COVID and tax for the self employed

COVID-19 and tax for the self-employed

As part of their COVID-19 response, the IRD has introduced a number of measures aimed at alleviating the financial pressure on those who are self-employed. Tailored tax rates and exemptionsSelf-employed workers who have had their income significantly affected by COVID-19 and no longer fit in their current withholding rate can apply for a tailored tax…

How to improve your SEO ranking

How to improve your SEO ranking

Improving your SEO ranking is an important step to developing your business’ digital presence and increasing web traffic onto your website and social media pages. SEO refers to search engine optimisation and improving it allows your business to top search results as the first link to come up, thereby ensuring credibility and attracting more relevant…

Building your interpersonal skills at work

Building your interpersonal skills at work

Demonstrating strong interpersonal skills in the workplace can boost your performance and improve your experience at work by promoting positive workplace relationships. Interpersonal skills that will help employees thrive amongst each other can include communication skills, negotiation, problem solving, teamwork, decision making, empathy and assertiveness. Here are some ways you can develop your interpersonal skills…

How to support your employees through COVID

How to support your employees through COVID-19

Supporting your employees during chaotic times as an empathetic leader will improve your relationships within your business and boost personal confidence. Here are some ways you can support your employees mentally and financially during these uncertain times. Be open with your employeesAs businesses implode due to current economic circumstances, employees want transparency and closure over…

Incorporating eCommerce into your business

Incorporating eCommerce into your business

eCommerce is becoming an effective alternative to traditional face-to-face business operations and may be the change you need to make for your business’ long term growth. eCommerce refers to the buying and selling of products and services online, either with business to business transactions or business to consumer transactions, and is a tool for small…

Increasing workplace flexibility

Increasing workplace flexibility

Businesses now working from home can take the opportunity for employers to learn from the experience and consider new work structures coming out of COVID-19. This could mean increased flexibility for employees when it comes to working remotely. Here’s why you should consider flexible work arrangements with your employees. Increase productivity Flexible work arrangements can…

Remote teams versus virtual teams

Remote teams versus virtual teams

As the majority of the workforce transitions to working from home and we rely on the digital world to connect with our colleagues – employers and employees alike – we should consider the future possibilities for recruitment and a digital workplace. A few terms like “remote team” and “virtual team” are constantly being thrown around…

Managing money on a low income

Managing money on a low income

Increasing living expenses and commitments can make it challenging to manage and save money, especially for low income earners. Here are some tips that may help you reduce financial pressures on a low income… Prioritise high-interest debts:If you have a lot of different debts to pay off, prioritise them by their interest rates. Paying off…

Protecting your staff from phishing scams

Protecting your staff from phishing scams

Businesses with employees working remotely must consider digital security measures to protect their business assets and the safety of their employees. Phishing scams are a particularly prominent security issue, especially for employees working with their personal devices and networks that may be insecure. Phishing scams are designed to steal information through mediums such as emails…

Adapting your marketing amidst COVID

Adapting your marketing amidst COVID-19

Marketing your products and services during a global crisis may not always seem appropriate. Not only is it harder to create content with COVID-19 restrictions on you and your staff, but it is also important to make sure that your marketing is considerate and appropriate, otherwise your customers may view you as being insensitive. Keep…

COVID tax relief for businesses

COVID-19 tax relief for businesses

The Inland Revenue will provide all New Zealand-based businesses struggling to pay their taxes due to COVID-19 with various forms of tax relief. Here’s a breakdown of the key relief strategies applicable to your business during these tough times. Penalties and interest write-off:Businesses unable to pay their taxes on time due to financial strain caused…

Protecting your staff from phishing scams

Protecting your staff from phishing scams

Businesses with employees working remotely must consider digital security measures to protect their business assets and the safety of their employees. Phishing scams are a particularly prominent security issue, especially for employees working with their personal devices and networks that may be insecure. Phishing scams are designed to steal information through mediums such as emails…

Communicating effectively with your remote team

Communicating effectively with your remote team

Communication is a huge part of business productivity, however, businesses who have made a recent shift from face-to-face work to working remotely can find it difficult to adapt and maintain effective communication. But just because you no longer see your staff face-to-face doesn’t mean that your communication has to suffer. Have a communication plan Whether…

Working from home web tools you should utilise

Working-from-home web tools you should utilise

Traditionally, it has always been much easier to manage employees and ensure collaborative productivity through onsite and in-office procedures. However, with the COVID-19 outbreak forcing many businesses to continue their operations online business owners and employees are understandably struggling to keep productive and synergised while working individually from home. To help with keeping businesses running…