When you roll up to a commercial banker looking for some extra dollars to finance your latest business idea there are some must haves that need to be included in your application.
Effective job scheduling is one of the most important but least understood disciplines of business management.
UX (User Experience) is at the heart of every good design. It’s the difference between your customers groaning in wretched frustration, or grinning with enjoyment; with them shaking a defeated fist at your site and hastily clicking away from it, or completing a satisfying purchase and wanting to return for more.
We’ve just rung in 2019. What can you do to get this new year off to a good start? Here are a dozen ideas. You may not need to implement all of them, so choose the ones that will help you the most—and get going!
Have you harnessed social listening?
As I peruse trends for 2019, I see a lot about listening on social. And I have to chuckle … how is this trendy or new?!
In any case, if part of your marketing strategy involves social media it should also involve social listening.
Here are four easy ways using listening on social media can inform your marketing strategy.
We check our phones about 85 times a day. Chances are, you’re reading this on one right now – or it won’t be long till you check it again. A staggering 70% of internet traffic now comes from mobile devices.
Falls from height (FFH) are the leading causes of serious and fatal injuries for construction workers. Almost all of these injuries and fatalities were preventable. There are many different factors that increase the risk of FFH injuries. Getting a understanding of these issues is key to preventing FFH injuries. As a result of identifying the types of hazards and learning how to safely address these hazards on your current jobs will allow you to get lower rates on General Liability Insurance and Workers Compensation Insurance.
In the same way technology has swept through many business and industrial sectors – new technology is revolutionising the way New Zealand’s early childhood education centres operate.
In this era where a lot of activities are digital, no individual or organization wants their information lost. People also want to have access to their information; especially at the point of their needs. Therefore, one thing of increasing importance is the issue of accessible data storage.
Contrary to what you've always been told, thinking negatively can very much be a good thing.
Merry Christmas from BUSINESS buddy.
Those who know us well won’t need any convincing that we enjoy Christmas and a few bubbles as much as the next business advisor.
And, we love staying in touch to celebrate the end of a successful year, but this year we felt we could do something more meaningful for our clients, rather than a traditional Christmas card.
Investing in residential property has been a popular option ever since Bob Jones on Property, hit the booksellers’ shelves back in 1977.
However, some 40 years later New Zealand is in the middle of an affordable housing crisis and the policy makers are introducing changes that impact on residential rental investment rules.
Ten years ago, the accounting industry looked very different but new technology is evolving. Cloud-based software is becoming more prevalent everywhere you look; accountants have had to adapt their mode of operation. These changes to the industry will create so many opportunities for accountants. Yet, there will also be notable challenges to face with this level of change.
Christmas is here and more than anything, it’s usually referred to as the season of love. Love is expressed by giving, and many employers hope to express this love to their employees by giving gifts.
When a customer asks you for a quote, they're giving you a golden opportunity. With the right response, you can close the deal quickly and win new business. Here's how to make the most of price quotes.
We all leave things until the last minute, but it would be a good idea to put systems in order now, to reduce your stress and avoid surprise phone calls from Inland Revenue.
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.
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.
Some benefits of social media and content marketing are normally inaccessible for small businesses and startups because:
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.
BUSINESS buddy knows you won’t believe this, but our next gig is going to be bigger, better and even more inspiring.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just like our clothes, when money is laundered, it starts out dirty and comes out clean.
For more than a month BUSINESS buddy has paced the pavement in its pursuit of healthiness with the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge.
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.
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.
Tax time is fast approaching—it’s important to do your homework and know exactly what tax deductions you can claim.
Oh, how time flies.
It is now six months since BUSINESS buddy wrote the "Have your say on taxes" blog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use our tips to help you create engaging content.
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.
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.
Almost every small business struggles through ups and downs on their journey to funding business growth.
“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.
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.
BUSINESS buddy loves supporting other Kiwi businesses that provide awesome services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Imagine giving people in a developing country 18250 days access to clean water just from your business being a success.
BUSINESS buddy team has discovered a new techy tool that will show you how to make your website grab potential clients by the eyeballs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No one is in any doubt that serious changes are needed to get Auckland’s chocka-block transport system flowing.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
We are super excited to welcome our new BUSINESS buddy, who is operating a new business advisory service in the Franklin region.
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.
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.
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.
While millennials are still a significant consumer segment for retailers, there is another shopper group that’s continuing to gain spending power.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.