Bullying at Work in the Trade Professions

Bullying in the trade professions

Many people in trades have to face from time to time the issue of bullying in the workplace and the issue is now more highlighted than even before in the times we live in where there is overall a greatly increased awareness in the public domain of mental health. If you are an employer (or an employee) in the trades …

Changes to the Franchising Code

What are the Changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct? If you are a Franchisor, an existing Franchisee or thinking of becoming a Franchisee or Franchisor, it is important you know what the recent changes to the Franchising legislation mean for you. In this article we take a look at the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes—Franchising) Amendment (Fairness in Franchising) …

Top 5 mistakes business owners make

The 5 mistakes business owners make that can derail their business – and what to do to prevent it. Top Tips from a  Commercial lawyer As commercial lawyers we see the same mistakes made by business owners time and time again, and most (if not all) of them are easily avoidable if they had been proactive about their business legals. …

Lessons 1 year on from launch

Looking back on the 12 months since she launched her boutique practice right as the pandemic hit, Helen Kay says there is much that lawyers can learn if their businesses are to succeed. Speaking to Lawyers Weekly one year on from the firm’s launch, Ms Kay said that the firm has outperformed its initial expectations, having hit its two-year goals …

How to Buy a Franchise

Buy a Franchise

Buying a Franchise is a great way to reap the rewards that come with owning a well-established brand name, minus the years of hard work and the financial investment required to grow the business. But, before diving in headfirst, you need to find out more about the Franchise and what it actually means to be a Franchisee. If the complexities …

Play it Safe – Why Every Business Must Have WHS Policies in the Workplace

Workplace Health & Safety

Shockingly, an Australian worker is seriously injured every 2-3 minutes. Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Policies and Procedures are extremely important to implement in your business and should never be overlooked. As a business owner, you do not want to see any of your workers get hurt, nor do you want to be a man (or woman) down. WHS Policies …

Growing your business through Licensing or Franchising

Now is a really great time to think about branching out through franchising or licensing your already successful business model. Many of the people who are unfortunately made redundant when the Government stimulus finishes will be looking to buy ‘a job’ and low investment franchise or license businesses will be an attractive proposition. If you want to make more money …

How to Survive the Credit Crunch

A big question businesses are wondering is what will happen in 2021 when the Government’s temporary protections and stimulus packages come to an end. A vast number of companies will have been trading whilst insolvent during COVID-19 and so we are entering a new and risky environment for unsecured creditors. We are ready for this but we don’t want to …

Subcontractor Agreements: Don’t Make Your Subbies Your Liability

Subcontractor Agreements

If you are a trade business owner who engages subcontractors, you need a well drafted subcontractors agreement in place because everything is fine… until it’s not. One of the biggest risks I see with my trade business owner clients is having people working with them who have no contracts in place. None!! Sometimes we determine that employment agreements need to …

5 Things you need to know before starting a new business.

Things to know before starting a business

It may seem like a crazy time to start a business, but maybe you’ve had a brilliant idea during isolation boredom or redundancy has caused you to rethink working for someone else. You want to make sure you start your new business off on the right foot and this means addressing quite a few things.  As you’re setting up your business, you’ll …