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When life gives you lemons, pivot

The world of business has been transformed this year and the only way forward is to adapt.  When we have had advisory meetings with our clients, there has been much discussion about diversifying product or service offerings; and pivoting business to be able to make the most of the situation we find ourselves in. It's time to be creative and think outside the square, to be able to drive your business forward. Here are two businesses who pivoted their business offerings, to keep the invoices ...

August 29, 2020

Top Tips for Prospering in a Pandemic

There has been much discussion in our office about what a business owner can do to keep their business - not only trading but successful, in the current climate. Business is challenging at the best of times, now more than ever. There will be some tough decisions to make, but also new opportunities that could lead to a different way of doing business. Be open minded!Zoe has come up with her top tips to help your business prosper during a pandemic.1. Diversify your business - new product or s...

July 19, 2020

Running effective online meetings

In these unprecedented times, businesses must adapt to remain productive. Staff must be able to work remotely to keep the business going. If face-to-face meetings are a key part of your daily business operation, here are some tips to take your meetings online with minimal disruption. Find the best system for you.There's a range of free or low-cost platforms, including GoToMeeting, Zoom, Google Hangouts, and TeamViewer.Before you choose one, consider:How many people generally attend your meetings...

March 31, 2020

Time management tips I swear by!

Good time management is crucial to sustain or increase productivity at work. But everyday brings new distractions that take your attention away from what needs to be done - phone calls, emails, unexpected client queries that need to be actioned NOW. Before you know it, it's 5pm and you have achieved nothing that you set out to get done that morning. Sound familiar? This is a normal day in the office for me. My biggest struggle running a business is being time poor. There seem to never be enough ...

March 8, 2020

GST - How to avoid filing errors

Most GST errors are unintentional. Even so, they can have a big impact on your business as they may result in you paying too much, or not enough GST. Whether you file the GST return yourself or whether you use our services, it’s useful to understand some of the most common errors that can happen. Here are some tips to help you avoid the most common GST mistakes. Before filing your GST Return If you file GST on Payments basis you will be filing GST based on when you have paid or received money,...

March 1, 2020

Xero Assistance Program (XAP)

Xero is passionate about small businesses in New Zealand, but are aware of an ever growing need for mental health support for small business owners, their staff and families.One of the reasons I'm so passionate about Xero is because of the way they support our people, out there doing it all and struggling every day. Mental health is a huge issue in New Zealand, and the more support available to people who need it, the better!Most of us have had moments where we have really struggled to keep goin...

November 22, 2019

Understanding Your Balance Sheet

To understand the financial position of a business at a specific point of time, look at the balance sheet. The balance sheet may also be called the statement of financial position. Together with the Profit and Loss Statement, and possibly other reports such as the Statement of Cash-flow, these reports provide a complete understanding of the financial position and business performance. So what’s involved? - The balance sheet has three sections: assets, liabilities and equity.What are Asset...

November 22, 2019

Understanding Your Profit and Loss Statement

Your profit and loss statement (P&L) helps you understand your business performance and profitability over time. It’s sometimes called an Income statement and its main purpose is to list income and expenditure.While a balance sheet is a snapshot in time, the P&L shows transactions over a specific period of time. This can be a month, quarter, financial year or any other period, and it can be a stand-alone report or a comparative period report.Together with the balance sheet, these two reports p...

November 22, 2019

The Team at My Two Cents

I think it's about time I made some introductions! For just over year now there has been two of us making up the team at My Two Cents. Most of you know me - I'm Haley, your Certified Bookkeeper, tax agent, business advisor, HR support, goal setter, KPI driver, counsellor, and the many other titles that come with the job. To sum it up, I'm your trusted advisor.   Mackyla joined the team, as junior bookkeeper, in September 2018. Over the past year Mackyla has grown in expertise and expe...

October 19, 2019

Questions about GST?

In New Zealand, goods and services tax (GST) is added to the price of most products and services. If your business is GST registered, you collect GST from customers (by adding 15% to your sale price) and you pay this to Inland Revenue, less any GST that your business has paid on GST claimable goods or services.Not sure whether to register your small business? If your turnover (gross sales) was more than $60,000 over the past 12 months, or if you expect your turnover in the next 12 months to be m...

September 7, 2019

How to achieve business success

The success of your business is in your hands. The path to success is a journey, you can chart your path by setting goals and tracking progress. Change may be the only certainty in business, but you still need to know where you’re going and how you will get there.To plan for success, write it down or create a visual image of what it looks like. Print it out, frame it, or put it somewhere so you won’t lose sight of it. If you can visualise it, you will be more focused on achieving it! Stay fo...

August 18, 2019

Building a better business in 10 steps

You’re in business, congratulations, that takes courage and commitment.It’s not easy, and at times you might find yourself questioning why you’re even doing it, but you’re here because you had a vision. You decided being in business was a better way to achieve that vision than working for someone else. And, you’re right; you just have to work on it. Good things come to people who hustle.You’re likely an expert in what you do… maybe you’re a mechanic and know the inside of a ...

August 18, 2019

Northland Bookkeepers leading the way for Small Business

Northland Bookkeepers were honoured this year, taking out three of the eight prestigious awards presented at the Institute of Certified New Zealand Bookkeepers (ICNZB) 9th Annual conference Award evening held in Christchurch recently.   “The high calibre of bookkeepers in our community is incredible, and the award sponsors had a very hard time choosing the winners” states the ICNZB President, Di Crawford-Errington, also a proud Northland Bookkeeper.  Haley Wilson of My Two Cents, b...

