Dividing relationship property when you separate

Dividing relationship property when you separate

Couples going through a separation or divorce will need to properly divide their relationship property to avoid legal and financial complications down the line. Separating couples who were married, in a civil union partnership or in a de facto relationship will be affected by the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (the PRA) when dividing relationship property.…

Creating a business contingency plan

Creating a business contingency plan

When business is going well, it can be easy to procrastinate planning for the bad times. However, preparing for disaster before it strikes by having a contingency plan can be the key to business survival. A contingency plan can help businesses prepare for possible circumstances such as natural disasters, employee theft, negative publicity or staff…

Making safer workspaces

As employees return to office spaces, there is a growing concern as to how employees can protect themselves at work. It is crucial that employers carefully plan their work spaces to minimise the risk of COVID transmissions. Consider the following essential ways you can adapt your workspace to protect your employees and customers during these…

How to make your website accessible

How to make your website accessible

The key goal for all business websites is to attract as many visitors as possible. However, not many business owners remember to cater their website to those with special needs and disabilities. To make sure your website is accessible for everyone on the internet, here are a few tips to consider. Be mindful of your…

Kiwisaver for the self employed

Kiwisaver for the self-employed

Employees are paid their KiwiSaver contributions through their employers, however self-employed individuals have to do things a little differently. If you are self-employed, you agree to your contribution level with your provider instead of contributing a percentage of your pay. Self-employed individuals who do not receive PAYE income will not be required to make any…

Growing your business with referrals

Growing your business with referrals

‘Word-of-mouth’ referrals may seem like an outdated concept in today’s digital age of online reviews, but a few credible and positive opinions can still go a long way when it comes to attracting new clients. Customer referrals are never guaranteed, but here are a few methods you can use to increase the number of people…

How to avoid hiring the wrong person

How to avoid hiring the wrong person

There is a growing demand for new employees as businesses open their doors again. However, a bad hire can damage the reputation of your business, impact the work environment and may force you to restart the recruitment process. Small businesses can be especially impacted by the significant expenses involved in hiring new employees. Business owners…

Deductions on home businesses

Deductions on home businesses

Self-employed individuals (contractors, sole traders, partnerships, or company owners) running a business from their home can claim the parts of their home used for business as an expense. Any space in your home that is primarily used for the purpose of running your business can be claimed. This may include certain rooms such as a…