Payroll – how Sage makes it painless

Sage One Payroll is a comprehensive small business-oriented payroll solution designed so that you can get your payroll off with a minimum of hassle. Payroll can be a headache – making sure that you are compliant with government regulations can add hours to the task at hand.

But with Sage One Payroll, your payroll is made simple.

How does Sage One Payroll work?

Once you have downloaded Sage One Payroll, you can immediately begin signing up your employees. There’s no payroll jargon – just input the relevant information, and the software will compile your employee’s payment profile. Your data is stored in the cloud, which allows you to access your payroll information wherever there is an internet connection.

There is no limit to the number of companies, employees or users on Sage’s system – this means that you can effortlessly add or remove information as your business expands or contracts. With access-control, you can determine which information is visible to the additional users of the software. This feature is perfect for when you need your accountant to verify your accounts.

SARS compliance

Your payroll information is automatically made compliant with South Africa’s revenue service. This means, in practice, that PAYE, UIF, and SDL are automatically calculated for you. Sage One Payroll offers you the ability to automatically send your UIF submissions directly to the Department of Labour, saving you valuable time each month. Your SARS submissions are made significantly easier, with the ability to generate tax certificates, and file these in your Sage system.

Your security is a top priority. Sage uses daily back-ups to safe-guard your company information, and relies on 256-bit encryption to prevent unwanted outside parties from accessing your information. Sage uses Verisign to encrypt – a fully authenticated and verified security certificate.

Real-time information

Your payroll information is always kept current – Sage calculates the payroll values in real-time, giving you an accurate picture of your payroll obligations. Sage’s functionality also includes calculating employee leave – this information is designated when an employee is signed on to the system. From here, you can produce management reports whenever you require them, with information like sick leave included in the report.

The integrated payroll solution

Sage One Payroll works seamlessly with Sage One Accounting. This means that you can save time by automatically validating bank account numbers, that you can sent payment batches directly to Sage Pay from Sage One Payroll without exposing sensitive information, and that you can coordinate your payment schedule to ensure that your employees are paid simultaneously.

Sage One Payroll offers flexible pricing. Your payment depends on your employee count – so you only pay more as you grow as a business.

As with all Sage products, Sage One Payroll offers outstanding customer support. You get free telephone and email support with Sage, if you’re ever stuck, there will be someone available during office hours to guide you on your way with live online support chats.

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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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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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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Mandela Day: Inspiration for uplifting you and your business

Former President Nelson Mandela spent 67 years fighting for a better world. In light of this, his birthday (18 July), has been declared International Nelson Mandela Day by the United Nations. For everyone all over the world, but especially for South Africans, this day holds a special place in our hearts. The Mandela Day initiative calls on everyone from all walks of life to devote just 67 minutes of their time to helping improve the lives of others.

Former President Nelson Mandela spent 67 years fighting for a better world. In light of this, his birthday (18 July), has been declared International Nelson Mandela Day by the United Nations. For everyone all over the world, but especially for South Africans, this day holds a special place in our hearts. The Mandela Day initiative calls on everyone from all walks of life to devote just 67 minutes of their time to helping improve the lives of others. The idea is one that has spread drastically, with individuals, corporations and charities all working together, just as Madiba would have wanted.

So what will you be doing this Mandela Day?

 When it comes to figuring out which project you or your company should participate in on Mandela Day, there certainly isn’t a shortage of amazing things from which to choose. The main aim during those 67 minutes is to do something that has the potential to better someone else’s situation. This could manifest in the form of anything from a beach clean up to helping out at a school or animal shelter. Here are a few ideas for you, your family or your business to participate in this Mandela Day:

  • Reading is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but it is one that millions of people around the world are not able to enjoy. Go and read a snippet of your favourite book to someone who can’t, for example, a visually impaired person, a resident in an old age home or young children at a nursery school.
  • Foster a friendship with someone from a different background. This is likely to mean more to both of you than either of you could ever have imagined.
  • Help prepare someone for the working world. Assist them with putting together an impressive CV, or help them prepare for an interview – you could just help change the course of their future.
  • Host a fundrasing event and donate all the money raised to a charity of your choice. This could be done through cake sales, jumble sales or food stalls.
  • Organise a drive or collection of clothing, blankets and non-perishable food. Everything collected can then be given to someone, or even a group of people, in need.

There are plenty of things you can do this Mandela Day and the above just forms the basis from which to kick-start your thinking. Sage One, for example, provides a platform from which small businesses can grow. Their free online accounting trial and online Payroll demo provides a free, month-long service to help get things off the ground. Just as Sage One helps small business owners to grow and manage their businesses more easily and efficiently, so too can you help someone in need grow and feel better about themselves, even if only for a short while. What matters is that you take the time to try and change someone’s world – a little really can go a long way.

