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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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PART 2 of our look at cybersecurity and the insurance you need to protect your business. In this episode, we look at what happens if there's a cyberattack and I have to make a claim? What's the process?Join Dave Ferris (Davelcorp Insurance Brokers) and Luke Iacovelli (UNITECH Solutions) as they dive into the issues around cybercrime and how best to protect your business from cyberattacks.If your business experiences a cyberattack and you have insurance, then the first step is to contact your insurance broker and they will work with you and your IT support. If you don't have cybersecurity insurance, you will go straight to your cybersecurity provider. There is a process to find out what's happened, what damage has been done and what are the next steps. It's important to remember that cyber-risk is just one risk that's inherent in a business.  We recommend that you take a proactive approach to risk management and look at all of your business risks. You need to work with your IT professionals and say, "How can we protect ourselves using your expertise to manage the risks by the way we do our business?" You need to have your risk management, cyber-risk strategies in place to service your business and then the insurance becomes a simple fallback. You won't get insurance, if you don't have those measures in place anyway. And so the insurance is just a fallback, it's not the solution. Explore these issues and more and get your business' cybersecurity on track.Dave Ferris:Dave is the Senior Client Broker & Division Head (Enterprise Division) at DavelCorp Insurance Brokers. He has diverse insurance industry experience spanning over 35 years, that has included roles in Risk Management, General Insurance underwriting, Facultative reinsurance, Underwriting Agency Management and Insurance Broking.Dave's qualifications and experience well equip him to add significant value to his clients as a risk consulting insurance broker with a proven track record in tailoring unique risk transfer solutions for larger clients, groups and associations. https://www.riskybusiness.com.au/Luke Iacovelli: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.  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/To learn more about cybercrime and how to protect your business, check out this book:Surviving the Rise of Cybercrime: A non-technical executive guide (Australia) by Craig McDonaldhttps://pretiumsolutions.com.au/services/strategy-and-advisory/http://www.thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Is your business appropriately protected from cybercrime? Do you have specific cyber insurance coverage? Many small and medium businesses don't understand the issues involved and are at risk of costly cyberattacks. In the past, it was the mega companies that were being hacked and they had teams of cyberloss control staff trying to prevent this by designing good security systems. Now, the cybercriminals have moved to targeting smaller enterprises with less robust security.  While the cybercriminals may no longer get one large ransom amount from a mega company, they may get  many smaller amounts from these other businesses.Many of these small to medium businesses don't spend enough money on cybersecurity, therefore are more vulnerable to cyberattacks.Business insurance has changed over time to include cyber insurance. Cybersecurity is identified as a risk to businesses. It's just one of the many risk profiles in a business. So when your business applies for a cyber insurance policy, the insurance company will look at your IT security and this will impact your premiums. If it's determined that you haven't put appropriate controls in place for your risk profile, you may not qualify for insurance. The cyber insurance policies have grown to meet the greater needs of businesses. They're an extremely valuable policy coverage to have in your arsenal against a business risk. The cybersecurity strategy for your business involves working with your IT professionals and getting appropriate cyber insurance coverage.  There are many issues involved with setting up and maintaining IT systems and in determining your cybersecurity risk profile. It's important to get professional IT support and to use an insurance broker so that you can get the most effective cybersecurity for your business.Explore these issues and more and get your business' cybersecurity on track.Dave Ferris:Dave is the Senior Client Broker & Division Head (Enterprise Division) at DavelCorp Insurance Brokers. He has diverse insurance industry experience spanning over 35 years, that has included roles in Risk Management, General Insurance underwriting, Facultative reinsurance, Underwriting Agency Management and Insurance Broking.Dave's qualifications and experience well equip him to add significant value to his clients as a risk consulting insurance broker with a proven track record in tailoring unique risk transfer solutions for larger clients, groups and associations. https://www.riskybusiness.com.au/Luke Iacovelli: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.  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/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
In this episode, we're going to delve into some of the practical steps that you can take to reduce your exposure to cybercrime. Luke Iacovelli (UNITECH Solutions) returns to help your business identify some of the practical steps you can take to reduce your cybersecurity risk and exposure.Many businesses are experiencing the following situation - their IT systems at the office are up-to-date and working fine, but the home computer systems that many staff are using are at risk of a cyberattack. This has become an even bigger issue over the past year due to COVID, with more people working from home than ever before. Explore these issues and more and get your business' cybersecurity on track.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/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
