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How does an accountant save you money?

Turning a profit will be high on your list of goals as a business owner. And if you want to generate the best margins, that means keeping an eye on the money that’s going out of the business, as well as what’s coming in. So, how can your accountant help with this?The days where your accountant just did the bookkeeping, compiled your accounts and filed your tax return are well and truly over. Modern accounting firms are far more interested in helping you with your financial performance, your ...

February 20, 2024

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: A Business Owner's Guide

It's a common struggle and we probably don’t talk about it. Imposter Syndrome affects individuals from all walks of life, including business owners. It's characterised by a persistent feeling of inadequacy, despite evidence of your competence and accomplishments. A [Harvard Business Review study] (https://hbr.org/2022/01/youre-not-an-imposter-youre-actually-pretty-amazing) found that nearly 70% of entrepreneurs have experienced imposter syndrome at some point in their careers. This self-doubt ...

February 13, 2024

Using testimonials and case studies to transform your business

Good reviews are gold for your business. You can spend all day telling people how wonderful and great your product or service is, but what they really want is proof.Showcasing testimonials and written or video case studies is a great way to do that because prospective customers are less inclined to believe what you, as a business, have to say. People are more interested in hearing and believing what other customers have to say, rather than what your sales staff have to say.If this is an area of ...

February 9, 2024

What are your business goals for the year ahead?

The beginning of a new calendar year is an excellent time to review the year just finished and reflect on what worked, what didn’t, what you’d like to change and new things you’d like to implement.Take the time to review the year and acknowledge all that has happened, good, bad or indifferent. Examining the year with an objective perspective can provide valuable insights to prepare for the next business year. Planning and goal setting will help provide a focus for your business efforts.You...

January 23, 2024

Intermediate Accountant

Who are weAccounted4 is a successful, progressive CA Firm nestled in the heart of vibrant Cambridge. Our team of 30, including 9 Chartered Accountants, enjoy working alongside amazing clients from varying industries and assisting them to reach their business and lifestyle goals. Our clients tell us they value us for our personable approach and genuine interest and care.Our family-friendly, fun culture is driven by our team values of Authenticity, Excellence, Innovation, Energy and Solidarity. We...

January 17, 2024

Join Our Team

We are a successful, progressive, CA Firm nestled in the heart of Cambridge.At Accounted4 (A4), our 30 strong high performing team are 100% focused on our clients and our people. Our vibrant culture is reflected in our Team Values: Authenticity, Excellence, Innovation, Energy and Solidarity.We are 100% cloud technology based with Xero being our preferred software. We are a Xero Platinum Partner, Figured Gold Partner and the 2022 NZ Xero People’s Choice Award Winner.We are immersed in the commu...

January 10, 2024

Which business expenses can you claim against tax?

Incurring expenses is an unavoidable fact of running a business. But which expenses can you claim tax deductions against and which don’t meet the tax-free criteria?Here’s our lowdown on which expenses you can claim against tax.Which business expenses can you claim deductions against?If your business expense is directly related to earning your assessable income then you should be able to claim a tax deduction against this particular cost.For example, everyday business expenses that you may be...

December 12, 2023

Holiday cash flow for your small business

Are you heading away for a break from the business this year?This time of year can be hard on small business. Your expenses continue and your cashflow can suffer when your debtors go on holiday.Leading up to the holiday period, is your business cash flow in good health to carry you through? With a bit of pre-planning and being proactive, you can set yourself up for a financially stress-free holiday.Planning your cash-flow over the holiday periodInvoice early - Send any invoices that you can...

December 6, 2023

Exciting Changes in Our Payroll Team!

We are reaching out with some exciting news about a key member of our team, Anne Bland, who has been an integral part of the company for an incredible 19 years.On 15 January 2024, Anne will be stepping down from her role as Client Payroll Manager to move into the a new and exciting chapter as a Payroll Consultant in our A4  Payroll Team. Throughout her nearly two decades of dedicated service, Anne has played a crucial role in ensuring the smooth and accurate processing of client payroll, ea...

December 5, 2023

Get to know Elayne

Elayne grew up in the Waikato born and raised on her parents dairy farm. Having a passion for the agriculture industry she completed her 4 year degree, Bachelor of Agriculture Commerce with Professional Accounting at Lincoln University (Christchurch) in 2018.Elayne joined the A4 team in August 2022 as a junior-intermediate accountant. She has 4 weeks left of study towards her CA qualification and is looking forward to finishing before the Christmas break and adding CA to her qualification.&...

November 29, 2023

Featured Client - Informal Marketing

Welcome to Informal Marketing: Ecommerce & Marketing Specialists, based in Cambridge, we simplify success in the digital realm. We understand that marketing can be intricate, but our focus is on making it straightforward for you. With over 10 years of e-commerce expertise, we specialize in creating standout websites using Shopify, WordPress, and Magento. Not just a marketing agency, we're also wizards in photo and video production, ensuring your brand stands out both online and offline.Our s...

November 29, 2023

Featured Partner - Urban Miners

Rotary Urban Miners is a not-for-profit community enterprise established by Rotary Cambridge. Its mission is to collect e waste and divert it from landfills through either the reuse, repair, or dismantling of products for complete recycling. E waste is one of the most significant waste streams in New Zealand and we landfill nearly 100,000 tonnes of it each year. Urban Miners has been operating public collections of e waste in Cambridge and Te Awamutu for three years and we have developed an extr...

