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18-Jun-2019 Hayley Steer

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A nudge in the right direction: how our brains have evolved, and what we need to do about it

As a member of the learning and development industry, I am bombarded with research, insights, event invites, and models almost daily

18-Jun-2019 Caleena

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Benefits of advertising on YouTube

The Internet has made it very easy for a business to make its goods and services reach more and more people all over the world.

18-Jun-2019

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Understanding debits and credits in accounting

Debits and credits are one of those fundamental concepts in accounting..

04-Jun-2019 Carola Finch

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Encouraging new ideas and innovation in the workplace

In today’s competitive environment, businesses can survive and thrive when managers or owners implement measures that encourage their employees to share new ideas and innovations to improve the workplace. As a temp administrative assistant, I have observed many innovations that work - and don't work- on the job.

04-Jun-2019 Guest

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What is depreciation and why should I care?

Depreciation affects your bottom line, your tax bill, and the value of your business. Those are three good reasons to learn what depreciation is and how it works. Here are the basics.

21-May-2019 Caleena

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How much does your employee really cost?

Do you know that the wages you pay your employee is not all that your employee costs?

21-May-2019 Caleena

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Time management 101

You understand the phrase, “Time is money” better when you are in the labour market.

21-May-2019 Caleena

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Why you should advertise on Facebook

Facebook started in 2005 as a small networking site at Harvard University.

19-May-2019 Guest

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9 steps to an awesome invoicing process

You need billing to be fast and accurate.

19-May-2019 Caleena

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Want to create an effective budget? Here are 10 tips for you

On the list of crucial things that determine if a small scale business will stay relevant or fold up within a short while, money is right on the top.

19-May-2019 Caleena

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Why planning is important

Planning is simply a process that involves shaping a course of action that is to be done at a later date.

07-May-2019 Candice Jones

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A new bank feeds process – simpler, faster, and more secure

Bank feeds are a core component of Xero, giving you an up to date view of your cash position so you know how your business is performing.

06-May-2019 Theodora Evans

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The bright future of online banking

Technology has facilitated all aspects of life

05-May-2019 Stephen Key

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Before you launch your business, make sure you have a safety net. Here are 13

All entrepreneurs need a parachute.

05-May-2019 Thomas Smale

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The importance of 'positioning' your brand when you're just starting out

"Positioning" is a term that gets thrown around a lot but can often be confused with other marketing activities.

23-Apr-2019 Guest

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Why real-time business intelligence needs automated bookkeeping

What is really happening in the life of our small business?

14-Apr-2019 Caleena

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Tax Season: 4 ways to make tax season less painful.

Tax Day is just right around the corner

09-Apr-2019 Frank Landman

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Is a tech-based social credit score a good idea?

China is currently developing a kind of social credit system, not dissimilar to a financial credit system, designed to reward people for doing good deeds and demonstrating honesty and integrity while punishing people for committing untrustworthy acts.

09-Apr-2019 Caleena

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Why is SEO crucial to surviving online?

The concept of search engine optimisation (SEO) is literally everywhere. It is so important now, and every webmaster needs its knowledge, so content marketing is as effective as it is supposed to be.

09-Apr-2019 Hayden Field

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These 5 body language secrets could put you on the road to a million dollars

There’s a reason “The Room Where It Happens” is one of Broadway hit Hamilton’s standout songs: the track’s theme -- longing to be included among key decision-makers in the place in which decisions are made -- is timeless.

08-Apr-2019 Jared McClure

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How to use strategic partnerships for more explosive growth

If it’s going to survive, a startup needs to grow.

07-Apr-2019 Osita Rich

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Read this to help you become a better business leader

TIP: All leaders that are good need to focus on days to come. You have to know what's next and how to prepare for it.

Make it a point to look for hidden talent in your teammates. It should be easy to determine who benefits you the most, when you are looking for helpers.

07-Apr-2019 Patrick Frigo

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The Accounting Business Expo 2019: Your roadmap for moving down the advisory path

As part of the Beautiful Business Talks hosted by Xero at this year’s Accounting Business Expo, I was given the opportunity to present on how accountants and bookkeepers can provide advisory services to their clients.

26-Mar-2019 Guest

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What is accounts receivable and where can it go wrong?

Accounts receivable is the money you’re owed by customers. Once you send an invoice (or bill), it becomes part of your accounts receivable – until it’s paid.

26-Mar-2019 Caleena

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What is all the hype about SSL certificates?

Ever heard about SSL Certificates?

You probably have.

19-Mar-2019 Caleena

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Tips and Tricks on How to Gain Customer Satisfaction


When it comes to businesses and the publicity they involve, losing one customer can cause a chain reaction that makes you lose several other customers; existing and potential.

17-Mar-2019 Caleena

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Benefits of Advertising on Instagram

Benefits have evolved. Once upon a time, “word-of-mouth” adverts was what worked, later on, if you couldn’t get your business to be on the television or radio, you were not dreaming big enough.

13-Mar-2019 Caleena

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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.

11-Mar-2019 Rashan Dixon

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5 Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs

So you didn’t follow the Elon Musk path of creating a computer game at age 12 or cold-calling a corporate banking maven to snag a paying internship? You can still become a compelling, talked-about entrepreneur if you follow a few best practices.

