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Take a look at our November snapshot of taxation developments that may affect your business, investments or superannuation. Please get in touch if you need our help.Getting the benefit of your busines...
Vertical Hoisting Solutions provides hoists for Tier 1 building companies in South Australia, both for renovation and new construction work. Thanks to great equipment and an even better reputation, th...
As we move through our working lives, most of us hope and plan to transition from a state of financial dependence early on to a secure, financially independent lifestyle in retirement. And for most pe...
 As a South Australian family-owned business with over 40 years’ experience in the industry, Amorini has seen steady growth and prosperity thanks to a strong company culture and effective use of ...
In just over eight years, Organic & Raw went from selling MOJO at a local farmers’ market to producing one of Australia’s leading organic kombucha brands – a success that led to the company being ...
When selling or disposing of an asset, you may make a capital gain or loss. The gain or loss depends on the difference between: What the asset originally cost to acquire, and What you receiv...
As of 2020, the global workforce will be made up of 50% Millennials.  60% of our team at Accru Harris Orchard is already made up of Millennials.  Though they often get a bad rap from older g...
As we noted in a previous post on the ‘8 Wastes’ in business, the ideas behind ‘Lean Thinking’ originated in the manufacturing industry. However, every business contains ‘waste’ – areas where time or ...
Succession planning is often viewed as a set of activities that are required when a business will transition – the owner sells, the next generation of family take over ownership and management or othe...
Every entrepreneur can benefit from having a business mentor – a person who has already achieved some success and can offer advice and perspective.  But if you’ve been lucky enough to find o...
Accru Harris Orchard has expanded its footprint in South Australia through partnering with longstanding McLaren Vale firm PCS Accountants and Business Advisors. With a 30-year history in McLaren Vale ...
If you’re an entrepreneur, you know that starting a business is based on risk-taking. In most cases, you invest at least some of your own money, follow a dream or fill a need in the marketplace, ...
Ben Willington from Accru Harris Orchard has won Auditor of the Year at the 2019 Australian Accounting Awards, hosted by Accountants Daily.The awards recognise leaders in the accounting profession who...
Anyone who has put the time in to create a business – and then grow it – knows all about the conventional rules you are supposed to follow. They’re a solid starting point, based on many years of colle...
For most small- to medium-sized businesses, cash flow is one of the biggest worries. It’s nerve-wracking to follow the ups and downs of income and expenses, wondering if you’re going to run short or b...
We know what you’re thinking after reading our article title. “Steal from competitors?” you ask. “Isn’t that illegal, immoral and unethical?”Let’s back up. We’re not suggesting you hack into their com...
Determining risk and your need for personal insuranceWhen faced with a potential risk in your life, such as an accident or serious illness that could affect your ability to work, you might start ...
The opening of a major new composting facility is just the latest stage in Phil Rogers’ mission to build a truly great mushroom business, currently the second-largest producer in South Australia. ...
Originally founded in 1986, Aquamate manufactures, supplies and installs large-volume, polymer-lined steel tanks across Australia and around the world. The company has established itself as a leader i...
In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins talks about ‘good being the enemy of great’.  Running a good business gives a false sense of security and encourages us not to try.  Running a great bu...
Research and development (R&D) audit activity by the ATO is increasing as outlined in this year’s Federal budget, and here at Accru Harris Orchard, we’re increasingly aware of cases where business...
If you’ve built a business from scratch, you know the countless (and probably often thankless) hours you’ve put into getting it off the ground.Of course, your business is priceless to you and you can ...
A superannuation fund, or ‘super’, is a powerful investment tool to help you save money for retirement. However, saving money in a super fund is usually connected to employment – and therefore, these ...
The price you charge, more than any other business variable, has the greatest impact on the profit you earn.  Unfortunately, most business owners are reluctant to increase prices for fear of losi...
In order to have a competitive advantage and remain sustainable, your company must be efficient and effective while also providing a high-quality product or service to your clients. Your customers wan...
Preparing to hand over your business to the next generation? In the best of cases, it takes careful preparation, awareness of family dynamics, and consideration of financial and legal obstacles that c...
Although we all expect to live to a ripe old age, illnesses and accidents can happen at any time – and unfortunately, the results can be both financially and emotionally distressing for those you leav...
Last year, the rules about claiming superannuation contributions changed. Previously, where an employer made a superannuation contribution to your super fund on your behalf you could not claim a tax d...
As we go through life and experience the different events that happen along the way – such as beginning a career, getting married, starting a family or buying a home – we expect that we’ll live to ret...
Reflecting on the recent MasterChef win by South Australian, Sashi Cheliah, it got us thinking. Clearly an amazing chef (he had the highest score in the show’s 10 year-history) he said he will use the...
Businesses today face constant change. New technologies, discoveries and inventions have always created change in business, but with the rise of the Internet and mobile communication, the pace of that...
Getting ready to retire? Becoming an empty nester soon? If so, you may be considering downsizing and selling your home for a smaller one – or for something that better fits your lifestyle during retir...
With the third round of hearings by the financial services Royal Commission commencing this week, we’re learning about some of the questionable lending and other practices that some of our major finan...

