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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

28-May-2018

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What’s the Buzz About Innovation?

As more businesses use online inventory management, manufacturing and procurement tools, businesses that stick to traditional ways of operating are likely to surrender their competitive advantage.

27-May-2018

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The Reluctance to Automate Leaves UK’s Food Industry Stagnant

Competition is rife in every industry. In order to keep up with competitors you have to be innovative and quick.

16-May-2018

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3 key trends that will drive business success in FY 2019

As some of us begin a new financial year, it’s time to reflect on trends from the year that’s been. The 2018 financial year continued the dramatic trend of change that small and medium sized businesses have been experiencing for the last few years.

25-Apr-2018

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Innovation Poses New Challenges and Opportunities in the Food and Beverage Industry

One critical factor for food and beverage industry growth is innovation. While the food and beverage players are experienced innovators, the industry itself is facing new consumer, food safety and regulatory challenges.

28-Mar-2018

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Choosing Cloud Software? Look Out for These Trends

Software as a Service (SaaS) has paved the way for businesses and consumers to test early cloud services. With SaaS being both flexible and financially attractive, businesses continue to take advantage of the simplicity and high performance the cloud offers.

28-Mar-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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Retail Metrics: 14 Essential KPIs for Tracking Your Business’ Performance

Numbers don’t lie, so if you find yourself at a loss with what’s happening in your business, one of first the things you should do is look at your retail metrics.

27-Mar-2018

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Streamlining your Small Business for Greater Efficiency

One of the complexities of managing a small to medium sized business is having the ability to optimise your organisation, enabling it to run more efficiently.

27-Mar-2018

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Technology + Humanity = The future of services

Running your own business is awesome, right? There are not many other lifestyles that afford the opportunity to enjoy the kind of life you’ve always dreamed of, on your own terms. Time, money, flexibility… the chance to have it all.

30-Jan-2018

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8 Eco-friendly packaging alternatives for your shipping needs

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

21-Jan-2018

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What’s Brewing in the Future of Coffee?

The growth of the coffee industry has been truly unprecedented and experts have been prepared for the bubble to pop.

03-Jan-2018

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The Dance of Technology and Business

Conducting business is no longer as simple, and dare we say primitive, as being present in the store at the point of sale, making said sale, recording said sale and replenishing inventory stock – all in a very hands-on manner.

18-Dec-2017

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Automation: Changing the Face of Inventory Management

Inventory control and supply chain management has evolved on a near continuous basis since the 1980s.

23-Nov-2017

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5 Current cloud computing trends in business

For most businesses the question is no longer whether it is appropriate to adopt a cloud service, but rather when is the right time and what services to move.

22-Nov-2017

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9 Tech Trends That Are Rapidly Changing How Businesses Do Business

As technology and digital marketing tools continue to improve, businesses will have to adapt to trends in marketing and consumer behavior.

21-Nov-2017

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Four signs it’s time to systemise your staff roster

To be successful in business, you need to be organised, have a clear plan for where you’re headed and be confident with the processes you have in place.

21-Nov-2017

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3 Simple signs your business is ready for a payments platform

At a certain point, every growing business needs to take a leap and invest in new technology. It can be daunting and expensive, but the rewards can greatly outweigh the costs and stress.

07-Nov-2017 Richard Francis

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Action Planning for client success

When I designed the first Spotlight Reports, I usually included an Action Plan to close the circle between great data analysis and goal-setting.

07-Nov-2017

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Brewery Inventory Management Up In The Cloud

Brewery inventory management can be done in a variety of ways. Often, companies will rely on a combination of methods, including web apps, written notes and spreadsheets.

07-Nov-2017 Francesca Nicasio

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Is Ecommerce Really Killing Brick and Mortar Retail?

Let’s get straight to the point: ecommerce is NOT killing brick-and-mortar retail.

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.

29-Aug-2017

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Using data to drive innovation

We live in a data-driven age - so why not use data in your business to solve problems, be more efficient and invent new products?

