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Two-factor authentication - stop hackers at the gate

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Passwords - they are both the saviour and bane of our modern world. We all want and need to protect our data, however the barrage of sites, apps and devices requiring unique and hard-to-guess passwords is frankly overwhelming. Most people will have experienced the frustration of being locked out of their own accounts by forgetting a login or password.

The common temptation to use an simple password, and then re-use it across many sites, puts us at high risk of cyber-attacks. Once obtained, this password will be all a hacker needs to access our digital lives, including identity and banking information. This is where two-factor authentication comes in.

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PAYE reporting - an overview of the proposed changes

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If you are an employer you will be aware of the ever-evolving rules for compliance to meet the requirements of Inland Revenue and other government bodies. You'll also know this often involves a lot of administrative work on the part of the business owner in order to meet these obligations.

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If your creditors issue you invoices via their Xero accounting software you will probably be familiar with the basic format of these emails.

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'Tis the season for public holidays

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This year the public holidays fall on the following days:

Calendar showing from 24 Dec 2017 to 6 Jan 2018, with Christmas/ New Year public holidays circled in red

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Our December "hot desking" date at The Orchard

The Orchard's open-plan shared office space, overlaid with December's hot desking date

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Some things are just better in two's: ears, socks, doughnuts.

With that in mind, this month we give you
not one, but two accounting brains to pick!

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Naming rights - how to choose an effective business name (pt 2)

Part 16 of our blog article series: "Strategies for business success"

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(and part 2 of 2 of our mini blog series on "Naming rights - how to choose an effective business name")

In part 1 we provided you with some ideas to help you get started on a list of possible business names. That divine spark of inspiration can be elusive, but hopefully our tips gave you the starting block to clear any pesky cobwebs.

Following on from there we'll now run through some of the things a good brand name should do, to help you whittle that list down to just one.

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Is your company culture hurting your profits?

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Company culture has long been linked to business performance, and while a strong culture doesn't guarantee business success, it does provide a foundation for it. Conversely, a poor culture can actually damage your business.

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Our November "hot desking" date at The Orchard

The Orchard's open-plan shared office space, overlaid with November's hot desking date

"Put away that wallet mate, your money's no good here" ...

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NZ trust law to be overhauled

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The Trustee Act has been under review for some time. The changes being proposed are 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.

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Naming rights - how to choose an effective business name (pt 1)

Part 15 of our blog article series: "Strategies for business success"

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(and part 1 of 2 of our mini blog series on "Naming rights - how to choose an effective business name")

One of the very first things on the to-do list when starting up a new business is deciding on a great name.

Choosing a name can be a fun exercise, an opportunity to let your creativity flow, however it can also feel like an overwhelming responsibility – much like the angst associated with naming your newborn.

But fear not! We'll take you through some suggestions on how to get started on compiling a list of potential business names, and in part 2 we'll run through some of the things a good brand name should do, to help you whittle that list down to just one.

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