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04-Dec-2017

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Xero Launched Xero +C for Customizing Schedule C Reports

November 29, 2017 -- Wednesday -- Xero accounting software launched Xero +C, a new reporting tool designed to help users in creating Schedule C reports for self-employed clients.

01-Dec-2017

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3 Cool Reasons to Attend Xerocon Austin 2017

Xerocon Fever Ignites Austin! -- The biggest cloud accounting conference of the year will happen at the Fair Market in Austin, Texas on December 6 -7, 2017, with it’s pre-con happening at the Austin Convention Center on December 5, 2017.

27-Nov-2017 Francesca Nicasio

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What Retailers Should Know About Selling to Millennials (a Chat with Jasmine Glasheen)

Millennials. They’ve been called everything from entitled and lazy to fearless and empowered. But whatever you think about this generation, one thing is clear: Millennials (aka Gen Y) continue to have a significant impact on the economy and society in general.

27-Nov-2017

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The Basics of a Good Business Plan

Business plans help define goals and help you achieve them. If you take time to set concrete and achievable goals, you can then chart a plan to reach these goals successfully. Having tangible goals can make a business thrive.

27-Nov-2017

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Late payment reduces small business confidence to grow

Three quarters of small and medium sized UK builders say that late payment has directly hampered their business growth according to a recent Federation of Master Builders survey.

27-Nov-2017

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6 tips to help you create compelling content for your website

Don't cut corners when creating content for your website. So you’ve decided to start an online business—congratulations!

26-Nov-2017 Conrad Ford

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Tackling your cashflow challenges this Christmas

Most of us look forward to Christmas as a time for fun, festivities and spending time with the family. If you’re a small business owner though, it’s not always the carefree holiday you might hope for.

26-Nov-2017

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Millennials Changing the Landscape of the Alcoholic Beverage Industry

Millennials have a significant influence in consumer trends in a wide range of industries. The alcoholic beverage industry, for example, is becoming increasingly conditioned by trends among millennial consumers.

26-Nov-2017

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Lean manufacturing and the coffee roast

The coffee category of the hot beverage industry is thriving, with the number of coffee drinkers growing each year. Cafes and coffee vans are everywhere, meeting our seemingly unstoppable need for a regular caffeine fix.

26-Nov-2017

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5 Types of Sales Promotions in Retail (and How to Implement Them)

Promotions are almost always part of a retailer’s sales and marketing mix, and for good reason — they can drive sales and help you move inventory.

23-Nov-2017

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7 Ways to reduce your impact on the environment

Managing your business’s impact on the environment is not only good for the environment but it can also help to improve your business’s reputation and reduce business costs.

23-Nov-2017

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5 Current cloud computing trends in business

For most businesses the question is no longer whether it is appropriate to adopt a cloud service, but rather when is the right time and what services to move.

23-Nov-2017 Ben Thompson

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13 practical ways to make your job ads stand out from the crowd

Writing great job ads is often more difficult than it looks. As well as selling the key requirements of the role, and presenting your company in a positive way, the job ad has to attract the right talent, and drive a response from suitably qualified candidates.

22-Nov-2017 Paul Konstek

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Why, How and When To Use a Fixed Term Contract

Many businesses in the building, civil and mining and professional services industries in particular, underestimate the benefit of a well-constructed employment contract.

22-Nov-2017 Kirby Carabana

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Make sure you don’t overlook this critical step in your employee onboarding process

So, you’re doing your homework on employee onboarding and preparing new starter kits infused with your company’s values. You also want to mastermind an onboarding process that even the tech giants would be proud of.

22-Nov-2017

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How Small Businesses Can Use Peer-to-Peer Lending

A new trend is rising, changing the way people can are securing financial needs. This new trend gives both individuals and businesses an alternative source of financing.

22-Nov-2017

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9 Tech Trends That Are Rapidly Changing How Businesses Do Business

As technology and digital marketing tools continue to improve, businesses will have to adapt to trends in marketing and consumer behavior.

16-Nov-2017

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Empowering Business Without Full-Time Manpower: Is it Possible?

One of the current trends in today’s world are companies using technology to fill out the role of actual assets in order for their business to move forward. Much like for example, companies like Uber were referred to as TNVS (Transport Network Vehicle Services) providers, despite the fact that they never own any actual transportation assets such as cars, and people.

