I’m the Boss!

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Tweet A common misconception in society seems to be that being your own boss means doing what you want. When I say no to coffee dates during the day, kick out friends who drop in, or respond to questions about what we’re doing over the school holidays with “I’m working”, many people say “But you’re […]

SEEK Job adverts – caution advised

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Tweet There have been a few posts to VA lists of late about jobs advertised on lists like SEEK job placement boards. They might be for medical transcriptionists, typists, phone sales and so on. I would urge caution to any VA who considered applying for one of these advertised positions.  For tax purposes you would […]

ACT Contractors in Sights

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Tweet It’s not over yet for independent contractors. The Australian Financial Review reported last week the Gillard Government is still committed to a crackdown on sham contracting (ie the misuse of Australian business numbers to avoid tax and superannuation obligations). I’ve blogged before about how on the face of it this is a good thing […]

GST – Never Assume

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Tweet Recently there was a discussion amongst VAs about GST (goods and services tax) and whether it should be assumed it’s included or not when negotiating rates with subcontractors. The main contractor VA got a bit of a shock when her subcontractor submitted an invoice for work including GST. So if you don’t charge GST […]

VA Code of Ethics

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VAs generally operate under a code of ethics which prevents two VAs working for the one client on the same kind of work.