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22-Jul-2019 PracticePlus

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Dealing with abusive emails

This article will be focused on how users can deal with cases of abusive emails.

22-Jul-2019 PracticePlus

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Brand yourself

Instead of waiting for marketing agencies to do the work, it is time for companies to start branding themselves.

21-Jul-2019 PracticePlus

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What is an audit report and what are the types?

An audit report could be either summarized or lengthy.

21-Jul-2019 PracticePlus

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The three forms of business activities in accounting

The three major forms of business activities are financing, investing and operating.

21-Jul-2019 Entrepreneur

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8 Funny and relatable experiences that all entrepreneurs go through

The same things happen to everyone in different ways.

17-Jul-2019 AMP Capital

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The nine most important things I have learned about investing over the past 35 years

My nine most important lessons from investing over the past 35 years are that: there is always a cycle; the crowd gets it wrong at extremes; what you pay for an investment matters a lot; getting markets right is not as easy as you think; investment markets don’t learn; compound interest applied to investments is like magic; it pays to be optimistic; keep it simple; and you need to know yourself to succeed at investing.

17-Jul-2019 Xero

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The first accountant to use Xero Tax talks stress-busting and time-saving this EOFY

Over 5,000 firms rely on Xero Tax to lodge their tax returns

17-Jul-2019 Entrepreneur

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Answer These 7 Questions Before Starting Your Side Business

Take stock of the assets you have and create a realistic plan to define your purpose, gather resources and develop market insights.

14-Jul-2019 Journal of Accountancy

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How firms of any size can innovate

From small to large, accounting practices of all types can be effectively thinking ahead.

14-Jul-2019 Xero

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Helping small business through the succession planning process

A good succession plan can secure a business owner’s legacy, and their retirement. Why not help your clients come up with one? It could be one of the most important and enduring things you do for them. Here’s how to get the process started.

14-Jul-2019 Xero

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Accounting strategy emerges out of the wilderness

Jason Blumer realised his creative talent would be curbed if he stuck to the traditional ways of running an accounting business. So when he was let loose to manage his father’s firm, he started experimenting and having fun.

24-Jun-2019 PracticePlus

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What you can learn from an unhappy client

When a customer complains about your product, ask yourself first whether they have a point.

24-Jun-2019 PracticePlus

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How to sound a little more human in a live chat

It is essential to create a great first impression.

24-Jun-2019 PracticePlus

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Cash flow forecasting for Accountants

Cash Flow is what makes businesses live

23-Jun-2019 Journal of Accountancy

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What tax firms need to know now about technology

More than anything, companies must prepare their employees to be deeply knowledgeable but broadly adaptable.

23-Jun-2019 PracticePlus

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6 conference tips for business-people

This blog article will help suggest a few things that you can do to make conferencing less of a hassle for business owners.

23-Jun-2019 Journal of Accountancy

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4 ways to protect your data from the dark web

It’s not just personal data that are in jeopardy.

17-Jun-2019 HubPages

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Writing better emails

Imagine that any email you send was given to every employee at your company. If this thought makes you nervous, and it isn't due to privacy laws, you may need to reevaluate your message.

16-Jun-2019 Entrepreneur

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Leadership techniques that build unstoppable teams

Understanding and articulating your company’s “why” is fundamentally important, but the “how” behind how you and your team execute drives your organization’s culture and ultimately, it's brand.

16-Jun-2019 HubPages

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Challenges and problems of the modern business managers

The resources of every organisation includes among other things, physical, financial, time, information as well as human.

13-Jun-2019 Xero

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How to start a bookkeeping business

If you've ever thought of starting a bookkeeping business, now's the time. There are fewer barriers to entry than ever. Read our seven tips on how to get started.

13-Jun-2019

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May 2019 TAX TICKLERS some quick points to consider

Interest rates on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans will be lowered starting in 2019-2020...

13-Jun-2019

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HOME BUYERS’ PLAN (HBP)- Enhanced Possibilities

Consider whether an RRSP contribution should be made now in order to benefit from the tax deduction, while making equity available for a later home purchase. Funds withdrawn under the plan must be in the RRSP at least 90 days prior to the withdrawal...

13-Jun-2019

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FIRST TIME HOME BUYER INCENTIVE- New Possibility

Watch out for details of this new incentive to be released in the fall...