30-Oct-2017

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Six Things To Consider For Inventory Management Software

The world of inventory management is ever evolving, and for the better. It is commonplace and highly recommended now to have a software-based inventory management system...

30-Oct-2017

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6 Tips on Preparing for Tax Year 2018

“Nothing is certain but death and taxes” -- The 2018 tax season is just inches away before it reaches our desks, so it’s best for us to prepare.

30-Oct-2017

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Double Rule Celebrates its Annual Halloween Party

October 28, 2017 - Saturday -- Double Rule conducted its annual Halloween celebration, and of course the party’s never complete without a halloween costume contest!

29-Oct-2017

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Workplace training – what’s in it for the company?

Workplace training is an important part of company work life which, as expensive as it may be, is a necessary means to a skilled workforce.

29-Oct-2017

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Why eCommerce is the future for wholesalers

B2B eCommerce is short for business-to-business, electronic commerce, where it is selling products or services between businesses via an online sales portal.

29-Oct-2017 Eric Gregory

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Why Creating Income Streams Will Make You More Profitable

Every day, business owners work hard to increase their profit. But far too often, they lack a clear strategy and practical plan to make that happen. Your Profit & Loss Budget should be a direct reflection of your Strategy and Plan.

29-Oct-2017

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What Makes a Great Business Plan?

A business plan is essentially a blueprint for your business, so it is essential to get right at the outset.

29-Oct-2017 Francesca Nicasio

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Retail Merchandising: How Do You Sell Slow-Moving Stock?

A Chat with Christine Guillot. Nothing makes retailers cringe more than slow-moving (or worse — “dead”) stock.

29-Oct-2017 Francesca Nicasio

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How to Sell More Gift Cards in Your Retail Store: 6 Proven Ways

Gift cards. No matter what type of store you have or how big your business is, you’ll likely benefit from carrying them in your shops.

29-Oct-2017

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Five Cloud Computing Trends for the Year Ahead

At its core, cloud computing is about changing the way that we do business. Computing over the internet has allowed organisations access to their essential business tools at any time from anywhere with an internet connection.

29-Oct-2017 Bronwen Kaspers

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3 Simple Recruitment Hacks To Save You Time & Money

To many business owners, the recruitment process (from advertising and interviewing to onboarding into the team) is extremely time consuming, challenging and at times, pretty painful.

27-Oct-2017 Ben Thompson

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Get your HR processes sorted with these 4 easy HR hacks

If the business you work in is anything like other small businesses, then your role of office manager means you handle just about anything!

27-Oct-2017 Melanie

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Dealing with Seasonal Inventory

Inventory forecasting is critical for the smooth operation of any stock-based business. Managing demand can be tricky, however, if a large part of your inventory is subject to seasonal demand.

26-Oct-2017 Francesca Nicasio

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Why Now Is the Best Time to Start a Retail Business — and How to Do It Right

A Chat With Sanford Stein. Thinking about venturing into retail? Good news: there’s never been a greater time to do it.

26-Oct-2017 Annie Caldwell

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9 Signs it’s Time to Update Your Business Plan

Is your business plan due for a facelift? Maybe it’s been a while since you last looked at your plan or maybe your business has been going through significant changes recently.

26-Oct-2017 Francesca Nicasio

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15 Types of Posts That Do Extremely Well on Instagram

Retailers in various industries—be it fashion, homeware, or food—are reaping the benefits of Instagram.

17-Oct-2017 Kirby Carabana

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Get your new employees off to a great start with this onboarding checklist

As we mentioned in a previous post, putting on new staff comes with a mountain of onboarding paperwork. But, that certainly doesn’t mean your new starter’s first day should be all about filling in forms.

11-Oct-2017

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Efficient Client Collaborations with Ask for Xero HQ

October 10, 2017 - Tuesday -- Xero officially launched Ask for Xero HQ, a new feature which allows accountants and bookkeepers to easily collect information and create effective collaborations with clients within the platform.

28-Sep-2017 Brad Halcrow

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You gotta dig the No Dig method

Dennis Yarrow began Yarrow Plumbing back in 2003. Before that, he cut his teeth in the plumbing industry working in Papua New Guinea where he learned how to manage a team of 50 (and some other life skills he hadn’t bargained for).

28-Sep-2017 Kat Bond

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Why profit isn’t the problem and cashflow is king

What is cashflow management? In its simplest form, cashflow management is doing everything possible to ensure that money flows into your business as quickly as possible, and leaves the business as slowly as possible.

