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Edwina Fairley

Edwina Fairley
Edwina understands how hard it is to run a business: she's operated her own dog walking business in Auckland in years past. Juggling every ball to make ends meet can be stressful and frustrating, she knows! As the Make Change guru, she's now invested in helping business owners reach their goals by helping them get their accounts in order. In addition to this new role, Edwina enjoys rock climbing and small trips around New Zealand.

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Implementing a new admin process in your small business: our top tips

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 28, 2018 11:15:30 AM / by Edwina Fairley posted in business tips

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When you move from a paper or spreadsheet bookkeeping system to a cloud-based system, it requires more than just changing where you input information. There’s a whole shift in thinking that has to go on.
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The new business tax option: Pay-as-you-earn provisional tax

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 22, 2018 8:43:33 AM / by Edwina Fairley posted in business tips

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One of the biggest hurdles small business owners deal with is when and how much to pay in tax. Under our current system, you need to pay provisional tax in installments throughout the year, based on an estimation of what you will earn (taken from your earnings from the previous year).

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Tips for saving a struggling family business

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 8, 2018 7:02:00 AM / by Edwina Fairley posted in business tips

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Many of my favourite clients run successful family businesses, where several generations are involved in the day-to-day running or big-picture thinking for a company.

Family businesses are awesome – you get to create and build on something that can be an asset for decades to come, and help each generation 

of your family learn new skills and get a head start in life.

However, there is a flip-side. Family businesses that are deeply entrenched in a family dynamic can run into all kinds of problems. I’ve seen it several times in my years as a bookkeeper. Here are some of the pitfalls to avoid.

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Securing finance to get your small business off the ground

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 30, 2018 10:37:05 AM / by Edwina Fairley posted in business tips

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“It takes money to make money” is one of those maxims that are touted about in business circles, mostly because it’s true. An idea usually won’t create a business – not without the funds to create a product, start marketing, or reach those first customers.

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Ready to grow your business in 2018? Follow these four key lessons

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 24, 2018 9:31:00 AM / by Edwina Fairley

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Here at Change, we’re proud to work with both small business owners and entrepreneurs. We love following the success of our clients as they grow their companies and take the world by storm.

While many business owners are happy with the status quo, being an entrepreneur means focusing on growth. If 2018 is the year you’re going to grow your business, you need to figure out what it’s going to take to get from where you are to where you want to be.

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Tips for protecting your small business from a natural disaster

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 18, 2018 1:26:13 PM / by Edwina Fairley posted in business tips

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New Zealand has seen our share of natural disasters over the last ten years. The devastating Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes saw hundreds of casualties, condemned buildings, and thriving cities and towns brought to a standstill.

Of course, you don’t get an advance warning of a natural disaster, but you can prepare and put plans in place in case such a thing occurs. Here are some of the things we’ve done – and encourage our clients to do – to ensure that if disaster strikes, your business will survive.

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Three ways to reinvigorate life in your small business in 2018

[fa icon='calendar'] Dec 15, 2017 10:04:41 AM / by Edwina Fairley posted in business tips

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Often, we enter into business for ourselves because we’re looking for a change from the mundane, everyday life. We want to shake up the routine, get out of the nine-to-five, and pursue our dreams.

After a few years of slogging away getting the business up-and-running, it can really start to feel as if you’re back in the mundane again. You’re working nine-to-five (probably eight-to-six, if you’re like most of my clients!), following a routine, and it can all start to feel a little too much like … work.

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Why this professional bookkeeper recommends Xero Projects for small businesses

[fa icon='calendar'] Dec 8, 2017 3:31:20 PM / by Edwina Fairley posted in business tips

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Back in September, Xero announced the launch of Xero Projects, it’s super simple job costing and management tool designed with small service businesses in mind. We’ve been giving Projects a bit of a whirl here in the office, and we reckon it’s a pretty awesome tool if you have simple job costing needs and you want to get more organised in 2018.

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5 New Year's Resolutions for NZ Small Businesses

[fa icon='calendar'] Nov 30, 2017 9:23:07 AM / by Edwina Fairley posted in business tips

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I won’t terrify you by mentioning how many days left until Christmas, but I wanted to note that with only a month until we ring in a new year, it’s a good time to start thinking about what 2018 will mean for your business. Do you have big plans to grow and build on your success in 2017, or are you looking to maintain the success you already have and do great work for your clients and customers?

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Financial year end doesn’t have to be stressful: here’s four ways to make your year-end a breeze

[fa icon='calendar'] Nov 23, 2017 10:43:05 AM / by Edwina Fairley posted in business tips

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It may be only four weeks until Christmas holidays and fun days at the beach, but here in the office I’m starting to feel the rising heart rate and panicked fluttering that can only signal one thing: financial year-end is only a few months away.

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