The winner of Xero’s New Zealand Bookkeeping Partner of the Year goes to…. GoFi8ure!

The winner of Xero’s New Zealand Bookkeeping Partner of the Year goes to…. GoFi8ure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They say things happen in 3’s and it couldn’t be truer. Words cannot describe how honoured and grateful we are to have won this prestigious award for the 3rd time.

For us, winning this award means the world. It reflects the brand promise and core values which our GoFi8urines live and breathe every day. Our business has grown and changed over the last 36 months and we couldn’t be prouder of what we have accomplished.

Our core values are really important to us. Everything we do relates to our core values, which are:

  • Respect – We treat our clients and staff with respect
  • Commitment – We are dedicated to providing best practice accounting and business management for our clients
  • Understanding – We understand pressures and we aim to deliver on time, every time so you have peace of mind knowing everything is under control
  • Tenacity – We keep going, and we make sure together we reach the goal and desired direction needed
  • Integrity – We honour our professional commitments and the work that we do
  • Responsibility and Accountability – We are responsible and believe in being honest and accountable for completing any task given to us by our clients
  • Be Efficient and Effective – Best practice means doing the job once and properly, we will always find the most efficient and effective way to help you

We have a strong team of 13 qualified Accountants and Bookkeepers (“GoFi8urines”) in our Wellington CBD, Upper Hutt, Auckland and Dunedin branches. Each GoFi8urine brings a different skill set to the team which allows us to offer a one stop accounting solution for SME business owners, sole traders, contractors and not for profits.

We would like to congratulate our fellow finalists and friends, Julie Russell from Julie Russell Bookkeeping and Glennis Stuckey from Katalyst Cloud Business Services. We are so honoured to have shared this experience with you and are so proud of what you have achieved over the last few years.

We would also like to thank Xero – for providing us with a tool and platform so that we can help business owners overcome the fear of their accounts. GoFi8ure + Xero = Beautiful Accounting Solutions.

If you would like to find out more about how GoFi8ure can help you and your business, send us a message or call us on 0800 463 488 to book your complimentary assessment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you executing your business strategy?

Are you executing your business strategy?

Execution is an easy concept to talk about, but it can be a hard one to… well… execute. The main problem is that it is a real challenge to measure and manage a concept.

If we are honest about it, “Gut-level” decision making is a practice of the past. With so many amazing tools and software resources available, you can now have access to all the organisational data you would ever need to inform and guide your decision-making process.

When Warehouse Stationery asked their BizReward customers what they wish they had known about before going into business, almost half of the respondents said accounting and finances (49%).

This was followed by:

  • Marketing and advertising (39%);
  • Business development (38%);
  • Technology (33%), and;
  • Relevant regulations (25%).

Interestingly, when people were asked what they wish they knew more about now, the same top five appeared, just in a slightly different order; however, accounting was still number one.

There are two components that help with executing your business strategy:

  1. Having the right accounting software – set up, and working, and;
  2. Having the financial knowledge and information available to help make informed business decisions.

The better you understand your business, the easier it is to make decisions – therefore, the easier it will be to make more money. Management decisions rely on a sound understanding of the financial implications for a business. GoFi8ure offers a service which helps enable business owners to fully understand and interpret their numbers, so they have a strong foundation on which to grow their business.

How many of these questions can you answer, with confidence?

  1. How much profit have I made this year?
  2. Why has my profit increased, but I have no cash?
  3. Is my cash level increasing, or decreasing?
  4. What is affecting my cash level?

Any time is a good time to improve your understanding of your financial reports to improve business performance.  The sooner you start executing your plan, the sooner you will have a better understanding of financial results and their implications, and the more control you will have over outcomes.

Are you confident you have the right software and tools in place to help you achieve your strategic goals? Today’s technology provides advanced reporting and business analysis capabilities, to help you gain a deeper understanding of business performance, customer preferences and market trends. Your executives and business managers can access performance metrics and analytical reports, enabling them to use this information to work together to set or redesign strategy.

Remember: Failing to plan is planning to fail, and it is vital to plan-ahead to have a successful business. Contact us to book in your complimentary meeting, to discuss how GoFi8ure can proactively help you stick to your plan and achieve business success.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

What are the four most important areas you need to consider in your business?

What are the four most important areas you need to consider in your business?

As a business owner, you must be committed to constantly evaluating your business practices and making the necessary changes if you want to see growth. If your business is stagnant, or not as profitable as you would like it to be, doing the same thing repeatedly will not help your business move forward. Your success is the total sum of all the decisions you make!