28-Sep-2017

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Should Your Business Give Trade Discounts?

Many businesses use trade discounts to simplify variable pricing, protect a market recognised price point, stimulate sales or reward customer loyalty.

28-Sep-2017

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Encourage teamwork in the workplace to enhance stock control

In any business, large or small, good teamwork is essential for morale, productivity and efficiency.

28-Sep-2017

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Brewery Inventory Management Up In The Cloud

Brewery inventory management can be done in a variety of ways. Often, companies will rely on a combination of methods, including web apps, written notes and spreadsheets.

28-Sep-2017 Richard Francis

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Action Planning for client success

When I designed the first Spotlight Reports, I usually included an Action Plan to close the circle between great data analysis and goal-setting.

28-Sep-2017 Francesca Nicasio

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5 Subtle Signs That Your Retail Store Is in Trouble (and What to Do About Them)

Have you ever heard about the parable of the boiling frog?

27-Sep-2017

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Teamwork: A Key Ingredient For A Successful Business

Aside from efficient inventory management, teamwork is an incredibly important component of the ‘successful business’ recipe and if left out, the result can be a real flop.

27-Sep-2017 Kirby Carabana

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4 Tell tale signs that you need a new HR system

These days, managing HR in a growing business is a constant task. As an HR manager, you’re probably overloaded with work and you never seem to get to the bottom of it all.

27-Sep-2017 Rebecca Fowler

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3 Forecasts Your Business Needs To Succeed

Forecasting is the process of estimating the effects trends, costs and external factors will have on your business in order to give yourself time to prepare.

26-Sep-2017 Rebecca Fowler

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The Best Xero Add Ons for Business Funding

Whether you’re trying to bridge a cash gap or secure funding to grow your business, the Xero marketplace offers a suite of apps that can help

26-Sep-2017 Francesca Nicasio

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Is Ecommerce Really Killing Brick and Mortar Retail?

Let’s get straight to the point: ecommerce is NOT killing brick-and-mortar retail.

26-Sep-2017

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3 Simple signs your business is ready for a payments platform

At a certain point, every growing business needs to take a leap and invest in new technology. It can be daunting and expensive, but the rewards can greatly outweigh the costs and stress.

25-Sep-2017 Sue Dirst

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9 Expert Tips To Instantly Improve Your Business’ Cash Flow

There are many reasons why you may want to improve cash flow in your business. Maybe you’re looking to free up some cash to put towards growth, or maybe you’d like to build up your cash cushion to protect yourself from any bumps in the road.

19-Sep-2017

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My Xerocon Melbourne 2017 Experience

Xerocon Melbourne 2017 kicked off its first day with surprises, product announcements as well as inspiring keynotes from various speakers and industry leaders. At the end of the day, we could tell that all our expectations were truly fulfilled, and that we really had a good time at Xerocon!

19-Sep-2017

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Takeaways from Xerocon Melbourne 2017

September 14, 2017 - Thursday -- Xerocon makes its way to Melbourne, Australia once again for the biggest accounting conference of the year. I’m so glad that the team and I were part of the 3,000 attendees who participated at the event and got the chance to learn many exciting things about Xero and cloud accounting.

11-Sep-2017

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Getting Ready for Xerocon Melbourne 2017

Xerocon is just around the corner! -- In September 12, 2017, the biggest cloud accounting conference of the year will happen at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), and as expected it will be filled with informative keynotes, exciting product releases and so much more! Getting ready for Xerocon Melbourne 2017? Then here are some things that you need to know.

30-Aug-2017 Harriet Phimister

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The Best Xero Accounting Add Ons For 2017

How do you know which Xero Accounting Add Ons to use?

30-Aug-2017

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How to take your business to the next level

You’ve done the hard work by setting up your business and establishing solid foundations with a good client base – congrats! So how do you expand, and do so profitably?

30-Aug-2017

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Common Inventory Management Mistakes: A Closer Look

Inventory management can be overwhelming. There can be an incredibly large amount of tangible inventory, which can translate to a huge amount of responsibility and pressure to manage this inventory properly.

29-Aug-2017

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Using data to drive innovation

We live in a data-driven age - so why not use data in your business to solve problems, be more efficient and invent new products?

29-Aug-2017

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Should Your Business Consider Discount Pricing?

Choosing a pricing strategy is a difficult decision, but one that every business needs to make. Pricing strategy affects most aspects of a business, including its revenue, market share and profitability.

