Flexi-hours: The pros and cons

We live in an age of technology and with it comes greater connectivity. This is something that has undoubtedly fueled the idea of flexible working hours more than ever – gone are the days of people having to stick rigidly to the constraints of a nine-to-five job. Flexi-hours are fast becoming a more viable reality for businesses around the world, one which is allowing employees to have more freedom and control of their working hours than ever before. As with many concepts though, there are both advantages and disadvantages that come with the flexi-hour system for employers and employees alike – read on to discover just what some of these are.

Let’s start with the pros:

  • More motivated: Because employees are no longer “schedule-bound”, they tend to be more enthusiastic about their jobs.
  • Higher levels of productivity: As a result of being more motivated, employees are seen to be more efficient and productive, with absenteeism as well as turnover rate falling significantly.
  • Loyal workforce: Happy, productive employees invariably mean loyal employees – it’s a win-win situation for both sides.
  • Attract and retain top talent: In today’s working world, there is a high value placed on flexibility, so it’s not unheard for prospective employees to seek out specific companies that are known for being more flexible than others. Offering flexi-hours can give a business the power to both attract and retain the top talent in the industry.
  • Garner a reputation: This is one for the employer – offering flexi-hours can position you in an attractive spot to be considered as a friendly and flexible company that people want to work for. It also shows that you are progressive (to a degree) and you’re willing to take your employees’ needs seriously.
  • Maintain a better work/life balance: Flexi-hours can be particularly appealing to working parents who need to be more available for their children. The same can also apply to those who maybe care for a spouse or an elderly parent. Yet even if these don’t apply, flexi-hours can still give you the freedom to meet both family and personal commitments more easily, helping you to master that seemingly elusive work/life balance.
  • Higher quality of work: Because employees are able to work during the hours they find they are the most productive, the chances of producing higher quality work become increased.
  • Goodbye to commuting and peak-hour traffic: With the freedom to choose their working hours, employees may be able to avoid peak-hour traffic and in some cases, a long commute all together. This eliminates the negative effects that sitting in traffic and early wake-up calls can invariably have on mood, attention span and exhaustion levels – all things that can (and do) affect productivity levels on a daily basis.

The other side of the coin: the cons:

  • Lack of control: With people operating on different schedules, there’s always the possibility that managers/business owners will start to lose control and lack awareness when it comes to the work being carried out.
  • Communication break-downs: Without there being set hours in place for all employees, it can become increasingly difficult to get in touch with the right people when you need to, and therefore harder to co-ordinate meetings and presentations.
  • Taking advantage: The flexi-hour system is a trust-based one with employers choosing to believe that delivering flexibility to their employees will not result in a drop in work quality or people taking advantage of a concept that can very often come across as being deceptively laid-back.
  • Lack of supervision: Because employees are not being watched every minute of the day, some can veer off the path and start to show signs of non-compliance with company policies and even tardiness.
  • Hard to build an office culture: With employees not being all together day in and day out, creating an office culture can become difficult, if not impossible. The lack of cohesiveness can lead to people feeling alienated and as if they are not part of a team. For this reason, flexi-hours may not be the best idea to implement within team-based businesses.

Flexi-hours can do wonders for some business, but within others, it can wreak absolute havoc. As a small business owner, it’s vital that you weigh up all the pros and cons before choosing to apply this system to your business. Be sure to consider whether or not it would be beneficial to everyone involved, both now and in the long run.

Just as technology has brought us the ability to introduce more flexible working hours, so too has it brought us reliable and impressive online accounting and payroll productssuch as those available from Sage One.

 

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Cloud Accounting is the key to taking your business to the next level

Talk to any small business owner and they’re bound to tell you how cloud accounting has helped to change their business… and their lives. When people mention “the Cloud”, they are almost always referring to using the Internet as a means of storing, managing and processing data. 

 

Cloud accounting will completely transform how you do business and once you experience how revolutionary it can be, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been using it all along. Read on to discover the reasons why cloud accounting is the way forward and what it has to offer that is sure to take your business from good to great.

