of the saying “the quality of one’s life is in dir...

Business Innovation, Business Structures, Cash flow, Conversion Rate, Measuring Key Numbers

How to Plan for Profit in 2016

Let’s Make it Your Best Year yet – Plan for Profit! Wouldn’t it be great to Plan well for 2016 now so you can spend more quality time with your family? How do the multi millionaires...

Business Structures, Tax Planning

Benefits of having a trust own the shares in your company

This is a fairly technical article – but it is an important one. All too often, I see business structures slapped together with average advice from accountants. And one of the killers is just s...

Improve Your Christmas Cashflow

Cash flow, Know Your Numbers, Marketing

Need to Improve Your Christmas Cashflow? Holiday in Peace!

Check out this webinar and see how to: Improve your Christmas cashflow so you can Holiday in PEACE. With Christmas coming up, the wheels of business tends to slow as everyone winds down for the year. ...

Cash flow, Tax Planning

PAYING TOO MUCH TAX? – What To Do About It!

Check out this webinar and see how: Recently we helped “Jeff” a small business owner like you, save $36,000 in tax. Most Business owners FEEL that they may be paying too much tax. So enjoy the 20 ...

Business Structures, Uncategorized

Business Structure Advice: Are you in the Right One?

How does $34,000 TAXED SAVED sound? Have you ever wondered whether or not you’re in the right business structure? Or if you have no idea why you’re set up the way you are? To clear up the ...

Working Capital Timeline cashflow preview

Cash flow

[infographic] What’s Your Working Capital Timeline telling you?

Understanding your working capital timeline allows you to control it. Understanding how cash flows to and through your business is the first step on taming the beast and setting yourself up to win. Do...

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[Infographic] Inspire CA’s Quarterly Results – June – September, 2015

Curious as to exactly how the Inspire CA business is performing? We’d like to share with you the story that our numbers tell. WHY? 1 – We couldn’t have made this impact without you. So THANK...

Meeting Room Hire Inspire Cafe

Business Innovation, Choosing Your Accountant, Media

Inspire Cafe Re-Launches as Inspire Business Hub

Recently Juan and I travelled to Sydney to attend Xerocon (for the unitiated Xerocon is a mega accounting nerd-fest, we’ll be posting more about what we learnt at the conference in the coming weeks)...

Brisbane Junior Chamber of Commerce

Business Structures, Speaking

Brisbane Junior Chamber of Commerce Speaking Resources 19 March 15

I’ve put together some resources that I mentioned throughout the Business Structuring and Tax workshop that was held at the Commonwealth Bank, organised by the Brisbane Junior Chamber of Commerc...

Accountants Brisbane One Hit Wonder

Business Innovation, Marketing

Sick of being a ‘One Sale Wonder’? How else can you serve your customers?

One of the biggest killers of highly profitable businesses is the ‘One Sale Wonder’. Now we’re all in business to serve our customers.  So we must believe that we provide value for ...

Age of Engagement

Business Innovation, Marketing

The Age of Engagement – Internet Marketing Evolution

Following on from last week’s post we’re continuing to uncover some of Roger Hamilton’s insights in to the future of markets, technology and doing business in the age of Web 3.0. Roger Hamilton ...

Optus Language Accountants Brisbane

Business Innovation, Marketing

5 Language Lessons all Businesses can Learn from Optus

Just this morning I read this letter from Optus. And you must be wondering why on earth an accountant is writing about a letter from Optus.  So here’s some context for you.  I have really lear...

business trends

Business Innovation

5 Business Trends That Are Already Shaping Your Business and Determining Your Profits

What you were doing 5 years ago is vastly different from what you’re doing today. So how prepared are you for the next 5 years? And will you profit? Roger Hamilton will. Roger Hamilton is a futuris...

Speaking Rituals Accountants Brisbane

Business Innovation, Marketing

3 Speaking Rituals Entrepreneurs can use before Public Speaking

It’s no doubt that public speaking is an easy feat for mastering. Some make it look so easy, and yet it can paralyse those who are finding their feet.  Myself included! One of my key numbers in...

