The introduction of e-invoicing is a government initiative to improve the way businesses interact with each other to lower the cost of doing business and improve payment times. It is another great step towards digitising Kiwi small business. 

To understand the point of e-invoicing, let’s think about how invoicing works today. To request payment for products or services, you’ll either send a paper invoice in the post or a word doc, spreadsheet or PDF file via email. A business recipient will then receive it and check the details and pay it. They will then reconcile the payment transaction and save the invoice for their own accounting record. 

This process is far from seamless. First of all, there’s the costly administrative work involved in sending, receiving and recording invoices. Secondly, there’s potential for lost or overlooked invoices that causes delay in payment. We know too well the harsh impact late payments

Independent retailers are a huge economic engine in local communities. But in order to find out their role on the U.S. economy, SCORE researched the subject and compiled the latest 2019 retail statistics into an easy-to-understand infographic.

2019 Retail Statistics

Titled “Small Retailers Can Compete and Win,” it is a timely report because July is Independent Retailer Month. This is an annual “shop local” event which encourages consumers to support their local independent retailers.

Just how much are local retailers responsible for growing their local economy? The 2019 retail statistics and quotes throughout this article, which come from the Independent Retailer Month site, provide some insight.

“Each $100 spent at local independents generated $45 of secondary local spending, compared to $14 for a big-box chain.” — The Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Local Retailers

When it comes to numbers, small retailers with 50 or fewer employees

Public Relations (PR) helps build and maintain positive public image of your business to the public. At the heart of this form of communication lies effective dialogue. It includes gaining exposure to audiences using topics of public interest and news items that do not require direct payments.

Across America thousands of small- and medium-sized businesses conduct PR campaigns every day with little investments. Whether you’re a small-business owner or an entrepreneur, PR can help level the playing field between you and your bigger competition. For you to excel in PR you will need to sharpen a set of practical skills and strategies designed to enhance your company’s reputation.

If done right PR can help you achieve your marketing objectives at a fraction of the cost of paid advertising. The key to success in PR is to be creative in your messaging. In a nutshell your PR tasks should be

As you may have heard, Inland Revenue will be offline from 3pm on Thursday 9th April until 8am Thursday 16th April – a period that covers Easter holiday weekend and the two working days after that. This includes all online MyIR portals, offices, and call centres, while they switch over to new systems as part of their Business Transformation project.

What does this mean for you? If you are GST registered, pay employees, or are an accountant or bookkeeper, you will not be able to access any IR services during this time. We’ve outlined the impact on you as a Xero user below:


If you are GST registered and use Xero, you’ll be preparing and eFiling your GST returns through Xero. Xero will still be online throughout this period, so you can still prepare and finalise your GST returns as you normally would. The final step of eFiling your

By Niall Kennedy

At some point in your career, I assure you, you will come across difficult people at work. There maybe people who just don’t understand work dynamics or are culturally biased. It’s alright. However, at the end of the day, you need to know how to deal with difficult people; you’re their leader and your job is to keep aside all these differences and work with them to make your company grow.

How is that going to happen?

To start dealing with difficult people at work, your need to start by spotting difficult members on your team. Difficult people may be:

  • Sarcastic: Sarcasm helps most deal with their passive-aggressive behavior.
  • Silent:. Especially, when they need to speak their feelings out.
  • Over-expressive kind: In simple words, they speak anytime, anywhere.
  • Stubborn kind: They won’t do anything other than the streamlined work style he has.
  • Gossip lovers: They