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Things You Could Be Doing Better On Your Website

Your business website is one of your most powerful marketing tools, but only if it’s done well. Maybe ten or…

Is It Possible To Take My Business Finances Paperless?

Never in history has it been easier to operate a business without paper. The world is digital, which means life…

The Easiest Way To Streamline Your Payroll

As a business owner, endless lists of tasks eat up your precious time every week. Regardless of the size of…

How A VA Can Manage Your Business Blog

Having a blog for your business is one of the best ways to engage your customers, build your authority, and…

Understanding The Difference Between Profit And Cash

Do you know the difference between profit and cash? It’s all money, right? Technically, it is all money. But it…

3 Tips For Easy Business Growth

As a small business owner, we know that you have got an awful lot on your plate. So much, in…

Make Workplace Wellness A Thing In Your Business

Do your employees enjoy being at work? Most people spend more time at work than they do at home. So…

Does Your Business Have An Exit Strategy?

Every successful business owner knows that planning is essential. Without a well-thought-out strategy, it’s impossible to get through those first…

7 Critical Steps For Hiring Your First Employee

So you are ready to expand your empire and bring on someone to help, congratulations! Hiring your first employee is…

The Real Cost Of DIY Bookkeeping

Every business owner needs something of a DIY attitude to succeed. This particularly true in the early days of a…

Is A Normal Work Week Possible As A SME?

Anyone running a small or medium business knows that it’s nothing like working a typical 9-5 job. Although that’s one…

Mastering The Art Of Financial Delegation

When you first get into business for yourself, it often makes perfect sense to juggle every business task single-handedly. However,…

How To Turn An Unproductive Week Around

We have all had bad weeks that don’t go to plan, where the work piles up and it feels like…

Are Your Business Finances Legally Compliant?

How certain are you that every aspect of your financial management is legally compliant? Are you cross-your-heart-and-hope-to-die, 100 percent sure?…

Time Is Money – Are You Spending Yours Wisely?

Time is money. It’s a saying that has been bandied around so much that it has lost its meaning. You…

The Difference Between Automation And Expertise

No one has time to waste. There are only so many hours in the day, you want to ensure you…

7 Things To Include In A Task Brief For Your Virtual Assistant

One of the hardest parts of starting to work with a virtual assistant (VA) can be figuring out how to…

What To Do When Everything Goes Wrong In Business

Sometimes in business – as in life – things don’t go to plan. The cash flow is just not flowing,…

Finances 101: How To Get Them In Order

Regardless of how big or small, or how new or old, your business is, getting your finances sorted is vital….

Can I Claim Those Expenses As Business Expenses?

Running a business can be bewildering at the best of times. But, come tax time and the fine print gets…

7 Things You Can Do To Operate More Efficiently Today

Do you wake up each day feeling overwhelmed with all the things that need to get done in your business?…

Irene Bennetts Named Among The ‘Top Women In Accounting’ for 2019

On the 13th March 2020, Practice Ignition named Admin Army’s CEO, Irene Bennetts, one of the Top 50 Women in…

Your Small Business End Of Year Financial Checklist

As the end of the financial year approaches, you are probably thinking about hiding under the desk from your tax…

10 Tasks You Didn’t Know Your VA Could Help With

Virtual Assistants (VA) are pretty awesome, right? They save you time, stress and angsting about those boring jobs by just taking…

E-Invoicing – What Is It And How Will It Affect Your Business?

If you despise the process of raising invoices, then listen up! There is a better, less time-consuming way. You can…

Admin Army Joins Streamline Business Group

A note from our CEO, Irene Bennetts: I have been working on a pretty exciting project for the last few…

The Opportunity Cost Of Not Outsourcing

The number one reason businesses don’t outsource is that they think they can’t afford it. While affordability is always a…

How To Delegate When You Struggle To Let Go

Imagine arriving at your desk and having a to-do list full of tasks that are enjoyable, meaningful, or relatively easy….

To Outsource Or To Hire, That Is The Question

So, you have got more work than you can handle? Congratulations! That means it is time to build your support team….

Understanding Your Chart Of Accounts: A Beginners Guide

Do numbers make you feel a little bit queasy? Do your eyes glaze over at the mere thought of your…

Why You Should Only Clear Your Emails Twice A Day

Do you ever get to the end of a day with only half your to-do list ticked off and wonder…

The Difference Between An Administrator And A Certified Bookkeeper

When you first started your business, did you think you would simply make money from what you love to do?…

Are You Making The Most Of Your Time?