13-Jun-2019

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Medical Expense Tax Credit- SAUNA AND HYDROTHERAPY POOL

CRA was asked whether the costs of installing a steam shower (sauna) and hydrotherapy pool could be eligible for the medical expense tax credit (METC)?

12-Jun-2019

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VIDEO LEGACY- What Message Am I Leaving?

Consider revisiting your estate plan, will, and any other communications you would like to leave for your family.

11-Jun-2019

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OLD AGE SECURITY (OAS) DEFERRAL- Opting Out Retroactively

Determine whether it is best to defer receiving OAS prior to applying...

11-Jun-2019

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GST/HST NEW HOUSING REBATE Meeting the Conditions

To qualify for the rebate, the purchaser, or a person related to the purchaser, must, at the time they become liable for the purchase, intend to use the property as their primary place of residence...

11-Jun-2019

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SHARED CUSTODY OF A CHILD- The Equal or Near Equal Issue

Each parent is entitled to half of the credits/benefits which would be available if the child resided primarily with them

09-Jun-2019 Feedspot

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Why a Web App is important for your business

A web app puts you out to the world, gives you a platform, brings traffic to your site.

20-May-2019 Xero

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A nudge in the right direction: how our brains have evolved, and what we need to do about it

As a member of the learning and development industry, I am bombarded with research, insights, event invites, and models almost daily

19-May-2019 PracticePlus

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Why planning is important

Planning is simply a process that involves shaping a course of action that is to be done at a later date.

19-May-2019 PracticePlus

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Want to create an effective budget? Here are 10 tips for you

On the list of crucial things that determine if a small scale business will stay relevant or fold up within a short while, money is right on the top.

19-May-2019 PracticePlus

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The 5 reasons you should hire a external expert

Ever heard the quote by David Allen, who says “You can do anything, but not everything.”

19-May-2019 PracticePlus

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Benefits of advertising on YouTube

The Internet has made it very easy for a business to make its goods and services reach more and more people all over the world.

19-May-2019 Xero

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9 steps to an awesome invoicing process

You need billing to be fast and accurate.

12-May-2019 Xero

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What is depreciation and why should I care?

Depreciation affects your bottom line, your tax bill, and the value of your business. Those are three good reasons to learn what depreciation is and how it works. Here are the basics.

08-May-2019 Hubpages

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Understanding debits and credits in Accounting

Debits and credits are one of those fundamental concepts in accounting..

06-May-2019 Readwrite

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The bright future of online banking

Technology has facilitated all aspects of life

05-May-2019 Entrepreneur

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The importance of 'positioning' your brand when you're just starting out

"Positioning" is a term that gets thrown around a lot but can often be confused with other marketing activities.

05-May-2019 Entrepreneur

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Before you launch your business, make sure you have a safety net. Here are 13

All entrepreneurs need a parachute.

16-Apr-2019 PracticePlus

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Time Management 101

You understand the phrase, “Time is money” better when you are in the labour market.

16-Apr-2019 PracticePlus

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How much does your employee really cost?

Do you know that the wages you pay your employee is not all that your employee costs?

14-Apr-2019 PracticePlus

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Why you should advertise on Facebook

Facebook started in 2005 as a small networking site at Harvard University.

14-Apr-2019 PracticePlus

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Tax Season: 4 ways to make tax season less painful.

Tax Day is just right around the corner

10-Apr-2019 Xero

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Why real-time business intelligence needs automated bookkeeping

What is really happening in the life of our small business?

09-Apr-2019 Entrepreneur

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These 5 body language secrets could put you on the road to a million dollars

There’s a reason “The Room Where It Happens” is one of Broadway hit Hamilton’s standout songs: the track’s theme -- longing to be included among key decision-makers in the place in which decisions are made -- is timeless.

08-Apr-2019 Entrepreneur

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How to use strategic partnerships for more explosive growth

If it’s going to survive, a startup needs to grow.

08-Apr-2019 Xero

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A new bank feeds process – simpler, faster, and more secure

Bank feeds are a core component of Xero, giving you an up to date view of your cash position so you know how your business is performing.

