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Small business is tough – cashflow, sales, marketing, tax, operations, distribution, legal – you have to be an expert in all of them! So it’s our goal to make sure we are truly pro-active in teaching business owners “how to keep getting better in business”.

So what does b-Mail stand for?

b-Mail stands for many things – “business mail”, b-motivated”, “b-proactive”, etc. b-Mail is your premium source of cutting edge business ideas, strategies and tools packed with more “how to’s” and “show me’s” than the “average e-newsletter” can provide.

15-Jul-2013 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Didier Sornette - How we can predict the next financial crisis

You might think that the 2007-2008 financial crisis was an unpredictable one-time crash. But Didier Sornette and his Financial Crisis Observatory have plotted a set of early warning signs for unstable, growing systems, tracking the moment when any bubble is about to pop. (And he's seeing it happen again, right now.)

Didier Sornette studies whether it is possible to anticipate big changes or predict crises in complex systems.

15-Jul-2013 Robson Partners

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Client in Focus: Leader Hydraulics

This month's Client in Focus is Ray and Colleen Sullivan, owners of Leader Hydraulics.

We speak to Ray and Colleen on the success of their business since taking over ownership in 2008 and discuss the challenges they encounter on a day-to-day basis.

14-Jun-2013 Robson Partners

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Taxable Payments Reporting - Do you know what to report?

For business owners in the building and construction industry, by 21 July (28 July for quarterly instalment lodgers) you will need to report to the Australian Taxation Office all payments made to contractors during the financial year.

14-Jun-2013 Robson Partners

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New Super and Workplace Gender Equality Reporting - Keep your company on track

There are two important changes all employers should be aware of in relation to superannuation and new gender equality reporting requirements. The first of these is the changes to the superannuation regime which increase employer's superannuation obligations starting from the 1st July 2013 to compulsory contributions of 9.25%.

14-Jun-2013 Robson Partners

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Events that shape our world

Great investors don't just read about world events, they analyse the likely trickle-down effects of those events on the industries and sectors in which they invest.

14-Jun-2013 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Angela Lee Duckworth - The key to success? Grit

Leaving a high flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realised that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. In this video, Angela explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Angela Lee Duckworth studies intangible concepts such as self-control and grit to determine how they might predict both academic and professional success.

14-Jun-2013 Robson Partners

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Client in Focus: AP Filter Solutions

This month's Client in Focus is Peter and Andrea Schulz, owners of AP Filter Solutions.

We speak to Peter and Andrea on the success of their business since taking over as distributor, discussing the challenges they encountered throughout their business journey.

15-May-2013 Robson Partners

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Rental Properties - Deductible Repairs v Capital Improvements

The Tax Office has been interested in rental property owners for some years now. It is recognised that there are a significant number of investors, and the Tax Office see this as an area that taxpayers are understanding rental income and over claiming deductions. In particular, the Tax Office is aware that many of these investors are new to the market, and their experience is seen to be an area of risk.

15-May-2013 Robson Partners

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Top 10 tips to maintain and grow your business in a downturn

For small businesses, keeping an eye on the core business, maintaining a healthy cash position, reducing operating expenses, increasing efficiency and strengthening existing supplier and customer relationships will all go a fair way to help ensure your business weathers today's tough economic climate.

15-May-2013 Robson Partners

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Economic Confidence - Signs of optimism are appearing among consumers and investors

Has 2013 been a better year than last year for you so far? On a nationwide scale, recent surveys have shown the first few months of this year have been an improvement on 2012, with consumers and investors a little more confident about the strength of the Australian economy although some uncertainty does remain.

15-May-2013 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Dan Ariely - What makes us feel good about our work?

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose.

Dan Ariely, behavioural economist, presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.

It's become increasingly obvious that the dismal science of economics is not as firmly grounded in actual behaviour as was once supposed. In "Predictably Irrational", Dan Ariely tells us why.

15-Apr-2013 Robson Partners

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Building property through super - A simple strategy

The rise of limited recourse borrowing arrangements continues rapidly.

Search the internet for "buy property in super using a loan" and Google will give you more than 89 million results.

There are some pretty interesting strategies doing the rounds.

15-Apr-2013 Robson Partners

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Protecting your website - What rights does your business have to use its domain name?

Whether it is to attract customers or to sell their goods or services, many businesses have come to rely on the internet. However, the right that a business has to register and use a particular domain name for its website is something that must be carefully secured and should never be taken for granted.

15-Apr-2013 Robson Partners

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When should retirement planning begin?

While many of us are at the stage where it has become necessary to begin planning for retirement, we all know younger people who don't quite realise how good they've got it. Time is one of the greatest luxuries an investor can enjoy.

