Make your business more profitable

Make your business more profitable  

Making a profit isn’t something that happens overnight – to create a good return from your business you need a clear focus and a well thought-out strategy for increasing profitability.

This means reviewing your business model and looking at every area of the business, to see where you can cut costs, increase margins and maximise revenue.

Focus on your key drivers

Having surplus cash at the end of the year allows you to invest back into the business, fund your growth plans and increase the size of your own dividends and drawings as the owner.

To achieve these profits, it is important to focus on the key financial drivers in your business.

To drive profits:

  • Boost sales – the more sales you make, the bigger your net revenue, so investing in marketing, sales activity and business development will be key to a better bottom line.
  • Increase prices – by setting a higher price point, and keeping your ‘cost of goods sold’ number low, you create a larger profit margin on each sale – upping your profitability.
  • Cut costs – operational costs and overheads eat into your potential profits. So spend management and cost reduction are vital to creating a more profitable model.
  • Reduce taxes – tax liabilities will be one of your biggest costs, so sensible tax planning and use of tax reliefs will help to reduce your taxes and ramp up your end profit.

Talk to us about boosting your profits

If your business goal is to increase profitability, we will help you review your business model, identify your key financial drivers and proactively drive your profit performance.

Get in touch and let’s start boosting your profits.

 

What do you need to do to get ready for the New Financial Year?

What do you need to do to get ready for the New Financial Year?

For many the 31st of March feels like a huge milestone on the calendar. It can be a busy and frenetic time, and can feel even more stressful for business owners. Add to that Easter and it feels overwhelming! However the end of financial year process need not be a painful one! Read on to find out how.

A recent US study found 69% of adults attribute their stress to “money-related” issues and, as the End of the Financial Year (EOFY) draws near, it is typical for thoughts of money and dreaded taxes to dominate our mental space and drive us to despair.

To help take some of the pressure off GoFi8ure has prepared some simple steps for you to follow in your accounting software so that EOFY feels more manageable:

Step 1: Gather your paperwork aka “source documents”

The more information/paperwork you give to your Accountant, the less time they need to spend chasing you (which costs time and money).

Go through your files and emails and collate your source documents (Statements, Invoices, Receipts etc) for your accounts.

Paperwork includes at a minimum bank, credit card, loan statements as at the 31.3.2019, copies of all fixed asset invoices purchased during the last financial year, GST work papers and returns/receipts to IR, year to date payroll records, ACC invoices, insurances and premiums, legal, repairs and maintenance, lease expenses, finance agreements, use of home office, out of pocket expenses and year to date personal tax information if you are a shareholder. Depending on the complexity of your accounts you may need to provide more examples of source documents. Your Accountant will ask for these so be prepared.

Tip: Use Xero’s File Library to upload all of your paperwork/source documents as PDFs. It is really easy to do and your Accountant will love you for it.

  1. On the top left hand side click on the company name
  2. Click on the Files option
  3. Create a new folder called EOFY2019
  4. Label each file with a clear name. For example: 00 Savings Bank Statement 31.3.2019 or ACC Levy Invoice etc
  5. Upload labelled files into the electronic folder – it is that easy! This will keep everything your Accountant needs in one easy to view/access location in the cloud

Step 2: Complete a Stock Take / Stock Valuation

If you are carrying stock, you are required to do a stock take to record how much and the “value” you have on hand as at the 31st of March 2019. The figures should be at cost, excluding GST. It is important when you are dealing with stock that you use the best tools available. Whatever tracking system you use, make sure you have the right software to support it. If you are currently using Excel spreadsheets to manage your inventory, you may want to consider moving to a cloud based inventory system like Unleashed.

An effective, easy-to-use inventory system eliminates human error that can occur whilst using Excel. Inventory software gives you real-time inventory control and reporting. It also helps you to understand your product margins and provides you with important information to help you make better decisions based on real-time, accurate profit reporting.

Step 3: Round up those overdue invoices and debt collect

Review your Aged Receivables detail report and identify all invoices that are 30+ days overdue. Once this has been done make one final determined effort to collect the debt before the 31st of March. If you have exhausted all avenues for collecting unpaid invoices and do not envisage collecting them at any point in the future, you can write off the outstanding invoices to a bad debt expense. Contact us to find out how.

Tip: If you are going to write off any outstanding invoices; make sure to apply a credit note against the invoice owing. We do not recommend using the “void” option in your accounting software.

Step 4: Review Creditors entered and reconcile to Supplier Statements

Do you have outstanding supplier invoices showing on your ledger? Are you confident that these are correct? GoFi8ure recommends that you reconcile all creditors to supplier statements and balances before the 31st of March to ensure any missing invoices are received and entered into Xero. You may find that some suppliers have in fact been paid, however, the payment was not allocated against the supplier invoice. If this has happened it is important to correct it soon as possible.

