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Why Moving Office Is So Completely Different To Moving House

Why Moving Office Is So Completely Different To Moving House

If you are a business owner considering an office relocation, you might think that you have a head start because you have also moved house recently. Your thought process could be that because you planned your house move successfully, that moving your business is going to be every bit as straightforward.

The fact is it could be, and if you did all the right things relating to your house move, such as planning everything thoroughly, hiring professional removalists, using proper packaging materials, and so on, your office move should go well. However, you also need to appreciate that there are significant differences between moving your family’s belongings to a new home and moving your business to a new location. Here are some examples.

The Amount Of Additional Planning Required Is Significant

Whilst not meaning to downplay the importance of planning a house move properly, it stands to reason that the amount of planning required for a business to move is going to be higher. It also needs to start much sooner, often 6 months in advance, and the logistics of uprooting an entire business and moving it to new premises means several people will be involved in those plans.

You Will Need Removalists Who Are Specialists In Office Moves

Some removalists specialise in house moves, and they are essential to a successful residential move. However, when it comes to moving a  business from one location to another, and the complexities that come with that, it is essential that the removalists you hire for a business relocation are experts. They will have experience in lifting heavy items, computer equipment and office furniture, plus know exactly what packing materials to use.

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Why Moving Office Is So Completely Different To Moving House

What Your Family Lawyers Business Can Do If A Client Does Not Pay Their Fees

One of the less pleasant issues that your family lawyers business may encounter is a client who has not paid their due fees and is showing little sign that they are willing to do so. There can be many reasons why this might occur, with one of the most common being a client not being happy with the outcome of their case and blaming their family lawyer for that.

What then transpires is that the client quite wrongly thinks that because the outcome was not to their liking they should not pay their family lawyers. Unless the case was taken up by the family lawyers on a ‘no win no fee’ basis then despite the client being unhappy, you and I know that the fees are payable.

Should you ever be in a situation where a client refuses to pay what is owed to you, then it might be worth you seeking the advice of someone else in the legal profession, and that is a commercial lawyer. This has two main benefits with the first being that a commercial lawyer is going to know more and have more experience of dealing with non-payments and legal processes for them than yourself.

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5 Reasons To Relocate Your Dental Practice To New Premises

5 Reasons To Relocate Your Dental Practice To New Premises

For those dentists who own the dental practice you work in, one of the main decisions that you would have to make at some point was which premises you were going to set up that business in. In the time since, your business may have changed in several ways, and that can then lead to another question as to whether your current premises are congruent with where your business is at.

We appreciate that moving premises is a significant step, and will undoubtedly cause some level of upheaval. However, for all the short-term downsides of moving, multiple positives can be realised, some quickly, and some in time. Below we have outlined five positive reasons for moving your dental practice to new premises.

It Can Reduce Outgoings And Thus Increase Profits

It is not the case that to increase profits you must always increase revenue. Profits can also be increased by reducing costs, and often one of the ways to do so is moving to a new location. Dentists can find themselves in premises where the rent and ancillary costs are extremely higher and continue to increase. If a landlord is not willing to reduce rent then it can often be the most sensible step to move to other premises where rent and cost are much lower.

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How To Legally Register A Business Name In Australia

How To Legally Register A Business Name In Australia

There is an often-used question, “What’s in a name?” and if you were to ask commercial lawyers, they would tell you that when it comes to business, there is a lot in a business name. If you consider the most iconic brands in the world, it is their name that people are attracted to long before they think about the product.

At a lower level, and for businesses within Australia, knowing how you choose your name and the legalities that follow are essential. The last thing you want is to pick a name and then start trading, including having all your promotional material paid for and a sign company installing your logo out the front, only to receive notice that you are using the registered name of another business.

Business Name Criteria

You can avoid all the angst that would result by following the simple steps to have a business name you can call your own. For a start, registering a business name is not always necessary, as if specific criteria exist; it is not required. Those criteria are:

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5 Steps For Ensuring An Orderly Office Relocation

5 Steps For Ensuring An Orderly Office Relocation

An office relocation is a huge event for everyone concerned including the business owner, management, all the other employees, and we dare even say your office removalist will be keen to ensure they do their jobs correctly too. Office relocation also comes with a fair amount of stress and the potential for that stress to be magnified increases should the relocation end up being a shambles. However, it need not be that way.

