Superannuation for the Self Employed

Are you looking after your future?

As we know, the government long ago ensured that employees saved for their retirement by making employers contribute a percentage of their income into the Superannuation system.  As was the intended result, most people are now retiring with significant Superannuation savings to help fund their retirement.

This is not the case for the self-employed.  Superannuation contributions are not compulsory for the owners in many business structures.  As a result, many people who work for themselves, despite taking care of their employees’ future, are not looking after their own.

It is for this reason that the self-employed are at risk of having an unsatisfactory retirement and being unable to meet their lifestyle requirements.

For many small businesses, cash flow is inconsistent.  A lot of spare money gets re-invested into the business therefore, the owners don’t have the capacity to contribute into Super and have balances well below the long term averages.

I’m perfect example of this exact issue.  I have worked for myself since a young age. In the early stages of the business, I wasn’t making much money, so I wasn’t contributing into my Super.  As I started to grow, excess cash flow was used to improve the business, then the GFC hit.  It has only been recently that I have been able to make contributions to Superannuation.  I’m now going to have to contribute very heavily to catch up.

Luckily for me, a Financial Planning practice is easy to sell. This is not always the case. Many businesses rely heavily on the owner and, despite being terrific businesses, have very little value to a buyer. For me, my business will form part of my retirement savings, not that I want to rely solely on that.  Unfortunately, not all business owners will have that fall back.


As difficult as it can be at times, it is really important for those of us working for ourselves to ensure that we make regular contributions into Super.  We need to take care of our own future as well as taking care of our Staff.

Author; Alex McKenzie Categories: Future Financial Services Blog

About the Author

Alex McKenzie

Alex McKenzie

Owner at Future Financial Services


  • Paraplanner at Zammit Partners Investments
  • Unit Trust Administrator at Colonial First State


  • University of Western Sydney
  • Penrith High


As a Financial Planner I help people to achieve what they would like in life. This involves helping you to identify the things in life they would like , developing plans to help achieve them and strategies to protect what you already have. We do this by providing Financial Advice to guide you through your life stages.

The financial planning process involves determining a clients current situation and financial objectives and tailoring strategies to assist in best achieving those objectives.

I am an expert in superannuation, investments and insurance, these are tools we use to help you achieve your goals.

I aim to use my knowledge of superannuation, taxation and Centrelink to efficiently use your assets and income to achieve your financial goals.

Retirement and pre-retirement planning, wealth creation, asset protection, insurance planning and estate planning are all areas of advice that I provide.

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