 

Real time, all the time

 

With cloud accounting, as long as you have Internet access, you are able to see all your data at any time and in real time. Any changes you make are automatically saved meaning that you and others are always working with the latest versions of information. Also, more than one person can work on a single file at the same time, facilitating better communication between you and your financial expert (aka, your accountant) as queries can be answered and issues can be resolved there and then.

 

Manual data entry is a thing of the past

 

Gone are the days of having to manually re-enter relevant transaction data from your banking system into your accounting software. Live feeds from your accounts can now be linked to your cloud-based accounting system so that you not only have access to up-to-date, live data, but you also get to say goodbye to lengthy data entry time and slow downloads. In a nutshell: cloud accounting saves you time making it easier for you to focus on the aspects of your business that matter most.

 

Effective business decisions are made faster

 

Being able to access real-time information anywhere using a mobile device means that your business is no longer at a disadvantage because of its accounting data lagging behind reality. When it comes to making important and effective business decisions, it certainly helps to have immediate access to the up-to-date data that is needed to make the best possible decisions. Cloud accounting does just this – it assists business owners with making more informed business decisions more smoothly, and in the fast-paced business industry, this is hugely beneficial.

 

Flexibility with peace of mind

 

The Cloud is able to adapt as your business changes and grows, remaining a valuable business tool that supports the running of your business, rather than restricting it. In this way it allows you to have a great amount of flexibility when it comes to conducting business, something valuable in a world in which the business landscape is continually changing. The necessary security measures are also taken to ensure that all your data remains safe and protected in the Cloud so that you can proceed on a day to day basis without having to worry about the security of your business’s sensitive information. The added bonus is that you never have to be concerned about losing your data due to theft,disaster (such as fire) or even load shedding because the Cloud is not a physical thing. With cloud accounting you have peace of mind so that you can focus on the important things.

 

Cloud accounting software, such as that offered by Sage One, helps you maintain a bird’s-eye view of your business wherever you are, helping you to revolutionise the way you do business. It’s simple to use, hassle free and safe – what more could an on-the-go business person ask for?

 

 

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Lumkani: Saving South African lives

South Africans are many things, but with the number of start-ups that have been launched in recent years, it’s easy to see how “enterprising” is fast becoming an accurate way of describing them. More and more aspiring entrepreneurs are attempting to make their mark in South Africa’s burgeoning entrepreneurial market, many of who are driven by their need to make a difference in society and help their fellow brethren – and Lumkani is one such start-up.

South Africans are many things, but with the number of start-ups that have been launched in recent years, it’s easy to see how “enterprising” is fast becoming an accurate way of describing them. More and more aspiring entrepreneurs are attempting to make their mark in South Africa’s burgeoning entrepreneurial market, many of who are driven by their need to make a difference in society and help their fellow brethren – and Lumkani is one such start-up. We take a closer look at this social initiative and how it’s attempting to save lives, not just in South Africa, but in other parts of the world as well.

A harsh reality

While conducting research for his Honours thesis in engineering, co-founder Francois Petousis found the devastating 2013 fire in Khayelitsha (in which more than 4000 people were left homeless) to have an acceleratory effect on his study. The unfortunate reality that many members of urban informal settlements face is that the outbreak of a fire can have devastating effects on the entire community. This is mainly because of how densely packed the settlements tend to be, and as a result, fires spread rapidly and leave a trail of damage in their wake. The 2013 fire further highlighted the great need for a solution that would create a social impact and finally address the challenge of shack fires.

The birth of Lumkani

Together with UCT electrical engineering lecturer Samuel Ginsberg, Petousis founded Lumkani, after which they were soon joined by other team members, including the start-up’s director, David Gluckman. Their mission was to design an affordable product that could function as an early-warning system in the hopes of increasing the chances of safety for informal settlement community members when fires break out. Beyond the issue of safety, there was also the need to help reduce the amount of fire-damage caused.

How does the technology work?

