Cash Flow Advice for Small Businesses

Solid cash flow management is vital to ensuring your business survives, but not everyone understands what cash flow is or how to manage it. That’s likely what makes it a leading cause of stress for small business owners. Cash flow refers to the movement of money into and out of your business. It’s based on the amount of money you bring in minus the amount you spend. A positive cash…  Read more

Stress Busters

As we all know and hear regularly, stress is a leading cause of dis-ease within our population today, and it continues to increase as we pile more and more into our lives on the journey to success and fulfilment.   Luckily, we have incredible people doing amazing things in this area to bring it to our attention, but, it is up to us to take ownership of our own health, and…  Read more

Payroll – Cashing up Annual Leave

Employees can ask to cash-up up to one week of their four weeks’ minimum entitlement to annual holidays each year. Employees can ask their employer to pay out in cash, up to one week of their four weeks’ minimum entitlement to annual holidays per year for each entitlement year. They can do this all at once, or can make multiple requests to cash-up until the entire one week is cashed…  Read more

The Achiever Matrix – The Four Quadrants of Success

We found this really helpful in understanding where my time is spent and where it needs to be, along with what we can do about it.  We would love to hear you thoughts. The Achiever Matrix (created by Stephen Covey) is made up of four quadrants and helps you prioritise tasks based on their importance; allowing you to manage your time better and achieve more.   Quadrant 1 is The…  Read more

IRD End of Year Personal Income Tax Returns – You’ve got a tax bill? There may be a reason for it

A lot of people this year are finding that once their income tax assessment has been calculated automatically they end up having tax to pay – and suddenly it’s panic stations! (Don’t worry, this happened to me and I did the same!). There may be a reason for it! In the Financial Year Ended 31 March 2021, there were 53 weekly pay periods, as opposed to 52 weekly pay periods.…  Read more

The Outline and Benefits of Business Planning

Business planning gives you a road map and shows you the best way to get to your destination. Without a map, you are driving blind and feeling your way along as you go, which means you could miss a very important turn in the road and arrive in a completely different place than you desire, or you could end up taking a detour down a gravel road instead of taking…  Read more

How an accountability group can help your small business succeed

It’s one of those tricky balancing acts most business owners struggle with right? – how to spend as much, if not more time on their business as in their business.  This is something I struggle with myself as a small business owner. An accountability group can help you strategize for future growth and set goals that move your business forward. Most importantly, checking in with other people on a regular…  Read more

Three Consequences of Avoiding Your Bookkeeping

If you ask 100 business owners what they like least about running a business, chances are good that bookkeeping will rank high on the list. It’s one of those chores that takes up a lot of time and is easy to put off until tomorrow.  Generally its also the last thing you want to be doing when you spend all day working either in or on your business. The problem…  Read more

Increase of Minimum Sick Leave Entitlement

The increase of the minimum sick leave entitlement from 5 days per year to 10 days per year will come into effect on 24th July 2021. What does this mean for you and your employees? For existing staff they will get the increase of entitlement on their next sick leave anniversary (not automatically on 24th July) For new staff they will get this on their 6 month anniversary The maximum…  Read more

Multifactor Authentication with Xero

Some of you may have realised that Xero has instigated compulsory Multifactor Authentication for logging into their software.  You can either use a generic authentication app or Xero have made their own app to help with this. Xero Launches Xero Verify Xero has launched its own authentication app, Xero Verify, to give small businesses world-class data protection. The new app makes it easy for users to set up multi-factor authentication…  Read more

How do you turn your hobby into a business?

Do you have a passion you are thinking about turning into a paying gig?  Have you always dreamed of doing what you love and making a living from it? We have shared some steps that we believe will help you avoid some common mistakes as you set out to earn an income from your favourite pastime. Do you have what it takes? Unless you’ve run a business before, it’s easy…  Read more

But its just a hobby, not a business..

This is something we hear a LOT!  Along with the old myth about only paying tax once you earn more than $5,000… It’s important to understand the differences between a hobby and a business. A small side hustle you’ve been doing for years could actually be a business for tax purposes, and you may be accumulating tax debt without realising it. A hobby is generally something you do in your…  Read more

Five Startup Killers To Avoid and Strategies for Lowering Your Costs

If you want your new business to succeed, you need to make smart decisions and be strategic. Here we share five business killers that you should avoid if you want your startup to be successful, along with some strategies for lowering your start up costs. Too much overhead– Start with the bare necessities and focus on surviving your first year in business. By keeping your business lean in the early…  Read more

Whats the worst business advice you have received?

When you’re a small business owner, you get used to people giving you advice. Sometimes you seek out their insights while other times they share whether you want them to or not. While the advice is almost always well-intended, it’s not always good. In fact, sometimes it’s downright awful. Here are some tips that well-meaning people give to small business owners that definitely should not be followed. 1. Never turn…  Read more

5 Key Ways to Boost Your Revenue This Year

2020 has been a difficult year for business owners. Now that a new year is upon you, it’s time to put your foot on the gas pedal and make 2021 the year for your business. Here are some ways you can grow your revenue this year and beyond: Review your business and address blind spots. The first thing you can do is to look at your current situation and identify…  Read more

What Causes Your Profit Problem?

Do you ever feel stuck in your business? After all the time and effort you’ve put into it, your revenue seems to have plateaued or maybe has even decreased. If you’re having a profit problem, it can be a sign of a deeper issue that needs to be fixed. Below are the three key areas that you should look into: Products or services– Are your customers happy with what you’re…  Read more

6 Key Financial Documents Any Small Business Needs

Drawing up the right financial documents matters to your small business’ success more than you think they do. They can give you a clear view of your financial health and can help you make sound decisions based on the numbers. Below are the six most useful financial documents that you can benefit from: Income statement- This shows your revenue and expenses and indicates if your business is profitable. Cash flow…  Read more

Holiday’s Act Taskforce recommendations and what it means for payroll

Anyone with staff knows the frustrations that the complexities of the current Holidays Act legislation creates.  The Government set up a Taskforce to review the Holiday Act in May 2018, which was made up of employer, employee and government representatives. There was widespread non-compliance with the Holidays Act 2003 and it was generally accepted that this is due to issues with not only the legislation, but the implementing of the legislation…  Read more

The new tax rate of 39% – how is that going to impact you?

In December 2020, the NZ Government passed legislation to implement a new personal tax rate of 39% for those with personal incomes above $180,000. This new rate comes into effect from 1 April 2021 (the 2021-2022 income year). What You Should Know As with any changes in tax, there are knock-on effects that you should know about. These include: New Fringe Benefit Tax rate of 63.93% for all-inclusive pay of…  Read more

Are You Doing Your Own Payroll? Here’s 3 Reasons Why You Should Stop

At face value, it can seem like a great idea. If you’re a small business owner with just a few employees, you probably think that hiring a payroll specialist is an expense that you can avoid.  You feel that you can handle it yourself and you have the best intentions to keep your staff paid right and on time. What could go wrong, right?  Well, quite a lot can go wrong as…  Read more

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