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.

Charitable donations may be tax deductible – here is what you need to know

Donating to charity not only supports the vital work of an organisation but also has positive side-effects when claiming tax deductions.  

Donating to charity not only supports the vital work of an organisation or group, but it can have positive side-effects when it comes to claiming tax deductions. To be eligible for a tax credit, you need to make sure that your contributions meet certain conditions, and that you’re making a legitimate claim.

In general, when a charity is an approved donee organisation or registered as a ‘deductible gift recipient’ (DGR), and you donate over a certain amount, you can claim a tax deduction. You can find out if a charity is a DGR organisation by checking their website, calling them, or searching the register for charities.

But, be careful. There’s a difference between making a donation and making a contribution. When you’re making a donation, you must be doing so willingly, without receiving any ‘material advantage’. This means that you can’t be getting anything in return for your cash. So no chocolate bars, no raffle tickets, no movie tickets and no fancy dinners. If you receive anything after handing over your cash, then this is considered a contribution, and you should not claim this as a tax deduction.

Other situations which are commonly misunderstood to be donations are membership fees, expenses incurred by providing volunteer work (or the value of the time spent doing that work), donating gift vouchers, or money donated through a will.

The last two things you need to know are that a tax deduction for most gifts is claimed in the tax return for the income year in which the gift is made. However, in some circumstances, you can spread the tax deduction over five income years. And, just like any other tax deduction you’re hoping to claim, you’ll need to get and keep the receipt for your donation.

The tax department sometimes demands repayment for ineligible deductions. So, as with all things tax, it’s best to avoid penalties by checking in the with the experts.

Talk to us about your charitable donations and ensure you keep receipts for the payments you have made.

How to turn your passion into a business

How to turn your passion into a business  

Ever dreamed of turning your passion into a business? It can be a rewarding way to make a living.

With the rapid growth of online shopping and affordable ecommerce platforms, some of the traditional barriers to launching a small business are gone. You can potentially make sales without buying a shop or giving up your day job. Here are some thoughts to help you monetise your hobby and turn your passion into a business!

1. Be prepared to lose some love – Once you turn your passion into a business, you’ll never feel the same way about your hobby again. The idealism of doing what you love for a living will collide with the reality of:

  • tracking sales and cash flow
  • hitting targets
  • managing inventory
  • watching competitors

2. Balancing creativity and commercialism – When you create something for personal fulfilment, you can make it to suit yourself. But when that creation becomes a service or product you wish to sell, you have to work within boundaries that suit your customer’s needs and requirements.

3. How do you monetise your hobby? – You’re enthusiastic about your hobby and the business idea that flows from it but ensure you fully test ideas within your market to find out what works and what doesn’t. Try to solve a problem or find a product that already exists and find how you can improve on it.

4. Building your brand with free content – Sharing relevant content is a great way of building up your customer base.

5. A pragmatic approach to social media – Find out where your audience spends their time (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and focus there. It sounds obvious but this simple piece of research can save hundreds of hours of lost effort.

6. Separate your personal and professional goals – When you turn your passion into a business, it’s easy to lose track of time. Both the passion and the business soak up a lot of energy – making it hard to get your work-life balance right.

Talk to us about turning your business ideas into reality

Turning your passion into a business is an exciting prospect and you could earn money doing what you love. Talk to one of our team and we can help you to come up with a plan and put steps in place to help turn your passion into a business reality!

 

GoFi8ure wins Xero’s NZ Bookkeeping Partner of the Year for 2018!

For the third year in a row, mobile Accountants and Bookkeepers GoFi8ure attended the Xerocon Conference and Awards in Brisbane and were named as Xero’s Bookkeeping Partner of the Year for New Zealand, on account of their effective and innovative use of Xero while providing bookkeeping services.

“Words cannot describe how honoured and grateful we are,” said the Accountant and Bookkeeper in a blog post last week, giving their thanks to Xero for recognising the growth and change that GoFi8ure has seen over the last 36 months. They also congratulated the other finalists for the award, Julie Russell Bookkeeping and Katalyst Cloud Business Services, and praised their achievements over the last few years.