When it comes to cybersecurity, the weakest link is the user - the actual human being behind the computer. You could have the best systems in the world doing what they do best, but if someone clicks on something or does something at a user level, then you can potentially compromise a lot of the work. The common misconception is that cybersecurity and cybercrime is an IT issue. It is, but it's also a management and business issue. So everything from the user right through to the systems in the backend, everyone is responsible for being aware of security issues and everyone is responsible for trying to mitigate and avoid problems as much as possible. So it's not just your IT supplier, or manager, or team that's responsible for this - everyone across the organization needs to be. And it really starts with end user awareness.Cybercrime is a professional business that exists. Not many people are aware of this, but cybercriminals have access to exactly the same systems that everyone else has. They've got development, they've got a black market, they've got everything that they need to be able to professionally attack your business and get that information. 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/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
With the end of Jobkeeper approaching in March for those businesses still meeting eligibility criteria, and other tax concessions being phased out, business owners need to look beyond March. The COVID-19 crisis has provided some indirect beneficial outcomes. It has in many ways been a catalyst for businesses to closely examine how they operate, who they transact with, and the efficiency and profitability of their businesses.There has been a greater focus on planning, strategy, active management of production and sales,  marketing & sales, and a re-imagining of business. While cash flow is always key – business resilience will have as much to do with recovering after coronavirus as it has in how businesses manage temporary setbacks.For businesses that have not, or will not adapt, the end of concessions and cash flow lifelines may be terminal.https://pretiumsolutions.com.au/https://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
What are the traps businesses fall into with digital marketing? Where does your website fit in with your marketing strategy? Claire Wendell from Click Click Media discusses the problems many businesses face when trying to get started with digital marketing. Claire states, "You really want to try with your online marketing to showcase who you are as a business. The behavior of consumers online - and your competitor - is just one click away. As opposed to retail where you might be the only shop in the vicinity and if customers want to go to somewhere else, they've got to walk - with the internet, it's very easy for people to compare you with other businesses online."Good digital marketing is the difference between your advertising working or not working. If you get the website wrong and the website message wrong, and then go to Google ads or Facebook, you're not going to get any inquiries. If businesses are saying, "Well, Google doesn't work or Facebook doesn't work," there's a reason the businesses are getting those results.It really is focusing on what your key services are, your unique selling propositions, and the core values of your business. If you can display that as soon as someone looks at your website, in an instant, that's what you need to do in an online way.Claire Wendell founded Click Click Media in 2008. She felt there was a great need for a  personalised service that offered education and support to businesses in the online marketing field.  In recent years, Click Click Media has evolved to provide complete digital solutions to compete in a fast-paced digital world. They combine software engineers, business architects  and marketing experts to create next level and innovative solutions for their clients' changing  needs.https://clickclick.media/https://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/https://pretiumsolutions.com.au/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Sandra Zalud shares some of the lessons learned from her experience of starting a business and provides some key advice for anyone getting started in business.Even with 25 years' experience with lending and assisting a mortgage broker, there were lessons to be learnt when Sandra started her own mortgage broking business.Sandra has been a representative of Liberty Network Services for over 5 years and has over 25 years of banking & finance experience.  Sandra has a passion for creating finance solutions for her clients and ensuring those solutions align with her clients' goals & financial circumstances. She prides herself on offering exceptional customer service.  As a Liberty Advisor, Sandra offers diverse lending ranging from Commercial Finance, Self-Managed Super Funds, Residential Mortgages, Business and Personal Loans, Car Finance with Liberty and a panel of lenders.  After hours, Sandra enjoys spending time with family and going out to restaurants, dancing and meeting new people at networking events.https://www.liberty.com.au/sandra-zaludhttp://www.thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/https://pretiumsolutions.com.au/how-we-help/ Resources mentioned in this podcast:Hills Shire for Business https://www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/Business/Grow-your-Business-in-The-Sydney-HillsNetworkinghttps://www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/Business/Grow-your-Business-in-The-Sydney-Hills/Business-Networking-GroupsDemographics Resource Centre https://www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/Economic-Development/Business-Support-in-The-Sydney-Hills/Demographics-Resource-CentreConnect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