Need help actioning a creditors reconciliation? Send us a message so we can help.

Tip: If you are disputing an account or are no longer paying an invoice then you should apply to the supplier for a credit note and once received reconcile the credit note to the invoice in your ledger (creditors reconciliation). If you would like accounting support please contact us.

Now is the time to make the conscious decision to take action with steps 1-4. If you would like GoFi8ure to take your end of year stress away and do these steps for you, get in touch with us today via email or call us on 0800 463 488 and quote End of Financial Year Help.

 

 

Women in Business on Fire

Women in Business on Fire

Lisa’s key messages are that when goal setting there are always further goals to achieve and that self-actualization is important to try and achieve. On digital disruption within the accounting industry, she is riding the way with her firm offering innovative products. Lisa understands the reason why for her business as well as the importance of goal setting! What goals are you setting for your business? We can help! please a comment and we will be in touch! #communityovercompetition
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Congratulations to GoFi8ure’s Managing Director Tania Hayes on completing the Taxation Toolkit

Congratulations to GoFi8ure’s Managing Director Tania Hayes on completing the Taxation Toolkit through the Career Academy

At GoFi8ure we pride ourselves on consistently up-skilling and staying at the forefront of tax and accounting legislation and compliance. Another KPI ticked and achieved!

Check out this amazing feedback Tania received from her tutor.

Tax Fundamentals – Introduction

Grade: Pass

Hello Tania, thank you for submitting your Tax Fundamentals assessment for grading. You have done an excellent job at this assignment and I am impressed with your knowledge in this topic. I have left a few comments in your feedback files about a few extra information not in the course material if you want to go deeper into residency and DTAs. Keep up the awesome work and we look forward to your next assessment.

Tax Fundamentals – Income & Deductions

Grade: Pass

Hello Tania, thank you for submitting your Allowable Deductions assessment for grading. You have done an excellent job at this assignment and I am impressed with your knowledge. I have left a few comments and some of the situations in this assessment in terms of tax planning. Keep up the awesome work and we look forward to your next submission.

Understanding GST

Grade: Pass

Tania, this is a brilliant submission. All the income and expenses transactions were accurately captured under payments basis. Along with that you successfully managed to calculate GST payable. I am pleased with your progress in your course. Keep firing the assessments in to us!

Tax Fundamentals – Tax Calculation & Return Preparation

Grade: Pass

Hello Tania, thank you for going over my comments and amending your assessment. I am very impressed that you sorted out couple of those issues. Now I can see that you understand Provisional Tax. Keep up the awesome work and we look forward to your next assessment.

Depreciation

Grade: Pass with Distinction

Phenomenal work Tania and thanks for completing your assessment.  From your submission, you have provided excellent calculations and I can see that you have put in a wonderful amount of effort into this assessment.  Additionally, your work demonstrates that you have an in-depth understanding of this topic.  Congratulations on passing your assessment and keep up the amazing drive throughout your course.  I look forward to seeing another awesome submission from you soon.

Look Through Companies

Grade: Pass with Distinction

Well done with your submission for LTC’s Tania – it was interesting for me to read how simple you made this sound whilst still being accurate. You really broke down the fundamentals of LTC’s whilst displaying very good knowledge of the basics of this concept!! Great work on your part and I look forward to further work coming through from you as you progress towards your qualification with us!

Company Taxation

Grade: Pass with Distinction

You have a definite style in your explanations Tania that makes it clear to the reader that you are sure of your facts – it is easy to see your application of the theory in your explanations and you take it to the next level by providing examples throughout your answers which is really nice to see. Thanks for your efforts here Tania and again it is my pleasure to be able to provide you with your passing grade!

Lisa Martin nominated for Top 50 Women in Accounting sponsored by Practice Ignition

Lisa Martin nominated for Top 50 Women in Accounting sponsored by Practice Ignition

We were very excited to receive this notification today. The team at GoFi8ure are so proud of Lisa and what she has achieved for the accounting and bookkeeping industry.

A big thanks to Practice Ignition and Brooke Holmes for this amazing opportunity and recognition for women in the accounting industry.#hugabookkeeper #huganaccountant #betterschoolsandhospitals#deservingnominee 

It’s the final countdown

As this magazine issue ‘hits the streets’ it’s just two months until the IRD’s Payday Filing deadline. Will businesses and payroll providers be ready? How should business owners prepare for the change? NZBusiness went to the market.

From April 1st 2019 all employers will be required to send their payroll information to Inland Revenue whenever they pay their staff. Payday filing is billed as the biggest change to the way businesses manage their payroll in more than two decades. Yet surprisingly, according to MYOB Business Monitor research, there’s little understanding of the new process amongst the New Zealand’s business community.