Seeking small business heroes

702, CapeTalk and Sage One are recognising and rewarding SA’s best small businesses. The 702/CapeTalk Small Business Awards with Sage One are underway, with more than R1 million in prizes up for grabs for the winners and runners-up in the Western Cape and Gauteng. The annual Awards seek out small businesses with big dreams and enormous potential, recognising their achievements and providing them with the support they need to grow.

702, CapeTalk and Sage One are recognising and rewarding SA’s best small businesses.

The 702/CapeTalk Small Business Awards with Sage One are underway, with more than R1 million in prizes up for grabs for the winners and runners-up in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

The annual Awards seek out small businesses with big dreams and enormous potential, recognising their achievements and providing them with the support they need to grow. The Awards invite 702 and CapeTalk listeners to nominate small businesses that have impressed them over the past 12 months.

The aim is to give recognition to great small businesses that offer exceptional service, and provide them with the necessary exposure to help them grow, and inspire other businesses to follow in their footsteps.

The Awards are sponsored by Sage One – simple, secure and affordable online accounting and payroll for small to medium businesses. “Whether it’s a start-up, or established business, the key to success is passion, persistence, hard work and determination. We want to know about small businesses that are striving for success in everything they do, including customer service,” says Ivan Epstein, CEO of Sage AAMEA (Africa, Australia, Middle East and Asia).

“Small businesses are the engines of employment and economic prosperity. We at Sage are passionate about helping them to succeed. We want to highlight the achievements of small businesses that are creating jobs, building the economy, and delivering goods and services that enhance the lives of their customers.

For 702 and CapeTalk, the campaign offers valuable exposure to small businesses. “Since we launched the Small Business Awards we have profiled 420 businesses on our platforms, giving them an opportunity to reach new markets. The feedback from the business owners has been that the interviews have had a direct and immediate impact – their phones start ringing as soon as they come off air,” said Colleen Louw, CapeTalk station manager.

“The Small Business Awards are part of our broader strategy to support small businesses as this sector is critical to the growth in our economy,” added 702 station manager, Pheladi Gwangwa. “As large enterprises downsize and restructure, small businesses have come to play an increasingly important role in creating employment and for that reason they need our support to give a multiplier effect to this role.”

The winning small businesses will be awarded the following:

  • The Winners: In each region, the two winners will receive an advertising package to the value of R250 000 on 702/CapeTalk.
  • The Runner-ups: In each region, the two runner-ups will each receive a R125 000 airtime package on 702/CapeTalk.

Sage will award the winners in both regions a laptop with free access to Sage One Accounting and Sage One Payroll software (including one year of software support) and a training course or seminar of their choice, giving them the freedom they need to run their business anywhere, any time.

Last year’s 702 Small Business Awards winner was Book Express, founded in 2005 as a micro enterprise that provides new and second hand books at an affordable price to the UNISA student market. Leather goods manufacturer Research Unitwon the CapeTalk Small Business Awards.

“We received more than 1 800 nominations last year, showing the diversity and strength of South Africa’s small business sector,” says Epstein. “This year, we hope to receive even more. We’re looking for small businesses with a passion for excellence and achievement.”

If you have received exceptional service from a small business, 702, CapeTalk and Sage One want to recognise it, so be sure to submit your nomination as soon as possible. Finalists will be announced from the week of 10 August. Visit www.sba.702.co.za or www.sba.capetalk.co.za for more information.

 

Press release from 27 July 2015.

Five small business must-haves

In South Africa, small businesses are responsible for creating a large portion of the GDP. From small curio shops to independent convenience stores, the country is home to thousands of independently-owned businesses that have helped the economy along. However, maintaining any business, regardless of its size, can prove to be very challenging

In South Africa, small businesses are responsible for creating a large portion of the GDP. From small curio shops to independent convenience stores, the country is home to thousands of independently-owned businesses that have helped the economy along. However, maintaining any business, regardless of its size, can prove to be very challenging. Small businesses aren’t generally part of a larger brand, which makes penetrating the market slightly more difficult. However, there are ways and means of making the experience of running a small business easier. Below, you will find five must-haves for your growing small business.

Reliable accounting and payroll software

Keeping an eye on the books as well as the payroll within a small business is key in keeping on top of things. Having reliable accounting and payroll software can ensure that this happens, as it will help you ensure that you’re always aware of how the business is doing, as well as where it stands financially. With this information, you can also see whether or not the business can afford to expand and employ more staff, should the demand for your product or service increase.

A great website

In this day and age, it has become incredibly important for businesses to have a good online presence. Make sure your business has a website that not only represents everything you can offer your customers, but is also easy to use and tells visitors exactly what they want to know. Most customers will first do an online search before contacting a business, and the more reliable your site appears to be, the more potential cutomers will view your business as reliable. And, in this day and age there’s no excuse. You can easily create and optimise your website yourself with great template driven platforms like Sage Online Tools that even integrate with your accounting and payroll software.