When processes and procedures aren’t documented…A customer’s issue may be handled incorrectlyCustomer service won’t meet customer expectationsErrors will be madeHow much time is wasted by other employees learning how to do someone else's job (badly) on the fly?How much of their own work do they not get done while they are covering for someone else? Paul Sweeney from Pretium Solutions Chartered Accountants and Certified Business Advisors explores the reasons why all businesses, no matter how small or big, need to have systems and strategies in place for all employees.Typically, most Small and Medium Business organisations do not have a clear set of policies and procedures that cover the major areas of the business. The important outcomes for your  business from getting this right are:Improved productivityImproved qualityImproved customer satisfactionIncreased profit and revenueReduced risk of legal liabilityThe complete Small Business Cloud Management System MAUS Cloud software includes an ‘all-in-one’ suite of cloud-based business apps which can be fully customized to be unique to your individual business.  MAUS Business Planning & HR PackOnly $97/month - Save over 50%https://pretiumsolutions.com.au/https://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/https://www.loom.com/Connect with Paul Sweeney onLinkedInTwitterMAUS: Business software made simple MAUS Business Systems: a complete suite of tools to enable you to effortlessly manage your businessDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Every business has risks. Identifying the cost to your business from losing one of your key people is the first step in protecting your business from loss. Jim Mills from Merit Wealth identifies the major risks to your business from losing a key person. How do you identify the impact? How do you create a plan to financially protect your business from the loss resulting from death, disablement or trauma?Explore these issues around risk management and learn how you can protect your business.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.http://www.thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/https://www.meritfp.com.au/https://pretiumsolutions.com.au/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Jason Smith, from Capital Plus Finance, shares his lessons learned from creating and successfully selling his business Cash Flow Advantage.Jason didn't start his business with a plan of selling. But the decisions he made and the systems he implemented transformed his business into a profitable business that ran independently of him. When the time came to sell, Jason had a very saleable business that sold quickly at a good price."I was working more on strategy and systems and processes, and obviously making sure we had good credit policy because we were in the lending business. And it just dawned on me that you build businesses to have something that's saleable at a point in the future. And you don't necessarily have to sell it, but you really do want to have it so that it is a saleable business," says Jason.  Jason Smith has a passion for business, which started for him in 1996 when he bought his first business, a real estate franchise with a business partner. After selling the business in 2007 Jason started a Debtor Finance company in 2008 (CashFlow Advantage) and discovered his love of finance and assisting small business owners with their cash flow.In March 2018, Jason started Capital Plus Finance, a commercial finance broking company, and he is back doing what he loves most, helping small businesses succeed by making sure they get the very best finance deal available and offering a great customer experience.Contact Jason Smith:FacebookLinkedInInstagramTwitterBooks mentioned by Jason and Paul:Atomic Habits by James ClearGood to Great by Jim Collins7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen CoveyMaximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed by Brian TracyCapital Plus Financehttps://capitalplusfinance.com.au/The Business Behind Your Business Podcast Websitehttps://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/
Employers now have a new issue that has come to the forefront that's to do with a case concerning casual employment, and it has the potential to significantly change the way that employers look at casual employment. Before we actually look at this issue, it's important to understand what is meant by casual employment and the reasons why we have casual employment. Casual employment is there to help businesses employ people on an ad hoc basis. So it shouldn't be regular hours or regular days. The idea is that there is no commitment to ongoing work. The reality is that many people are working in full-time roles with consistent hours and consistent days in an ongoing basis. These casual employees are  actually filling permanent roles.  This idea of having a casual employee was not to have the long-term commitment. In other words, the employee doesn't have this expectation of ongoing employment, which also meant that the employee didn't have a recourse to unfair dismissal and some other entitlements.And employers then hired people on that basis, on the presumption that the employer had certain protections and that they could terminate the employment at any time and relatively more easily than that of a permanent employee.But the law has caught up with this type of conduct over time and that has basically resulted in the situation we now have. In a recent case the court agreed that, despite the fact that there's a casual employee agreement in place, if you look at the nature of the relationship, the way he was rostered and used in the business, the employee is entitled to be a permanent employee, and those protections, which the employer thought he had, did not exist. So that has caused problems, from a legal perspective.Download the Casual Employee Contract Philip van den Heever is Frank Law’s Business Development Manager and Special Counsel of the Corporate and Commercial Advisory division. He has over 18 years of commercial litigation and employment law experience in both South Africa and Australia. His deep understanding of corporate and employment law allows him to wisely direct his clients to succeed in their business development. Contact Philip van den Heever at Frank Lawhttps://www.franklaw.com.au/ Paul Cripps 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 PK People Solutionshttps://www.pkpeoplesolutions.com.au/
