Preparing for the end of JobKeeper

Preparing for the end of JobKeeperRoad

Since the government announced the $70-billion JobKeeper program to support businesses and their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, many small-medium sized businesses and non-profit organisations have heavily relied on this scheme to stay afloat.

According to a recent survey by the Australian Institute of Company Directors on the impact of COVID-19, over 40% of the respondents reported reliance on JobKeeper payments. 47% of SMEs indicated that the JobKeeper Scheme had provided the most relief.

Given the reliance on JobKeeper and the changes coming in September, now is the time to think about how your business will be impacted. If you’re still eligible for JobKeeper at the end of September, you will not be receiving the same amount as you are now. If you are no longer eligible, you will not be able to receive this wage subsidy support at all.

As a business owner relying on the relief from this scheme provides, the end of JobKeeper could create some concerns. So what can you do to prepare for the end of the JobKeeper program?

Conduct Scenario Planning

Planning makes a huge difference. Before we reach the end of the JobKeeper program, it’s important to make sure you have explored various scenarios for the future and planned for these accordingly.

Your scenario planning should involve your thinking about the worst possible scenario – and preparing for it. Now is also the time to revisit your business and know which levers you can pull, in the event that the government wage subsidy scheme ends earlier than expected.

Secure additional credit lines, liquidity, or equity for your business if needed. Chat to the team and we’ll help map out a plan for your bookkeeping and finances together.

Planning for post-JobKeeperEvaluate Your Business Model

Many businesses have developed creative ways to pivot during the pandemic. Restaurants have focused on takeaways, fitness centres have launched online sessions, and others have created completely new products or services.

What can you do to re-imagine your existing business model and understand new industry norms and market trends? Don’t just wait for your peers to do something and follow suit. Those who strategise and act first tend to find their way to the front compared to reactive players.

Keep nimble

In today’s business landscape, adaptability and flexibility are the key to surviving and thriving. The unprecedented global crisis has put us in a tricky situation, but being flexible in the way we do business can help us roll with the waves.

From remote work arrangements to the way you design your payment models for your customers, there are countless ways to adopt these characteristics that will help you scale back quickly even as the government support ends.

Review Your Expenses and Financing Arrangements

Run your business as lean as possible and cut down on unnecessary expenses so you can save as much cash as you can while you still have support from the JobKeeper program. By keeping a bit of a war chest, you will be in a stronger financial position when it ends.

Additionally, if business is picking up, you might be in a good position to secure additional credit. You can also look into refinancing your existing obligations.

Keep in mind that insufficient cashflow and capital can easily throw your business off track, so secure your access to the finance you need to carry on and boldly face the uncertain months ahead.

You Don’t Have to Do it Alone …

In these unpredictable times, changes such as the early end of the JobKeeper program can have a significant impact on your strategy and direction. We understand that these events can be confusing and frustrating, but you don’t have to face these business challenges alone.

It makes perfect sense to work closely with your trusted business advisors. If you need professional guidance at this time, please feel free to get in touch with us for a complimentary consultation. We’ll help you strengthen your position now and give you a better chance of thriving in the future.

Our team of bookkeepers have been listed below.

Our Bookkeeper Locations

Justine Day: Southern Highlands / Bowral Bookkeeper
Amanda Graham: Southern Highlands / Bowral Bookkeeper
Petra Austing: Southern Highlands / Bowral Bookkeeper
Karin Evans: Gold Coast Bookkeeper
Pru Hall: Wollongong Bookkeeper
Jackie Short: Canberra Bookkeeper