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What NOT to do at your office Christmas party

As the festive season approaches, so too do the social events at work: the office Christmas party, end of year celebration, end of year social...

Whatever your workplace chooses to call it, it really all means the same thing: a generous bar tab and the opportunity to witness a workmate do something they’ll surely regret the next day.

Our Chief Human Resources Officer, Aimee Simpson, offers a few top tips to ensure that this person isn’t you this year.

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How to create your profit and loss budget and track your results

This is part two of an in-depth, two-part series on understanding your profit and loss by Eric J. Gregory. It looks at how to create profit and loss budgets, track your results, and set your business up for success.

In my previous article, I discussed the importance of creating an annual profit and loss budget for your business before the start of each financial year.

Now, I’m going to offer a few easy tips that you should consider as you begin to create your company's annual profit and loss budget.

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Five books every manager should read

Being an effective manager is demanding and complex. Aside from thoroughly knowing and understanding your business, you need to understand people and their motivations, be a motivator yourself, and manage emotional and business-related issues at once.

The topic of good management has been covered over the ages in thousands of different books.

Here, we’ve selected the most recent (with the exception of one important classic) and most effective titles to get you on the path to being the best manager you can be, or to simply brush up your management knowledge.

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Loose lips can sink the field service ship

“It’s too bad they make so much out of plastic these days. Our new machines don’t have the same lasting quality they once had.” – “Sorry, it’s that stupid new system. It hasn’t worked right since they implemented it a year ago.” – “That’s not my problem. You’ll have to call sales to take care of that.”

I’d bet that every field service tech with any tenure at all would admit that they’ve said a thing or two to their customers they wish they could take back.

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Stop chasing late payments

Xero recently conducted a study that revealed small business owners spend, on average, 10% of their day chasing late payments. That’s two days a month!

Surely that's too much wasted time – not to mention the detriment late payments can have on a business’ cash flow (which can, and often does, lead to business failure).

To help tackle the issue of late payments, we've got a convenient payment add-on in simPRO Enterprise and Service. Read on!

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The numbers you need to know in your business

This is a guest post from Nathan McDonald at Black Belt Business.

Let’s face it: business is made up of numbers and – to grow your business through increasing sales and profits – you need to know, understand and track these numbers.

The problem is, though, many business owners are often too busy to worry about the numbers. Priorities normally revolve around customers, which is, of course, acceptable, but to keep growing successfully, necessary business practices can’t be neglected.

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