I own a business, should I incorporate?

People are moving online faster than ever. Technology is helping brick-and-mortar businesses to adapt in a fast changing world. Once a website is created and visitors start browsing your business can expand greatly, however there are also a number of legal risks that it is exposed to.

While the process of incorporation has additional costs to merely starting or continuing a business, there are a number of benefits that come from registering a company (aka incorporation). The most important thing to remember is that an incorporated company is a separate legal entity from the company owner — this is crucially important should things go wrong.

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Dangers To Watch For When Moving To Commercial Premises

I’d love to share my own real word experiences as I’ve just recently moved to commercial premises and whilst I am a ‘seasoned’ business owner, I certainly learnt some valuable lessons. Some of my business principles and practices came in very handy plus I learnt quite a few other things. Please let me share:

1. Do a budget.

Specifically for the move, prepare your budget as you will soon discover the costs can quickly run up. Signage, removalists, new phone systems, computers, furniture, legals, deposits and so much more. This doesn’t even cover any refurbishment you may need to do. The costs really can escalate, so prepare a realistic budget and ensure you have the cash to fund this project. Naturally of course, ensure that ongoing you can afford the premises, including rent, electricity, security, telephones, etc.

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Three Handy Depreciation Apps for Business

Smart commercial property owners, commercial property tenants and business owners want to improve their cash flow. Claiming depreciation can reduce the tax paid for any commercial property at tax time.

BMT Tax Depreciation provide three valuable apps every business or commercial property owner should be aware of. Let’s take a look at how these apps can help you.

1. The BMT Tax Depreciation Calculator

This app is really handy when you are looking to purchase any new property, whether it’s a commercial office, an industrial building, a warehouse used for manufacturing or a residential investment property.

The BMT Tax Depreciation Calculator allows investors to get a quick depreciation estimate of the deductions that will become available for any property once it becomes income producing.

To use the calculator, investor’s only need to have some basic information about the property, including the property type, the construction type, quality of fishing, the floor area of the property in square metres, the estimated year of construction, when the property was purchased and the nearest major city.

Once the calculate button has been selected, the calculator will provide investors with an estimate of the minimum and maximum deductions they can claim for the first five years of owning the property.

To download the app for iPhone or Android devices, click here.

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Owning a Business is About Changing Lives

Learn how your company can help raising awareness of social care causes. Be the one to make the change!

Behind the curtains of the nonprofits and political organisations who happen to take the leading position in charity events, there are these smaller companies which have managed to put cause supporting in better use.

Hope For Greater Good

When I first heard of businesses crowd-funding causes, I had to say I was a bit skeptical. Little did I know at that time, what incredible power charity holds. I came to realise charity can help a company turn its clientele into a true community. When joint into a cause – a goal for the better of us all, our social nature shifts us into an unbeatable power – a power which can change lives. And what could be better than trying to build such a strong, caring community with the people who trust you?
There is something magical about charity you don’t see just at Christmas.

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Your 4 Rules For Winning at Brand Social Media

If you want to be leader in your industry, there is no better way to become one than using social media. There are many ways to embark in the internet world, but using its full power needs more than frequent tweeting and sharing adorable puppy photos. Conquering the social media as a brand takes dedication and puts the creative thinking to its limits.

Want to ride on the tip of the waves of the media trends and put your company in the spotlight? Come on and join the ride to creating the best SM brand start-up for your business.

Save The Date

In the social world, timing is everything. Tweet a bit too late how that local event rocked your town and you won’t make any difference. It would still be something your followers may like, but they would definitely pass it if it is the 10th one on that topic they have read today. If you are going to rule Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and Instagram, you need to act fast. If you don’t provide accurate information about your industry in the right time, you might lose a large number of potential fans.

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Hidden Cash

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What may commercial properties be hiding from tenants?

Property depreciation is mostly claimed by the owner of an income-producing property. It is for this reason that many commercial tenants often miss out on the hidden cash available to them through depreciation.

