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Would You Borrow a Million Dollars?

April 20, 2017 | Marisa Hoffenberg

Recently I caught myself on the brink of doing just that – borrowing a million dollars to purchase an asset that had gone up 90% over the last four years! As I put my hand up to make just one higher bid the words ‘irrational exuberance’ pulled me back. Whether I will thank my sense […]



Are You a Sports Car Stuck in Traffic?

March 29, 2017 | Marisa Hoffenberg

Of course, we no longer openly set new year’s resolutions (the new year’s fairy does not bring along miraculous transformations and this is a pointless exercise doomed to failure). But admit it, you have set subconscious resolutions – you have work goals, relationship goals, an image of the desired bikini body and of course financial […]



Do You Know If Your Business Will Have Any Cash Next Month?

March 17, 2017 | Lisa Stoneham

In my last blog post we explored the annual budget. The sixth and final part of our series of blog posts on ‘Understanding Your Numbers’ will look at the cash flow forecast to identify what information it provides and how to make the best use of it. Your Cash Flow Forecast report is an estimate […]



The Late Payment Culture in Australia is a Boon for Invoice Finance Companies

February 28, 2017 | Guest Blogger

Business conditions in Australia have surged in recent weeks and a reprieve from a hike in interest rates seems likely, at least in the short-term. The ASX 200 has risen and data from a national survey carried out by the National Australia Bank shows that business confidence is now 10, which is the highest it […]



How are Australian Businesses Reacting to Current Consumer Spending Trends?

February 23, 2017 | Guest Blogger

If there was one economy that has appeared to be recession-proof during the last two decades, it is Australia. After all, this nation has remained impervious to a number of global economic contractions during this time, most notably in 2008 when the rest of the world crumbled under the weight of the so-called, Great Recession.  […]



Do You Know If Your Business Will Make a Profit This Year?

February 16, 2017 | Lisa Stoneham

In my last blog post we explored the aged debtors and aged creditors reports. The fifth part of our series of blog posts on ‘Understanding Your Numbers’ will look at the annual budget to identify what information it provides and how to make the best use of it. Your Budget report is an estimate of […]



Do You Know Who Owes You Money and Whom You Owe Money To?

January 27, 2017 | Lisa Stoneham

In my last blog post we demystified the balance sheet by exploring the different items in the report and what to look for in order to understand what a business owns and what it owes. The fourth part of our series of blog posts on ‘Understanding Your Numbers’ will unravel two more of the reports […]



Check Your Financial Health in Just 5 Minutes

January 19, 2017 | Marisa Hoffenberg

While we regularly check our skin for wrinkles, spots and stray hairs and our body for every bump or wobble – our finances go largely unchecked. Yes, we look at monthly inflows and outflows, but not the larger picture. As our finances do not stare back at us in the mirror everyday, they are pretty […]



Bank Said No – 2017 Australian Funding Alternatives for Start Ups

December 15, 2016 | Guest Blogger

If you’ve just been turned down by your bank for a small business loan, don’t despair. Actually, you’re in very good company – big banks are notoriously risk-averse, around 20% of Australian businesses fail due to under capitalisation and 89% of small business owners believe that business finance is difficult to access. There are many […]



Cinderella is a F##**ing Fairytail

November 10, 2016 | Marisa Hoffenberg

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What is it about Cinderella? From the first time I read it to my daughter she was completely enamored. I wonder if it is the handsome prince who rescues her or perhaps the notion that if our hearts are good and pure we will always be looked after. As we get older we burn our […]