07-Apr-2019 Xero

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The Accounting Business Expo 2019: Your roadmap for moving down the advisory path

As part of the Beautiful Business Talks hosted by Xero at this year’s Accounting Business Expo, I was given the opportunity to present on how accountants and bookkeepers can provide advisory services to their clients.

07-Apr-2019 HubPages

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Read this to help you become a better business leader

TIP: All leaders that are good need to focus on days to come. You have to know what's next and how to prepare for it.

Make it a point to look for hidden talent in your teammates. It should be easy to determine who benefits you the most, when you are looking for helpers.

07-Apr-2019 HubPages

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Encouraging new ideas and innovation in the workplace

In today’s competitive environment, businesses can survive and thrive when managers or owners implement measures that encourage their employees to share new ideas and innovations to improve the workplace. As a temp administrative assistant, I have observed many innovations that work - and don't work- on the job.

19-Mar-2019 PracticePlus

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Why is SEO crucial to surviving online?

The concept of search engine optimisation (SEO) is literally everywhere. It is so important now, and every webmaster needs its knowledge, so content marketing is as effective as it is supposed to be.

19-Mar-2019 PracticePlus

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Tips and Tricks on How to Gain Customer Satisfaction


When it comes to businesses and the publicity they involve, losing one customer can cause a chain reaction that makes you lose several other customers; existing and potential.

17-Mar-2019 PracticePlus

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What Is All The Hype About SSL Certificates?

Ever heard about SSL Certificates?

You probably have.

17-Mar-2019 PracticePlus

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Benefits of Advertising on Instagram

Benefits have evolved. Once upon a time, “word-of-mouth” adverts was what worked, later on, if you couldn’t get your business to be on the television or radio, you were not dreaming big enough.

11-Mar-2019 Xero

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What is accounts receivable and where can it go wrong?

Accounts receivable is the money you’re owed by customers. Once you send an invoice (or bill), it becomes part of your accounts receivable – until it’s paid.

11-Mar-2019 copyblogger

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The Irreplaceable Power of Paper

For hundreds of years, paper was the gold standard of written communication.
Anything you needed to record or remember, from love letters to receipts, was printed on paper.

11-Mar-2019 readwrite

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Is a tech-based social credit score a good idea?

China is currently developing a kind of social credit system, not dissimilar to a financial credit system, designed to reward people for doing good deeds and demonstrating honesty and integrity while punishing people for committing untrustworthy acts.

11-Mar-2019 Xero

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Cash versus accrual accounting explained

The difference between cash basis and accrual basis accounting comes down to timing. When do you record revenue or expenses?

11-Mar-2019 readwrite

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8 Major Legal Risks Faced By Startups

One of the biggest mistakes made by new business owners is not to engage startup legal services to handle possible issues for their new venture.

11-Mar-2019 copyblogger

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7 steps to becoming a better thinker

When was the last time you stopped to think?
I mean really stopped.

To think.

11-Mar-2019 entrepreneur

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5 Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs

So you didn’t follow the Elon Musk path of creating a computer game at age 12 or cold-calling a corporate banking maven to snag a paying internship? You can still become a compelling, talked-about entrepreneur if you follow a few best practices.

14-Feb-2019

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TAX TICKLERS some quick points to consider…

The annual TFSA contribution limit for 2019 will be increased to $6,000 (from $5,500) due to indexation...

14-Feb-2019

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CHILDCARE COSTS: Art, Sport and Educational Camps

If incurring child care costs with a recreational or educational component, consideration may be given to claiming these amounts as a child care expense, up to the maximum allowed amount. That is, an annual amount of $8,000/child under 7, $5,000/child aged 7 to 16 and $11,000 for a disabled child.

12-Feb-2019

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TRAVEL EXPENSES: Home to Work Site

Although it may be possible deduct travel amounts against employment income, such amounts are often challenged by CRA.

12-Feb-2019

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HACKED CUSTOMER DATA: Federal Reporting Requirements

Be prepared by reviewing protocol and obligations in respect of client information hacks and losses. Quick response can assist in rectifying the integrity of the data and the relationship with the client.

12-Feb-2019

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ACCELERATED DEPRECIATION: Federal Fall Economic Update Changes

Review whether capital purchases should be accelerated, and whether the accelerated deduction should be claimed given your particular situation

04-Feb-2019

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FEDERAL CARBON TAX: Costs and Rebates

The direct proceeds from the federal carbon tax will be returned to the territory or province of origin.