11-Mar-2019 Jerod Morris

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7 steps to becoming a better thinker

When was the last time you stopped to think?
I mean really stopped.

To think.

11-Mar-2019 Amy Jones

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8 Major Legal Risks Faced By Startups

One of the biggest mistakes made by new business owners is not to engage startup legal services to handle possible issues for their new venture.

11-Mar-2019 Guest

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Cash versus accrual accounting explained

The difference between cash basis and accrual basis accounting comes down to timing. When do you record revenue or expenses?

11-Mar-2019 Loryn Cole

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The Irreplaceable Power of Paper

For hundreds of years, paper was the gold standard of written communication.
Anything you needed to record or remember, from love letters to receipts, was printed on paper.

27-Feb-2019

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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.

27-Feb-2019 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.

15-Jan-2019 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.

15-Jan-2019 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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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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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 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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

29-May-2018

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How the Automotive Industry Manages Seasonal Pressures

Managing seasonal pressures in the automotive industry is an ongoing struggle for car dealers, repair shops and others in the auto business.

28-May-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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9 Reasons Your In-Store Retail Displays Aren’t Working — and What to Do Instead

One of the major differences between brick-and-mortar and ecommerce retail is the ability (or inability) to create a physical customer-product interaction.

26-Apr-2018

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Putting Two and Two Together: Manufacturing Inventory Management and Quality Control

When it comes to quality control as a manufacturer, it’s important to remember the role inventory management has on your ability to moderate quality. In terms of running a business, your aim will be to make quality products that will sell, with as little waste as possible.

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.

24-Apr-2018

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Avoiding Supply Chain Woes

Controlling a supply chain can be a very difficult exercise. Businesses can struggle to control what is going on in their supply chain and this can result in failure.

24-Apr-2018

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How to Stay Productive When You Work Remotely

Working remotely or freelancing has its positives— working in your pyjamas being one of them— but when it comes to self-motivating and staying productive, it can be an uphill battle.

24-Apr-2018

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Why Do Businesses Fail to Grow?

No entrepreneur or business startup sets out to fail, yet in every industry, there are those companies that grow and dominate their markets, while others stagnate or ultimately fail.

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.

28-Mar-2018 Karen Cheung

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Expanding from 1 to 5 Stores: How This Retailer Used Communities to Fuel Their Growth

Picture this — you find yourself in an industry that is dominated by big chains at the top and crowded with online stores that keep popping up. How do you stay competitive?

28-Mar-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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We Asked Retailers About the Habits That Led to Their Success. Here’s What They Said.

Highly successful retail businesses don’t just happen overnight, nor does it (usually) occur because of one big, bold action.

27-Mar-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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Avoiding Stockouts: 5 Preventable Causes of Out-of-Stocks and What to Do About Them

Stockouts almost always make it to the “worst nightmare” lists of retailers, and for good reason. Not only do they lead to lost sales, but out-of-stocks also result in reduced customer satisfaction and lower loyalty levels.

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.

26-Feb-2018

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Benefits of a Domestic Supply Chain

The success of a business, amongst other things, is largely dependent on their ability to supply their product or service to a customer exactly when and in what quantity they require.

26-Feb-2018

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Choosing Between Local or International Suppliers

As industries increase in globalisation, establishing trading relationships with suppliers further and further afield, there is a concurrent and rather ironic push for consumers to support local entities and ‘shop small’.

26-Feb-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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How to Optimize Your Inventory: A Guide to Getting Stock Levels “Just Right”

How much money do you lose to stockouts and overstocked items every year? The answer might surprise you.

26-Feb-2018

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Three Must Have New Year’s Resolutions for Small Businesses

As some countries ring in the new financial year, now is the time to reflect and make New Year’s resolutions for your SME for the financial year ahead.

25-Feb-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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Got a Seasonal Business? Try These 9 Tips to Stay Profitable and Productive All Year

Every seasonal business – whether it’s a haunted house attraction open on Halloween or a summer souvenirs shop on the beach – dreads the off-peak season.

18-Jan-2018

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3 Deadly Sins of Inventory Management

Sales numbers are not the only factor that influence a business’ bottom-line. Inventory management is just as important, and managers need to be wary of a few common inventory management mistakes to avoid.

18-Jan-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.

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.

16-Jan-2018

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The Five Elements of a Lean Business

If your business is doing well and you’re looking to expand, that can be a sign of success. However, moving to the next stage of business development can be a risky endeavour.

18-Dec-2017

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The Happiest Time of the Year? Holiday Pressures for Food Manufacturers

Holiday seasons are often just as exciting for food manufacturers as they are for consumers. Holiday seasons are big business for food manufacturers.

05-Dec-2017

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7 Ways to reduce your impact on the environment

Managing your business’s impact on the environment is not only good for the environment but it can also help to improve your business’s reputation and reduce business costs.

21-Nov-2017 Anna Cicognani

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9 ways to squeeze more profit out of every business day

It’s the Holy Grail of business: increasing the number of profitable hours in a day.

