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29-Aug-2019

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Has anyone been cooking the books?

Part of buying a business involves dissecting what the financial figures the business broker provides are telling you. It is important to understand what adjustments have been made to “improve” the results, so you do not pay too much for the business.

26-Aug-2019

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Essential Guide to Social Media for Small Businesses - Part Three: How?

In our social media series for small business we’ve talked about why social media is important and which social media channels are best for your business
In this final article, we're covering the 'how?' with some tips to using social media to build engagement and grow your business.

21-Aug-2019 PracticePlus

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Strategies, Plans and Commitment

The most easily executed strategic plans are no more than 2 pages long

21-Aug-2019 Debtfix

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Is it a business debt or personal debt, or both?

One of the most common issues seen when businesspeople find themselves in trouble with debt, is that they don’t actually know what they might actually be liable for.

21-Aug-2019 PracticePlus

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Boost your potential with these accounting certifications

Having a certification would not only give you an edge in the accounting labour market, but it would also increase your earning capacity.

19-Aug-2019

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Getting creative to reach the unreachable customer

In the early days of media, you had a daily newspaper, three network television stations, and some magazines.

19-Aug-2019

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Essential Guide to Social Media for Small Businesses - Part Two: Which Channel?

In part one we covered 8 reasons why you should be on social media. In this article, we’ve put together a short summary of the main platforms and how you can use them for your small business.

18-Aug-2019 PracticePlus

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Empathy: 4 things to remember

Being able to see the world from others point of view is such a beautiful talent- don’t waste it.

14-Aug-2019 FeedSpot

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Lost in Translation

On average, business people receive about 90 emails each day and send about 40

14-Aug-2019 Startups

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How to run a carbon neutral business

Your small business can make a big carbon-cutting impact! The 6 steps to running a carbon neutral business and why it’s the must-make business move of 2019 – all explained here

14-Aug-2019 PracticePlus

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5 things social media posts have in common

Not everyone understands how to appropriate the use of social media when it comes to marketing.

13-Aug-2019

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Essential Guide to Social Media for Small Business – Part One: Why?

Social Media is the new word of mouth for businesses with worldwide users expected to grow to over 3 billion monthly users by 2021. Done right, social media can help your business to build awareness and drive sales, reach a broader audience, gain valuable customer insights and show the human side to your brand.

12-Aug-2019 Xero

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How to get new accounting clients

A fifth of small businesses don’t have an accountant. As they grow, they’ll eventually want to get one. So how do you welcome those fresh young businesses into your practice?

12-Aug-2019 Xero

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Creating an accounting newsletter that works

Email has been around since the ‘70s but it’s still our favourite form of online communication. Because of that, email newsletters are a great marketing tool and offer some of the best returns on investment in the industry. So how do you do it well?

08-Aug-2019 Xero

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Doing it differently, keeping accounting simple

Bruce Earle’s clients might not recognise the beanie wearing, craft-beer drinking, fan of “the Boss” (singer/songwriter Bruce Springsteen) outside of work days at his accounting practice. But Bruce has always been one do things a bit differently.

29-Jul-2019

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Upcoming Trust Changes – Trusts Bill

The Trusts Bill has been making it’s way through parliament for over the last couple of years. It has just passed it’s third reading and is now ready to be presented to the Governor-General to receive Royal Assent. After receiving Royal Assent the bill will take 18 months to come into force.

29-Jul-2019

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Ring-Fenced Residential Rental Property Losses

From the 2019/20 year (year ended 31 March 2020), most losses made on residential rental properties will no longer be offset against an investors’ other income (e.g. salary, wages, business income). This is known as “ring fencing”.

There are limited circumstances were the losses will be able to be offset against other income.

22-Jul-2019 PracticePlus

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Dealing with abusive emails

This article will be focused on how users can deal with cases of abusive emails.

22-Jul-2019 PracticePlus

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Brand yourself

Instead of waiting for marketing agencies to do the work, it is time for companies to start branding themselves.

21-Jul-2019 PracticePlus

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What is an audit report and what are the types?

An audit report could be either summarized or lengthy.

21-Jul-2019 PracticePlus

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The three forms of business activities in accounting

The three major forms of business activities are financing, investing and operating.

21-Jul-2019 Entrepreneur

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8 Funny and relatable experiences that all entrepreneurs go through

The same things happen to everyone in different ways.

