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At the start of 2018, Congress approved the most significant set of changes in over three decades to our existing U.S. tax law. If you are one of the millions of Americans who have previously claimed deductions related to utilizing your vehicle for business purposes, it is a good time to check in to see how these new changes may impact those deductions – or check in with an expert who is experienced with the new tax law. Whether you are self-employed, or a business owner of any kind, there is a good chance your car has qualified for business-use…

Are you thinking about opening up a new coffee shop in your town? Running a coffee shop is a great source of income when you do it right. However, many new and inexperienced coffee shop owners underestimate their costs and struggle to make their business profitable.  The most commonly underestimated costs for opening a coffee shop are construction, labor, and supplies. Here are 4 tips for making these costs more predictable: 1. Buy a pre-designed coffee kiosk or stand Building a new construction from scratch can be expensive and costs can get out of hand fast. Using a professional builder…

While the average person may associate restaurants with food, the fact is that running a restaurant is a business, and it’s a challenging one. Serving wonderful food is not enough to make your business succeed. Competition from a seemingly never-ending number of new restaurants and food trucks doesn’t appear to be slackening any time soon. It’s in this context that many restaurants across North America have turned to employee scheduling software as a means to bring powerful, smart, and secure tools to help manage their employees and the restaurant itself. Read on to learn more about how employee scheduling software…

Every business owner wants to make a profit, and one of the most important steps to achieving this goal is to connect with your customer base as much as possible. This is because if customers do not feel connected to a business, they will not feel compelled to purchase from them. This single concept has led to businesses spending huge amounts of money on advertising and customer outreach. However, there are certain aspects of media that are easy for businesses to overlook, and one of these is video content. While it might not seem relevant to some businesses, people in…

Graeme Stephens is the CEO of SkyCity Casino and in this article, he talks about his enthusiasm for working in the casino industry and taking the lead of the SkyCity brand. Graeme Stephens once said that when people qualify as a chartered accountant in South Africa, they can pretty much pick and choose what to do. In his case, he chose to work into the casino business and New Zealand specifically. Before he took the lead of SkyCity, Stephens familiarized himself with New Zealand, exploring it by backpack. Stephens learned the casino business from Sun International and came to SkyCity…

It can look like presenting comes more naturally to some of us, but the fact is, practice makes perfect. How do you feel when you stand up and take to the stage… do you feel more like Mr Bean? If it’s often the latter, then take some comfort in knowing that this is most people’s experience presenting to an audience. But remain dedicated to building your skills in this area and soon you’ll be delivering presentations that blow people away. Here’s our tips to get you started… Don’t overcomplicate your language It may seem like a given, but the major…

Finishing the day without checking off everything on your to-do list can be frustrating. People of all ages are continuously searching for ways to increase productivity in both their professional and personal lives. Fortunately, with some discipline, planning and practice, you can tackle the many tasks on your to-do list in a timely fashion. Try incorporating these 5 simple steps in your daily routine to improve your productivity skills: Avoid Multitasking Multitasking seems like a great way to tackle several tasks at once – such as checking your email first thing in the morning while making breakfast. Unfortunately, the human…

In the last ten years, the marketing industry has evolved rapidly. Companies are pushing the boundaries of their campaigns further than ever. But whether you opt for a tongue-in-cheek approach or a subtle message, the trick to a successful marketing campaign lies in consistency. Alongside digital printing experts Precision Printing, we explore the best ways to attain consistency in marketing.  Creating something unique to your business  A successful marketing campaign, used consistently, can become an entity of its own. Brands should always be focusing on what sets them apart from the rest, and these features should be emphasised in every…

For many businesses – particularly B2B organizations and those selling services – summer represents the slowest period of the year. It’s a time when customers and clients vacation with family, cut back hours, and mentally check out for a few weeks. But it doesn’t have to be wasted time for your business. With a proactive and realistic strategy in place, you can make the most of the summertime slowdown.  5 Tips for Summer Slowdowns Summertime may not be the most productive period in terms of sales and revenue, but it can still be beneficial for your organization. If you and…

Are you thinking of pursuing a career in fashion once you’ve completed education? There are a wide range of options available aside from the ones you may expect, such as designers and models. From a career in fashion-related finance, to discovering a role in communications, the opportunities are varied. Retailers of men’s shirts, CT Shirts, take a look at what’s out there, considering some careers you mightn’t have thought of:  Garment technologist A garment technologist is a role that you might not have considered, yet its highly important in the fashion world. This role is largely about quality control and…