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05-Dec-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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What went on at Impact – The World Tour?

Business owners do what they do because they love the challenge, the freedom and they have a vision.
Then along comes a couple of international legends, Paul Dunn and Masami Sato who throw another element into the mix.

04-Dec-2018 Brad Anderson

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4 Email personalisation tactics that are sure to get clicks

Email is a notoriously fickle channel. Something as simple as tweaking the subject line can be the difference between an 8 per cent or an 80 per cent open rate.

04-Dec-2018 Mark Shaefer

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Influencer marketing for small businesses and startups

Some benefits of social media and content marketing are normally inaccessible for small businesses and startups because:

21-Nov-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Construction business is booming, so why the busts?

The New Zealand construction industry is going gangbusters. With a growing population, Kiwibuild and mega infrastructure projects coming out of our ears, you would think construction companies would be making record profits.

21-Nov-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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IMPACT – Last few days to get your tickets

BUSINESS buddy knows you won’t believe this, but our next gig is going to be bigger, better and even more inspiring.

20-Nov-2018 Paul Macpherson

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Are you being data smart with your smartphone?

A few weeks ago, the new shiny iPhone XS entered the market. For all the Apple lovers out there, this might mean being the first to wrap your hands around the irresistibly smooth all-glass design, or finally upgrading your old glitchy iPhone 6 to the new model.

If this is you, I’m guessing you’re focused on the opportunity to start afresh, buy a new case, clear all those apps cluttering your current device, and start playing with its new features. Right?

20-Nov-2018

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Make small business accounting fun

Owning a small business is exciting. You get to do what you love, day in, day out. But traditionally, small business accounting isn’t exciting. So how can we change this stereotype and make accounting fun and easy?

15-Nov-2018 business.gov.au

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$20,000 instant asset write-off extended

The $20,000 instant asset write-off threshold has been extended to 30 June 2019. This means you can continue to claim the cost of new or second-hand assets that are less than the threshold of $20,000.

15-Nov-2018

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Construction accounting basics

Construction is unlike any other business. Building projects can last for months or even years – and you might be both an employer and a contractor. So how do you learn the basics of construction accounting?

15-Nov-2018 business.gov.au

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GST and BAS tips for running a successful business

Successful businesses spend that little bit of extra time on record keeping and getting their tax right, including preparing and lodging business activity statements (BAS). Once set up and organised, you’ll save time in the long run.

15-Nov-2018 Donna Moritz

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How Customers Engage With Social Media Video: 8 Things You Need To Know

Want to peek into the mind of your ideal customer and find out how they engage with social media video? How they are interacting with brands via video? How are they purchasing?

Take a seat, because in this post we break down exactly how customers are watching social media video and more importantly, how they are purchasing from video.

And it’s all based on data and research, so you can start using this intel now, to get results in your business.

15-Nov-2018 Cloud Computing

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Understanding Cloud Computing

Cloud computing got you perplexed? You’re not alone. Most of us talk about ‘the cloud’ without even realising what it really means. We’re clearing the air on cloud computing and how it can benefit your small business.

07-Nov-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Break free for the sake of your business

Innovation just doesn’t happen when you’re busy being busy.
There’s a lot to be gained by going for a walk around the block, picking up a fishing rod or doing absolutely nothing to gain inspiration for your business.

06-Nov-2018 Debtor Daddy

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Creating a business without debtors

There’s literally hundreds of blog posts giving you the 7-10 steps to reduce debtors and improve cashflow. Yet the debtors problem still exists to some extent in the majority of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) globally.

06-Nov-2018 Debtor Daddy

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Debt Collection: The whys and when

Too often businesses leave collecting debts at the bottom of the pile. Why? Often there is anxiety and worry around the process, or lack of trust in collection agencies. Sometimes lack of time and understanding of the process.

24-Oct-2018 Unleashed

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Accurate inventory forecasting, no crystal ball needed

Anticipating future demand is a tough job, wrought with ways you might go wrong. Proper demand forecasting and inventory control can save a company from buying too much or too little of something, which of course avoids expensive overstock scenarios or stockouts.

24-Oct-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Admin filing on payday

Be prepared and develop tidy payday habits, now.
The IRD is contacting all employers to ensure they are up-to-speed on the changes that require PAYE returns to be filed every payday, instead of completing the Employer monthly schedule (IR348).

18-Oct-2018 Business.gov.au

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Aussie businesses get over $3.5m to launch their innovative idea into global markets

Offers for grants worth over $3.5 million will support 7 businesses to help launch their innovative products, processes and services into domestic and international markets.

The funding has been provided from the Accelerating Commercialisation element of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

18-Oct-2018

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Crafting Your Mobile Strategy: How Retailers Can Go Mobile and Increase Sales

We no longer need studies to tell us: Smartphones are almost everywhere. Most of the customers coming through your doors have a mobile device with them. And these devices aren’t always shoved in pockets or bags — shoppers are using them while they’re in store too.

18-Oct-2018 XERO

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Customer-centric banking innovation in Asia

Over 100 accounting/bookkeeping, marketplace and banking partners across Asia joined us in Brisbane this year to attend Xerocon, the most innovative conference for cloud leaders in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

18-Oct-2018 Float app

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If You Don’t Got the Time, You Don’t Got the Money

Clichés. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. (See what just happened there—it’s that bad).

The most widespread, just-waiting-to-pop-out-at-you, cliché is a very short one, measuring just three words—time is money.

18-Oct-2018 Business.gov.au

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Make your business's homepage stand out!

The homepage is the most important page of your business’s website. It is the virtual shop front to your business, providing your customers a first impression of what you have to offer. You only have seconds to grab your customer’s attention so it is key to make sure that they can find what they’re looking for quickly and easily.

18-Oct-2018 Go Roster

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Tips for managing seasonal workers

During the Christmas holiday season, businesses of many types employ seasonal or casual workers to meet extra demands. Often these workers are hard-working young people who have travelled from overseas, bringing with them their own language and culture. This international melting-pot makes for a fun and productive work environment, although it can also present challenges.

10-Oct-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Money laundering law changes for New Zealand

Just like our clothes, when money is laundered, it starts out dirty and comes out clean.

10-Oct-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Walk the talk, talk the walk - Global Challenge update

For more than a month BUSINESS buddy has paced the pavement in its pursuit of healthiness with the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge.

09-Oct-2018 Pjay Shreshta

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The best practices for conducting a performance review

Do you feel like it might be time for a change in your office environment? Perhaps the productivity isn’t as good as it use to be or there are a handful of employees who just don’t seem to be performing at their best. Conducting a performance review can greatly help you manage your employees and make sure that your workplace stays strong, efficient, and goal driven.

09-Oct-2018

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The basics of a good business plan

Business plans help define goals and help you achieve them. If you take time to set concrete and achievable goals, you can then chart a plan to reach these goals successfully. Having tangible goals can make a business thrive.

03-Oct-2018 Business.gov.au

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Tax deductions for small business owners

Tax time is fast approaching—it’s important to do your homework and know exactly what tax deductions you can claim.

26-Sep-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Have your say on taxes – update

Oh, how time flies.
It is now six months since BUSINESS buddy wrote the "Have your say on taxes" blog.

26-Sep-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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The age-old question

Age is but a number, right? Well, when it comes to landing that next job, maybe not.
Sadly, more and more of people over the age of 50 feel like they have landed on the workforce scrap heap.

25-Sep-2018

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Five books every manager should read

Being an effective manager is demanding and complex. Aside from thoroughly knowing and understanding your business, you need to understand people and their motivations, be a motivator yourself, and manage emotional and business-related issues at once.

25-Sep-2018

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Teamwork: A key ingredient for a successful business

Aside from efficient inventory management, teamwork is an incredibly important component of the ‘successful business’ recipe and if left out, the result can be a real flop.

12-Sep-2018

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Workplace training – what’s in it for the company?

Workplace training is an important part of company work life which, as expensive as it may be, is a necessary means to a skilled workforce.

12-Sep-2018

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6 tips to create compelling content for your website

Use our tips to help you create engaging content.

12-Sep-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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BUSINESS buddy tackles Global Challenge

BUSINESS buddy knows that for a team to be successful, each member of the team needs to grow.
And, a healthy body and healthy mind create super-sharp business advisors.

12-Sep-2018

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The Marketplace EXPO – Get inspired at this free event for Auckland businesses

BUSINESS buddy knows engaging face to face is a great way to raise your business profile.

Bearing that in mind, we have booked our spot at The Marketplace Expo, 3.30pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday September 26, 2018 at Ellerslie Event Centre.

29-Aug-2018 Conrad Ford

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Ready, set, grow: A guide to funding business growth

Almost every small business struggles through ups and downs on their journey to funding business growth.

29-Aug-2018 Chris Tacon

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Is revenue a true predictor of success?

