Category Archives: Financial Planning

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Be Prepared EOFY Is Almost Here


The end of financial year is June 30th, less than two months away. In the dynamic small business and hospitality space your end of year position can change right up until the last minute.

That doesn’t mean that there is no way to prepare in the coming weeks. With planning you know where you stand, what you owe and more importantly how to invest in new services or equipment.

Profit And Loss

Prepare a summary of income and expenses in a profit and loss statement. The profit and loss (P&L) statement is a financial statement that summarises revenue, costs and expenses incurred during a fiscal quarter or year. These records provide information about a company’s ability or inability to generate profit by increasing revenue, reducing costs or both. It is important to know how much you are spending and generating in terms of income prior to the end of the year.

Stocktake

If your business buys or sells stock, a stocktake will establish the value of your stock at the end of the financial year. You will need to do one if:

  • your business turnover is $10 million or more
  • your business turnover is less than $10 million and the difference between your stock level at the beginning and end of year is more than $5,000 (you can make a reasonable estimate to determine this).

If a stocktake is required, do it as close to June 30th as you can and keep the following records:

  • a list describing each article of stock on hand and its value
  • who did the stocktake
  • how and when it was done
  • who valued the stock and the basis of the valuation.

Based on this information you may decide to do a stocktake sale to boost sales or to create an offer to boost sales the final week of trading.

Record Of Debtors And Creditors

To ensure your records are correct at the end of financial year is it important to reconcile your accounts. Be sure that your debtor accounts are reconciled to your general ledger account. Ideally the total of your outstanding invoices equals the balance of your trade debtors account.

Like your debtors, your creditors also need to be reviewed and balanced to your general ledger account. Confirm that purchase orders are fulfilled. If the goods have been supplied, the order should be closed or turned into a bill for payment before the end of year.

Expense Claims

Now is the time to find your records for purchases of new assets. Remember there is a $30,000 to $20,000, depending on the date of purchase, instant write off for small businesses.  Also bear in mind expenditure on improvements to a business location can also be claimed so be sure to find those receipts as well.

Compliance For Tax and Reporting Requirements

Be sure to complete your personal income tax returns. Ensure that all lodgings for

PAYG withholding, fringe benefits tax (FBT), Goods and Services Tax (GST), and the taxable payments reporting is up to date. Of course, there are also superannuation considerations. Be sure that all of the year’s tax obligations are lodged and complete. This will make the end of year reporting much easier on you and your accountant.

2019 Here We Come!

It can be a bit stressful for business owners at this time of year. However, with online systems and cloud-based accounting it does make things easier. And if you are feeling really overwhelmed please get in touch with us for a quick end of financial year health check. There is no need to go it alone!


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Why We Love Accounting (And You Should Too)

We know what you are thinking. The last thing most of us want to do is spend hours pouring over our finances. We are busy people, running our businesses and our lives. Can’t our finances just take care of themselves? The answer is no! Small business owners often dread the tedium of bookkeeping and accounting. But the reality is your bookkeeping and accounting is one of the most valuable management tools you have available to you.

Business Management thinker Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” What he means is that is impossible to know whether you are successful unless your business goals and finances are well defined and tracked.

And that in a nutshell is what bookkeeping and accounting is all about. It is managing and measuring, so you can run a better business.

It helps you build and grow your business

If you don’t know what money is coming into and out of your business, it is very difficult to grow your business. Tracking and managing reports such as profit and loss statements can help you see exactly how much money you are making and spending every month. Without a firm understanding of where your money is going it is impossible to plan your budgets or control your spending when you need to. The key to growth and profit is spending less than you earn, and if you don’t know what you earn, budgeting is very difficult.

You learn to plan for the future 

Good financial planning equates to a solid business plan and if you have a concrete business plan, you have financial planning in place. These two processes go together, you can’t have one without the other.

Feeling confused? Think it about it this way.  If you have a goal to double your revenue this financial year you must understand where you are getting the most value with your clients. Understanding which clients generate the most revenue and then acquiring more like them is key to your growth. You must focus on the highest value clients to bring in more money. Your business plan should reflect goals such as were to find them, what to charge and providing high value services to these clients. Plans like this ensure you are working with the right types of clients to grow your business.

