How much do tradies really earn?

Cara Waters   Do tradies earn the "big money" or are you better off having a university education?

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Rozibaby prams collapses into liquidation

Rozibaby founders Tahir Baig and Rosh Ghadamian.

Cara Waters   A customised pram-making business founded by Melburnians Rosh Ghadamian and Tahir Baig three years ago has collapsed into liquidation.

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Companies forcing employees to become sham contractors beware

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   Big business is getting an unfair advantage by "rechristening" employees as contractors.

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How to secure $50m of venture capital funding

Founder of Invoice2Go, Chris Strode says 90 per cent of the company's engineering resources remains in Australia.

Tess Ingram   Find people that share your vision and sense of humour, build a strong relationship with them and know exactly what you want to achieve. Invoice2go founder Chris Strode's approach may sound simple but it has secured the Sydney-based mobile invoicing business $50 million of funding from US venture capital funds.

Westpac pilots SME lending with fintech Prospa

Prospa CEO Beau Bertoli is working on a proof of concept.

Shaun Drummond   Westpac has been quietly piloting a partnership with online business lender Prospa for the past two weeks.

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Alternative lending must come of age

Banjo founder Andrew Colliver says Australia is falling behind in alternative finance lending.

Andrew Colliver   Australia needs to act to catch up with the rest of the world when it comes to alt fi lending.

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Moore Stephens wins restraint of trade injunction

The Supreme Court of South Australia judgment 'devastated' former WKYA Consulting owner Geoffrey Richmond.

Cara Waters   Accountancy firm Moore Stephens has won in a court room battle to enforce restraint of trade clauses.

Small business hardest hit by insolvencies

ASIC boss Greg Medcraft has released the regulator's annual report into corporate insolvencies.

Cara Waters   ASIC's report into corporate insolvencies published today shows SMEs make up 85 per cent of all insolvencies.

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O'Dwyer details equity crowdfunding laws

Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer will introduce crowdfunding laws this year.

James Eyers   Under new laws to be introduced to this year, companies with up to $5 million in assets and turnover will be able to raise $5 million each year.

Company no protection from ATO if business fails

Max Newnham

Max Newham   Is the collapse of my major client going to send my business bust as well?

CBA gives small business 'slap in the face'

Paul Cook, manager of Courtney's Brasserie is concerned about the impact of Commonwealth Bank's decision.

Cara Waters   Parramatta small businesses say the Commonwealth Bank's decision to move its headquarters from the area will hurt the local economy.

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ATO cracks down on 'wealth extraction strategy'


Sally Rose   The Australian Taxation Office is cracking down on family businesses which misuse partnership and trust structures.

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Koko Black collapse 'out of the blue'

Koko Black chocolates in the Royal Arcade, Melbourne.

Cara Waters   Luxury chocolate retailer Koko Black has collapsed into administration but administrators Deloitte insist it's "business as usual".

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The rise of robo advisers

Robo advice is coming soon to you if these businesses have their way.

Adam Courtenay   Robo advice could slash investment costs and eliminate conflicts of interests but will people trust technology with their hard earned cash?

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Meet the Australian woman advising world leaders

Alexandra Cain

Alexandra Cain   She co-founded an investment bank and now she's taking New York.

Tax deductions for new assets

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   Make sure your leasing arrangement is eligible for the instant asset write off up to the $20,000 limit.

Small businesses face $26b cash flow crunch

Daniel Platt, co-owner of Localing.

Cara Waters   Small businesses struggle with cash flow as a result of unpaid invoices piling up.

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There is more to a business than a name

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   Should legal documents, contracts, letterheads and invoices include your ABN, ACN or business name?

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Hemp business wins government grant

Paul Benhaim, founder of Hemp Foods Australia, is  hoping hemp products will be approved for consumption in Australia.

Gayle Bryant   Government grants $600,000 to a small business whose product you aren't allowed to consume in Australia.

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Independent contractor or employee, that is the question?

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   The six tests that determine whether a person who works as a contractor will be classed as running a business or not.

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Will the banks raise business loan rates?

Any increase in business loan rates will hit small business hard.

Cara Waters   One way or another small businesses are going to be hit by the interest rate rises.

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What do angel investors want?

Investors are looking for a return of at least ten times their money.

Christopher Niesche   Seven essential ingredients early stage venture funders require to get across the line.

Successfully exiting your small business

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   Small business owners that fail to plan for exiting their business either do not maximise its value or pay more tax than is necessary.

All that glitters is not gold: Calculating the small business tax break

Claiming the instant asset write off for a 4x4

Max Newnham   Working out how much you can claim under the government's instant asset write off can be a complicated process.

GST and business purchases

Max Newnham

max Newnham   What are the rules?

Keeping good companies with trusts

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   When setting up a trust and using a company as the trustee what type of company do you set up?

Productivity drag continues with capex budgets stalled

RBA deputy governor Philip Lowe has reaffirmed the central bank's commitment to boosting productivity.

Robert Spano   COMMENT: Record low interest rates should be conducive to investment, but continued economic uncertainty is causing SMEs to hold onto their cash and ultimately resulting in lower productivity.

Should my company buy another car?

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   A reader wants to find out whether her company should purchase a second vehicle for mixed purpose use.

GST basics explained

Max Newnham

Max Newnham    

Accountants on the frontline

The superannuation sector says loopholes in the tax system has led to wealth-creation rorts.

Tim Reed   COMMENT: The value of an accountant has been transformed from one of compliance to that of an adviser.