With online accounting options for small and home businesses becoming more and more readily available, and taking a variety of different forms, Phil Astley asks whether the free services available are worthwhile. While he feels they might be for some, he warns "free" could well be costly for the unwary.

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We all make snap judgements about others - but can you influence someone else's first impressions of you? Hannah Samuel thinks so, and explains how you can help them come to a fair conclusion.

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Is your business very busy getting a lot of stuff done - but not sure where it's heading? This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute read helps look more strategically at your business and give it some direction.

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Never too young
For many business owners, selling the business is a big part of funding their retirement - but it can take several years to groom the business to get top dollar. For those looking to move on in the near - or not so near - future, Phil Astley has some sound advice.

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Pinocchio
If you've got a debtor who just doesn't seem to get around to paying that outstanding account, Michael Todd has some advice for you.

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Broadcast your marketing message to the marketplace
Referral marketing is commonly referred to as ‘word of mouth marketing’. In the past this meant getting happy clients/customers to write a few words endorsing your product or service, which could then be used in marketing material. But nowadays there are many more ways to ‘reach out’ to clients and ask them to recommend your product or service.

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Running a small business, possibly even from home, is not everyone's cup of tea. In fact, for some people it's just the wrong thing to do. If it doesn't suit you, it can be frustrating and even depressing. Here are some things to take into account before taking the plunge.

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Are you throwing your marketing budget away by paying through the roof for all the 'easy' stuff? Don't worry, you're not alone. Here are three top tips to help you give your marketing a real shot in the arm.

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Company policies on file
The time to make sure you don't run into problems with employees not behaving the way you want them to, is before the trouble starts. Michael Smyth explains what you need in place to make managing employee behaviour much easier and more effective.

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The David Awards are geared towards recognising great little businesses at the smaller end of the business scale in New Zealand. Have you got what it takes to enter?

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