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Crunching Your Own Numbers – The Pros and Cons of DIYing Your Small Business Accounts

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Crunching Your Own Numbers – The Pros and Cons of DIYing Your Small Business Accounts

  Every small business person has this dilemma: Do the books yourself, or contract a professional bookkeeper? Lisa Martin from bookkeeping firm, GoFi8ure, examines the pros and cons of the DIY approach versus the professional contractor approach. PROS Pro: It’s cheaper. You don’t have to pay anyone. You do it yourself – often at night or on the weekends, but hey… at least it’s cheaper. Pro: You can lodge and file the numbers and the paperwork any which way you want ‘em. Where they make sense to you and where (hopefully) you can...

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Lost Opportunities – Do Your Staff Keep Losing Customers?

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Lost Opportunities – Do Your Staff Keep Losing Customers?

  How many customers does your business lose a day? I am sure every business owner/manager hopes the number is zero. The reality is that it may be much higher than you might think. When I established my business, I contacted five web design companies, eleven insurance brokers and five employment lawyers. Out of the 21 companies that I contacted just two replied; one lawyer and one insurance broker. I was amazed by how few responses I got. Out of the five web design companies there was one that I had planned to use; their website looked...

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Hiring 101

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If you’ve ever fretted about the hiring process, you’re not alone. Finding the candidate that will best thrive in the role, as well as affirm with company culture, is not a task to be underestimated.  Thankfully, there are steps you can take to smooth the hiring process. Before you even advertise the position, the Ministry of Business suggests you take the time to consider the following: Which type of employee you should get, e.g., permanent or casual What kind of skills your business needs to expand or diversify How many hours a week it...

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Advice for New Managers

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Advice for New Managers

  Are you a new manager, or hoping to be one soon? Unfortunately, most new managers are left to sink or swim when they get promoted into a leadership role. The data is concerning: 40 percent of new managers don’t last 18 months. Why do so many companies tolerate the lost time, lost opportunities, lost money, and of course the inevitable heartache that comes with dealing with a new manager who does not perform (or who was not given the proper support they needed to succeed)? Hopefully your company has appointed you a mentor, or has a...

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Vision Mercedes – Maybach 6

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Vision Mercedes – Maybach 6

  Mercedes pays homage to the past with retro inspired dream machine Big, bold and beautiful! Packed with technology and dripping in style, the Vision Mercedes- Maybach 6 is almost six metres long and pays homage to the glorious age of aero coupes. Powering it are four electric motors producing a combined 750 horsepower. Mercedes says that will be enough to get the car from 0-100 kph in under four seconds, with a range exceeding 500 kilometres. While the outrageously long bonnet, low roof and split rear window scream aero coupés of days...

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Heading for Left Field – The World’s Weirdest Jobs

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Heading for Left Field – The World’s Weirdest Jobs

  There is a world of unusual jobs out there, from the cringe worthy to the obscene. So if you’re looking for a change of profession here are some of the more off the wall options you could consider… just to remind yourself that anything’s possible.  Train pusher  The morning and evening commute at Japanese train stations can get extremely crowded. Professional train pushers are hired during rush hour to literally shove as many people onto the trains as possible. Train pushers assist commuters by pulling train doors apart slightly to...

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900 Million People Are Unfulfilled with Their Work – Here’s What to Do If You’re One of Them

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A single entrepreneur, a single artist, a single author, a single startup or a single company cannot change the world – but what about 900 million of us?  There are 900 million people in 142 countries who are unfulfilled with what they do in life [Gallup poll]. In the US alone, 70 percent of people working are unhappy and don’t care for what they do. Millennials are the most unfulfilled and care least about what they do at work. This is an enormous squandered potential, a lot of misdirected minds and many unhappy people. Just think...

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The Gift of Giving – The Rewards of Volunteering

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Anne Frank once wrote “No one has ever become poor by giving” – a statement that holds a lot of truth. Emotionally and mentally those who volunteer receive an abundance of gratitude, a sense of purpose and they can build meaningful relationships with new people. But aside from these feel good factors, what are the quantifiable benefits of volunteering. It’s ok to ask the question, ‘what’s in it for me’? Asking this doesn’t make you a selfish or egotistical person. It’s only natural to wonder what you’ll receive in return for giving your...

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Learning from Your Own Advice – Why Being a Mentor Makes Good Business Sense

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We know that it’s important in business to give something back. Not only is it good for the business, but it’s also good for your own personal and professional development as a manager and leader.  We talk to Spark Digital’s, Vanessa Sorrenson about how mentoring others can bring about positive change. These days it’s popular for organisations to give their staff a ‘volunteer day’ where they get paid to help out at a local charity. But it’s quite another story for individuals to commit their own time over a four year period to meet regularly...

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The Weakest Link – How to Spot a Workplace Bully

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The Weakest Link – How to Spot a Workplace Bully

  Bullies aren’t just nasty children in the school playground. The reality is people can be bullied at any age in any environment. And it’s not as uncommon as you’d think. It has been reported that a 1,700-person academic survey revealed New Zealand to have the second-worst rate of workplace bullying in the developed world, with one in five workers afflicted. Indentifying workplace bullies isn’t always easy as it can often be subtle and devious, such as efforts to undermine credibility, performance or confidence. Personal attacks and put...

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