YOUR ULTIMATE CHECKLIST FOR THIS FY

GEAR UP FOR FINANCIAL SUCCESS

Navigating the financial landscape in the new financial year requires proactive planning and adaptability. This comprehensive checklist provides actionable steps for Australian SMEs to tackle key challenges and leverage opportunities for sustainable growth.

DIGITISATION AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADAPTATION

  • Research and compare
    Delve into the myriad of cloud based accounting software options available, such as Xero, MYOB or QuickBooks Online. Assess features, pricing and suitability for your business size and industry.
  • Identify automation opportunities
    Pinpoint repetitive tasks in your accounting, inventory management and customer relationship management processes that could be automated to save time and reduce errors.
  • Budget for tech upgrades
    Allocate funds for hardware and software upgrades to ensure your systems are up to date and compatible with new technologies.
  • Invest in training
    Provide comprehensive training for your staff on how to effectively use new digital tools and platforms to maximise their benefits and minimise disruption.

TALENT RETENTION AND SKILLS SHORTAGE

  • Review and benchmark compensation
    Conduct a thorough analysis of your current compensation packages. Compare them to industry standards and competitors to ensure you’re offering attractive remuneration.
  • Develop training programs
    Invest in ongoing training and professional development for your employees, to not only upskill them, but also to demonstrate your commitment to their growth.
  • Partner with educational institutions
    Explore partnerships with universities, TAFE colleges or industry associations to create internship or apprenticeship programs to foster a pipeline of skilled talent.
  • Cultivate a positive work culture
    Create a supportive and inclusive work environment where employees feel valued, heard and empowered. This will lead to increased job satisfaction and retention.

SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

  • Conduct a sustainability audit
    Assess your current practices and identify areas where you can reduce your environmental impact, such as energy consumption, waste generation and resource usage.
  • Set SMART goals
    Establish specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound sustainability goals. Track your progress regularly and celebrate milestones to maintain momentum.
  • Seek expert guidance
    Consult with sustainability consultants or industry associations to gain insights into best practices and identify potential funding opportunities for sustainable initiatives.

SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTIONS

  • Diversify your supplier base
    Don’t rely on a single supplier. Explore alternative options, both locally and internationally, to mitigate the risk of disruptions.
  • Build strong relationships
    Foster open communication and collaboration with your suppliers. Work together to address potential challenges and develop contingency plans.
  • Implement inventory management software
    Use technology to track stock levels, predict demand and automate reordering processes to ensure optimal inventory levels and minimise the risk of stockouts.
  • Develop contingency plans
    Create detailed plans outlining alternative suppliers, transportation routes and inventory management strategies to activate in case of disruptions.

RISING COSTS AND INFLATION

  • Renegotiate contracts
    Regularly review your contracts with suppliers and negotiate better terms, such as volume discounts or longer payment terms, to reduce costs.
  • Explore energy efficient options
    Invest in energy efficient equipment and appliances, implement energy saving practices and consider renewable energy sources to reduce your energy bills.
  • Review pricing strategies
    Regularly assess your pricing to ensure it reflects your costs and allows for a healthy profit margin. Consider offering discounts or loyalty programs to attract and retain customers.

CYBER SECURITY THREATS

  • Conduct a risk assessment
    Identify potential vulnerabilities in your IT systems and network infrastructure. Prioritise the most critical risks and develop a plan to address them.
  • Invest in security measures
    Install firewalls, antivirus software and intrusion detection systems. Regularly update your software and patches to protect against new threats.
  • Educate your staff
    Train your employees on how to identify and respond to cyber security threats such as phishing emails or suspicious links. Implement a strong password policy and enforce regular password changes.

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

  • Stay informed
    Subscribe to updates from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), Fair Work Ombudsman and other relevant government agencies to stay abreast of regulatory changes.
  • Seek professional advice
    Consult with lawyers, accountants and other specialists to ensure you understand your obligations and comply with complex regulations.
  • Implement internal processes
    Establish internal procedures to monitor and manage compliance such as regular audits, training programs and documentation of compliance activities.

FINANCIAL STRATEGIES

  • Explore alternative financing
    Consider allowing us to help you with:
    – invoice financing
    – debtor finance
    – cash flow funding
    – private lending
    – non-bank lenders
    – specialist lenders
    particularly if you’re facing difficulty securing traditional bank loans.
  • Seek professional financial advice
    Engage our specialist accountants or financial advisors to help you create a comprehensive financial plan, manage your cash flow and optimise your tax strategy. Contact our finance team to review your new FY finance strategy.

By actively addressing these challenges and taking advantage of available resources, your business can navigate the new financial year with confidence and position itself for sustainable growth and success.

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