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James Solomons

Accounting, Business & Technology; Advocate, Entrepreneur & Educator

Re-Post – Seasonal sales: What you need to know to manage cash flow

As the Christmas period come around again I thought a repost of this article I did with PayPal back in 2016. All still very relevant ! Happy reading.

Keeping customers happy is a year-round essential, but keeping your business healthy and yourself in good cheer through the spikes and surprises of the festive season takes know-how. So how do you keep control of your cash flow and steer clear of those common December–January speed bumps?

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Recognition – Advancement to a Chartered Accountant Fellow (FCA) – Video & Transcript

On Wednesday August 1st I had the privilege of delivering the guest address at the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) New Member certificate presentation & merit award recipient presentation. The night also held special significance for me personally as I was presented with my CA ANZ Fellowship Certificate.

Being advanced to Fellowship of CA ANZ has been a humbling experience as it recognises the contribution I have made to CA ANZ and the entire accounting profession since being admitted as a Chartered Accountant in Oct 2007.

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An interview with XingDong & Judith from AccountingPod

It was great to be interviewed by XingDong and Judith from AccountingPod on career pathways for CFO’s and Public Practice Accountants in the future !

https://accountingpod.com/tech-and-future/

HR & Finance – An Unlikely Power Couple

As CFOs at the helm of two high-growth HR tech organisations, Xref’s James Solomons and Kristie Langley-Gliddon from Expr3ss! – Software that Simplifies Staff Selection, are perfectly placed to discuss the evolving relationship between finance and HR.

Here they share their views on everything from the financial implications of hiring decisions, the hidden costs of a bad hire and how they ensure their finance team is seen as more than just bean counters.

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Choose the front foot in the face of change

I remember the moment I became head of accounting at Xero in 2014; it was pretty life changing to be honest. When Chris Ridd made that announcement on the stage of Xerocon, it was the start of something incredible. And when I look back on the past three years at Xero, some interesting numbers stand out.

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Introducing Light Touch Advisory Services

Someone, somewhere has probably told you to consider offering advisory services. It’ll help boost revenue and keep you relevant to today’s small business market, so the logic goes. But in practice, advisory services aren’t always easy to introduce. Don’t worry. There’s a simpler way.

James Solomons – Co-founder, Aptus Accounting

James runs a popular Australian advisory practice and works as head of accounting at Xero. He gives his advice on how to build out your service offering.

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Getting your finance in order for EOFY

The end of financial year or EOFY: it’s plastered across all the shop windows and circled in your calendar, but for some small businesses, the focus on finalising accounts and entering accurate tax returns can be a daunting prospect.

In truth, a little preparation and can a long way. And there are plenty of people and technologies out there to help you. Once you have all your EOFY information to hand, make sure you use it to your advantage. Look back on what you’ve achieved and think and plan for the year ahead,

So what steps can you take to prepare your finances?

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Xero Band

One of the highlights of working with Xero was being able to play in the Xero AllStars Band….. check out the videos and write ups on the legendary 4 years that we rocked the Xerocon Australia Dance Floor !

Rocking the night away at Xerocon

 

 

Xerocon All Stars band 2013

Rocking the night away at Xerocon

Xero staff and partners star in the Xero Band

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