April 2016 Dinner Report: The Business of Editing

by Kate Cuthbert

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Lena Smarrelli talks business at the April dinner. Credit: Nicole Mathers

Just over 30 members attended our April dinner meeting – the first since daylight savings time ended. It felt much later this month, so kudos to our members who arrived and left in the dark. In the lead-up to the end of the financial year, we welcomed Lena Smarrelli, the owner/director of A Counting House Melbourne. Lena has been providing practical business and tax advice for small business operators and professional freelancers for over 15 years. Along with her extensive experience, she brought along a very useful handout, and went through the basics of what being a freelancer/small business actually means, and how it can affect your tax return.

Lena was also incredibly generous in answering detailed questions about personal circumstances. Many of our members went home with a much more solid understanding of their position, their tax, their superannuation, their responsibilities and the responsibilities of their primary employer.

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Editors learning from Lena Smarrelli at the April dinner. Credit: Nicole Mathers

Though the topic may have seemed dull on spec, the information that Lena provided and her informal speaking style and willingness to discuss any question that was raised made this talk an interactive and informative way to empower our members to better understand the financial aspects of their careers.

Kate Cuthbert
Events Officer