28-Aug-2017 Ryan Murtagh

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6 warning signs that your business is outgrowing your ecommerce platform

There are many factors to consider when you’re selecting an ecommerce platform, and when you first start selling online, it can be hard to find one that’s the right match.

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.

28-Aug-2017

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Supply Chain Risks and Inventory Management

There are a multitude of things that can go wrong throughout the supply chain, exposing the firm to different kinds of risks.

28-Aug-2017 Nikki Michaels

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Work from Phone: 5 Ways to Use Your Mobile Device to Run Your Retail Business

Mobile technology has revolutionized the way modern society does business and permanently changed the retail landscape.

29-Jul-2017

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SMEs and Globalization: A Changing Landscape

Advances in technology over the last two decades have shrunk the world; travel is inexpensive, cross border payments are fast and businesses communicate in real-time.

29-Jul-2017

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The Benefits of Cloud-Based Software for Manufacturing Businesses

More and more manufacturing companies are beginning to use cloud-based manufacturing systems to improve the way their business functions.

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 Ryan Murtagh

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Empower your ecommerce customers with a branded mobile app

Over the past five years, mobile devices have begun to dominate the consumer landscape around the world.

27-Jul-2017 Curtis Thomson

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Machine learning in field service

Machine learning has the power to change how we look at field service – what it means to contractors and customers alike.

26-Jun-2017 Curtis Thomson

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How Elon Musk’s neural lace could change your business

In April this year, Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla and SpaceX) publicly announced that his company, a startup in California, Neuralink, is developing a neural lace technology that will enable human beings to communicate with devices through their thoughts alone.

26-Jun-2017 Ryan Murtagh

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REDEFINING YOUR POINT OF SALE WITH A MODERN POS PLATFORM

It doesn’t matter how large or small your store is, or how many of them you’ve got—if you’ve got a point of sale (POS), you’ll see big benefits in switching from a simple cash register to a full-featured, cloud-based POS platform.

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.

26-Jun-2017 Ryan Murtagh

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THE SIMPLE WAY FOR CUSTOMERS TO BUY NOW AND PAY LATER

When a visitor spends time browsing your online store or bricks-and-mortar outlet, they’re looking for something. And when they find it, they’ll be tempted to buy it.

21-Jun-2017

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How Isle Of Skye Candles Reinvested For Growth With Float

The Isle of Skye Candle Company’s first batch of candles was made in a converted croft on the Isle of Skye in 2006, and since then the company has been lighting up across Scotland and the UK.

07-Jun-2017

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Trade Barriers: Mitigate the Impact on your Business

It can be unwelcome news that the success of your business is, in part, out of your control. If your business involves importing or exporting inventory, it pays to be aware of and be prepared to mitigate potential impacts of trade policy on your business.

24-May-2017 Float

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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. And if you’re lucky, it’s both. You didn’t start your business because you wanted to track cash moving in and out of your bank account. Nor to complete complicated forms for the government. You hadn’t even contemplated how business software could help you do these tasks, mostly because you didn’t know you need to do them.

14-May-2017

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8 Important Lessons Brick-and-Mortar Merchants Can Pick Up from Ecommerce

Some brick-and-mortar merchants see ecommerce as the force that’s grabbing market share and taking customers away from offline stores. We don’t think this is the case. The way we see it, physical and digital retail aren’t rivals — they’re allies.

14-May-2017

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What do Netflix, Kiwi innovators and a small town in Texas have in common?

The short answer is patent trolls. The long answer is that using cloud computing to do business may get you sued by patent trolls in the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

09-Apr-2017 Unleashed

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Understanding Perpetual Inventory

A perpetual inventory system is also known as a continuous inventory system. The premise of this type of inventory system is that is allows businesses to keep a real-time account of what inventory they have in stock.

22-Feb-2017 Unleashed

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Inventory Management Software – Creating a Platform for Making Better Business Decisions

For a number of years, advancements in technology have been the driving force behind most of the recent innovations in business and business management. Our systems are continually being optimized, our processes streamlined and our use of automation made more precise and more intuitive.