15-Apr-2013 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Brené Brown - The power of vulnerability

In a touching, funny talk, Brené Brown shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

Brené studies human connection - our ability to empathise, belong, love. She also studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame.

15-Mar-2013 Robson Partners

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Australian Council of Social Service - ACOSS: cut tax breaks, health rebate and save $6b

Australia's mail national welfare group is urging federal Labor to cut nearly $6 billion from the budget by clamping down on superannuation tax breaks, health insurance rebates and the tax treatment of trusts and capital gains.

15-Mar-2013 Robson Partners

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How to turn your passion into profit

A childhood passion for "all things nice" had turned into a successful business for Bianca Kristallis, founder of Pamper Hamper, an online luxury gift hamper service that delivers nationally. Pamper Hamper delivers gifts in its signature white box with distinctive black and white ribbon trim. And it's borne from Kristallis's obsession with wrapping.

15-Mar-2013 Robson Partners

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Care when you need it most

Total and permanent disability (TPD) insurance can help pay for care and medical expenses in the event of a sudden serious illness or accident.

15-Mar-2013 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Keith Chen - Could your language affect your ability to save money?

What can economists learn from linguists? Behavioural economist Keith Chen introduces a fascinating pattern from his research - that languages without a concept for the future correlate strongly with high savings rates i.e. "It rain tomorrow" instead of "It will rain tomorrow".

Keith Chen's new research suggests that the language you speak may impact the way you think about your future.

15-Mar-2013 Robson Partners

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Client in Focus: Allure Hair and Body

This month's Client in Focus is Allure Hair and Body.

We speak to owner, Renee Marshall on the success of her business and the challenges she has faced and overcome.

15-Feb-2013 Robson Partners

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New rules for minimum pension payments

A common problem with pension paying SMSF's is that members sometimes do not withdraw the minimum pension amount.

15-Feb-2013 Robson Partners

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Changes to the Fair Work Act have started

In response to a review undertaken by the Federal Government last year, the Fair Work Amendment Act 2012 received Royal Assent on 4 December 2012.

Several of the changes came into effect on 1 January 2013, and although technical by nature will have an impact on how the system and your business operates.

15-Feb-2013 Robson Partners

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Financial Peace of Mind - Are you insured?

Now the summer holidays have come to an end and the year is fresh, use this period to reflect on what's really important in your life and how you could better ensure your family's financial security.

15-Feb-2013 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Wingham Rowan - A new kind of market

Plenty of people need jobs with very flexible hours – but it's difficult for those people to join with the employers who need them.

Wingham Rowan, founder of social-business Silvers-of-Time which runs online markets for micro-working and micro-volunteering, explains how the same technology that powers modern financial markets can help employer's book workers for 'silvers of time'.

15-Feb-2013 Robson Partners

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Client in Focus: Galley Kitchens

This month's Client in Focus is family business, Galley Kitchens.

This month, Managing Directors and Paul and Liarne Ray talk about how they managed to grow the business during the financial crisis and remain a market leader in the region.

15-Jan-2013 Robson Partners

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2013 Small Business Depreciation Changes

The Australian Taxation Office has made 3 significant changes to the simplified depreciation rules that apply from the 2012-2013 income year for small businesses.

15-Jan-2013 Robson Partners

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9 useful tips to make your website appealing

Your website is usually the first contact method most of your potential customers will have with your business, so it shouldn't look tired or old. Here are nine tips on how you can effectively refresh your website.

15-Jan-2013 Robson Partners

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New year - Fresh start

Here are five of the finest resolutions to help you kick off the new year in high financial style.

15-Jan-2013 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Baba Shiv - Sometimes it's good to give up the driver's seat

Research has shown that over the years, sometimes having too much choice makes us less happy. This may be true when it comes to medical treatment. Baba Shiv, director of Strategic Marketing Management Executive Program at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, studies how "liking" and "wanting" shape the choices we make, and what that means in the world of marketing.

He shares a fascinating study that measures why choice opens the door to doubt, and suggests that abandoning control – especially on life or death situations – may be the best thing for us.

15-Jan-2013 Robson Partners

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Client in Focus - Kwik Kopy

Our client in focus this month is Kwik Kopy Gosford and passionate owner, Peter Clarke.

Peter shares his enthusiasm for the region and how he took control of the opportunity to build a stronger, smarter business model that could "bend and flex" as market conditions changed.

14-Dec-2012 Robson Partners

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Eat, drink and be Merry

Gifts, travel, food and drink are all a part of the summer break. But it makes for a happier holiday season if they're budgeted for in advance.