17-Jul-2019 AMP Capital

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The nine most important things I have learned about investing over the past 35 years

My nine most important lessons from investing over the past 35 years are that: there is always a cycle; the crowd gets it wrong at extremes; what you pay for an investment matters a lot; getting markets right is not as easy as you think; investment markets don’t learn; compound interest applied to investments is like magic; it pays to be optimistic; keep it simple; and you need to know yourself to succeed at investing.

17-Jul-2019 Xero

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The first accountant to use Xero Tax talks stress-busting and time-saving this EOFY

Over 5,000 firms rely on Xero Tax to lodge their tax returns

17-Jul-2019 Entrepreneur

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Answer These 7 Questions Before Starting Your Side Business

Take stock of the assets you have and create a realistic plan to define your purpose, gather resources and develop market insights.

14-Jul-2019 Journal of Accountancy

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How firms of any size can innovate

From small to large, accounting practices of all types can be effectively thinking ahead.

14-Jul-2019 Xero

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Helping small business through the succession planning process

A good succession plan can secure a business owner’s legacy, and their retirement. Why not help your clients come up with one? It could be one of the most important and enduring things you do for them. Here’s how to get the process started.

14-Jul-2019 Xero

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Accounting strategy emerges out of the wilderness

Jason Blumer realised his creative talent would be curbed if he stuck to the traditional ways of running an accounting business. So when he was let loose to manage his father’s firm, he started experimenting and having fun.

24-Jun-2019 PracticePlus

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What you can learn from an unhappy client

When a customer complains about your product, ask yourself first whether they have a point.

24-Jun-2019 PracticePlus

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How to sound a little more human in a live chat

It is essential to create a great first impression.

24-Jun-2019 PracticePlus

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Cash flow forecasting for Accountants

Cash Flow is what makes businesses live

23-Jun-2019 Journal of Accountancy

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What tax firms need to know now about technology

More than anything, companies must prepare their employees to be deeply knowledgeable but broadly adaptable.

23-Jun-2019 PracticePlus

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6 conference tips for business-people

This blog article will help suggest a few things that you can do to make conferencing less of a hassle for business owners.

23-Jun-2019 Journal of Accountancy

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4 ways to protect your data from the dark web

It’s not just personal data that are in jeopardy.

17-Jun-2019 HubPages

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Writing better emails

Imagine that any email you send was given to every employee at your company. If this thought makes you nervous, and it isn't due to privacy laws, you may need to reevaluate your message.

16-Jun-2019 Entrepreneur

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Leadership techniques that build unstoppable teams

Understanding and articulating your company’s “why” is fundamentally important, but the “how” behind how you and your team execute drives your organization’s culture and ultimately, it's brand.

16-Jun-2019 HubPages

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Challenges and problems of the modern business managers

The resources of every organisation includes among other things, physical, financial, time, information as well as human.

13-Jun-2019 Xero

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How to start a bookkeeping business

If you've ever thought of starting a bookkeeping business, now's the time. There are fewer barriers to entry than ever. Read our seven tips on how to get started.

09-Jun-2019 Feedspot

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Why a Web App is important for your business

A web app puts you out to the world, gives you a platform, brings traffic to your site.

20-May-2019 Xero

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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

19-May-2019 PracticePlus

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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.

19-May-2019 PracticePlus

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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 PracticePlus

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The 5 reasons you should hire a external expert

Ever heard the quote by David Allen, who says “You can do anything, but not everything.”

19-May-2019 PracticePlus

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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.

19-May-2019 Xero

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9 steps to an awesome invoicing process

You need billing to be fast and accurate.

12-May-2019 Xero

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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.

08-May-2019 Hubpages

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Understanding debits and credits in Accounting

Debits and credits are one of those fundamental concepts in accounting..

06-May-2019 Readwrite

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The bright future of online banking

Technology has facilitated all aspects of life

05-May-2019 Entrepreneur

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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.

05-May-2019 Entrepreneur

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Before you launch your business, make sure you have a safety net. Here are 13

All entrepreneurs need a parachute.

29-Apr-2019

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Residential Rental Property Investors - the government's fall guy by 2021?

As I write this article many Kiwis are waiting with bated breath the Government’s full response to the Tax Working Group’s (TWG’s) final report due in April.
While only 2 of the 99 recommendations in the report related to capital gains tax (CGT), the CGT issue has dominated public discussion and business columns since the report was issued in February.

16-Apr-2019 PracticePlus

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Time Management 101

You understand the phrase, “Time is money” better when you are in the labour market.

16-Apr-2019 PracticePlus

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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?

14-Apr-2019 PracticePlus

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Why you should advertise on Facebook

Facebook started in 2005 as a small networking site at Harvard University.

