Xero In helps business leaders realise their dreams with practical insights and growth strategies that work. Co-hosts Jeanne-Vida Douglas and Xero evangelist Rob Stone host this weekly podcast for Australian and New Zealand small business leaders who aren’t content with ordinary. Join them to discover practical insights that help you stay in control, find new customers and keep your accounting books in order. Each week you’ll hear interviews with the best minds in small business, covering topics from world-class accounting practices to digital marketing, cashflow management, and business strategy. Check us out at xero.com/podcasts
Ep: 34 - Overcoming tax paralysis: How to talk to the tax office
Tax season could easily be a small business owner’s most dreaded time of year. So how do you set yourself up ahead of time to avoid tax paralysis? And how do you overcome it when it does set in?
This week on Xero In Rob Stone and JV Douglas are joined once more by Peter Strong, CEO at the Council for Small Business Australia (COSBOA) and a strong advocate for small businesses when it comes to getting through the tax season.
“A small business is a person,” Peter told Rob and JV. “And most of the time if there’s a problem with a small business it’s because of confusion or they’re going through some life crisis or some business crisis, but it’s certainly not dishonesty that causes the problem.”
Tune in to find out what you need to know when it comes to working with the tax office, and how to prepare your business ahead of time.
Ep: 33 - Chain reaction: Everything you need to know about franchising
Good business idea? Check. Great sales record? Check. Plans for world domination? Check. In this episode of Xero In we track the process from good idea to franchise success, and what it takes to get there.
This week on the show, Rob and JV are joined by franchising expert and founder of the Franchise Relationships Institute, Greg Nathan. With experience on both sides of the table, Greg debunks some of the myths around what it takes to build a thriving franchise empire.
“At the end of it all, if the franchisees are not profitable then you’ve got to ask yourself, ‘Why would I want to invest a whole lot of money in a business concept and barely make a wage out of it?’ I might as well go and get a job.”
Tune in to find out whether franchising could be the right fit for you.
Ep: 32 - Needle in a haystack: The secret to recruiting a great team
Advertisement, application, interviewing – it’s the tried and tested method for recruiting based on education and experience. But how do you measure potential employees for cultural fit? And how can you update your recruitment process to make sure you find the perfect person for the job, every single time?
This week on Xero In, hosts Rob Stone and JV Douglas are joined by Dr Glyn Brokensha, founder of Expr3ss and all-round expert when it comes to recruiting the right people for the right roles.
“The first thing you have to do is turn the whole recruitment thing on its head and say to yourself who cannot possibly do this job? Ask yourself, ‘Who doesn’t have the essential criteria that we actually must have for this job,’” Glyn said.
Tune in to find out how you can improve your recruitment process today.
Ep: 31 - To hire, to fire: Building your collaborative A-team
Hiring, firing: They’re two of the most dreaded words among leadership teams everywhere – and rightly so. What exactly should you look for when you’re building your dream team? And how do you know when it’s time to let employees go?
This week on Xero In, Rob and JV are joined once more by Steve Vamos to talk about building a collaborative work culture that will last. With many decades of experience in leadership and management roles, Steve shares insights that will help you when it comes to the recruitment and HR process.
“I think that probably the biggest thing you can do in hiring people is spend time with the person you’re about to hire and find a way to get them to help you on a project,” Steve said.
Tune in to discover how to build, and keep, your ultimate collaborative team.
Ep: 30 - Small business, disrupt thyself: How to make disruption work for you
Disruption is a fact of small business, but how do you ride the wave when you don’t see it coming? What can you do to keep your small business going strong in an industry that’s failing?
This week on Xero In, we speak to Peter Strong, CEO at COSBOA and former bookstore owner, about his many successful years in retail and overcoming the downturn in printed book sales.
“The people that embrace technology of course are the ones who are going ahead,” Peter said. “The ones who see disruption not as disruption but as a challenge to develop new processes and new products, they’re the ones who are going ahead.”
Tune in for tips on embracing disruption to make your small business thrive.
Ep: 29 - Future cubicle: what's next for the work space?
We’ve come a long way since the
days of the office with four walls, a door and a desk. So what does
the office of the future look like? And will architecture alone get
This week Xero In hosts Rob
Stone and JV Douglas are joined by Justin Kabbani, managing
director and owner of Hardhat Digital, a creative agency that is
pioneering the way forward in office design.
“One of the things we like to
say at Hardhat is that our office is our temple. The office is the
body of the company and everything that comes in here should follow
the same kind of guidelines that you would about diet,” Justin told
Rob and JV.
Tune in to find out how office
design is key to fostering innovation and creativity in the
WOW…Small Business Leadership Podcast is flat out awesome. Good production quality. Easy to listen. Very impressed Xero & Jeanne-VIda . Keep bringing it.