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Monthly checks you should be doing in XERO!

Every month when we are completing tasks for clients in Xero, we also complete a set of checks. For most clients we are not the only one that will be in their Xero account, you can have: The clientThe accountant + their staffOther advisors clients useThe clients staff  This all means there can be plenty of things going on. As bookkeepers it is our job to make sure a client’s Xero account is tidy for their accountant when it comes time to do the financials. If you do not have a bookkeeper ...

June 30, 2020

What you need to know when building your own website!

With so many small businesses building their own websites on the likes of Rocketspark, Squarespace, WIX and other DIY website build software, it really helps to know the important things to look out for when building a website. Design, Content & SEO are the three main things that make up a website. See our notes below for some things you will want to think about when DIY'ing your own website build.  Design (everything that makes it beautiful) Check the software you are going to build in has...

June 12, 2020

Smart enough to never get scammed? THINK AGAIN!

I have always believed I am savvy enough online that I just would not be someone to get scammed... and then I did. I got scammed that is. I look back now thinking 'face palm', but in the moment I did not even think twice. And it is interesting because at The Good P.A we spend our time making sure we are keeping client information safe.  So how did I get scammed and what did the scammers get? I followed a link from a Facebook post (1st red flag) to create a Bitcoin account. I have always bee...

May 26, 2020

Managing Payroll so farmers can do what they do best!

Dirty gumboots, tired-looking from being up before dawn and out in the paddocks until after the sun has set? Now picture that same farmer, working those long hours, in those tiresome conditions, and then picture him going home to go do the paperwork that still needs to be done. Tons and tons of paperwork.  Workers need to be paid, bills need to be checked, jobs need to be thoroughly considered and planned for. Add on top of that accidents that might of happened during the day and unforeseen...

May 8, 2020

Work from ANYWHERE - Get your office online

We consider ourselves the Pros at working online, it's what we've been doing the last five years and every day we learn new and better ways to work with our clients. We wanted to offer some tips to businesses that are only just getting used to working online and at the moment might feel like they are fumbling through. So, here is our thoughts and some of the software we rate highly. Look to change from running a paper-based filing system to an online one. When Chantelle started The Good P.A she ...

April 14, 2020

The time-saving secret of busy bosses

It’s a weeknight, and you’re working late at the office again. If you’ve got other staff, they’ve gone home already, but as the boss you can’t just walk away and switch off. There are invoices to send, emails to respond to, accounts to manage. You’d love to get home to the kids, but this work won’t do itself. Or could it? What you need is a supporter in your corner, someone to take the administrative load off your shoulders and proactively help your business become more efficient ...

April 14, 2020

A List of Opportunities

We wanted to give freely to business owners who right now are going to be struggling. While it's great to keep optimism going and look at the positive side of this. There is a dark side. The one which will have families in tears, wondering how they will pay for food, their mortgages and even how they will pay their staff. I feel their pain. I too, have had to make a very quick Pandemic Plan and forecast our Cash-flow to see if we can make it. So many of our clients will be affected from this tim...

March 31, 2020

What do you think Joe should do?

Today I've created a fictional business called 'The Plumbing Store', owned by Joe so that I can provide you with an example of the value we often add over employing staff.  'Joe' from 'The Plumbing Store' has an Office Manager working in his office 30 hours a week. Joe's Office Manager has decided to leave, and he has been looking to replace her but is finding it difficult to find the right person. Not just that but Joe doesn't even have the time to write a Job ad, complete interviews and e...

March 13, 2020

Having a Paperless Office to create efficiency

Do you work in an office that feels like it's covered in paper? Maybe it's not that bad, but you have thought about making the change to paperless and wondered how to go about it? What are the real benefits? Continue reading to find out our thoughts.  At The Good P.A we have been paperless since we opened almost five years ago. We never started with 'client files' or piles of paper. In fact, when we look back at our stationery costs it would seem we barely go through a box of paper in six m...

March 4, 2020

The FAQs of hiring us as your VA - the answers to your questions!

How does this VA thing work? So, you've been thinking about getting a VA (Virtual Assistant). To get started we offer a FREE 1-hour meeting to work out if we're the right VA for your business. We want to learn all about you and your business and what's important to you! After this if you want to get started, we send a Plan Document for the Packages/work we have discussed. You fill out our New Client Form and get given a VA (who manages all your work) and we get right to work. In that first meeti...

February 25, 2020

Why RocketSpark is the perfect website platform for 80% of NZ Businesses

We've been building RocketSpark websites since 2016. We started doing so when I realised how UGLY the website I'd built for The Good P.A really was. I'd built it in an NZ based hideous template build software. I was so proud of myself at the time too - and had every reason to be, however after looking back I think Oh no... So, when I found out about RocketSpark, saw the designs and how easy it was I jumped at the chance to hire a Graphic Designer and build these websites for our clients. It was ...

February 25, 2020

Why would I need a Bookkeeper?

Or you're asking now? Why would you need a bookkeeper?  As a business owner keeping your accounts tidy is so important. We see first-hand the problems that can be caused when not looking after your accounts - owing suppliers, owing staff, owing the IRD and finally your business failing. All things we are sure no one wants to have to deal with. These problems usually occur when someone without the skills and knowledge has been managing the accounts for a business. This could be the business ...

February 14, 2020

Why The Good P.A are 100% Xero for their Bookkeeping Services

When The Good P.A started in 2015 they serviced both MYOB and Xero Accounting Software clients. However, Chantelle quickly came to realise that time is a limited resource and she wanted The Good P.A team to be the very best at what they do. So, she decided to Niche and offer bookkeeping services in only Xero. This meant staff could spend their training time each month keeping up to date with only the one Software. Allowing them to have the time to keep up with all the updates and fully understan...