10-Oct-2017

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Encourage teamwork in the workplace to enhance stock control

In any business, large or small, good teamwork is essential for morale, productivity and efficiency.

27-Sep-2017

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Five ways to build a happy team

We have spoken to hundreds of business owners and thousands of their employees over the last twelve years.

13-Sep-2017

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How to take your business to the next level

You’ve done the hard work by setting up your business and establishing solid foundations with a good client base – congrats! So how do you expand, and do so profitably?

29-Aug-2017

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Accurate Inventory Costing: Why It’s Critical for Success

Even if a business has some other, high value, assets such as factory plant, inventory is likely to essential to the business’ ability to trade profitably.

28-Aug-2017 Don Stephens

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Handheld devices in field service

More than just dispatching machines, handhelds have become as ubiquitous to field service as the screwdriver and wrench.

29-Jul-2017 Anna Cicognani

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Let’s make it clear – Good mobile staff communication is vital

Many small business owners don’t give a second thought about the need for clear communication.

27-Jul-2017 Guy Earnshaw

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Are you getting the most out of digital working practices?

Businesses today are quickly adopting cloud software as the benefits become more apparent and even necessary to keep a competitive edge – benefits like less paperwork, greater efficiency, and time savings.

27-Jul-2017

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Inventory Management: Five Key Tips for Distributors

Due to the nature of the distribution model where distributors profit by selling inventory to their customers, failing to manage inventory well can be a major liability for distributors.

19-Jul-2017 BEN THOMPSON

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HOW IMPROVING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT CAN BOOST YOUR BOTTOM LINE

Look at a company with a reputation for strong employee engagement and you’ll find a high performing business. We’re not making this up.

12-Jul-2017 goRoster

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Common mistakes made when calculating payroll costs

Knowing what your payroll costs are – daily, weekly, monthly and yearly – is an important part of running a successful business. It allows you to forecast future wage costs, ensures you don’t have any surprises come pay day, and gives you confidence in the stability of the business.
But do you know the TRUE cost of your roster?

05-Jul-2017 DAVID HOLLAND

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THE HAPPINESS FACTOR: 6 TACTICS FOR IMPROVING WORKPLACE PRODUCTIVITY

Remember the old (and slightly misogynistic) phrase Happy Wife, Happy Life! ? Well, it turns out there is a workplace equivalent: Happy workers, productive business! (and no – we couldn’t make it rhyme).

26-Jun-2017

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Small-Man-Syndrome: How SMEs can be successful on a global stage

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) are companies that are independently owned and managed with less than 250 employees in their ranks and bringing in less than 50 million euros per year.

07-Jun-2017

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The Importance of Accurate Costing

It’s no debate that the world is becoming increasingly globalized. Despite some barriers to entry into international business, geographical expansion and the use of imports and exports has become easier and more prevalent. Regardless of the size of a business or where it chooses to operate, one necessity remains constant, and that’s the need for accurate costing.

24-May-2017 Kirsten Hawke

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Ready to leave the nest and share?

Working at home has its advantages. The commute is negligible, it’s much cheaper, you can bring in the washing if it looks like rain and work around children schedules and nap times.
On the other hand, there are negatives. Client meetings may require a tidy up and a vacuum, taking on employees means having them in your private home, isolation from the rest of the world, no handy coffee shop next door for your caffeine fix.

11-May-2017

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Inventory Strategy: Where to Start

As a small to medium business owner, getting your inventory management right can sometimes seem like a daunting endeavor. Fortunately, most of the stress involved in developing good inventory practice can be resolved by identifying the right inventory management strategies for your business. That’s not to say that there’s an immediately obvious solution for every problem – there are some tricky issues in inventory management however there are well-documented strategies to help you get the basics right.

10-May-2017 Float

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Review of TSheets – Employee Time Tracking Software

Struggling to keep on top of employee timesheets? Want to offer employees a simpler way to clock in and out? Keen to track remote workers’ location throughout the day? Eager to make payroll easier? TSheets, a mobile employee tracking software, is here to help.

12-Apr-2017 Unleashed

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Cloud-based software – the way to go!

Cloud software is fast becoming the way to do business. The reason for this? Everything becomes easier, more accurate and more accessible – which, at the end of the day, is the direction a company should be going in. Cloud-based software is basically where everything to do with the program is online. We will look at a few ways that cloud software can help you achieve good inventory management and manufacturing control.

12-Apr-2017 Kirsten Hawke

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Keep your worker bees buzzing

Keeping productivity levels buzzing is proving problematic for a lot of small to medium Kiwi businesses and the nation lags behind other countries for getting lots of stuff done, efficiently.

Several different factors improve productivity including keeping up-to-date with technology, investing in research and development and connecting with other businesses.

09-Apr-2017 goRoster

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Future forecasting made easy with goRoster –The Old Vicarage and Bootleg BBQ

Campbell Parker is one of the brains behind two of Christchurch’s must-eat restaurants.
Opening in March 2015, Bootleg BBQ is an inner-city destination providing the city’s meat and craft beer lovers with a real taste of American cuisine. The Old Vicarage, which Campbell has owned for the past 10 years, is an iconic restaurant on the outskirts of Christchurch.