04-Feb-2019

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CANADA PENSION PLAN (CPP) CHANGES: Costs and Benefits are Increasing

Employers should budget for higher CPP costs on continual increases over the coming seven years.

23-Jan-2019 Practiceplus

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Video Ads On Facebook, Do They Work?

Video Ads are more than mere trends on Facebook and far more than a feature that is sure to come and go. If you’ve been active on Facebook, the tendency is to have seen video ads on the site for different brands/companies.

23-Jan-2019 Practiceplus

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Facebook Chatbot Marketing - Yay or Nay?

Times have changed. While more users always have their heads bent, busy with their phones; it does not imply that users are busy checking their news feed on Facebook. Instant messaging is the order of the day. Almost every social media app has a corresponding messenger application/option. So does Facebook.

23-Jan-2019

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3 Ecommerce Trends You Must Prepare for in 2019

The ecommerce explosion continues, but there's also an element of evolution. To take your ecommerce presence to the next level, take advantage of these emerging trends.

20-Jan-2019 PracticePlus

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Your Website Needs a Spring Clean Too

Not everyone loves spring; however, the idea of a spring clean is well-embraced. It allows a house look new and clean. It also prevents the individual and entire family from suffering several diseases that come with having a dirty home.

If your home (which is only accessible to the few people you know) gets a spring clean so easily, your website (which is accessible to thousands of people) deserves a spring clean too

20-Jan-2019 PracticePlus

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Tips on How to Run a Successful Business In 2019

2019 is here! It’s a new year; not just for individuals, but for businesses and corporations alike. This is what makes the beginning of the year a great time to work something new in your business; a time to set goals.

16-Jan-2019 Xero

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Introducing bills to mobile

One of the great things about you as Xero users is how openly you reach out with feedback and requests for new features. We take the time to read and understand all feedback we receive. What really stood out to us this time (with around 200 requests coming through last year) was the overwhelming need for bills support in the Xero mobile app.

16-Jan-2019

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10 Remote Work Trends That Will Dominate 2019

Remote work is no longer a privilege. It’s become the standard operating mode for at least 50% of the U.S. population. Virtual retreats are no longer attributed solely to progressive startups. Traditional employers are finally on-board and ready to propose a flexible work arrangement higher up the pipeline.

14-Jan-2019

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Understanding and Preventing Construction Injuries

Falls from height (FFH) are the leading causes of serious and fatal injuries for construction workers. Almost all of these injuries and fatalities were preventable. There are many different factors that increase the risk of FFH injuries. Getting a understanding of these issues is key to preventing FFH injuries. As a result of identifying the types of hazards and learning how to safely address these hazards on your current jobs will allow you to get lower rates on General Liability Insurance and Workers Compensation Insurance.

14-Jan-2019 Xero

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Game of Phones: 5 great apps for entrepreneurs

We check our phones about 85 times a day. Chances are, you’re reading this on one right now – or it won’t be long till you check it again. A staggering 70% of internet traffic now comes from mobile devices.

14-Jan-2019

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4 Ways Social Listening Can Inform Your Marketing Strategy

Have you harnessed social listening?
As I peruse trends for 2019, I see a lot about listening on social. And I have to chuckle … how is this trendy or new?!
In any case, if part of your marketing strategy involves social media it should also involve social listening.
Here are four easy ways using listening on social media can inform your marketing strategy.

14-Jan-2019

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12 Easy Things Small Business Owners Can Do to Start the New Year Off Right

We’ve just rung in 2019. What can you do to get this new year off to a good start? Here are a dozen ideas. You may not need to implement all of them, so choose the ones that will help you the most—and get going!

17-Dec-2018 PracticePlus

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Increasing benefits of Cloud Computing

In this era where a lot of activities are digital, no individual or organization wants their information lost. People also want to have access to their information; especially at the point of their needs. Therefore, one thing of increasing importance is the issue of accessible data storage.

16-Dec-2018 Neto

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Why you should take UX seriously

UX (User Experience) is at the heart of every good design. It’s the difference between your customers groaning in wretched frustration, or grinning with enjoyment; with them shaking a defeated fist at your site and hastily clicking away from it, or completing a satisfying purchase and wanting to return for more.

