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Smile, it’s good for business

What do Winston Peters, Jacinda Ardern and Bill English (and John Key before him) have in common? When they see a camera, they almost always smile. Smiling is most important when selling. And like all good sales people, politicians are constantly promoting their product. Here's an example of a winning smile. Jane’s father was dropping her off at school. She was ...

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How does your cyber security rate?

Cyber crime is rising and studies show many New Zealand businesses aren’t equipped to handle it. Take this self-assessment to see how your cyber protection stacks up — and get tips for fighting off attacks. Cyber risks rising More than a quarter of New Zealand businesses faced a cyber attack in the past year, according to Grant Thornton’s International Business Report survey. Number ...

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Contracting: Hidden costs and expenses

Many contractors overestimate what they can earn in a year. Make sure your contracting rate covers things an employer would normally pay for, eg holidays and time off sick. Here’s how to budget for the ebbs and flows — and the expenses — that come when you work for yourself. What to budget for Broken income: If you’re contracting, you may have ...

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Employment rights and rules: Free online training

If you are an employer or a worker, it’s important to know your rights and responsibilities. Not only is this a great foundation for an employment relationship, it’s the law. Get up to speed on these important rules with new online learning modules from Employment New Zealand. Employment 101 Choosing the correct working arrangements for each of your workers is an important step. ...

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Customer complaints: How to fix delivery problems

Step-by-step advice for sellers on what to do if a customer complains about a parcel damaged or delayed by a courier or other delivery service. Plus pick up tips on how to reduce this risk. What you must do It’s a common problem. You use a delivery service to ship a product to a customer. It’s in good condition when you pack ...

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Online trading: A hobby or your business?

If you regularly sell goods online, including on auction sites like Trade Me, you are “in trade”.This means you have the same tax obligations as any other business — income tax and possibly GST. And you must also follow consumer laws, eg the Consumer Guarantees Act and product safety rules. Frequency is key If you're occasionally selling your stuff on sites like ...

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Small Business continue to drive economy

Small Business Minister Dean has today welcomed the release of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s 2017 Small Business factsheet. “The factsheet brings together statistics that relate to small businesses, and provides us with an overview of how valuable they are to the New Zealand economy,” Ms Dean says. “Businesses with fewer than 20 employees make up 97 per cent of ...

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Exporters: Get a big tick for your products

Products grown, made or designed in New Zealand are in demand worldwide. A FernMark Licence is the government-registered trade mark that shows customers around the world that yours is a Kiwi product and they can buy it with confidence. Customers around the globe want to know that premium products are safe and authentic. Research has shown that overseas consumers are drawn ...

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ACC motor vehicle levies fall

Driving is about to get cheaper. From July the average Motor Vehicle levy will fall by 12.5%. This means petrol will get a little cheaper too. From July 1 2017, the average Motor Vehicle levy, which includes the ACC levy portion of the rego and the petrol levy, will fall by 12.5% — from $130.26 to $113.94 a vehicle. The petrol levy ...

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Retirement planning for small businesses and sole traders

Saving for retirement can be a challenge if you are self-employed or run your own business. This is particularly true if you invest most of your income back into your business. These tips from Sorted can help. Start planning now Setting realistic goals and making a plan to work towards them is key. Just like employers contribute to their employee’s retirement, you ...

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