Dec 17

We're predicting a happy and healthy holiday season

Posted by Craig Weston at Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Pour the sav,

Serve the pav,

And activate holiday mode!

The Inspired team would like to wish all our clients and colleagues a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We've put together some light reading to help you reflect on 2019 and start thinking about your goals for the coming year.

Here's to 2020, we're forecasting an epic year!

Click here to download our Christmas eBook

Our office is closed from Friday the 20th of December and reopens on Monday the 13th of January 2020.

Sep 26

Craig and Nick talk best business advice for business owners

Posted by Craig Weston at Thursday, September 26, 2019

Craig Weston recently sat down with Nick Giles, Head of Hospitality New Zealand at Link Business Broking.  Really impressed with Nick and his team and what they do.  See our short video where we talk about the important things to keep in mind when looking to buy and run a business.

Video Craig and Nick

Apr 15

Be Prepared

Posted by Craig Weston at Monday, April 15, 2019


Every year we do our annual back-country bike ride I learn something new.

Back up the story - each year a group of 4 old-boy scouts including me reunite to do an NZ mountain bike ride for a week.  This year was in February and we did the Motu area (in behind Opotiki).

So what did I learn this time? Read on....

When you don't fall off your bike for a while you start to think you have it licked.  You seem to be pretty good at surmounting problem areas, tight turns, rocks on the tracks etc.  I've heard it said 'Pride commeth before a fall" - not sure about the pride in this instance but I sure had the fall!

One of our party was injured - fell down a slope and cut his leg.  Slowed him down.  I was delegated to ride on ahead and get the vehicle and bring it to the road head to pick up the team who would follow up slowly.

Somewhere down the track alone about 17K from the vehicle, I came off my bike - went over a river bank and landed in a dead tree perched above the rocks below.  Upside down, bike on top of me, foot caught in the bike, no one around.  What to do?

Rising panic!  But managed to extricate myself from the bike, climb down the dead tree, jump onto the rocks below and climb back up on the track then go down the tree and pull my bike back up.  I noted some cuts and bumps on the body, jumped on the bike and carried on.  Another few km down the track the bike gave up! Turns out the tree had damaged the hanger mechanism which the chain goes through.  Nothing left but to walk the rest of the way!

Did that - got the vehicle and returned to pick up the guys.  Big day out, totally stuffed!

What did I learn?

When you think you have it licked - do a reality check. Are you prepared for the unexpected? The old Boy Scout motto - "Be Prepared"

Don't go it alone - should have been two of us going and two left to follow slowly.

Relates to Biking as well as Business I reckon.  In business:

  • Plan well and have a back up plan - be prepared

  • Involve others - don't go it alone


Dec 17

As 2018 comes to an end

Posted by Craig Weston at Monday, December 17, 2018

It's almost the end of the calendar year - an opportunity to glance back at what the past year held, take a long breath over the break, and then look at what could be for 2019.

There is something about looking back that is positive - reviewing what went well and what went not so well.  It's an opportunity to learn from the past to give us wisdom for the future.

As we end this year, our wish for our clients and friends is that you will truly enjoy your Christmas break (whether that be short or long) and come back positively renewed for the new year ahead.

Mar 20

Alps to Ocean

Posted by Craig Weston at Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A2O (Alps to Ocean)

This stands for the bike/run trail that runs from Mt Cook to Oamaru. It's a (mainly easy) trail that winds along beside mountain lakes, rivers, open country, power stations, and small towns.  With 3 mates I biked the trail 2 weeks ago.  Took us a relaxed 6 days.

There is something about this area that easily draws me back.  The magnificent vistas easily calm the soul and put life in perspective.

A great place to think about the future.  I love to think about business and the next steps - its easy to do in this area - see the picture!


Oct 05

What's it like being virtual?

Posted by Craig Weston at Thursday, October 05, 2017

This is a question we get asked a lot!
You see, our accounting team of 6 people have been operating in a virtual space for the past 4 years.  This means we don't have a set office in a set location.  Each of our team works from their home office.

