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Profile | Heather Smith

Heather Smith

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Heather Smith
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Heather Smith FCCA, B.Comm, MYOB CC
Heather Smith

Heather Smith

MYOB Consultant

Camp Hill, QLD | www.aniseconsulting.com.au

Heather Smith is a Chartered Certified Accountant, XERO and MYOB consultant, author and speaker.

She is the author of:

  • Xero for Dummies
  • Learn Small Business Start-Up in 7 Days
  • Learn MYOB in 7 Days

available at good book stores.

Described as engaging, entertaining, honest, funny and relevant, Heather is available to present on all matters small business at your next conference.

"Heather Smith inspired me to review our entire accounting system! And gave me some great ideas on how to run our business better! She is entertaining and educational and would be a great addition to a line up of speakers!"
~ International speaker Amanda Gore 

"The support Heather has generously given the community at Flying Solo is nothing short of astonishing. She writes engaging articles brimming with tips; has presented a great session at our national conference and is regularly diving into our forums with helpful commentary and advice. The world of small business needs more people like Heather."
~ Robert Gerrish Founder; Director, Flying Solo 

She is the author of the soon to be released book 'Learn MYOB in 7 Days' and is currently working on her second small business book. Heather writes regularly for Flying Solo, My Business, Fitness Network, News.com, Women's Day as well as other publications.

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Heather Smith

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." - President John F. Kennedy

Articles by Heather

How to be innovative in small business

11 Dec 13 | Heather Smith

Innovation is often touted as the secret to business success. But what exactly does being innovative in small business involve, and how can you do it? Read more

Mix up your marketing by offering a famil

05 Dec 13 | Heather Smith

Short for the word ‘familiarisation’, a famil is an opportunity for businesses to demonstrate what they have to offer and leverage word-of-mouth marketing. Read more

Forecasting unpredictable cash flow

03 Jul 13 | Heather Smith

Creating a cash-flow forecast is essential to developing a clear business plan, but how can you prepare one if your cash flow is unpredictable? Read more

Do you need a bookkeeper or an accountant?

31 May 13 | Heather Smith

When it comes to outsourcing your business finances, it can be confusing as to whether you should hire a bookkeeper, an accountant or a combination of both. Understanding what these number-crunchers actually do will help you decide. Read more

Five tips for managing cash flow

19 Sep 12 | Heather Smith

Ensuring you have steady access to cash in your business is critical for its long-term survival. Here are five tips to help you with managing cash flow. Read more

An introduction to ‘Six Hats’ thinking

07 Mar 12 | Heather Smith

Compared to unstructured brainstorming, Dr Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats method has been proven to reduce how long it takes to generate inspirational and innovative ideas. Read more

Buyer beware: underhand pricing strategies

08 Feb 12 | Heather Smith

After I recovered from the shock of the quote for some minor orthodontic work, I realised my orthodontist had used some very savvy pricing strategies on me, some of them not very ethical. Read more

Business marketing tips: Vanuatu style

13 Jan 12 | Heather Smith

Whenever I travel I enjoy observing how other cultures approach business and wonder how I can benefit from their practices. Here are some small business marketing tips I picked up in Vanuatu. Read more

Choosing and using a virtual assistant

01 Dec 11 | Heather Smith

A virtual assistant (VA) can be a godsend to your business. But how do you choose one, and what should you ask them to do? Here are some tips on using a virtual assistant. Read more

DIY Article Marketing

13 Oct 11 | Heather Smith

Sir Richard Branson does it. Perhaps you should? After all, article marketing is an easy way to demonstrate your expertise, build your brand and hopefully attract clients. Read more

An introduction to foreign currency transactions

22 Jul 11 | Heather Smith

If you import or export, you need to understand how currency fluctuations affect your profitability. Here’s a beginner’s guide and glossary of key foreign currency transactions terms. Read more

LinkedIn tips: Take the LinkedIn Challenge

06 Jul 11 | Heather Smith

Want to grow your business in a short time? This LinkedIn challenge will take you less than an hour to complete over ten weeks. Read more

Developing your LinkedIn network

30 May 11 | Heather Smith

LinkedIn is the dominant social media networking site for professionals today. Here are some pointers on how to grow and develop your LinkedIn network. Read more

LinkedIn 101: How to use LinkedIn effectively

30 Apr 11 | Heather Smith

LinkedIn is the number one social media platform for white-collared professionals today, with more than 90 million registered users. Do you know how to use LinkedIn effectively? Read more

Financial benchmarking for small business

07 Jan 11 | Heather Smith

Used on an ongoing basis, benchmarks can improve your business performance and give you a competitive edge. Here’s what you need to know to get started with financial benchmarking. Read more

Getting started with DIY bookkeeping

19 Nov 10 | Heather Smith

Bookkeeping is a vital part of running a business, but can also be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never done it before. These DIY bookkeeping tips will point you in the right direction. Read more

Debt collection strategies: before it gets nasty!

08 Oct 10 | Heather Smith

For small business owners, debt collection can be an evil necessity; it’s something many of us would really rather not do, but must if we want our businesses to survive. Here are some helpful debt collection strategies. Read more

Find an accountant that is right for you

27 Aug 10 | Heather Smith

Working with a good tax accountant can be critical to the success of your business. So how do you find an accountant that is right for you? Read more

Expense management: Minimise expenditure and maximise cash flow

16 Jul 10 | Heather Smith

Minimising expenditure is a critical component of business survival and cash flow. Follow these practical expense management guidelines to help keep your business expenses under control. Read more

Should you register for GST?

