The Trades Person

This is a tough trade to be in. I work for myself and

I’m forever paying for materials needed for a job before I even get paid.

I can’t seem to get ahead.

Nowadays I’m living with a constant knot in the pit of my stomach knowing I’ve got a big tax debt waiting for me.

I’m on edge all the time.

My partner’s booked an appointment for me to see a doctor because I’m just not coping at the moment.

The Shop Owner

I’m worried.

I know I’m behind on my paperwork and

I’ve just realised I’ve missed a fair few BAS due dates.

I didn’t mean to…it’s just that things have been so busy here in the store.

I’m at the point where I don’t even want to look at the paperwork on my desk and I just avoid it completely.

Not being on top of things adds to my stress and anxiety.

I’m irritable and short tempered with the kids.

I’ve had anxiety in the past and I can feel it returning.

The Start Up

I was excited to start my own business because I wanted to be able to work from home and still have time with the family.

I didn’t realise though I’d have so much paperwork!

I honestly don’t know where to begin and now I’m just not coping.

I can’t sleep at night or even eat properly because I’m worrying about it all the time.

I just don’t seem able to concentrate on anything nowadays.

I didn’t think it would be this hard.


We understand

…that it can be tough running a small business.

The hours are long, paperwork takes up valuable personal time and managing finances can be stressful.

All this can affect your mental health.

If you’re struggling to pay your tax bill, we can organise a payment plan or possibly defer your lodgements or payments with the ATO.

Whatever your situation, we can work with you to help solve the problem before it escalates.

We understand you may feel nervous about contacting the ATO so that’s why we can speak for you on your behalf.

Also, let us look after your bookkeeping, so you can concentrate on what’s important and trust that your paperwork is sorted, BAS’s are lodged and your figures are correct.

Visit for more info.

We can also offer advice on cash flow strategies and even recommend and organise some very smart finance, call 1800773643 and ask for Paul Dowling.

Remember if you are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression, you can contact beyondblue or Lifeline at any time.

Another guide to dealing with depression before / during / after addiction rehab can be found here

These words are adapted from this source video