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Newsletter July 2012

July 26, 2012

Know your entitlements as an employer – Sick Leave
Get your business online for FREE – MYOB Atlas
Closing Soon – MoneyWorks Business Angel Award – $15,000 cash for your business
Annual Accounts    

Know your entitlements as an employer

Sick Leave

With winter upon us, and some major colds and flu around in Christchurch, I read this timely reminder about sick leave from IMS:

A common misconception is that all employees are entitled to 5 days sick leave per year once they had completed 6 months service, whether they are Full Time, Part Time or Casual employees.

However, there is a qualifier:
Employees must have worked an average of at least 10 hours per week including
at least one hour per week or 40 hours per month.

The entitlement is subject to the same test each 12 months – if in any year the work pattern does not meet the above test, then no sick leave entitlement arises.

Get your business online for FREE

Thanks to getonline.co.nz you can use MYOB Atlas for free for 12 months to build your own business website. It’s easy to use, easy to manage and you can have your own website in minutes not hours.

It’s got everything you need –

  • A personalised domain name (co.nz) free for one year
  • Your own business email address to match your domain name
  • Google tools that help you be found
  • Multiple layouts and colour palettes to reflect the personality of your business
  • An online shop so you can start selling
  • A payments page to accept invoice payments online via PayPal
  • Mobile optimised so customers can connect with you from their mobile phones 24/7

You are not obligated to continue after the first free year.

Research tells us that 80 per cent of New Zealanders look online to research products or services before purchasing them, but only 32 per cent of New Zealand businesses have their own website.  Go figure.

Call us if you would like training.

Closing Soon – MoneyWorks Business Angel Award

$15,000 cash for your business 

The MoneyWorks Business Angel Award is looking to reward a deserving business with a $15,000 cash boost.   A business will qualify by just completing an online questionnaire, so long as the judges think your answers sound credible!

As well as $15,000, the winning business will also get:

  • Free MoneyWorks accounting software (if not already using MoneyWorks)
  • One-on-one MoneyWorks mentoring with Dr Grant Cowie (Founder of MoneyWorks)
  • Instant kudos (winners announced in media in September 2012)
  • A seat on next year’s judging panel.

In addition, if you are not already using MoneyWorks, your accountant will receive a full support package to transition your business to MoneyWorks worth over $5,000.

Over the last 2 years I have worked with clients that use the MoneyWorks accounting software for their business.  It works well.

Competition closes 31 July 2012.  Give me a call and I will help with the application.

Annual Accounts

Yes, I can hear you groaning from here.    If you haven’t got the time to prepare everything for your accountant, that’s what I do well.  I know what the accountant requires and can tidy the accounts so it makes your life and your accountant’s easier.  Let me take the angst out of this area for you and be the buffer between you and the accountant, so you can do what you do well.

Don’t forget that I can also do month end accounts reconciliation so that’s it’s not a big hassle at the end of the year.

Call me if you’d like more information on my Business Management Services.

Colleen King, aboutBusiness

Office:  03-359 4231

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