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Body language tips for success

Posted on Aug 29, 2018 by admin

The body language you use when speaking to another individual will affect the impression they form of you. Professional body language is as important as the verbal communication you use; it can grow or hinder the relationships you develop with other professionals throughout your entrepreneurial career. To master the art of body language, consider these handy tips: Avoid lazy posture Never slouch in front of another individual in a professional environment. It tells the other person you do not care for what they are saying and will harm any professional relationship you try to develop. Keep eye contact By maintaining […]

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Consider business structure

Posted on Aug 29, 2018 by admin

Creating a new business is an exciting time for any first-time entrepreneur, but it also comes with making big decisions – one of these will be when you must choose which structure your business will take. Whether you are looking to form say a company or a partnership, it is important to know that there are varying legal and financial requirements that surround each one. Ask yourself which structure will best help your business to grow and flourish? For instance, many small businesses are set up as a sole trader. A sole trader is one individual who owns the business. […]

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Divorce and your KiwiSaver

Posted on Aug 29, 2018 by admin

Going through a divorce is an extremely difficult experience; among the emotional challenges are the financial issues, particularly when you consider what will happen to your KiwiSaver? The good news is the balance in your KiwiSaver prior to the relationship is safe and will not be divided between you and your partner when you divorce. However, the amount in funds contributed, and the growth incurred in your KiwiSaver during the relationship falls under the category of relationship property and as such is to be divided equally amongst a divorcing couple. Regardless of whether the value is made from government contributions, […]

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Negotiating like a boss

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 by admin

The ability to negotiate well is one of the most desirable skills in the business world. It can help you get the very best outcome from any professional deal. There are many strategies you can use to develop and master your negotiation skills, including: Having an end-goal One of the keys to successful negotiation is knowing what you hope to achieve at the end of the deal. Without a goal in mind, you risk ending up with an outcome that does not benefit you. It may be wise to ask for more than you want so that when you come […]

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Taking your business seriously, the key to entrepreneurial success

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 by admin

There are a plethora of practices you have to exercise to be successful as an entrepreneur. One of which is taking it seriously and not treating it like a side hobby. If you want your entrepreneurial venture to survive long-term, you have to be all in. You can not expect to thrive if you are only working on it part-time or in your free time. Consider the following factors for taking your entrepreneurial ambitions seriously so you can exceed: Commitment You need to be dedicated to your entrepreneurial pursuit. You can not sit back and work on your business part-time, […]

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Emotional intelligence and business

Posted on Aug 21, 2018 by admin

Emotional intelligence is a vital component to any individual’s success in business. You might have all the right skills for the job but if you lack emotional intelligence – the ability to perceive, manage and control your emotions to communicate effectively, you risk failing in any workplace. High emotional intelligence is essential in developing professional relationships with your co-workers, particularly when working in a high-stress role or a team environment. Fortunately, emotional intelligence can always be improved. Here are three ways to help develop your emotional intelligence: Self-awareness is key Be aware of your habits. Understanding and recognising how you […]

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Traits of successful people

Posted on Aug 21, 2018 by admin

Being successful in business is not just about the industry skills you develop, it is also about the traits you possess. Self-belief Believing in yourself is the key to success. You can have all the industrial skills relevant to your career but without self-belief, you may lack ambition and drive. Believing in yourself gives you the ability to take challenges and conquer the many obstacles that come your way. Resilience The journey to entrepreneurial success will be lined with setbacks, but resilience will help you overcome these. Being resilient allows you to bounce back from adverse situations. It instils an […]

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Inclusivity in the workplace

Posted on Aug 21, 2018 by admin

Creating a workplace environment that fosters inclusivity and belonging for all is important for the longevity of your business. When people feel safe and a sense of community, they are bound to feel happier and thus enjoy being connected to your business. There a number of ways to create this for your workplace: Appropriate training and orientation Employees, contractors and customers need to understand from their first encounter with your business that is a safe and inclusive environment. This means appropriate training and orientation must be given to instil specific values. It is much easier to employ individuals who agree […]

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Making the most of your tax refund

Posted on Aug 7, 2018 by admin

It may be tempting to spend big when you receive your tax refund, but before you do, why not consider making the most out of your return. Here are some smart ways to use your tax refund: Send it to your KiwiSaver You can make voluntary contributions directly to your KiwiSaver provider or through Inland Revenue, whenever you wish. Making extra contributions to your KiwiSaver can boost the amount of money you will have to withdraw funds to purchase your first home (if you are eligible) or to pay for living expenses when you’ve retired. Invest it Investing your tax […]

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Launching a business: mistakes to avoid

Posted on Aug 7, 2018 by admin

Launching a new business for the first time is an exciting phase for every entrepreneur. However, it is important to increase your chances for success by being aware of and avoiding common mistakes that can occur when beginning a business. Take a look at these five common errors. Being unprepared Starting a business is incredibly challenging, and will take a lot of hard work, time and effort. You must mentally and physically prepare yourself and develop a realistic self-care plan to avoid burning out halfway through. Bypassing market research You may think you have a great idea, but to ensure […]

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