So, what are the four most important areas you need to consider in your business? They are:

  1. People
  2. Strategy
  3. Execution
  4. Cash

Good decisions equal success. Even though most growing businesses face continual challenges in all these areas, the challenges in one area at any one time can impact the others.

Let us start with the “People” strategy.

In 2016, Warehouse Stationery conducted a survey of over 1000 of their BizReward customers. From that survey, 9 out of 10 customers were small businesses.

When asked about the personal challenges they faced in business, half of the respondents to this question (51%) selected work-life balance. Work-life balance was the most common concern, followed by time management (41%) – which is a necessary tool to achieve the sought-after work-life balance, by ensuring work does not take over every aspect of your life.

One of the most critical components of growing any business is working with the right people. Get it right, and your business’s growth trajectory is likely to continue, or accelerate. Get it wrong, and your tentative step forward might lead to the proverbial three steps back. The purpose of hiring staff or outsourced specialists is to free the business owner from some of their multiple “hats”, and the wrong hire can have the opposite effect as it can be costly, stressful and time-consuming to manage the consequences. Having someone who fundamentally understands their role, and what is required to do it successfully, is crucial for any business.

Where do you start? Ask yourself why you need to hire someone – and do not accept obvious answers such as, I am busy, tired or overworked.

Below are some core questions you should ask yourself:

  1. What do I expect the new hire to do in their first month, and in the months that follow?
  2. What can I reasonably expect them to achieve, how quickly, and what can I do to help them?
  3. What core skills and attributes are absolute necessities for my business?
  4. Is an employee the right way to go, or should I look at outsourcing?

The last question is an interesting one. There are advantages for either hiring an employee or outsourcing to a specialist. To make this a little easier for you, we have put together a list of steps that will help you determine which option is best for you:

  1. Identify what areas you can outsource.

Before you figure out whether to outsource, you need to identify what areas you can outsource, and whether any of these areas are where you need help right now.

  1. Identify business-critical functions.

If the function you need help with is not a core function of your business model, outsourcing will probably create fewer headaches for you.

  1. Assess the market availability of skills.

You may prefer having someone in-house, but if you cannot find the right talent, outsourcing may be your only option.

  1. Identify all the costs for both in-housing and outsourcing.

When you are considering the financial difference between the two options, remember to include the costs of your time and emotional energy.  While hiring in-house is generally cheaper on paper, there are a host of responsibilities that go along with managing a new staff member including holiday and sick leave, training, downtime, and so on.

Remember, when it comes to making the decision of in-house or outsourcing you do not need to choose either/or; it is pretty common that one part of your business may be better off with an employee, while another may be better off with an external company managing it.

If you are ready to outsource the financial side of the business come then you need GoFi8ure. This is what we do – it is in our DNA and we are passionate about helping ease the accounting pain that business owners face. Send us an email or call us on 0800 463 488 today.

Tip: Gazelles has a one-page “People” tool that will help you sort out these accountabilities and metrics.

 

Chasing debtors – 3 easy strategies that will help you get paid quicker

Chasing debtors – 3 easy strategies that will help you get paid quicker

Getting paid is always an exciting part of running a business. What is not as exciting however, is keeping on top of clients when they do not pay their invoices. According to the Commercial Collection Agency Association, after 30 days past due, the chances of being paid drop to 89.9%; after six months, there is only a 52.1% chance of being paid.

Below GoFi8ure has listed some simple strategies that can help bring payments in on time, whilst maintaining good relationships with your clients.

1) Regularly review your Aged Receivables detail report

Your Aged Receivables detail report should be your “go-to” credit control report for checking the total amount of outstanding invoices per each client and totals. Make sure to keep an eye on anything that is showing as 30+ days overdue. The longer you leave it, the easier it is for your client to forget or ignore your invoice.

Tip: Keep your bank accounts reconciled and up-to-date so that your debtor reporting is current and accurate. By following the steps below, you will see each invoice per client and how overdue it really is.

Go to Reports > Aged Receivables > Click on Show Invoices > Update

 

2) Save time by emailing all your client statements in one go

Statements are a great way to prompt your clients to pay you. By sending a statement your clients can see their outstanding invoices and payment history at a glance.

Go to Accounts > Send Statements > Select the “Activity” statement type > Choose the first day of the month prior to the current date > Update > Select the clients who have a balance owing

 

 

The great thing about Xero is you can send up to 50 client statements at a time. You can also customise your statement template should you wish to do so.