Rita Morar from Keystone Business Advisory  provides Part 2 of our discussion of the five pillars of success. In Part 1 (Last Episode) we dived deeply into this discussion of what is a primary motivator and why people need to understand what motivates them to have a really successful personal life and business life. In this episode Rita Morar unpacks the next four pillars of success.Rita is a Relationships Manager and Trainer. She passionately works with individuals and micro-businesses in helping them implement proven practical strategies and methodologies that helps them grow personally and professionally. In her previous role at Commonwealth Bank over the past 10 years, Rita mentored and coached Retail Banking staff on customer service skills, sales and compliance.Rita has extensive experience in business growth and performance and the learning and development space and have helped turn businesses around and help grow businesses from inception. Motivational Map ResourcesContact Rita on:FacebookLinkedhttps://keystonefocalpoint.com.auhttps://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/
Rita Morar from Keystone Business Advisory explains the five pillars of success. In Part 1 of this two part discussion Rita discusses the first and most important pillar of success which is  our primary motivation. A foundation of success is to identify and utilize your primary motivators. Find out how understanding your primary motivators can help you grow your business.Rita is a Relationships Manager and Trainer. She passionately works with individuals and micro-businesses in helping them implement proven practical strategies and methodologies that helps them grow personally and professionally. In her previous role at Commonwealth Bank over the past 10 years, Rita mentored and coached Retail Banking staff on customer service skills, sales and compliance.Rita has extensive experience in business growth and performance and the learning and development space and have helped turn businesses around and help grow businesses from inception. Motivational Map ResourcesContact Rita on:FacebookLinkedhttps://keystonefocalpoint.com.auhttps://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/
We are hearing from business owners about opportunities that now exist. Many are planning on how they will capitalise on these opportunities.“Creating opportunity is about more than just thriving in an unstable, sometimes scary world. It’s about becoming the best version of yourself, and creating the life where you have all the opportunities you need to reach your full potential. To increase the quality and quantity of opportunity available, it’s important to take on a series of mindsets that will positively change how you see yourself, how others see you, and how you see opportunity.”- Eben Pagan author of “Opportunity: How to Win in Business and Create a Life You Love”Google says that opportunity is, “A set of circumstances that make it possible to do something.”Right now, we are faced with many opportunities. It is up to us to choose our mindset and how we approach these opportunities. To capitalise on these circumstances it is necessary to have the right mindset. It is also important to equip ourselves with the tools and resources we need to give ourselves the best chance of success.Paul Sweeney 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 creation of Pretium Solutions 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 adviser 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.https://pretiumsolutions.com.au/how-we-help/https://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.comConnect with Paul on his socials:LinkedIn      TwitterBuy Opportunity: How to Win in Business and Create a Life You Love on Amazon Keep up-to-date with The Business Behind Your Business:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
It's important to have contingency plans as part of your risk management strategy. What plans do you have in place, right now, to deal with scenarios where your business isn't able to function for a period of time? From there, it is then essential to think about how your insurance can help you make these contingency plans happen.Dave Ferris, from DavelCorp Insurance Brokers, looks at business interruption insurance and how it works. Many people don't really think about this kind of insurance, until an event happens and they want to make a claim. Dave is the Senior Client Broker & Division Head (Enterprise Division) at DavelCorp Insurance Brokers. He has diverse insurance industry experience spanning over 35 years, that has included roles in Risk Management, General Insurance underwriting, Facultative reinsurance, Underwriting Agency Management and Insurance Broking.Dave's qualifications and experience well equip him to add significant value to his clients as a risk consulting insurance broker with a proven track record in tailoring unique risk transfer solutions for larger clients, groups and associations.https://www.riskybusiness.com.au/https://pretiumsolutions.com.au/how-we-help/http://www.thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Personal Goals play a valuable part in defining your business goals and the specific actions you need to take.A major cause of stress and anxiety for business owners is the failure of their business to enable their personal goals to be met.In this episode we explore why personal goals are very important in defining your business goals. How do your personal goals shape the goals and targets for your business?By setting SMART goals, we can create a manageable business plan, with clearly defined actions for how we are going to achieve our goals.Paul Sweeney 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 creation of Pretium Solutions 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 adviser 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.https://pretiumsolutions.com.au/blog/3-steps-to-ensure-your-new-year-business-resolutions-stay-on-track/https://pretiumsolutions.com.au/how-we-help/https://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.comConnect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
