Category: Process

Award validation for new business direction

I won ‘Best Plain English Turnaround’ at the New Zealand Plain English Awards last week! While the award’s pretty cool, it’s the work that was done and my client agreement that resulted in the award that I’m so rapt about! I turned 50 yesterday and earlier this year that looming milestone instilled an audacity in

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Getting a pay rise – a business owner’s perspective

I get it.  Prices are constantly going up around us.  You have to keep putting food on the table, clothes on your back, a roof over your head.  So, what are you to do?  Based on what I see and hear around me, the ‘go to’ response seems to be to put your hand out

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E-invoicing not the answer to better cash flow

Since the Government released its Budget back in May, I’ve been stewing over what I believe is a lack of support for small business. Sure, there was the tax incentive for more research and development, but that’s only if you can afford more than $50,000 a year on R&D and most small businesses in New

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Myth-busting business ideas – part three

To get more cash, you just need to sell more.  TRUE and FALSE!Sometimes, selling more is like pushing the accelerator down on a car that’s hurtling towards a cliff.  The only thing you will achieve is hurting yourself more and faster.  Sometimes the problem of not having enough cash has nothing to do with your

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How will ‘just walk out shopping’ affect you

Shopping without checkouts is closer to becoming a reality This week, Amazon announced its most advanced shopping technology Amazon Go where technology used in self-driving cars (computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning algorithyms) is being applied create a Just Walk Out Shopping experience with no lines and no checkout.  Customers simply use an app on

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Middle men who get between you and your customers?

This is part four of a series on business lessons we can learn from the dairy industry, in particular, the middle men who get between you and your customers? As previously discussed, knowing your market and customers is vitally important for business planning & decision making. Here we add to that knowledge and look at the

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The role of the middle man

The middle man and your path to market This is part three of a four-part series based on lessons we can all learn from the dairy industry – regardless of what size or industry you are in – these business lessons are relevant to all of us.  As previously discussed, knowing your market and customers

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More business lessons from the dairy industry – for all SMEs

There are a lot of business lessons we can all learn from the Dairy Industry in NZ right now.  The effect of supply and demand on prices, and knowing that your customers are not only the middle men in the supply chain. Know your market and customers I suspect too many dairy farmers saw their

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