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Accounting Trades People

Over the years we have assisted several hundred tradesmen including builders, plumbers, carpenters and electricians with their accounting, tax and financial affairs. In fact, the building trades have become a niche within our firm.

We acknowledge the long hours and physical demands of running a trades business. It explains why bookkeeping and administration often don't get the attention they deserve. While GST, BAS and tax payments often represent some of the largest financial obligations for a trades person, many struggle to manage their tax affairs.

We understand the risks and issues facing trades people and can offer you advice on everything from your business structure, website, branding and invoicing through to your marketing and accounting software. When its time to employ apprentices and sub-contractors we can help you comply with the regulations and reporting requirements. This is obviously in addition to the usual small business compliance issues of GST, BAS, PAYG and Superannuation.

We are not your average suburban accounting firm who just keep the financial 'score' and our clients operate in a range of different trades including:

  • Air Conditioning Mechanics
  • Arborists
  • Bathroom Renovators
  • Blinds - Repair & Installation
  • Bricklayers
  • Builders
  • Carpenters
  • Carpet Cleaners
  • Carpet Repairers
  • Ceiling Repairers
  • Commercial Cleaners
  • Concreters
  • Domestic Cleaners
  • Electricians
  • Electrical Appliance Repairs
  • Fencing & Gates
  • Floating Floors
  • Floor Sanding
  • Furniture Assembly
  • Fencing Contractors
  • Guttering
  • Garden Maintenance
  • Gas Fitters
  • Glazers
  • Handymen
  • Home Security
  • Insulation
  • Interior Decorators
  • Joinery
  • Kitchen Renovators
  • Landscape Gardeners
  • Lawn Care
  • Painters
  • Paving Contractors
  • Pergolas
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Rendering
  • Retaining Walls
  • Reticulation
  • Roller Doors
  • Roof Tilers
  • Roofing Repairers
  • Rubbish Removalists
  • Security Doors, Gates & Grills
  • Swimming Pools & Spas
  • Telecommunications
  • Tiling
  • Timber Floors
  • Tree Loppers
  • Vinyl & Carpet Layers
  • Window Cleaners
  • Wrought Iron Gates & Balustrades
  • Welders

If you are looking to start a trades business talk to us about our comprehensive 45 page booklet, 'Starting or Buying a Small Business'. It is a valuable resource available to clients that explains all the key business start up issues including alternative business structures, GST and tax registrations, record keeping, legal issues to consider, claiming car expenses, finance options, employing staff and preparing a business plan and cash flow budget. With over 20 years experience with clients in the trades you can benefit from our experience and to illustrate our expertise we have produced a number of specific e-booklets for the trades that you can download including:  

11 Things Every Trades Person Should Know (pdf)
Accounting For Trades People (pdf)
Industry Benchmarks for Trades (pdf)
The Motor Vehicle Tax Guide (pdf)


Starting a business is a bit like building a house. You need solid foundations that include the right business structure, the most suitable accounting software program, adequate and appropriate insurances, a marketing plan, a lead generation website and various social media channels.

Your choice of business structure is critical and there are a number of different options such as partnership, sole trader, company and trust. Asset protection is a key consideration when selecting a business structure because of the high risks associated with the building trades. When choosing a business structure you also need to take into account your family situation, your forecast level of profit and your future plans regarding the potential admission of new business partners.

Accounting software is another foundation brick in the business wall and the wrong choice can be catastrophic. Poor financial records are one of the biggest causes of business failure in this country and up to date, accurate records let us make informed business decisions. It's very important that your accounting software matches your business needs with your level of accounting skill otherwise your records could resemble a 'computerised shoebox' which conflicts with our brief of helping you reduce your bookkeeping and compliance costs. We support a range of software programs including cloud based options and where required we will train you to use the software to reduce your frustration and bookkeeping costs.

As you know, to build a house you also need the right tools. When 'constructing' your business we also use a number of tools including our start-up expense checklist to identify all your potential establishment costs. It dissects your start-up costs into several categories including tools, equipment, IT expenses, professional fees and marketing costs. These figures can then slot into a cash flow budget template that will produce projected trading results and help identify any finance requirements.