Commercial tenants can claim depreciation deductions based on any fit-out or plant and equipment assets that they add to the property.

Tenants can claim depreciation deductions on all fit-outs while the owner of the commercial property is simultaneously able to claim a deduction on the building and any plant and equipment items that they own.

Dependent upon lease conditions, if a tenant vacates a building and does not remove the fit-out from the building at the end of their lease, the owner of the property may be able to claim any remaining depreciation. However if a tenant’s lease stipulates that the property must be returned to its original condition at the end of the lease, then the tenant can benefit from claiming any remaining depreciation on the items removed and scrapped.

It is important to consult a qualified Quantity Surveyor when dealing with commercial property depreciation to ensure that not only are maximum deductions achieved but that they are claimed correctly.

For more information on commercial property depreciation, visit BMT Tax Depreciation’s new commercial depreciation page by clicking here.

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Bradley Beer (B. Con. Mgt, AAIQS, MRICS) is the Managing Director of BMT Tax Depreciation.  Please contact 1300 728 726 or visit www.bmtqs.com.au for an Australia-wide service.

 

Improve the Cash Flow of an Industrial Investment Property

Did you know you can claim deductions in the form of property depreciation for an industrial property?
Legislation set by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows the owners of any income producing property to claim depreciation.

Depreciation deductions are due to the decline of a building and apply to both the structure of the building (via a capital works deduction) and to any plant and equipment assets contained within the property.

An investor’s depreciation benefits will vary depending on the type of building, its age, its use, its size and its fit out. In commercial and industrial buildings a tenant is also entitled to claim depreciation for any fit out they install in the property once their lease starts. For these reasons it is very important to consult with an expert to find out what deductions are available.

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Personalised Marketing: The Art of Making Your Customers Happy

Having more than 90% profitability, Australian small businesses have become one of the most profitable investment opportunities in the Southern Hemisphere. Yet, not all business spheres meet such a tremendous success. According to the Griffith University reports, administrative and support services along with professional cleaning companies are one of the highest rated industry sectors in the country. But what makes these branches a one way ticket to success?

The Outset of The Australian Small Business Industry

After the outset of the Global Financial Crisis, many entrepreneurs turned their attention to industries which are still not oversold and provide an inexhaustible market capacity. Still developing at that time, the Australian cleaning industry revealed incomparable investment opportunities with a turnover expected to pay off the initial price in the first years of the business development.

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The Top New Financial Year Resolution That Will Improve Your Business

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Planning

Surprise, the most effective new financial year resolution is not financial at all!

It is to plan what you aim to achieve in your business during the year, set goals and work out how you will achieve them. Of course, some of these will be financial but not all.

In the modern world, some will relate to technology for most businesses. Even if you are working in a business where technology is not directly part of what you do, you most likely depend on a mobile phone and may use the internet or social media for marketing. Just think back to the last time you had something repaired. Did the tradespeople carry mobile phones? I’m sure they did.

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Pitching Suicide – How to kill your pitch in 7 easy steps.

It seems many people actually want to publicly murder their own pitch. I love great pitches, and I hate to see them die slow, humiliating public deaths. If you’re going to destroy something beautiful, do it right. These are the 7 most effective ways eviscerate a pitch while numbing the minds of your audience. Want a great pitch?

Avoid these 7 Pitch killers.

1. TALKING TOO MUCH AND GOING TOO SLOW 

The human brain is being carpet bombed by billions of bits of data from all 5 senses every second. To avoid making you feel like you’re in the middle of a horrendous trip, the human brain has evolved to radically filter inbound information.

You think that there is so much about your opportunity that is amazing, and you think that by telling people more, they’re going to be even more impressed. Instead what happens is our brains register that we’re under information attack and it begins rapidly purging not just the deluge of useless information you’re forcing upon it, but everything. (Command + A) Delete. Gone. Next. Good journalists ask “What words can I remove without losing the meaning of the sentence?”. Do that and see the difference.

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