14-Dec-2016

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7 tech trends that will change the way small businesses operate in 2017

Technology has the power to make our lives easier, and small businesses have the flexibility and the creativity to take advantage of this power. By staying lean and agile, a small business can adapt quickly in a moment and use new technology to power into emerging markets.

07-Dec-2016 Alexandra Heber

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3 ways to tell you run a modern small business

It’s easy to take for granted the innovative technology we have at our disposal today. For small businesses, something as simple as email has completely revolutionized the way you communicate with customers.

In order to run a modern business, you need to utilize modern technology. Doing so means that you can run your business as efficiently as possible, hire staff that are best-suited to the job and retain them.

31-Oct-2016

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Cloud software is the next step in manufacturing

Unsurprisingly, some of the early-adopters of cloud software were the IT, Communications and Financial Services industries. The many advantages of using cloud Software are beneficial to a broad scope of businesses.

Since Henry Ford built his first assembly line in 1913, automation has revolutionised manufacturing industries. Similarly, manufacturing can greatly benefit from the multi-functional nature of cloud software and services, improving forecasting, inventory management, sales support functions, HR, product development and life cycle management.

23-Oct-2016 Francesca Nicasio

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Going Paperless: 6 Ways to Digitize Your Retail Business

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when the word “paperless” is brought up?

28-Sep-2016 Peter Gearin

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How to prepare a small business for mobile job management software

Job sheets, whiteboards, clipboards, filing cabinets … these are the communication and information storage tools of old-fashioned, inefficient small businesses. For owners and managers of trades and services companies who are only familiar with these traditional ways of working, and systems that may have been used for decades, it can seem like a difficult task to move to modern, cloud-based job management software.

28-Sep-2016 Francesca Nicasio

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5 Ways to Wow Today’s Savvy, Well-Informed Shoppers

Not too long ago, customers walked into retail stores without knowing much about their products. They’d browse the merchandise to discover items they liked, relying on store associates for more details and information.

14-Sep-2016 Brooke Anderson

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Find the right app to strengthen your small business’ toolkit

Whether you’re an architect or a personal trainer, you’ll know the importance of using the right tools for the job. When it comes to running a thriving business, cloud-based apps are becoming an increasingly essential item in a small business’ toolkit.
Providing access to real-time information on the go, as well as reducing time spent on manual data-entry are just some of the benefits apps can provide busy small business owners.

28-Aug-2016 Russ Fujioka

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What startups can learn from this year’s major tech deals

It’s been a huge year for M&A in the tech industry. For startups, there are many valuable insights that can be gleaned from this activity. By looking to organizations that have been around for a long time, entrepreneurs can learn what it takes to stay relevant in the coming years.

18-Aug-2016 Ludmila Buquileh

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Xero Gravity: Small business cyber security: the good, bad & funny

Corporate espionage… A sinister plot to a movie or a real threat to your small business? You’d be surprised by what you don’t know about your company’s cyber security.

This week on Xero Gravity we are joined by our very own Felix Shi. Felix is the product security specialist at Xero and has seen it all when it comes to cyber breaches. On this week’s episode, we explore the holes hiding in your business’ cyber security systems and offer some valuable steps you can take to protect yourself.

17-Aug-2016 Sarah Chung

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Xero Gravity: Tesla paves road for small biz innovation

This week on Xero Gravity, Xero’s very own Rod Drury joins us to divulge what inspires him as a leader. Rod knows all about the importance of thinking globally. A Hi-Tech New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year winner and stand-up paddleboard enthusiast, he joins Elizabeth Ü in studio to discuss the parallels between Tesla’s plan to make the world better, and how small businesses can innovate and grow beyond their community.

11-Aug-2016 Caitlin Sisley

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Which Social Media Channel is Best for My Small Business?

Is your small business on social media yet? I’m sure you’ve heard of the great potential social media holds for marketing your company, so I won’t preach to the converted. Everyone knows about the 6 big players - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn - but trust me, not all of them are right for your small business.