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Hi - I've recently converted one of my clients over to Xero and I must say it is great.

The conversion process was quite simple and the user interface is really easy to move around in.

I've tried using the new MYOB online and found it to be glitch and froze regularly - no matter what computer I was on or what bandwidth etc. Sorry MYOB but there is simply no excuses for launching a product that was not ready yet and didn't have the engine resources behind it.

Xero have taken their time and got it right and then come to the market with the product. What makes Xero particularly great is that they don't think like accounting software people they think like a business owner - dynamically.  Accounting software today needs to have versatility and interact with the multitude of systems a business needs to run i.e a CRM system.

Xero has put time and effort into it's development with other business software companies and worked together to come up with a plethora of API's that integrate with Xero.

Now is the time to seriously think about moving your whole business over to the cloud. I guarantee your productivity will increase ten fold.

Business owners can remain in touch with the black magic that their accountants / bookkeepers are wielding with their books by the simple desktop display that shows all the key data needed - cashflow, debtors, creditors, bank account balances, etc.

I can't rave about this system enough.  It is finally great to see and accounting software package that involves itself in the day to day running of business with the integrations it has.  Good on you Xero.  You are keeping businesses doing what they do best. 

Plans start from $25 per month which is where MYOB and all the rest are at so why not go for the more superior product I say.

http://www.xero.com/au/

I hope you liked my article and feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Monster Mummy
www.monsterforum.com.au
lisa@monsterforum.com.au

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Hi - I've recently converted one of my clients over to Xero and I must say it is great.

The conversion process was quite simple and the user interface is really easy to move around in.

I've tried using the new MYOB online and found it to be glitch and froze regularly - no matter what computer I was on or what bandwidth etc. Sorry MYOB but there is simply no excuses for launching a product that was not ready yet and didn't have the engine resources behind it.

Xero have taken their time and got it right and then come to the market with the product. What makes Xero particularly great is that they don't think like accounting software people they think like a business owner - dynamically.  Accounting software today needs to have versatility and interact with the multitude of systems a business needs to run i.e a CRM system.

Xero has put time and effort into it's development with other business software companies and worked together to come up with a plethora of API's that integrate with Xero.

Now is the time to seriously think about moving your whole business over to the cloud. I guarantee your productivity will increase ten fold.

Business owners can remain in touch with the black magic that their accountants / bookkeepers are wielding with their books by the simple desktop display that shows all the key data needed - cashflow, debtors, creditors, bank account balances, etc.

I can't rave about this system enough.  It is finally great to see and accounting software package that involves itself in the day to day running of business with the integrations it has.  Good on you Xero.  You are keeping businesses doing what they do best. 

Plans start from $25 per month which is where MYOB and all the rest are at so why not go for the more superior product I say.

http://www.xero.com/au/

I hope you liked my article and feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Monster Mummy
www.monsterforum.com.au
lisa@monsterforum.com.au

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Business' are facing a hard decision - how to quantify and put a $ figure to the new costs we incur as a direct result of the carbon tax.

It seems as though electricity retailers have been quick to put a $ and pass on.

Without doing some sort of workings and just plucking out a figure could end up with the wrath of the ACCC after a customer complaint and with there being so many politicians - at all levels of government - using this subject for a soapbox I'd had to have my small business dragged into the media as a point of case.

I think the safest way would be to at least show some workings as to your estimates.  After all it is like when GST came in - prices increased in goods not by just 10% - even though sales tax was always included in the price before - go figure. No our cost of goods increased by an average of 13 to 15%.

There was the consideration of how much we would be charged by suppliers - 10% was a given but then there had to be consideration for the extra admin costs of implementing the new system and suppliers added this as well even though the government at the time gave generous discounts to get business owners into computerised accounting with discounts on MYOB, etc.

Most businesses would be affected by increases in:

-  electricity,
-  fuel,
-  vehicle servicing and parts,
-  office supplies,
-  if your business was all about selling goods and not services then you'd expect increases for those to increase as well.

I would think that by the end of the year we could see significant union backed wage increases with their campaign based on the costs of the carbon tax flowing through to eroded pay packets so if you've staff you could expect to maybe see staff wage increases July 1 next year -2013.

I wouldn't think that there would be major increases in telephone / internet services or rental costs for commercial property but then time will tell.

