Working From Home in Lockdown (with the kids)

So… we find ourselves in lockdown and working from home once again. Are you grappling with your home office setup? Which video call app to use? And have you found yourself with some new little work colleagues? As a virtual corporation at Upland Consulting, we are no strangers at working...

A Lifestyle You Love Built Around a Business You Love

At Upland Consulting, we think that’s what life as a business owner should be.  That’s why it’s so important to get really clear about your purpose for being in business. Sure, you’re in business to make money.  But that’s just a means to an end.  Why are you really in business? It...

Mentoring, Coaching, Advising, Consulting…

You know what?  Definitions can get in the way. “You’re a mentor or a coach.”  “One is free, the other is paid.”  “True coaching is defined as…”  “Consultants are not coaches.”  “What you need is a coach, not a mentor or advisor.”  Sure, let’s build brick walls everywhere and all...

What Do You Mean, Business Growth?

  We work a lot with owners of small to medium businesses.  Many of the challenges they tell us about would be more manageable if their businesses were a bit bigger.  So we talk about “business growth” for convenience. We don’t mean that everyone should try to build an empire. ...

Should Your Account Be On Board?

Should your (or indeed an) accountant be a member of your board of directors?  Accountants, of course, have extremely valuable skills and in general extremely high professional standards. But is that reason enough?  I’d like to suggest three strong reasons to think carefully about this. 1. Tax Minimisation In all likelihood...

Your Family Business: A Legacy or a Dead End?

Right now, and in the coming years, thousands of family businesses in Australia will face a crisis.  The founders are at or near the time to hand the baton to a new generation.  Many will be looking for a buyer; most, sadly, will not find one.   Too many people have...