When you first started your business, you were most likely neck-deep in it, multi-tasking, wearing all the hats, and taking…

How To Chase Money Owed To Your Business

You do the work, you expect to get paid on time, right? Unfortunately, in small business, it doesn’t always work…

Top Tips For Keeping Cashflow Flowing

Cashflow is the life force of your business. It sounds like a drastic and bold statement, but it really is…

Documents Do Still Matter in Business – Here’s Why

Most of the business world has gone digital. Paperless businesses are becoming the new normal, which is great for the…

5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Bookkeeper

Bookkeepers are pretty darn amazing (if we do say so ourselves)! But, there are limitations to their powers. They can…

How Well Do You Know Your Accounting Software?

Whether you are in a love or hate relationship with your accounting software, you have to admit that you need…

Why Your Business Needs Standard Operating Procedures

Oooooh yay, paperwork! …said no one ever. Doing paperwork and getting organised is seldom anyone’s favourite part of running a…

The Pros And Cons Of DIY Business Accounts

To DIY or not to DIY… that is the question! To run a successful business, you have to get the…

Why Being Consistent Is Key In Business

When you want to achieve anything in life, you must be consistent. Whether you aspire to gain a degree, run…

Admin Army Wins 2019 ICNZB Bookkeeping Business Of The Year Award

On the final evening of the Institute of Certified New Zealand Bookkeepers Conference in Christchurch, bookkeepers from around the country…

Accounting Reports: What Is A P&L, Balance Sheet & Cashflow Report?

P&L, BS, AP… EBITDA??? So many acronyms for a profession that relies on numbers! To the non-financial minds, these letters…

What Should I Even Put In My Newsletter?

Email newsletters are one of the most powerful ways for businesses to connect with and engage their customers. Regular newsletters…

Automating Your Customer Contracts – Guest Blog By Tamara Liebman, Calibrate Legal

Why should you consider automating your customer contract process? Do you frequently send out proposals or quotes to customers by…

Why You Need Good Bookkeeper And How To Find One

Do you know what makes a good bookkeeper? Like a really good one. Not just one that is alright or…

6 Tips For Getting Your Business Systems In Order

So, you are ready to get your systems sorted and your business running smoothly? Excellent news! Great systems are the…

How Your Business Imagery Communicates A Story To Your Customers – Guest Blog By Kate Ryan, Ryan’s Daughter Photography

We live in a visual world – every day we are bombarded with hundreds of images almost from the moment…

Why We Love Xero, And You Should Too

Have you ever discovered a tool in your business that makes you smile every time you use it? Something that…

How To Know When It Is Time To Start Outsourcing

When was the last time you had an evening off? Can you remember what your friends look like any more?…

GST: Eight Things You Need To Know

GST is undoubtedly a bit of a minefield for a number of small business owners. The biggest concern we hear…

How To Effectively Delegate Tasks To Your Virtual Assistant

It is exciting to get to a point in your business where you can outsource. Hiring a virtual assistant (VA)…

Why Your Business Needs a Budget

You have your own business, you consider yourself to be financially savvy, and don’t like to be bound by boring…

How A Bookkeeper Can Help You Save Money And Time

Running a business can feel exhausting at times! There is the endless task of trying to be more productive, more…

How Much Time Are You Wasting Every Week?

Time is money. It is an old fashioned cliché, but there is a reason that sayings become so popular in…

10 Tips For Making Your Business Finances Easier

The financials are a necessary part of any successful business. Unless you are a numbers whizz, they can be a…

Are You Holding Your Own Small Business Back?

Running a small business could be compared to juggling, while balancing on a Swiss ball and successfully keeping a hula…

Xero Tips – Dashboard

Did you know that your Xero dashboard has customisable features? Many Xero subscribers simply ‘plug and play’ when they set…

What Is Payday Filing?

The noise about payday filing is starting to get louder. But what exactly is it and how does it impact…

Why Working With A New Zealand VA Is Best

Have you told people that you are thinking of hiring a VA? It is safe to say that you have…

Why Your Accountant Loves Your Bookkeeper – Guest Blog By Chris Mercer, MBP Advisors + Accountants

Many business owners assume that their accountant won’t like them hiring a third-party bookkeeper. This couldn’t be further from the…

Xero Tips – Invoicing

Are you keeping on top of your client invoicing in Xero? Invoicing is a vital component of your small business…

Small Business Bookkeeping: 17 Things You Need To Know

Why did you get into business? For 90% of you reading this blog, we can almost guarantee it wasn’t because…

What Is The Difference Between A Bookkeeper And An Accountant?