CAANZ Brand Ambassador

awards, digital, Media

CAANZ Brand Ambassador – A Hub for Innovation in Brisbane

CAANZ Brand Ambassador Late 2014, I was asked by Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ) to be a CAANZ Brand Ambassador for the Chartered Accountants program. What it led to was an interv...

How to build your team

Human Resources

Hiring Smart: How to build your team for growth

Growth it great.  But not when it kills us! When we all of a sudden have an influx of work, this stresses the team and us, as the business owner. We often hear our clients who are experiencing rapid ...

When are Meals Tax Deductible Accountants Brisbane

Tax Planning

Chewing the Fat: When are Meals Tax Deductible to a Business

Taking team members, clients and suppliers out for a meal can be an opportunity to start, or further develop, a great working relationship. Many small business owners even choose to cover the cost of ...

Basketball Michael Jordan accountants brisbane

Know Your Numbers

Bring your game into 2015: Michael Jordan knows his numbers

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about a baseball team using numbers to win.  And in that same week, hearing a quote, I realised something about Michael Jordan’s career. Michael Jordan would...

Choosing Your Accountant Change Accountants Brisbane

Choosing Your Accountant

Choosing An Accountant: 10 Questions to ask when looking to Change Accountants

What really annoys me is the Generally Accepted Poor Standards, or “GAPS”, in the accounting industry.  Accountants have the power to change the lives of business owners, but most of them...

change accountants brisbane

Business Structures, Choosing Your Accountant, Cloud Accounting, Know Your Numbers, Measuring Key Numbers, Tax Planning

New Years Resolution: 5 Urgent Reasons to Change Accountants in 2015

Most business owners are not happy with their current accountant.  So why don’t they change accountants? Studies show that we sometimes prefer working with the devil we know, to avoid the unkno...

jerry seinfeld calendar accountants brisbane

Measuring Key Numbers

Don’t Break the Chain: How Jerry Seinfeld measured success

A few months ago, I was reading a write up about Jerry Seinfeld and how he tracked and measured success. The concept that he shared was to track visually, on a calendar, the days that you complete a t...

conversion rate accountants brisbane

Conversion Rate

You’re Killing Conversion: Why you should stop doing Quotes in Xero

Business owners underestimate the power of good quality proposals and a great conversion rate on their business. A quote is not a proposal A proposal, in my books, gets to the heart of your business, ...

Plan to Profit in 2015 - Accountants Brisbane

Know Your Numbers

Plan for Profit 2015 – Webinar Replay

Here’s the recording of our “Plan for Profit” webinar – where we share how you can use the numbers to increase profitability in 2015. We put this webinar together in response t...

Plan to Profit 2015 - Accountants Brisbane

Know Your Numbers

Plan to Profit 2015 – Holiday Reading List

You might be familiar with Bill Gates’ almost life long habit, to go away on his summer holidays with a suitcase of books to read. And for our upcoming workshop, Plan to Profit in 2015, I’...

3 Numbers to focus on when it comes to websites

Know Your Numbers

3 Numbers to focus on when it comes to Websites

If you hadn’t picked me yet, I’m a fan of numbers – and appreciate high performing websites.  So it’s only fate that I should write an article on what numbers you should monit...

How a baseball team used numbers to win

Know Your Numbers

How a Baseball team used Numbers to Win

Call it coincidence, but over the past couple of days, I’ve discovered that the sporting “greats” use numbers to win. What do I mean by this? Well, let’s look at the example of...

Taking the numb out of numbers Ben Walker accountants brisbane

digital, Media, print

Taking the ‘Numb’ out of Numbers – Brisbane Business News

The original article was published by Brisbane Business News and written by Jenna Rathbone on 27 November 2014.   ACCOUNTING 101 is enough to drive some business owners mundane mad, but  Ben Walker ...

Ben Walker Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Award

awards, Media

[Award] Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Finalist

In November 2014, I was excited to be announced as a finalist in the Brisbane Business News “Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year” awards. Each year, the Brisbane Business News searches from Br...

One Number - Accountants Brisbane

Know Your Numbers

What’s Your One Number to Focus on in Your Business?

Adapted from Gary Keller’s recent book, “The ONE Thing”, what is the ONE number you could focus on, such that by improving it everything else would be easier or unnecessary? What we want to iden...

