My Baby Loves Goes for Smiles

Photographer Jade Gao has one happy certainty in her working life: a baby’s smile will make her day. Every time. The Balmain-based snapper believes she has the best job in the world making one-of-a-kind pictures of young children, ranging from newborns to toddlers. While she has a master’s degree in Commerce from the University of... Continue Reading →

Family Turning the Wheels of Business

Taking work home from the office has long been the source of domestic tension, but for many small businesses it is an unavoidable reality with several generations often roped in to lend a hand. According to new research, 51 per cent of small business owners say that family members work day-to-day alongside them, with one... Continue Reading →

Booming Great Result for Business

Small business owners’ confidence is booming in the wake of the federal election. A new survey reveals that over half of small businesses say they are now “optimistic” compared to only 19 per cent who said they were optimistic before the May 18 result. The Westpac study also found 31 per cent of small business... Continue Reading →

Appreciate What You Can Depreciate

There are many and varied items you can claim depreciation on in your investment property. Not all of them expected – or glamorous. Garbage bins, for example, are a common household item that is often overlooked by homeowners. But they’re not the only items people often overlook, with up to 80 per cent of investors... Continue Reading →

Cut Cost of Child Essentials

The joy of parenthood may be priceless, but there are significant costs to factor in the first year after welcoming a new human into the world. Figures by the Australian Institute of Family Studies suggests a child could cost the average Australian couple up to $13,000 in the first year. It’s an expense that often... Continue Reading →

Renovate Now for the Taxman

If you’ve been holding off on doing home renovations at your investment property, now’s the time to get a quick quote. The Australian Taxation Office allows owners to claim deductions relating to expenses involved in holding their properties. This includes repairs and maintenance expenses and any capital improvements completed during a renovation. The entire cost... Continue Reading →

Owners on the Verge of Virtual Success

Technology means being your own boss is easier than ever for most small business owners. Almost two-thirds of owners said technology gives them the flexibility to access business information remotely while 57 per cent use it to work away from the office. The findings are part of a survey commissioned by Officeworks in partnership with The... Continue Reading →

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