20 Great Actionable Time Saving Ideas

Andy Bounds, author of The Jelly Effect: How to Make Your Communications Stick, recently passed me on some great time saving ideas. As he says the most common grumble in business: “I don’t have time.” So he has twenty ways to change how you communicate, to free-up loads of time. All are easy. All will save you time. But which will you do? Don’t have 30- or 60-minute meetings.  Instead, make them a maximum of 20 or 45. Even shorter, whenever possible Review last week’s diary, and identify all the things that took longer than they […]

Expert Business People to Avoid

Jim Connolly, the marketing expert, advised recently that there are certain people you need to avoid. Some are easy to spot The web designer, whose website looks ugly. The marketing expert, who has to attend networking groups because their marketing doesn’t work. The guru, who claims to be in demand, yet offers free consultations. The copywriter, whose content is uninspiring.  Others are harder to spot The strategist, whose own strategy isn’t working. The accountant, who understands the numbers but can’t express what they mean to your business. The PR person, whose own PR doesn’t create any […]

The Dreaded Annual Return Date (ARD) for Limited Companies!

A limited company’s Annual Return date (ARD) is the date the Annual Return form is made up to for filing with the Companies Registration Office (CRO). The Annual Return form B1 must be filed within 28 days of the ARD otherwise the company’s Financial Statements will be subject to audit for 2 years. The first ARD date is 6 months after the company has been incorporated and cannot be changed. After the company year-end date has been decided, the second ARD can be extended by six months maximum by filing forms B1 and B73. However there […]

Setting up an Irish Limited Partnership

The Limited Partnerships Act 1907 regulates partnerships in which some members have limited liability for the debts of the partnership as their liability is limited to the extent of the amount of capital contributed by them to the partnership. A partnership may be made up of natural persons and bodies corporate. It is not a separate legal entity and accordingly has no legal personality separate and distinct from the partners who form the partnership. Therefore the partners can be sued in their own names. To form a limited partnership in Ireland, the partnership must have at […]

Just a Coin Flip!

Decisions!  Decisions!  Decisions! We face every single day an overwhelming number of decisions that burden us. We delay to avoid making poor decisions.  We suffer from paralysis by analysis. But there is a quick way to make decisions. Simply flip a coin. Making decisions involves a trade-off between speed and accuracy . We are concerned about speed so we want to spend less time on making a decision. We are also concerned about accuracy so we want to spend more time on making a decision. For minor decisions do you really care about accuracy?  Do you […]

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So what’s in the App? Invaluable finance and tax information on the go… The Parfrey Murphy app offers 12 specialised calculators to help you with your financial needs, including: Income Tax Payslip Increase Profit Corporation Tax Loan Mortgage Savings Inflation APR VAT Inheritance Tax Stamp Duty The App also provides frequently updated tax tables as well as details of key financial dates. These are great if you’re wondering how certain taxes will affect you. Or to remind yourself when your tax return is due and when your tax needs to be paid. You can also get […]

Slow Down and Stop Making Mistakes

5 SME mistakes

Over the years I have found if I rush my work I am prone to making silly mistakes. So I slow down and review what I have done to make sure it looks right. A quick test for you: You have just five seconds to answer these simple questions: What do cows drink? What’s the opposite of ‘not in’? How much dirt is in a hole measuring two metres squared, and three metres deep? What weighs more – a ton of concrete or a ton of feathers? How many of each animal did Moses take onto […]

Flowering Shares

Flowering shares are a class of ordinary shares issued by a company which entitle the shareholder (employee in this case) to capital generated by the future growth of the business above its current value. Shares are issued at a day one value. When a company reaches an agreed level of future growth (which is known as the “hurdle”) the shares will have an agreed value. This amount can be either variable (based on a percentage) or a fixed amount. The shares are normally available for purchase at a nominal or small amount meaning only minimal outlay […]

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on the 25th May 2018, replacing the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive. As a regulation, it will not generally require transposition into Irish law (regulations have ‘direct effect’), so organisations involved in data processing of any sort need to be aware the regulation addresses them directly in terms of the obligations it imposes. The GDPR emphasises transparency, security and accountability by data controllers and processors, while at the same time standardising and strengthening the right of European citizens to data privacy. […]

Increase your Productivity in Minutes

Peter Gollwitzer, a New York University psychology professor, conducted  studies in the 1990’s to test implementation intentions. In one study he asked his university students to write a report on how they had spent Christmas Eve no later than 48 hours after that day. But he asked only half the students to write down just when and where they planned to work on the essay. When he finished his study he found that of the students who didn’t write down when and where only 32% successfully delivered their essay. The success rate of students who wrote […]

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