In their blog post, GoFi8ure also attributed their success in this category at the Xero Awards to the business’ core values, which they say have been integrated throughout their businesses and services on a day-to-day basis. Values such as responsibility and accountability for completing every task given to them by clients, integrity in honouring professional commitments, and efficiency and effectiveness in their approach to every job, have all been a crucial part of their business and its success over the last three years, according to GoFi8ure.

GoFi8ure use Xero extensively as a tool and platform to provide SME business owners, sole traders, contractors and non-profit organisations with a one-stop accounting solution, and generate every tax return and financial statement their clients need. GoFi8ure’s services even include one-on-one Xero and bookkeeping training sessions, with their own tailor-made training programme that utilizes a 12-step ‘best bookkeeping’ checklist.

GoFi8ure have a team of 16 qualified accountants and bookkeepers across their branches in the Wellington CBD, Upper Hutt, Auckland and Dunedin, allowing them to offer services to businesses from all over the country. Anyone wanting to learn just how GoFi8ure can help their business can visit them online at gofi8ure.co.nz, or call 0800 463 488 to get in touch directly.

Creating Excellence in Business

Excellence in Business

 

 

 

 

 

It is very easy to get comfortable with just being good in the business world. Being good at what you do means all is well – things are moving the way they are supposed to, and everything is under control. The financial equivalent of this, known as “treading water”, does not equate to success but rather, stagnation. In business, just as in nature, it is always better to be proactive then reactive when striving for excellence. By focusing on constantly pushing yourself and your business to be in a constant state of growth, both yourself and the company you lead will be constantly evolving and improving ahead of your competitors.

Here are some thoughts to keep in mind for yourself and your business as you strive for business excellence:

1. Realise that there is always room for improvement
It is very easy to say “I’m good” and leave it at that. Google is famed for saying “We are Always in Beta”, and Business Insider once published an article “Always Be in Beta or You’ll Never Learn Anything New”.  The article mentions the value of learning, as learning keeps stagnation at bay. It also states, “in the early stages of learning a new subject, people feel as though they have nothing to lose, which makes them more likely to accept failure as part of the process.” This mentality will enable you as a business owner to add more power and range to your skill set, as well as become more comfortable with the risk that comes with learning curves.

2. Do not get too comfortable
Ignorance is bliss, but it is also dangerous, which is exactly what getting comfortable in the business world defines as. While you are sitting back being comfortable, others are advancing, strategising and closing in on any distance you have put between yourself and your competition. Strive to stay relevant and vigilant, and remember that success is not a destination, but rather a goal which constantly evolves and manifests with the company’s growth itself. Think of your business as an athlete; there is no such thing as a comfortable and effective workout.

3.  Do not give your clients a reason to go elsewhere
We are all human, and sometimes mistakes are made. However, there is no reason why you cannot apologise, provide feedback and agree on a solution to fix these mistakes with your clients to retain their business, and look for ways to improve. At the very least, you should make sure that you are doing a better job than your competitors. Even if you feel you are already doing this, it is worth asking yourself a couple of times a year, “if a competing company opened tomorrow, would I have any reason to be worried?”

If you would like to talk to GoFi8ure about how we can make your business more excellent send us an email.

Tips for Efficiency in your Business

Efficiency in Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

Efficiency in a business refers to how long it takes for a task to get completed. An employee may be effective at completing a task to a high level, but may take way longer than needed to complete the task, which is inefficient. 

Check out these top tips and techniques to make your business more efficient.

1. Set shorter time limits
The shorter the amount of time you allow yourself, the more you will get done. This is because when we know we do not have time to pause, wander around the office or stare into space and must use every second of the time we have, we do so because we do not want to fail. So, make sure the first 90 minutes of your day is focused on growing your business. Turn off your email and phones and concentrate only on that. Also, divide your working day into 45- or 30-minute chunks (use a timer to ensure you stick to this time limit!) and during that time think of doing (and do!) only that task.

