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New tax rules that may impact your small business

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This money will go to the Skilling Australians Fund. Businesses with a turnover of more than $10 million will have to pay an annual fee of $1,800 per employee with a Temporary Skill Shortage visa, and a one-time payment of $5,000 for each employee with a permanent visa. Small businesses with $10 million or less in turnover will have to make annual payments of $1,200 per employee with a temporary visa and a one-time fee of $3,000 per employee with a permanent visa. These levies are meant to encourage businesses to prioritize local workers when they are hiring. Greater compliance for cleaners and courier services Taxable payment reporting systems have been used to enhance tax compliance in a number of industries so far, and starting on 1 July 2018, they will be used to do the same for contract cleaning services and courier services. From the effective date, all businesses that use the services of these two types of contractors will be obligated to collect information on all business transactions, including payment reports, and submit it to the ATO.

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Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Explore Networking Opportunities in Your Local Community

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Networking, by definition, is the art of building and maintaining beneficial relationships for professional purposes. To effectively maximize the benefits of networking, you need to be more proactive and open to sharing your knowledge, experience, as well as contacts with other people. Not many people realize this, but each and every person has a large network of contacts. You just need to know where to find it. There are so many networking opportunities; from conferences, to business events, to social groupings, and even online social platforms. You can never miss an opportunity to network! Networking events in your local community will provide you with a laid back atmosphere to interact with people in your locality, and help you grow your business with potential opportunities. Check out these top 4 reasons why networking is important: 1. Helps in building professional relationships One of the best things about networking events in your local community is that like-minded individuals from the same area come together in an informal environment.

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How Does Choosing Contracted Cleaners Prove To Be Profitable For A Company?

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Office cleaning businesses don't just take care of a business's housekeeping demands expertly, but also make certain that the very best quality of cleaning and sanitizing is supplied to the company for affordable prices. The following reasons should make evident how outsourcing to a commercial cleaning company can be practical for an organization. 1. Value For Money: Contracting out the sanitizing tasks of an organization can be quite economical.. To start with, one can save the cost of having the office premises hygienically cleaned in a lot less time with the aid of a specialist cleaning service. Furthermore, it will be the duty of the cleaning and maintenance contractor to obtain the materials, refillable products and cleaning gear, all for optimum rates. Value For Money: Contracting out the sanitizing tasks of an organization can be quite economical. To start with, one can save the cost of having the office premises hygienically cleaned in a lot less time with the aid of a specialist cleaning service.

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What is a Business Coach – How Do they Make a Difference?

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As a business owner you will understand the minefield you navigate every day. It is lonely and difficult at the top. People rely on you for leadership and guidance and for employment itself. You hold the fate of many people in your hands. Business coaching could be the answer to not only guarantee your success but to ensure the very survival of your enterprise. Employing a business coach will prove to be a worthwhile investment with benefits that will pay dividends far into the future. The role of a Business Coach is to guide business owners with support, accountability and encouragement. Business coaching helps owners of enterprises with management, sales and marketing, plus they will have pearls of wisdom to share in the fields of human resources and team building. The focus is always on creating successful businesses. A great coach will pay dedicated attention to you. They will help you move from where you are to where you want to be.

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Becoming a Better Leader – a Good Business Decision

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Management and leadership have always been defined differently with many business owners urged to develop the latter skill. The truth is, there is only so much management skills one can learn. After that, systems and the employees take care of much of the day to day running of the business. The challenge of the business owner is to ensure all parts of the business work in tandem to achieve the goal of the business. This calls for leadership and the more developed leadership skills you have, the better chance of your business attaining success and once successful, sustaining it! It may not make sense to many as they start out with small teams, but your leadership impacts many areas of your business. These include employee turnover, office culture, employee motivation levels, and the overall direction the business takes. Here are four reasons why making the decision to invest in becoming a better leader is a wise choice.

