You should be using two factor authentication

For small business owners, the risk of data breaches and fraud is high, so taking all the necessary steps to protect your sensitive data is a must. Unfortunately for many entrepreneurs the decision to increase their company’s data protection comes too late – after they’ve been victimized by a malicious hacker. The good news is, simple and inexpensive steps can be taken to avoid being hacked. According to a recent…  Read more

Tips for switching off during the holidays

kordi_vahle / Pixabay The holiday season is once again here, and with it comes time to relax, focus on family and friends and take stock in what is really important in life. Unless you’re a small business owner. Every small business owner knows that being away from the office can be just as stressful as being in it. Phone calls from employees dealing with a minor crisis will pull your…  Read more

Conference Tips for Small Business Owners

carmen_carbonell / Pixabay For small business owners, business conferences can be both a blessing and a curse. They give you the opportunity to develop new skills and learn strategies that you can use in your business, and they also provide you with the chance to meet new people and expand your business network. Unfortunately, they also pull you away from your business and they cost money, so it’s important that…  Read more

Can a Virtual Assistant Help Your Business?

905513 / Pixabay When you run a small business you likely want to spend as much time as possible on the tasks that make money for your business. Unfortunately, there are many day-to-day chores that require your time but aren’t necessarily worth your energy. Faced with those errands, many small business owners either spend their valuable time and energy on chores they hate or put them off until the last…  Read more

The ins and outs of employee performance reviews

rawpixel / Pixabay When you run a small business, you’re involved in your company’s sales, accounting, marketing, and human resources, among other things. Being responsible for human resources isn’t just about hiring and firing people, although those are large parts of the role. It’s also about managing the people who work for you while they work for you. Conducting regular employee performance reviews is part of managing your workers. While…  Read more

Opening the books

geralt / Pixabay 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…  Read more

Tips for managing contractors

Tumisu / Pixabay For small businesses, working with independent contractors can be a life saver. You can hand over tasks you don’t have time for – at a fraction of the cost of an employee. Unlike staff, you won’t owe a contractor payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, health insurance, or other employee benefits. Because contractors aren’t employees, however, they do need to be managed differently. They’re accustomed to being their own…  Read more

Polite ways to sack a client

geralt / Pixabay Ask anyone who’s been self-employed for a few years. By and large, the vast majority of clients are great. The less than ideal ones, however, can become a serious liability. Problem clients come in all shapes and sizes. There are the late payers and scheduled “no shows”. The ones who are demanding and don’t respect your time. Remember, just because you need to earn a profit doesn’t…  Read more

Five Undesirable Customer Types

PatternPictures / Pixabay Every businessperson knows that not all customers are created equal. Some customers are loyal, while others will stray if they’re offered a slightly lower price elsewhere. Some clients are demanding, while others only call when they wish to place an order. Every business must deal with a variety of customers. But there are certain types of customers who do more harm than good to your business –…  Read more

Financial planning for divorce

MissCaraReads / Pixabay No one wants to plan for the worst case scenario and when you’re married you certainly don’t want to be worried about anything as terrible as divorce. After all, you’re in love and you want your marriage to last. That makes sense, but approximately half of all marriages end in divorce. When people consider the consequences of divorce, they often think about the effects on the children…  Read more

10 quick growth tips for your small business

geralt / Pixabay Small businesses can grow in boom times as well as periods of difficulty by working smarter and taking advantage of opportunities. Put these following effective tips into practise to help grow your business. 1. Utilise new technology Modern technology can save you time, improve productivity and reduce your operational costs. Make use of Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media tools to market your business. Dropbox is…  Read more

Single Touch Payroll deadline is looming

The Single Touch Payroll deadline is here! If you have employees you need to be ready for Single Touch Payroll! You’ve probably heard about Single Touch Payroll by now. It’s a pretty big deal for any business that has employees. So…what do you need to know and how does it affect you? Hint: Contact us! Keep reading to find out more. What is Single Touch Payroll? Single Touch Payroll (STP)…  Read more

Tips to Keep Your Business Finances in Order

Servlet If you’re like most small business owners, you spend the majority of your time managing daily operations, keeping customers happy, and looking for new ways to grow. Spreadsheets, cash flow analysis, and financial projections are probably not your first passion. However, measuring profitability, creating realistic budgets, and planning ahead for the future are crucial to your professional success. Follow these four tips to get a handle on the numbers,…  Read more

What to do if you get audited

Tumisu / Pixabay No business owner looks forward to a letter from the taxman requesting a closer look at the books. If you’ve received an audit letter – an official request by the tax authority to review your accounts and confirm your taxes have been paid to date – don’t panic. Prepare. These four steps will help you get through the process with minimal stress and the best possible outcome.…  Read more

Two important reasons to have an up-to-date will

geralt / Pixabay No one really likes talking about their death, which makes updating—or even writing—a will an unpleasant experience. Often, people put off thinking about their will for another day, assuming they have a lot of time to deal with it. Having an updated will, though, is vital for ensuring your wishes are followed after you die. It makes the process of sorting through your life much easier and…  Read more

How to get your life back in a seven-day-a-week business

Free-Photos / Pixabay Small business owners already have a difficult and time-consuming job running their business. If their business is open five days a week, they usually need the weekend to catch up on paperwork, pay bills and manage any tasks they didn’t get to during the week. For those with a seven-day-a-week business, there’s even less time off. They often feel the need to be onsite any time the…  Read more

Improving cash flow: How to get paid faster

qimono / Pixabay Maintaining positive cash flow can be challenging for small businesses, whether you’re just starting out or have been running your company for years. The difficulty often comes down to waiting for clients to pay their invoices. One or two chronic late payers cost valuable time and money when you have to chase them down; if reliable clients also fall behind one month, the result can be devastating.…  Read more

Strengthening your balance sheet

RyanMcGuire / Pixabay Your balance sheet (now more correctly called a Statement of Financial Position) reveals a great deal about your business, including the total value of your assets – the things you own; how much you owe to others – your liabilities; and the level of your solvency. These three aspects will be studied carefully by lenders and investors − and by buyers if you intend to sell your…  Read more

Insights from your Profit and Loss account

geralt / Pixabay Most small business people would agree that their Profit and Loss account (now more correctly called a Statement of Financial Performance) is among the easier – if not the easiest – financial document to understand. It’s typically presented in two parts. The top half of the statement reveals the various sources of income the business has received for the period covered, such as a quarter, half year…  Read more

Why Bookkeeping is Crucial to Your Success

JeongGuHyeok / Pixabay 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…  Read more

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