Professionalism

It doesn’t matter what the size of a business may be, professionalism is key in creating a space in which clients feel they can trust you. If you can show them that you know what you’re doing and you’re good at it, they are likely to return to your business over and over again. A strong sense of professionalism never hurt anyone, and it is even likely to help your business run smoother.

Leadership

One thing a small business definitely cannot do without is leadership. Employees need to have someone to look up to, not only for the growth of the business, but for their own professional growth as well. They need to know that someone is at the forefront, making the best possible decisions for the business and that at the end of the day, the business is being lead from strength to strength. With good leadership, a small business can flourish even in the most challenging of times.

A positive attitude

This may sound like a cliché, but a positive attitude really can go a long way. If everyone who works at a small business adopts a positive attitude, the environment will become more pleasant to work in, which will, in turn, affect the quality of the work produced. And once clients and customers can see that the work is of a high quality, they will become loyal to your business.

Small businesses are at an exciting place in the South African economy, as they have great potential for growth. With reliable accounting and payroll software, a great website, a sense of professionalism, strong leadership and a positive attitude, an independent little restaurant, convenience store or car wash has the best possible chance of success.

 

 

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Sage One in search of SA’s best small business

The Talk Radio 702/ 567 Cape Talk Small Business Awards with Sage One, powered by Sage Pastel and VIP, have started and the annual search for small businesses with big dreams, great passion and enormous potential has begun. The Awards give Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk listeners the opportunity to nominate small businesses that have impressed them over the past 12 months.

The Talk Radio 702/ 567 Cape Talk Small Business Awards with Sage One, powered by Sage Pastel and VIP, have started and the annual search for small businesses with big dreams, great passion and enormous potential has begun. The Awards give Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk listeners the opportunity to nominate small businesses that have impressed them over the past 12 months.

The goal of the competition is to give recognition to great small businesses that offer exceptional service, and provide them with the necessary exposure to help them grow, and inspire other entrepreneurs to follow in their footsteps. The Awards are sponsored by Sage One – simple, secure and affordable online accounting and payroll for small, growing business. Sage One is powered by Sage Pastel and VIP.

Says Ivan Epstein, CEO of Sage AAMEA: “We have always been passionate about small businesses for two reasons: firstly, we understand their challenges because we started as a small company ourselves, and secondly, because we believe they are the key to creating new jobs and growing South Africa’s economy.”

“We are pleased to sponsor the Small Business Awards again this year. We’ll once again be able to showcase some great small companies that are contributing to the small business sector, and hopefully play a role in helping them take their businesses to the next level.”

Sage One will award both of the winners with a laptop with free access to Sage One Accounting and Sage One Payroll software, including one year’s worth of software support, and a training course or seminar of their choice, giving them the freedom they need to run their business anywhere, anytime. An airtime package to the value of R250 000 on Talk Radio 702/ 567 Cape Talk and one month’s advertising exposure on the Google Display Network to the value of R25 000 will also be awarded to the winners to further promote their businesses.
The 2 runners-up will receive Sage One Accounting and Sage One Payroll software, including a year’s worth of software support. They will also receive a free training course or seminar of their choice as well as an airtime package to the value of R150 000 on Talk Radio 702/ 567 Cape Talk.

Last year’s winner, Roof Rats, clear bats, rats, dust and all the other accumulated mess out of ceilings. “Winning this competition gave our business a real boost,” says Diederik van ‘t Hof, owner of Roof Rats. “The exposure has given us enormous credibility and has helped us to grow our business and attract new customers.”

If you have received exceptional service from a small business, Talk Radio 702, 567 Cape Talk and Sage One want to recognise it, so be sure to submit your nomination before 22 August 2014.

Visit www.sba.702.co.za or www.sba.capetalk.co.za for more information.

Beat those back-to-work blues

It felt like only yesterday that you were putting on that out-of-office and locking those desk drawers before leaving the office for that much-needed holiday. Returning to work after some time off is never easy and very often we’re overcome with panic and anxiety the night before our first day back. The minute you set foot into the office, the joys of sleeping in, relaxing on the beach and lazy afternoons seem to become distant memories.

It felt like only yesterday that you were putting on that out-of-office and locking those desk drawers before leaving the office for that much-needed holiday. Returning to work after some time off is never easy and very often we’re overcome with panic and anxiety the night before our first day back. The minute you set foot into the office, the joys of sleeping in, relaxing on the beach and lazy afternoons seem to become distant memories. Going back to the grindstone and getting back into a routine can be tough, so here are a few helpful tips for how you can beat those back-to-work blues and settle down back at work faster.

Take an extra day (or two)

Giving yourself an extra day or two to finish off admin or recover a little if you’ve been travelling can really make the holiday-to-work transition that much easier. Whilst some may think this is simply prolonging the inevitable, at the end of the day a four or three day week sounds much more manageable than a full week.

