Invoice on mobile ph screen: managing your debtors successfully

Cash flow is king in the world of business, so effective debtor management can either make or break your business's viability.

Regardless of whether you are a sole trader, contractor or running a business, it is vital to keep customer payments flowing in so you can manage your own expenses and outgoings. If someone doesn't pay you for goods or services rendered, you are left carrying these costs until the bill is settled. This can put strain on your own finances.

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Woman working from home office: home office expense claims - square metre rate issued for 2019 income year

In a previous blog post from 19 June 2018 we detailed the two options for calculating home office expense claims: the standard calculation method, and the new square metre rate method which became available from the 2018 income year onward.

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Tile layer: changes to ACC CoverPlus levy invoicing for self-employed

If you are self-employed you'll automatically be on ACC CoverPlus.

Until recently, ACC estimated your CoverPlus levy based on your previous year's earnings and issued invoices on this basis.

Following an ACC levy consultation last year, it was decided that from the 2020 year your levies will be based on actual earnings for that year, as filed with Inland Revenue. This change makes the CoverPlus levy simpler, both for you and ACC.

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Getting professional business advice to ensure maximum profits is a no-brainer. But finding the right adviser takes time and money. Something often lacking in the busy day-to-day of running a business.

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The Provincial Growth Fund - what is it, and how to apply

Money growth: what is the NZ Government's Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) was set up by the Government to assist in growing business opportunities in the regions. The objectives of the PGF is to create jobs that lead to sustainable economic growth and diversification within our economy.

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WDC adopts Easter Sunday shop trading policy

Miniature shopping trolley with easter eggs: WDC adopts Easter Trading policy

Further to our prior blog posts from 21 February 2017 and 24 March 2017, it is now confirmed Whangarei District Council adopted the Easter Sunday shop trading policy on Thursday 21 February 2019 with immediate effect.

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Happy barista: 5 simple ways to build your business's brand equity

The Key to Success - Ean Brown Partners Limited's blog series

Blog Series part 4

Let's face it, business branding and marketing is hard work. It takes a lot of time, dedication, effort and money. When someone is busy working in and on the business, this tends to be the first thing to move down (or fall off) the priority list.

But the good news is, earning yourself brand equity (you'll remember from this earlier blog post that brand equity is the customer loyalty and trust your business builds up over time) can be achieved by doing the following five simple things frequently and consistently:

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What is local SEO, and why you should have it

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The Key to Success - Ean Brown Partners Limited's blog series

Blog Series part 3

Search Engine Optimisation - you may have heard of it; you may also understand the importance of it. But are you aware of Local SEO, and how it differs from standard SEO?

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What is a brand, and how to build one

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The Key to Success - Ean Brown Partners Limited's blog series

Blog Series part 2

Your brand is essentially your business's personality and the psychological responses that personality stirs within your customers. It's the personality you craft and the reputation you earn.

When a customer hears your business name, sees your logo, experiences your products, and hears your company's voice in its communications, these things will conjure a perception in your customer's mind of what your business is all about.

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The Key to Success - Ean Brown Partners Limited's blog series

Blog Series part 1

When starting up a business, a lot of small business owners are like impressive power-house dynamos, working in, on, and for the business, in every possible capacity: CEO, CFO, stock controller, salesperson, marketer, IT guru, PR specialist - as well as making their own coffees and taking out the rubbish.

It's impressive, admirable, and sometimes just plain necessary in those early cash-strapped days. But it is definitely not sustainable. In order to grow a business - and not completely burn out in the process - there comes a point when you need to take stock of your skills, time and resources, and know when to start bringing in outside help.

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Employee vs independent contractor - what's the difference?

Brick layer with blue sky background: employee vs contractor - what's the difference?

There are quite distinct differences between employees and independent contractors, although sometimes it can prove difficult to definitively categorise a worker as one or the other. For this reason the courts have developed a number of legal tests to help businesses classify workers.

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Small work truck: a new method for calculating expense claims on mixed-use vehicles

From the 2018 income year on there are two methods for calculating the business portion of a mixed-use vehicle:

  • cost method based on actual costs, or;
  • kilometre rate method, with that rate being set by the Commissioner of Inland Revenue.
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Home office expense claims - which method is best for you?

Woman working from home office: home office expense claims - which method is best for you?

If you have a home office or use an area in your home for work purposes, you now have two options for calculating the amount you can claim as a tax deduction:

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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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