The Lumkani early-warning system is based on heat detection technology, as opposed to the traditional smoke detector. This is because many lighting, cooking and heating methods used by people in informal settlements produce smoke. Lumkani’s rate-of-rise of temperature technology was designed to monitor the temperature within a home, resulting in an alarm being triggered when the temperature becomes alarmingly high. The main goal here is to alert people earlier when a fire breaks out, giving them enough time to get to safety and call for help. Grappling with the core issues surrounding settlement fires, Petousis and his team acknowledged that it went beyond just a single shack and extended to the entire community. In short, in order to tackle this problem, there was a need for a communal alert. The answer: detectors that are networked within a 60 metre radius. This means that when one alarm is triggered, all the subsequent devices within its radius will ring as well, leading to a community-wide response to the danger. This makes for far more rapid detection, as well as faster and more effective responses, all of which mean less damage. The system also stores GPS co-ordinates and when an alarm is triggered, text messages are sent off to the affected members.

Looking forwards

The Lumkani team is now working on the next phase, which involves an alarm sending off GPS co-ordinates to emergency services – something which aims to reduce response time and limit the amount of damage by dealing with a fire before it becomes unmanageable. The start-up also has its sights set on the globe, where it hopes to bring about change in areas beyond South Africa.

In the meantime, since November 2014, Lumkani has made its way into many communities and offers close to 2000 households a fighting chance of beating devastating fires. It walked away with the prize for the best start-up in Global Innovation through Science and Technology at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in 2014, and has recently won the South African leg of Chivas Regal’s Win the Right Way competition. It will now join 20 other entrepreneurs from around the world in Silicon Valley for a mentorship programme later this year, where it stands the chance of winning $1 million. Good things have already been achieved, but great things are yet to come for this amazing South African start-up.

Trust Sage One’s effective software to be by your side as you make your entrepreneurial dreams become a reality.

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Five South African start-ups to watch

It has to be said that South Africans are nothing short of innovative. This is evident more than ever in the number of start-ups that have exploded on to the scene in the last few years. More and more people seem to be taking the plunge into the exciting world of entrepreneurship, much to the delight of their fellow South Africans who luckily get to reap the rewards of some seriously fantastic ideas that are being made into realities.

It has to be said that South Africans are nothing short of innovative. This is evident more than ever in the number of start-ups that have exploded on to the scene in the last few years. More and more people seem to be taking the plunge into the exciting world of entrepreneurship, much to the delight of their fellow South Africans who luckily get to reap the rewards of some seriously fantastic ideas that are being made into realities. Here are just four of the many fledgling South African start-ups worth keeping your eye on.

Mellowcabs

The brainchild of Neil Du Preez and Kobus Breytenbach and inspired by alternative means of transport available in Europe, Mellowcabs is an exciting Franschhoek-based taxi start-up. Tapping into the niche market of “last mile commuters”, Mellowcabs offers an ecofriendly, efficient, urban micro transportation option, and the best part is, it’s free. How do they make money then, you ask? Through banner ads, of course. The ads appear on the sides of the electric mini cabs and give advertisers a unique opportunity to promote their brands. The cherry on top has to be the on-board tablets that utilise geo-location software that trigger location-specific adverts. The taxi industry just took an exciting turn.

GUST Pay

Co-found by Joe Botha, Werner van Zyl and Jan Pool, GUST Pay is essentially a quick and easy mobile payment alternative. The Stellenbosch-based start-up brings the idea of wearable technology to life with its NFC wristband technology, making payments at festivals and other large-scale events quick and painless. The GUST Pay mobile application is available on both iOS and android phones, and transforms a usually lengthy and fairly complicated payment process into a simple and fast one. Ultimately, it means shorter queues, cashless transactions and an overall seamless ticketing experience for both buyers and sellers. In a game where convenience is key, GUST Pay delivers.

