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15-Aug-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Global recognition for BUSINESS buddy

Social enterprise is done just because it’s right and BUSINESS buddy’s community-mindedness has created lots of warm fuzzies and motivation for the team.

01-Aug-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Get and give a million – what the

Imagine giving people in a developing country 18250 days access to clean water just from your business being a success.

01-Aug-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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How to make websites sizzle

BUSINESS buddy team has discovered a new techy tool that will show you how to make your website grab potential clients by the eyeballs.

15-Aug-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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7 Ways to Create In-Store Experiences That Drive Traffic and Sales

Question: are you planning to bring anything new to the in-store experience? If your answer is “no,” then brace yourself. The coming years could be rough for your retail business.

15-Aug-2018

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How to Post on Instagram: A Comprehensive Guide for Businesses

With more than 800 million active monthly users, Instagram is a social media channel of massive proportions. And, when used strategically, it can reap major benefits for your retail store.

01-Aug-2018 Catriona Bane

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How strategic planning can help your business in the long run

Strategic planning is the blueprint for your business. It’s an aspirational and practical plan for your future that can give you an exact outline of where your business is, and where it should be.

01-Aug-2018

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Multi-channel retailing: A quick guide for SMEs

As traditional retail channels dwindle in popularity, more businesses are turning to multi-channel retailing to provide an extra income stream and keep business ticking over.

18-Jul-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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You can have a holiday and own a business, too

As a business owner it may feel like all work and no play, at times.
The legendary comedian Lesley Nielsen once said, “Doing nothing is very hard to do, you never know when you’re finished.”
If you dream of getting away from it all but worry about how your business will cope in your absence, you’re not alone.

17-Jul-2018

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3 Emerging Trends in UK E-Commerce

The UK retail landscape is changing rapidly. Consumer spending is decreasing, competition is increasing between businesses, and people are turning to e-commerce at an unprecedented rate.

17-Jul-2018

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8 Reasons Why You Should Outsource

Outsourcing ‘business as usual’ tasks can bring focus and efficiencies your business needs in order to succeed in today’s fast paced environment. A new level of agility and access to quality analytics and expertise can be brought into your business. To get ahead of the competition, consider outsourcing.

17-Jul-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Important Xero Expenses changes

Heads up, the all new Xero Expenses launches soon.
Xero Expenses makes it easier to claim expenses and gives you valuable insights into spending patterns for your company.
From Tuesday July 10, 2018, Xero Expenses will be automatically included in Xero for anyone on the New Zealand standard or premium plans.

04-Jul-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Minimum wage earners better off

No it wasn’t an Aprils Fool’s Day prank when the minimum wage in New Zealand increased from $15.75 to $16.50 per hour on April 1, 2018.

04-Jul-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Regional fuel tax - No pain, no gain, right?

No one is in any doubt that serious changes are needed to get Auckland’s chocka-block transport system flowing.

03-Jul-2018 Alex Hattingh

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Dream big: Making it easier to reach your financial goals

Over 2,000 years ago, Aristotle said “ First, have a definite, clear and practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends: wisdom, money, materials and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.”

03-Jul-2018

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Sustainability improvements for manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is changing and new trends are shifting the way manufacturing companies operate their facilities. In addition, manufacturing companies are looking to become more sustainable in their operations.

21-Jun-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Calling all tradies

If you love your job but hate the admin, this one’s for you. No matter how big or small your business is, BUSINESS buddy wants you to be kept in the loop about any new technology that may enhance performance and make your life easier.

20-Jun-2018

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How to deal with your excess stock and stay green

In an ideal world, your business would never have excess or obsolete inventory. However, this can and often does happen when demand for certain products decreases and supply remains steady or increases.

19-Jun-2018

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How to use Xero in 13 easy steps

13 may be unlucky for some but if you follow these 13 top tips on how to use Xero and make the most out of your account you won’t need luck.

19-Jun-2018

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Looking to your competitors for business success

There are many factors that can contribute to business success or otherwise. When first starting out, business owners can be focused solely on serving customers that they forget to check out the competition.

08-Jun-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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BUSINESS buddy troops engage for Jammies in June

Although it’s only the first week in June, the recent polar blast was a stark reminder of how spine tingling chilly things can get in Auckland.

07-Jun-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Budget 2018 – Innovation opportunities for Kiwi business

When it was announced in 2018 budget that a research and development (R and D) tax incentive, in the form of a tax credit, will replace the current grant system, BUSINESS buddy decided to take a closer look.