When we started this new way of working it was a bit scary but we had some great advice from the team at Xero and our IT advisors and this gave us confidence we could do it and do it well.

So 4 years on you may be interested in what we now know about it !

The Advantages:

We get to go to work without having to hit the Auckland traffic - the office is just down the hall!
We make use of modern technology - we use Skype for business a lot - we use it for team meetings and meetings with clients.
We use the Cloud for all our applications and file storage - no expensive and clunky servers any more.
For face to face client meetings - we get to stay out of the early morning and late afternoon traffic - it's great!
Our team have flexibility - if they have an unwell child at home from school, they can still do some work while looking after their child.

The Disadvantage:

Social interaction for the team - there are no conversations around the "water cooler" anymore - but we make up for this by booking in regular team meetings, on-line conversations, social events, dinners and conferences.


We have proved to ourselves that it can work and that it works well.  So if you would like to know more about how this might work for you - give us a call - we would be happy to answer any questions.


Yvette Young - hard at work!

Aug 31

Inspired Team Conference

Posted by Craig Weston at Thursday, August 31, 2017

Omaha provided a truly Inspired location for our August team conference.  We brainstormed, discussed, collaborated and looked at the future of accounting.  We are excited about working with our clients on their business and helping them reach their goals.  The future is going to be fast paced, technology-focused, with real-time results, and we will always be there to support and inspire our clients.

We may look a small team in number but we quickly scale up as required using all the up to date ideas and resources that are now available.  We value our time together as we plan for the future, re-align our roadmap and take action to ensure we reach our goals and aspirations.

How do you plan and set your goals for the future? We often talk to our clients about the importance of having a business plan, a roadmap that sets out the future.  Give us a call if you want to discuss how to do this better (09) 969 7450.

Aug 09

Zones Conference

Posted by Craig Weston at Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Recently we presented to Zones Franchisees (Landscaping Specialists) at the Chateau Tongariro - our brief was to impart key accounting knowledge that Franchisees could use in the running of their business.  Some of the Franchisees are relatively new to running a Franchise so were eager to learn and develop their business.

Three key areas we looked at were:

  • Cash is King! Invoice weekly or monthly.  Collect your accounts receivable quickly!

  • Tax. It's a pain but it means you are making money.  Claim all the expenses you can.

  • Planning. A financial forecast for the next 12 - 36 months is key to know where you are going.

We also presented on Xero and how to best utilise it in your business.  Wow what a great session! Once you know xero and update it daily it's a very powerful tool.

We thoroughly enjoyed being part of a great Franchise and meeting all the Zones Franchisees.  If you need advice from us or training on xero, just ask. We are always happy to help.



Mar 31

Hello from the other side

Posted by Craig Weston at Friday, March 31, 2017

Well nearly! Tomorrow we venture into the new financial year.  It makes us at Inspired think about what we want to achieve over the next year.

What went well this year? What areas can we improve on?

Our roadmap is ready, our KPIs set in place and the year ahead is ready for us to grab with both hands.

We often ask ourselves what do our clients want? How do they feel? Look out for our short client survey coming your way soon as your ideas and thoughts are of great value to us.

Best wishes with your planning and execution over the next 12 months! We look forward to being part of your journey...


Jan 25

I've just got off the phone...

Posted by Craig Weston at Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I’ve just got off the phone with one of our great clients.

They run a really good business and are looking to buy another totally unrelated business to the one they already have.

They ran some numbers and asked me to tell them what I think.

The numbers themselves looked quite good BUT when I took a closer look I could see that there were some key things missing. Things like missed overheads, missed variable costs, Kiwisaver etc.

I think with any business purchase it’s important to get a second opinion. Often as a buyer one can get too emotionally involved to see things objectively. 

They have agreed to let us prepare a simple but comprehensive plan for the new business.

I’m glad because I want them to do well and the plan will help to de risk the venture and give them solid information on which to base their purchase decision.