29-Aug-2017

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Penny pinching? Here are some ways to reduce costs

With global recessions, increasing oil prices and increasing competition, saving money wherever possible and thereby maximising profits is the name of the game.

29-Aug-2017 Claire Briggs

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How Cloud Technology Has Transformed the Role of Accountants

The role of a tax accountant has been continuously changing over the course of the last 50 years, and it is currently undergoing yet another transition period with the growing popularity of cloud accounting.

29-Aug-2017

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Four signs it’s time to systemise your staff roster

To be successful in business, you need to be organised, have a clear plan for where you’re headed and be confident with the processes you have in place.

28-Aug-2017 Nikki Michaels

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Work from Phone: 5 Ways to Use Your Mobile Device to Run Your Retail Business

Mobile technology has revolutionized the way modern society does business and permanently changed the retail landscape.

28-Aug-2017

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Supply Chain Risks and Inventory Management

There are a multitude of things that can go wrong throughout the supply chain, exposing the firm to different kinds of risks.

28-Aug-2017 Don Stephens

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Handheld devices in field service

More than just dispatching machines, handhelds have become as ubiquitous to field service as the screwdriver and wrench.

28-Aug-2017

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Get ready! The millennials are coming…

Millennials – young people born between the 1980s and early 2000s – make up an increasingly large proportion of drinking-age customers. It’s important that good hospitality businesses understand that.

28-Aug-2017

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Five ways to build a happy team

We have spoken to hundreds of business owners and thousands of their employees over the last twelve years.

28-Aug-2017 Ryan Murtagh

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6 warning signs that your business is outgrowing your ecommerce platform

There are many factors to consider when you’re selecting an ecommerce platform, and when you first start selling online, it can be hard to find one that’s the right match.

27-Aug-2017 Kirby Carabana

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4 tell-tale signs you need an HR manager right now

No one ever starts a business with the intention of spending most of their time tied up in the administrative tasks that come with operating one.

17-Aug-2017

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The Modern Day Methods of Asset Tracking

Cases of assets being damaged or stolen is always an inescapable reality for most companies, and probably one of the best solutions an expert might suggest is asset tracking, or the process of monitoring the assets based on location and quantity.

29-Jul-2017

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The Benefits of Cloud-Based Software for Manufacturing Businesses

More and more manufacturing companies are beginning to use cloud-based manufacturing systems to improve the way their business functions.

29-Jul-2017

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SMEs and Globalization: A Changing Landscape

Advances in technology over the last two decades have shrunk the world; travel is inexpensive, cross border payments are fast and businesses communicate in real-time.

29-Jul-2017 Anna Cicognani

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Let’s make it clear – Good mobile staff communication is vital

Many small business owners don’t give a second thought about the need for clear communication.

29-Jul-2017

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How to ensure your jobs are profitable

If you’re in business, making decent money is important. Sometimes, though, it doesn’t always work out the way you’d planned...

29-Jul-2017 Sue Hirst

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6 Tools Businesses Need to Get Their Finances in Shape

You need to keep track of transactions for the tax office, lenders, but most importantly for yourself, as a business owner.

29-Jul-2017 Nikki Michaels

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6 Retail Books You Need to Read

Helpful and informative retail books abound everywhere you look these days.

29-Jul-2017 Ben Thompson

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4 employee wellness ideas that your employees will love but don’t cost a fortune

The thing is, employee wellbeing and happiness isn’t just about nap rooms, onsite massages, and cafeterias serving healthy food and snacks (though that would be nice!)

27-Jul-2017 David Holland

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No dedicated hr team? You need these essential hr tools and solutions

Every business owner knows that as soon as you start hiring people, there’s a whole heap of important and must-do HR related tasks and compliance requirements that goes with them.

27-Jul-2017 Curtis Thomson

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Machine learning in field service

Machine learning has the power to change how we look at field service – what it means to contractors and customers alike.

27-Jul-2017

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Inventory Management: Five Key Tips for Distributors

Due to the nature of the distribution model where distributors profit by selling inventory to their customers, failing to manage inventory well can be a major liability for distributors.

27-Jul-2017 Ryan Murtagh

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Empower your ecommerce customers with a branded mobile app

Over the past five years, mobile devices have begun to dominate the consumer landscape around the world.

27-Jul-2017 Guy Earnshaw

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Are you getting the most out of digital working practices?

