On­line ad­min­is­tra­tion helper

Joondalup Times - - BUSINESS -

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

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Amanda Ac­ton from Perth Vir­tual As­sist.

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