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Desley Grant

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NZ Laws to consider when starting a business: Part 2

8 March 2019 / By Desley Grant
This blog is the second instalment of our New Zealand business laws and regulation series delving into everything you need to know about starting a business. In part one, we talked about your business name, structure, and what you’ll need to register for.
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Payday filing, the easy way

10 February 2019 / By Desley Grant
When you’re running your own business, it’s important to get your financial processes set up properly. Getting it wrong - or delaying the task - can become a costly mistake. 
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Cash Flow Trends to Look Out For.

6 February 2019 / By Desley Grant
As a small business owner, you’ve learned how important healthy cash flow is. Understanding how to develop and maintain that cash flow, however, that's another story. Payments aren’t coming in, but your debtors are still going to call. You need systems and processes in place. We've talked about the ...
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5 business strategies you should focus on in 2019

23 January 2019 / By Desley Grant
The New Year is a great time to reflect on the successes and failures of the year. Maybe you muddled your way through 2018 and you’d like 2019 to be better planned and a little less out of control. Well, the New Year’s a time for fresh thinking and opportunities, so get excited about how good 2019 ...
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Top small business strategies for 2019

9 January 2019 / By Desley Grant
  Today’s industries evolve at lightning speed. Whether you’re struggling to complete a plan or you’re relying purely on skills and luck, you can’t afford to fall behind the changing market.
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Forecasting 101: Improving your accuracy - Part 2

20 December 2018 / By Desley Grant
  In our last blog, we discussed the first four ideas on how you can improve your forecasting accuracy. Today, we delve into the next four.  
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Forecasting 101: Improving your accuracy - Part 1

14 December 2018 / By Desley Grant
Forecasting is a necessary part of any business plan. However, the process of putting an accurate plan together is often misunderstood.
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The small business owner’s holiday survival guide

3 December 2018 / By Desley Grant
It’s nearly the end of another calendar year! There were moments when it felt shaky, really shaky and like most we are just looking forward to seeing the back of 2020.
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What you need to do before writing a business plan

15 November 2018 / By Desley Grant
While you can articulate your goals, you don't have a complete a plan to get there, particularly around forecasting and reporting. Perhaps you're also in need of better support and information but you're not sure how to get the right help. 
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Why you should be thinking about your exit strategy now

8 November 2018 / By Desley Grant
Planning for the future allows you to communicate your goals and build value into your organisation. But when you're just starting your business, you're not exactly thinking about the end game.
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The quickest way to set your business' goals

20 October 2018 / By Desley Grant
You’ve been trying to determine the path your business should take, but it’s more difficult than you expected.
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The top 10 advantages of having a business coach

5 July 2018 / By Desley Grant
As a small business owner, you hold yourself to high standards. You probably expect yourself to know everything, achieve everything and to do it all alone. But that's often not the case, so it's important to know when you need the support and expertise of others, as well as how to get it.
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7 issues that keep businesses from reaching the next level

21 June 2018 / By Desley Grant
Boosting your business to the next level can sometimes feel like mission impossible. Just when you think success is coming your way, it slips between your fingers. Even more frustrating is that all this hard work is starting to seep into your personal life, hurting your ever-important work/life ...
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How can I improve the cash flow of my business?

18 June 2018 / By Desley Grant
Business health is all about your cash flow. If you don’t have a healthy cash flow, you’re not going to be able to run your business smoothly or invest in business growth.
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Ten free tools to simplify business tasks

8 June 2018 / By Desley Grant
When you started your business, you're likely to have had ideals in mind: financial goals, lifestyle goals. You’ve probably noticed that small things often get in the way - and before you know it, your goals can seem pretty distant.
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Five steps to start-up: an outline for new business success

31 May 2018 / By Desley Grant
It’s hard work, starting a business. It takes courage, commitment, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Even with all your passion, it sometimes seems like success is impossible. The truth is, you can’t know or remember everything that’s important.
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Hire the right people to attain business success

25 May 2018 / By Desley Grant
Building a business isn’t a 9 to 5 and sometimes it pushes you to your limits – and further. And ultimately you keep going because it’s so rewarding - after all, you see the success every day in the team, the profits and the influence your business extends.
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Are you keeping track of these business performance metrics?

10 May 2018 / By Desley Grant
You shouldn't judge a book by its cover - or a business by the number of customers coming through the door. That's because the health of a business is not always obvious at first glance. There's action behind the scenes, so there's always more to tracking business performance than meets the eye.
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Good advice saves you time and money

3 May 2018 / By Desley Grant
You've put blood, sweat and tears into realising your small business vision. Whether you're just getting off the ground or you're doing well, you know that you can achieve so much more. It's a frustrating truth every new business must face.
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Goals for new businesses - the five factors of success

26 April 2018 / By Desley Grant
It's tough enough to get a new business off the ground, let alone make it successful. Small business owners and entrepreneurs are some of the hardest workers around.
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