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Scott O’Neill,  BBus CPA CTA– Director
Scott has been in public practice on the Gold Coast for the last 20 years. This has equipped Scott with a broad knowledge base and the ability to work through various issues whether they are complex Capital Gains Tax issues, GST or Income Tax. Scott has a strong technical background and specialises in taxation, business accounting services and superannuation.

James Sullivan,  BCom CPA – Director
Prior to joining the firm in 1996, James worked with a CA firm in Brisbane for 5 years and spent two years as a financial controller at a quarrying and earthmoving company.  He specialises in Taxation (Income Tax, CGT and GST) with a focus on construction, property development and civil contracting.

Michael Lucas, BBus CPA – Consultant
Michael joined Sullivan Rees in 1983, after two years of experience in Audit in Sydney. He became a Director in 1996, and currently specialises in Superannuation and Taxation – Income Tax, CGT and GST.

Stephen Brotherton, BBus CPA – Senior Accountant
Stephen joined Sullivan Rees in 1990 and offers his broad experience to assist with personal & business taxation and accounting functions. Stephen currently specialises in retirees & individual income tax returns, small businesses and prepares financial statements and income tax returns for Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs)

Lousie Turner, BBus CPA – Senior Accountant
Louise joined Sullivan Rees in 2010 and enjoys assisting clients with their day to day accounting, preparing financial statements, income tax returns and activity statements. Louise specialises in business accounting services and taxation services.

Janelle George – Bookkeeper
Janelle joined Sullivan Rees in 2016 and provides assistance to Michael in preparing financial statements, income tax returns and business activity statements.

Joanne Baker – Office Administrator/Corporate Secretarial
Joanne has been with the firm for many years and is responsible for all administrative duties and enjoys managing client accounts.

Cathy Pegg – Reception/Administration/ATO Liaison
Cathy enjoys assisting clients to coordinate their accounting and taxation needs.

Sarah Lowrie – Reception/Administration
Sarah enjoys assisting clients to coordinate their accounting needs.

Kirsten Rayward – Reception/Administration
Kirsten enjoys assisting clients on a day to day basis to find the best outcomes..

 

 

 

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Small businesses and mental health

Posted on October 22, 2020 by admin

Owning and running a small business often means that you are responsible for most or all of the tasks that need to be completed. Often, owners will find their time being entirely occupied with their business. This can take a toll on their mental health and cause work related stress. Which not only inhibits one’s ability to complete the duties of their role, but also puts them at greater risk of developing mental health conditions.

Keeping work hours in check

Although it is tempting to focus on your business at all times, this can prevent individuals from participating in other activities which are important for physical and mental health. Business owners may feel motivated and enthusiastic to put extra time into their work, however, long work hours have been associated with poorer mental health, fatigue, burnout, worry, and irritability.

Creating a work life balance by setting time limits on work hours might be a necessary precaution at the start. Taking breaks during the work day and setting time aside during the week will be extremely beneficial.

Accessing support

Running a small business can often be isolating as there is rarely someone to share concerns of the business with. This will mean that owners are dealing with all of the issues on their own.

Discussing issues that arise with family or close friends can help reduce the feeling of being isolated. Alternatively, there are groups of small business owners who, and business mentors who may be able to understand and relate to what owners are experiencing, and potentially provide relevant advice.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle can help individuals manage stress and work towards improved mental health. This will also improve the ability to focus and concentrate when working.

Developing good sleeping habits is a great way to kickstart this process. It can also be helpful to try different relaxation techniques such as meditation and exercise is an important start. Remember that this is a trial process, so trying different techniques to find the most effective one is essential.

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