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17-Dec-2018 Caleena

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Increasing benefits of Cloud Computing

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.

16-Dec-2018 Rob Marchant

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Why you should take UX seriously

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.

16-Dec-2018 Unleashed Software

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What does the future look like for Accountants on the Cloud?

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.

16-Dec-2018 Paul MacPherson

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Security is everyone's responsibility

For most of us the internet is an intrinsic part of our lives. We rely on it to get us where we are going, connect us to friends and family and answer all of our questions, no matter how banal. It has also quickly become an integral part of most businesses, enabling them to complete business transactions in mere minutes as well as connect to their customers and a global network.

16-Dec-2018 https://geoworkforcesolutions.com

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7 steps to brilliant job and staff scheduling

Effective job scheduling is one of the most important but least understood disciplines of business management.

13-Dec-2018

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The benefits of Cloud Computing

The cloud – what is it and why is it important? Like the name suggests, the idea of the cloud feels lofty and hard to grasp. Simply put, cloud computing is the practice of using a network hosted on the Internet, or “the cloud,” to store, manage, and process data. This means you won’t have to maintain or own any hosting equipment.

12-Dec-2018 Caleena

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Christmas tax write-offs

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.

10-Dec-2018 Lucas Miller

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Why thinking negatively isn't always a bad thing

Contrary to what you've always been told, thinking negatively can very much be a good thing.

10-Dec-2018

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Make a mobile office work for your business

Offices used to be essential for most businesses. But mobile technology and new working practices mean that many small businesses don't need any office space. Here's what you need to know about having a mobile office.

10-Dec-2018

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How to make price quotes work for you

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.

10-Dec-2018

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Five important business negotiation strategies

Business negotiation is a world of contradictions. You’ve got to be firm but flexible open and sharing, but a little cagey. There’s a lot to get your head around. But your state of mind might be the most important thing. Aim for a mutually beneficial outcome, and you’ll find the whole exercise more comfortable. Follow these five tips to prepare for your next negotiation.

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.

05-Dec-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Sort out your payday filing, el pronto

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.

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:

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.

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

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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?

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?

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.

15-Nov-2018 Don Scott

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It's About Time

We equate being busy as being virtuous. When we’re maxed out, it feels safe. It must be productive. (Or is it?) It’s a badge of courage, honor or something …

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 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

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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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$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.

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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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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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 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 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

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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6 tips to create compelling content for your website

Use our tips to help you create engaging content.

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.

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.


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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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

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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.

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.

29-Jul-2018 Alana Giddy

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Working From Home – Managing the Risks to Reap the Rewards

Working from home is becoming increasingly common as many employees look for flexibility and work-life balance.

29-Jul-2018 Andy Bailey

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Top 7 Tips for Finding the Right Business Software

You almost certainly started your business for one of two reasons: you can do something better than anyone else, or you have a burning passion so deep you cannot focus on anything else.

29-Jul-2018

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The Benefits of e-Commerce for Manufacturers

The proliferation of e-commerce has been a game changer in the world of retail, and if adopted correctly can be hugely beneficial for manufacturers too.

29-Jul-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-Jul-2018 Liz Studholme

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Marketing your Advisory Services

An accounting firms' success is increasingly due to their people skills, rather than just their ability to crunch the numbers.

29-Jul-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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How to Double Your Retail Sales: Lessons from the Gift Shop Poopsie’s

Meet Alana Turner, the co-owner of Poopsie’s, a quirky gift shop in Galena, IL. When Alana and her co-owner took over the business in 2010, they had about 5 employees.

29-Jul-2018

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B2B Retailers versus B2C Retailers: What’s the Difference?

You may have come across two terms which are often confused – Business-to-Business (B2B) retail and Business-to-Consumer (B2C) retail. In this article, we outline the key features of each model so that you know the differences between the two.

29-Jul-2018

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A Quick Guide to Getting Started with eCommerce

Grow your business by strengthening its eCommerce capability. eCommerce is one of the most rapidly growing ways to sell products to customers in most countries globally.

26-Jul-2018

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When to engage a debt collection agency

At Debtor Daddy, we’re firm advocates for giving customers reasonable time to settle their debts. Go in too hard, too soon and you’ll burn your relationships; leave it too late and you’ll waste a disproportionate amount time and money trying to collect what’s due. So when is the right time to engage a third party debt collection agency?

26-Jul-2018

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Emerging eCommerce Trends in Australia

The Asia-Pacific region has seen an online boom over the past decade, particularly in eCommerce. This part of the world has the largest online market globally and high levels of growth in the Australian eCommerce market have had a lot to do with this.

26-Jul-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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Cash Registers vs. POS Systems: How to Tell Which Is Right for Your Retail Biz

This is a post by Alexandra Sheehan. Most thriving retail businesses process many transactions on a daily basis, sometimes thousands.

26-Jul-2018 Nik George

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Branded Reporting for Advisory Success

Successful marketing is key to raising brand awareness and growing your advisory services. By ensuring that clients receive a professionally branded report and a tailored advisory experience at each meeting, you will enhance the overall perception of your brand to the wider business community and are more likely attract new clients.

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 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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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.”

28-Jun-2018

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Tribe of the Tree grows flower essence business with cloud inventory management

As passionate believers in the healing power of flower essences, Scott Harris and his co-founder Jayne Tancred established Tribe of the Tree in Sydney seven years ago.

28-Jun-2018

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The 7 P’s of E-commerce Software

Delving into the e-commerce world is an exciting adventure albeit somewhat daunting. You need a ‘shopfront’ – somewhere you can show off your wares to customers. Here we review some points to consider when choosing your cloud-based e-commerce software.

28-Jun-2018 Richard Francis

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It's time to consolidate in the Cloud

As businesses grow, it is often inevitable that additional entities will be needed. Typically these will arise from international expansion into new markets or for legal and risk mitigation.

28-Jun-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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How to Increase Your Profit Margins: 8 Proven Tips for Retailers

Your profit margin is a metric that should always be on your radar, and for good reason: it answers critical questions about your business, like whether or not you’re making money or if you’re pricing your products correctly.

28-Jun-2018 Colin Hewitt

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A Bookkeeping Revolution

The world of accounting and bookkeeping is changing. It was a decade ago that I decided to upgrade our small business from spreadsheets and Word documents to a proper accounting system.

28-Jun-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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9 Back to School Marketing Tips to Fuel Your Campaigns

Students in the US won’t be flocking back to campuses until September, but for retailers, it’s high time to ramp up back to school (BTS) and back to college (BTC) marketing campaigns.

27-Jun-2018

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Preventing Mishaps During the Busy Season

Seasonality might make you think of the holiday season but seasonality is not exclusive to Christmas, Easter or Halloween! Seasonality also encompasses the summer seasonal boom.

27-Jun-2018

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Combining Digital with Brick-and-Mortar Stores

The shopping habits of consumers has changed significantly over the past 10 years and will continue to change over the next decade too.

27-Jun-2018

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11 Unique Sales Promotion Examples to Help You Stand Out and Attract Foot Traffic

These days, it seems like every retailer is running some sort of sales promotion. 25% off, $5 off a purchase of $50 or more, buy-one-get-one-free — these approaches are becoming so commonplace that it’s easy to get lost in the mix.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

29-May-2018

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Understanding the Cosmetic Industry’s Supply Chain

In the cosmetic industry, managing the supply chain efficiently and effectively is crucial for cosmetic companies to gain a competitive advantage.