Tip: When sending bulk statements make sure to untick any contacts with a $0.00 balance. It is also important to ensure that all contact details are correct for each client. A statement can not be sent without an email address.

3) Use Automated Reminders

At times, even though invoices get earmarked for payment, they can still slip to the bottom of the to-do pile. Automated reminders may be the cure. They act as a gentle nudge that will help your chronic late-payers remember to pay the due invoice.

Xero has a feature that allows you to send automated invoice reminders, all you have to decide is when and how often the reminders are sent out.

Go to Accounts > Sales > Awaiting Payments > Click on the Invoice Reminders Off > Set up the reminder template and frequency

 

With Xero’s automated reminders you can customise the tone and timing of when the email will be sent. It can take a small amount of time to set up, but choosing this option will save you hours in the long run. To find out more click here to watch a quick video.

There are so many amazing features available, if you would like a Xero refresher training session please send us an email or call us on 0800 463 488.

 

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.

 

 

 

Is operating more efficiently and having more time to focus on your business one of your 2018 goals?

Is operating more efficiently and having more time to focus on your business one of your 2018 goals?

Trying to run your business using inefficient accounting software is like trying to build a brick wall with inefficient mortar; if there is not enough holding the wall together, bricks will start to loosen and soon, the whole wall will crumble.

Therefore, it is essential to understand how efficient accounting and financial management software will not only hold your business together, but also become the foundation for greater success and profitability.

Keeping “the books” for a business was literally a paper-based process involving a ledger, lots of columns, and a pencil to record the business’ essential financial data. However, times have changed.

In this digital age, even the smallest business can benefit from using accounting software.

Accounting software can not only help you reduce human errors in calculations, but it can help you gain insights into your business that are not always easy to see in paper form. This includes generating sales forecasts for the next 12-months, or using the extensive report range the software provides to determine what are your highest expenses, pinpoint your least profitable service and identify budget blowouts.

What else can accounting software do for your business? Accounting software offers the business owner mobility, flexibility and a better lifestyle, as often the software in the digital age is “Cloud” based.

Cloud based software allows you to see your business account balances, outstanding invoices, overall cash position, and much more – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and from anywhere, provided you can access an internet connection.

These days, you can run your business from your traditional desktop, an iPad or similar tablet device and even your mobile phone. Most cloud based accounting systems have apps you can download to the device.

This translates into allowing you to run your business without sacrificing a flexible, balanced lifestyle. Gone are the days where you must be at the office to run your business. You can have visibility and certainty over your business’s finances with the flexibility to access your business’s financial information even when you are not physically present. Who ever thought accounting software could be so good and provide some much freedom? So, what are you waiting for? We make flying through the cloud easy.

If you would like to learn more about cloud based accounting, integrating software, or customisation of your accounting software, contact the experts at GoFi8ure on 0800 463 488 or email us to find out more.

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

 

 

How to avoid going insane in your business in 2018 eBook

"How to avoid going insane in your business in 2018" GoFi8ure eBook.How to avoid going insane in your business in 2018 GoFi8ure eBook.

As 2017 comes to an end, it is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has been and the new year that is coming.

Click here to download your copy of our complimentary How to avoid going insane in your business in 2018 GoFi8ure eBook. 

From the team at GoFi8ure, we wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and much success for 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staying Fit (financially) – NZ Plumbers Magazine featuring GoFi8ure

Regularly reviewing your company’s financial fitness will keep the business watertight, says Lisa Martin of GoFi8ure.

Funny isn’t it, that when we talk about financial fitness, many bosses start to glaze over. And yet the monetary side of things is the main reason businesses start up in the first place.

To read the GoFi8ure’s article which has been featured in the October/November 2017 NZ Plumbers magazine – click here to read it.

Succession Planning Guide by Xero

Have you got your succession plan sorted for your business?

Xero recently released their “The importance of Succession Planning” Guide specifically aimed at small businesses in New Zealand.

Xero’s succession planning report outlines strategies for working with business clients to plan for a successful exit well ahead of time. It helps advisors start the conversation about this important but often neglected topic.

Succession planning is an important part of your business model, so when GoFi8ure were asked to contribute to Xero’s Guide we jumped at the chance.

Executive Director Lisa Martin truly believes that every business needs to have a Strategy, a way to Execute it and a good Cash flow forecast.

To read the online Succession Planning Guide and the value information provided by these amazing contributors click here to read the guide.