16-Dec-2018

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What does the future look like for Accountants on the Cloud?

Ten years ago, the accounting industry looked very different but new technology is evolving. Cloud-based software is becoming more prevalent everywhere you look; accountants have had to adapt their mode of operation. These changes to the industry will create so many opportunities for accountants. Yet, there will also be notable challenges to face with this level of change.

16-Dec-2018 Workflow Max

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Security is everyone's responsibility

For most of us the internet is an intrinsic part of our lives. We rely on it to get us where we are going, connect us to friends and family and answer all of our questions, no matter how banal. It has also quickly become an integral part of most businesses, enabling them to complete business transactions in mere minutes as well as connect to their customers and a global network.

16-Dec-2018

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7 steps to brilliant job and staff scheduling

Effective job scheduling is one of the most important but least understood disciplines of business management.

13-Dec-2018 PracticePlus

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The benefits of Cloud Computing

The cloud – what is it and why is it important? Like the name suggests, the idea of the cloud feels lofty and hard to grasp. Simply put, cloud computing is the practice of using a network hosted on the Internet, or “the cloud,” to store, manage, and process data. This means you won’t have to maintain or own any hosting equipment.

12-Dec-2018 PracticePlus

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Christmas tax write-offs: tax on gifts

It’s the time of the year when the streets look very beautiful as snowflakes fall on them. Parties are being planned, holiday reservations are being made, families are gathering together, and everyone is preparing for loads of fun.

10-Dec-2018

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Why thinking negatively isn't always a bad thing

Contrary to what you've always been told, thinking negatively can very much be a good thing.

10-Dec-2018 Xero

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Make a mobile office work for your business

Offices used to be essential for most businesses. But mobile technology and new working practices mean that many small businesses don't need any office space. Here's what you need to know about having a mobile office.

10-Dec-2018 Xero

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How to make price quotes work for you

When a customer asks you for a quote, they're giving you a golden opportunity. With the right response, you can close the deal quickly and win new business. Here's how to make the most of price quotes.

10-Dec-2018 Xero

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Five important business negotiation strategies

Business negotiation is a world of contradictions. You’ve got to be firm but flexible open and sharing, but a little cagey. There’s a lot to get your head around. But your state of mind might be the most important thing. Aim for a mutually beneficial outcome, and you’ll find the whole exercise more comfortable. Follow these five tips to prepare for your next negotiation.

18-Nov-2018 Xero

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Make Small Business Accounting Fun

Owning a small business is exciting. You get to do what you love, day in, day out. But traditionally, small business accounting isn’t exciting. So how can we change this stereotype and make accounting fun and easy?

18-Nov-2018 Schaefer Marketing Solutions

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Influencer Marketing For Small Businesses And Startups

Some benefits of social media and content marketing are normally inaccessible for small businesses and startups because:

15-Nov-2018 Xero

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Understanding Cloud Computing

Cloud computing got you perplexed? You’re not alone. Most of us talk about ‘the cloud’ without even realising what it really means. We’re clearing the air on cloud computing and how it can benefit your small business.

15-Nov-2018 Entrepreneurs' Organization

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It's About Time

We equate being busy as being virtuous. When we’re maxed out, it feels safe. It must be productive. (Or is it?) It’s a badge of courage, honor or something …

15-Nov-2018 Socially Sorted

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How Customers Engage With Social Media Video: 8 Things You Need To Know

Want to peek into the mind of your ideal customer and find out how they engage with social media video? How they are interacting with brands via video? How are they purchasing?

Take a seat, because in this post we break down exactly how customers are watching social media video and more importantly, how they are purchasing from video.

And it’s all based on data and research, so you can start using this intel now, to get results in your business.

15-Nov-2018 business.gov.au

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GST and BAS tips for running a successful business

Successful businesses spend that little bit of extra time on record keeping and getting their tax right, including preparing and lodging business activity statements (BAS). Once set up and organised, you’ll save time in the long run.

15-Nov-2018 Xero

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Construction accounting basics

Construction is unlike any other business. Building projects can last for months or even years – and you might be both an employer and a contractor. So how do you learn the basics of construction accounting?