2. Figure out how much money you are throwing away, then find a way to reduce it
How often do you lose money because of simple mistakes, like missing a job or sending out an invoice with incorrect details? How often are your invoices delayed or forgotten, and how often do you spend hours searching for information to answer a complaint from a customer?

Even if you accept that a certain amount of waste is inevitable, the fact is that lots of small costs can add up over the year, potentially taking a large chunk out of your profits. Take time out each month to analyse your business; look at your accounts to see what money is being spent and what costs could be reduced. Also, keep a note of mistakes you notice being made and jot down ideas on how to stop or limit these mistakes being made. Review these notes monthly also, and if the mistakes are still occurring at the same or similar rate, reevaluate your ideas on how to stop and/or limit these. With perseverance comes success, and with frequent review you will see your systems becoming more effective and your profit level rising. 

3. Use technology to speed up workflow
Technology plays an essential role in the efficiency and effectiveness of a company nowadays. Make use of computers, tablets or smartphones to improve the efficiency of the company, by using software or sharing tools for things like keeping different members of a team up-to-date with client and project information accessible anywhere, anytime. Look at areas of your business that are still being done manually (which is time consuming), and contact a professional who can help provide you with technology solutions to solve your day-to-day inconveniences.

Accounting software can be a business owner’s smartest investment. Software lets you easily manage your business data. One software example is Xero, which looks after your accounts receivable, expenses and taxes, and allows access to these anytime, anywhere, stored together all in one place – and with easy access to reporting tools for this data. Because most  business owners are not qualified accountants, finding the right tool that ensures your accounting is done effectively can save you valuable time, while also improving your financial visibility. It also alleviates a lot of headaches when it comes to looking at financial information to help identify areas in your business that needs assessing with features such as in-built reports which are easy to generate, understand and use.
 
As the great Bill Gates once said, “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is the automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency”. 

Making consistent improvements to make your business better is a conscious choice. Not only must you balance your time, but you must also choose the right area of business, the one which will make the biggest impact, to spend this time working on. If you would like GoFi8ure to help your business run more efficiently, send us an email or call us on 0800 463 488.

 

 

Do you have a strategy for your business?

Do you have a strategy for your business?

When it comes to Business Strategy there are two rules:

Rule #1: Have a strategy.

Rule #2: Make sure everyone is literally on the same page in understanding the components of the strategy, and how to implement it.

All too often strategies contain words or concepts that take on as many meanings and interpretations as the number of people who read them. Having a clear and focused strategy is critically important to the success of your business. Without a well-defined strategy, your business may stall – or even fail.

You need to have a plan for day-to-day business, and you also need to spend time looking at and listening to the changes that are happening in your industry. To ensure you make progress towards your long-term goals, it is a matter of having a daily plan to get things done, in conjunction with an overarching strategy to guide those daily plans.

Success is about planning, and planning is about success; if you plan to succeed, you will succeed. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you plan your success:

  1. Do you have a current Business Plan?
  2. Have you set realistic and measurable goals?
  3. Do you have clear strategies to achieve your goals?
  4. Can you identify what you will need to achieve your goals?
  5. Do you regularly review your goals with regards to changing circumstances?
  6. Have you set up a platform to develop Financial Forecasts?
  7. Do you have the right systems and tools in place to help you achieve your strategy?

The key aspect of strategic planning is aligning all members of the team with the purpose and vision of the company; both in the short- and long-term. Strategy challenges are indicated by a slowing in top-line revenue growth. If revenue is not growing as quickly as you like, then it is time to re-examine your strategy.

Any time is a good time to make a Business Plan if you do not have one; however, it is particularly relevant at the start of a New Financial Year.  If you are contemplating a major change in your existing business, or starting a new venture, a Business Plan is crucial.  You will also require a Business Plan to support any financial applications.