Tuluntulu

The high costs of broadband and data connections across Africa is a nagging issue and one to which many South Africans are unfortunately more than familiar. The low data speeds mean lagging video steaming and ultimately, frustrated users. Enter Tuluntulu – a content distribution application for mobile phones. Launched by founder Pierre van der Hoven in 2012, Tuluntulu “is designed to meet the challenges of the developing world’s congested mobile networks and low-bandwidth environments”. Its main aim is to deliver users a viewing experience that is both inexpensive and uninterrupted. It’s built with South Africans in mind with the vision of combining low data speeds with video delivery in a way that allows access to TV anytime, anywhere.

SPOTTM

Wherever you are in South Africa, there tends to be a strong sense of community. SPOTTM is a private social platform created for you and your neighbours that allows you to fight crime as well as connect socially. Think of it as a virtual notice board that can be used to report crime in your area, find your lost pet or invite your neighbours to a neighbourhood gathering. As SPOTTM says: “Our aim is to use technology to create safer and socially engaged neighbourhoods.” It’s an excellent way to connect with your neighbours, help prevent crime and hopefully live in a safer, more close-knit community.

South African talent is manifesting in a number of exciting and innovative small companies that are really going places. There’s no doubt that there will be many more start-ups to follow so watch this space.

SME’s can enjoy simplified online accounting and payroll options with the assistance of Sage One Accounting.

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How to Play Nice at the Office: Tips for how to deal with not seeing eye-to-eye with certain colleagues

In an environment where you tend to see your co-workers more than you do your family, it’s all too often that one or two of you will rub each other up the wrong way. Workplace conflict is inevitable, but if you handle it properly you can make your differences valuable, instead of just frustrating. 

n an environment where you tend to see your co-workers more than you do your family, it’s all too often that one or two of you will rub each other up the wrong way. Workplace conflict is inevitable, but if you handle it properly you can make your differences valuable, instead of just frustrating.

See your co-workers for who they are, not who you want them to be

We often get caught up in how we think others should behave, according to our values and our methods, instead of letting them be themselves. At the end of the day, we need to acknowledge that everyone has their own assets and flaws, and that not everyone is the same. Yes, we know it’s old news, but it’s true. No matter how annoying someone is, if you get to know them you will inevitably find something they can do better than you can.

Change your attitude

If there’s one set of wise words that truly can be applied to every area of life, it is “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes”. Often your viewpoint can drastically alter the context of a situation. If you see a colleague looking at you, then saying something to another colleague and both of them started laughing, you would likely be offended. However, if you heard them talking about the hilarious joke you told yesterday, you wouldn’t. Often the things we are hurt or irritated by are simply a question of our own assumptions and context, and if we can change that, we can drastically reduce our levels of perceived stress.

Learn to listen

Learning to listen is part of changing your attitude. If you understand why someone is doing what they are, it’s easier to know how to react. Many conflicts can be resolved with a simple “when you do [this], you make me feel like [this]” – the person often didn’t ever mean to offend you, and by listening to them, their “shoes” (metaphorically speaking) will be easier to walk in.  In that same sense, it’s highly important to understand your own actions and your reasons for them. A lot of the time we will avoid someone who has the same attributes we dislike about ourselves, or even be completely unaware that we ourselves are acting in a displeasing way to others. Recognise your behaviour and adjust it.

Don’t get personal

If you’ve tried to turn the other cheek, walked a mile in someone else’s uncomfortable shoes, but they’re still a thorn in your side, there isn’t much else you can do besides take a step back. Accept that you cannot change them, and keep it strictly business. Most people manage to do this perfectly, but they forget the other half of the coin: not getting personal means you can’t get personal about that person to someone else, either. You are free to rant as much as you like to your family at home, but any negativity about a co-worker should never be passed on to someone in the office – no matter how great your friendship is.

Make your enemies work in your favour

Abraham Lincoln constructed a cabinet out of his political rivals, because he knew they would push him to do things better. If you can learn to take a closer look at the aspects that other people don’t like about you, you’ll most likely figure out how to change those flaws, too, for the betterment of yourself and your workplace. By pushing yourself to do things the way you want to, you’ll only bump heads with others, but by showing them you’re happy to give their methods a try, you can only improve your own skills as well as your work environment.

