Responding to negative feedback

Responding to negative feedback

The internet and social media have made it all too easy for customers to relay their feedback to businesses. This can be a great thing because it shows other customers or potential customers why they should choose your business.  However, this also means that if a customer has a negative experience, then their public feedback…

When is taking a pay cut okay

When is taking a pay cut okay?

Taking a pay cut is never easy but there are some situations where it makes sense. Focusing exclusively on the salary could prevent you from looking at other factors which are also important. You may need to take a pay cut when you are making a career change. This is because you won’t have the…

How do people use the internet

How do people use the internet?

Each person uses the internet in a different way. Whether they regularly access the internet for their job or only go on it to watch movies and shows, users have found a way to utilise the internet for their convenience.  One particular convenience that has come from the internet is being able to research a…

How do people use the internet

How do people use the internet?

Each person uses the internet in a different way. Whether they regularly access the internet for their job or only go on it to watch movies and shows, users have found a way to utilise the internet for their convenience.  One particular convenience that has come from the internet is being able to research a…

When is taking a pay cut okay

When is taking a pay cut okay?

Taking a pay cut is never easy but there are some situations where it makes sense. Focusing exclusively on the salary could prevent you from looking at other factors which are also important. You may need to take a pay cut when you are making a career change. This is because you won’t have the…

What are tax codes

What are tax codes?

Tax codes assist your employer in calculating how much tax should be deducted from your pay, benefit or pension.  It is important to calculate your code and inform your employer as failing to inform them will result in getting tax at the non-declaration rate of 45%. You should also be updating your employer if your…

Collaboration to grow business

Collaboration to grow business

Businesses can gain a lot from collaboration, regardless of the industry they are in. The following are some reasons why businesses should care about collaboration. Get inspired As a business, it is important to build a routine and figure out day-to-day operations. However, this might mean that you stop trying different techniques which could be…

Importance of record keeping for businesses

Importance of record-keeping for businesses

For businesses operating in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, the task of keeping records can fall secondary to everyday business operations. However, failing to efficiently keep up-to-date and comprehensive records can hurt your business’s long term operations. Probably the most important reason behind sound record-keeping is that it allows you to learn and grow from…

Withdrawing from your KiwiSaver

Withdrawing from your KiwiSaver

The KiwiSaver scheme allows you to voluntarily save up so that when you retire, you are financially secure. However, situations can arise during which you find yourself needing the support of your KiwiSaver before retirement.  If you find yourself in one of the following situations, you are permitted to withdraw money from the KiwiSaver: Permanent…

Responding to conflict in the workplace

Responding to conflict in the workplace

Handling conflict in the workplace is a sensitive issue which needs to be dealt with carefully.  The following are practical strategies to respond to conflict that may arise: Focus on behaviour and events as opposed to personalities. Rather than generalising a behaviour, discuss what went wrong in a specific situation. Listen to what both parties…

Responding to conflict in the workplace

Responding to conflict in the workplace

Handling conflict in the workplace is a sensitive issue which needs to be dealt with carefully.  The following are practical strategies to respond to conflict that may arise: Focus on behaviour and events as opposed to personalities. Rather than generalising a behaviour, discuss what went wrong in a specific situation. Listen to what both parties…

Paying taxes when self employed

Paying taxes when self-employed

Self-employed individuals have to carry out all aspects of their business on their own. This includes anyone who owns a small business, works as a sole trader, or provides contracting services. In most cases, individuals are able to start a business without setting up any legal provisions.  If you are self-employed, you can use your…

Sustainable practices for your business

Sustainable practices for your business

Adopting sustainable practices for your business is a great way to contribute positively to the environment. These changes won’t significantly impact business operations, but will effectively reduce the carbon footprint of your business. Office location: This is relevant if you are moving to a new location or are newly starting your business. Choose a location…