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 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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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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Five reasons why you and your employees will love Sage One Payroll

When it comes to finding ways to run your small business effectively and more smoothly, business owners are the first to admit that this is something close to the top of their list of priorities. Sage One is committed to helping you grow your business and providing you with the tools you need to manage

When it comes to finding ways to run your small business effectively and more smoothly, business owners are the first to admit that this is something close to the top of their list of priorities. Sage One is committed to helping you grow your business and providing you with the tools you need to manage it as efficiently as possible. One such tool is Online Payroll, software that is guaranteed to make your life a whole lot easier when it comes to anything related to employee remuneration. There are so many reasons for you and your employees to love Sage One Payroll, but here are just a few.

Accurate

Sage One Payroll helps to minimise the occurrence of human error, something that very often accompanies manual calculations. When looking at your online payslips, you can be sure that you are always looking at the “final”, real-time value, allowing you to stay up-to-date and accurate when it comes to payroll. The software also updates automatically, saving you the hassle of having to install the latest versions.

Saves time and money

Because the software does all the heavy lifting and calculations for you, you can save a huge amount of time that you will then be able to put into something else in the business. Sage One Payroll is also an affordable option that will save you money through reducing your labour costs as well as offering you a system that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to run (you only pay for the number of employees you process). Time and money are two vital ingredients when it comes to business success and the more you have of both, the more likely your business is to flourish and expand.

Convenient and easy to use

Because Sage One Payroll is software that operates within the Cloud, it means that you’re able to login anytime, anywhere, provided you have an internet connection. Because you’re able to work on the go, you’re no longer bound to the office. Your employees will be paid timely, every time, thanks to Sage One Payroll. You’re also able to sign up, add your employees and start processing within five minutes – what could be easier? There’s no difficult jargon to work through and the simple-to-use templates will change your approach to payroll forever. The standard reports generated give you instant access to your payroll information in a format that suits your needs (PDF, Excel, Word etc). Sage One Payroll will even manage your employees’ leave for you – so many solutions offered with a single system.

Safe and secure

With all your information being stored in the Cloud, you have peace of mind that it’s all kept safe and secure, year after year. All your data is also backed up daily which means that whoever has access to the information, will always be working off of the latest version. Security is important to you, so it’s important to us too, so we use the latest in online security technology to ensure that your sensitive information is protected 24/7.

SARS compliant

Sage One Payroll is fully compliant with SARS requirements and you’re able to create tax certificates in one simple step. It also helps to make SARS submissions an absolute breeze, once again saving you time and unnecessary stress.

Sage One Payroll is your answer to a secure and affordable online payroll solution for your small, growing business. It will completely change the way you think about payroll and with your employees receiving just as many benefits from it as you do, there’ll be satisfaction all round.

 

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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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