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    What cloud accounting offers your business

    Written by Businesses

    Cloud accounting is a hot topic right now, and with good reason. Just as online banking revolutionised the way in which we undertake our banking operations (starting in the mid-90s and becoming accepted as mainstream perhaps 10 years later, despite lots of scaremongering around security) cloud accounting is doing the same. It’s estimated that fewer than 20% of businesses currently use a cloud accounting system, but already studies are showing that those that do are more likely to achieve better results (see the 2013 MYOB Business Monitor for one example of such a study). Here are five reasons why I think cloud accounting can not only he …

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    5 budget-friendly ways to reward your staff

    Job satisfaction surveys have consistently concluded that the rate and level of remuneration is only a moderately useful indicator of employee engagement, with other factors frequently playing a greater role in making employees happy. So, the boisterous end of financial year jamboree and outrageous office Christmas celebration may soon become a thing of the past. While parties can doubtlessly be riotous fun, tales of suboptimal outcomes from such lively jaunts are also (unfortunately) enduring. How can small business owners look to reward their staff effectively without generating too significant a hit to the bottom line of the business …

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    What’s your ritual? It could make or break your business

    The smell of freshly ground coffee beans hits you as soon as you enter. Steam hisses and cups clink as baristas in green aprons froth milk and extract that golden brown crema from a perfect shot of espresso. I find a table, tucked away from the main thoroughfare of the coffee shop and sit down. I feel safe and secure in these familiar surrounds. My weekly ritual has begun. For the next hour or so, with pen and paper in hand, I do nothing else but drink my favorite coffee and think about ideas and strategies on how to grow and improve my business. This is my Sunday morning ritual, and I feel lost without it. Daily and weekly rituals, whe …

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    Episode 7: Top 10 productivity apps for your business life

    Megan Iemma is a tech geek and productivity guru. With a background in training and coaching, she founded Tech Coach HQ to work with businesses to improve their processes and boost productivity by using simple and cost effective technologies. In today's episode, host Jim Stewart chats to Megan about her top 10 favourite productivity apps for running a business, which is useful for accountants. It's worth investing the time to watch or listen on iTunes for the time saving you'll reap later on! …

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  • 10

    Facing a burnout? Your holiday could save your business

    “The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.” - Mark Twain Using the sharp wit of Mark Twain, I’ve adapted the quote above to say: Love your vocation, but take a vacation. Business owners and the self-employed need vacations, even if we are firmly wedded to our vocation. However, it is rarely easy for the self-employed to take adequate breaks, and the smaller the business, the less likely the owner-manager is inclined to ‘get away from it all’. After all, your clients may not be taking a break; there will always be those pesky invoices to pay; and the bank accounts still need to be reconciled. Besides, who is …

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  • 09

    How to be known as the go-to expert in your field

    Setting yourself up as an expert in your niche — be it a particular profession, trade, market, area of the country or industry — takes time and effort. You may have made a huge investment into learning your trade and profession to start a business or freelance, so how do you get that message out there that you are the go-to person? To get noticed, you have to build your profile, which takes time, persistence and focus. I think it takes roughly two years. There are plenty of articles on building a brand, but how do you build your professional credibility? Here are some tips to get you ahead of the pack. …

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