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The Business Behind Your Business

Hosted by Paul Sweeney

Conversations to help your business grow and thrive. It's like having your own board of expert advisors in your pocket. Join your host Paul Sweeney and our team of expert advisors as we take a deep dive into the problems (and solutions) faced by business owners. In our 15 to 20 minute podcasts, we’ll discuss information and advice from qualified, experienced professionals to help you create a great business. Running a business is hard. And no matter how experienced you are in your business you’ll run into unexpected issues. Whatever is happening to your business now, it has likely happened to plenty of business owners before. The Business Behind Your Business will be bringing the team of expert advisors to you, sharing their experience, tips and case studies to help you run a great business. Hear from expert advisors including Business Accountants, Business Advisors, Lawyers, Insurance Brokers, Finance Brokers, Information Technology (IT), Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Financial Advisors, Business Restructuring, Business Turnaround, Systems Design and Implementation, and Strategic Planning.

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4d ago
29 mins
Turning Your Passion into a Business
Are you ready to turn your passion into a business? Sister2Sister pop duo did exactly that when they opened the popular Sister2Sister School of Singing in 2004. They successfully moved from a performance career to balancing running a singing school with being professional freelance, session vocalists. So how did they do it?Learn about the exciting journey of Sharon and Christine Muscat and find out why profitable, thriving businesses require more than just passion. Sharon and Christine Muscat are bonafide industry veterans beginning their music careers as a recording artists and signing deals worldwide with Mushroom, Sony and Columbia Records in their early teens. They toured extensively over 25 countries to promote the release of their self-penned music. Along with thousands of performances and promotional appearances, their multi-platinum releases won for them an ARIA Award and took them on the road with Britney Spears on her ‘Oops I Did It Again’ world tour in 2000. Together, the sisters graced some of the world’s biggest stages including London’s Wembley, New York’s Madison Square Garden and Sydney’s Entertainment Centre. As freelance, session vocalists based in Sydney, both sisters lend their voices to television and film and regularly provide backing vocals to international and local recording artists. They have featured on countless recordings, tours and live performances for the likes of Boy George, Guy Sebastian, Macklemore, Vance Joy, Jessica Mauboy, Ben Lee, Leo Sayer, Human Nature, Anthony Callea, Michael Bolton and just recently wrapped up an Australian wide arena tour with Delta Goodrem. As formidable vocal educators both Christine and Sharon have over 20 years experience. Vocal certifications include Level II Instructors with the Institute for Vocal Advancement and Seth Riggs’ Speech Level Singing Technique as well as completion of Levels 1 & 2 of the Estill Voice Method and Estill Advanced Workshop and continue their professional development as teachers and performers. In 2004, the sisters founded the Sister2Sister School of Singing - a specialised singing school offering singing lessons, music lessons, drama, musical theatre and non-competitive, recreational dance classes along with varied workshops and ample performance opportunities. Classes are delivered face-to-face from their Sydney studios and online, worldwide. The business has won many local business awards over the years along with Christine and Sharon being named Young Entrepreneurs of the Year at the NSW Business Awards. As a natural extension to their business, Christine and Sharon have have formed alliances with labels and managers across the country developing their artists in readiness for the world stage. Both sisters are fiercely passionate about nurturing up-and-coming artists and working with established vocalists to maintain vocal health under commercial demands. www.sister2sister.com.au Instagram    @sister2sisterschoolofsinging      @christinemuscat81      @sharonmuscat      @sister2sisterofficial Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/Sister2sisterSchoolofSingingTikTok  @s2sschoolofsinginghttps://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/
May 17 2022
51 mins
Before You Start Your Business
Is being passionate about your product or service enough to warrant starting a business? What about skill or quality - if your product or service is 'the best', does that mean you should start a business selling it?A successful business requires more than just passion, skill and an amazing product or service.Paul Sweeney (Pretium Solutions) looks at what you need to do before you start a business. How can you make sure you will have customers who will buy your product or service? Who will your customers be? How will you reach them? The key here is to make sure you do your research, first.Here are links to the books Paul mentions in the podcast:The Lean Startup by Eric RiesThe $100 Startup by Chris GuillebeauSell or Be Sold by Grant CardoneDisclosure: As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. We really appreciate it when you use our links to check out and purchase some of the books and tools we use.  It helps cover our costs.Paul Sweeney Chartered Accountant & Business Advisor, launched Pretium Solutions after a long and successful career in accounting and business advisory. Paul credits his passion for small business with growing up in country NSW, where family-run businesses were the cornerstone of everyday life.For Paul, the driving force behind The Business Behind Your Business was to make high end, proactive, directed and value-based advisory services available to small to medium businesses.Paul brings to the table decades of experience as a highly qualified accountant and business advisor at every level of business. Through consulting, coaching and on-the-ground training and operations, his focus is on unlocking the untapped potential for greater profitability. Paul’s qualifications allow him to pair strategic advice with an advanced understanding of taxation and compliance matters.Sign up here for additional The Business Behind Your Business resources, extras and behind the scenes features.Ask us a question at www.speakpipe.com/thebusinessbehindyourbusinesshttps://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
May 11 2022
13 mins
Should I Start a Business?