04 Jun 10 | Heather Smith

One of the first decisions to be made when starting a new business is whether you should register for GST. Here I’ll discuss the key issues you need to consider. Read more

Choosing accounting software

27 Apr 10 | Heather Smith

Choosing accounting software for your business can be difficult. Consider these important questions when you’re investigating your options. Read more

Energising your profit and loss statements

25 Feb 10 | Heather Smith

Thoughtfully set-up profit and loss statements generate meaningful data that can inform your business decisions. Here’s how to de-clutter yours and make it more user-friendly. Read more

Ten questions to ask when hiring a bookkeeper

14 Jan 10 | Heather Smith

If you’re sick of dealing with the shoebox full of receipts it could be time you considered hiring a bookkeeper. Here are ten questions to ask before you do. Read more

Business procedures manual: The style guide

29 Sep 09 | Heather Smith

We have read about the benefits of documenting the procedures we adhere to in our business. Michael Gerber has made a lot of money telling us we need them and Flying Solo extols the virtues of a business procedures manual, but where to start? Read more

Contra deals: Business deals without money

18 Aug 09 | Heather Smith

Sometimes in business you help people out for free. Your five minutes may save them hours of grunt work. There’s no point raising an invoice, but can you be rewarded for contra deals in other ways? Read more

A family affair: Involving kids in your work

07 Jul 09 | Heather Smith

Many a solo business has started up after a parent has found the rigid 9-5 work life does not suit the role of parenting. I’ve found a symbiotic relationship can develop between a parent and a child within the framework of these businesses. Read more

Nifty ideas to grow your business

26 May 09 | Heather Smith

Every minute counts! If you find yourself with some spare time in your diary here are some original ideas to grow your business in every direction. Read more

Ten ways to reduce your accounting fees

31 Mar 09 | Heather Smith

Professional Accountants can be critical to the ongoing success of your business. They can provide advice on company structure, financial management and legal tax avoidance. But their fees can be exorbitant! Read more

Using Yahoo or Google Groups to help business

24 Feb 09 | Heather Smith

Long before the days of Twitter, Facebook and myspace there was a simpler Internet technology: groups. Yahoo! or Google Groups are formed when a community focused around a specialist topic uses email lists and forums to communicate. Read more

12 signs you should say NO to clients

20 Jan 09 | Heather Smith

Making the decision to say no to clients is not made lightly. Do you know how to recognise when you should say no? No to an existing client, no to future income, no to potential new clients? Read more

Free software or freeware for small business

17 Oct 08 | Heather Smith

Following on from my article 20 Money Saving Tips, I wanted to share free software or 'freeware' I have tried and tested. Freeware is offered by software firms on a trial basis, in the hope that you will upgrade to their subscription based product. Read more

20 money saving tips

11 Sep 08 | Heather Smith

Welcome to money savers anonymous. Hi! I am Heather Smith and I love to save money. I like to find a bargain, but what excites me even more than money saving is when I get something for free. Read more

Mistakes made by start up micro businesses

31 Jul 08 | Heather Smith

In my work life, I come in contact with a lot of start up micro businesses and have discovered some of the mistakes they have made. Fortunately, we have the opportunity to learn from them, and hopefully avoid the same mistakes ourselves. Read more

Making money offering work experience

26 Jun 08 | Heather Smith

Interested in making more money and doing less work? Why not get someone to do your job for you, and pay you for that privilege. Does this sound too good to be true? Read on to find out more about making money offering work experience. Read more

Cooperation versus competition

20 May 08 | Heather Smith

Us soloists are busy and time poor. Unless you are outsourcing there will come a time whereby you have capped your capacity to serve your clients. When you reach that point, what are your options? This article looks at cooperation versus competition. Read more

Practical tips for a paperless office

17 Apr 08 | Heather Smith

Is a paperless office for a soloists a practical reality? In my article Small business record keeping: Dealing with the shoebox Marc Fraser from Melbourne raised the possibility of maintaining financial source documents electronically. Read more

Business invoicing: How to create an invoice

20 Mar 08 | Heather Smith

After years of working in Management Accounts, the same invoicing errors keep cropping up. So I'd encourage you to print out a copy of your business invoice and discover whether you’re guilty of delaying your own cash flow! Read more

A beginners guide to Podcasts

15 Feb 08 | Heather Smith

I love my iPod - it has opened my world in ways I could not imagine. The reason for this is simple: podcasts! Before I got my iPod, I didn’t even know they existed. Read more

Business Management Software: Nine tips

10 Jan 08 | Heather Smith

Reconciliations wreaking havoc? Transactions disappearing? BAS adjustments giving you nightmares? Here are nine tips for using Business Management Software. Read more

Five tips for naming your business

30 Oct 07 | Heather Smith

Naming your business is one of the first steps in flying solo, although it is often not an easy task and there are many factors to consider. Here are some practical tips to help you with the process of naming your business. Read more

Small business record keeping: Dealing with the shoebox

25 Sep 07 | Heather Smith

As an accountant, at this time of year people start arriving at my door with a shoe box stuffed full of receipts. Some of you may be chuckling in disbelief while others are blushing with recognition of their own small business record keeping! Read more

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