Supporting Australians Affected by Bushfires

Similarly to all Australians, the O’Brien team are feeling saddened by the devastation of the bushfires that have ravaged Australia in the past few months. Those impacted, both personally and in business, along with the dedicated volunteers and emergency services, are in our thoughts. We are here to help First and foremost, if you have been affected by the bushfires, please reach out to us if you need assistance. You may be…  Read more

Small business natural disaster checklist

If you have been affected by the recent bushfires across Australia, a range of resources are available to help you through the recovery where needed. Many small businesses don’t have a business continuity plan for when natural disasters strike so here are some practical issues small business operators should consider. Small Business Natural Disaster Checklist collated by Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand  Read more

Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Attack

Many small business owners assume that cyber attacks only happen to big companies, banks or governments. But the truth is, limited knowledge of digital security and lack of defences make small businesses particularly vulnerable to attack. Research shows that 71% of all cyber attacks happen to businesses with less than 100 employees – and yet many CEOs have yet to invest in a formal defense plan. With cyber attack insurance…  Read more

Two factor authentication: a must for data security

For small business owners, the risk of data breaches and fraud is high, so taking all the necessary steps to protect your sensitive data is a must. Unfortunately for many entrepreneurs the decision to increase their company’s data protection comes too late – after they’ve been victimized by a malicious hacker. The good news is, simple and inexpensive steps can be taken to avoid being hacked. According to a recent…  Read more

Enjoying a stress-free holiday

As a business owner it’s important to take time away from work. But worrying about whether staff are meeting deadlines and customers are happy translates to more stress and less time enjoying your holiday. With a little staff communication and planning beforehand, you needn’t worry that your business won’t be able to cope in your absence. If you really can’t switch off from work mode or something urgent pops up, technology can…  Read more

Tips for switching off during the holidays

The holiday season is once again here, and with it comes time to relax, focus on family and friends and take stock in what is really important in life. Unless you’re a small business owner. Every small business owner knows that being away from the office can be just as stressful as being in it. Phone calls from employees dealing with a minor crisis will pull your focus from your…  Read more

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