“Success.” Typically defined as: ‘the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.’ Success means a lot of different things to different people. Success may mean wealth, or it may mean happiness.

29-Aug-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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BUSINESS buddy tradie competition winner

No one ever thinks they are going to win a competition so when BUSINESS buddy sent some great news to a tradie in Northland – it put a big smile on his face.

29-Aug-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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How to be mortgage free and retirement ready

BUSINESS buddy loves supporting other Kiwi businesses that provide awesome services.


15-Aug-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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7 ways to create in-store experiences that drive traffic and sales

Question: are you planning to bring anything new to the in-store experience? If your answer is “no,” then brace yourself. The coming years could be rough for your retail business.

15-Aug-2018

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How to post on Instagram: A comprehensive guide for businesses

With more than 800 million active monthly users, Instagram is a social media channel of massive proportions. And, when used strategically, it can reap major benefits for your retail store.

15-Aug-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Get and Give a Million - Michelle and Murray’s story

Michelle and Murray from Bellroy Construction are having a cracker of a year and their hard work with support from BUSINESS buddy has made life better for their business, their confidence, and their nearest and dearest.

15-Aug-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Global recognition for BUSINESS buddy

Social enterprise is done just because it’s right and BUSINESS buddy’s community-mindedness has created lots of warm fuzzies and motivation for the team.

03-Aug-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Get and give a million – what the

Imagine giving people in a developing country 18250 days access to clean water just from your business being a success.

02-Aug-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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How to make websites sizzle

BUSINESS buddy team has discovered a new techy tool that will show you how to make your website grab potential clients by the eyeballs.

01-Aug-2018 Catriona Bane

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How strategic planning can help your business in the long run

Strategic planning is the blueprint for your business. It’s an aspirational and practical plan for your future that can give you an exact outline of where your business is, and where it should be.

01-Aug-2018

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Multi-channel retailing: A quick guide for SMEs

As traditional retail channels dwindle in popularity, more businesses are turning to multi-channel retailing to provide an extra income stream and keep business ticking over.

18-Jul-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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You can have a holiday and own a business, too

As a business owner it may feel like all work and no play, at times.
The legendary comedian Lesley Nielsen once said, “Doing nothing is very hard to do, you never know when you’re finished.”
If you dream of getting away from it all but worry about how your business will cope in your absence, you’re not alone.

17-Jul-2018

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3 Emerging Trends in UK E-Commerce

The UK retail landscape is changing rapidly. Consumer spending is decreasing, competition is increasing between businesses, and people are turning to e-commerce at an unprecedented rate.

17-Jul-2018

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8 Reasons Why You Should Outsource

Outsourcing ‘business as usual’ tasks can bring focus and efficiencies your business needs in order to succeed in today’s fast paced environment. A new level of agility and access to quality analytics and expertise can be brought into your business. To get ahead of the competition, consider outsourcing.

17-Jul-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Important Xero Expenses changes

Heads up, the all new Xero Expenses launches soon.
Xero Expenses makes it easier to claim expenses and gives you valuable insights into spending patterns for your company.
From Tuesday July 10, 2018, Xero Expenses will be automatically included in Xero for anyone on the New Zealand standard or premium plans.

04-Jul-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Minimum wage earners better off

No it wasn’t an Aprils Fool’s Day prank when the minimum wage in New Zealand increased from $15.75 to $16.50 per hour on April 1, 2018.

04-Jul-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Regional fuel tax - No pain, no gain, right?

No one is in any doubt that serious changes are needed to get Auckland’s chocka-block transport system flowing.

03-Jul-2018 Alex Hattingh

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Dream big: Making it easier to reach your financial goals

Over 2,000 years ago, Aristotle said “ First, have a definite, clear and practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends: wisdom, money, materials and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.”

03-Jul-2018

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Sustainability improvements for manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is changing and new trends are shifting the way manufacturing companies operate their facilities. In addition, manufacturing companies are looking to become more sustainable in their operations.

21-Jun-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Calling all tradies

If you love your job but hate the admin, this one’s for you. No matter how big or small your business is, BUSINESS buddy wants you to be kept in the loop about any new technology that may enhance performance and make your life easier.

20-Jun-2018

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How to deal with your excess stock and stay green

In an ideal world, your business would never have excess or obsolete inventory. However, this can and often does happen when demand for certain products decreases and supply remains steady or increases.

19-Jun-2018

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How to use Xero in 13 easy steps

13 may be unlucky for some but if you follow these 13 top tips on how to use Xero and make the most out of your account you won’t need luck.

