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How to improve cash flow - 9 simple tips for small business

By Alistair Lamond on 19 April 2017


"Be proactive, never assume anything, always test and keep learning."

Staying on top of cash flow is often a tedious task of checking your bank account, skimming over your receivables ledger and checking when you have to pay the bills. Many small business owners struggle to keep a clear understanding of the liquidity of their own business. Remember just because you are driving new business sales, if you don't have cash in the bank to support the ever increasing capital demands of a growing business, your business can capsize without warning. There are many Australian small businesses who have adopted simple cash managment techniques to guarantee their liquidity and growth. Check out a great example of one such business here.

What’s the future of independent media and marketing agencies?

By Alistair Lamond on 15 February 2017

Forget the days of whiskey-swilling Mad Men. Agencies these days have demands Don Draper would never have dreamed of. The current climate sees the old world of marketing - television and print - overlapping with the breakneck speed of digital, and advertising agencies are scrambling to keep up.

Agency Pulse Check 2017 Survey - what keeps you up at night?

By Alistair Lamond on 24 January 2017

Forget the days of whiskey-swilling Mad Men - agencies these days have demands Don Draper would never have dreamed of. The current climate sees the old world of marketing (television and print) overlapping with the fast paced world of digital, and advertising agencies need to change to keep up.

Topics: SME

Oligopoly strangling fresh food supply chain with long payment terms

By Alistair Lamond on 8 December 2016

This article was originally published in the The Land.

Topics: SME Cash flow

Free money: how to get your hands on government grants for small businesses

By Alistair Lamond on 2 November 2016

Oh, to be a kid again. It might be the only time in your life free money existed. Sure, you might have to do some household chores for your pocket money, but occasionally, someone – grandparents, aunts, uncles – would give you money just for being you. A nice concept, but when you’re a grown-up managing the cash-flow of a media agency (i.e real responsibilities), hand-outs don’t exist. Unless, of course, you ask the government. 

Topics: SME Grants

Is your business a bank? The curse of long payment terms in Australia

By Patrick Crivelli on 26 October 2016

 How many banks are operating in Australia? You’re probably thinking there are at most 20 banks. You would be very wrong. There are actually thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands of banks in Australia. ‘How is this so?’ I hear you ask. Well, every time your customer makes you wait for an invoice payment, you have effectively become a banker - presumably without the six-figure bonus or Ferrari.

[WTF PODCAST] with Richard Adamson - Music + Art + Good Beer = Young Henrys Brewery

By Alistair Lamond on 20 October 2016

Richard Adamson is a true entrepreneur who is passionate about beer, his local Newtown community and its thriving music scene. Co-founding Young Henrys, an award winning boutique brewer, they have established a strong brand built on quality and personality. Hear how they are keeping their independence by staying true to their roots in the ever-competitive beverage industry. Enjoy the podcast!

Topics: Podcasts

5 best apps for small business in 2017. From sales to cash flow management. 

By Alistair Lamond on 11 October 2016

The cloud is redefining how we live and do business. It is now being recognised as a global economic engine underpinning new innovations, new business models and even entirely new industries. Now data can be created, stored, disseminated and accessed real-time from anywhere in the world that is connected to the internet.  This has created a data explosion with 90% of the world's data being created in the last 2 years!

Topics: SME Growth

[WHY TIMES FIVE PODCAST] with Sophie Hossack from Receipt Bank - best in class bookkeeping automation technology

By Alistair Lamond on 28 September 2016

WTF had the privilege to meet Sophie Hossack, Country Manager of Receipt Bank.  We hear about the humble beginnings of Sophie and the RB team, born from the hatred of life admin and the love of automation technology. Today their technology is now helping bookkeepers, accountants and SMEs save up to 2.5 minute per transaction!

Topics: Podcasts

[WHY TIMES FIVE PODCAST] with Will Rogers - CEO of Kent & Lime - Online mens fashion stylist delivering your image in a box.

By Alistair Lamond on 13 September 2016

Welcome to the 1st episode of the Why Times Five Podcast hosted by Skippr Cash Flow. We have Will Rogers on the show to hear how Kent & Lime is taking the online retail market by storm. Any man with fashion sense listen in to hear how you can look good with out the pain of shopping. A truly disruptive business redefining how we can shop for clothing.

Topics: Podcasts