February 8, 2020

What are your thoughts on the 4 day working week?

I have been thinking a lot lately about a 4-day working week. For myself as a business owner I really want the team to have an enjoyable time at work. I want them to come and work at The Good P.A and feel inspired to live better lives. Not saying that any of the team don't live good lives but we can always improve, can't we? Be healthier, have a better balance between work and our personal lives. I want our team to enjoy their families and friends and by doing so be happier at work.  I'm ca...

January 30, 2020

What I wish I'd known about Branding before starting my business

I really wish I'd received input from a great designer/marketer about branding when starting The Good P.A. As 'new to business owners' we often put ALL of ourselves into our businesses, including our own likes and dislikes. I love orange and we'll all bright colours - coral, yellow, orange being my favs. So, when I started The Good P.A and our brand I went with a coral logo - thinking about what I wanted. When the truth is - I should have been thinking about what our clients would want...

January 24, 2020

ARE YOU PART OF MY MISSION 2020 SQUAD?

Has yours started well? Have you had a chance to do your business planning? I'd love to know what your business planning consists of! Here at The Good P.A at the start of each year I have 4 key documents I update: Our Business PlanOur Budget sheet - which includes a cashflow, P&L budget and some other various spreadsheetsOur Goals for the year, along with staff hours, current packages and new client trackingMy Ideal Business Vision - SUPER important. Keeps me focused So please do tell me - how d...

January 15, 2020

4 SEO’s Tips that EVERY Business can do for FREE!!!

You read that right – FREE SEO help. It’s been well over 3 years since we started building websites for our clients. In this time, we’ve had the pleasure of working with Website Software Builder RocketSpark – and we’ve been lucky enough to learn on our journey some FREE ways to improve your ‘ability to get to #1 on google’. We use these to help our clients and we often give them out to our clients – now we’re helping you! P.S – Don’t think this is a miracle, if the business...

November 11, 2019

Chantelle good - A path of resilience, positivity and growth.

Most of us can’t reference major health crises like kidney failure as the tipping point for a business launch, but Chantelle’s path to building a life she loves has never been a conventional one.  From teenage dreams of following in her father's footsteps as a business owner to a health struggle that started in her twenties and saw her land in hospital on dialysis treatment - Chantelle credits her health struggles as the catalyst for taking the leap into building her own business. ...

October 22, 2019

Case Study from Andrew Palmer of Advice Financial

Andrew Palmer has a passion for helping his clients to achieve their own financial objectives by providing a personalised financial advice service to them. A registered financial advisor, Andrew’s business was thriving which meant that he was often snowed under with his workload. So, in August 2016, Andrew enlisted the help of virtual assistants The Good P.A to take on the administration tasks of his business. “The primary objective of engaging with The Good P.A was to delegate the adminis...

August 19, 2018

Case Study from Gavin Bodey of BodeySpark Electrical

Gavin Bodey is a family man who prides himself on being great at what he does as a “sparky” electrical inspector for his business BodeySpark Electrical. Gavin was feeling the pressure of running his business. The stress of the amount of work that he was juggling alongside being a husband and father was keeping him up at night and paralysing himself with worry about getting things done in time. Through the trade, another electrician who had been in a similar position recommended the help of ...

May 31, 2018

Last Pass

Recently, we posted about Last Pass on our Facebook page. Has anyone actually heard of Last Pass? Does anyone use it? We just celebrated our first anniversary with them, and what we can say is we LOVE it! Last Pass is a secure account with one master password that only you know that keep the rest of your passwords locked up in an easy to find vault. It is easy to use with great security that uses bank level encryption to scramble your data for secure transfer and storage.  Last Pass is also...

November 29, 2017

Preventing Theft/Fraud In The Workplace

Chantelle and I recently attended the NZ Bookkeepers Association Annual Conference for 2017. We had some amazing speakers but one that stood out to me the most was Lynda Smart from Rogers Reidy Chartered Accountants. She spoke to us about preventing fraud and theft in the workplace. It stood out to me because a lot of business owners I know don’t have any prevention of theft in their workplace and most owners just go with trusting their employees. The scary thing is it IS happening out there i...

July 2, 2017

Lightbulb Moment - How To Keep Staff Happy

I have lately been trying to think of ways to keep my staff happy and fulfilled in their jobs. Not because they are not already happy but simply because we can always improve and it's a big value for me. Happy employees = happy business (I am SO passionate about treating employee's right, and see so many businesses not truly valuing what employees can do for their businesses). I got up early on this Lightbulb morning moment to finish off some work for a client. Now I had been working on this...

March 19, 2017

Xero Payroll - End of Financial Year

The end of the financial year is coming in hot and fast, with less than a month left! Payroll in Xero makes sure your end of year tasks are as easy to manage as possible. Upcoming Changes There are some upcoming changes in the 2017 year that you need to be aware of: The minimum wage will be increasing by 50c – from $15.25 to $15.75 on the 1 April 2017. The starting out and training minimum wage rates will increase from $12.20 to $12.60 per hour. To see how to update this in your system...

March 7, 2017

The Good P.A Annual Community Day

As part of one of our Six Core Values - 'Community' we have decided to run an annual Community Day. Our first Community Day will be held in March 2017. We will provide 4 Staff members & our services or hard labour to a Not for Profit/Charity from 9am - 5pm in March 2017 We are currently looking for nominations - so to make your nomination please go to our Facebook page...

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