At Sage One, we do all we can to make your work life easier. Follow our blog for more workplace tips, or change the way your business does finance by trying out our easy-to-use accounting software.

 

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Five characteristics all leaders have in common

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” — Lao Tzu Being seen as a leader is an ideal that many strive for and one that can often seem indistinct. But what exactly makes up a leader?

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” — Lao Tzu

Being seen as a leader is an ideal that many strive for and one that can often seem indistinct. But what exactly makes up a leader? From Churchill to Zedong, here are a few characteristics that all leaders seem to have in common.

They have a clear vision

Being a leader means being able to confidently communicate your vision or idea to the people you want to lead. In order to do this, you will need to completely understand your vision and be able to paint a vivid picture of it. Having a clear vision will give you direction and make achieving your goal that much easier.

They have an insatiable passion

Once your employees have successfully bought into your vision, they will be willing to work on it as their own. Selling your vision requires a huge amount of passion that is palpable to everyone around you. It’s this fiery passion that will inspire your employees to keep working and growing towards the end goal. Passion is undeniably infectious – if you can ignite this in those whom you want to lead, then you and your team will be unstoppable.

They have a “team” mentality

There’s a big difference between being seen as a boss and being seen as a leader. Having a team mentality means showing those around you that you don’t see yourself as being superior, but rather as being a member of the same team as them. You’re all there to work together and ultimately achieve the same result. Develop your team by instilling confidence in them and let them know at every opportunity that you’re there to support them in any crisis.

They are decisive

Being the leader means making tough decisions. This can be very difficult at times but the reality is that it comes with the territory. When making decisions, good leaders are clear and firm and understand that they cannot please everyone. People will admire you more if you show that you’re able to make informed decisions and stick to them.

They are optimistic

Great leaders are those individuals who are exude positive energy. They have an intrinsic desire to help people and offer valuable feedback that inspires and provides reassurance when needed. These are the people that you want to be around and will motivate the team. It’s easier for employees to soldier on during tough times when their leader remains positive and pushes through.

Leaders in business are those who inspire, motivate and encourage employees day after day, but they’re also people who make the best possible decisions for their business. Choosing Sage One for all your accounting and payroll needs can be one of those great decisions.

 

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Five minutes with Steven Cohen (Head of Sage One in the AAMEA region)

Getting to know the people behind a large, established company can help to remind consumers of the human element behind all the success. At the end of the day, without people, a brand wouldn’t exist, and without customers, it wouldn’t flourish. We caught up with the Head of Sage One in the AAMEA region, Mr. Steven Cohen, to find out a little more not only about the exciting world of online accounting software, but also more about the man behind the title.

Getting to know the people behind a large, established company can help to remind consumers of the human element behind all the success. At the end of the day, without people, a brand wouldn’t exist, and without customers, it wouldn’t flourish. We caught up with the Head of Sage One in the AAMEA region, Mr. Steven Cohen, to find out a little more not only about the exciting world of online accounting software, but also more about the man behind the title. Here’s what he had to share.

What is your career background and how did you find yourself in the world of online accounting? Also, for those who don’t know, what is Sage One, how did it start and who can benefit from it the most.

SC: I’m a qualified CASA (since 1987) and I was one of the founders of Softline, a provider of business management software to small and medium sized companies. That was, in essence, my first real job. We listed on the JSE in 1997, before being bought out by Sage in 2003, after which a rebrand took place and we became known as Sage.

I then moved from a group role to MD at Sage Pastel in the same year. It was during this time that a group of programmers and myself started to develop the online initiative for which Sage is well known. What started out as a “let’s see what we can do” sort of thing turned into something much greater and its success recently led me to resign from my role as MD of Pastel and take up the position of Head of Sage One in the AAMEA region. I still work from the very same desk though – in the support office, close to the customers and right in the middle of all the action.