Do you have a great business idea, but not sure where to start? Are you confused about what you need to do first? If this is you (too many questions and not enough answers) then you are in the right place! Paul Sweeney, chartered accountant and business advisor,  explores what you need to know before you launch your new business. This episode is the first in a series focusing on starting a business. And don't worry -  for those listeners who already have a business - this is a great opportunity to look at the foundations of your business. It is so important to reflect on what is working and what isn't.Listen in and you'll learn about all of the tools you need to start-up and grow a successful business.Paul Sweeney Chartered Accountant & Business Advisor, launched Pretium Solutions after a long and successful career in accounting and business advisory. Paul credits his passion for small business with growing up in country NSW, where family-run businesses were the cornerstone of everyday life.For Paul, the driving force behind The Business Behind Your Business was to make high end, proactive, directed and value-based advisory services available to small to medium businesses.Paul brings to the table decades of experience as a highly qualified accountant and business advisor at every level of business. Through consulting, coaching and on-the-ground training and operations, his focus is on unlocking the untapped potential for greater profitability. Paul’s qualifications allow him to pair strategic advice with an advanced understanding of taxation and compliance matters.Sign up here for additional The Business Behind Your Business resources, extras and behind the scenes features.Ask us a question at www.speakpipe.com/thebusinessbehindyourbusinesshttps://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Apr 27 2022
8 mins
Law @ Work
As a business owner, have you ever avoided getting advice because it was too expensive, then had to fix up a legal problem which cost even more money? Have you turned down opportunities because getting advice was too hard and too expensive? Do you worry about being appropriately covered for risk but not sure who to turn to?Running a successful business means staying up-to-date with your responsibilities and setting things up correctly to minimise risk. And many of these important details and tasks are legal requirements of your business.James Frank from Frank Law shares information on their legal advice subscription service, Law @ Work, and how this type of service can simplify your legal obligations, help you minimise risk, and keep your business on track. Learn how getting proactive legal advice rather than reactive legal advice will help you build a better business.James Frank from Frank Law is an experienced and innovative Corporate Lawyer dealing primarily in Governance, Advisory, Restructuring and Litigation matters. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Insolvency from the Australian Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Association. James has a passion for innovation and technology, and is experienced in building and scaling starts ups.https://www.franklaw.com.au/workFrank Law social media links:LinkedIn    Facebook     Instagram Sign-up for our monthly newsletter so you don't miss an episode (plus get access to extra resources).https://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Apr 19 2022
34 mins
Practical Ways Employers Can Look After Their Employees' Wellbeing
As an employer, what are you doing to look after your employees? These days, employers are investing more into employee wellbeing than ever before.Employee relations and getting the most out of your employees is one of the most critical things for any business, but it's particularly important for small businesses.Paul Cripps from PK People Solutions has some practical tips to improve the wellbeing of your employees, including their physical and mental health. Taking care of your people helps your whole business prosper. By taking some extra time to support employees, as well as develop and maintain great team relationships, everyone benefits. We'll explore examples of programs and services other businesses are using and look at ways you can make improvements in your organisation.Plus, we'll gain a better understanding of the link between employee wellbeing and overall business success.For more information about the 5 most important aspects of a high performing culture that Paul talks about in the podcast, then check out this blog:https://www.pkpeoplesolutions.com.au/2021/08/08/harnessing-employee-culture/ Paul Cripps, founder of PK People Solutions, provides operational and strategic HR solutions in collaboration with business leaders and key stakeholders He helps businesses to align the activity of their workforce to the business strategy to improve performance and profitability Paul is a licensed member of the HR Coach Network – the largest independent HR Coaching Network in Australia. His HR corporate career has spanned over 20 years (in Australia and the UK) for QBE Insurance, GE, Allianz, Willis Towers Watson and BNY Mellon.Contact Paul Cripps at paul@pkpeoplesolutions.com.auSign-up for our monthly newsletter so you don't miss an episode (plus get access to extra resources).https://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Apr 12 2022
