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Growing your small business

Posted on July 18, 2018 by admin

Has your small business hit a slump lately? It may be time to develop a growth-focused strategy that can take your business to the next level.

Consider these ideas when designing your plan of attack.

Re-evaluate your small business
It is important to find out what exactly is hindering your business – get to the heart of the problem. Do you need to tweak your customer service and sales approach? Improve product development? Or even reduce your expenditure? Talk to your employees and examine how your business is running as a whole to find that certain something which is lacking.

Tailor your solution
Once you can identify the issue at hand, your next step will be to develop an effective solution. For instance, you may need to provide your staff with more customer service training as a way to maintain loyal customers and increase your sales. Before implementing these changes though, you must make sure this strategy will work towards growing your business.

Track your changes
Now you have located the source of the problem and implemented specific actions to create a change, but it is not over yet. It is essential to track and measure these changes to be sure they are having a real effect on promoting growth in your business. Otherwise, how will you know if the new strategy has worked?

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Government increases cash flow support for businesses

Posted on March 27, 2020 by admin

The Australian Government has increased support for businesses to manage cash flow challenges under the ongoing COVID-19 circumstances.

The Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure announced on 12 March 2020 will be increased to provide up to $100,000 for eligible small and medium-sized businesses. To be eligible employers must have been established prior to 12 March 2020 and have an aggregated annual turnover of less than $50 million and employ workers.

The measure will provide employers with a payment equal to 100% of the tax withheld from wages and salaries. This is a rise from the original 50%, with maximum payments being increased from $25,000 to $50,000 and minimum payments being increased from $2,000 to $10,000.

Employers will receive payments from 28 April 2020 from the ATO as automatic credit in the activity statement system upon lodging eligible upcoming activity statements.

Eligible businesses will be provided with an additional payment during July – October 2020. The payment will be equal to the total amount received under the Boosting Cash Flow for Businesses scheme. For monthly and quarterly activity statement lodgers, these payments will be provided as automatic credit in the activity statement system for each lodgement up until October 2020.

The Government has also introduced the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme to support the flow of credit for small and medium enterprises (SME) by providing a guarantee of 50% to participating SME lenders for new unsecured loans that will be used for working capital. To be eligible, SMEs will have a turnover of up to $50 million and the loans must comply with the following terms:

The SME Guarantee Scheme will still require businesses to repay these loans and approval is subject to regular lending requirements. The Scheme will commence by early April 2020 and be available until 30 September 2020.

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