How to get professional business stationery on a tight budget

If you’re like most budget-conscious companies, any opportunity to grow your business while saving a few dollars is a win. These tips will help you create professional business stationery that builds trust in your brand, promotes your company, and helps market your services without breaking the bank. Explore cost saving DIY options As you consider your business stationery options, if you’ve already got your brand’s visual identity down, you’re halfway…  Read more

Email: The productivity killer

Remember when email was new and novel, and everyone thought it would vastly improve communication while freeing up time? It did improve communication on some levels and freed up employee time at first. Now, however, email has become a productivity killer. Workers have to wade through hundreds of emails in their inbox each day, and many people choose to deal with email as it comes in rather than all at…  Read more

8 Ways to Manage People Better

Good people management comes through experience. Courses will teach you the theories, but there is no substitute for day-to-day practice managing staff and their issues. Giving yourself a head start with a common-sense approach and a healthy respect for everyone you come into contact with can help to develop a happy and productive workforce. Don’t micro-manage. Your employees were hired because they could do the job, so let them do…  Read more

Superannuation Amnesty is Now Law – Deadline looming fast

PLEASE READ In late February 2020 Parliament passed legislation to enact the Superannuation Amnesty. The Amnesty is designed to encourage employers to come forward and disclose past quarters from (1 July 1992 to 24 May 2018) where they have not paid Superannuation Guarantee to employees in full (i.e. an SG shortfall still exists). The Amnesty period in which employers can come forward is from 24 May 2018 and ends six…  Read more

Why Bookkeeping is Crucial to Your Success

Keeping track of sales, earnings, expenses, and purchases is fundamental to the overall health and sustainability of your business. Effective bookkeeping produces the data you need to evaluate your current practices, anticipate challenges, and set attainable future goals. But despite their proven importance, many business owners dread and avoid accounting tasks. In fact, 40% of surveyed entrepreneurs claim that bookkeeping is one the worst parts of running a business! Wondering…  Read more

Using Smart Goals to Achieve More

As a small business owner, you’re likely always looking for ways to achieve more. Maybe you made a New Year’s resolution about it. You might have resolved to make more money, find more clients, or grow your business. It’s fantastic to have an idea of what you want to do, but how will you know whether or not you’re successful? That’s where SMART goals come in. SMART goals help you…  Read more

Three Reasons to Focus on Fantastic Customer Service

Small business owners know that to find a loyal customer base, they have to stand out from their competitors. One of the best, and easiest, ways to do that is to have outstanding customer service. How you treat your customers reflects your entire business. People think positively on companies that treat their customers and clients well. Unfortunately, many small business owners focus a lot of attention on their products and…  Read more

Why hiring a bookkeeper is a great investment

As a small business owner, you’re likely concerned about every penny you spend. That’s a good thing, because you need to keep track of your income and expenses. It also means, however, that you might be less likely to hire people who can help your business. People like bookkeepers, who are great investments for any small business. So what does a bookkeeper do? Bookkeepers take care of the daily financial…  Read more

Opening the books

Should you share your business’ financial performance with employees? There are two schools of thought when it comes to “open book management” – the decision to increase transparency by sharing your company’s financials with your employees. On the one hand, allowing staff to know the company’s revenue, profit, and projected sales can increase engagement, inspiring them to work harder and achieve more. On the other hand, too much information can…  Read more

Cybersecurity tips for business owners

It’s natural for small business owners to think that they won’t be victims of cyber attacks. Most of the news surrounding hacking and data breaches involves large corporations, but that is because that’s where a high number of victims are affected. Hackers may find they have an easier time going after small businesses and start-ups that aren’t prepared for a security breach. So while they might get less information from…  Read more

How a “virtual cfo” can help you grow your business

Every business can benefit from dedicated financial management expertise, but very few small businesses have the means to hire someone full time—particularly in the lean early years. Unfortunately, it’s those first few years when a company is just starting up that establishing good habits with managing financial resources is so important, and, over time can even make or break a business. Hiring a virtual CFO is an affordable option for…  Read more

How to ask the right sales questions

Sales is about addressing your customers’ needs and problems. By understanding the issues clients face, you can show them how your solution solves their problem. Here are some tips for asking the right sales questions to better understand and help your customers. 1. Don’t jump into sales questions right away Sales isn’t just about making a sale, although that’s certainly part of it. Sales is about building relationships. That’s how…  Read more

Simple tips for onboarding new employees

The first day of a new job can be overwhelming for new employees. There are company policies and procedures to absorb, colleagues to meet, and job duties to learn. That stress can make the first few days of a job uncomfortable. As a small business owner, it makes sense for you to make that transition as easy and pleasant for the new hire as possible. Taking some simple steps will…  Read more

Can residential property fund your retirement?

Thinking about retirement can be stressful. You need to plan for how long you think you’ll be retired, what lifestyle you’ll want to lead, and approximately how much you’ll pay to maintain your cost of living plus any additional expenses. There are a lot of unknowns and “what ifs” that you might not be able to anticipate, and many of them can affect your finances. Many people ask whether residential…  Read more

Spotting Problem Employees Ahead of Time

Your employees are the blood of your entrepreneurial life. No start-up will survive without a good set of people making sure that things run perfectly. The problem for you and any other entrepreneur is making sure that the people on your team are trustworthy and reliable. Some people have a sixth sense when it comes to reading people, but if you’re not that lucky you can simply keep an eye…  Read more

Download our free ebook – 3 simple steps to keep your bookkeeper happy

Hello, Christine here! I’m proud to announce the launch of my new ebook called ‘3 simple steps to keep your bookkeeper happy’ My experience in business has taught me many things. Most importantly – in order to grow a successful business, you need squeaky financial records. I know the admin and bookkeeping side of a business can be a drag. You didn’t go into business just so you could spend hours…  Read more

Separating personal and business expenses

There are some things in life that go together well and others that definitely do not. Business and personal finances are in the category of items that should not be mixed. Although it may seem like a headache to keep them separate—who wants to manage all those bank accounts?—your life will be greatly simplified once you separate your personal and your business finances, especially your expenses. Paperwork and taxes will…  Read more

Is it the right time to take out a business loan?

In the lean, early years of running a business – that crucial time when most startups need capital – qualifying for a loan can be difficult. Step one is to build a solid credit rating, so a lender feels confident your company isn’t a high risk for repayment and can say “yes” to your application. Once you’ve established a positive credit score, the perfect time to take out a business…  Read more

Identify your break-even point

Without knowing your break-even point, you can’t make informed business decisions. To cover the costs of your business you need to sell enough goods or services to reach your break-even point. Knowing where that point is, and how long it will take you to reach it, can be fundamental to your success. This especially true if you’re thinking about starting or buying a business. Calculate fixed and variable costs The…  Read more

How to Attract and Retain Top Talent

The best companies attract and retain top talent. Finding the best people takes time, but it is an investment that can save you money over the long haul. The more effort you put into finding the right people, the less likely that they will move on when another opportunity arises. Here are some strategies for attracting and retaining top talent. Give Yourself Time A senior manager has quit, leaving a…  Read more

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