29 mins
Black Dog Institute - Creating a Mentally Healthier World
How can we support better mental health in our communities and workplaces?  What training is available to help workplaces promote mental health and recognise when someone needs help?Who can you turn to if you are worried about the mental health of someone at work or at home? Michael van Dyk  from The Black Dog Institute shares some of the key things that the Black Dog Institute does, including:raising awareness and breaking down the stigma around mental illnesshelping people find supportsuicide preventiontraining businesses and professionals to recognise the signs that someone needs help and how to get them that helpwhat supports are out there for small and medium businessesRegister here for FREE workplace mental health programs (NSW Businesses): https://www.nsw.gov.au/mental-health-at-work/free-training-and-coaching/registerFor more information on the Black Dog Institute and their other programs, check out their website here:https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/education-services/workplaces/ Michael van Dyk – Black Dog InstituteMichael is a Workplace Engagement Manager at the Black Dog Institute where he has worked for the last 7 years. Over the last three years Michael has been responsible for the successful roll out of Manager and Staff training to NSW businesses as part of the NSW Governments' Mentally Healthy Workplaces strategy. These programs have become a key response by the NSW Government to COVID-19 to support businesses during this difficult time. Michael also delivers lived experience presentations, where he shares his own personal mental health story to help educate audiences about mental health and illness, and to break down the stigma associated with mental illness.Michael's LinkedInBlack Dog Institute LinkedInInstagram @blackddoginst FacebookSign up here for additional The Business Behind Your Business resources, extras and behind the scenes features.Ask us a question at www.speakpipe.com/thebusinessbehindyourbusinesshttps://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Apr 5 2022
29 mins
You Really Do Have Time to Work on Your Business
Do you feel like your days are spent running from one thing to another and never getting anything done? Do you look at those 5 and 10 minute gaps between speaking to this client and invoicing that client and picking the kids up from school and think, "That's not enough time to do anything, why bother?"Is your business suffering from not enough of your attention because there just isn't time?The disruptions of modern life are many and the quiet moments too few. If this all feels very familiar to you, don't worry, you aren't alone. But, that shouldn't mean we just throw our hands up in the air in despair that nothing will change.In the busy-ness of life, it is very easy to say, "I don't have time to work on my business" and put off tasks that really need to be done. Well, it's time to give your business the attention it needs!This week on The Business Behind Your Business, Paul Sweeney looks at how you can work effectively on your business, even when you feel time-poor and the disruptions are many.View the books Paul mentions here.Paul Sweeney Chartered Accountant & Business Advisor, launched Pretium Solutions after a long and successful career in accounting and business advisory. Paul credits his passion for small business with growing up in country NSW, where family-run businesses were the cornerstone of everyday life.For Paul, the driving force behind The Business Behind Your Business was to make high end, proactive, directed and value-based advisory services available to small to medium businesses.Paul brings to the table decades of experience as a highly qualified accountant and business advisor at every level of business. Through consulting, coaching and on-the-ground training and operations, his focus is on unlocking the untapped potential for greater profitability. Paul’s qualifications allow him to pair strategic advice with an advanced understanding of taxation and compliance matters.Sign up here for additional The Business Behind Your Business resources, extras and behind the scenes features.Ask us a question at www.speakpipe.com/thebusinessbehindyourbusinesshttps://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Mar 29 2022
12 mins
Why You Need to Know How to Increase Revenue to Be More Profitable
