7 Ways to Improve Workplace Productivity

The success of any business, large or small, depends largely on nurturing an efficient, productive workplace. While improving employee productivity should always be a priority when the ultimate goal is a sustainable and profitable business, the process is easier said than done. Below are some of the most effective methods of managing a productive, happy workplace while increasing output: Establish Accountability Productivity depends on every employee understanding that the jobs…  Read more

Use email signature as a marketing tool

An email signature can be a useful marketing tool. A signature can automatically go on the end of every email you send. It should at the very least include your contact details, company name and your designation (i.e. sales manager).  It can also include the company logo and, if relevant, your website and social media addresses (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn). However, you can use the signature to market yourself, your company…  Read more

Marks’ Musing – Winter 2014

Welcome to the winter addition of Marks’ Musing It is that time of year when a number of you have been contacting the office to find out when you should bring in your books and records for us to prepare your financial accounts and tax returns. On the 1st of April, you should have received an email from us, requesting that you download and print the questionnaires from our web…  Read more

New Seminar Opportunity for Bishop Toomey & Pfefier Clients

Scott Wilson from Digital Influence is running a seminar on the Thursay 3rd July called… “Leads Unleashed – How To High Generate Quality Leads On Demand Using Facebook & LinkedIn“. It’s free to attend and you can book tickets here – http://bit.ly/LeadsUnleashed Here’s an overview of what you will discover at this seminar: 1. Your Marketing Goals – The no.1 question every business owner should be asking themselves today if…  Read more

Under-promise, over-deliver for good referrals

Happy customers refer you new business. It should be obvious to anyone in business, not keeping your word does nothing to enhance your image. It’s often hard to tell a customer, very politely of course, “You’ll have to wait”. You might be a very small building company and know you won’t have a gap in your work for six months. If this is the situation, tell the customer you can…  Read more

Take care with bank discussions

Discussions with your bank getting it right to avoid any misunderstandings. Anything you say to a bank can be written down and used in evidence against you. Not by the bank so much as the Tax Department. It is not confidential from the IRD. Always imagine an officer of the department is listening to your every word. You have no control over the notes your bank manager makes of your…  Read more

Trustees must be aware of fishhooks

A solicitor in a provincial town was the independent trustee for a family trust. Mr and Mrs B bought and sold 11 properties over a 12-year period. Ms X, the solicitor, did the conveyancing. The trust treated these properties as separate residences of the beneficiaries. The tax department alleged the transactions were taxable and charged both GST and income tax, plus penalties. The trust deed required all trust decisions to…  Read more

10 more quick growth tips for small business owners

Help grow your business through collaboration, expansion, improved marketing and some of the following quick tips. 1.  Improve your customer service Businesses with good customer service retain consumers and attract new business through word-of-mouth. Even if you think you’re already providing good service, make it a priority to provide refresher training to frontline staff at least once a year. Alternatively, hold regular meetings to discuss any issues as they arise.…  Read more

Choosing your business name

One of the most important decisions you’ll ever make in business is your choice of business name. A good name can create the perception of integrity, professionalism, or value-for-money. It could be your business’s biggest asset. A poorly chosen name can discourage potential customers by making your business appear farcical, or even offensive. What’s in a name If you haven’t thought of any names yet or the names you’ve come…  Read more

10 quick growth tips for your small business

Small businesses can grow in boom times as well as periods of difficulty by working smarter and taking advantage of opportunities. Put these following effective tips into practise to help grow your business. 1.  Utilise new technology Modern technology can save you time, improve productivity and reduce your operational costs. Make use of Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media tools to market your business. Dropbox is a cloud-based service…  Read more

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