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We have hundreds of articles for all business sectors. Scroll below to sample snippets each – use the Category filter on the right to quicken your selection.


Market Research

What is market research? Market research is the process of gathering and analysing information about a business’s customers, the market in which they are operating and the competitors in the market. Good market research intelligence is critical; it allows New Zealand businesses to discover the best way to focus and communicate their marketing messages to consumers. New Zealand market research assists with answering crucial questions such as…
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Be Smart with Credit Cards

There is little more tempting than seeing something you really want and purchasing it – even if you don’t have the money! Credit cards make this kind of consumer impulse buying very possible. While on the one hand they provide flexibility and extra lenience when it comes to allocating your money, this convenience can come with a hefty price tag. Credit card debt is the most easily accumulated kind of debt – and the hardest to get rid of. When used smartly and correctly they are a useful financial asset, but be careful not to fall into a trap. This article provides tips on how to use a credit card safely, however it should not be regarded as definite financial advice…

How a Financial Controller Can Help Your Business

No matter the size or industry, all businesses can fall into financial pitfalls from time to time or could benefit from a fine tune up. Internal processes and accounts managers are essential to the overall running of the businesses, but there are some areas where it’s better to seek external help. Having an outside perspective is a great way to bring specialised knowledge or experience to a problem, and can provide a critical view of where things could stand to improve…
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Tips for Recycling Plastic

It’s a substance we use every day, that facilitates much of the convenience we experience when we shop, cook and eat. Plastic is a miraculous substance that exists all around us and seems to have limitless applications – pipes, shopping bags, containers and more. In terms of practicality, it’s hard to beat.  But this practicality comes at a price – potentially a devastating one…

A Guide to Buying Women’s Shoes

There are a huge range of women’s shoes available on the market, but not all of them are created equal! Shoes are one of the most important clothing articles to get right- they affect our comfort, posture and foot development on a long-term level. If you wear bad shoes for an extended period of time now, you’ll almost certainly end up regretting it later down the line. That’s why it’s essential to buy correctly, and not give in to a cheap flashy thrill. There are a number of ways you can make sure you get the right shoe, and here are just a few to get you started…

The Benefits of Online Shopping

In our consumer-oriented society, shopping has almost become a hobby in itself. It’s so easy to spend a day at the mall and lose track of what you’ve spent amongst the frenzy and glamour of shopping. Likewise, having the latest gadget or technology is becoming more and more of a necessity in our lives. Amidst this atmosphere, it is therefore no surprise that shopping is a troubling issue for some- those who over-do it learn to dread the credit card bill at the end of the month. The trouble we get into while buying can truly affect our lives in negative ways, creating stress and guilt…
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Tax Refunds in New Zealand

Many New Zealanders don’t realise that they may have overpaid their taxes throughout the year – and if this is the case, you are eligible to receive that overpayment back as a tax refund. A tax refund can be calculated at any time, and looks at your income and tax payments for the last 5 years to see if you have perhaps paid more than you should. Though some see this as free money, it’s really just getting back the money you are actually owed…
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Workplace Health and Safety Tips

We all spend the majority of our lives in the workplace, so it’s not surprising that there are a number of ways that injury can occur while at our jobs. Workplace health and safety guides and regulations are set in place in order to prevent this as much as possible, but it’s up to staff and managers to understand them and ensure these guides are followed. On a day to day basis, there are a number of small, simple practices that can make the workplace a safer space to be for everyone. The following article explains a few easy ways to reduce risk and create an area you feel comfortable in…
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Power Sources in New Zealand

Here in New Zealand, we are lucky to have a number of power companies to choose from to provide us with stable, consistent power throughout the year. Having range of choice available creates some friendly competition that benefits the consumer, so make sure you’re happy with your current choice. One reason we have so many power companies is that the wilderness of New Zealand provides a wide range of resources that can be tapped to create power – and best of all, many of these are renewable!…

Couriers vs Standard Post

With the internet making shopping available from all corners of the globe, it’s no surprise that courier shipping is becoming more and more prevalent. It’s becoming increasingly common to buy goods from overseas, often due to high mark-ups or unavailability at local suppliers. Furthermore the advent of online auction sites has meant that domestic shipping is also at a high. We are more familiar with the idea of purchasing electronics, clothes, and other objects from internet retailers than ever before. But there is a large step between pressing “buy” and actually having the items in your hand. That large step is the shipping…