Practical tips for doing business alongside Covid-19

By |2020-03-21T08:05:47+00:00March 20th, 2020|Business Advice, Cash and Cashflow, Change Management, General, News, Strategy, Uncategorized|

The arrival of Coronavirus, or Covid-19 (as it is now called), has brought a level of uncertainty that is unprecedented in our lifetime. It seems the virus is here to stay and what we now need to do is figure out how to live on Planet Earth alongside Covid-19 and any other infectious disease

Our Business Expo winner is…

By |2020-03-18T00:38:08+00:00March 5th, 2020|Business Advice, General, Strategy|

In February 2020, Pathfinder Solutions appeared at the Business Expo on Auckland's North Shore. We featured our Smarter Business Programme in which we work alongside Business Owners to help them build the business they dreamed of.  The Smarter Business Programme offers help and advice either One to One, or in a Group of like-minded Business Owners.  Congratulations to

Do you have your ducks in a row for Year End?

By |2020-03-18T00:37:32+00:00February 12th, 2020|Business Advice, General, Strategy|

With the end of this financial year fast approaching, there are some things you can do to potentially save yourself money (ie tax)!  Check out our top tips below to make sure you're prepared! 1. Record Revenue in Advance Have you invoiced for work pre 31 March that won’t be finished until after 31

It starts with a great Business Plan

By |2020-03-18T00:38:31+00:00January 27th, 2020|Business Advice, General, Strategy|

You’ve probably heard the expression, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” And yet, we see it year after year, business owners starting the new year without a plan or a destination in mind. If you’re a business owner it’s a common ailment

Free up time by delegating more

By |2020-03-18T00:39:00+00:00November 5th, 2019|Business Advice, General, Strategy|

One of the top ways that Business Owners can free up time is to delegate effectively. Delegation doesn’t mean abdicating responsibility. Abdication looks like this: Issuing the task to anyone and forgetting about it Giving unclear or too little information Not asking if you were understood Not setting time-frames Not setting clear expectations, or

Why making a lasagne is like a business process

By |2020-03-18T00:39:25+00:00September 5th, 2019|Business Advice, General, Strategy|

It’s one thing to learn how to cook, but the real lesson is in the process and the timing. When each of our teenagers turned 14 years of age, they were given the responsibility of cooking for the family one night a week.  (Memo to self - should have had seven children). What we're

Choose the right growth strategy for your business

By |2020-03-18T00:39:47+00:00August 12th, 2019|Business Advice, General, Marketing, Strategy, Uncategorized|

When planning the growth of your business, it can help to use a framework to give context to your decision making.  One such framework (and by no means the only one) is the Ansoff Matrix. Known as the father of strategic management, Igor Ansoff was a mathematician and business manager. The Ansoff Matrix was

Kenina Court receives CAANZ honour

By |2020-03-18T00:40:07+00:00July 26th, 2019|Business Advice, General, Marketing, News|

We were privileged to celebrate Kenina Court last night at the CAANZ Annual Fellowship Awards Dinner as she was awarded the FCA (Fellowship of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand). This is a huge honour and has been described by Liz Hickey, Life Member and former president of CAANZ, as rewarding those who

Your Job Description as a Business Owner and Director

By |2020-03-18T00:40:26+00:00July 22nd, 2019|Business Advice, Cash and Cashflow, Change Management, General, Marketing, News, Strategy, Uncategorized|

Everyone knows that each team member should have a job description - it gives clarity on the responsibilities and tasks, and the KPIs and expectations of each role.  We can then monitor and measure performance and as the saying goes 'what gets measured gets done'.  But too many business owners fail to do the same for their

Your business should serve YOU, not the other way around

By |2020-03-18T00:40:50+00:00July 16th, 2019|Business Advice, Cash and Cashflow, Change Management, General, Marketing, News, Strategy, Uncategorized|

What is the first number to focus on when building your budget? Many businesses focus on the gross sales they'll need.  But let's try a different way of looking at things. Your business is there to serve you, so start with the profit figure you need for the lifestyle you want now and into