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HOW TO COPE WITH WORKPLACE CRITICISM

Criticism can be hard to take. Whether the criticism is fair or unfair – it's going to hurt, particularly when you're putting yourself out there or trying to accomplish a goal. Here are 5 tips to cope with uninvited criticism.

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NETWORKING AND WHY YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT ELEVATOR SPEECHES ALL WRONG

The point of an elevator speech in a one-on-one situation is not to sell your products or services but to introduce yourself, establish context and sell yourself as somebody worth getting to know.

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THE XMAS AND NEW YEAR CASH FLOW CRUNCH

The flexible nature of Interface’s invoice discounting service could be the solution for businesses in need of short term assistance over the Xmas and New Year holiday period.

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7 STEPS TO BUSINESS SYSTEMISATION

Effective systems can save you and your team both time and money. By 'system', we're not talking about computer systems and software. These systems are the 'tasks' that are required to run a business.

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CASE STUDY - CIVIL CONTRACTOR

Interface was approached by a bank to assist with one of their clients who needed urgent funding. The client had only been operating since the start of the year but had grown quickly and was working on multiple large projects.

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ALTERNATIVE FINANCE OPTIONS FOR SME BUSINESSES

Healthy cash flow is a never ending issue for SMEs. Many businesses are being forced to wait at least a month beyond their agreed invoice terms before getting paid. Learn about how spot factoring works.

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THREE WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR REFERRALS BY MORE THAN 54%

It goes without saying that referrals are the most valuable source of income for any small business, but just in case you have your doubts, Nielsen tells us that people are four times more likely to buy when referred by a friend. So how do you get more referrals?

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HOW TO BE EFFECTIVE WHEN YOU'RE TOO BUSY TO GET ANYTHING DONE

It’s the end of the day, and as your mind looks back over it you find yourself struggling to think of anything meaningful that actually got done. Come to think of it, the same applies to the day before, and the day before that… sound familiar?

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PLUGGING THE LATE PAYMENT HOLE

Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce the chances of late customer payments happening to your business and getting any outstanding accounts cleared.

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CASE STUDY - CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

Interface Wellington recently assisted a construction business experiencing cash flow issues arising from a change in customer payment terms due to the business changing from domestic work to larger commercial contracts.

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MANAGE YOUR ENERGY NOT YOUR TIME

There is a new body of thinking which is suggesting that time management and efficiency is really a question of personal energy. "At the end of the day" as former Prime Minister John Key is fond of saying, there are only 24 hours in every cycle.

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THE KIWI'S 7 STEP GUIDE TO EMAIL PROSPECTING

Cold calling is stressful, referrals depend on the actions of other people, and nobody reads ads anymore. So how do you grow your business when your options seem so limited? The answer is email prospecting. Pause, a moment before you dismiss the idea, and think about this.

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HOW TO MAKE WORD OF MOUTH MARKETING WORK FOR YOU

Networking is about identifying people with whom you can have a mutually beneficial relationship over many, many years. The first step, however, is to determine what you have to offer the people in your referral network, not what you can get from them.

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CASE STUDY - COMPANY RESTRUCTURE AND FINANCIER WITHDRAWS SUPPORT

Interface was approached by a company undertaking a business restructure which included the refinancing of working capital facilities. Unexpectedly, the financier withdrew their working capital facility with immediate effect and the company was faced with the prospect of being unable to pay wages in 3 days time.

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WHAT FLIGHT CENTRE AND GORE TEX TEACH US ABOUT NETWORKING

Knowing a lot of people is not the same as networking because good business networking is not a numbers game. When it comes to successful networking, small – believe it or not – is best.

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HOW TO PRACTICE MINDFULNESS FOR A HEALTHIER, MORE CONNECTED YOU

According to the UK’s Financial Times, ‘Mindfulness’ is giving ‘stressed-out bankers something to think about’. Apparently, a quiet revolution has been gripping the financially minded of London, who are looking for clarity of thought in a technology dominated world.

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DO YOU KNOW YOUR BUSINESS CASH FLOW ABCs

Cash flow isn’t rocket science, and some basics applied well goes a long way. You don’t have to be an “expert” to navigate your business’ cash flow needs, but you do need to know the basics – the ABC’s, and do them well.

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HOW TO HANDLE PERSONAL ATTACKS

Perhaps you’ve been accused of something you didn’t do or you’ve been misunderstood. Maybe, people are saying things about you that aren't true, or taking advantage of you in some way.

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HOW TO USE INVOICE DISCOUNTING TO REDUCE CASH FLOW SQUEEZE

Businesses experiencing a cash flow squeeze (usually due to growth or slow paying customers), can sell some of their invoices to an Invoice Discounting firm to quicken up cash flow.

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BANKING: BETWEEN A ROCK AND HARD PLACE - TECHNOLOGY OR PEOPLE

In an article published in the New Zealand Herald in February 2017,we read that banks are being warned they could lose customers if they continue to decrease their relationship based interactions. In another article on the website Stuff,we read Credit Union South is jettisoning staff and closing branches due to the growing use of online banking.

You could be forgiven for asking,what the heck is going on?

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