Do you have a GST return due this month? Worried about not getting it done in time? Remember, you have until the 7th of May to submit your return. For all current GoFi8ure clients, your GoFi8urine will be in touch shortly to ask for your paperwork – aka “source documents”.

Do you need a hand getting your GST completed and ready to file? Never fear, GoFi8ure are here to help. Please send us an email, or call us on 0800 463 488, and we will help get you sorted.

 

 

 

 

How having cloud accounting software can help your business

How having cloud accounting software can help your business

For those who are not very familiar with the concept, the cloud might seem like a scary, ambiguous place where information disappears. In reality, it is anything but that. Cloud computing has a massive array of benefits when it comes to the business world.

With the new Financial Year just around the corner, now is the time to start looking into how your current accounting system or software fits into your 2018 goals and business growth strategy. Getting organised now will help you manage the books faster and more efficiently than ever before.

To sum it up: cloud computing is a way for people and companies to access digital resources (files, music, photos, software, social media, etc.) over the internet. These resources are not stored on your personal or company hard drive. Instead, they are stored on the premises of a cloud computing company.

When it comes to how cloud computing can impact your business, the benefits are abundant. Here are some reasons why you may want to jump on board.  

• Multiple user access: Financial data is available to anyone with login credentials. The company accountant can access the books from their home or office and play a bigger role in the financials of the business.

• Data entry: Cloud accounting software connects to your bank account and other cloud based software. This allows data to automatically flow between the systems, removing the need for as much manual entry.

• Transferring data: You almost never need to transfer data out of the cloud since it is housed in a single location and can be accessed directly through the internet.

• Protecting data: Because the information is not stored locally, there is no risk of losing data in the event of a computer failure.

• Software update: The great thing about the cloud is the updates take place automatically. You always have the most recent version of the software, without being forced to pay extra or go through another installation process.

• Insights: Cloud computing gives business owners’ access to real-time data. This big data can help inform business decisions with real time information which will help you to grow your company in a more productive manner.

 

So what do you think? Do you have a better understanding of all the ins and outs of the cloud? And are you ready to use it for your business? If you are ready to move to the cloud get in touch – we are cloud integration specialists that can help make your transition to the cloud smooth and stress free.

 

GoFi8ure listed as Top 25 Most Popular Accounting and Tax Services for 2017

GoFi8ure listed as Top 25 Most Popular Accounting and Tax Services for 2017. 

Recently GoFi8ure were advised that we made the Top 25 Most Popular Accounting and Tax Services for 2017 through Search4Accountants. How cool is that!

If you are looking for an accounting firm that you can trust, check out our profile by clicking here.

GoFi8ure – in the business of helping you work smarter with better tools, information and advice when you need it.

 

 

 

Learn how to use Xero to run your business

Learn how to use Xero to run your business

There are various stages of what we call the “Xero journey”. The Xero journey is a pathway of learning about how to use Xero and the Add-On software products available so businesses can streamline their processes.

So, where are you on your Xero journey? What do you need to learn now?

1. You have never heard about Xero and currently spend hours entering data into a spreadsheet or other accounting software.

2. Heard of Xero but not confident about how “the Cloud” works but you do not want to be left behind.

3. You have recently started using Xero & are loving it! You are telling all your friends & feeling confident you can do this!

4. You have been using Xero for a while and have started looking at reports regularly, but things just do not look right and the numbers are not making sense. You need someone to help you understand the numbers and check your Xero to make sure it is accurate and up to date.

5. You have found an Add-On solution that you believe meets your business needs but you do not know how to implement it or use it.

6. You are telling all your friends about how Xero and the Xero Add-On’s have changed your life!

Getting the absolute best from your accounting software helps to make everything else in the business run like clockwork. Learning the best tips and tricks for using your Xero account to its true potential is a great way to improve your accounting, cut out a big chunk of admin and get a better view of your business health.

If you would like to talk about booking in some Xero training get in touch by emailing us on enquiries@gofi8ure.co.nz or call us on 0800 463 488 today.