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The future of Xero at Xerocon

Bryan and I had a great time at Xerocon last week, Australia’s biggest accounting technology conference. The outlook for Xero is stronger than ever, here’s the key trends we saw ...
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ATO Stops Sending Paper Activity Statements

Good news for trees, the ATO has stopped sending paper activity statements to those people it knows lodge electronically. It’s long caused confusion and much wasted effort when those paper forms continue to arrive after people start using the business portal, or engage a BAS agent to take care of things.
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Xero Releases Improved Aging Reports

Xero recently released some new reporting formats that will help businesses needing to actively manage either of their payables or receivables lists. Key new features include the ability to: run the report for any retrospective date adjust the number and type of ageing lengths displayed
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Motivating Staff With Drive

If you manage a team, you might like the simple and surprising ideas in this 11 min animated talk on what motivates us. In it Daniel Pink succinctly explains that for work other than mechanical or rudimentary roles, the traditional carrot and stick management strategies
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Doubly Secure Your Passwords

As a follow on to our earlier post on using LastPass for secure, access anywhere, password storage, if you’re nervous about all your passwords hiding behind just one password, LastPass makes it easy to set up a second login step, called “multi-factor authentication”.
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Analyse Industries With ABS Business Count Data

If you need to analyse an industry, its size and the level of competition, The Australian Bureau of Statistics is a great place to start. It publishes a comprehensive set of data on the number of businesses in each industry including: their size by employee
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Master Processes And Workflow With Tiny Habits

Business processes and workflows rely on people doing their bit as and when they’re meant to. In many cases it’s the little things that count – putting receipts where they need to go, completing timesheets, putting new leads in your CRM tool, marking off a
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Lessons From Slate’s Recruiting Process

Last week we welcomed two new bookkeepers to the team, Connie Raftelis and Rochelle Rechnic. Both bring lots of experience and skills to Slate Accounts and we’re delighted to have them. Recruiting is an important part of our business so we tried a few new
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More Clever Ways To Keep A Vehicle Logbook

Your Car Log and Shoeboxed offer two clever solutions to the painful process of keeping a vehicle log book. Both approach the problem differently, so consider which will work best for you. I wrote a while back about using your smart phone to keep a
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Selling Your Own Small Business

Carefully preparing for the sale of your business and getting good advice through the process is critical to maximising your chances of success. If you may ever want to sell your business, I recommend reading and subscribing to the very informative blog sell.your.own.small.business. It’s the
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