19-Jun-2018

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Looking to your competitors for business success

There are many factors that can contribute to business success or otherwise. When first starting out, business owners can be focused solely on serving customers that they forget to check out the competition.

08-Jun-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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BUSINESS buddy troops engage for Jammies in June

Although it’s only the first week in June, the recent polar blast was a stark reminder of how spine tingling chilly things can get in Auckland.

07-Jun-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Budget 2018 – Innovation opportunities for Kiwi business

When it was announced in 2018 budget that a research and development (R and D) tax incentive, in the form of a tax credit, will replace the current grant system, BUSINESS buddy decided to take a closer look.

06-Jun-2018

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Get your staff ready for cloud-based software

Shifting data, systems and the inner workings of a business onto the cloud can be a big move. However, it’s hard to stay away from the cloud these days; the applications of cloud-based software are seemingly endless.

06-Jun-2018

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Tricks used in scams

Scammers use clever tricks to reel you in and get you to reply to their email or not hang up the phone. Most scams seem like genuine offers but they are carefully designed to trick you into giving away your money or your personal details.

23-May-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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How to prevent and handle internal theft in retail stores

When thinking about threats to your retail store, shoplifting is probably number one, right? The idea of someone swiping hundreds of dollars of products into a giant bag and walking out with them is horrifying, isn’t it? (post by Cara Wood)

23-May-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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New date for 7 ways to grow your business

This business workshop is too good to miss. We know you will get that mid-year recharge to take your business into a stellar second half.

Secure your hot seat for 7 ways to grow business at 4.10pm on Wednesday June 13, 2018.

23-May-2018

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WIN a $250 Bunnings voucher

Calling all tradies. Are you tools looking tired? Has your chisel lost its shizzle? Does your level still measure up? Or does your wrench need to get a grip?

Complete our online survey and you can enter the draw to win a $250 Bunnings voucher.

23-May-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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New BUSINESS buddy franchisee

We are super excited to welcome our new BUSINESS buddy, who is operating a new business advisory service in the Franklin region.

09-May-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Team work produces golden glory

Last month, all eyes were on the Gold Coast and the 21st Commonwealth Games.

The jaw dropping performances by the Black Ferns sevens, Sophie Pascoe, Tom Walsh and the women’s Black Sticks left us all in awe.

But like in business, exceeding expectations can never be taken for granted.

Here at BUSINESS buddy we recognise the importance of a great coaching and a strong team.

Whether it is a national sports team or a small business, the principals of success are the same.

08-May-2018

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5 essential business costs not to skimp on

If you are a startup owner or entrepreneur, it is no secret that you may be working within a tight budget. The ability to make pennies stretch is an important survival skill.

08-May-2018

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Best and worst businesses for cash flow

No matter how inventive or simple your business model is, you can still have problems with cash flow. Here is a rundown of the best and worst businesses for cash flow.

08-May-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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How to engage and sell to Gen Z

While millennials are still a significant consumer segment for retailers, there is another shopper group that’s continuing to gain spending power.

25-Apr-2018 Catriona Bane

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The 5 best Xero apps of 2018

We have scoured the marketplace to bring you the five best Xero apps of 2018. From reporting software to time management applications, we’ve covered a wide variety of apps designed to make your life easier.

25-Apr-2018

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5 Ways to reduce debtor days

Debtor days measures how quickly cash is being collected from debtors. The longer it takes for a business to collect, the greater the number of debtor days.

25-Apr-2018

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What to learn from failure in a business

There are many lessons to be learned through failure. Each time something does not work in a business, there are endless reasons and factors that could culminate to cause the failure.

25-Apr-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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WIN two free tickets to 7 ways to grow your business seminar

BUSINESS buddy CEO, Kirsten Hawke says continued growth and development in Auckland presents business owners with opportunities as well as challenges.

Finding the right staff, coping with new competition and even inefficiencies caused by traffic woes, all impact on local businesses.

25-Apr-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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You must not miss 7 ways to grow your business

It’s May! How’s your year going? Have you had a blockbuster first quarter or has your business slipped back into the same old, same old.

11-Apr-2018 Clare Bagoly

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Learn how to create business values in just 5 simple steps

When it comes to creating a vibrant company, values are absolutely foundational – in fact, they’re one of the most visible aspects of any company culture.

11-Apr-2018

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Managing supply chains effectively during the holiday season

Gift giving is a major part of the holiday season. As a result, the holiday seasons is hectic, not only for the consumers, but also the retailers and manufacturers supplying the gifts.