14-Apr-2019 PracticePlus

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Tax Season: 4 ways to make tax season less painful.

Tax Day is just right around the corner

10-Apr-2019 Xero

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Why real-time business intelligence needs automated bookkeeping

What is really happening in the life of our small business?

09-Apr-2019 Entrepreneur

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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 Entrepreneur

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How to use strategic partnerships for more explosive growth

If it’s going to survive, a startup needs to grow.

08-Apr-2019 Xero

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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.

07-Apr-2019 Xero

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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.

07-Apr-2019 HubPages

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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 HubPages

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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.

31-Mar-2019

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3 Reasons your Business Bank Account is Empty

Part of my job involves sitting down with business owners to discuss how their business is performing. Often, we come to a point in a meeting and the owner asks, “well then how come there’s nothing in the bank account?” Usually it's when we get onto talking about the tax to pay. It’s a genuine question - but often betrays a lack of understanding about where cash disappears to.

24-Mar-2019

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Top 5 Business Tips from Building a House

We built a house recently and I wanted to share a few lessons I had nailed home along the way - as well as how I apply them in business:

24-Mar-2019

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Capital Gains Tax – keep calm and carry on

The Tax Working Group (TWG) tabled its final report on the Future of Tax sparking a media and public frenzy around capital gains tax (CGT). With all the media commentary, you could be forgiven for thinking the report was solely on a capital gains tax.

19-Mar-2019 PracticePlus

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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.

19-Mar-2019 PracticePlus

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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 PracticePlus

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What Is All The Hype About SSL Certificates?

Ever heard about SSL Certificates?

You probably have.

17-Mar-2019 PracticePlus

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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.

11-Mar-2019 Xero

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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.

11-Mar-2019 copyblogger

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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.

11-Mar-2019 readwrite

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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.

11-Mar-2019 Xero

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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 readwrite

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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 copyblogger

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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 entrepreneur

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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.

28-Feb-2019

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Capital Gains Tax – Is it a Monster?

As an accountant a capital gains tax should be manna from heaven. Xero and the IRD have contrived against accountants to limit the amount of compliance work we do… But don’t get me wrong I think that’s been great! It’s hard to find good accountants and I want the ones I have doing valuable work, not tasks that don’t add value to clients.

22-Feb-2019

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IRD seeks feedback on proposed tax treatment for holiday homes

With peer-to-peer accommodation websites such as Airbnb, Bookabach and Holiday Houses revolutionising how people provide and consume short-term accommodation, the IRD has thought it timely to issue a number of draft proposals setting out the tax obligations of renting out a home.

17-Feb-2019 PracticePlus

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The Basic Requirements & Challenges for a Small Business

Starting up a small business is no easy feat. It requires a great deal of vision and effort. Every small business is unique, and so, it comes with its peculiar rise and falls.

14-Feb-2019 PracticePlus

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The benefits of advertising on Twitter

Up until recently, Twitter advertising has been a redundant marketing channel in place of the giants like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

14-Feb-2019 PracticePlus

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Leadership qualities and how you can improve them

There’s always “that” leader everyone looks up to; people want to talk like them, act like them, sound like them, and above all, have the privileges they have. However, it is important to realise that with great opportunity comes great responsibility. Every leader has qualities in them that make them stand out from followers. Yet, many followers have the abilities to become a leader.

14-Feb-2019 PracticePlus

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Brand Loyalty: How you can keep customers coming back

A business does not exist in the absence of customers. Implying that every company needs to have customers flocking around; new or existing. This is the exact reason why several brands keep thinking of new ways to expand their customer base.

10-Feb-2019 CorpNet.com

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Five Marketing Ideas to Grow Your Business When Stuck in a Seasonal Rut

Does your business surge at specific times of the year, and lag in others? That’s typical for most professionals—there are certain times of the year when business is booming and other times when it is lacking. While it may be nice to have a break to catch up on those must-do administrative tasks, wouldn’t it be better to have steady business all year long? Of course, it would! So let’s take a look at some marketing ideas to grow your business and keep your clients engaged even during the off-season.

07-Feb-2019 Xero

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Profitability and cash flow trends for tradies

Cash flow is a critical component of small business success. This is especially true if you run a trade business. Your ability to purchase tools and supplies, pay staff, and keep your vehicles running relies on having cash in the bank.

07-Feb-2019 copyblogger

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5 Key moves to help you become gainfully self-employed

I was tired of spending my days staring miserably at mind-numbing spreadsheets and desperately wishing for our systems to crash so I could go home early.