Simply put, Sage One is a cloud accounting program. I tell people that it’s just like Facebook, except for the fact that it’s not social software, but rather geared towards business and accounting. Sage One offers all the conveniences that come with the cloud: it offers mobility, so that you have the freedom to work from where ever, whenever, as long as you have access to a computer and a browser. All your data is kept safe and secure with the help of an internet service provider (complete with generators, mirrored backups, 24/7 security etc).

And who can benefit from it the most? The short answer: any SME with an internet connection! It’s a full accounting system so it looks to satisfy the business needs of a range of companies. Some people use it solely for the online payroll option while others in the service industry use it for billing time and services.

Why do you think online accounting (and online systems) are the way forward for small businesses?

SC: Two reasons:

1)      It’s accounting software for the “new age” and therefore the user experience is far simpler and easier. Whilst many accounting software vendors have evolved their software over the last 20 years, it’s still hard to use, as the majority of people using it tend to have a lack of the necessary accounting knowledge that would make using that specific software easier. Sage One is designed for the cloud so it’s fresh and beautiful form makes it simple for anyone to navigate and utilise. Using the knowledge and lessons acquired over two decades, Sage One has been developed in such a way so as to ensure it contains all the necessary functionality, yet not at the cost of simplicity when it comes to the user’s experience.

2)      The convenience the cloud offers is compelling in every way possible. The best part is that this convenience extends beyond the PC to include other platforms (such as mobile), making it an incredible option when it comes to mobility. Because all the necessary information is stored in the cloud, gone are the days when it all sits in the “domain” of the admin staff – now everyone who needs to have access does, wherever they may be. It’s the ultimate software for businesses and will change how they operate on a daily basis.

Sage One software is based on the same trusted Pastel software, but what makes it different and unique? 

SC: Sage One software is not like Pastel software; in fact, it’s entirely new. Of course, they do share the same parents though: the same people who originally developed it. Sage One has the same engineering and philosophy behind it, yet it’s new. As I like to put it: it’s like your grandmother always drove a Volkswagen Beetle back in 1950 and now you drive the latest golf in the 21st Century – same design, same ethos, yet more current.

Where do you see online accounting in the next five years? What do you predict the developments will be?

SC: It’s undoubtedly going to be at the centre of most SMEs, more than likely integrating with third party applications through APIs, facilitating automatic bank and payment integrations, and of course promoting, more than ever, the ongoing importance of mobility in the business world.

As time passes, online accounting software is bound to become more than simply something that helps you electronically organise the books and records of your business – it’s set to become a “business tool”, in every sense of the term. It will allow business owners to use it as so much more than just its original record keeping purpose – it will also show you who owes you money, who you owe and what profits and losses you’ve made. Simply put: it’ll be about so much more than just the numbers. You’ll be able to operate your entire business from this single platform, from managing your to-dos, to using it for marketing purposes and bettering customer relationships. Operational information will be able to merge seamlessly with accounting information, making it a breeze to manage your business with user-friendly and reliable software.

What is it about this industry that gets you fired up?

SC: Many things, but the fact that we are manufacturers, artists, creators, really gets me fired up. I’ve always been excited about businesses in which people are making things, building things that are essentially making other peoples’ lives easier. I feel we do that here at Sage. We want to create things that people can benefit from, things that can change the way businesses do business. Nothing makes me happier than getting feedback such as this from a satisfied Sage user and knowing it’s something we built that has led to such satisfaction: “I’m working on it and I think I’m falling in love with the software.”

What advice can you offer to the future Sir Richard Bransons out there? 

SC: Employ the right people.

Don’t patronise them.

Trust them.

Respect them.

AND SHARE THEIR PASSION.

And lastly: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not online?

SC: I enjoy guitar, chess, history, philosophy and riding my motorcycle. I also love movies and listening to Van Morrison and Radiohead.

Thanks to Steven for taking the time to answer our questions.

 

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Win BIG with Sage One

Sometimes in business, you get thrown a curveball and when you least expect it, things can get shaken up – and that’s just what we’ve decided to do with our exciting Sage One competition. Have we got your attention? Good. Read on to find out exactly what you have to do to stand a chance of walking away with some incredible prizes valued at over R10 000.