August 9, 2019

Struggling to sell goods or services to your customers?

Many businesses are grappling with the challenge of selling goods or services to their customers. Here are the top 4 reasons why you may be struggling:1. Selling the wrong thingOne of the biggest challenges when selling is accurately understanding customer needs. It’s all too easy to define your goods and services and try and flog these to your customers without any research to understand whether they actually need them. The easiest way to up sell to your customers is to help them buy somethin...

July 6, 2019

Working from Home? Claim your home office expenses

If you have a home office for your business, you should be able to claim some of the running costs. It’s important to be aware of what you can and can’t claim, and the record-keeping involved in making a claim.How does it work?In order to claim, the space you use must be used primarily for your business. This doesn’t mean setting up at the kitchen table from time to time, it means having a dedicated space that you work from. If you are selling online and storing stock, you may also be usin...

June 8, 2019

Teaching your kids about money

The money we spend each day tends to be invisible. When was the last time you withdrew your cash for the week and used it to make purchases? Rather than dealing in notes and coins, we tend to reach for our cards or shop seamlessly online. It’s entirely possible to spend money without even reaching for your wallet. This can give kids some confusing messages about how money is spent. The danger here is that they won’t develop financial literacy and will struggle to manage their own money later...

June 8, 2019

Keep on top of debtors with proactive credit control

Having a large amount of debt in your business is bad for cash flow, weakens your overall financial health and brings down your credit score as a business. Not to mention the rising stress levels when trying to manage your own creditors on limited cash flow. When customers don’t pay on time, that ‘aged debt’ is bad news for your finances. Aged debt can begin to stack up, adding to your liabilities and reducing the health of your overall balance sheet – so it’s important to tackle late ...

May 5, 2019

Keeping your tax and expenses in check when you are self-employed

Self employed, contracting or freelancing requires you to wear a lot of hats. Relationship-building, keeping track of your time, marketing your skills and actually doing the work. But one of your priorities should also be establishing how you handle your money and setting the groundwork for good habits and good record keeping. I always say "you should start how you mean to go on"! Understand your deductions Before you start, it’s essential to understand what expenses you can and can’t claim....

May 5, 2019

Forecasting cash flow

Why you need to forecast your cash flow Cash flow is the lifeblood of your business. And when it comes to cash flow management, preventing cash issues is far easier than trying to solve these issues after the event.Positive cash flow comes from balancing your income (the cash inflows) against your expenditure (the cash outflows). If you’re in control of this then the business will always have the liquid cash needed to cover your liabilities.Forecasting your cash inflows and outflows Forecastin...

May 4, 2019

6 secrets to getting prompt payment

If you’re struggling with late payments, and about half of small businesses are, here are some simple tips to try. Invoice without delay Your customer can’t pay until you've invoiced them, so make sure you send your bill promptly. Customers are also more open to paying when they've just received the goods or services that you delivered. Cash in on the goodwill by invoicing as soon as possible, there's no reason to delay. Include all the information Make sure your invoice has all the right in...

May 4, 2019

Five ways to save time with job costing software

For a lot of clients, doing job-costing calculations takes hours on spreadsheets and there’s a lot of room for error. Job costing software streamlines the process and automates the calculations, to make everything easier and faster. And saves you from endless spreadsheets!It allows you to:Price jobs accurately - By working out the specific costs for each job, you’ll have far more confidence in the final estimate.Avoid customer conflict - An accurate upfront estimate reduces the ris...

April 21, 2019

Is my accountant a cost or investment?

Accountants tell their clients to reduce their overhead costs as one of the seven ways to grow your business. One of your overhead costs is your accounting fees. So, is what you spend with your accountant an expense which needs to be reduced, or is it an investment?An expense is a necessary evil. It can’t be avoided and is a grudge purchase with very little value add.An investment is about the return on your spend - what you get back as the benefits of the service; more cash, more discretionar...

April 21, 2019

Profit vs Cash

There’s a massive difference between profit and cash. Let’s explore the differences to make a better plan to increase both. 1. Sales. Profit increases when you increase sales; cash increases when you collect the money from customers.  To increase both your profit and cash from sales: Delight your customersGenerate more leads and referralsConvert a higher number of quotes or proposalsIncrease transaction frequencyIncrease transaction value 2. Invoicing. Profit increases when you send an ...

April 21, 2019

2019 Law Changes Summary

A brief summary of law changes taking affect in 2019 - make sure you are up to date. For more info follow the link https://www.business.govt.nz/news/2019-law-changes/ Drop in ACC Work levies When: From April 2019 What: Employers and people who are self-employed will on average pay 6.9 percent less for their ACC Work Account levy over the coming two years. Why: This reduction comes after standard public consultation. What you need to do: Nothing. If you’re a small busin...

April 21, 2019

The pros and cons of hiring an independent contractor

Whether it's for a couple of weeks or a few months, hiring a contractor could help your small business to grow in a more flexible way. But contractors aren't suitable for every role. Here are some important points to consider before you decide whether hiring a contractor is the right move for you. What defines a contractor? A contractor is someone who works for you on a short-term basis, usually on a project. The most important thing to remember is that a contractor is not an employee. Contracto...

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