Working Capital Cash Flow

Cash flow

To Increase Cash Flow: Know Your Working Capital Days

We all know that cash is king. And what is more necessary than optimal cash flow in your business? While Revenue and Profit are a “must” to measure, neither of them give any insight into your busi...

Home office deductions

Tax Planning

Can I claim the kitchen sink? Do’s and Don’ts for Home Office Deductions

With the rise in cloud technology making the need to have a fixed ‘place of business’ outside the home far less important than it once was, many small business owners are choosing to operate from ...

How to Pay Yourself from a Company or Trust

Tax Planning

How Do I Pay Myself From My Company or Trust?

We have been asked three times in the past week, “How do I pay myself?”. This is a very valid question, and one that has a few complexities.  Let me try to keep it simple… This Diff...

Ben Walker bond appetit podcast accountants brisbane

digital, Media

Why you should eat a GST Free Diet with one of Anthill’s 30 under 30, Mr Ben Walker – Bond Appetit

This podcast was recorded and published by Bond Appetit and Ronsley Vaz. The original article can be found here.   Podcast: Play in new window | Download Ben Walker is the Chief Inspiration Officer ...

Business Structures Part 6 - The Dangers: What if I get it wrong?

Tax Planning

Business Structuring Made Easy! Part 6: The Dangers – What if I Get it Wrong?

In order to reinforce the importance of selecting the right business structure, our final article in this series looks at the consequences of getting the choice wrong and the potential costs associate...

Courier Mail accountants brisbane

Media, print

“Leap of Faith” – Queensland Business Monthly

This article was originally published in the Queensland Business Monthly, a lift out in the Courier Mail, Friday 29th of August 2014. Written by Nicole Madigan.      Having worked in the accoun...

7 Marketing Blogs to Share With Your Clients

Cloud Accounting

7 Impressive Marketing Blogs You Can Share With Your Clients

I’m sure that you can relate with your clients that developing engaging content takes an enormous, disciplined effort to get momentum. So does everything that’s worth it. Best of all? Like the...

Ben Walker Anthill Online 30 under 30 Accountant Brisbane

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[Award] Anthill Online 30under30 2014

Ben has been humbled to be named as one of the Anthill Online 30under30 for 2014. 30under30 is an Anthill initiative that was launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among you...

Smashing Sales

Cloud Accounting

Smashing Sales – How to Create a Winning Sales Process

We’re all masters at something.  But never masters at everything. Sales can be a nasty roadblock to an otherwise phenomenal business. I’ve jotted down a few points below of how you can ve...

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digital, Media

World’s first gluten free… accounting firm cafe? – bmag

The original article was published by bmag, written by Taylare Madden on Sunday 6th July, 2014.   Inspire Cafe has gone completely Gluten Free, and only accountants are invited. An accounting fir...

Chartered Accountants Brisbane

digital, Media, print

Public Practice Innovation Case Study – Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand

 The original article was published by the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand. Written by Bernard Kellerman and photography by Marcus Bell.   A Brisbane CA has created a café where sma...

Live Your Legend Logo Accountants Brisbane

digital, Media

Announcing The Live Your Legend ‘Unofficial’ Music Video! – LiveYourLegend.net

The original article was published by LiveYourLegend.net, and written by Scott Dinsmore June 25, 2014.   Believe it or not, Live Your Legend has a music video… And it’s not the one of me path...

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Cloud Accounting, Tax Planning

7 Things Business Owners MUST Implement BEFORE June 30

We often find in business that many entrepreneurs and business owners are moments away from realising the potential that a few small changes in their modus operandi (or “method of operation̶...

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Cloud Accounting

5 Ideas to Quickly Gain Credibility for Your Service Business

When you’re starting a new service business or offering a new service, it’s important to maximise credibility and confidence for your first customers or clients, whether through review sites, soci...

Profit Recipe

Cloud Accounting

Planning to Profit: How the Best Businesses Set their Revenue and Profit Targets for Growth

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” – Benjamin Franklin Most small business owners know this quote (and the meaning behind it) all too well. But when it comes to business growth, you...