Sometimes in business, you get thrown a curveball and when you least expect it, things can get shaken up – and that’s just what we’ve decided to do with our exciting Sage One competition. Have we got your attention? Good. Read on to find out exactly what you have to do to stand a chance of walking away with some incredible prizes valued at overR10 000.

Sage One online software provides you, the business owner, with the flexibility and efficiency you require to run an effective and successful business. Because Sage One software operates within the Cloud, you’re able to manage your business on the go, where ever, whenever. Gone are the days of being chained to your desk and confined by the four walls of your office – with Sage One, you have 24/7 access to your accounts and payroll. This means you can get your work done from somewhere other than the office – all you need is an internet connection. You’re able to run your business confidently and successfully, all with the support and expertise offered to you by Sage.

So how do you enter? Well, it couldn’t be easier: all you need to do is take a picture of yourself working from your ideal spot outside of the office, or the place where you’d most love to get some work done. The idea is to capture that feeling of being able to do your online accounting and payroll anytime, anywhere. The final step is to upload your shot onto the Sage One Facebook page and then hold thumbs. See, it’s as simple to enter as it is to use Sage One software.

If you’re the chosen lucky winner, you’ll take home the following amazing prizes:

  • FREE Sage One accounting and payroll software for a whole year
  • An Apple iPad Mini
  • R2 000 Sunglass Hut voucher
  • R2 000 ZARA Clothing voucher

You have until midnight on 30 June to enter and the winner will be announced in the first week of July.

We live in the age of the “selfie”, so why not turn your next selfie into one that may just help you win big? This is an opportunity not to be missed and remember the more creative, weird, crazy and out there you are with your photo entry, the better your chance of being chosen as the grand prize winner.

So start thinking and get snapping – you might just be the one to star in the winning shot.

Ts & Cs apply – visit the Sage One South Africa Facebook page for all the latest competition details.

 

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Sage One Accounting Software: How it can help you run your business smoothly

In a previous post we took a look at the reasons why your small business needs Sage One Payroll software, so in this post we’ll be showing you how Sage One accounting software can help you run your business more smoothly. Here at Sage One, we value the hard work, effort and commitment that goes into getting a new business off the ground and operating smoothly and efficiently.

In a previous post we took a look at the reasons why your small business needs Sage One Payroll software, so in this post we’ll be showing you how Sage One accounting software can help you run your business more smoothly. Here at Sage One, we value the hard work, effort and commitment that goes into getting a new business off the ground and operating smoothly and efficiently. We want to see entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed, and that’s why we’re dedicated to doing what we can to get you there. The online accounting software Sage One offers is designed to help you manage the financial side of your business in the simplest and fastest way possible – something that will hopefully take you and your business a step closer to becoming a serious player in your particular industry.

Saves you time

You’ve heard it before, but it’s true: time is money. In business you want to be able to use your time wisely and find ways to avoid wasting it unnecessarily. One way of achieving this is by incorporating simplified processes into the everyday running of the business – the easier things are, the faster they’ll be completed which will save you time. Sage One’s accounting software is simple to use and a lack of confusing jargon makes it a breeze to deal with on a daily basis. It has an “intuitive interface”, making it easy for you to navigate your way around the system and find what you’re looking for fast.

Hassle-free

Fewer hassles with your software and operating systems usually results in smoother running of things all round. There are numerous “hassle-free” features of Sage One software, such as:

  • Upgrades: Because you’re working in the Cloud, your work is automatically “updated” instantly whenever you make changes which ensures that you’re always working on the latest version.
  • Installation: Again, using the Cloud means there’s nothing to install.
  • Accessibility: Provided you have Internet access, you’re able to access the system 24/7 from where ever you are. What could be more convenient?
  • Security: The Cloud stores all your data safely and securely, so you never have to worry about it landing in the wrong hands.

