Many people are in business for a variety of reasons; in fact
88% of all small business in Australia is Micro (employing 0-5) and
67% of all small business is run from a home base. It is often just
too easy to dismiss this sector by stating "they are mainly
hobbyists"; or "they are not running a business at all -
they were forced to become contractors by bigger business".
The truth of the matter is (according to the ATO) that 27% of this
sector earn under $20,000 and the fact that they put in a tax
return indicates that they consider they are running a business and
not simply a 'hobby'. 18% earn between $20,000-50,000; 14% earn
between $50-100,000 and 12% earn between $100-200,000. This means
that 75% have less than $200,000 turnover but still put into the
economy by their very existence.
The Queensland Government points out that these businesses
should not be simply considered as businesses in incubation, as 42%
have been in business for more than 10 years. Other States indicate
similar statistics and show that most are family businesses with
less than 3 employees.
Yet much of the legislation that is brought in by Government
(usually to catch the 'bigger' small business operator deliberately
'rorting' the system) catches the innocents in its net. It is
generally perceived by the small business operator that legislation
strongly favours the individual employee and very little
consideration is given to the individual employer.
I have made it my mission to bring these abnormalities to the
attention of the business operator and to work with Government to
try to bring some semblance of fairness and business common sense
to legislation. To help you - I need your help too.
I created a ‘not for profit’ incorporated business networking
association – The Micro Business Network Inc for businesses who
employ 0-5. There are 20,000 business operators from every State
and territory in Australia, listed on the MBN data base. Together
with Jack Wu, I also commenced a chapter of the Marketing
Communications Executive International (MCEI) association in
Melbourne, the only branch in Australia.