Essentials.jpg      Starting and running a small business is a massive commitment.  Unlike big businesses that can hire legions of staff to perform all sorts of roles, small business owners end up doing most jobs.  This section provides insight into some key issues for every small owner to think about.

Tax Tip #3: Apply for capital gains tax benefits 14 June, 2012
As part of D&B's Tax Tips series, here are some tips on  what you should watch out for when applying for capital gains tax benefits.
Tax Tip #2: Be aware of the super deadline 13 June, 2012
An essential part of lodging your tax return is ensuring you make superannuation contributions for eligible employees before the deadline of 30 June.
Tax Tip #1: Separate personal from business obligations 08 June, 2012
With only a month to go before the end of the financial year, small businesses should be making preparations to file their tax return. Here's how you  can make the transition into FY2013 a smooth one with the first of D&B's Tax Tips.
How to hire the right employee 25 May, 2012
Finding the right match can be daunting, but it's something that needs to be done if you want to recruit only the best. Here are four tips to hire the right employee for your business while minimising the costs involved.
The benefits of exporting 15 May, 2012
As a small business owner, you might be thinking, 'Why would I want to export to other countries when I can sell my goods  in Australia?' The answer is that exporting gives your business many benefits that a singular market may not be able to deliver. Here are four advantages of exporting.
Four ways to recover from a sales slump 05 April, 2012
It's no secret that the retail market continues to remain difficult, particularly for small enterprises Given the current economic conditions, a sales slump can have a significant impact on your cash flow cycle. Here are four ways to boost sales.
R&D tax scheme: What you need to know 22 March, 2012
The Federal Government's research and development tax incentive scheme has garnered a significant amount of press in recent weeks, but a lack of information and documentation has left small businesses and tax experts alike confused as to how the scheme works. Read on for more information on the R&D scheme.
How PPSR can benefit your business 29 February, 2012
It has been a month since the national personal property security register (PPSR) became operational, but many small businesses are still unaware of how they are affected by the new PPSR reforms. Here are some ways PPSR will benefit your business.
How to reduce your risk of buying a franchise 23 February, 2012
Getting into a franchise often costs a lot of money- sometimes even your life savings. With so much at stake, here are a few ways to reduce the risk of getting stuck with an unreliable franchise business.
Five fatal business planning mistakes 10 February, 2012
New business owners often don't recognise critical errors that can turn off potential investors. To make sure your business plan is taken seriously, be sure to avoid these five fatal mistakes.

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