Get your house in order

When NZBusiness spoke to Lisa Martin, executive director of accounting solutions specialist GoFi8ure, late last year, she suspected many business owners were “in cruise mode” over payday filing – focused on just getting through the Christmas period.

Now that New Year resolutions have been made she’s hoping that “sorting out payday filing transition” is the very first business resolution business owners will honour.

“When you think about it, everything about running a business relates to people, strategy, execution and cash; payday filing is about people and cash,” says Martin. “So it deserves to be a major priority.”

Her best advice? Look at the payroll set-up you have now, and get a trusted payroll advisor – that’s your payroll company or accountant, or your book-keeper – to ensure that its fit-for-purpose.

For business owners who don’t think they’ll be ready for the transition, Martin says although Inland Revenue will offer to help, remember that at last count (in February 2018) New Zealand had 534,930 enterprises. Inland Revenue will be rather busy for a while.

“If I couldn’t successfully prepare for a marathon I would find someone who had run one and ask them what I should do. Again, it comes down to seeking a trusted advisor.”

After payday filing Martin describes payroll auditing as the “next Darth Vader of the Death Star” coming for 2019, 2020 and beyond.

In preparation for payroll auditing she advises business owners to get onto automated software. “Basically where you can log on, enter your hours, push a button and then your payroll software calculates everything for you, including annual leave, sick leave, balances, Kiwisaver, student loans and child support.

“And it only costs the price of a couple of lattés a week.”

Get your house in order now, she urges – especially everything you do from a payroll point of view. “Because it’s people’s money and PAYE, tax-deducted at source for the IRD. It has to be right and there’s an increased chance you could be audited.”

Read the rest of the article by clicking here.

Payday Filing – coming ready or not!

With changes in the wind across the accounting and payroll sectors, business owners have much to prepare for leading into 2019. Fortunately there are software and service solution providers ready to make life easier.

Why automation matters

For business owners tempted to manually DIY their way through the new payday filing regime, Lisa Martin, executive director of accounting solutions specialist GoFi8ure, sounds a warning. If you’re paying staff weekly, it would require you to log onto the IRD site four times a month.

Things get tricky when a business owner decides to wing it, Martin says. They might go online at 10pm on a Monday night, get the PAYE calculator, work out the net pay and pay their staff. Then have just two days to get it checked.

Better to go on an automated payroll system and avoid all the stress, she says – provided you’re talking to a bookkeeper, accountant or tax agent, and despite the fact that the IRD is encouraging people to deal direct.

Martin implores business owners to never use Excel spreadsheets to manage payroll, when there are so many affordable cloud-based (SaaS) payroll software packages out there. And get the provider to set it up, she says, so balances such as accrued leave are carried forward correctly.

The recent Bunnings case relating to miscalculated leave payments is a great reason why you should get it right.

“Start now with new software, don’t leave it to April 2019,” urges Martin. “It’s all about the planning and processes, especially considering it is someone else’s money!

“There are loads of bookkeepers standing at the ready to help you get off spreadsheets and into the 21st century.”

To read the article in full click here.

How to create a transformational strategy for 2019

How to create a transformational strategy for 2019

How was 2018 for your business? Did you have a great year and achieve all your goals? Or did you just stay afloat? If you would like a more successful year in 2019, now is the time to think about implementing a transformational change strategy.

In the business world, transformational change requires a business making radical changes in their business model, often requiring changes in company structure, culture and management. Companies may undergo transformational change in response to crisis, or in order to re-position themselves in the market. Transformational change also occurs in response to changes in technology, or as companies adapt to take advantage of new business models.

Truth is, when a dramatic shift in consumer behaviour or a new competitor enters the market, transformational change becomes a matter of survival if a business is going to be able to keep up with competition and move forward. As we all know, many business transformations fail. In a recent McKinsey Quarterly survey, only 38% of leaders believed their transformation had a “completely” or “mostly successful” impact on business performance.

There are 3 core parts to achieving a successful, effective transformational strategy. They are:

1. Content of Change
The business focus of the change (structure, strategy, business process, systems, technology, product, or service).

2. People in Change
People’s mind-set, emotional reactions, behaviour, degree of engagement, acceptance, commitment, and cultural dynamics.

3. Process of Change
The way in which change is planned, designed, and implemented, how it unfolds, its road map, governance, and course corrections.

