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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-Feb-2019 Kirsten Hawke

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Don’t be baffled by payday filing

Payday filing starts on 1 April 2019 – ready or not.
Come along to our free seminar to learn more and learn how to get your admin ducks in a row.

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.

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.

27-Sep-2017 Claire Briggs

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How Cloud Technology Has Transformed the Role of Accountants

The role of a tax accountant has continuously changed over the course of the last 50 years, and it is currently undergoing yet another transition period with the growing popularity of cloud accounting.

10-May-2017 Kirsten Hawke

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Happy Tax Freedom Day

It’s time to crack open the bubbly and pull the party poppers because according to some political beings – New Zealand celebrated Tax Freedom Day on May 8 this year.
Did you even know such a thing as Tax Freedom Day existed? And, what the heck does it even mean?
The BUSINESS buddies were quite intrigued by the concept of Tax Freedom Day and did some digging to find out more.

20-Apr-2017 DebtorDaddy

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“Let me tell you how it will be”: What the taxman can teach you about getting paid on time

I recently overlooked a GST bill.

The taxman is not okay with that. He wants his money. And fair enough; I want free healthcare and the other benefits of being a taxpayer.

30-Mar-2017

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Panic not – tax changes made easy

The 2016 budget had a few changes to tax laws that come in effect April 1, 2017. Yes, it is April Fool’s Day.
The BUSINESS buddy team has looked at the nuts and bolts and come up with a few pointers.

19-Oct-2016

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If disaster strikes, what happens to your tax, bills and any staff?

Emergencies that force you to stop trading, like earthquakes, floods or fires, come with little or no warning. To give your business the best chance of survival, you need a contingency plan. Make sure it includes what happens after disaster strikes, when less — or no — money might be coming in.

06-Jul-2016

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How to eliminate paper in your service business

Whiteboards took up half of Wendy Fallow’s office. The operations manager of Clear Concepts, a customised glass design business, said her working life consisted of sticking cellotaped magnets on pieces of paper and talking on the phone to her seven mobile installers and sales reps.

26-Jun-2016

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Little to tax small businesses in 2016 Budget

There were few surprises for small businesses in the 2016 Budget, but there were still things to smile about. The biggest of these were aimed at boosting innovation and simplifying taxes. Here’s what you need to know:

24-May-2016 Lisa Wilkin

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e-GST and Xero Tax making it easier for small business

In December 2015, we started a GST pilot in which 1,400 businesses sent their GST returns from Xero direct to Inland Revenue. The very successful first phase of the pilot has just wrapped up. The small businesses who participated were enthusiastic:

25-Apr-2016

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Got staff? You need to know the new rules

If you employ people you need to take the time to understand a number of employment law changes.

25-Apr-2016

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Tax: Pay-as-you-go for better cashflow

New proposals will give small business owners a pay-as-you-go option for provisional tax — income tax by another name. This is one initiative in a package of proposed tax changes aimed at reducing the stress of tax compliance for businesses.

25-Feb-2016

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Four minute round-up of 2016’s law changes

Here’s a summary of upcoming law changes that affect small businesses — check out which apply to you.

18-Jan-2016

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Using your home for business

Many people who run a small business use an area in the home for work purposes. You do not have to have an area specifically set aside for the business. If you're doing this, you can make a claim for the area so long as you keep a full record of all expenses you wish to claim.

25-Nov-2015

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Alert: Deadline to company director changes ended 28 October

From 28 October all New Zealand companies must have at least one director who lives in New Zealand, or who lives in Australia and is a director of an Australian registered company.

New Zealand companies that don’t comply risk being removed from the Companies Register.

If your company doesn’t have a New Zealand-based director, you will need to appoint one who lives in New Zealand or in Australia immediately.

There’s also additional information about directors you’ll need to provide when filing your Companies Office annual returns.

25-Nov-2015

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Tax on Christmas parties and presents

It’s coming up to that time of year when you might be planning a staff Christmas party. It's great for morale and a chance to mark the end of the year. But what are the tax considerations?

You may be able to claim as business expenses events such as Christmas functions or giving gifts to employees.

25-Nov-2015 Matt Barnett

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File your GST returns straight from Xero – pilot program

Last week Revenue Minister, the Hon. Todd McClay announced an industry initiative enabling businesses to file GST returns straight from Xero to Inland Revenue (IR), rather than having to file a separate return. No more filling out forms. Nothing to print, sign or post.

25-Nov-2015

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Special tax codes and deduction rates: What to do

Sometimes an employee will ask you to make tax or student loan deductions from salary or wages that are not at the standard rate.

25-Nov-2015

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Government hours over Christmas and New Year

Most government agencies close down over Christmas and in early January. Here’s a list of who will be open and who shuts down for holidays.

28-Oct-2015

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TPP: What it means for small business

Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement have concluded. The 12 Asia-Pacific countries involved account for 36 per cent of the global economy – but what does it mean for your business?

28-Sep-2015

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Checklist: Companies Amendment Act changes

If your business is a registered company, a law change means you must have a director who lives in New Zealand – or who lives in Australia and is a director of an Australian registered company – by 28 October.

You’ll also need to provide some extra information about directors and any ultimate holding company with your next annual return.

Make sure you’re sorted by following this quick and easy checklist:

28-Sep-2015

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Registering for GST? Four ways to avoid delays

You have to register for GST as soon as you think you’ll earn more than $60,000 in a 12 month period, but you may want to register earlier so you can claim back GST while your business is still small. Make sure you provide the correct information so your registration isn’t delayed by avoidable mistakes.

02-Jun-2015 Xero

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What does the NZ Budget Mean for Small Business?

The Government this month handed down the 2015 NZ Budget with a few surprises in store. This Budget continues to deliver on National Government’s pattern of fiscal responsibility. This is a positive thing for New Zealand business as it creates an environment of certainty and stability for businesses to invest.

24-Feb-2015

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ATO Mobile App

The ATO app puts tax and super help in your hand, making it easier for you to conduct your tax and super affairs on the go.

24-Feb-2015

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Claiming website development costs

If you pay for a website for your business, here are some things to remember about claiming the costs…

24-Feb-2015

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Starting your business

Starting a business is a big decision, and needs careful research and planning well before you start trading.

16-Jan-2015 Helen Swan-Thompson

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Digital Tips to Attract Clients Online This Tax Season

Your website or LinkedIn profile will often be the first thing about your company that a prospective client sees, and as we all know, you only get one chance to make a good first impression.