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Think back to the days before you started your business, when you were working for a boss. Chances are you were rewarded for your hard work with a regular salary. It may not have always been the same amount, but it came through like clockwork. And for the next week, month or however often you got paid, you'd do your best to make it last.

But now you are the boss, and so you don't need to be restricted to a set salary, do you? You can simply draw money out of the business whenever you need it, right?

Wrong.

7 reasons to pay yourself a regular salary

As a business owner, here are seven reasons why you should pay yourself a regular salary instead of treating your business like an automated teller machine.

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If a business owner said to you that they run their business without a budget, what would you think? You'd think they were incompetent. Or perhaps lazy? Or both?

But what do most families do?

When you think about it, a family is actually a mini business. There is income, there are expenses and there is, hopefully, something left over to invest and to enjoy.

So why don't most families operate to a budget?

After all, a personal budget helps you to see your financial direction and helps you stay (or get back!) on track. It's a great comfort.

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As a business owner, there are plenty of things you need to manage, and two of the most important of these are assets and risks.

In other words, building your wealth and protecting your wealth.

There's no point building a lot of wealth if the way you have things structured behind the scenes means that someone could take your assets away from you.

Sadly, many business owners are in precisely this predicament, without knowing it!

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Get It Done. Get It Read. Get Ahead.

Success in business requires a number of essential ingredients. A sound strategy. A robust business model. Effective planning. Strong financial control and bookkeeping. A good team. Great systems. Measurement. Focus.

But you know what? Even all those elements are not enough without this skill: Execution.

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Why small businesses are going to the cloud!

"The cloud" is a phrase that means something very different these days, due to the increasing use of cloud computing. But what exactly is cloud computing? And is it a good option for small businesses?

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For many, the word 'budget' is about as appealing as the word 'diet'.

It seems to imply what you will go without, rather than what you will achieve.

To a successful business owner, however, the word 'budget' has a very different meaning.

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Larger businesses have a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on staff. But what can small and medium sized businesses do in this regard?

Clearly, larger businesses can afford an in-house CFO. But it goes beyond an affordability issue: Large, successful businesses also understand how crucial the CFO role is to their business performance.

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Time is running out.

If you want to take a few simple preventative measures to minimise or defer how much tax you will pay for this financial year, you need to do two things:

  1. Read the following 9 point checklist, then?
  2. Call or email us as soon as possible so we can make a time to sit do with you to assess which of these preventative measures can be done for you in your circumstances.

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Debtors and late-payers-the bane of every business owner.

No matter how profitable your business is, it won't survive without good cash flow. If you can't pay your bills on time, you may end up trading while insolvent. And that's not just bad business-that's illegal.

But to do that, you need your clients to pay their bills on time. And that's something you can't always rely on. Sometimes they forget. Sometimes they don't have the money. And sometimes they just decide they don't want to.

Unfortunately, you don't get out of paying your bills simply because they haven't paid theirs. So you have no choice but to:

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"You need to work on your business, not just in your business."

Made popular by The E-Myth Revisited author Michael Gerber, it's advice I'm sure you've heard dozens of times over the years (I certainly have). But despite being told over and over again, many small business owners still don't seem to truly understand what it means.

Let's look at a common scenario.

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