So you want transformational change for your business, where do you start? Here are a few things to consider and think about when creating the business you want:

  1. Magic wand time – If you were to achieve the business or personal goals of your dreams, what would that outcome look like? Your business should be able to provide you with the lifestyle and business you desire. Be very specific as you imagine exactly what your outcome would look like in terms of work, health, family, love life, finances, and also in fun.
  2. Entry points – These are the means of moving away from the “find it, fix it” modes of solving problems and moving towards the first steps that would advance you towards a new goal. For example, saying “I’ll get fit when my business is thriving and profitable” is a “find it and fix it” approach. But what about finding a way to begin steps in the right direction towards greater health and fitness right away, beginning today?
  3. The driving force of your values – What are the values that define you most heavily when you run into a stumbling point or a roadblock? Which ones represent your finest and highest priorities and goals? It is important to use these values as a roadmap for your desired destination, the author maintains.
  4. Speedbumps, detours and roadblocks – Many times on the path to dramatic achievements we feel stopped or entirely stuck. These are chances to cast our occurrences into a broader light for further reflection on what these experiences are meant to teach us, and how we can use these obstacles to help us instead of slowing down or preventing our ability to achieve remarkable goals.
  5. The power of your vision – The expression “If you can’t see it, you can’t be it” holds strong weight. It is vital to understand exactly what your outcome will look like. Using a Vision Board can be a useful exercise for this. Have you ever sat down and thought about what you really want your business to look like? What do you desire?
  6. Acknowledging where the gap is – What is out of alignment that is standing between you and your goal? How could you reconcile this chasm? Instead of fearing or resenting the space between you and your desired achievement, learn to “lean in” to that empty space and take steps, knowing that you will require time and help and even without the exact knowledge of how you are going to get to the goal. Now it becomes achievable. What are your gaps and what can you do to fill them?
  7. Software and tools that add value – This one is an important one to consider. There are always ways to be more efficient and effective with your business by having the right software and processes in place. Take your accounts for example – are you able to get the right data and information from them? Are your accounting processes seamless or are they causing you stress? According to Xero, there was a 24.9% growth in New Zealanders getting onto Xero. Image how well your business could do with the right tools in place.

Tip: Use a hybrid model – During a transformational change effort, acceptance hinges on hybrid methods that tailor the tactics and solutions to the people, processes, tools and infrastructure components.

To find out more about how GoFi8ure can help with your internal accounting processes, systems and software requirements, send us a message or call us on 0800 463 488.

Lisa Martin, Executive Director of GoFi8ure completes Bachelor of Business Accounting

The team at GoFi8ure would like to congratulate our Executive Director Lisa Martin for completing her Bachelor of Business Accounting. After 2 years of constant, tireless study, perseverance and self discipline, Lisa completed her studies and has received a Bachelor of Business Accounting.

If you take the the time to invest in yourself and educate yourself, the opportunities are endless. #becomethebetterversionofyourself

 

How to plan for a holiday from your small business

Leading up to the holiday period, is your business cash flow in good health to carry you through? This time of year can be hard on small business. Make a plan early to ensure healthy cash flow over the holidays.   

Whether you are heading into a holiday period, or just planning to take a break (and congratulations, because a healthy business means work-life balance), it is important to keep your cash flow under control. This means pre-planning and being proactive.

When you are not in the office, there are still overheads and salaries that need to be sorted. If taking time off means that less cash will be coming in, it is essential to plan for this period to make sure that these costs can be comfortably covered. Make sure you have a clear picture of your payroll, and any other planned expenses that will need to be accounted for.

If there’s even a possibility that there could be a shortfall, it is essential to meet this head-on. Whether this means talking to your supplier or creditors to figure out an arrangement, or compromising on other business outgoings, you must make a plan to ensure that the business, or your staff, will not suffer.

Tips to minimise the stress of cash flow over the holiday period

Invoice early – Send any invoices that you can, and in advance if possible. Perhaps consider whether you have any regular clients or customers that you could offer a retainer or similar deal to if they book services or make a purchase from you in advance.

Chase payment – use this opportunity to chase up any outstanding payments. Strong communication and relationships matter – talk to clients and chase invoices.

Talk to suppliers – a little honesty can go a long way. Perhaps they can extend a line of credit for your payments to them. In most cases, a good supplier would rather offer a little flexibility to keep an ongoing business relationship.

Review your costs – it’s also a good idea to do a general review of expenses. Business costs can creep up, and it’s a great idea to make a time to check on your expenses regularly, no matter what your financial situation. Review all of your regular payments and subscriptions as well as upcoming costs. There may be travel, functions or purchases which you can decide on an alternative approach to.

Talk to the bank or Inland Revenue – if cash flow is tight, make sure you have conversations early so you have everything in place to see you through.

When you are planning for a break, book an appointment with us. We can help you navigate the holiday period and help you alleviate cash flow worries. So you get a well deserved break.