Business & Tax

Stories on business & entrepreneurship, tax & business administration, business ideas & stock market, and tips on how to start, run & grow a successful business

  • 3G iPhone“Going without is not failure… it merely opens up a void for the things that you really want.”

    “Life is about choices and you just can’t have it all because you will always be tempted by beautiful, useful things.”

  • Blitz Oct 2012: Pumpkin PatchMarketing made easy. Marketing concepts defined with funny illustrations like:

    You see a gorgeous girl at a party.

    You go up to her and say, "I am very rich. Marry me!”

  • Greed II"At least you know now," Isha smiled benignly at them, "that you will both be getting something."

    "I will give who I wish, what I wish, when I wish," Rosh stopped her in her tracks. "Without having to be fair to the other. I may also choose not to give anything at all to anyone. Remember that."

  • Heritage Day 2011An 83-year-old Japanese billionaire, who’s redefining how to do business successfully in the new world of today, with what many decry as old 'values of yesterday'.

    In a world where managers are obsessed with pleasing shareholders, Inamori, entrepreneur, management guru and Zen Buddhist priest, focuses instead on making his staff happy.

  • UntitledOnce upon a time in a village, a man appeared who announced to the villagers that he wanted to buy monkeys.

    He offered to pay a silver coin for each monkey.

  • Loading up the public bus.Business Story: Monkeys, Goats And Markets

    Minimize risk, whether you’re buying good, bad or overpriced shares.

    Fable on money management & stock buying skills

  • Archer silouetteHe plucked an arrow from the quiver, placed it on the bow, and pulled the string.

    "What do you see when you aim?" Dron asked him when he was ready to release his arrow.

  • Payday!"Other deductions can still be made, even if the employee will receive less than 60% of their net pay. So, the net pay could be zero, and it could still be legal."

    "Maybe", she pondered, "but would it be ethical?"

    "Ethics is a matter of opinion", he responded, "Commerce or Countries don't run on opinion".

  • Naked woman in the dManage risk by Risk Management.

    Prevent avoidable exposure as risk can’t be eliminated. It can only be reduced.

    Rosh explains risk using a funny management joke.

  • Gold is Where You Find ItAn estimated 50,000 marchers joined one of the biggest protests in Auckland for decades on the 1st of May 2010 asking the Government to stay away from mining on conservation land.

    The government was forced to back down. It promised that no mining will be allowed on conservation estate.

  • Mine Mine Mine Mine MineMr. Brownlee had said, "We acknowledge mining is an emotive issue."

    "But we hope a rational conversation can now take place about the potential for utilizing more of the country's valuable natural resources for the greater good.”

  • Shafts of light"In a 2008 report, consultant geologist Richard Barker estimated the potential value of just seven of our minerals, including gold, copper, iron and molybdenum at $140 billion. The Southland lignite field was valued at another $100 billion."

    "And that was just onshore resources in 2008. Obviously the stakes and values are a lot higher now.”

  • The Super PitPost mineral harvestation, miners should be encouraged to convert wasteland into land suitable for habitation or cultivation on periodic basis within the consent timeframes rather than at project end as is the norm currently, when enforcement becomes problematical.

  • Monopoly“It is like a home is bought by 10 people, and one owner needs some money. So he sells a part of his share to the other owners or new owners and partly cashes his equity out. How can that be bad?”

    "The income from these assets will go overseas to make the foreign investors richer," Isha argued.

  • Stranger in the woods, Nandi Hills"Enforcing the right-to-die by law puts society on a 'slippery slope' with huge potential for abuse."

    "Its interpretation can eventually reach a point where what is allowed would have been unacceptable initially."

  • 238_3872Rosh laughed, covered it up with a cough, but did not turn towards her. He feigned a yawn, but she was having none of it today.

    “A yawning man demonstrates his impoliteness,” she giggled from behind him.

    “And a yawning woman – her capabilities,” he fired back.

  • The Bay Calls The Day"I'll grant you guys a wish each now, before I go," he said to show them his gratitude, "So long as it is reasonable, you can have anything you want. So tell me, what would you like?"

    "I've never heard a Jinn put a reasonability condition on wishes before granting them!" the contractor laughed.

  • Playing siblingsBoot them out! Ask them to take their fighting somewhere else where you don't have to hear it.

    When they know you're not going to take sides, the fighting often settles down quickly. A pecking order is quickly established.

    So lead, follow or get out of the way!

  • Tax Free“So it is the day starting from January 1 in any year, when the average citizen stops working for their Government and starts earning for themselves."

    "Because it is a calculated day, it falls on different days in different countries.”

  • THIS IS WHERE HE'S TAKING US"And what if the other guard also demanded as much?" asked Rosh.

    "Then I would have gone away again and returned another day," answered Josh, "and kept doing it, until I found a guard who let me in without having to pay a bribe."