What Alert Level 2 Means for Our Business

Our heart goes out to all those affected by this news, especially those in Auckland as they enter Level 3. The rest of New Zealand including us will at level 2 as at midday today (12th August). What this means for us: Our office remains open but we prefer to communicate by phone or email plus we can offer Zoom meetings online. We have a contact tracing register in place…  Read more

Free Xero Tips & Tricks – Wednesday 20th May, 2020 at 7pm

Xero Tips & Tricks Wed 20th May 7pm This is a free learning session hosted by James Burn & Associates, in this webinar you will learn all the tips and tricks of Xero to help you become more efficient in managing your business accounting. There will also be an opportunity at the end to ask any questions you may have regarding Xero. Click the link to register:Register Here  Read more

Moving to Level 3 & End of Year Accounts

As we move into Alert Level 3, we thought it timely to update everyone on our health and safety procedures for providing a safe and compliant service to our clients through this next stage of the pandemic. Over the next few weeks of Alert Level 3 our team will continue to be working from home. We are not able to meet face to face but we have found Zoom meetings…  Read more

An important summary of Government Support available to your business

We are all living in crazy times. It’s really tough for businesses right now. You’ve got Covid-19 support information coming at you from all directions and it’s hard to figure out how some of that support works in practice to ensure your business survives. On Wednesday April 29, 2020 at 11 am, join us for a 75 minute complimentary webinar, where we’ll cover the most important Covid-19 Government support available,…  Read more

We are going Cheque-Free – But we have other payment options

Important notice In May 2019 Kiwibank announced that it was going cheque-free from 28 February 2020. As a customer of Kiwibank, we will no longer be able to accept cheques from 28 February 2020. Please contact us to discuss other payment options or if you have any questions or concerns  – James 06 8671905 For more information on this change visit www.kiwibank.co.nz/cheques    Read more

Have you got a strategy for a financially stress free holiday period?

Planning Holiday breaks are a great time to spend with friends and family and have a chance to recharge for the year ahead. But, for a business owner this time can be stressful without careful cash flow planning. Even if you do continue to operate through the holiday shutdown season, your customers’ financial behavior may not remain the same. It can be pretty disappointing to work hard all year only…  Read more

The second cause of poor cashflow – Your accounts payable process

The second cause of poor cashflow – Your accounts payable process The second cause of poor cashflow relates to when and how money is spent in your business, including your terms of trade with suppliers. Do you have spending budgets in place? It’s best practice to prepare a budget every year, usually before the start of a new financial year. It’s also best practice to make sure that team members…  Read more

The first cause of poor cashflow – Your cash lockup

The first cause of poor cashflow – Your cash lockup There’s a massive difference between profit and cashflow. Profit increases when you create an invoice for work you’ve done or goods you’ve sold; cashflow only increases when you actually bank the money. Your lockup equals the cash that isn’t in your bank account because it’s either in work in progress (you’ve done some work but you haven’t yet billed for…  Read more

Cashflow Freedom – The 7 causes of Poor Cashflow

Cashflow Freedom – The 7 causes of Poor Cashflow Cash is King in any business. In fact, even profitable businesses can fail because of poor cash flow. What’s important is that you understand your key cashflow drivers. Improving cashflow is often all about changing your business processes. Processes such as how and when you order stock and pay for it, when you bill for your products and services, and how…  Read more

10 Tips to getting paid faster

Steady, reliable cash flow is crucial for the survival of any business – so taking steps to ensure your customers pay promptly should be a key priority. When your customers consistently pay on time, you’ll avoid the dreaded “feast or famine” cycle. You’ll be able to pay your suppliers and employees on time – and not least of all, yourself. Implement these ten tips now to start getting paid without…  Read more

The power of Cash flows

The power of cash flow forecasts At some point in its lifetime, every small business suffers from cash flow problems. The trick is to think ahead and figure out when these problems are going to arise, so you don’t have to unexpectedly postpone a purchase or hurriedly seek out additional finance. This is where cash flow forecasts come in. To effectively manage your cash flow, all you have to essentially…  Read more

How to avoid 3 common profit mistakes

What exactly is profit in a business? Here’s how to avoid three common profit mistakes that can seriously affect the success of your business. 1. Sales are NOT profit The biggest beginner mistake is assuming that sales are profit. People new to business can easily confuse sales with profit, but there is a very clear distinction between them. As the saying goes, ‘sales are vanity, profit is sanity’. Let’s assume…  Read more

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