Full over-view of the business

Having a bird’s-eye view of your whole business is best when it comes to running things. When you can see every aspect of the financial side of your business, you’re able to manage it in the most effective way possible. With Sage One’s carefully designed Dashboard, you can keep your eye on everything, from who are your best customers, to your sales history and which are your top-selling products. Having a full-overview of the business will help you spot problem areas faster, make changes where necessary and overall, have a better idea of your business’s financial landscape.

The Drill Down feature is an added bonus that allows you to look deeper into the information presented to you by the interface. Having immediate access to the details behind the information you receive will provide you with a better understanding of why things are the way they are and this will hopefully lead to faster problem-solving and improved relationships with customers.

One-stop shop

Sage One software provides the perfect platform for business owners to deal with many things at once. From managing customers, suppliers and inventory, to creating customised invoices using the Sage One Custom Layout Designer, producing reports and managing the business’s bank accounts, Sage One’s online accounting is truly a one-stop shop. Furthermore, your accountant can be granted access to the system, allowing him to keep an eye on the financials from where ever he is.

Sage One software is everything rolled into one, making it the ideal financial management tool for any small business. To find out more about this fantastic software and its features, take a quick tour on the Sage One website.

 

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Sage One: Where we are now

Everything has a beginning – even the largest and most successful companies had to start somewhere. What began as a small venture into the business software industry, soon grew into one of South Africa’s leading developer of accounting, payroll and business management software. Here’s a brief look at how Sage One Accounting came to be [

Everything has a beginning – even the largest and most successful companies had to start somewhere. What began as a small venture into the business software industry, soon grew into one of South Africa’s leading developer of accounting, payroll and business management software. Here’s a brief look at how Sage One Accounting came to be and how it’s managed to make its mark on the business world in a very short time.

Back to the beginning

Softline was founded by Ivan Epstein, Alan Osrin and Steven Cohen in 1988. They had a vision to simplify the lives of business owners by providing them with intelligent software that would help them manage their businesses quickly, easily and efficiently… and so they did. What started out as a big idea (and a R1500 loan), grew to become a booming business dedicated to playing an important role in building sustainable and prosperous businesses.

Moving forwards

In 2003, Softline was acquired by The Sage Group plc, a UK-based company formed in 1981. This was a step in the right direction as Sage is a well—established company with years of experience in the world of business management software, and by coming under its wing, Softline would continue to soar and further strengthen its reputation within the industry. RenamedSage Pastel Accounting, it has gone on to garner an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the industry, and is the preferred choice for small to medium businesses. Today, Sage boasts over six million customers across 24 countries.

Sage One Accounting

2009 saw the launch of Sage Pastel’s first online accounting offering, known as Sage Pastel My Business Online. Last year, the product was re-launched with the name Sage One Accounting. Developed in South Africa specifically for South African businesses, it continues to help small to medium-sized businesses simplify their accounting. As a business owner, you’re able to track the various financial processes within the business (sales, purchases, cash movements etc), all the while having the freedom to run your business from wherever you are. The Cloud-based software allows you to log on anytime, anywhere, with the guarantee that you’re always be working on the latest versions of data that are stored and protected 24/7. Nothing could be simpler and more effective.

Sage One’s purpose, ethos and R&D philosophy

Sage One has become one of South Africa’s most trusted business management systems and there are many reasons for this. However, the main one has to be that from the beginning, Sage Pastel has always thought “beyond accounting”. Through knowledge and understanding of business, as well as an intense desire to support growing businesses through various means, it is dedicated to ensuring that it provides the necessary assistance businesses need to become successful, sustainable businesses. The company recognises that every business is unique and therefore requires different tools in order to succeed – and these are constantly changing in an ever-evolving technological world. Research and development are highly valued simply because by investing in research, it is able to keep its finger on the pulse, stay on top of the latest trends and therefore advise businesses accordingly. The end result: businesses receive the guidance they need to grow, strengthen and ultimately, reach their goals of success.

With Sage One by your side, you’re able to do business the way you want to and you’re given the freedom to realise your ambitions, and run with them.

Contact Sage One to find out more about how it can help you make your businesses dreams a reality.

 

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