Whilst not be an everyday occurrence and thus something that most business owners have little experience of, there are ways an office relocation can be made easier. It will take some effort but there is no reason that your office relocation cannot be a success, especially if you follow the 5 steps we have outlined below.

#1 – Commit From The Start That You Will Only Use Established, Professional Office Removalists

From the moment you have decided what new premises you are moving to, it is essential that you pledge to yourself that you will not entrust your office relocation to amateurs. Instead, you should start looking for office removalists who have a proven track record. Their advice, their experience, and their ability to make your office relocation as smooth an operation as possible will make the difference between you having a stress-free move and one that ages you 20 years.

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Why Business Owners Should Know The Difference Between Rehab And Detox

Within the realms of employee welfare, many employers use terms like ‘drug detox’ and ‘drug rehab’, and often use them interchangeably to refer to, what they believe is, the same thing. The key point we will make within this article is that detox and rehab within the sphere of drug use and recovery from drug addiction are two entirely different processes and that employers and business owners need to know the differences between them.

Drug Detox Explained

Detox, which is short for detoxification, is the process by which someone seeks to rid their body of all traces of any drugs and their inherent toxins from the body. Detox is usually seen as the first step towards recovery from drug use and addiction, and the basis for starting that road to recovery.

In the most severe cases, where the person is heavily addicted to specific drugs, such as ice addiction, they may require prescribed medication to help minimize the inevitable symptoms of withdrawal as they detox. In the less serious cases, an individual might only require information on what steps to take during detox, and support from drug counsellors or therapy groups.

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What Every Business Owner Should Know About Employment Contracts

What Every Business Owner Should Know About Employment Contracts

If you are a business owner it is certain that contracts play a big role in many areas of your business, Some will be simple, and others more complex requiring input and advice from your business lawyers. As for what the contracts relate to, this can vary significantly and impact just about every aspect of the operation of your business..

There are contracts for purchasing supplies, materials, and stock, contracts to supply clients, contracts relating to your premises, and contracts that may be for the purchase or the hiring of machinery and equipment. Beyond these, there is a type of contract which is one of the most important that any business owner will have within their company and that is the employment contract of each of their employees.

An employment contract has two core reasons to exist and that is the protection of the employee and the protection of the employer. It is often thought that an employment contract’s sole purpose is to protect a worker’s rights and to ensure that they were not having to work under unacceptable, and even unlawful working terms. While it does fulfils that purpose, it is just as crucial in the protection of the employer too.

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Record Keeping

Record Keeping For The Ultimate Tax Deductions

When it comes to small business accounting, record keeping is everything. Accountants Australia advise that keeping decent records can help minimise your taxable income, can save you a lot of time, and can make things a lot easier when it comes time to file your tax return.

If you are struggling with record keeping, you’re not alone – most small business owners have some sort of trouble keeping the right records, and this often comes back to bite them at tax time. If you don’t really understand what your obligations are when it comes to record keeping, you should think about speaking to an experienced accountant.

What sort of records do I need to keep?      

When it comes to record keeping, there are a few things that it is absolutely essential to keep track of throughout the year so you don’t run into trouble at tax time. Some of the most important include:

  • Your expenses – When it comes to calculating your taxable income, you will need to know how much money you spent to run your business. Any and all business expenses should be recorded and kept track of. If possible, keep and tax receipts, as they will be needed as proof when you submit your tax return.
  • Income – Keeping a clear record of your income, where it came from, and how it needs to be taxed is essential, especially if you have any income from investment.
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How Branding Can Be Heard As Well As Seen

Ask any person to describe branding to you, and they’ll most likely talk about logos, graphics, colours and web design, and they are not wrong. But according to branding & marketing expert Peter Brittain, what they, and more importantly what many business people overlook is that branding can be about more than just what people can see.

What you must realise is whilst visual branding such as logos is important for a company or business it is also possible to use audio as well to build brand awareness.

Just think of the number of companies who you can instantly recognise, simply by hearing a short piece of music, a voice, a tone or some other sound. A couple of prime examples are the four notes that you hear at the end of an Intel ad, and how about ‘I’m loving it’, being sung after McDonald’s have told you about their latest meal deal.

If you go to the movies you are bound to know that when you hear the snare drums and trumpets start playing it’s going to be a 20th Century Fox movie on the screen, and another movie company proves you don’t even need music to have an instantly recognisable audio. We are of course, referring to Leo the lion roaring twice, before the intro of every MGM movie.