What's the point of a business plan?  My business is already up and running. Are business plans and goals the same thing? What do you need to include in your business plan? Are there any tools to help me create a business plan? Paul Sweeney, from Pretium Solutions (Chartered Accountant & Business Advisory) discusses why creating and reviewing your business plans are important activities for all businesses. He talks about the steps involved in setting up a business plan and how often you need to review it. Paul also looks at how having an external advisor can assist with this process.Remember - a goal without a plan is just a wish!If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of business planning, check out this article. https://pretiumsolutions.com.au/how-we-help/https://thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.comConnect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
What kind of funding does your business need? What do you need to do before you seek funding? What are the steps involved in preparing and submitting your finance application? Are there alternatives to borrowing? Jason Smith, from Capital Plus Finance, discusses these issues and more. Your finance needs to be part of your overall business strategy, so it's important to get it right. Find out from the experts the best ways to fund your business. https://capitalplusfinance.com.au/https://pretiumsolutions.com.au/http://www.thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/For more information on becoming 'finance fit', check out the guide, 'FitsMe - Essential Guide to Business Funding' developed by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), in partnership with Scottish Pacific Business Finance. It is full of tips that every small business owner needs. Download the guide here  ASBFEO Finance Fit GuideJason Smith has a passion for business, which started for him in 1996 when he bought his first business, a real estate franchise with a business partner. After selling the business in 2007 Jason started a Debtor Finance company in 2008 (CashFlow Advantage) and discovered his love of finance and assisting small business owners with their cash flow. In March 2018, Jason started Capital Plus Finance, a commercial finance broking company and he is back doing what he loves most, helping small businesses succeed by making sure they get the very best finance deal available and offering a great customer experience.Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
You may be an expert in your business - but do you know much about protecting your business? How about risk management? Most business owners don't know very much about insurance and they don't understand exactly  what insurances they will need.Dave Ferris, from DavelCorp Insurance Brokers, discusses why it's so important for business owners to have the right types of insurance and he looks at the role of a broker.The first step an insurance broker takes is to get an understanding of your business, so that they can assess  your needs or potential needs and work out what your risk profile is. One of the main benefits of using an insurance broker is that you get advice on what insurance is best going to suit your business and  your needs. Those who get their own insurance directly miss out on the advice and often get products that aren't suitable.Dave Ferris is the Senior Client Broker & Division Head (Enterprise Division) at DavelCorp Insurance Brokers. He has diverse insurance industry experience spanning over 35 years, that has included roles in Risk Management, General Insurance underwriting, Facultative reinsurance, Underwriting Agency Management and Insurance Broking.Dave's qualifications and experience well equip him to add significant value to his clients as a risk consulting insurance broker with a proven track record in tailoring unique risk transfer solutions for larger clients, groups and associations.https://www.riskybusiness.com.au/https://pretiumsolutions.com.au/http://www.thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
Cloud solutions aren't just for large businesses. Small businesses can also benefit from using tools that are cloud-based. Having data in the cloud allows users to access information quickly, which enables small businesses to make decisions and react to change effectively. Luke Iacovelli, from UNITECH Solutions, discusses the importance of having your business IT in the cloud environment. He talks about the many advantages of using cloud solutions, in terms of data management, version control, ease of use, collaboration opportunities and security.Luke looks at issues around migrating your data to the cloud environment. He talks about the importance of understanding how businesses use their IT systems to make the migration to the cloud as easy as possible. Luke Iacovelli 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 themany different clients under his portfolio. Working within the technology industry also requires constant training & personal development across the many changes faced within thissector. 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 latesttechnologies, 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/http://www.thebusinessbehindyourbusiness.com/https://pretiumsolutions.com.au/how-we-help/Connect with us on our socials:Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram
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