How rising interest rates impact small businesses and ways to mitigate those effects

In the world of business, one constant factor you are likely to encounter is change, particularly in the financial landscape. One such change that bears significant implications for small businesses is rising interest rates. Understanding how this impacts your business and identifying solutions to counteract these effects can be key to sustaining and growing your business. The implications of rising interest rates for small businesses Interest rates have a ripple…  Read more

Launching a business? Ask yourself these 9 questions

Starting a new business can be incredibly exciting, the passion for what you are wanting to achieve driving you forward.  It is important to thoroughly evaluate your business idea before taking the plunge to ensure you’re creating a sustainable and successful venture. To get started, here are 9 questions to consider as part of an overall evaluation process. Save yourself money, time, and heartache down the line by investing a…  Read more

Debt management tips for small business owners

For a small business owner, managing finances can be a daunting task. Keeping track of expenses, payments, and cash flow can be overwhelming, especially if you’re dealing with debt too. A business loan, line of credit or a business credit card can help your company hire new employees, purchase inventory, purchase equipment, and finance growth, but too much debt can become an unsustainable expense. Debt management is vital to the…  Read more

Are you feeling the squeeze?

It seems like the perfect storm has hit, with rising interest rates and inflation soaring. As a result, households are dealing with higher borrowing costs, leaving them with less disposable income to spend. And that means businesses are feeling the pinch. To make matters worse, staff shortages are adding to the pressure. Retail sales decline affects all businesses. Almost every sector is experiencing a downturn. Building companies, property companies, retailers,…  Read more

Should you lease or buy assets?

Finding money for the essential assets you’ll need to run your business efficiently can be a challenge. You’ll need to decide whether leasing or buying is best for your business. Is borrowing money essential? Whether you need to purchase a vehicle, some computer equipment, or a bigger warehouse to expand your business or to operate more effectively, take the time to consider how each purchase might impact your operating capital.…  Read more

8 Ways to grow your business

Once your business is up and running, it’s important not to rest on your laurels. Successful business owners are always looking at ways they can grow their business and maximize their profits. We’ve put together this a guide and checklist that can help you identify ways to get the most out of your business. 1. Grow your sales Contact your best customers to buy more One of the easiest ways…  Read more

Mastering the Basics – A guide to accounting principles for small business owners

As a small business owner, you know that managing your finances is crucial to the success of your business. But with so many accounting principles and practices out there, it can be challenging to know where to start or to understand what they mean. That’s where we come in! In this guide, we’ll break down the essential accounting principles that every small business owner should know. We’ll discuss how these…  Read more

Unlocking the secrets of small business cash flow

When it comes to running a small business, maintaining a healthy cash flow is essential for sustainability and growth. Your business can be incredibly profitable but still ultimately fail because of improper cash flow management. To prevent that from happening, here are some best practices that can help you better manage your cash flow and maintain the financial health of your small business. Remember, the key to success is to…  Read more

What is a balance sheet and how does it help me manage my finances?

You’ve likely heard the phrase “in the black” or “in the red”.   Your balance sheet is the tool that shows you whether your business is indeed “in the black”, or on the right side of the ledger, and is therefore the most important report to read and understand.   It is a snapshot in time of your business up to the point of the date of the report, where a profit…  Read more

Why would you choose your level of ACC cover?

ACC is one of the most confused topics we discuss in our client meetings.  So lets see if you can help clarify what its all about. When you are receiving wages and having PAYE deducted, there is a portion of this that relates to ACC Earner Levy cover – that is the cover for all non work related injuries, and everyone getting a wage pays this portion within their IR…  Read more

Disaster Recovery Grants Now Open

Applications for Cyclone Gabrielle business recovery grants are now open says David Templeton from Northland Inc. CYCLONE RECOVERY FOR BUSINESSES If you own a business in Taitokerau Northland and your cashflow has been affected as a result of Cyclone Gabrielle, you can apply for support to help you recover. Grants of between $5,000 – $40,000 are available to businesses in the Taitokerau Northland region who have been impacted by Cyclone…  Read more

7 tips to help your small business adjust for inflation

Annual inflation remains stubbornly high, at 7.2 percent. The main drivers are household costs, such as rent and maintenance, higher food prices, and building costs. Inflation has really ballooned worldwide, and there’s no question that small businesses are feeling the pinch. Supplies cost more, employees are hard to find, and your profits are shrinking. It’s undoubtedly challenging, but you can weather the storm with the following tips. 1. Study your…  Read more

Prepare your inventory for the holiday season

The holiday season is without a doubt the busiest time of year for many retail businesses. It’s a great opportunity to showcase all that you have to offer and bring in new products to see how they do. But, the excitement probably wears off when you think about managing all that inventory. Don’t despair. With a bit of preparation you can manage your inventory during the holiday season, and glide…  Read more

Do you have cash flow issues?

Whether it’s for personal use or for your business, cash flow is important. The movement of money in and out keeps everything running smoothly, and you have to know where you stand. But what if it seems that your cash flow isn’t really, well, flowing? If it seems that you’ve tightened your belt in every area and still coming up short, you might have cash flow issues. Here are some…  Read more

Minimum Wage Increases 1 April 2022

There’s a lot of concern amongst employers, with the Government’s increase of the NZ minimum wage to $21.20 per hour from 1 April 2022. This is a $1.20 increase from the previous rate. As a business owner, you need to be ready for the increase in minimum wage rates. If you have not yet talked to your accountant, payroll provider or your finance/HR teams now is the time. It is…  Read more

Targeted COVID Support Payment opens 28 February 2022

A new targeted COVID Support Payment will be made available for businesses struggling with revenue during the Omicron outbreak. From the Inland Revenue statement issued 24 February 2022 The Covid Support Payment is to help support viable and ongoing businesses or organisations which have experienced a 40% or more drop in revenue as a result of 1 or more of the following COVID-19 circumstances: the widespread presence of COVID-19 in…  Read more

Covid-19 Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme

Under the Small Business Cash Flow Loan Scheme the Government provides loans to small businesses, including sole traders and the self-employed, impacted by COVID-19 to support their cash flow needs. If you’ve previously applied for a SBCS and have fully repaid it, you can apply again. Applications are open until 31 December 2023. You can apply through myIR. The small business cash flow loan scheme will provide assistance of up…  Read more

Cashflow Series #4 – How Much Cash Does My Business Need?

Your business needs cash. Cash is what keeps your company in operation and enables it to grow, so you should know how much cash your business needs to survive. Although many people think the answer is linked solely to operating expenses, this isn’t the case. There is no single factor that determines how much cash every business needs to have on hand. Somewhere between 3-6 months of operating expenses is…  Read more

Cashflow Series #3 – Recovery After a Financial Setback

You started your business with plans of earning a living and being successful, but an unfortunate fact of business life is that companies suffer financial hardships.  Whether those hardships are pandemic-related or linked to other urgent situations, the effect is still the same. Your finances are negatively affected and it’s up to you to lead the recovery. Here are 5 steps you can take to help your business recover after…  Read more

Cashflow Series #2 – The Seven Key Causes of Poor Cashflow

1. Accounts Receivable Process A poor accounts receivable process will result in debtor days (the time between billing and banking) being too high. This will stifle your cashflow. There are many strategies to minimise debtor days including tightening your Terms of Trade, offering prompt payment discounts and streamlining your billing process. 2. Accounts Payable Process A review of all suppliers’ terms may identify ways to improve cashflow and potentially achieve…  Read more

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