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Can Personality Profiling Create a More Effective Workforce?

by Monica Shepherd on Mar 30, 2015 in Architects, Agencies & Creatives, Engineers, Building & Construction, Small Business Tips, IT Consultants

You’ve scouted around and found clever employees who are very capable at their role... but are you truly getting the best out of them? Your business success relies on a fully engaged, productive and satisfied workforce. So, how can you ensure that your staff are being offered a work environment that best supports their personality, working style and learning preferences?

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Tip of the Week: Create a powerful app ecosystem with WorkflowMax

by Kirsten Barrie on Mar 27, 2015 in WorkflowMax Customers (Tips, etc.), Small Business Tips

Kirsten Barrie is the director of Verte Consulting and is a certified WorkflowMax Advisor. Kirsten helps her clients find the best cloud-based systems to streamline their business processes. In this week's tip of the week, she shares some of her favourite WorkflowMax add-ons - you can find more options in our add-on directory.

My company, Verte Consulting, sets up and provides accounting for professional services clients on Xero and WorkflowMax, two great apps that integrate together with API (simply put: a language that lets two applications “talk” to each other).  

The reality is that there will never be one software solution that takes care of everything you need to run your business, so to support a company’s full back office in the cloud, I utilize some other great cloud-based tools as well. Each one of these apps (also known as “add-ons”) are certified and integrate with Xero too. These integrations allow you to combine multiple tools to create one system that perfectly meets the needs of your business.

Here are 4 add-ons that I regularly recommend to my clients:

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Make the Right Hire: 3 Tips for Agencies to Consider

by Chirag Ahuja on Mar 26, 2015

Successful agencies are constantly on the hunt to attract and retain top talent through recruiting and networking. But making a hiring decision isn’t easy, and it’s important to hire the right person—the first time around.

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Web Distractions: What's Interesting on the Web in March

by Steff Green on Mar 25, 2015 in Small Business Tips, Web Distractions

Got some important work that needs doing? Got a deadline looming? It’s the perfect time to read parody Twitter feeds and stare adoringly at pictures of cats. That’s right, it’s time for this month’s Web Distractions - where we bring you some of our favourite links, images, and videos for the month.

Without further ado, on to the links!

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5 Bad Business Habits You Should Ditch Right Now

by Steff Green on Mar 24, 2015 in Small Business Tips

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As a manager, in many ways you set the tone for habits and interactions throughout your entire team - even your whole company. This means it’s vitally important you don’t slip into any bad habits that could taint the whole operation.

It’s hard to be on top of your game all the time, but so many people look to you for leadership, it’s vital that you demonstrate the qualities you’d like to see in your team. I know it’s hard when the pressure is on, and that’s why managers commonly slip into certain bad habits.

Here are some of the bad business habits you should try to avoid. Are you slipping into one right now?

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Engineers - Simplify Collaboration With These Four Online Tools

by Monica Shepherd on Mar 23, 2015 in Technology (The Cloud, etc.), Engineers

 If you have an engineering business where your team are frequently working off-site or even overseas, then you’ll understand the challenges of trying to collaborate on projects remotely.

Assigning tasks easily, keeping everyone in the loop, following up on jobs and staying on top of the administration side of projects are common struggles. Without the right tools, you increase the likelihood of misunderstandings, decision-making is harder, dialogue becomes disjointed and your service may begin to lack consistency.

It can be a little overwhelming when it comes to understanding what you really need. So here are my suggested essentials for simplifying collaboration at your engineering firm, whether you’re in the office or out:

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Tip of the Week: Keep WorkflowMax Clear of Clutter

by Heidi Seal on Mar 20, 2015 in WorkflowMax Customers (Tips, etc.)

The last thing you want when you implement a new software into your business is for it to create even more clutter than you had previously! WorkflowMax has the ability to streamline and de-clutter your workflows and processes, however you must be an active part of making it happen!

Here are my top tips for keeping WorkflowMax clutter-free:

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3 Ways to Keep Your “Get Organized” Resolution at the Office

by Chirag Ahuja on Mar 19, 2015 in Small business tips and tricks

Getting organized is the second most popular New Year’s resolution, according to a study conducted by the University of Scranton. Are you still sticking to yours?

If you’ve fallen back into old habits, it’s time to recommit.

Simply setting a goal to become more organized can seem anything but simple. Living in a world of clutter can leave you feeling increasingly overwhelmed and stressed out—and no one has time for that.

Use the following tips to break bad habits and move toward a more organized work life in the new year, and beyond.

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You've got data - now what? Part 2: Asking the big questions

by David Maher on Mar 18, 2015 in WorkflowMax Customers (Tips, etc.), Small Business Tips

Economist and data analyst, David Maher, director of Melbourne-based company Right Brain Insights, shares his thoughts on how cloud software is a valuable tool for companies to understand and use critical business data. In his first post, David looked at why you need to invest in data to drive business success, the second discussed how to make that data meaningful in your business. This article is the third in a 5-part series.

Over time, every business accumulates a certain amount of data. If you’re using cloud software such as Xero and WorkflowMax, then you’re likely sitting on a goldmine of it. If properly utilised, this data can be the answer to a successful business. However, of course, there are no answers without questions! 

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The sleepyhead's guide to becoming a morning person

by Steff Green on Mar 17, 2015 in Small Business Tips

It has been said you can divide the population on earth into two types of people: those who leap out of bed at some ungodly hour of the morning, bright-of-eye and ready to face the day ... and all the normal people.

I must confess that I am one of those weird, naturally bouncy, bright-eyed morning people. As soon as my alarm goes, my brain switches out of sleep mode and into “get shit done” mode. It probably helps that if I try to sleep in, the cat will pointedly jab his paw into my eyelids until I get up to feed him.

If you are one of those normal people who only just discovered there was a 6 o’clock in the AM and have to wrap your alarm clock in padding to prevent it being damaged every time you throw it at the wall, then maybe it’s time you thought about a different approach. Are you ready to do the unthinkable … and become a morning person?

Here are my ten tips to get you out of bed and into work mode earlier:

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