What is revenue and why is it so important? Let's start with looking at profit. Profit is the outcome; the end result. It’s quite simply what’s left over from your revenue when you deduct your expenses.Profit is the final score. Just looking at the final result and saying how much you want it to increase won’t make any difference.By focusing on the four factors that will create more profit, the end result improves naturally.So, with profit being what’s left after deducting expenses from revenue, it should be no surprise that increasing revenue is an important factor in growing a business profitably.Revenue is the number of customers you have, multiplied by the number of times they buy from you and how much they buy each time.Paul Sweeney Chartered Accountant & Business Advisor, launched Pretium Solutions after a long and successful career in accounting and business advisory. Paul credits his passion for small business with growing up in country NSW, where family-run businesses were the cornerstone of everyday life.For Paul, the driving force behind The Business Behind Your Business was to make high end, proactive, directed and value-based advisory services available to small to medium businesses.Paul brings to the table decades of experience as a highly qualified accountant and business advisor at every level of business. Through consulting, coaching and on-the-ground training and operations, his focus is on unlocking the untapped potential for greater profitability. Paul’s qualifications allow him to pair strategic advice with an advanced understanding of taxation and compliance matters.Sign up here for additional The Business Behind Your Business resources, extras and behind the scenes features.Ask us a question at www.speakpipe.com/thebusinessbehindyourbusinesshttps://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Mar 9 2022
20 mins
How Do You Determine Your Business Strategy?
How do you determine what your business strategy and plan should be?How do you identify what your successful business should look like? What goals and targets should you set for your business this year?The first question you should be asking is 'why?' Asking 'Why'? Has become a key process for business owners, made popular by Simon Sinek’s book “Start with Why”. With a strong WHY you will be able to decide whether the next big idea will move your business in the right direction and fit with its overall purpose.Paul Sweeney Chartered Accountant & Business Advisor, launched Pretium Solutions after a long and successful career in accounting and business advisory. Paul credits his passion for small business with growing up in country NSW, where family-run businesses were the cornerstone of everyday life.For Paul, the driving force behind The Business Behind Your Business was to make high end, proactive, directed and value-based advisory services available to small to medium businesses.Paul brings to the table decades of experience as a highly qualified accountant and business advisor at every level of business. Through consulting, coaching and on-the-ground training and operations, his focus is on unlocking the untapped potential for greater profitability. Paul’s qualifications allow him to pair strategic advice with an advanced understanding of taxation and compliance matters.Sign up here for additional The Business Behind Your Business resources, extras and behind the scenes features.Ask us a question at www.speakpipe.com/thebusinessbehindyourbusinesshttps://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Feb 22 2022
13 mins
How to Fund Your Research and Development Project
Did you know there are many grants and  incentives to help fund early stage innovation companies? And small and medium businesses can access them - they are not just for the large companies.Peter Towers from ESS BizTools explains what opportunities are available around research and development.Find out about the application process and steps you will need to take to gain early stage innovation company status.Peter TowersPeter has many years of business experience including working as a principal of an accounting firm, as a CFO and as a business consultant. He is currently  the managing director of Enterprise Support Systems P/L which is the developer of the ESS BIZTOOLS, a web-based advice package for accountants and business advisers. As well, Peter is the managing director of Towers Business Development P/L, a management consulting firm who works with many businesses. Peter has worked as a Consultant for various Australian and Queensland Government Departments and he was previously a Consultant and Business Advisor for Commercialising Emerging Technology (COMET) for AusIndustry. Peter has had direct involvement as an accountant, shareholder and director in a wide range of industries. Connect with Peter and ESS BIZTOOLS here:LinkedIn          Facebook          Twitter Peter's podcasts on Research and Development:· Grants are a great diversification service –  https://accountantsminute.libsyn.com/grants-are-a-great-diversification-service· Differentiation – Can be Very Rewarding Offering Research and Development Services  - https://accountantsminute.libsyn.com/differentiation-can-be-very-rewarding-offering-research-development-services-helps· Converting Research and Development To Return on Investment -  https://accountantsminute.libsyn.com/converting-research-development-to-return-on-investment To obtain details of Research and Development Products, follow the links below:https://www.essbiztools.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2353&Itemid=1549https://www.essbiztools.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2046&Itemid=1214 Also, Peter is presenting a webinar on Wednesday, 2 March 2022 on Research and Development Process and the benefits of assisting your clients with Government Grants.Register here https://essbiztools-au.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jSR1zqdZQZiOr_l8BnQmVwhttps://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter
Feb 15 2022
39 mins
Why Business Owners Need to Use Superannuation to Plan for Retirement
Planning for your retirement? Or do you look at retirement as something to think of 'down the track'? Many business owners don't plan properly for their retirement. And many rely on selling their business to fund their retirement. But will that provide the lifestyle that you've been dreaming of? Find out what else you should be doing.In this episode, Jim Mills from Merit Planning Hills looks at superannuation and why you should be investing in your super as a business owner.  We also look at why many business owners ignore their super.Find out some key strategies for maximising your retirement funding.Jim Mills is the Principle Advisor and Managing Director of Merit Planning Hills Pty Ltd, established in 2008. The Merit Planning team are financial strategy and wealth advisors, with a focus on working with small to medium business owners. They are passionate about ensuring Australian business owners see the benefit of their hard work in the form of significant personal wealth accumulation. In this ever changing economic and legislative landscape it is important to have a partner with a focus on active strategies that align with your strategic goals - both from a business and personal perspective.Jim is well known across the financial service industry with over 25 years experience, previously holding executive positions in large financial institutions. He is backed by a team of qualified advisors and outstanding service personnel focused on seeing Australian businesses thrive. Jim holds a Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Financial Planning - RG146, Stock Broking, Estate Planning, SMSF specialist & Tax Financial Planning qualified.Sign up here for additional The Business Behind Your Business resources, extras and behind the scenes features.Ask us a question at www.speakpipe.com/thebusinessbehindyourbusinesshttps://www.meritfp.com.au/https://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Feb 8 2022
27 mins
Meet Airwallex - Australia's Fastest Growing Fintech Unicorn
Is your business losing profits to expensive and unnecessary FX conversions? These costs are often 'hidden' but can go up to 5% each time you bring money back, or pay global expenses.In this episode we talk to Henry Broad from Airwallex who have developed a solution to this problem. Essentially, Airwallex provide a cheaper and easier way to manage money globally.We discuss how Airwallex solutions have made it possible for businesses to save 3 - 5% on their international imports, shipping and staff expenses by using Airwallex - money they have been able to reinvest back into their business.●Pay your global supplier and staff faster, in-full, with 10x better rates than major banks●Save on global SaaS subscriptions like Shopify, AWS or Slack with 0% international transaction fee virtual cards●Automate your recurring payroll or supplier payments with batch paymentsHenry Broad  Henry Broad is a Partnerships Manager, responsible for growing Airwallex to Accountants and Bookkeepers across Australia. He is passionate about equipping the next generation of accounting and finance leaders to seize the emerging opportunities created by FinTech. Prior to Airwallex, Henry was part of the Growth team at LinkedIn and a Finance Broker at Corporate Financial Services. He holds a Bachelor of Business - Majoring in Finance, from the University of Technology Sydney. When he's not at work, you can frequently find him down at the beach or watching Australia roll over England in the Ashes. Airwallex Established in Melbourne in 2015, Airwallex is a global payments fintech that enables businesses to operate anywhere, anytime. In today’s fast-changing digital era, Airwallex' s purpose is to empower businesses of all sizes to grow without borders, and by doing so, contribute to the global economy. With technology at its core, Airwallex built a proprietary global financial infrastructure platform to help businesses transact, collect and pay in any foreign currency across 130+ countries and 50+ currencies, without the constraints of the traditional global financial system.Find out how to get started with AirwallexAirwallex LinkedIn Company PageHenry Broad LinkedIn ProfileThe Role of Fintech in Modernizing BusinessesAirwallex Facebook Pagehttp://www.thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Sign-up for our monthly newsletter so you don't miss an episode (plus get access to extra resources).Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Feb 1 2022
34 mins
10 More Ideas to Kick-Start Your Business in 202210 Actions to Kick-Start Your Business in 2022Managing Change in Your Business
Raj Nathoo from Keystone Active Learning explores how your business can manage change in this constantly evolving business environment. It all starts with your personal mindset. Raj discusses why it's important to reduce negative thoughts and stop punishing or blaming yourself for circumstances beyond your control. You need to accept change as being inevitable - change will happen whether you accept it or not.Raj has provided a tool to aid you on your journey of personal & business growth. Power Hacks - The Carnegie TriangleContact Raj for more information  or assistance. raj.nathoo@keyactlearn.comRaj  is a Business Growth Facilitator & Coach at Keystone Active Learning.  He is driven by wanting to make a positive difference by working with individuals and organisations in their endeavor to succeed and grow. Raj has a multitude of skills and experiences as an entrepreneur, and understands the stresses and indecision faced when trying to grow a business.As a learning and development consultant, he has worked with managers and staff in identifying needs and how they can be incorporated into a strategic learning plan to help grow an organisation. Raj has a passion for working with SMEs that are keen to grow and implement new world thinking and concepts.As an entrepreneur, Raj understands the stresses and indecisions that entrepreneurs face in the desire to grow their business and deliver a positive return on their investment. Raj’s accounting background, coupled with practical know-how, has helped him to identify key constraints in small businesses and advise clients on the best possible methods of overcoming challenges.Sign-up for our monthly newsletter so you don't miss an episode (plus get access to extra resources).https://pretiumsolutions.com.au/http://www.thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Dec 20 2021
31 mins
Document Your Policies and Systems So Your Business Can Grow
Why is documenting your business systems important? Mitch Kenny from MAUS Software explores the benefits around having your business processes documented. Some of the benefits include: Less reliance on a single business owner/manager Opportunities for scale and growth Improved overall efficiencyMitch discusses barriers that often prevent business owners from documenting their systems.The myths and barriers include the following beliefs:"It all has to be done by the business owner/manager""It’s too hard to start from scratch""I don’t want to re-invent the wheel"Mitch looks at some great ways to get your business started in documenting your policies and procedures. If a question needs to be asked, there needs to be a procedure written about it Platform like MAUS/SafeWrite to help (templates – 70-90% of content already written)Get a free trial of the MAUS tools: https://www.maus.com.au/landing/free-trial/ Mitch Kenny:Mitch has been head of the ISO and Compliance tools at MAUS for the past 4 and a half years, helping business owners and managers improve their systems and processes to better comply with their compliance obligations. Throughout this time, he has helped businesses of all sizes unlock new opportunities through ISO compliance and has learnt about the importance and benefits of documenting internal processes across all businesses. Now, as Director of SafeWrite, a new brand under MAUS Software, he is targeting his focus to helping more SME’s develop and control these process and documents in a way that is efficient, manageable and easy to use.https://www.facebook.com/mausbusinesssystems/https://www.linkedin.com/company/maus-business-systems/http://www.thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Sign-up for our monthly newsletter so you don't miss an episode (plus get access to extra resources).Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Dec 14 2021
29 mins
Using Technology to Make Your Business More Profitable
Technology is wonderful for business, make no mistake. It helps you deliver a more efficient, consistent and effective outcome.For instance, using technology to improve efficiency with compliance and administrative activities gives you more time and resources to apply to value-producing activities like marketing and sales.But we can also fall into the trap of spending money on software and technology that we don't really need.You’re in business to make a profit. And you should use technology to help you increase profit.Some points to think about:Using free or paid apps?Using what you've already paid forHiring the right expertiseGetting the right hardwareKnow what you want to achieveIf you have reviewed your software and computer hardware needs and are looking for deals, check out some of the best deals on Amazon here.Note: Some of the resources shown may be affiliate links, meaning we receive a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase. We really appreciate it when you use our links to check out and purchase some of the tools we use.  It helps cover our costs.Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Luke is the Sales Manager for UNITECH Solutions. He is responsible for a team of sales personnel and helps drive corporate selling of technology solutions to suit the many different clients under his portfolio. Working within the technology industry also requires constant training & personal development across the many changes faced within this sector.Luke has industry qualifications from key vendors such as Microsoft, HP, VMware & Citrix (just to name a few). He prides himself on keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies, so that he is able to communicate these solutions to his clients. As the Sales Manager, Luke works closely with his Sales Team on ensuring they convey quality product knowledge and the delivery of efficient, cost effective Smart Solutions for their wide range of clients.https://www.unitech.com.au/https://pretiumsolutions.com.au/services/strategy-and-advisory/http://www.thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Sign-up for our monthly newsletter so you don't miss an episode (plus get access to extra resources).Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Nov 24 2021
23 mins
How the Economic Environment Will Affect Your Business
How will your business be affected by the events happening in the domestic and global economies?What can you do to prepare your business to take advantage of the opportunities and minimize risk from adverse conditions?Jim Mills from Merit Planning Hills talks about what is happening in the markets and in the economy and what small business owners need to know.There's a bigger picture at play that impacts us all.Here is the link for the Australian Bureau of Statistics report that Jim refers to in the podcast. https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/economy/business-indicators/business-conditions-and-sentiments/latest-releaseJim Mills is the Principle Adviser and Managing Director of Merit Planning Hills Pty Ltd, established in 2008. The Merit Planning team are financial strategy and wealth advisers, with a focus on working with small to medium business owners. They are passionate about ensuring Australian business owners see the benefit of their hard work in the form of significant personal wealth accumulation. In this ever changing economic and legislative landscape it is important to have a partner with a focus on active strategies that align with your strategic goals - both from a business and personal perspective. Jim is well known across the financial service industry with over 25 years experience, previously holding executive positions in large financial institutions. He is backed by a team of qualified advisers and outstanding service personnel focused on seeing Australian businesses thrive. Jim holds a Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Financial Planning - RG146, Stock Broking, Estate Planning, SMSF specialist & Tax Financial Planning qualified.Sign up here for additional The Business Behind Your Business resources, extras and behind the scenes features.Ask us a question at www.speakpipe.com/thebusinessbehindyourbusinesshttps://www.meritfp.com.au/https://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Nov 16 2021
31 mins
Director Identification Numbers
The introduction of director ID will create a fairer business environment by helping prevent the use of false and fraudulent director identities. This will go a long way to better identifying and eliminating director involvement in unlawful activity. Shareholders, employees, creditors, consumers, external administrators and regulators are entitled to know the names and certain details of the directors of a company. All directors are required by law to verify their identity with us before receiving a director ID. This is important because it will help to:Prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identitiesMake it easier for external administrators and regulators to trace directors’ relationships with companies over timeIdentify and eliminate director involvement in unlawful activity, such as illegal phoenix activityPaul Sweeney Chartered Accountant & Business Advisor, launched Pretium Solutions after a long and successful career in accounting and business advisory. Paul credits his passion for small business with growing up in country NSW, where family-run businesses were the cornerstone of everyday life.For Paul, the driving force behind The Business Behind Your Business was to make high end, proactive, directed and value-based advisory services available to small to medium businesses.Paul brings to the table decades of experience as a highly qualified accountant and business advisor at every level of business. Through consulting, coaching and on-the-ground training and operations, his focus is on unlocking the untapped potential for greater profitability. Paul’s qualifications allow him to pair strategic advice with an advanced understanding of taxation and compliance matters.Sign up here for additional The Business Behind Your Business resources, extras and behind the scenes features.Ask us a question at www.speakpipe.com/thebusinessbehindyourbusinesshttps://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Nov 9 2021
17 mins