Numbers. Love them or hate them, they are an essential part of your business success and something you really have…

The Year In Review, What Worked And What Didn’t

You might have mixed feelings about how things went as the year comes to a close. It could be time…

How To Hand Email Management Over To A Virtual Assistant

Do you feel like you’re a slave to your email inbox? Perhaps its time to hand over your email management…

Xero Tips – Accounts Receivable

Are you following accounts receivable best practice in Xero? For many small businesses, accounts receivable is the key component to their…

Why Operating In The Cloud Makes Business Better

There is nothing more swear-inducing than losing hours of work. Painstakingly created formatting, pages of data entry and complicated formulas…

20 Tips For Running Your Small Business

How do you rate yourself when it comes to operating your small business? Operating your small business is a massive…

Xero Tips – Reporting

How well are you using the reporting functionality of your Xero subscription? One of the keys to business success is…

What Not To Do When You Hire A Virtual Personal Assistant

There are plenty of great articles out there about how to find a virtual personal assistant and what to look for…

Which Accounting Software Is Right For You?

It’s wrong to assume that there is a right ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to choosing what…

21 Actionable Small Business Tips For Starting Up

Are you thinking of starting a small business and looking for some tips to help get started? Starting and maintaining…

Xero Tips – Bank Reconciliation

Are you getting the most out of your Xero subscription? We want to help make sure you are using the…

Get To Know Our Managing Director, Irene | Admin Army

Are you interested in learning more about the story behind Admin Army? Hannah, one of the Virtual Assistant’s on the…

Accountant + Bookkeeper = Better Business

What’s the difference between an accountant and a bookkeeper? Do you really need both? If you’re like many small businesses,…

15 Basic HR & Payroll Functions for SMEs – Guest Blog by Carlene Campbell, Navigate HR

You want me to think about HR and payroll stuff?!! As a small business owner myself I am well aware…

7 Ways To Optimise Your MailChimp E-Newsletters

Do you use MailChimp to send your e-newsletters? While there are plenty of excellent email marketing systems out there, MailChimp…

Better Manage Your Business’ Accounts Receivable

Do you have a documented accounts receivable process in your business? Or more important than documenting it, do you use…

What My Website Build Taught Me About Outsourcing

Are you finding outsourcing difficult? Outsourcing: sometimes it’s a dirty word.  Do you find it hard to let go and…

How To Choose The Right Virtual Assistant

How do you choose the right Virtual Assistant?  Google ‘Virtual Assistant NZ’ and over 800,000 hits come up.  It can be…

11 Tips To Declutter Your Digital Life

Are you feeling overwhelmed?  You may be crazy busy in your business and the state of your computer, your emails…

How To Improve Your Business Admin Processes With Automation

Work smarter, not harder Outsourcing your business admin isn’t the only way to reduce your workload – automation of simple…

How to document your business processes

Congratulations!  You’re looking to outsource one (or more) of your business tasks.  The next step is to ensure the person…

101 things you can outsource

Want to reduce your admin burden by outsourcing some tasks in your business, but just not sure where to start?…

Four lessons from my first year in business

Running a business is hard work. Many small business owners I talk to have started their business with the intention…

Staying safe in an internet connected world

A week doesn’t go by without the publication of another virus/ransomware/hacking story. Unfortunately, people still are getting caught out and…

Why you should hire a bookkeeper

Bookkeeping is one of those unavoidable tasks in any business – whether you’re new to business or you’ve been operating…

Why I switched to using Asana as my project management tool

What made Asana stand out above the others? As a small business owner, how many balls do you currently juggling…

How to implement a simple Accounts Payable process

Do you have an accounts payable process?  You know, a systematic approach to handling bills once you’ve received them into…

What should you outsource?

From time to time we all have things that get in the way of getting our business moving. You know,…

Bookkeeping tips for small businesses

Want to ensure your small business bookkeeping is correct?  Here are Irene’s top bookkeeping tips for small businesses: Keep clear…

Six tips to help you deal with your procrastination

Want to avoid procrastination?  Here are 6 tips that have helped me in the last month as I’ve struggled with…

Xero tips: get the most out of your subscription

For most small businesses, your monthly Xero subscription is a deliberate investment into your business. There are other accounting software packages out…

10 Best Online Tools for Small Business – 2017

Now that I’ve been in business for over six months, I thought it would be worthwhile sharing what I consider…

How can a virtual assistant help your business?

The best way to begin looking at how a virtual assistant can help your business is to figure out exactly…

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