When is the right time to invest in business assets?

Well, there’s no time like the present. If you’ve been through the teenage years you are unlikely not to have heard this phrase, and it may or may not bring back good memories! But seriously – if you are thinking about investing in business assets, then 2020 really is a good time. Here are three reasons why: Interest rates are at an all-time low The Reserve Bank of New Zealand…  Read more

COVID-19: Current positives and opportunities for businesses

In the current economic climate, it’s hard to find good news. However, positive economic signals in New Zealand are emerging from recent surveys and stats including improved business confidence, export and job figures. Alongside comes a commitment by the newly-re-elected Prime Minister to prioritise small business recovery and a range of new and existing Covid-19 support schemes. Jacinda Ardern to prioritise small businesses recovery After winning the election for her…  Read more

Post election: what’s in store for your business?

Labour has just had the biggest win in over 50 years and with 64 seats it will be relatively easy for them to make the changes they proposed in their pre-election campaigns.  The expectation is that they will go further and faster this term.  Whether or not you agree, it’s time to prepare.  So, what does a Labour government mean for your business? Personal income tax Labour has announced plans…  Read more

Taking your business from survive to thrive in a recession

The pains caused by a recession can be excruciating, which is why most of us dread the thought of it. A recession can mean layoffs, jobs becoming harder to find, and wages frozen, which means consumers hunker down and spend less– often worsening the economic slowdown. For most businesses, especially small businesses, recessions can be brutal. For example, the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) that struck the world in 2008. Between December…  Read more

COVID-19: lesser-known business support schemes & resources

We know that the recent return to COVID-19 lockdown level 3 in Auckland is unfortunate news for struggling businesses, especially in the retail and hospitality sector. As distressing as this is, we’d like to point you in the direction of ways you can cushion the pandemic’s economic impact – some of which you may not have heard about. We also through a couple of interesting COVID-related articles into mix. Business…  Read more

Up your business game: professional accounting practices you should adopt

All businesses need accounting services, however an astonishing number of business owners are attempting to manage accounting on their own. Now the good old ‘Kiwi DIY’ attitude has its place, but with all due respect, professional accounting practices are not easy to fashion out of number eight wire! So let’s break down how having professional accounting practices will up your business game. Depending on the nature of your business, you…  Read more

Post lockdown business planning: how we can help

AUGUST UPDATE: Fully funded support is available through the Regional Business Partner Network. Please talk to us to see if you are eligible to apply. Read more below. As a small business owner in the midst of the global pandemic, you’ve probably had to make changes to your business model. Whether it was hosting meetings with clients on Zoom, learning about encryption technology to allow employees access to sensitive information…  Read more

Hubdoc & Xero: reduce mistakes & audit-proof your business

Many of our clients view document storage as a low priority job and rely on their email file or pieces of paper to store invoices associated with expenses that they are claiming. Although it’s tempting to work this way its actually really important that the documentation for every transaction is kept and also that the GST treatment for every transaction is looked at. From time to time we see costly…  Read more

How cash flow forecasts can help your business

Managing cash flow is a vital part of running a successful business especially in the current economic climate. Some business owners think managing cash flow simply means keeping track of how much money enters and leaves their business, but there’s actually more that goes into it. Cash flow forecasting, for example, is an incredibly valuable tool that helps you anticipate cash flow issues, plan for days when your cash flow…  Read more

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