Ease into things

The last thing you want to do after a holiday is dive head first into work without any planning beforehand. Ease back into things slowly and be sure to pace yourself for the first day or two. Creating a to-do list can really help you prioritise things and having a plan of action will mean less anxiety and a clearer head. It’s also a good idea to tidy up a little too: make sure your desk is clean and organised because a clean desk means a fresh start.

A little preparation is good

A few days before returning to work, you should consider scanning your emails and perhaps categorising them. This means that when you do return to the office, you won’t have to face the daunting task of sorting through all the emails in your now bulging Inbox. Rather lessen the blow and make things easier for yourself upon your return.

Don’t be so quick to turn that out-of-office off

The minute you turn your out-of-office off, it may signal to people that you are back at work and available. This can result in you being bombarded with many requests at which point you may feel completely overwhelmed, just as you’re trying to ease back into things. Rather leave it on until you’re ready for your clients and colleagues to know you are completely available. This will give you an opportunity to get organised and do a little planning or strategising for the coming weeks, before having to deal with current tasks and issues.

Get inspired

After a relaxing holiday, it’s never a bad idea to get those creative juices flowing and to get involved in an interesting new project. Trying something a little different to what you usually do can be very inspiring and it’s a great way to kick off the New Year. It will give you a challenge to focus on and at the same time indicate to your superiors that you are driven and ready to work hard. It’s a win-win situation.

Something to work towards

Many people get their next holiday booked soon after returning to work as this way, they can get back to the office knowing that they’ll be off again soon. Having something to work towards (especially if it’s another getaway or simply a few days off) makes the days seem more bearable and somehow makes all the reward on the other side of all the hard work, that much sweeter.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember though when returning to work is that the post-holiday blues are temporary. After a week or so you’ll be back into the swing of things and hopefully feeling more positive than when you first came back. Good luck for a successful and prosperous 2015.

Discover how Sage One Online Payroll can help you ease into the New Year.

 

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Five reasons why your small business needs Sage One Payroll software

At Sage One, we’re committed to providing businesses with the software support they require to have successful enterprises that run both smoothly and effectively. In essence, it’s all about efficiency. Sage One’s Payroll system will revolutionise the way you manage your business’s payroll process, helping to streamline the entire procedure so that you can stay on top of earnings and deductions with as little fuss as possible.

At Sage One, we’re committed to providing businesses with the software support they require to have successful enterprises that run both smoothly and effectively. In essence, it’s all about efficiency. Sage One’s Payroll system will revolutionise the way you manage your business’s payroll process, helping to streamline the entire procedure so that you can stay on top of earnings and deductions with as little fuss as possible. Here are five reasons why investing in Sage One Payroll online software is ideal for small businesses.

It’s accessible

What could be more convenient than being able to access your business’s payroll information anytime, anywhere? With Sage One Payroll this becomes a reality as business owners and managers can access their payroll information 24/7 – all that is needed is an Internet connection. This is particularly helpful if you’re constantly on the move. All the necessary data is stored in the cloud so you can literally login from wherever you are and get to work. It couldn’t be simpler.

It’s simple

Sage One Payroll is all about making your life as a business owner easier. Once you sign up and add your chosen employees, you can start processing in as little as five minutes. Confusing payroll jargon is non-existent and standard reports, available in a range of formats, make understanding payroll simpler and easier than ever before.

It’s secure

Security and the protection of sensitive information is often one of the main concerns for businesses when it comes to online products and systems. With Sage One Payroll, your data is backed up on a daily basis, with all information being encrypted and stored in such a way so as to make access only possible for those with the correct password. The system gives you peace of mind knowing that all the important information is kept safe and secure.

It’s affordable

Sage One strives to deliver quality products at affordable prices. With Sage One Payroll you essentially only pay for what you use. There are no upfront software costs and you can decide when employees get paid. Utilising an impressive software product shouldn’t have to mean having to reach too deep into those pockets.

It’s fully supported (and so are you)

Should you run into an issue with the software or get stuck somewhere along the way, there is a knowledgeable and capable support consultant waiting to assist. You have three assistance options: telephonic, email or live chat. The support is free and the team of trained consultants are on stand-by to try and provide answers and solutions to your queries. The live chat option (available during office hours) allows you to speak to a consultant in real time, meaning you can get advice faster and easier, without the hassle of having to wait for an email reply or in a lengthy phone queue. Choose the option that suits you best.

Everything about Sage One Payroll has been designed to make things simpler, easier and more efficient for you, the business owner. That way, you have more time to focus on the things that require more of your attention, ensuring you are able to run your business better. Sign up to receive a 30-day free trial demo – it’s almost guaranteed you won’t be disappointed. Let Sage One make a difference to your business.

 

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