Know your value

When you aren’t charging enough for your services it becomes obvious right away if you are paying attention to your books. Keeping track of things like wages, taxes, expenditures or overhead ensures you are aware at all times what you need to charge to cover your basic operating costs. If there are any changes in your outgoings you will know when it is time to increase your prices or look for places to reduce costs. This will never come as a surprise if you are keeping track of your in’s and out’s every month.

Pay for help

Always be sure to get the right advice at the right time. A good accountant is worth their weight in gold! Many people think of accounting as an expense, but a good accountant doesn’t save you money, they make you money. If you don’t have the time or interest to examine your books on a regular basis, now is the time to take that leap and start working with someone who will make that commitment for you.

While loving bookkeeping isn’t for everyone, there are many accountants who do love it and will happily help you. No great business is built in insolation. The appropriate help at the right time will take you from goal to goal!

Get in touch

If you have any questions about how we work with clients please get in touch. We offer free consultations to help you and your business grow! Book in today!


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4 Tips for Business Owners To Plan Your Down Time

Summer is here! It is a time to slow down after the busy holiday season. Take valuable time off for yourself and plan for the year ahead. While revenue can be affected by these slower months it is important to not get scared by the slow down. Use your time effectively and be sensible with your planning and budgeting. We recommend the following four tips to get you through the slow season:

Give Your Staff The Option to Take Unpaid Leave During Slow Times

Don’t assume that your staff have all of the time off they desire. Many full and part-time staff members would treasure a few extra days with family and friends this time of year. Be sure to ask in the slower summer months if they have plans and not enough leave. Let them know you are happy to provide additional unpaid days.

Send Invoices Promptly To Avoid Getting Paid Late

No matter how busy you get during the lead up to summer, be sure to keep on top of your invoicing. Many businesses and their bookkeepers are on skeleton staff and this may result in late payments over the summer months. To ensure late payments don’t negatively affect your cash flow be sure send invoices on time or even a bit early if you know your clients will be on leave.

Plan Your Outgoings

If you need to delay ordering new stock to ensure your cash flow is strong it is better to wait than to push through an order you can’t pay. If your invoices or cash flow is tight it is better to wait until you can confirm you have the cash coming in before you spend it. It is always better to stagger your outgoings rather than committee to a large spend all at once.

Review Your Data

Have a look at your profit and loss statements over the years to understand your business’s patterns. This will help you to budget in the coming months, so you can plan accordingly. If you don’t have an online accounting system that does this, we recommend taking advantage of these quiet times to put a new system in place. We recommend cloud-based software such as Xero or MYOB for most small businesses.

Questions?

We are always happy to provide a free consultation if you would like more information on how to use the summer months to plan and get your finances on track. You can book a time with us by emailing enquires@360accountingservices.com.au or call us on 1300 360 749.


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4 Gifts Every Business Owner Wants For Christmas

The days until Christmas are rapidly counting down. Have you thought about what to get for the busy entrepreneur or business owner in your life?

So what does a time poor, driven person need? They need something that will make their life easier. Or, maybe it’s you! Are you are dreaming of presents from Santa that will take all of your cares away? Feel free to share a link to this post with your friends and family. (Hint, hint) Go on, treat yourself!

  1. Peace of Mind with Payroll and Staffing –

This may seem like an impossible fantasy, but with modern cloud-based accounting tools, this is more achievable than ever. Every business owner knows that the ‘silly season’ can quickly become the ‘stressful season’ without careful planning with their staffing. It is important that extra work equates to making more money. One way to achieve this is by keeping on top of accurate accounting for payroll.

We recommend going paperless with employee onboarding for new and casual staff during the holiday period. Ento is a cloudless employee fostering and onboarding system.

Each new hire has the ability to join the team with a digital onboarding experience. It is optimised for mobile so employees can get themselves sorted on a smartphone or tablet. This allows each staff member to become part of your workforce in a way that suits them. This is a gift that any business owner would love to see under their tree at Christmas.

Another way to put a smile on a business owner’s face is getting rid of clunky spreadsheets when scheduling staff. This means less employee phone calls to check the roster or miscommunications in between updates on the document.

Tanda is a rostering and time management app that allows for all of this and more! Tanda is cloud-based, real-time and connects to your point of sale system to capture all your staff’s logged hours. Any registered staff member can clock on and off from any POS terminal. This creates consistency in reporting and all staff are accountable for their hours.