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Starting up a Small Business / Offsite Data Storage & Reduce IT costs
« on: June 26, 2012, 11:31:42 PM »
I can confidently say that I've found a great resolution to the average small office so as to effectively remove SBS servers and all the expense that goes with them.

After the floods we worked with several businesses to rebuild their offices in a smarter way.

In one instance we networked the entire office as if a home network - via a wireless router - so all computers accoss all platforms were compatable to communicate.

We resolved our communal data storeage by implementing Dropbox.

I've found Dropbox to be so stable I can run my outlook data file direct from the Dropbox and have a live back up in real time.  In the even of a flood or the office being destroyed we can have virtual access direct to our information from anywhere in the world.

Dropbox costs from just under $10 per month and is billed on a monthly basis.  That's right, no capital, no IT bills - just simple easy data management.

What a great idea and the simplest of Cloud storage without all the mumbo jumbo.

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I've just got to share what to some may not be such a well kept secret but to the average small business owner wanting to get a really smart email campaign up and going or even a newsletter and automated subscriber list manager then the answer is Mailchimp.  The best thing is that to the average small business it is free under their Forever Free campaign.  I've been using Mailchimp in several different businesses for about two years now and have found it to be very professional and efficient.

Give it a go.

www.mailchimp.com

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I've just got to share what to some may not be such a well kept secret but to the average small business owner wanting to get a really smart email campaign up and going or even a newsletter and automated subscriber list manager then the answer is Mailchimp.  The best thing is that to the average small business it is free under their Forever Free campaign.  I've been using Mailchimp in several different businesses for about two years now and have found it to be very professional and efficient.

Give it a go.

www.mailchimp.com

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Newbies and Introductions / Hi from Admin
« on: June 26, 2012, 11:20:12 PM »
Hi all - welcome to our small business forum.  I can't wait to share ideas and nut out issues with you all in this forum and help drive all our small business to be the success we hope they will be.

Cheers, Lisa

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Starting up a Small Business / Business Name Registrations
« on: June 26, 2012, 07:03:29 PM »
YEA! at last the governement is doing something proactive to cut red tape and business start up costs.

They have changed the business name registration process to streamline it and make the costs of registering business names more affordable.  I was about to register a business name the old way and I think the cost was about $177 for a year when I was informed that the new system that came into play late last month managed by ASIC and are now only $30 for one year or $70 for three years. WOW!

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With the rising costs of childcare and starting up a venture from home I know how hard and distracting it is to juggle all hats and give quality time to my little girl and at the end of the day not feel guilty about not spending enough time with her.

Actually I should be really really glad that I'm able to have some days working from home and have the opportunity to spend lots of time whenever I wish with her.  I remember all to well the long days stuck in traffic commuting to work and also the long corporate hours that would mean if I weren't working from home I'd never see my girl for quality time until the weekends.  I remember all to well being still stuck in traffic well past 6:30pm and now I can be home and reading books to my little girl and putting her to sleep after a great day together.

That is the good side - of which I remind myself all the time.  However, sigh, there are the days when you struggle to manage all things and keeping to some sort of routine is what I've found to be the best remedy.

I treat each day as if I was actually going to the office. Have a good family breakfast, quick whisk round the house putting all back to rights, washing on etc. and spend some quality time with my little girl then set some great things for her to do by herself and I proceed to start work. This is not as all as simple as it seems as we all know there are plenty of disruptions, lots of acceding to immediate wants and just pure frustration. As I type this my little girl has managed to delete whole paragraphs of what I've typed, no problems thank god for 'undo'.

With regular breaks and silly giggly girl moments it is soon lunch time and that means nap time for my little girl. PHEW! Ok so now is the time to get real work done. 

Some days I can't wait for her to wake up so we can play more. 

So everytime when something really really frustrating happens - and we all know how chaotic things can get - I just remember to give my girl a cuddle and a kiss because really when it comes down to it - there is nothing much that baby wipes and 'undo' can't fix  :)

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General Discussion / Welcome to our Small Business Forum!
« on: June 26, 2012, 01:40:20 AM »
Welcome to our Small Business Forum!

Starting up or running a small business can be so isolating. This forum can be a working mentor board for sharing ideas and working through common issues.

We hope you enjoy using your forum. 

Thanks!
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