Sales and Accounts – Divided by Common Language


It won’t help to speak louder and slower to the accounts team, it will not help at all. You need to be able to ask questions and make requests in particular ways.   Some tips if you are required to venture into the accounts office…… Say something nice. Just like you should to anyone. My […]

Make sure your spreadsheets don’t add up to a hill of beans

Have you ever been shocked by your credit card statement? Surely you didn’t use it that much? How did three cheap lunches, and one pair of jeans, add up to $2,000?    The same thing can happen with your business. All businesses have some sort of quoting mechanism but not all businesses make sure they […]

Is it all in your head?

Trying to keep on top of everything is hard enough at the best of times but Covid has made it even harder. My To-Do list has 80 things in it today, and it’s a Sunday. We have to make lists because we can’t keep everything in our heads. In 1956 George A. Miller published “The Magical Number […]

How To Do A Cash Flow Forecast

A weekly cash flow forecast is one of the most important tasks you can do in your business. Lots of businesses have failed because of poor cash flow forecasting. Whilst it’s true that most cash flow problems are actually profit problems, a cash shortage has a way of getting your attention – you can’t keep […]

Will There Be a Lot More Doggie Day Cares?


I have always said that once you get to be an outside cat it’s very difficult to go back to being an inside cat. We hear that a lot of people are enjoying working from home. A lot have got lockdown dogs and bicycles. All that time and money saved by not commuting. Money saved […]

Xero Is Great Software: Not A Magic 8 Ball: You Need to Forecast

“No HAL 9000 Series Computer has ever made a mistake..” 2001 A Space Odyssey is a great movie to revisit if you are looking for something to do in lockdown. It got me thinking about how we can fall into the trap of thinking that a particular software package can fix all our corporate woes. […]

Talking to the Tax Man about Poetry – Why you should buy a business

There is an old saying that if you listened to your accountant you would never buy a business but also never sell one. I think we can safely say that there aren’t many of those old school accountants left, these days the ones I know are a different breed altogether. They have to be, just […]

Who Gets Options? Just The People WIth Other Options?

If you have ever gone down the employee share option plan (ESOP) rabbit hole you might never want to again. Everyone you talk to has a different opinion, usually strongly held. It can take up huge amounts of time and money. I think the biggest mistake people make with this stuff is to be outraged […]

Not Every Problem Is A Job Vacancy

“To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.” Maslow. I imagine one of the nice things about being a wedding celebrant is that most people are usually happy on their wedding day, just like when recruiters fill job vacancies for clients. It’s usually happy smiles all […]

Will Employment As We Know It Cease To Exist?

When television first took off in America it was widely assumed that radio and newspapers would die out. In the 1990s the internet was predicted to kill off television. Obviously newspapers, radio, and television are all still rabbiting on, albeit greatly weakened, mainly just used by older people and thier budgies. Nevertheless, while some technology-driven […]