29-Mar-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Have your say on taxes

It’s hard to believe but New Zealand’s Government is giving you a chance to say what you think about our tax system.
BUSINESS buddy thinks this is an opportunity not to be missed.

28-Mar-2018 Ben Thompson

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Are employee benefits the key to attracting and retaining employees?

Free healthy meals at work, discounted travel, opportunities for personal development and study, flexible working, and paid time off for volunteering – these are just some of the compelling employee benefits that leading company’s offer.

28-Mar-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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How to deal with difficult customers: Nine proven tips for retailers

Dealing with difficult customers can be… well, difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right attitude and action steps, you can effectively navigate these tricky customer situations and emerge (hopefully) unscathed.

27-Mar-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Save the date - 7 ways to grow your business seminar

Join Kirsten & the Business Buddy CA Team on Wednesday June 13 2018 at this 90-minute event to understand the mindset change required to succeed in a changing business landscape.

14-Mar-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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John says, “do you want to visit?” Obama says, “oKey doKey.”

The team at BUSINESS buddy realise the power of good networking, so the news of the former US president Barack Obama’s visit later this month – got us thinking.

13-Mar-2018

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5 things you need to know about sourcing globally

Global sourcing occurs when companies go beyond their home borders for sourcing goods and services.

13-Mar-2018

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Three measures of customer satisfaction compared

It is a difficult task to gauge customer satisfaction without some form of survey to do so. However, understanding the extent to which your customer base is happy with your services is integral to your company’s success.

28-Feb-2018

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Getting business strategy at the heart of your success in 2018

Strategy lies at the heart of most successful businesses. Businesses that plan and have clear objectives or goals, robust accountability and a shared sense of purpose should always outperform those that just show up and go through the motions.

28-Feb-2018

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Where do your customers see value?

Most small businesses are trying to grow their market share and revenue. This typically means thinking deeply about one of the major factors affecting inventory management: pricing strategy.

28-Feb-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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What shape are your end-of-year accounts in?

The end of the financial year can be either stressful or a seamless part of what you do.
Ideally, your end-of-year accounts will confirm what you think your business has been doing for the past 12 months.

14-Feb-2018

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4 Essential employee engagement trends for 2018

Creating a highly-engaged workforce and a thriving workplace continues to be a major focus for all HR managers. And the reason is simple.

14-Feb-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Accountancy becomes accountability

If someone had told me as a student in the 1980's that one day soon I could track my client’s business performance online, on any device, from anywhere in the world, I wouldn’t have believed them.

14-Feb-2018

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Kill your mortgage

Hannah is a financial force. She is the founder and director of enableMe – Financial Personal Trainers, a chartered accountant, a master of taxation studies, best-selling author, TV personality and mum of two.
Hannah is presenting her brand new, 45-minute seminar at Uxbridge Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Howick February 27, 2018 at 6pm.

31-Jan-2018 Irena Mckenzie

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Financial Mistakes To Avoid In Your First Business

After spending months thinking about it, you finally decided to quit your 9-5 job and start your very first business. You think that this will be a win-win situation for you because you get to do what you love and be your own boss.

31-Jan-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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The force of the Star Wars’ business model

From a business perspective, it’s universe-shattering that a product that first rolled out in 1977 still captivates the punters and successfully enthralls a whole new generation.

BUSINESS buddy has investigated how Star Wars resonates with people who weren’t born when the first movie was released, without alienating those who are old enough to be their grandparents.

30-Jan-2018

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Late payment reduces small business confidence to grow

Three quarters of small and medium sized UK builders say that late payment has directly hampered their business growth according to a recent Federation of Master Builders survey.

30-Jan-2018

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8 Eco-friendly packaging alternatives for your shipping needs

If you’re shipping your goods out to your customers, it’s essential to ensure your freight costs are as low as possible. At the same time, we all know how important it is to reduce our impact on the environment.

17-Jan-2018

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Shipping Musts and Must-Nots

Online purchasing has not-so-slowly and very surely become the way people shop. It is efficient, convenient and best of all can be done without any concern for traffic or trying to find dreaded car-parking at a mall.

17-Jan-2018

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The Value of Workplace Training

Training in the workplace is a very valuable and important component of running a successful business.

17-Jan-2018

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WIN two free tickets to BUSINESS buddy’s cashflow management seminar

The BUSINESS buddies are so excited about our February seminar that we are giving away one double pass to help a local business keep the dollars running like a river, all year round.

Are you a business owner feeling financial squeeze this January? You are not alone.