Too many businesses fall over because the owner has not established efficient business systems. This typically happens because the business owner is so caught up in the day-to day running of the business that the fundamentals of good business management get forgotten. Often too it must be said that the owner simply doesn’t like bookkeeping or other administrative tasks, so these get put on the back burner.
The current perception is that there are many businesses that deal in cash – particularly the service industry and many of us are aware of the scenario of a business offering a discount for cash transactions. This is what is known as the ‘hidden economy” – it benefits neither the provider nor the receiver to be involved in these transactions which amount to a fraudulent activity and the Inland Revenue has targeted this ‘hidden economy’ with heavy penalties.
In fact a month ago, the Revenue Minister announced that ‘compliance activity for ‘hidden economy’ tax evasion gave a return of $45million, $5.60 for every dollar spent” – that was in 2013. This means that ensuring compliance is really worthwhile for the IR and they will continue to invest in this area.
In the five years Xero has been on the market it has quickly gained a reputation as being the easiest accounting system around. Xero is a cloud based system which means that you can log into it securely from any computer with an internet connection anywhere in the world. It also means you won’t need to buy costly accounting packages and upgrades ever again and it even eliminates the need for backups – if your computer crashes you won’t lose your accounting data! In addition to these practical benefits using Xero has many advantages that can give your business an edge: