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Increase Profits With Reduced Food Waste

For a food production business wastage can be a huge make or break factor for your business.

You must be sure to have enough stock to produce the expected demand that your customers require. And if you run out due to not making enough or having to throw out food because it has expired, the cost to the business can really add up.

So how do you manage to avoid this situation? By having a well-designed food inventory management system. Food inventory management is your system for tracking stock coming into your business, what leaves and what’s leftover. A good food inventory management system is also the most useful tool for gaining insight into the ways you may be losing money.

Reducing wastage is key to growing profits. The following are a few tips to get started on the right foot.

Perform Regular Stocktakes

Having a consistent stocktake system in place is one of the most important parts of a food inventory management system. Create a stocktaking schedule and stick with it. How often is up to you, but keep in mind the more often you take inventory, the better. The important thing is to have a system that takes into account the different types of stock you have and the different ways you use or sell it. 

Set A Reorder Point

Knowing the minimum limit you have on stock before you reorder will help you determine exactly when you need to place an order. A “par level” is the minimum amount of any item you can afford to have on hand to satisfy customer demand before ordering more. Once you hit that level, it’s time to place a purchase order. Knowing your reorder point or par level is essential for avoiding stockouts.

Efficient Product and Menu Design

It’s more economical to use one ingredient for multiple products or menu items than using one product for one item. For example, ordering strawberries for only one dish can become expensive if that dish isn’t a top seller. Instead, you could use strawberries to make a sauce, to garnish a dessert, and to flavor a cocktail.

Menu design goes hand in hand with effective food inventory management. The more you can reuse your products the lower your cost of operation.

Use Food Inventory Management Software

Instead of calculating everything by hand or complex excel based spreadsheets, you can invest in a food inventory management software that tracks it for you automatically.

A good software can automate purchase orders when you reach your reorder point, can report on stock expiry dates,  can implement batch to reduce spoilage, and can optimise your stock for long-term business growth.

Watch this recording from our founder PK as he introduces the use of Dear Systems for food-based businesses. 


If you have any questions about this video and would like to know more about this system for your business book a chat with PK here.


How To Grow A Small Business With Management Accounting

When most people think of management accounting they think of a ‘big’ or corporate business. However, management consulting is not just for the big end of town, it is important for all businesses.

At its core management accounting is a way to look strategically at all of a business’s financial decisions. Applying planning and analysis to your incomings and outgoings will transform your business from one operating in a reactive space, to a proactive one by setting up goals for the future.

Cost And Profit Analysis

One of the most valuable things that a management accountant does for their clients is understanding the relationship between your costs and how much profit you take away from them. While we all know you need to spend money to make money, if you are spending too much, your profit margins are only going to decrease over time.

Our founder PK shares some insights into this process in this short video. He looks at a fictional café to understand their profit for the month and where the money has come from.

Budgeting Analysis

A budget is key to understanding how much to spend and where. A management consultant helps you understand not only where to spend your money, but where it can work best for you. For example, if a café has a budget for cakes supplied externally and at the end of the week there is too much unsold cake, then a management account would look at decreasing the spend on the cake. They would look at moving that budget spend to other areas such as staffing or more profitable menu items to grow the business.

Inventory and Pricing Decisions

Your overheads and stock must be a sustainable level for growth. A management accountant understands the importance of inventory control and will help you apply inventory management techniques. It is important to establish and apply the appropriate approach for long-term pricing decisions. Your prices must be in line with what the market can sustain and also create enough profit to allow your business to grow.

Short-term and Long-term Decision Making

The decisions we make today help build our tomorrow. If we don’t know the future goals we are working towards, it is very difficult to make the decisions today that lead to that future.

This is where the management accountant truly provides value. They can help you set your business goals and vision for the future. And then outline the financial decisions that need to be made today to make that future come true.

Get In Touch

If you have any questions on how a management accountant can help your business, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always happy to help.

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Secrets Revealed: How Your Accountant Prepares Their Own Business For EOFY

Your accountant is there to support your business and help it grow. But how does your accountant prepare their own business for the end of financial year?

We will take you behind the curtain and reveal the tips and tricks that accountants use to get their business EOFY ready!

Plan For The Future

Accountants are not just interested in the bottom line; they strive to make business owners goals and dreams come true. They believe that with the right planning anything is possible.  They plan for the future and then set plans in motion to make them happen. And this means setting clear goals and plans to make those dreams come true.

Here are a few things to consider when setting your goals:

  • Specific – be clear about what you want to achieve, and go into detail about what that is
  • Measurable – make sure the goal can be measured, so you know if you’ve achieved your goal
  • Achievable – be realistic, is the goal something you have the time, money and resources to meet
  • Relevant – ensure your goal is relevant to the direction you want your business to head in, for example, increasing profit, employing more staff, increasing brand awareness
  • Timely – set a realistic deadline for completing the goal.

Make Sure Their Clients are Better off

An accountant will review not only their P & L’s (Profit and Loss Statements) but their clients as well to ensure that their businesses are growing and going in the right direction. When a business is growing it is more important than ever to understand where and how to invest their profits. Growth is expensive and it can make or break a business.

Some things to consider when planning for growth:

  • Primary objectives (PO) – What are your 2-3 highest priority objectives for growth? One of the things that derails growth is too many goals and objectives. Most business can only focus on a couple of initiatives at any give time. As we mentioned previously you need to set goals for the future, and then prioritise and only focus on your top 2 or 3 objectives.
  • Revenue streams (RS) – How can we create more streams of revenue? There are only three ways to grow: add more customers, increase the average transaction size, increase the number of purchases per customer. It is easier to sell more to existing customer than find new customers. How can you package or promote products or services together? What new markets or segments could you enter?
  • Strategic relationships (SR) – What relationships do we need to develop? This is often over looked by business owners who want growth. What marketing partners could be motivated to promote and co-market your business? What joint ventures would allow you to discover new work? What vendors or suppliers could help you grow?
  • Key indicators (KI) – What metrics impact our growth most? Most businesses know how much revenue they did last month and how much money they have in the bank. But by focusing on things like number of leads converted, business acquired via referral and the cost to acquire a new customer it helps you to know where to focus your energy. Knowing the path of least effort when acquiring new business allows you to take control of the things that actually impact your growth.

Ensure They Are Compliant

All accountants ensure that they are compliant at the end of the year. This means that all tax obligations have been met and they know what the owe to the ATO. This is something that is imperative when creating financial plans for the next year. This allows you to start off the new year knowing your true financial position.

If you owe money you can make a plan to clear the debt. Or if you have money coming back make new investments to continue to grow.

If you have any questions on your end of year planning, please get in touch. We offer free consultations, book in here.


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!