Inspire Cafe Interior

Cloud Accounting

How We Created a Warmth Within Inspire Cafe

It’s fairly commonly witnessed that we’re 50% more likely to share a bad experience on social media, than we are a good one. To buck that trend is exactly why I’m sharing our experie...

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Tax Planning

Business Structuring Made Easy! Part 5: Family Trusts

A trust is a structure wherein a Trustee (either an individual or company) carries on the operations of the Trust on behalf of the beneficiaries. The actions of the Trustee are governed by the Trust D...

Business Structures Company

Tax Planning

Business Structures Made Easy! Part 4: Companies

Unlike a sole trader who essentially is the business, a company is a separate legal entity with directors who run the business and shareholders who own it. When business owners are interested in restr...

Clients that dont belong in your business

Cloud Accounting

Life’s Too Short: Four Types of Bad Clients That Don’t Belong in Your Business

A few weeks ago I was reading Firm of the Future, co-authored by Paul Dunn (one of my mentors) and Ronald Baker, which included this story. A young and upcoming partner in a firm was appointed to Mana...

Business Structures Partnerships

Tax Planning

Business Structures Made Easy! Part 3: Partnerships

A partnership is a common and relatively inexpensive way to set up a business. It involves 2 or more co-owners (the partners) participating together in a business operation. In order for a partnership...

qbsa-to-qbcc

Cloud Accounting

QBSA to QBCC: Just a Name Change? 10 Steps They’re Taking

On 1 December 2013 the Queensland Building Services Authority (QBSA), Queensland’s governing body for the Building and Construction Industry, was replaced by the Queensland Building and Construction...

Bean scene accountants brisbane

Media, print

Inspire Cafe – Bean Scene

This article was originally published in the April 2014 issue of Bean Scene magazine.  Article written by Sarah Baker. Inspire Cafe 32 Doggett Street, Newstead Queensland, 4006 Open Monday to Friday ...

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Tax Planning

CGT Main Residence Exemption – Tips, Tricks, and Traps

Under ordinary circumstances the sale of a property would attract Capital Gains Tax (CGT). However, you can avoid paying CGT if you sell a dwelling that is considered to be your main place of residenc...

Pricing Power - Accountants Brisbane

digital, Media

[Podcast] The accountant with a coffee shop in his office. – Pricing Power

The original article was published by Pricing Power on 26 March 2014. Written by Steve Major.  You can access the Pricing Power podcast here.   Why would an accountant open a coffee shop as part...

Business Structures Part 2: Sole Traders

Business Structures

Business Structures Made Easy! Part 2: Sole Trader

 Should I Trade as a Sole Trader? Establishing a business as a sole trader is the simplest form of business structure. It is relatively easy and inexpensive to start and maintain. Many sole traders c...

Business Structures Part 1 The Basics

Tax Planning

Business Structures Made Easy! Part 1: The Basics

One of the most important decisions a business owner needs to make (after the name of the business of course!) is the choice of business structure. In fact, getting this choice right is so important t...

50-emails-in-50-minutes

Cloud Accounting

Email Speed Dating: Tackling 50 emails in 50 minutes

Every second and fourth Friday of the month we hold the Inspiring Business at Inspire Cafe event. It’s a great way to wrap up a big week! Recently, I’d made a breakthrough in something that I now ...

How-to-hit-your-business-targets-every-time

Cloud Accounting

Shoot to Thrill! How to Hit Your Business Targets Every Time

Whether you think precision shooting (or “sniping”) is an art or a sport, you soon learn how much technical skill is involved. You also learn how much difference there is between a skilled shooter...

Inspire-CA-XERO-Cloud-Accounting

Cloud Accounting

Don’t Drive Your Business with Crap on the Windscreen – Why Xero Keeps it Clean

Imagine you’ve unknowingly parked under a tree full of birds, who all decide to use your windscreen for target practice. By the time you hop back in your car is covered in so much crap you can barel...

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Cloud Accounting

Businesses for Good: Embedding the Concept of Giving into Everyday Life

One of the most exciting aspects of modern life is the feeling we wake up with every morning that something amazing could happen at any given time. The world is so huge, people are diligently working ...