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Outsourcing – Offshore and Onshore

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Outsourcing is an idea that has revolutionised the way entrepreneurs plan, structure and run an enterprise, and it’s increasing popularity can be attributed to its capacity to help entrepreneurs scale and deploy a business idea faster and operate more efficiently. Embracing the idea of outsourcing, entrepreneurs can focus on developing solutions and expertise in core competencies where they add real value to their market, either naturally through their access to unique or scarce resources, or intelligently though their ingenuity. They can then outsource the more mundane and tedious tasks that, although critical to the day to day operations of their business, aren’t the primary reason for their existence. Separating core competencies from critical but mundane tasks enables businesses to leverage the specialist knowledge, management expertise, staff and/or infrastructure of dedicated professionals; making it easier for them to They can then outsource the more mundane and tedious tasks that, although critical to the day to day operations of their business, aren’t the primary reason for their existence.

Businesses that need this kind of service can check out this recent article about how to choose the right cleaning company for your business. Offshore outsourcing, sometimes referred to as offshoring, is outsourcing tasks that can be done by someone overseas in a country where the cost of living is lower than in the country in which the host company operates



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“People don’t Leave Jobs. They Abandon Managers.”

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But In fact, in “Leading the Way: Three Truths from the Top Companies for Leaders (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), authors Marc Effron and Robert Gandossy show that companies that excel at developing leaders tend to achieve higher long-term profitability, and one By providing a pathway to management, and developing managers with leadership training to help them work more effectively with and through employees, team productivity improves, and when this is sustained, employees start to better understand their roles and can actually begin to drive innovations that further increase productivity and efficiency. For readers interested in exploring how to create sustainable long term growth by making better  management a key success factor in the growth of their business, there are several free to download self-coaching reports available here, that can help curious leaders and business owners  execute simple strategies to engage and motivate staff. These free reports also show how to get fast productivity increases from your current teams, simply by harvesting the low hanging, potential contributions that your team could offer if you, if you knew how to elicit their contributions.

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Is Tradition Your Fall-Back Position?

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Business is unpredictable. You can try to make it predictable (good luck!) or you can ride the waves of possibilities. What is it that you have been trying diligently to make work, that just isn’t working? Forcing outcomes doesn't work anymore. Traditional ways of operating a business are the fall-back position that is becoming less and less effective. If we are on a frontier of new ways of working and doing business, where does the savvy business owner start? Question everything! A business coaching client recently asked for mentoring in creating her services mix and expressing it in the world. She is different. Brilliant. Fun. Dynamic. Creative. And yet... she was talking about what she would like to create from a space of resisting the past and refusing to embrace a new future where her difference would shine. It’s the perfect conflictual paradigm to keep going nowhere and I see it too often.

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The Breakthrough Moment

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The breakthrough moment... is that moment when you come up against everything that IS possible... and you either choose it (even if it is REALLY uncomfortable) or you back away, hiding amongst the excuses that have kept you from going beyond it in the past. How many times have you almost got there, only to stop yourself?  Is it time to stop it... or do you love stopping you? Are any of these scenarios familiar to you? “I know I can do this, but before I do, I just need to.....(insert big thing that is your current ‘unsolvable obstacle’ here).....” “I would love to do this, but I’m just going to..... (insert small, unimportant list of busy work here).....” “I am procrastinating because I am not ready, I need to learn..... (insert your personal ‘less than’ comparison to as many guru’s in your industry as you can find here).....” “I know this is really important, but I have to do my client work first...

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The Challenge of Being a Practitioner

This article presents an account from people who are now academic researchers who supported people with learning disabilities in the 1970s and 1980s. It explores how a practitioners and an academic engaged in researching and teaching social welfare issues from a social model and critical rights perspective, remember and have come to terms with oppressive practices from the past. The paper includes instances of resistance to unethical systems and behaviours, but also painful memories of compliance. The authors reflect on their ethical positions in their past practice and discuss the importance of remembering and acknowledging.

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