Insurance

Business Maxims

Why neglecting insurance can be disastrous

Max Newnham

Max Newnham Too often many business owners neglect their insurance requirements of not only the business, but also the business owner.

Mark Bouris

Small and non-bank lenders worth a look

Mark Bouris

Mark Bouris The truth is that you can't influence a rate cut, but you can look for a better deal.

The price of being connected

COMPUTER

In the heat of the moment after losing a contract, an employee tweets a derogatory comment about a competitor, putting his firm at risk of legal action.

Home sweet home, unless it's your workplace

AFR

Christopher Niesche OWNERS of home-based businesses should not assume that their home and contents insurance will provide adequate coverage for their business and their business activities, insurers are warning.

Undervalued: why less is risking more

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Christopher Niesche The increased cost of construction brought on by the carbon tax and the soft economic conditions mean many more small businesses are taking the risk of being underinsured, an insurance consultant...

MONEY

Cash splash: 12 ways to beat the taxman

Tax.

Annette Sampson Another financial year done and dusted. Well, almost. With a little more than four weeks to go until June 30, it is high time to get in some last-minute tax planning.

Special Report

How to negotiate a wheel deal

Yan Flageul, director of Drivers on Scoot

Steering your fleet towards the right policy can be tricky, but here's some advice to smooth the way, writes Marcella Bidinost.

Special Report

A case of accidental debt

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Workers' compensation insurance: if you aren't safe, you'll be sorry, writes Alexandra Cain.

Special Report

Be prepared for the worst

James Costas, painter

Income protection of some form is a must for the self-employed, writes Christopher Niesche.

Special Report

Christmas parties, lunch breaks: where does cover stop?

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Alexandra Cain WORKERS' compensation is a minefield for small-business people trying to navigate the different regulations in each state.

BUSINESS MAXIMS

Tax tactics: maximise your return

Tax time.

Max Newnham Tax return time is approaching, so make sure you don't land yourself with a large bill.

Finance

Taxing times - how to prepare your business

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Christopher Niesche With the end of financial year fast approaching, it’s time for small businesses to start getting their tax in order and gearing up to take advantage of some law changes coming into force in the new...

One premium does not suit all companies

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Christopher Niesche Different sectors need different coverage so it's vital to correctly identify your requirements.

Don't buy the wrong wheels

Work car.

Max Newnham Many small business owners stumble in buying and financing the right sort of work vehicle.

Severely late bills hit one-year high

Late bills became even later in the December quarter.

Chris Zappone The number of bills being paid "severely" late by Australian businesses have hit a one-year high, rising by almost 30 per cent in the December quarter.

Spending slide spreads: Westpac

spending

Danny John Key parts of Australia's services sector are being hit by the slowdown in consumer spending.

How to write off business costs

Writing off business purposes.

Business Maxims Q. We recently set up an office - can we claim painting and other costs?

FINANCE

Keeping your lenders in the loop

Having a good relationship with your bank could save you.

Tony Kaye Having a better relationship with your bank could save you if push comes to shove. Here's how to do it.

We owe ourselves salaries

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Business Maxims Q. Can we claim our salaries - which we don't have the money for - as a tax deduction?

BUSINESS MAXIMS

The ABCs of GST

ABC.

Max Newnham When you own a business there are countless rules and regulations that must be met.