06-Feb-2019

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You Don’t Have Weaknesses, Just Overdone Strengths

The theory of overdone strengths

06-Feb-2019 copyblogger

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What Elephants, Rats, and Apex Predators Can Teach Us about Creating Durable Businesses

There is a tendency in nature for apex species to get larger and larger. But there is a counterbalance where nature has a tendency of making larger species extinct quickly. This is also true in business: the bigger the business, the more fragile it becomes.

06-Feb-2019 msghero

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Here are 10 signs that your business is ready for a chatbot.

In this blog post – we explore the top 10 signs that your business is ready for (and will benefit from) a Messenger chatbot!

Messenger marketing is a rather new concept when it comes to business and that’s really exciting, but it can also be a little bit intimidating or maybe a little bit scary. So, if you’re like most business owners, who are a bit intrigued by the idea of chatbots and Messenger marketing, but you’re just not sure if it will work for you, this is the video that you need to watch.

31-Jan-2019

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Loss ring-fencing to apply from 1 April

The IRD estimates that approximately 40 percent of taxpayers with residential rental properties make tax losses, and the average annual tax benefit to these taxpayers is $2000.

This tax benefit will largely end from 1 April this year, on the enactment of legislation introduced in December that will ring-fence these losses. Investors will not be able to deduct expenditure relating to their loss-making rental properties from their other income, such as wages/salary and business income.

23-Jan-2019 Practiceplus

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Video Ads On Facebook, Do They Work?

Video Ads are more than mere trends on Facebook and far more than a feature that is sure to come and go. If you’ve been active on Facebook, the tendency is to have seen video ads on the site for different brands/companies.

23-Jan-2019 Practiceplus

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Facebook Chatbot Marketing - Yay or Nay?

Times have changed. While more users always have their heads bent, busy with their phones; it does not imply that users are busy checking their news feed on Facebook. Instant messaging is the order of the day. Almost every social media app has a corresponding messenger application/option. So does Facebook.

23-Jan-2019

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3 Ecommerce Trends You Must Prepare for in 2019

The ecommerce explosion continues, but there's also an element of evolution. To take your ecommerce presence to the next level, take advantage of these emerging trends.

20-Jan-2019 PracticePlus

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Your Website Needs a Spring Clean Too

Not everyone loves spring; however, the idea of a spring clean is well-embraced. It allows a house look new and clean. It also prevents the individual and entire family from suffering several diseases that come with having a dirty home.

If your home (which is only accessible to the few people you know) gets a spring clean so easily, your website (which is accessible to thousands of people) deserves a spring clean too

20-Jan-2019 PracticePlus

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Tips on How to Run a Successful Business In 2019

2019 is here! It’s a new year; not just for individuals, but for businesses and corporations alike. This is what makes the beginning of the year a great time to work something new in your business; a time to set goals.

16-Jan-2019 Xero

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Introducing bills to mobile

One of the great things about you as Xero users is how openly you reach out with feedback and requests for new features. We take the time to read and understand all feedback we receive. What really stood out to us this time (with around 200 requests coming through last year) was the overwhelming need for bills support in the Xero mobile app.

16-Jan-2019

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10 Remote Work Trends That Will Dominate 2019

Remote work is no longer a privilege. It’s become the standard operating mode for at least 50% of the U.S. population. Virtual retreats are no longer attributed solely to progressive startups. Traditional employers are finally on-board and ready to propose a flexible work arrangement higher up the pipeline.

14-Jan-2019

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Understanding and Preventing Construction Injuries

Falls from height (FFH) are the leading causes of serious and fatal injuries for construction workers. Almost all of these injuries and fatalities were preventable. There are many different factors that increase the risk of FFH injuries. Getting a understanding of these issues is key to preventing FFH injuries. As a result of identifying the types of hazards and learning how to safely address these hazards on your current jobs will allow you to get lower rates on General Liability Insurance and Workers Compensation Insurance.

14-Jan-2019 Xero

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Game of Phones: 5 great apps for entrepreneurs

We check our phones about 85 times a day. Chances are, you’re reading this on one right now – or it won’t be long till you check it again. A staggering 70% of internet traffic now comes from mobile devices.

14-Jan-2019

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4 Ways Social Listening Can Inform Your Marketing Strategy

Have you harnessed social listening?
As I peruse trends for 2019, I see a lot about listening on social. And I have to chuckle … how is this trendy or new?!
In any case, if part of your marketing strategy involves social media it should also involve social listening.
Here are four easy ways using listening on social media can inform your marketing strategy.