Business owners: 10 ways to make your numbers more relevant

Your business generates hundreds of numbers every day. But which ones should you measure? Here are ten ways to make numbers more relevant to your business.

10 things to consider as you make plans for a new financial year

With a new financial year starting in New Zealand, what plans have you made for your business? Here are ten things you may want to think about.

Meet the Team

2016 has been a year of change here at Astute Mode. For our customers the most visible change is the people you deal with. Whilst Shelley and I are part of the furniture who keep things familiar, we have welcomed two new faces to the team. Elona Purcell and Michelle Mohan. Elona joined us in […]

Cloud Payroll systems – are they worth the fees?

  This is a question, I often get asked. My very short answer to this usually is absolutely. Most online payroll software systems in New Zealand give you the option of acting as your IRD intermediary. This means that not only do they manage the payment of your staff, but they can manage the lodgement […]

What should your accountant be doing for you?

  There is a lot of talk about the changing face of accounting practices and what services accountants should be providing to their clients. Today, I wanted to put together a useful article to illustrate to people exactly what it is their accountant should be doing for them. As I started to think about it, […]

Keeping up with the changing face of Bookkeeping, and what it can do for your business?

Gone are the days when a bookkeeper’s role was only to process invoices and reconcile the bank account. The accounting and bookkeeping industry is constantly being disrupted by improvements in technology. Keeping up with changes in your own industry is difficult enough – how do you know if your finance and administration is realising the […]

Your guide to astuteChristmas & New Year trading

The lead up to the Christmas and New Year holiday period can be a hectic one, no matter what type of business you run. How busy your business becomes, depends on the type of industry you are in. Some of us are gearing up for a crazy 3 weeks in December getting everything ready for […]

Your Complimentary Client Review Meeting 

One of the vital elements of any business is the relationships you build. Therefore when it comes to managing and understanding your business as a whole, it is the relationships with those business parties such as your accountant that should receive the regular attention they deserve. As a valued client of Astute Mode, you will receive at least one Complimentary […]

5 key reports you need to understand in business

It has never been easier to take time out to learn how to understand exactly what your financial reports tell you. With software such as Xero, it has become easier for you to have your financial information at your fingertips. Maybe you are already using Xero, have been for years or maybe you are contemplating […]

Starting up a business– a five minute guide

New Zealand has been rated one of the easiest countries in the world to start up a business. As a country of ‘go-getters’, while this is something to be proud of, sometimes the easiest things to do end in failure because of failing in the small things. One of the areas that many start up […]