Keeping small business running now and in the future

Running a small business can be challenging and success doesn’t happen overnight. But it can be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. To arm you with the right information and tools to back yourself and your business, here's a collection of the latest resources and insights into trends. 

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What to do now and what to do next

One of the big lessons of 2020 was the need for businesses to have a robust plan for how they'll cope in the face of disruption, whether it's a natural disaster, equipment failure, or a cyber attack. A business continuity plan outlines the steps you’ll take to be prepared for the unexpected, keep going, and stay strong. It’s essential to keep an eye not only on the present but on the future too.


Business continuity workbook

Develop a business continuity plan (BCP) for the areas of your business that could be at risk of disruption.

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Budgeting and forecasting guide

Budget and forecast how money will come and go from your business over a year or other time period.

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The benefits of being digitally connected

Turns out Aussie businesses that use cloud-based apps and software have better business outcomes.

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How to thrive in a changing world

A study by Forrester Consulting for Xero looks into the impact of the pandemic on small businesses in Australia.

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Small business reports and insights

Explore tips, trends and insights into what it means to be a small business owner and hear from those who are unlocking new ideas and systems that will help them come back smarter and stronger.

Latest report

Sole trader surge: small business in a post-COVID world

A new report from Bernard Salt and the Demographics Group for Xero tells the story of small business and sole traders in Australia over the past year and shows that great change is underway.

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Tipping point: Uncovering what makes a sole trader

Our most recent research uncovers when a dream becomes reality and determines what it is that ultimately makes sole traders take the leap.

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Stronger and smarter handbook

This practical guide contains actionable tips and advice on what it means to be a small business owner in the next stage of coping with COVID. 

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Small business trends 2021

Small businesses stared down some of the biggest challenges they’ve ever faced in 2020. Experimentation and improvisation flowed fast, and with that came lots of learning.

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Rebuilding Australia report

Bernard Salt and The Demographics Group report on how businesses will operate in the 'brave new world' and how they're adjusting to the new drivers of demand.

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Soft skills to help you run your business

No matter what business you’re in, the ability to work and connect with people makes you stand out from your competitors. By growing and developing your soft skills, you'll not only add value to your business, you'll develop a more positive mindset that helps shape a successful future.


Communication at work

Build better customer relationships with effective communication skills.

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Workplace wellbeing

Reduce stress and improve motivation when you apply health and wellbeing skills.

Better your wellbeing

How to be a good leader

Make difficult decisions and achieve business goals more easily with good leadership skills.

Develop your skills

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Better mental health in the workplace

The last twelve months have changed the way we live and work, bringing uncertainty and a wave of other emotions. But with Beyond Blue, help is at hand. 

Beyond Blue resources

Running a small business has always been a rollercoaster. But there's been no ride quite like this.

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