14-Dec-2012 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Trial, error and the God complex

Tim Harford, economics writer finds an unforeseen link among the successful complex systems – they were built through trial and error.

In this sparkling talk from TEDGlobal 2011, Tim asks us to embrace our randomness and start making better mistakes.

15-Aug-2012 Robson Partners

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Is life getting on top of you? Then it's time to take a step back and put some time into your life...

Generation Y are lazy but ambitious. Generation X are plodders and Baby Boomers are ready to give it all away. Research suggests that there is less difference between the generations than is stereotyped when it comes to attitudes towards working and the great similarity between everyone is they rather work less.

15-Jun-2012 Robson Partners

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Client in Focus - Sean Tobin

This month's client in focus is Microsoft Senior Executive Sean Tobin, Product Manager of the Microsoft XBOX 360.

15-May-2012 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Nigel Marsh - How to make Work Life Balance Work

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer.

Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity -- and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

15-Mar-2012 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Ever asked yourself why some leaders inspire action and others don't? Start with "Why"? This month we take a look at Simon Sinek's TED Talk on how great leaders inspire action.

People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it.

"If you hire people just because they can do a job, they'll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they'll work for you with blood and sweat and tears".

15-Feb-2012 Robson Partners

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Super for Employees – When to pay?

In a small business environment super liabilities can be a mind field. The ATO has no wiggle room in the legislation for late superannuation payments, even by a day. If you would like to know how navigate this legislation, Luke Powell explains how a few simple steps can avoid an ATO headache.

16-Jan-2012 Robson Partners

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What will you achieve this year: TED Talk – The 30 day Challenge

I'm not sure if you have ever watch a TED video, but they are a great source for getting access to some of the best speakers in the world – for FREE. This month, to help you get "fired" up for the New Year I have selected a talk called "the 30 day challenge"

Click the link and think about what you could achieve in 30 days. It's an interesting concept.

16-Jan-2012 Robson Partners

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Investor Focus: Go to the head of the class with education costs

How much will you pay for your children's education? Parents everywhere are caught between the celebration and quiet distress of another school year. It's no secret that education will be expensive.

15-Nov-2011 Robson Partners

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Choosing the right business structure: Are you missing out?

In small business, choosing the right business structure to trade through is critical to ensure that you are taking advantage of all the possible deductions and concessions that are available to you under the Tax Law.

15-Nov-2011 Robson Partners

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Social Media: What is your strategy? 3 tips to get you going.

In four short years social media has gone from relative obscurity, to becoming an integral part of how Australians live their daily lives.

15-Aug-2011 Robson Partners

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Weapons of Mass Distraction: Small business “focus slayers”

Did you know that once you are distracted from a current task, it takes on average about 6 minutes to re-focus and begin being productive again? That means if you have 10 distractions in a day, not only are you wasting time on the distraction, but it is taking you an HOUR to refocus!

15-Jul-2011 Robson Partners

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New financial year business “Tune Up” - 52 strategies to fire up your business in 2012

What is your strategy this year? What does the budget look like? Where will you focus your efforts?

Not sure?

15-Jun-2011 Robson Partners

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2012: The year of the small business? What is in store for the next financial year for SME’s

This time last year we were releasing the stress in our shoulders as the GFC doom and gloom appeared to be clearing. We dusted off those expansion plans and thought about spending again.

15-Jun-2011 Robson Partners

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The Taxman Cometh: why the Tax Office has increased audit activity and what you can do about it

The tax man has been busy. Really busy!

In fact, the tax office is increasing its Compliance Program, with a strong focus on audit and there are a range of issues affecting small business and individual tax payers.

15-Jun-2011 Robson Partners

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Client Advisory Boards – How to find out what your customers REALLY think of your business

The very thought of getting a group of clients into a room to talk about you is enough to send shivers down the spine of many a business owner. In reality, it’s not the nightmare most people think.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite. A professionally run Client Advisory Board opens a treasure trove of opportunity for your business.

16-May-2011 Robson Partners

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Direct Marketing: “9 response devices” to increase your hit rate that smart small businesses use

One of the primary advantages of using direct mail is your ability to target your audience.

For Example: Your letter delivers a personal message and makes an offer. Your brochure demonstrates features and dramatises benefits. Your order form calls for action and eases response.

16-May-2011 Robson Partners

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The 2011 Budget: What it means for small business and you

The 2011 Budget was delivered this week. This month, we look at what it means for small business.

Specifically, what are the things that are going to affect small business now, next year and further down the track. But most importantly, how is it going to affect the bottom line.

15-Mar-2011 Robson Partners

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Will your business be here in 3,5,7 years? Find out.

Shockingly only 20% of businesses make it to 3 years and only another 10% make it to 5 years.