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18-Oct-2017 WorkflowMax

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How to make your business as safe as possible online

Business data is increasingly being stored online in the cloud. What does this mean for your business and your customers? What can you do to make your data safer? Here are some essential tips on cloud security from our friends at WorkflowMax.

16-Oct-2017 Engine Room

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Save on power: new online tool for business

Could your energy use be eating into profits? Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority's (EECA) new Energy Management Journey Tool tells you where you use most power and how to use less. Get customised results, step by step actions and cut your power bill.

13-Oct-2017 Engine Room

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Is it time to hire a business coach?

Business coaching services are designed to ensure your business has a clear vision and is on track for success. But how do you know if you need one or not? Here we explore some of the signs that it’s time to reach out for help.

11-Oct-2017 Engine Room

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Paid sick leave: getting it right

If an employee has been with you for more than six months, in most cases you must give them paid sick leave. Make sure you know all the ins and outs, including how to deal with casual and part-time workers, when to roll over untaken sick days, and when it’s OK to ask for a GP’s certificate.

09-Oct-2017 Engine Room

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NZ Trust Law to be overhauled

Parliamentary plastic surgery is in store for the Trustee Act, to make trust law easier to access and understand. On 1 August, Justice Minister Amy Adams introduced the Trusts Bill to Parliament. This will be the first significant change since the introduction of the Trustee Act 1956.

06-Oct-2017 Engine Room

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What automation means for small businesses

As a business owner you have probably heard the term “automation” used a lot lately, and you’ll probably also be thinking “how can I integrate this into my business?” – And if you’re not, you should be.

04-Oct-2017 Engine Room

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Business culture tied to business performance

While it’s easy to think of business culture as a bit soft compared with, say, achieving sales, in fact it’s anything but. A 2014 study reported that public companies named in a “Best Places to Work” list in 2009 outperformed the S&P 500 by 115 percent in the following five years.

Marketing on a budget

Marketing, it’s probably not something high on your list of priorities and, unless you’re a marketer like myself, it’s probably not a topic you’re all that interested in. However it is crucial for the success of your business to have a marketing plan. “That costs too much money though” I hear you saying. But it doesn’t have to. Marketing and promoting your business or product can be done simply, efficiently and doesn’t have to cost the earth.

29-Sep-2017 Ross Tritt

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Options for Investing

Craigs Investment Partners is one of New Zealand’s top Private Wealth Investment Companies, with 17 Offices and 150+ Advisors, together managing in excess of $13b of client’s investments.

Here, Ross Tritt (one of their talented investment advisers), runs us through options for investing.