Online administration helper
SMALL business owners can get their business “fit” for 2019 the same way they stay mentally and physically fit themselves, according to Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) executive director Jacky Finlayson.
The acting Small Business Commissioner said a New Year was a good time to develop new habits.
“Right up the top of the list is reviewing costs and negotiating with suppliers so you know you’re getting the best deals,” she said.
“Have up-to-date quotes for things like insurance so you’re paying competitive rates and consider using a benchmarking tool.”
It was also a good time to review prices to make sure the business is generating enough revenue to cover costs and make a profit.
In 2019, the SBDC will introduce a program of business development workshops through the metropolitan area covering topics such as cash flow, budgets and complex issues such as how to tender and people management.
Ms Finlayson said the Federal Government was offering grants for Cyber Security Health Checks.
“We’re working with small business-friendly local governments who are AMANDA Acton is helping clients with their administration tasks.
The Hillarys resident launched online business Perth Virtual Assist to help support other business owners.
“I can breeze through your to-do list, saving you time to focus on revenue-generating tasks,” she said.
Ms Acton said the business idea was “born out of a light bulb moment in conversation with a small business owner”.
“He was explaining how it was exhausting running his small business working hard to introduce new events and policies.”
There are several issues small business owners will need to be aware of in 2019, by himself,” she said.
“He had to wake early to travel to meet with clients and do his job, which was physically demanding, then get home late at the day’s end and deal with returning phone calls, emails, invoicing, paying bills and wages.
“That’s when I realised he and other business owners in a similar position need an admin queen to come and help.”
Ms Acton has 18 years of experience in administrative roles and six years in the hospitality sector. including volatility in commercial property value and banks tightening lending after the banking Royal Commission.
“We may see some changes in labour supply because of new resources projects, so specialised professionals will become hard to get,” Ms Finlayson said.
She said State and Federal government inquiries in 2019 relating to short stay accommodation, unfair contract terms, franchising and code of conduct could affect small business.
“Just be vigilant in keeping an eye on employee conditions and entitlements and regularly check in with WorkSafe and Fair Work,” Ms Finlayson said. d486542
Amanda Acton from Perth Virtual Assist.