06-Jun-2018

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Get your staff ready for cloud-based software

Shifting data, systems and the inner workings of a business onto the cloud can be a big move. However, it’s hard to stay away from the cloud these days; the applications of cloud-based software are seemingly endless.

06-Jun-2018

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Tricks used in scams

Scammers use clever tricks to reel you in and get you to reply to their email or not hang up the phone. Most scams seem like genuine offers but they are carefully designed to trick you into giving away your money or your personal details.

23-May-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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How to prevent and handle internal theft in retail stores

When thinking about threats to your retail store, shoplifting is probably number one, right? The idea of someone swiping hundreds of dollars of products into a giant bag and walking out with them is horrifying, isn’t it? (post by Cara Wood)

23-May-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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New date for 7 ways to grow your business

This business workshop is too good to miss. We know you will get that mid-year recharge to take your business into a stellar second half.

Secure your hot seat for 7 ways to grow business at 4.10pm on Wednesday June 13, 2018.

23-May-2018

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WIN a $250 Bunnings voucher

Calling all tradies. Are you tools looking tired? Has your chisel lost its shizzle? Does your level still measure up? Or does your wrench need to get a grip?

Complete our online survey and you can enter the draw to win a $250 Bunnings voucher.

23-May-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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New BUSINESS buddy franchisee

We are super excited to welcome our new BUSINESS buddy, who is operating a new business advisory service in the Franklin region.

09-May-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Team work produces golden glory

Last month, all eyes were on the Gold Coast and the 21st Commonwealth Games.

The jaw dropping performances by the Black Ferns sevens, Sophie Pascoe, Tom Walsh and the women’s Black Sticks left us all in awe.

But like in business, exceeding expectations can never be taken for granted.

Here at BUSINESS buddy we recognise the importance of a great coaching and a strong team.

Whether it is a national sports team or a small business, the principals of success are the same.

08-May-2018

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5 essential business costs not to skimp on

If you are a startup owner or entrepreneur, it is no secret that you may be working within a tight budget. The ability to make pennies stretch is an important survival skill.

08-May-2018

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Best and worst businesses for cash flow

No matter how inventive or simple your business model is, you can still have problems with cash flow. Here is a rundown of the best and worst businesses for cash flow.

08-May-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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How to engage and sell to Gen Z

While millennials are still a significant consumer segment for retailers, there is another shopper group that’s continuing to gain spending power.

25-Apr-2018 Catriona Bane

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The 5 best Xero apps of 2018

We have scoured the marketplace to bring you the five best Xero apps of 2018. From reporting software to time management applications, we’ve covered a wide variety of apps designed to make your life easier.

25-Apr-2018

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5 Ways to reduce debtor days

Debtor days measures how quickly cash is being collected from debtors. The longer it takes for a business to collect, the greater the number of debtor days.

25-Apr-2018

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What to learn from failure in a business

There are many lessons to be learned through failure. Each time something does not work in a business, there are endless reasons and factors that could culminate to cause the failure.

25-Apr-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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WIN two free tickets to 7 ways to grow your business seminar

BUSINESS buddy CEO, Kirsten Hawke says continued growth and development in Auckland presents business owners with opportunities as well as challenges.

Finding the right staff, coping with new competition and even inefficiencies caused by traffic woes, all impact on local businesses.

25-Apr-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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You must not miss 7 ways to grow your business

It’s May! How’s your year going? Have you had a blockbuster first quarter or has your business slipped back into the same old, same old.

11-Apr-2018 Clare Bagoly

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Learn how to create business values in just 5 simple steps

When it comes to creating a vibrant company, values are absolutely foundational – in fact, they’re one of the most visible aspects of any company culture.

11-Apr-2018

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Managing supply chains effectively during the holiday season

Gift giving is a major part of the holiday season. As a result, the holiday seasons is hectic, not only for the consumers, but also the retailers and manufacturers supplying the gifts.

29-Mar-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Have your say on taxes

It’s hard to believe but New Zealand’s Government is giving you a chance to say what you think about our tax system.
BUSINESS buddy thinks this is an opportunity not to be missed.

28-Mar-2018 Ben Thompson

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Are employee benefits the key to attracting and retaining employees?

Free healthy meals at work, discounted travel, opportunities for personal development and study, flexible working, and paid time off for volunteering – these are just some of the compelling employee benefits that leading company’s offer.

28-Mar-2018 Francesca Nicasio

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How to deal with difficult customers: Nine proven tips for retailers

Dealing with difficult customers can be… well, difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right attitude and action steps, you can effectively navigate these tricky customer situations and emerge (hopefully) unscathed.

