The Trouble With Debt

The three ways accountants can get in trouble with debt financing their practice are: Using short term debt to make long term investments. Doing this creates problems as the short-term debt will need to be refinanced well before the long-term investment returns are available. If the short-term debt cannot be refinanced, the lender will either sell or close the business. Failing to consider that when increasing debt it increases business risk. Borrowers need to ensure their cash flows have a Read More…

Introducing New Services to Existing Clients

This strategy is about creating new services that you can provide to your existing client base.  It is similar to the low hanging fruit strategy, but involves more work.  The practice has to create the new services, train the staff on delivering the new services, and develop a marketing plan. When considering what new services to provide ask yourself two questions. Firstly, what service would provide immense value to existing clients? Secondly, does the practice team have the skills or Read More…

Sturgeon’s 10% of Practices

If a Purple Cow practice is not achievable, then being part of Sturgeon’s 10% of practices would still be a worthy goal. This would be financially rewarding of course with annual principal profits of $1m plus. If you are already achieving this, well done. If you are not, how do you get there? Firstly, you need to start with your strategy. If you currently have a stuck-in-the-middle strategy, you need to take Michael E Porter’s advice and chose one out Read More…

SMSF Advice Options

At June 2015 the ATO advised that there were 556,998 self-managed super funds in Australia with 1,049,840 members. During the 2015 financial year 32,073 funds were established and 1,350 funds closed (by either the members or ATO). On 1 July 2016 the accountants’ exemption was repealed and ‘Recognized Accountants’ can no longer recommend the establishment or winding up of a self-managed superannuation fund unless they are appropriately licensed. Previously Regulation 7.1.29A of the Corporations Regulations 2001 permitted this without being Read More…

How Should I Structure My New Business

When clients come in to see me about starting a new business they have many different questions depending on the type and size of business they are commencing and their own understanding of business. One of the more common questions is; what type of entity should I use? There are several different entities, or business structures, that can be used to run a business. These are, sole trader, partnership, company and trust. Some of the advantages of being a sole Read More…

What I Want from My Tax Accountant as a Small Business Owner

I run a digital marketing business, Pixelpi. As a small business owner, I don’t have a lot of time to spend on accounting. In fact, my time literally equals money. It’s a double edged sword. The more time I spend on accounting, the less billable hours I can do. The less time I spend on accounting, the more money I lose through lapse accounting knowledge and application. It is therefore essential that I can trust and rely on my accountant Read More…