Employee or contractor: what's the difference?

With the rise of the gig economy, correctly working out whether you are hiring an employee or simply engaging an independent contractor has never been more important. Getting it wrong can be costly, as a recent court ruling shows. A Perth…
2 step authentication

What is 2 step authentication?

Over the last year or so, there have been more and more websites asking for us all to set up 2 step authentication, Xero included. But what is it anyway, why do we need it, and how do I set it up with my Xero account? Cyber security…
Business books: what are we reading right now? - Optimised Accounting, Werribee VIC

Business books: what are we reading right now?

Shaun has an entrepreneur mindset that is always seeking out information. Always looking for something better, self improvement, business improvement: more success all round. He encourages his team and clients to do the same, and we thought…
Make the move to self employment

The essential things you need to do to move to self employment - a podcast

Shaun recently sat down with Paul Benson to talk about making the move to self employment. Have a business idea, think you can do things better than your boss, or ready to take your side-hustle to the next level? Have a listen to this…

Do I need Private Health Insurance?

This is a question that we get a lot – particularly around June when the insurance companies have lots of ads on TV telling everyone that they will be severely penalised if they don't! But do you really need it? No, not necessarily for…

Life Insurance explained, minus the sombre tones

*Cue foreboding music and melodramatic voiceover.* “What would happen to your loved ones if you were unable to look after them?” Though the ads are often overly dramatic, life insurance can play an important role for some families. You…

The importance of a will and a power of attorney

It’s a morbid thought that many of us tend to shy away from, but end-of-life financial planning is a crucial stage in any successful financial management plan. One day down the track you’ll no longer be around to use or take care…
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What to do if you and your partner aren’t on the same page with your finances

Things start out so rosy. You both like the same movies, sports teams and pistachio-flavoured gelato. Then one day you realise you manage your finances in completely different ways. Well, here’s how to get on the same page. Relationships,…
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Calculators online

We have put together some online calculators to help you research prior to coming in and seeing us work out the knitty gritty. We know that knowledge is power, and we want you to have the most information possible. Head on over to our calculators…

Redundancy equals opportunity

Redundancy – not something most of us like to contemplate.  Yet it is a reality for many of us in our working life.  So rather than redundancy being seen as something negative, let’s flip it around - your redundancy could be the best thing…
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The sharemarket – a beginners guide by Paul Benson

If you catch a snippet of the radio in the morning on your way to work, you’re likely to hear what happened to the Dow Jones overnight.   If you read your news on-line or watch the news on TV it’s likely you’ll hear about the All Ords…
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Seven reasons why you shouldn't hit the panic button

Sure, the first half of this week has seen the Australian share market described as a “bloodbath”. But now’s not a good time to panic. Here’s why. The US Dow Jones might have suffered its biggest dive in history, and the Australian…

Procrastination – 9 tips to combat this number one killer of Financial dreams

How hard is it to get started?  I’m sure we’ve all had things that either need to be done, or that we’d like to do, but we put them off – shift them to the bottom of the pile or check out our Facebook feed instead. When it comes…
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Improve your finances one month at a time with this 2018 to-do list

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with a long list of tasks, so we’ve simplified things for you. Just tackle one job on this list each month and you’ll make a huge difference to your finances in 2018. January: Create a monthly family budget…
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Blockchain, Bitcoin & other Cryptocurrencies: What you need to know

Blockchain. Bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies. You’ve probably heard these words popping up more and more often around your office water-cooler, but what do they mean? Let us explain. Blockchain, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are some…