November 29, 2023

In the Community

As part of our A4 Christmas traditions, of many years now, Geoff and Chris presented a donation of $1000 to the Cambridge Christmas Cheer.This donation by Accounted4 is in lieu of client gifts and goes towards providing Christmas food for members of the Cambridge community who need it most.Geoff Hurst, Director (3rd from right) and Christine Stevenson, Business Manager (2nd from right) present representatives of the Cambridge Christmas Cheer Committee, Amy Watkins (far left), Annette Willis (2nd...

November 29, 2023

In the Office

We hosted a LOUD Shirt Day in the office on the 27th of October, to raise funds and support all New Zealanders who access sound with cochlear implants. ...

November 29, 2023

How to handle annual close-downs

Many New Zealand businesses temporarily close down at some point during the year, commonly over the Christmas-New Year period. With a bit of preparation and know-how, employers can handle the annual close-down seamlessly and lawfully.Here are some key considerations if you are planning to shut the business for a short time:Decide if there will be a close-down - NZ employment law allows employers to implement one close-down each year.Set the dates - close-downs usually happen over summer, but you...

November 28, 2023

A business budget will help with your financial decision making

Budgeting is about estimating your revenues, projecting your expenses and detailing the allocation of funds, so you stick to (and don’t overrun) your agreed budget ceiling.How does budgeting affect your business?Having a clear, agreed budget gives you a structured framework for your financial decision-making. It’s a practical way to control your costs, monitor performance and adapt your strategic and financial decisions to meet changing economic conditions.Using budgeting helps your business...

November 21, 2023

Plain English guide to profit and loss

Here's our Plain English guide to profit and loss and what this report reveals about your finances.What is profit and loss?Your profit and loss statement is commonly called your ‘P&L’. It’s also sometimes referred to as your income statement or statement of earnings.Your P&L is a breakdown of your company’s revenue (money coming into the company as sales and other income) and your expenditure (direct costs, overheads, expenses and other costs).As a business, you obviously want to...

November 17, 2023

Team Vacancy

Who are weAccounted4 is a successful, progressive CA Firm nestled in the heart of vibrant Cambridge. Our team of 30, including 11 Chartered Accountants, enjoy working alongside amazing clients from varying industries and assisting them to reach their business and lifestyle goals. Our clients tell us they value us for our personable approach and genuine interest and care.Our family-friendly, fun culture is driven by our team values of Authenticity, Excellence, Innovation, Energy and Solidarity. W...

November 8, 2023

How much should you pay yourself?

Being the boss means you get to make all the big decisions about your business – including how much to pay yourself in wages, salary or drawings.As the owner, you might need to underpay yourself in the early stages of building your business, so you can reinvest the profits. But your time is valuable – and you need enough money to pay the bills. So how can you find the right level of pay? It has to be enough to keep the mortgage paid, while also building a thriving business.If you’re trying...

November 7, 2023

Boost your Trade Business's online presence with Google

Google Business profiles can help potential customers find your business on Google Maps, drive leads, and showcase your services. In an article from Tradify, they provide step-by-step guidance for trade businesses on setting up a Business Profile, optimising it with smart tips, and harnessing reviews to build credibility.From improving your business's discoverability to establishing trust and charging what you're worth, Google Business has the potential to transform your online presence.Ready to...

November 1, 2023

How can small businesses compete with the big chains?

In tough economic times, small businesses can struggle. Big multinational chains often have the scale to undercut local competitors and survive even when times get tough.What can small businesses do to retain and attract customers in a competitive market?Identify your business’s advantagesThink about what your business can offer that a multinational operator cannot. For example, you might have the edge on:Local knowledgeClose relationships with customersPersonalised serviceEasier parkingSpecif...

October 24, 2023

What will a National-led government mean for your taxes?

We don’t yet know exactly how the new National-led coalition government will be formed. But we do know that National pledged to make some major changes to tax if it came into power. Here are some of the changes that could affect you:Tweaks to tax bracketsNational has proposed changes to tax brackets, designed to adjust for inflation and boost incomes:...

October 18, 2023

Payroll Update

Christmas Holidays and your team’s leaveIt’s that time of the year when we recommend you talk with your team about taking their summer holidays. If your business traditionally shuts down over the festive season you need to plan closing and opening days, check if anyone needs to work during the closedown, get your team sending in their leave requests, and start organising! Check out People in Mind’s excellent article on ‘Planning Leave for the festive season’: https://www.peopleinm...

October 10, 2023

IRD Systems Shutdown Over Labour Weekend

IRD is upgrading their operating systems over Labour weekend, which means some of their services will be unavailable.IRD will start 3pm Friday 20 October 2023 and end 8am Tuesday 24 October 2023.You will not be able to call IRD from 3pm. IRD offices close at 3.30pm and IRD online services (including our myIR and Gateway Services) will be offline from 4pm.You can still view the IRD website during this time and make payments through your bank.Changes to myIRThis update means there will be changes ...

October 10, 2023

Xero Tips & Tricks

A few handy general Xero tips and tricks that you might find useful. ...

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