27-Mar-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Save the date - 7 ways to grow your business seminar

Join Kirsten & the Business Buddy CA Team on Wednesday June 13 2018 at this 90-minute event to understand the mindset change required to succeed in a changing business landscape.

14-Mar-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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John says, “do you want to visit?” Obama says, “oKey doKey.”

The team at BUSINESS buddy realise the power of good networking, so the news of the former US president Barack Obama’s visit later this month – got us thinking.

13-Mar-2018

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5 things you need to know about sourcing globally

Global sourcing occurs when companies go beyond their home borders for sourcing goods and services.

13-Mar-2018

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Three measures of customer satisfaction compared

It is a difficult task to gauge customer satisfaction without some form of survey to do so. However, understanding the extent to which your customer base is happy with your services is integral to your company’s success.

28-Feb-2018

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Getting business strategy at the heart of your success in 2018

Strategy lies at the heart of most successful businesses. Businesses that plan and have clear objectives or goals, robust accountability and a shared sense of purpose should always outperform those that just show up and go through the motions.

28-Feb-2018

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Where do your customers see value?

Most small businesses are trying to grow their market share and revenue. This typically means thinking deeply about one of the major factors affecting inventory management: pricing strategy.

28-Feb-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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What shape are your end-of-year accounts in?

The end of the financial year can be either stressful or a seamless part of what you do.
Ideally, your end-of-year accounts will confirm what you think your business has been doing for the past 12 months.

14-Feb-2018

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4 Essential employee engagement trends for 2018

Creating a highly-engaged workforce and a thriving workplace continues to be a major focus for all HR managers. And the reason is simple.

14-Feb-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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Accountancy becomes accountability

If someone had told me as a student in the 1980's that one day soon I could track my client’s business performance online, on any device, from anywhere in the world, I wouldn’t have believed them.

14-Feb-2018

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Kill your mortgage

Hannah is a financial force. She is the founder and director of enableMe – Financial Personal Trainers, a chartered accountant, a master of taxation studies, best-selling author, TV personality and mum of two.
Hannah is presenting her brand new, 45-minute seminar at Uxbridge Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Howick February 27, 2018 at 6pm.

31-Jan-2018 Irena Mckenzie

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Financial Mistakes To Avoid In Your First Business

After spending months thinking about it, you finally decided to quit your 9-5 job and start your very first business. You think that this will be a win-win situation for you because you get to do what you love and be your own boss.

31-Jan-2018 Kirsten Hawke

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The force of the Star Wars’ business model

From a business perspective, it’s universe-shattering that a product that first rolled out in 1977 still captivates the punters and successfully enthralls a whole new generation.

BUSINESS buddy has investigated how Star Wars resonates with people who weren’t born when the first movie was released, without alienating those who are old enough to be their grandparents.

30-Jan-2018

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Late payment reduces small business confidence to grow

Three quarters of small and medium sized UK builders say that late payment has directly hampered their business growth according to a recent Federation of Master Builders survey.

30-Jan-2018

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8 Eco-friendly packaging alternatives for your shipping needs

If you’re shipping your goods out to your customers, it’s essential to ensure your freight costs are as low as possible. At the same time, we all know how important it is to reduce our impact on the environment.

17-Jan-2018

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Shipping Musts and Must-Nots

Online purchasing has not-so-slowly and very surely become the way people shop. It is efficient, convenient and best of all can be done without any concern for traffic or trying to find dreaded car-parking at a mall.

17-Jan-2018

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The Value of Workplace Training

Training in the workplace is a very valuable and important component of running a successful business.

17-Jan-2018

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WIN two free tickets to BUSINESS buddy’s cashflow management seminar

The BUSINESS buddies are so excited about our February seminar that we are giving away one double pass to help a local business keep the dollars running like a river, all year round.

Are you a business owner feeling financial squeeze this January? You are not alone.

16-Jan-2018

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The Five Elements of a Lean Business

If your business is doing well and you’re looking to expand, that can be a sign of success. However, moving to the next stage of business development can be a risky endeavour.

03-Jan-2018

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The Dance of Technology and Business

Conducting business is no longer as simple, and dare we say primitive, as being present in the store at the point of sale, making said sale, recording said sale and replenishing inventory stock – all in a very hands-on manner.

20-Dec-2017 Kirby Carabana

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Make sure you don’t overlook this critical step in your employee onboarding process

So, you’re doing your homework on employee onboarding and preparing new starter kits infused with your company’s values. You also want to mastermind an onboarding process that even the tech giants would be proud of.