Russell Schmidt began working in the family quarry and earthmoving business when he was 15 – a point where the business included his parents and one other employee.

Ben Willington from Accru Harris Orchard has been shortlisted as a finalist to win Auditor of the Year and Superannuation Auditor of the Year at the 2018 Australian Accounting Awards, hosted by Accoun...
Managing Director, Jim Whiting, was one of seven founders of BADGE in 1983, and after the others left in 1988 he took over the whole operation with the help of another seven people – this time his bro...
In the May 2016 Budget, the Government announced new measures to receive real-time payroll information (including salaries and wages, pay-as-you-go (PAYG) withholding and super information) directly f...
Many pinch points can create financial stress – like debts, tight budgets and major life events such as kids, marriage or retirement. It can also add to your stress when you see neighbours with the la...
Small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s) are the backbone of the Australian economy –  they constitute over 99% of all Australian businesses.Many SMEs have plans in place for day to day operatio...
Our last blog talked about our survey that asked clients: ‘What does a great business look like to you?’  We also asked clients a second question: ‘What will help you in making your business...
Our new Secure Client Portal prompted us to note some of the most important precautions that can help everyone to avoid hackers and stay safe online. One of our own directors experienced the problem o...
We asked our clients a simple question:  What does a great business look like to you?  The responses were fascinating – with no answer the same.  Nobody mentioned being ‘the biggest’, t...
Getting the best performance from your people and tapping into their talent isn't complicated.All business owners need a great return on their investment in people. As a leader of those people, you wa...
As we return to the office for the New Year, it’s a great time to plan financial strategies and budgets for your business. As a business owner, it can be very useful to also think about succession pla...

As a graduate accountant, or even as someone who doesn’t come from an accounting background, entering the business world and

The benefits of moving your accounting software into the Cloud using software like Xero, MYOB or Reckon, has been well documented.  But did you know you can also seamlessly run many other aspects...
Australia’s tax system has operated on a self-assessment basis since the mid 1980s under which the ATO at first instance accepts and processes tax returns on the basis of disclosures made by taxpayers...
Most people have heard of Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs) and are familiar with their role in retirement planning, as well as their potential tax advantages. A continually growing market, th...
When I tell people that I’m an auditor, people often respond with a joke about me using a green pen. This is because in the past, auditors in banks used green pens so everyone knew they had ticked/mar...
On Monday 6 June 2016, Accru Harris Orchard celebrated our 50th birthday!  We marked the occasion in style with a fabulous evening at the Adelaide Oval in the company of our staff and friend...

Watch my video on how to transform a good business into a great business by adopting Jim Collins' "hedgehog" concept -

The financial planning process can be a tough one to follow. When investing your money you want to be clear and understand what you’ll be getting at the end.   The role of a financial planne...
In our work with clients, building great teams and businesses, we often focus on what’s known as a ‘strength based approach’. This approach focuses on the development of a team’s strength (what they a...
Ric Payne is a preeminent business advisor. As an avid reader he created a must read list: at the top is Steven Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.Through a series of blog posts I will de...
A recent survey commissioned by the Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) Association and the management information solution group, BStar, has uncovered some interesting facts about small business. 92% enjo...
Accru in Adelaide recently launched ProfitSurge, a profit improvement program aimed at helping clients to build great businesses. So what makes a good business great? James Orchard, Adelaide’s Managin...
Why do businesses bother planning in such uncertain times?Crystal balls finally seemed surplus to requirements sometime around 2005. There was a long-term and predictable upward trend in most business...

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