Employer interim reconciliations (EMP501)

Employer interim reconciliations (EMP501)

Employer interim reconciliations (EMP501) The EMP501 submission period opens on 19 September 2022 and closes on 31 October 2022.

Employers are required to reconcile the EMP201s for March to August to the interim IRP5/IT3(a) certificates, payroll and PAYE payments made.

Thereafter the EMP501 is submitted.

It is wise to start early as there are often e@syFile technical issues which requires some time to resolve.

Mistakes are expensive

Mistakes are expensive

We are often so busy that we don’t realise how we spend our time and the cost thereof.

In my early days as entrepreneur, I wanted to ensure that everyone has a wonderful experience in doing business with Moonwater.  As part of that and our quality control procedures I personally reviewed all work before sending it to a client. 

I started correcting staff mistakes and oversights to meet deadlines.  After a few months of doing so, I recorded the time I spent per clerk on reviewing and correcting mistakes.  Probably not so surprising, but I spent more time, for which clients obviously didn’t pay, correcting negligent staff’s work than the fee agreed with the client.

The problem was simple and so the solution; I only had to become aware of quantum it.

We often get so caught up in a situation and are so hooked up on what we want to achieve that we miss what is really going on.  I was fortunate to see myself how I got drawn into a situation as result of focussing on customer experience and was doing it at all costs.

If you feel ‘I don’t know what I’m doing wrong’, talk to us.

Investment abroad

Investment abroad

Investing your lifelong savings or monthly saving into an economy that is on a slippery slide with all the big infrastructure letting the country down is the question South Africans ask.  The answer is not simple.

I am personally a supporter of spreading your wings – you can check my eToro profile on https://www.etoro.com/people/moonwater/portfolio.  If you register on eToro you can copy my profile.

My portfolio had the following returns:

2020       42.55%

2021       41.37%

2022 to date -13.35% – The S&P 500 was down 20.6% in the first half of the year, the worst since 1970.

The annualized return of the portfolio to date is 45% which is well above the targeted return of 25%.

You can compare this to the results on local portfolios.

There are however considerations when investing internationally:

  • If you are not an experienced trader, you could burn your fingers with any trading and international is no different
  • There is a cost in buying and selling dollars to invest and disinvest AND the rate at which the rand trade against the dollar at the time
  • It cannot be your only investment.  Investments should spread across shares in multiple industries, property, cash and even countries
  • Careful of short-term buy and sell
  • Consider longer term investment strategies
  • Understand the tax implications when de-investing and the tax disclosure requirements when investing
  • Consider copying someone’s trade on a social investment platform (e.g., eToro) if you do not have the skill or confidence
  • The cost of investing on a social platform is minimal compared to working through a broker
  • Make cash part of the international portfolio
  • Long term and international investment is not a vehicle for emergency cash needs to avoid having to disinvestment in a bear market or when the ZAR/$ exchange is most unfavorable

Important:  No returns on shares are guaranteed.  If you copy someone, you do so at your own risk.

Tips for business survival

Tips for business survival

In this challenging environment it easily feels as though we don’t have the skills and capacity to cope with a business that has served us well in the past.  There are new local and international competitors in the market, there is a shortage of skills and different work ethics, the influence of the political environment, pressure internationally on logistical operations, increased cost of doing business, remote working and more.

If you are reading this, then it is likely that your business has not drowned and that you are going to make sure it does not.

Practical tips to consider:

 – the biggest return on efforts is always increasing sales as the margin it contributes is more than savings from cost-cutting

 – consider new areas to service customers whilst leveraging of the existing infrastructure

 –  is there another business in the chain that could compliment your goods and services with whom you can combine efforts to grow customers or get cost synergies

 – have a cash buffer to avoid the stress of every tax deadline becoming nerve wrecking

 – be on top of all financial commitments

 – be aware of the risk of customers paying late or not paying at all

 – be vigilant on all costs

 – keep your credit record clean in case you need access to funding

 – convert fix cost to variable cost where possible

 – review the value of each and every cost and asset in the business, including suppliers, contractors and employees

 – be insured for those things that could bring your business down

 – extended credit with vendors might cost less than other finance, but be sensitive of the impact of the supplier’s business and your reputation

 – be in touch with what is happening in the market and specifically in the industry you operate

 – have specific short-term goals and celebrate the success of them with your team

 – be empathetic to the emotional state of employees due to rising cost of living

 – ask a consultant if you need help

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