20-Dec-2017

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The Basics of a Good Business Plan

Business plans help define goals and help you achieve them. If you take time to set concrete and achievable goals, you can then chart a plan to reach these goals successfully. Having tangible goals can make a business thrive.

20-Dec-2017 Kirsten Hawke

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Dear Santa

You’re never too old to write to the dude in the big red suit and the BUSINESS buddies have scribed their wish list for something special they would like to find under the tree.

Of course, they are trying very hard to be good right up until Christmas Eve, which is more of a challenge for some buddies than others.

20-Dec-2017 Kirsten Hawke

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Money, money, money

Loot, dosh, cash, dollars, money, moola, coin… call it what you will but when there’s none in your pocket and none in the bank, it means one word – trouble.

The holiday season is a time when many businesses find cashflow diminishes to a trickle and it is the perfect occasion for BUSINESS buddy to advise entrepreneurs on how to unblock the dam.

18-Dec-2017

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Happy Customers, Thriving Company: The Role of Inventory Management

If there were no customers, there would be no business. And with no business, there is no income. So, it would be safe to summarise that customers should be the point of business, would it not?

18-Dec-2017

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Making a Case for a Time and Attendance System

Having reliable rostering software, like goRoster, means that you know who is working in your business at any given time. It’s a great tool to help you manage your staff without having to be on site 24/7.

05-Dec-2017

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5 Types of Sales Promotions in Retail (and How to Implement Them)

Promotions are almost always part of a retailer’s sales and marketing mix, and for good reason — they can drive sales and help you move inventory.

05-Dec-2017

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7 Ways to reduce your impact on the environment

Managing your business’s impact on the environment is not only good for the environment but it can also help to improve your business’s reputation and reduce business costs.

05-Dec-2017 Kirsten Hawke

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Get your affairs sorted before Christmas

Have you ever stopped to think where would your family and next-of-kin start if the worst happens?

22-Nov-2017 Kirsten Hawke

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Tips and tricks to operate a mobile office workforce

For more than a year, BUSINESS buddy has operated a mobile office system on Fridays and with some experience of this initiative – we have tips to help it work in your workplace.
On Fridays, the Allens Road office doors are locked tight and our team works from where it best suits their needs, which could be at a client’s workplace, at home, in a hotel – virtually anywhere.

21-Nov-2017 Anna Cicognani

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9 ways to squeeze more profit out of every business day

It’s the Holy Grail of business: increasing the number of profitable hours in a day.

21-Nov-2017

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Four signs it’s time to systemise your staff roster

To be successful in business, you need to be organised, have a clear plan for where you’re headed and be confident with the processes you have in place.

21-Nov-2017

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3 Simple signs your business is ready for a payments platform

At a certain point, every growing business needs to take a leap and invest in new technology. It can be daunting and expensive, but the rewards can greatly outweigh the costs and stress.

07-Nov-2017 Richard Francis

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Action Planning for client success

When I designed the first Spotlight Reports, I usually included an Action Plan to close the circle between great data analysis and goal-setting.

07-Nov-2017

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Brewery Inventory Management Up In The Cloud

Brewery inventory management can be done in a variety of ways. Often, companies will rely on a combination of methods, including web apps, written notes and spreadsheets.

07-Nov-2017 Francesca Nicasio

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Is Ecommerce Really Killing Brick and Mortar Retail?

Let’s get straight to the point: ecommerce is NOT killing brick-and-mortar retail.

07-Nov-2017 Kirsten Hawkes

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8 top tips to manage bad debts

BUSINESS buddy knows that in any business, cash flow is king.
When clients fail to pay on time it makes things toe-curlingly awkward for all involved.
Business owners struggle with chasing clients for money, and it requires awkward conversations and wastes a lot of precious time.

25-Oct-2017 Rebecca Fowler

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3 Forecasts Your Business Needs To Succeed

Forecasting is the process of estimating the effects trends, costs and external factors will have on your business in order to give yourself time to prepare.

25-Oct-2017 Rebecca Fowler

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The Best Xero Add Ons for Business Funding

Whether you’re trying to bridge a cash gap or secure funding to grow your business, the Xero marketplace offers a suite of apps that can help

25-Oct-2017 Brad Halcrow

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You gotta dig the No Dig method

Dennis Yarrow began Yarrow Plumbing back in 2003. Before that, he cut his teeth in the plumbing industry working in Papua New Guinea where he learned how to manage a team of 50 (and some other life skills he hadn’t bargained for).

25-Oct-2017

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Digital marketing made easy

Learn how to scale your business online at an exciting new BUSINESS buddy workshop on 12-1pm Tuesday, October 31 2017.

