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Three high-stakes risks of being a Sole Trader

Most people going into business for themselves cite a desire to provide more opportunities for their family and greater personal freedom.

But working for yourself involves more personal decisions, greater risks and depending upon your business structure, greater personal liability.

And if you're making this decision based simply on cost alone, this is the question you need to answer, ‘What could possibly go wrong?’

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Now that 2020 is behind us, it's time to check in on the emotional and financial damage suffered by the millions of Australians affected by COVID-19.

Job losses for some, reduced work hours for others, still others forced into early retirement - ready or not - many small businesses surviving one month at a time and families trying to make sense of lockdowns and restrictions - it’s safe to say there will be many COVID-19 flow on effects yet unseen.

We’ll all need to work through in some way.

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Thinking about setting some financial goals this year?

Sounds simple enough right? But simple doesn't always mean easy

When it comes to managing our personal debts and credit cards, savings and investing, many people are quick to look for a sequence of simple steps to follow (or a three minute blog to read) to achieve what can usually be a complex outcome.

If a fast solution isn’t found, ‘it's obviously the wrong option’ so we quickly browse on elsewhere looking for that dopamine hit of ‘New’ and never really get to where we need to go.

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What happens when business owners use their own money in the business?

Most small to medium business owners will tell you they went into business so they could provide for their family, in greater flexibility and free time, increased resources and a legacy.

Like most long term plans, building a self sustaining business takes time; time to mature, time to stabilise in the market and time to return the capital invested.

To achieve this, the majority of business owners use debt and overdraft facilities as an ongoing business tool.

And these types of tools can quickly work against you and your family if you're unprepared.

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#StuffYouNeedToKnow series

We all have to learn how to use financial tools to our advantage to get ahead in our financial life. 

Learning how to use key financial tools is one of the habits of wealthy people… not learning how to use those same financial tools, are often the habits of people who don’t get ahead.

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Do you get paid Super on your overtime?

Well, the answer is usually no, but also that depends.

Your superannuation is your forced savings for your retirement, so it’s important to understand these two key features:

  • How much Super are you being paid?
  • How is it actually calculated when it comes to commissions, bonuses, overtime and back pay?
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Understanding how to use an offset account can help you pay off your home loan faster

Your home loan is probably the biggest financial commitment you'll make in your lifetime. So what if there was a way to reduce the amount it costs – the interest you pay – and also pay it off sooner?

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