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How do I choose a Business Advisor?

As a business owner, having someone to go to for business advice can be invaluable. Someone who comes from the outside, whose perspective isn’t clouded by the day-to-day activities, can help you to see things differently, find clarity, break through any barriers and change for the better.Check out the following tips on how to choose a business advisor that will give you the confidence and knowledge to grow your business, profitably .1. Ask them for a free introductory meeting?It is important t...

June 5, 2021

How can a “Stop, Start, Continue” Framework improve your business?

As Business Owners using the “Stop, Start, Continue” framework, we can regularly evaluate what works and what doesn’t work in our businesses. Running a profitable business is hard. There is no shortage of things to do and whilst people know what the pain points are, they are often too busy or don’t have the inclination or knowledge to fix them. To eliminate pain points and gain clarity on opportunities to improve, it is a good idea to have a team meeting where participants can brainstorm...

September 15, 2020

5 Tips on Using Your Time Wisely in Business

We have all grown up hearing people say, “time is money”. This has misled us into believing that the more time we spend working, the more money we can earn. Business owners often tell me that they are busy, but they haven’t achieved what they wanted to. When we delve into what their workday consists of, we often find that their day has been spent managing crises, rather than focusing on, and planning for, the future. Being reactive, rather than proactive is common in many bu...

July 31, 2020

Govt to write "viable" small businesses loans of up to $100k depending on how many employees they have

Taxpayers will lend "viable" firms that employ 50 or fewer full-time staff loans of up to $100,000 under a new “Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme”.Legislation authorising the Inland Revenue to administer the scheme was passed on Thursday.Providing more detail on Friday, the Government said it will loan firms $10,000 each. The size of these loans can be extended by $1800 for every full-time employee the firm has. Here’s an example of what this will look like:The loans will ...

May 4, 2020

Surviving Corona Virus - Possible Recession

The latest corona virus announcement by the Government creating a 14 day compulsory isolation for visitors will have a significant impact on tourism and the greater New Zealand economy. This plus the impact the virus is already having on some sections of the economy like hospitality and then add to that the international ramifications and you do have a recipe for a recession. The media have been talking about a recession for the last 3 years, however the economy in general has stayed relatively ...

March 16, 2020

Becoming a Secured Creditor

I am super proud to be partnering with EC Credit Control to assist businesses small and large.  Do you know what it means to become a secured creditor? Becoming a Secured creditor, by completing Personal Properties Securities Registrations (PPSR), is super important.   A PPSR, in conjunction with really robust terms of trade, will enable businesses to be in the best possible position in the event that any of the clients, that they are working with or have worked with in the recent...

March 5, 2020

Are you getting paid on time?

Xero data from the last 12 months shows small businesses are currently being paid 8.7 days late. Here are some things you can do to ensure you are paid on time.✔️ Send your invoice promptly✔️ Allow for electronic payments✔️ Make payment terms shorterGetting paid quickly means fewer stresses around cashflow....

January 6, 2020

Why a Business Plan is vital for your Business

Creating a business plan is hugely beneficial, if it’s as flexible as your business. A business plan needs to be your one-stop source of information. Your business plan is:✔️ A record of your personal and business goals✔️ Your checklist of priorities✔️ Your measuring tool to ensure that every decision you make, takes you one step closer to achieving your goals. What does 2020 look like for you? Get in touch if you would like help creating your business plan!...

January 1, 2020

Mental Health in the Workplace

25% of kiwi's suffer from mental health40% of business owners don't feel responsible for their employees wellbeing If you are a Xero subscriber, you, your employees and your families can access face-to-face, telephone, live chat and online counselling sessions, as well as the BeneHub and Benestar app. XAP can help with all aspects of life - physical, mental, social and financial. This direct counselling support service is available at no cost to you and it's completely confidential. To use the s...

December 2, 2019

Award Winning Business Consultant

The Consulting Group hosted their annual conference last weekend, and I was honoured to be featured in the Top 3 advisors, for the second year running!...

November 30, 2019


"The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same." - Colin R. Davis If you need help on your road to success, get in touch!...

November 28, 2019

A little about me

Hi I’m HelenMy official title is Founder and Director of Togetherness Co. - but I prefer to think of myself as the sounding board and strategies person you never realised you needed until now! After years of working, both in my own company and for other firms, I understand all too well that running your own business can feel overwhelming, lonely and at times quite daunting. I firmly believe that with the right support and strategies in place, doing business can get radically easier and more pr...

November 27, 2019


Electronic invoicing (e-Invoicing) is one of the first in a range of new digital innovations that will use the New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) to help businesses save time and money. It will be here in 2020. To get ready for it, ensure that you capture your clients and suppliers NZBN in your accounting software. For Xero users, this can be found in Contacts. To find out more about the NZBN and einvoicing, click here:

November 26, 2019

The Togetherness Co Journey

When I made the decision to rebrand at the start of this year, I never realised it was going to be the start of some amazing friendships. I couldn’t have done this without the help of Courtney Haines (! She has been an absolute superstar in getting me to understand what my brand is and why it is, what it is! Courtney’s way with words is second to none, and makes copywriting seem so easy, but it definitely isn’t! She is very well connected in the Waikato business commu...

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