10-Oct-2017

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Encourage teamwork in the workplace to enhance stock control

In any business, large or small, good teamwork is essential for morale, productivity and efficiency.

10-Oct-2017

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Should Your Business Give Trade Discounts?

Many businesses use trade discounts to simplify variable pricing, protect a market recognised price point, stimulate sales or reward customer loyalty.

10-Oct-2017 Kat Bond

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Why profit isn’t the problem and cashflow is king

What is cashflow management? In its simplest form, cashflow management is doing everything possible to ensure that money flows into your business as quickly as possible, and leaves the business as slowly as possible.

10-Oct-2017 Kirsten Hawke

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To Airbnb or to not Airbnb, that is the question

The idea of renting your accommodation through Airbnb seems like the perfect way to turn empty holiday homes or spare bedrooms into income earning assets.

27-Sep-2017

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Common Inventory Management Mistakes: A Closer Look

Inventory management can be overwhelming. There can be an incredibly large amount of tangible inventory, which can translate to a huge amount of responsibility and pressure to manage this inventory properly.

27-Sep-2017

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Five ways to build a happy team

We have spoken to hundreds of business owners and thousands of their employees over the last twelve years.

27-Sep-2017 Claire Briggs

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How Cloud Technology Has Transformed the Role of Accountants

The role of a tax accountant has continuously changed over the course of the last 50 years, and it is currently undergoing yet another transition period with the growing popularity of cloud accounting.

27-Sep-2017 Kirsten Hawke

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Unleashing the Huge Power of Small – Building an Amazing Business in Amazing Times

It was great to see so many SME operators play truant from the office Monday morning and head along to our Business buddy business-building sponsored event at the Howick Club, and what an event it was.

To receive ideas and inspiration from one of the world’s leading entrepreneurs, mentors and public speakers was truly special.

13-Sep-2017

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How to take your business to the next level

You’ve done the hard work by setting up your business and establishing solid foundations with a good client base – congrats! So how do you expand, and do so profitably?

13-Sep-2017 Kirsten Hawke

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Four fab networking tips

If the thought of business networking gives you sweaty palms and a pounding chest then you are not alone.
Often people imagine it involves public speaking or standing in a room making toe-curling small talk with strangers…. cringe…but this fear is usually unfounded.

13-Sep-2017

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Last days for David Awards voting

Have you shown your support for BUSINESS buddy?
The people’s choice for the David Awards 2017 closes on Friday September 15 and we would love you to vote for our team.

13-Sep-2017

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UNLEASH the HUGE Power of Small

BUSINESS buddy has pulled off a HUGE coup and have arranged for one of the world’s leading business thinkers and speakers — Paul Dunn — to present a stunning business-building event right here in our region.

We're bursting with excitement and we want to share that excitement with you.

30-Aug-2017 Kirsten Hawke

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We’ve done it again

Not that we like blowing our own trumpet too loudly…. But BUSINESS buddy has made the finals for another award and we need you to exercise your voting fingers, again.

29-Aug-2017

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Accurate Inventory Costing: Why It’s Critical for Success

Even if a business has some other, high value, assets such as factory plant, inventory is likely to essential to the business’ ability to trade profitably.

29-Aug-2017 Kirsten Hawke

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Ditch the smart device

BUSINESS buddy loves technology. However, let’s throw it out into cyberspace that to really get the most out of apps, notifications and those bings and bongs – every now and then you should turn off your smart device.

15-Aug-2017

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Want to Create Amazing Customer Experiences? Learn From These 4 Homeware Stores

The homeware and furniture industry has been doing well for the past couple of years, and we expect this trend to continue. The annual expenditure on furniture per US consumer was $502 in 2015 (up from $386). Meanwhile, a report by Furniture Insights found that furniture orders for February 2017 were up 4% from last year.

15-Aug-2017 Kirsten Hawke

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Knowledge is power

As business owners, we can all get so busy focusing on the day-to-day running of our businesses that it can feel impossible to find time to analyse what we’re doing and planning for the future.

BUSINESS buddy realises that there is always something on the to-do list that just can’t wait, however exercising your business skills you will improve your entrepreneurial fitness.

15-Aug-2017 Kirsten Hawke

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Vote for BUSINESS buddy

BUSINESS buddy has entered The People’s Choice category of The David Awards 2017. With just one click, you can vote for us.

The BUSINESS buddy team is small and determined. They are relentless about delivering their promise to their clients, recognising success comes from its clients' success and their key principle is “Growing your business is our business.”