During the holiday rush predicting how many staff to roster per shift can be difficult. In this respect, Tanda is the gift that keeps on giving. Much like Santa, Tanda is always watching! It uses algorithms to predict schedules. This software also has seamless payroll integration, so when it comes time to pay staff, this is one more step a business owner doesn’t have to worry about.

  1. An Online Accounting Subscription

If the business owner you are buying for has been extra good, a subscription to an online accounting system such as Xero, Myob or Quickbooks is the icing on the Christmas cake. Using a cloud-based accounting system that allows for quick reporting, seamless payroll, and budgeting information.

The accounting solutions mentioned above are all great options. If you have questions, it is best to speak with one of Santa’s little helpers, a trusted accountant. If you have any questions we are always happy to help.

  1. A Great Point Of Sale System

A point of sale system is a seamless combination of software and hardware that gives businesses the ability to make transactions and simplify key day-to-day business operations. ‘Simplify’ is the key word in that statement. All business owners smile when they know exactly how much they are selling of particular products or service when they are being sold and what their margins are.

A good point of sale system can help them do that and more! Square is a popular solution on many Christmas lists this year. The free Square Point of Sale app has tools to help good little boys and girls manage sales reports, send receipts via email or text message, integrate with Quickbooks or Xero and manage inventory in real time.

Vend is a homegrown POS solution that is also popular under the tree this year. This app works on iPad, Mac or PC, works offline, can easily add a discount or notes for staff use and provide history on laybys and account sales. Stay off Santa’s naughty list and this could be under your tree this year.

  1. Coffee

Every business owner knows that passion is what drives them and gets them through the ups and downs of business. And the, when passion wears thin, next in line, is coffee. Because Santa loves people who love the environment we recommend getting your favourite business owner a KeepCup or Frank Green reusable cup to keep them fuelled and the environment clean.

And if you or your business owner has been exceptionally good this year you might consider signing them up for a coffee delivery service to ensure they never run out of that dark brown elixir of life.

Start Next Year In The Black

We wish you a Christmas that puts your business in the black. If you or your favourite entrepreneur want to make the most of the holiday season it might be best to invest now. Christmas can come early.

 


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3 Ways For Hospitality and Retail Businesses To Maximise Profits During The Holiday Season

The holiday season is a fantastic time of the year. For most of us, this means food, family and holidays. For those of us in the retail and hospitality sector, it means all this and more. It is a busy time and staffing, wages and stocking can put extra stress on business owners and managers.

We know that problems with increased competition, food waste and changes in food trends are things to be aware of when maximising profits. This makes the busy holiday season critical to ensure that your business stays in the black. We know that your industry is competitive and profit margins can be tight.

We recommend three ways to maximise your profits and keep your sanity.

1. Use A Staff Rostering System

Do not rely on a spreadsheet that relies on people putting in information. Tanda is an integrated rostering and time management app with a few twists to keep things fresh. Tanda is cloud-based, real-time and connects to your point of sale system to capture all your staff’s logged hours.

Tanda’s can sync to your POS to capture all your staff’s logged hours. Staff can clock on and off from any POS terminal, ensuring your staff is accountable and you can track who’s working when.

If you need help with predicting how much staff you will need per shift, Tanda can help there too. The software uses algorithms to predict schedules. This software also has seamless payroll integration, easy employee onboarding and automated award calculators for hospitality Award rates set by Fair Work Australia.

2. Paperless Employee Onboarding

You might need to hire extra temporary staff to cover the workload. Another great option is Ento, a paperless employee rostering and onboarding system. This system has easy ways to onboard casual hires for the busy holiday season.

Your new hires have the ability to join your team with a digital onboarding experience. It is optimised for mobile devices allowing staff to manage every step of their onboarding from a smartphone or tablet. Another bonus is Ento’s digital contracts. Going paperless saves time, reduces errors and eliminates lost documents. Digital signatures allow your new hires to quickly sign all contracts and policies.

3. Start Your Financial Planning Now

October is the time to start planning your December. Speak to a trusted accountant to plan the financial targets you need to hit to maximise your profits during the busy season. Looking at your sales from last year can help project what your upcoming holiday period may look like. Problem areas such as extra staff costs or food waste can be reduced if you start early.

Interested in maximising your profits this December? Now is the time to book in for a free consultation with us.

We look forward to making this season your best quarter yet!