Easy ways to build an online business

More and more people are leaving their office jobs and setting up an online business these days, especially because of COVID-19.  Running an online business offers a way for you to work from home and be your own boss.  It may sound like an overwhelming process, but many entrepreneurs find it fulfilling. Here are some tips to increase the chances your small online business will be a success, and you’ll…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 18 September 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest. Read on for this week’s update. Restrictions to be Lifted in Most of Country on Sep 21 COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted across the country on September 21, except in Auckland, which has been the centre of the second wave of infections. However, cabinet will review the current rules for Auckland at its September 21 meeting, potentially increasing…  Read more

How Small Businesses are Boosting Sales During COVID-19

We started 2020 with optimism and hope that this year was going to be better than the last– but then, COVID-19 happened and brought sudden massive changes worldwide. It has disrupted the way we interact, shop, work, and transact.  Businesses of all sizes have been plunged into darkness, with some even having to shut completely  Meanwhile, others managed to find dynamic solutions to shelter their businesses from the harsh impacts…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 11 September 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest.  Read on for this week’s update. Keeping Auckland at Alert Level 2.5 Mayor Phil Goff says keeping Auckland at Alert Level 2.5 is the right decision and is asking residents to continue playing their part.  Moving too early can cause further resurgence of the virus, so everyone is urged to stay the course. At Alert Level 2.5, social…  Read more

Questions to ask as your small business recovers from COVID-19

As small business owners look to operations after COVID-19, there are some important business questions to ask.  These questions will help you determine what adaptations you want to keep, whether your business model is working, and if there are additional changes you want to make to keep your company operational through future economic downturns. It’s not always fun to do this sort of examination, but the answers to these questions…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 4 September 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest. Read on for this week’s update. Auckland Lockdown Lifted While schools and businesses reopened this week in Auckland after the lifting of the recently imposed lockdown, face masks were made mandatory on public transport across the country.  This move is intended to contain the resurgence of COVID-19. Limits on social gatherings in Auckland also remain, while the rest…  Read more

Business lessons learned during COVID-19

If you’re like many small business owners you’re probably astounded by how the world has changed in a very short time.  While we can all hope that the pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime scenario, the truth is there is a lot in life and in business that is uncertain, and there is a great deal we can learn from the response to COVID-19 to help plan for the future. Yes, your…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 28 August 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest.  Read on for this week’s update. 4-Day Extension of Auckland Lockdown The lockdown in Auckland, which had been originally scheduled to end on Wednesday, has been extended until Sunday night.  The city has been gradually going to Alert Level 2 restrictions from Monday.  Together with this extension is the introduction of mandatory mask wearing on public transport across…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 21 August 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest.  Read on for this week’s update. COVID-19 Outbreak After 102 days without community transmission, we’ve all been a little shaken by the return of the coronavirus.  According to health officials, COVID-19 may have been circulating in Auckland for weeks, as 13 new community cases were confirmed.  All these are linked to the initial four cases announced last week.…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 14 August 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest.  Read on for this week’s update. Call for Calm Amid Auckland’s Return to Alert Level 3 Four new COVID-19 cases have been detected in Auckland this week ending our 102 day streak without a locally transmitted cases. Level 3 restrictions have been reintroduced in Auckland as at 12pm Wednesday until midnight on Friday. While health officials determine the…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 7 August 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest.  Read on for this week’s update. NZ Government Relaunched Campaign to Raise COVID-19 Awareness Although life feels a bit closer to normal than before, the government has relaunched a campaign to raise community awareness about the coronavirus, instructing people to be ready and take a COVID-19 test when given the opportunity. Top health official, Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, said…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 31 July 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest.  Read on for this week’s update. Exemptions From Managed Isolation A small number of people may be eligible for an exemption from the required 14-day managed isolation for people entering New Zealand, such as those with serious medical conditions that cannot be managed in the accommodation provided. The following are the general rules for those granted an exceptional…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 24 July 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest.  Read on for this week’s update. Financial Boost for Public Health Services As we are going to be living with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for some time, Minister of Health Chris Hipkins has announced a boost in funding for public health of more than $300 million. The funds boost to Pharmac will purchase medicines and medical…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 17 July 2020

Hello for another week, we hope you and your family are well.  Here is the latest edition of our Weekly Digest, read on for all the details and get in touch if you have any questions. PM Announces COVID-19 Re-Emergence Plan Prime Minister Jacinda Arden’s speech this week mentioned a COVID-19 re-emergence plan aimed at keeping the coronavirus under control.  One key thing the government will do is localise its…  Read more

Weekly Digest – 10 July 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest. Read on for this week’s update. New Zealand to Limit Returning Citizens As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens globally, there has been rapid growth in the number of Kiwis coming home.  Recently, stricter border controls were introduced, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine and COVID-19 tests for those entering the country.  This resulted in quarantine facilities filling up, with nearly…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 3 July 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest.  Read on for this week’s update. New Zealand Tightens Border Controls At the time of writing this, there are 18 active COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, which is up from 11 from last week. Last week, stricter border controls were introduced, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine and COVID-19 tests for those entering the country.  As more Kiwis return home, NZ’s managed isolation and quarantine…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 26 June 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest.  Read on for this week’s update. New Zealand Tightens Border Controls As of 24 June, there were 11 active COVID-19 cases in New Zealand as more people are arriving from overseas. Strict border controls are being implemented and people entering New Zealand are required to stay in managed isolation or quarantine for at least 14 days and test negative for the coronavirus before they…  Read more

Covid-19 Business Update – 19 June 2020

  Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for this week’s update. Level 1 As you know, New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 last week, which means restrictions to work, school, sports, and domestic travel are lifted.  Our border remains closed to most travellers and strict controls are in place.  All arrivals are tested for COVID-19 and a 14-day managed quarantine or isolation is mandatory. After 24 days…  Read more

Covid-19 Business Update – 12 June 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest.  Read on for this week’s update. No COVID-19 cases in New Zealand! Here’s the news you’ve definitely already heard: New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 from midnight on June 8– 101 days since the first virus diagnosis in the country.  This comes after the news that the last remaining case has recovered, making us one of only nine countries in the world with…  Read more

Farming News June 2020

Disruption is nothing new for farmers.  For years, they’ve been battling drought, market volatility, Mycoplasma bovis, and now COVID-19. But, like the rest of New Zealand, staying positive and reviving the economy are their priority. Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening on local farms, on the environmental front, and what guidance, support and tax relief is available to help farmers wade through the uncertainty. Looking on the bright side “We’re…  Read more

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