How to begin your road to recovery
Times of crisis impact businesses in different ways. We've created a roadmap to help you or your clients navigate the way through recovery, no matter what stage your business is at. Simply click on the stage that's most relevant to your or your client's business.
Stage 1 - Respond
If your business has been impacted by Covid-19 there are a range of actions you can take to put you in the best possible position to navigate through the crisis and to prepare to take advantage of the recovery.
It's important to keep up to date with official information from trusted sources and government authorities and adapt to changing circumstances that may impact your response.
The resources below include essential information for businesses to respond to COVID-19.
Rising from the ashes: Turning crisis into opportunity
The global economy has been plagued by recessions and depressions in the past but has found a way to bounce back via innovation booms. We share some examples of successful businesses or product innovation born during tough times. So, are we on the verge of another game-changer?article·PublishedVisit INTHEBLACK
Triple threat: Leading in the age of COVID-19
Australia’s business leaders are facing a once-in-a-generation test of their managerial mettle. We speak with three CEOs about their leadership strategies during such grave circumstances and how they’ve dealt with crisis management.article·PublishedVisit INTHEBLACK
Stage 2 – Recover
After taking immediate actions to determine your business position and options, you can look to the recovery phase. This will be different for every business, so you’ll need to consider the option that’s best for you. A professional adviser can help you understand the options and future opportunities for your business.
It’s important to take the time to consider your own physical and mental health through the process, as well as the health of your business. Seek support if needed and explore our resources on how to build resilience and take care of your mental health. The resources below contain key information about business recovery.
As governments begin easing restrictions in stages, businesses will recover at different paces based on their location and industry. Our tips, checklists and templates will help start your business recovery.
In this publication, joint professional bodies explore the difficulties that directors, preparers of financial statements, accountants and auditors face when disclosing the impact of COVID-19 in their annual reports.
As organisations continue to respond, recover and re-create themselves, our members are finding they are taking on a variety of tasks including strategic planning, risk management, scenario modelling and financial reporting functions. This briefing from the CPA Australia ESG Centre of Excellence explores some of the key risks from COVID-19 that accountants, risk managers and other board executives or advisers should consider irrespective of size, nature and complexity of business.
This SWOT analysis template will help you identify your business’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats so you can make smarter decisions moving forward and better understand your business. By addressing these characteristics, it gives you an opportunity to take stock of your business and figure out where you can improve.
How to expertly handle return-to-work for employees post-pandemic
Historically, the biggest changes in society tend to occur after a major disruption. So, as employees are gradually welcomed back to their offices, it’s likely we can expect a dramatic – and timely – shift in the use and purpose of workplaces.article·PublishedVisit INTHEBLACK
Ahead of the curve: Leading from the front during recovery
While the timing of the impact of COVID-19 on different countries varied across the globe, nowhere was untouched. INTHEBLACK spoke to some of CPA Australia’s External Reporting Centre of Excellence members living and working in locations across the world, about how they were managing their staff, clients and other stakeholders through the next stage.article·PublishedVisit INTHEBLACK
Stage 3 – Re-evaluate or reinvent
Sometimes a crisis will be an opportunity to re-evaluate and reset your business goals and objectives. You may decide to completely change your operations or find new opportunities. Similarly, you may decide that it's time for you to change paths and leave the business.
Our resources will help you determine your future strategy, build on opportunities and set yourself up for your next stage of the journey. Refer to the below resources for insights to help re-evaluate or re-invent your business for the future.
This fact sheet is aimed at small e-commerce businesses. It provides advice and tips on how to on to stand out from your competitors and how to build trust with your customers.
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MY FIRM. MY FUTURE eLearning series
A set of practical and complimentary e-learning modules to help you prepare for the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities to build a sustainable business. These modules complement findings from the MY FIRM. MY FUTURE report and will help you ready your practice for the future.
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- Training and events
MY FIRM. MY FUTURE webinar series
In addition to changes in technology, legislation and shifting client demands, COVID-19 has drastically altered the accounting landscape. The MY FIRM. MY FUTURE webinar series has been developed to help CPA Australia members in practice adapt and plan for both the short term and the long term, and build a sustainable practice.
By the book: Disruption, innovation and COVID-19
In 1997, The Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen wrote The Innovator's Dilemma, a groundbreaking book that introduced the world to his theory of disruptive innovation. So, in a world shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic and with the global economy teetering on the edge of severe recession or even depression, what lessons do Christensen's theory hold for entrepreneurs and businesses today.article·PublishedVisit INTHEBLACK
Faster disaster recovery: the business owner's guide to developing a business continuity plan
In the face of an environmental or man-made disaster, it's imperative to have a contingency plan that maps out your corporation's strategy to minimise the impact on the daily functions or life of the corporation. This ebook provides a 10-step approach for business owners on creating a disaster recovery plan for both natural and man-made events.
The disaster recovery handbook: a step-by-step plan to ensure business continuity and protect vital operations, facilities and assets
This ebook provides a step-by-step guide to disaster recovery, including analysing business impact, building a risk analysis, selecting a recovery strategy, assembling an administrative plan and communicating effectively.
Exit your business
There are many reasons behind the decision to exit a business and planning this transition gives you the best opportunity to achieve the outcome you want. We strongly recommend you seek professional advice throughout the process to give you the best chance of successfully exiting your business.
Once you’ve made the decision to close a business, it’s not simply a matter of shutting the doors and handing the keys back to the landlord. Whether you’re selling your business, merging with another business, passing it on to family members or key staff, or liquidating the business, this checklist sets out the actions business owners should consider taking.
There are many reasons why a business owner may want to exit their business. Regardless of your reasons, planning your exit to maximise your business’ value will probably be the most important decision made during your business’s lifecycle. This guide will help you through the process, including ways to exit your business, selling your business, merger, succession, closing your business, solvency and any other issues you need to consider.
This factsheet provides an overview of the options available for your clients in financial distress, in order to help you navigate them through this health and economic crisis.
We’ve produced this factsheet for public practitioners because the risk of corporate failure under the current and evolving COVID-19-related economic circumstances is unprecedented. This guide provides clarification on insolvency matters, including insolvency as opposed to a temporary lack of liquidity; the nature of due and payable; relationships between debtor and creditor, and the course of commercial dealing; and indicators of insolvency.
If you're struggling to keep up with compliance obligations or experiencing concerning changes in customer behaviour, it could be an early warning sign that your business may be in trouble. This factsheet can help you identify the warning signs, take early action and get back on track.
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Sounds of silence: Australia's live entertainment sector struggles
There are growing calls for more help to rescue what was once a thriving industryarticle
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More businesses rely on accountants to salvage their future
Here’s how two prominent CPAs dealt with the challenges of COVID-19.article
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“One extreme to the other”: how accountants and their clients are faring
Practitioners and their clients share how they’ve navigated the ups and downs of a tumultuous year.article
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ATO scrutinises superannuation early access
Taxpayers are discovering that dipping into their super early is not without risk.article
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Healing the cracks in your workplace culture
Practitioners report low staff morale and a decline in productivity. Here’s how to turn it around.article
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Health and wellbeing during COVID-19
Resources to support the physical and mental wellbeing of you, your team and your clients during COVID-19