Businesses today are quickly adopting cloud software as the benefits become more apparent and even necessary to keep a competitive edge – benefits like less paperwork, greater efficiency, and time savings.

27-Jul-2017

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Accurate Inventory Costing: Why It’s Critical for Success

Even if a business has some other, high value, assets such as factory plant, inventory is likely to essential to the business’ ability to trade profitably.

27-Jul-2017 Anna Cicognani

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9 ways to squeeze more profit out of every business day

It’s the Holy Grail of business: increasing the number of profitable hours in a day.

27-Jul-2017 Francesca Nicasio

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5 Brick and Mortar Stores That Prove Physical Retail Isn’t Dead

Have you been following the news about retail recently? If you have, then you may have noticed that the retail news outlets have been filled with doom and gloom lately.

20-Jul-2017

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Introducing Xero Connect : A New Way of Automating Supplier Invoices

Xero launched its newest initiative called Xero Connect, a new integration which was designed to simplify the flow of supplier invoices, and improve billing experience for its small business customers.

13-Jul-2017

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June 2017 Xero Feature Roundup

In their recent global product release update, Xero provided a list of the newest features added to the online accounting software. Here is a roundup of the latest developments for Xero that were released as of June 2017.

12-Jul-2017

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Xero and Stripe Delivering First Class Payment Experience

July 7, 2017 - Friday -- Xero and Stripe are working together on automating payments for the accounting software to help businesses get faster payments for online invoices.

06-Jul-2017

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The War For Talent: ‘Cause the Game is Winning, Not Surviving

There’s a war out there, and it’s not about guns and bullets -- It’s about businesses playing the modern day game of “tug of war” as they recruit the perfect candidate who’ll join the ranks of their company. Yes, there’s a war happening out there, and it’s called The War for Talent.

29-Jun-2017

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5 Reasons to Join Xerocon Melbourne 2017

Xerocon Season is upon us! -- Considered as one of the biggest and most anticipated cloud accounting conference of the year, Xerocon will be heading its way to Australia once again! The event will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) in September 12-14, 2017. Here are 5 reasons on why you and your team should attend this exciting event.

26-Jun-2017

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Why Accurate Costing is Vital for Success

Inaccurate information about your company’s expenditure can greatly inhibit your capacity to make and maintain a successful business.

26-Jun-2017 Ben Zifkin

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Three Lessons Retailers Can Learn from Craft Brands

Retailers have historically dominated the commerce landscape. Several years ago, industry trends and top products were set by the stores selling them.

26-Jun-2017 Ryan Murtagh

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THE SIMPLE WAY FOR CUSTOMERS TO BUY NOW AND PAY LATER

When a visitor spends time browsing your online store or bricks-and-mortar outlet, they’re looking for something. And when they find it, they’ll be tempted to buy it.

26-Jun-2017 DAVID HOLLAND

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THE HAPPINESS FACTOR: 6 TACTICS FOR IMPROVING WORKPLACE PRODUCTIVITY

Remember the old (and slightly misogynistic) phrase Happy Wife, Happy Life! ? Well, it turns out there is a workplace equivalent: Happy workers, productive business! (and no – we couldn’t make it rhyme).

26-Jun-2017 Harriet

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The Best Xero Accounting Add Ons For 2017

How do you know which Xero Accounting Add Ons to use?

26-Jun-2017

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Small-Man-Syndrome: How SMEs can be successful on a global stage

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) are companies that are independently owned and managed with less than 250 employees in their ranks and bringing in less than 50 million euros per year.

26-Jun-2017 Ryan Murtagh

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REDEFINING YOUR POINT OF SALE WITH A MODERN POS PLATFORM

It doesn’t matter how large or small your store is, or how many of them you’ve got—if you’ve got a point of sale (POS), you’ll see big benefits in switching from a simple cash register to a full-featured, cloud-based POS platform.

26-Jun-2017

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Investing in staff training is an investment in your business

Staff training is one of the best investments you can make for the future success of your business.

26-Jun-2017 Francesca Nicasio

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How to Upsell and Cross-Sell in Retail: 6 Pointers to Implement in your Store

Picture this: You’ve just about closed a sale, and the shopper made up their mind to buy a product. What do you do?

26-Jun-2017 Francesca Nicasio

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How to Prevent and Handle Robberies and Theft in Retail

Are you equipped to handle retail theft and robberies? Whether you answered yes or no to that question, keep reading.

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