For a trades person, your ute or van is arguably your most important business tool and you can download our Motor Vehicle Tax Guide from the resources section of our website. It explores the alternative methods of claiming your vehicle expenses and the distinction between a business and private trip for tradesmen. In addition, through our affiliate partners we can also assist with vehicle finance (chattel mortgage, CHP or lease) and get you fleet pricing on your new car, ute or light commercial van that could save you thousands of dollars.

To be frank, that’s just the beginning. As accountants we can do some financial modelling and prepare some ‘what if’ scenarios. This gives you an understanding of your business’ best and worst case profit scenarios. Next, using industry benchmarks we can compare the performance of your business against your competitors so you understand what is working in the business and what needs working on.


One of our biggest points of difference compared to traditional accounting firms is our marketing expertise and we genuinely believe your marketing can be the difference between boom and gloom.  

From a marketing perspective most trades people rely on customer referrals and traditional marketing methods like yellow pages and local newspaper ads to grow their business. While some of these techniques remain effective, you need to move your marketing focus online to align with the shift in consumer behaviour. Google is now the number one source of new business for trades people and where do you appear on a search for 'plumber perth' or 'electrician midland'? If you're not on the first page in the top three listings you're not in the game.

The majority of your competitor's websites are nothing more than electronic billboards that simply list the who, what and where of their trades business. Over the past few years we have worked with dozens of clients to help them create quality affordable websites and we can offer you advice and assistance with your content, video production and search engine optimisation. We'll make sure your website is responsive to mobile devices and contains calls to action.

Here at Velocity Accounting Group we are different to most accounting firms because we view the tax return as the start of the client process, not the end. Our mission is to help you fast track your business success and we offer trades people a range of tailored tax, accounting, financial and marketing solutions including:

  • Start-Up Business Advice for Tradies & Sub-Contractors
  • Advice regarding the Purchase or Sale of your Trades Business
  • Tools including the Start-Up Expense Checklist
  • Templates for a Business Plan, Cash Flow Budget, Letterhead and Business Card
  • Advice and Assistance with the Establishment of Your Business Structure
  • Tax Registrations including ABN, TFN, GST, WorkCover etc.
  • Preparation of Business Plans, Cash Flow Forecasts and Profit Projections
  • Accounting Software Selection and Training – Bookkeeping, Invoicing, Quotes, Payroll and Reporting Requirements
  • Preparation and Analysis of Financial Statements
  • Preparation of Finance Applications
  • Bookkeeping and Payroll Services
  • Income Tax Returns and Tax Planning Strategies
  • Assistance with your Marketing including your Branding, Corporate Brochure etc.
  • Advice and Assistance with your Website Development, Content and SEO
  • Wealth Creation Strategies and Financial Planning Services
  • Industry Benchmarking and KPI Management
  • Vehicle & Equipment Finance (Chattel Mortgage & Lease)
  • Monitoring and Controlling Labour and Sub-Contractor Costs
  • Advice & Assistance with Pricing your Services
  • Advice & Assistance with Claiming Motor Vehicle Expenses
  • Recession Survival Strategies
  • Advice regarding Employee Relations and Workplace Laws
  • Business & Risk Insurances (Income Protection, Life Insurance etc.)
  • Business Succession Planning

We are so much more than just tax accountants. We are ‘business and profit builders’ who provide strategic advice and practical business solutions that could give you a competitive advantage in the building industry. We work hard to understand your business and over the past decade builders and property developers have become a niche area within our accounting practice. To get your building business off to a flying start or to take your business to the next level, contact us today.

If you're a committed and ambitious business owner looking to accelerate your success we invite you to book a FREE, one hour introductory consultation to discuss your business needs. You can expect practical business, tax, marketing and financial advice that could have a profound effect on your future business profits. To book a time, call us today on (08) 9250 4048 or complete your details in the box at the top of this page.

Velocity Accounting - Accelerate Your Business Success