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Preparing for Retirement as a Business Owner

 

Retirement – a word that elicits images of leisurely days and freedom from work. But if you’re a business owner, your path to that relaxing sunset may be more complex than others. While others are wondering which hobby to pick up, you’re wrestling with some big questions: How will I fund my golden years? What happens to my business after I retire?

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Protecting Your Business From Emerging Scams in 2024

 

As we step into 2024, the digital landscape continues to evolve, and with it, the sophistication of scams targeting businesses. These nefarious actors are constantly refining their tactics, making it important for businesses to be aware of the latest scamming strategies.

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What Your VPN Knows About You – And May Not Be Telling You

 

Everyone needs a VPN! Using a VPN is the only way to keep your online activity truly private! These and other unethical, hyperbolic claims are just a few of the false marketing narratives surrounding the use of Virtual Private Networks.

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Avoid These Mistakes with Your Budget Forecasts

 

The start of a new year is a prime opportunity to review old budget habits which could be holding back your business.
Let’s explore some of the most common mistakes small business owners can make when mapping and managing their budget, so you can leave these practices behind as this financial year comes to a close.

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Crunching the Numbers: Small Business Financial Checkup

 

As a small business owner, January offers a unique opportunity to assess your financial health. With half of the tax year behind us, it’s time to take stock of your business finances and set a course for sustainable growth.

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The 2024 Outlook for Australian Real Estate

 

The Australian real estate market continues to rise overall. This trend persists despite interest rate hikes, the fixed rate mortgage cliff, repeated predictions of a downwards market correction, and some isolated and short-term pockets of decline.

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Getting your finances in order for the New Year

 

As we reflect on another eventful year, it’s time to prepare to step into 2024. With the lessons and experiences from another year under your belt, you’re well-positioned to craft a proactive plan for the next 12 months.

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RBA December Decision: Holding Steady at 4.35%

 

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) announced the retention of the cash rate at 4.35% following its December meeting. This decision aligned with expectations, considering the mixed data on economic activity and positive trends in inflation, which is on a downward trajectory. The RBA acknowledged that the full impact of previous rate hikes is yet to be fully realised, leading to a straightforward decision to maintain the current cash rate.

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The Art of Year-End Client Appreciation: Building Stronger Relationships

 

Amid the bustling preparations for seasonal celebrations and the end-of-year hiatus (or upsurge in activity in some sectors), the importance of appreciating your steadfast customers can sometimes be overlooked.
Client appreciation should be a core strategy for small business owners, and December is an ideal time to show your gratitude and foster customer loyalty.

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Festive Fraud: Recognising the Signs and Preventing Losses

 

Although the end-of-year holiday period is meant to be a time for goodwill and generosity, it also offers opportunities for fraudsters. Last year, scammers were the most active in October and November, with Scamwatch receiving about 50,000 reports of scams in these two months.

Continue reading to find out how to prevent your business falling victim to a scam or fraud this festive season.

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