Structured To Do Lists

In business, time is precious and it is easy for us to waste it or complain that there is simply not enough of it! The key ingredient to optimising our time is planning. By realistically looking at our schedule, and making a time managed “To Do List”, we can actually save time. With a time plan we can quickly see where we are losing hours and minutes on tasks which we would have budgeted less time for. We can then address where and how this time is lost. Structured plans help to keep us focused on […]

Use Less Jargon!

We all use jargon! Phrases that over-complicate the simple. Phrases that are designed to impress but only confuse. Hopefully you will find the following jargon dictionary useful:     Delegate Pass the buck Delayed Forgotten Urgency Panic Extreme urgency Blind panic Frank and open discussion Flaming row Analytical projection Guess Forecast Guess Long-range forecast Wild Guess Scheduled Hoped for Deficiency analysis Pointing the finger Ambitious Ruthless Strategy Low cunning Profit Profit Profit before exceptional costs Loss Deficit Staggering loss Industrial by-product Our waste Environmental pollution Other people’s waste   PDF

How A Website Can Benefit Even The Smallest Of Businesses

For even the smallest of businesses a website is a great investment. One of the biggest advantages a website can bring to a small company is its ability to attract new customers. Having a good business website properly listed on Google maps along with being linked in with Facebook, Twitter and Google+ can create a real web presence for your business.  However getting visitors to your site is only the first step in getting more customers. To convert visitors to customers your website needs to be appealing, relevant and professional. How a website makes your business […]

Could Hannibal Lecter be an Accountant?

Dr Kevin Dutton the Oxford based research psychologist in 2012 authored The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success where he looked at both the positive and negative sides of the personality characteristics that result in people being somewhere on the psychopath spectrum. You are probably now thinking of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs or Michael Myers in Halloween or The Joker in The Dark Knight? Charles Manson, Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer? Or maybe closer to home you are now thinking of some friends or […]

How To Arrange Meetings With Strangers Too Busy To Meet You

I recently agreed with a client to introduce him to contacts of mine who are extremely busy and highly experienced businessmen. The purpose of the introduction was for my client to meet with them with a view to him getting advice and picking their brains about an exciting project he is currently developing. Luckily I was able to set up the meetings as my contacts were keen to pass on their knowledge and accumulated wisdom. In fact from my experience most people are open to these type of meetings. But is there a better way? Why […]

Tools Take Time!

In this fast-paced business world, have you taken the time to research the new tools available to make your business run better? Many of you are probably thinking, “I don’t have time to look into that.” But let’s think about that. If you were to utilise some new tools out there, you would probably have more free time to improve your business. Tools that can improve the business’s efficiency include cloud computing, e-invoicing (cost savings), timesheets (controls on work performance) and many efficiency apps. These tools can save time and money. So it is vital to […]

Are There Different Types of Directors?

There are five types of Directors:   Executive Directors are directors involved in managing a company e.g. Managing Director or Sales Director   Non-Executive Directors are directors not involved in the management of a company. They may be knowledgeable and experienced enough to be appointed to the Board of Directors to provide advice.   Alternate Directors are chosen by directors to act for them in their absence.   De facto Directors perform the duties of a director even though they are not formally appointed or registered.   Shadow Directors are not formally appointed as Directors but […]

Good News for Dublin!

The Irish Government is making an initial €1m investment in a new Dublin technology centre in data analytics called CeADAR, the Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research, to leverage the high-growth area that is data analytics and the potential to create jobs. The project, an Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland initiative, is led by University College Dublin and also includes researchers from University College Cork, and Dublin Institute of Technology. It will use the funding to work with a group of companies to accelerate the development, deployment and adoption of data analytics technology. Top-tier multinational and […]

Proper Company Secretarial Records

A company is required under the Companies Acts 1963 to 2012 to maintain the following: Register of Members Register of Directors and Secretaries Register of Directors’ and Secretary’s Interests Register of Debenture Holders  Minute Books   It is the responsibility of the Directors of a company to ensure compliance with all provisions of the Companies Acts, 1963 to 2012. We recommend that the Directors of a company carry out a health check on the Company Registers and Minute Books of a company annually to ensure that the Statutory Registers and Minute Books are up-to-date and compliant […]


There is a common misconception that all benefits from the Department of Social Protection are not taxable. However this is not the case. The following are examples of some benefits which are not liable for tax: Jobseeker’s allowance Maternity benefit (however will be taxable from July 2013). Adoptive benefit Child benefit Bereavement grant Disability allowance Family income supplement The most common taxable benefits arising in practice are job seekers benefit, illness benefit, carer’s benefit, State pension and one parent family payment. Any individual in receipt of benefits from the Department of Social Protection is obliged to […]