August 29, 2019

Observe the nature of your job, and that of your employees. What collar colors are present in your company? Or more importantly - why does it matter? Before understanding what this labor division means, we first have to understand the different types of collar workers and what the different collar colours mean.

August 28, 2019

In construction, we all know that job costing can be a minefield. With the right resources, software and support, you will be on your way to more accurate costings and you'll save time and money in the long run.

In the field of construction, one of the most pressing issues is creating accurate job costings to avoid blow-outs, but estimates can be difficult. There are many variables from one job to the next and the process can be time-consuming and labour intensive.

There are a number of practical strategies that can help you achieve greater accuracy, along with some tools you may not have considered. Your business has unique needs, but a simple, easy-to-...

August 26, 2019

Do you struggle with disruptions, shifting priorities and frustrating re-work? We can help you streamline your processes and boost your efficiency!

There are 1,440 minutes in a day and each of us have the same allocated amount. Some people manage to achieve much more than others. So, how can we free up time to help lead a better business and ultimately a happier life?

The top 10 time wasters:

  • Lack of clear goals.
    Planning and setting SMART goals provides clarity. SMART = Specific, Measurable, Attainable or Achievable, and most importantly Time-bound. Have your goals documented and visible.

  • A messy desk.
    Desk clutter equals mind clutter. Tidy...

August 22, 2019

Choosing the best retail strategy

Competing with big retailers can be a daunting task, especially if you're new to business. Your competitors already have an established customer base, solid marketing campaigns, good store locations and well-trained staff.

How can you compete with all of that? Well, there are two main options when it comes to competing with bigger businesses – you can try to emulate what they do, or you can do things differently.

Both choices have their merit, so in this guide we'll look at each option in turn. This will give you all the information you need to successfully compete with large retailers.

Punching above your weight

If you dec...

August 21, 2019

Small and medium-sized businesses are spending on average 120 hours a year on admin tasks, according to recent research into productivity at UK SMBs.

If your people are spending 120 hours wading through tedious and unproductive admin, that’s bad for the business and for your overall efficiency. Fortunately, technology and software automation can go a long way towards automating the low-level admin tasks.

Better productivity through automation

Automation is an important way to ease your business workload, with a host of different business apps and cloud solutions offering ways to automate your admin.

With ‘smart business tools’ increasing in number and choi...

August 19, 2019


“Same thing, right?”

In Malaysia and throughout the rest of the world, these two terms are commonly used interchangeably.

To the untrained eye, they might seem like one and the same. After all, both fields work with a business’s numbers. Here, we give you an overview of the distinctions and differences that set accounting and bookkeeping apart. 


Bookkeeping involves just that - keeping the books. That means systematically keeping track of a business’s day-to-day financial transactions (the “books”). Everything from purchases to payments to sales. 

Accounting on the other hand, focuses on the bigger picture. Qualified a...

August 16, 2019

What are you doing to build yourself a more successful business? There’s no magic bullet, it’s about taking small steps every day to get a bit better than the day before - it all adds up. 

Starting a business takes courage and commitment. It’s not easy, and at times you might find yourself questioning why you’re even doing it, but you’re here because you had a vision. You decided being in business was a better way to achieve that vision than working for someone else. And, you’re right; you just have to work on it. Good things come to people who hustle.

You’re likely an expert in what you do… maybe you’re a mechanic and know the inside of a car engine lik...

August 14, 2019

Getting your pricing right is one of the best ways to plan for business success. Don’t make a rushed decision, take the time to properly understand the market, your total costs, and how to position your products or services. 

Figuring out how much to charge is a big learning curve for any business owner. The answer to how to approach it will fluctuate as circumstances and markets change. It is important to revisit the question throughout the lifecycle of your business.

There is no magic formula

All businesses are unique, with an individual offering of products and services. Before you set your pricing, It’s important to look at the whole picture. This wil...

August 8, 2019

Before you price your product it’s important to understand how sensitive your customers will be to price changes. This means getting an understanding of your market, your competitors and how price elastic it is. 

Price elasticity is an economic concept that you should get to know. It is instrumental in understanding demand for your product and the price you can set for it.

A price elastic product is one that experiences changes in demand as the price rises or falls. Some products are staples, and their price is inelastic. (Think things like bread or milk).

People will buy these regardless of price fluctuations. When your product is price elastic, a price...

August 8, 2019

A globalised and digitally connected world means that your business isn’t restricted to one country. Expanding your business overseas gives you access to new audiences and a little protection should anything happen to destabilise your home market.

But, as with all things in business, proceed with caution. While the saying ‘no risk, no reward’ holds true, it’s important to fully understand what’s at stake before making the decision.What you need to consider:

Tax implications

It’s essential that you understand the tax implications of this new market before you invest any money or time into your business development. Make sure that this is your first step, a...

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