Commercial/Business

15 06, 2020

What is a Sweat Equity Agreement, and when would you use one?

2020-06-24T16:33:45+09:30

A Sweat Equity Agreement is an agreement between a business and someone providing services, whereby the service provider agrees to take equity in the business, rather than cash. Sounds simple? The devil is in the detail...

What is a Sweat Equity Agreement, and when would you use one?2020-06-24T16:33:45+09:30
9 06, 2020

How to really protect your business name

2020-06-24T16:34:00+09:30

Most people believe that registering a business name means they own that business name – this is not the case in Australia. To obtain the exclusive right to use your business name, you need to register it as a trademark or prove that you hold a trademark at common law.

How to really protect your business name2020-06-24T16:34:00+09:30
1 06, 2020

Limiting liability is not enough – you also need asset protection

2020-06-04T19:50:18+09:30

New business owners are often told to operate their enterprises through a 'proprietary limited company' to cap their liability if something goes wrong. This is good advice, but it is nowhere near the end of the story. You also need to protect your assets. How does a proprietary limited company work? A proprietary limited [...]

Limiting liability is not enough – you also need asset protection2020-06-04T19:50:18+09:30
15 05, 2020

Leasing to a related entity – avoid the PPSR sting

2020-05-18T08:17:13+09:30

If you hold equipment in one entity, and carry on your business in another, you may be thinking this is a great asset protection strategy. It is, but it is missing one critical part - registration of the arrangement on the PPSR.

Leasing to a related entity – avoid the PPSR sting2020-05-18T08:17:13+09:30
7 05, 2020

Debt collection for Private Schools

2020-05-18T08:17:53+09:30

Schools and other education providers are just like any other business in our community - and are being hit hard by the harsh economic reality that is now upon us. We can help guide you through this new economic landscape with a compassionate, yet effective, debt collection strategy.

Debt collection for Private Schools2020-05-18T08:17:53+09:30
7 05, 2020

eSports: Are you thinking of entering the sponsorship game?

2020-05-18T08:19:06+09:30

If you've been sponsoring sports teams and events as part of your marketing spend - maybe it's time to move to warp speed, and consider eSports! The world is your virtual oyster.

eSports: Are you thinking of entering the sponsorship game?2020-05-18T08:19:06+09:30
2 05, 2020

When your employee walks out the door, do they take ‘IP’ with them?

2020-05-18T08:18:25+09:30

In today's modern economy all businesses rely heavily on their intellectual property (or 'IP'). Whether you realise it or not, your employees are using or generating some form of IP each and every day they are at work. But what happens when your employee walks out the door (or is pushed)? Have you taken the necessary steps to ensure your IP remains behind?

When your employee walks out the door, do they take ‘IP’ with them?2020-05-18T08:18:25+09:30
28 04, 2020

Can you get out of a standard-form contract?

2020-04-29T13:07:23+09:30

So you're in a contract you want to get out of and not sure what do to. Terminating an agreement is never easy, but there are some practical steps you can take.

Can you get out of a standard-form contract?2020-04-29T13:07:23+09:30
28 04, 2020

Farmers, how can you protect yourself if a customer doesn’t pay?

2020-04-29T13:06:02+09:30

It's always nice to make a sale - but the fun soon ends if you don't end up getting paid. You need to ensure that your 'terms of trade' protect your interests, and you also need to ensure these interests are register on the PPSR. Find out how.

Farmers, how can you protect yourself if a customer doesn’t pay?2020-04-29T13:06:02+09:30
20 04, 2020

What is the best way to hold an investment property?

2020-04-29T13:02:16+09:30

This is a big question. The answer is going to depend on a range of factors, but there are some general rules you can apply.

What is the best way to hold an investment property?2020-04-29T13:02:16+09:30
20 04, 2020

5 practical reasons you need ‘Terms & Conditions’ in place before you trade?

2020-04-29T12:55:18+09:30

You think you know what's expected of you. Your customer thinks they know what they're getting. But who's right? If you don't have 'Terms & Conditions' in place, chances are you're both mistaken. Avoid the argument and take the time now to put clear Terms & Conditions in place before you start trading.

5 practical reasons you need ‘Terms & Conditions’ in place before you trade?2020-04-29T12:55:18+09:30
10 04, 2020

Lending to family members: How to avoid the pitfalls

2020-04-29T12:50:19+09:30

So you want to help a family member under financial strain? What starts out with the best intentions can soon result is family disharmony. Confusion about whether the advance is a loan or gift can quickly result in argument. The tragedy is that this is so easy to avoid if you take some simple precautions from the outset.

Lending to family members: How to avoid the pitfalls2020-04-29T12:50:19+09:30
25 03, 2020

Can I collect my debts under the new COVID-19 insolvency changes?

2020-04-29T09:25:34+09:30

Do the temporary changes to insolvency law mean that you won’t get paid? Not entirely, but they do mean you need to be super careful to assess creditworthiness before extending credit.

Can I collect my debts under the new COVID-19 insolvency changes?2020-04-29T09:25:34+09:30
25 03, 2020

Do I have to refund the deposit? ‘Event cancelled!’

2020-04-29T09:25:47+09:30

COVID-19 has meant that weddings, parties and celebratory events are being cancelled all over the country.  In many cases these events are merely postponed, but if you are a caterer, party planner or event manager, the question you need answering is ‘do I have to refund the deposit?’

Do I have to refund the deposit? ‘Event cancelled!’2020-04-29T09:25:47+09:30