• Living Business
  • PO Box 15292, Tauranga
  • 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Monday - Friday
HOW WE DO THINGS DIFFERENT

WHY US

A unique combination of expertise in bookkeeping, and business financial software and systems. We understand how business works and can ensure the data in your business makes sense, as well as streamlining the way things get done in your business.


The Living Business Way
Living Business are Gold Champion Xero partners with 5 certified Xero Advisors - growing fast and highly trained in Xero.

OUR SOFTWARE

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Xero Subscriptions – are you on the best version of Xero for your business?

With Living Business you an access non-advertised Partner Xero plans which may be more suitable for your business, and potentially reduce the subscription cost.
2

Xero Support– do you need independent Xero support?

Working with Living Business complements your existing relationships with your financial advisors as we are not accountants or tax agents. We focus on optimising your use of Xero, and ensuring your Xero data is correct. We work in partnership with your business and your financial advisors.
3

Xero Conversions – are you moving to Xero from another system?

Living Business has the expertise to ensure your set-up is correct with minimal disruption to your business. We can provide a fixed price, and you choose how much you want to be involved.
4

Xero Integrations – are you using other software that links to Xero?

Working with integrations is our speciality. Be confident you have the right software for your business, get the integrations working correctly and minimise duplication between systems.

OUR HISTORY

Living Business started in 2006 as Bay Business Services and steadily built a strong reputation for quality bookkeeping Xero and WorkflowMax consulting with owner Heidi Seal. The business became Living Business in mid 2015 with the new director Helen Schafer building on Heidi’s work. Now with a larger team including more diverse skills Living Business has expanded the software consultancy service as well as offering services in financial system process mapping and making change.

WHAT WE OFFER

Payroll

Living Business offers payroll set-up, advisory and weekly / fortnightly or monthly payroll administration, with IRD compliance.  We work with a wide range of payroll providers including Thankyou Payroll, Flexitime, ...

Financial Process Mapping
Professional Bookkeeping and Administration

Living Business is a member of the NZ Bookkeepers Association. We offer the full range of bookkeeping services including accounts payable/receivable, GST and PAYE management, reconciling, and payroll.  We also ...

Partner Software Subscriptions for Xero and Xero Apps

Managed subscriptions are available for Xero, WorkflowMax, Unleashed, Receipt-Bank, Fergus and others.  Access to special partner pricing is available for Xero and WorkflowMax. For Xero, Cashbook versions are available from ...

Remedial and Trouble-shooting

Sometimes the numbers in the software just don’t look right, there are unexplained transactions or there is just a sense that the full value of the software is not being ...

Custom Software Set-up and Training

Living Business is partners with Xero, WorkflowMax, Unleashed, Vend, Receipt-Bank, and other software.  Our customised software set-ups ensure everything is correct from the start, and that the software delivers the ...

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES

Xero support and training
WorkflowMax support and training
Payroll
Administration
Software consultancy
Rates are custom and will depend on No. of users and software brand and application.

Xero / WorkflowMax / Unleashed / Vend / Fergus / payroll / Receipt-Bank

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START UP

$55 Monthly (plus GST)

  • Managed software subscription
  • Direct Lite support – short email and phone enquiries (up to 5 mins per item).
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BALANCE

$110 Monthly (plus GST)

  • Managed software subscription
  • Direct Lite support – short email and phone enquiries (up to 5 mins per item).
  • Regular health-check to correct minor errors and advise best practice
  • Updates on relevant software developments.
  • Regular reporting on relevant software developments
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CONTROL

$180 Monthly (plus GST)

  • Managed software subscription
  • Priority direct phone and email support. *Unlimited - reasonable use applies
  • Regular checks to identify errors
  • and advise best practice
  • Quarterly team upskilling on software updates
  • financial literacy
  • and best business practice.
  • Regular reporting on relevant software developments
  • Annual pre EOY software audit
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Rates are custom and will depend on No. of users and software brand and application.

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START UP

$100 Monthly (plus GST)

  • Annual Business Discovery to find potential opportunities:
  • More robust processes
  • Reduce duplication
  • Optimise software use
  • Increase automation
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BALANCE

$250 Monthly (plus GST)

  • Annual Business Discovery to find potential opportunities:
  • More robust processes
  • Reduce duplication
  • Optimise software use
  • Increase automation
  • Visual Process Map and Report on current process and opportunities
  • Visual Process Map and Written report comparing prior and current years (from 2nd year).
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$500 Monthly (plus GST)

  • Annual Business Discovery to find potential opportunities:
  • More robust processes
  • Reduce duplication
  • Optimise software use
  • Increase automation
  • Visual Process Map and Report on current process and opportunities.
  • Customised process documents.
  • Regular check-ups and reports on progress
  • Practical training support for change
  • Visual Process Map and Written report comparing prior and current years.
  • Team Reward programme and celebration event.
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MEET OUR TEAM

LET'S HAVE A CHAT ABOUT HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

Sam de Villiers

Office Software Specialist

Phone: 027 271 0056.  Hi I’m Sam, I have 20+ years experience in the Financial/Management Account field and are familiar with a lot of different accounting, POS  and office software packages.   As well as spending many years training on a variety of accounting software packages, I have also worked as a CFO for a medium business over the last several years.   I have worked in small and larger business in administration and financial roles, as well as running my own successful small business over nearly a decade. I really enjoy getting stuck into how software systems are being used in a SME environment, and finding ways to make things work better and faster.  Living Business gives me the opportunity to work in this area while also spending quality time with my family. – Xero Certified (2016)

Bernadette Vera-Agas

Financial Analyst

Hi I’m Bernadette.  Before I moved to New Zealand in 2011, I worked in the corporate finance area, doing financial modelling of publicly-listed companies as a financial analyst with HSBC and as part of fund management with AIG. To familiarise myself with the New Zealand work environment, I upskilled and went back to school. It’s a pleasure to be part of Living Business team. It offers a balanced way of life and a supportive environment. I like to do number crunching, working with financial data and spreadsheets. I enjoy having new experiences, just like my leap of faith to New Zealand. I am glad we chose sunny Tauranga, it’s the perfect place to be. I enjoy swimming, nature walking and gardening. I used to do scuba diving but my ears couldn’t handle the pressure, so I’m trying kayaking to be my next water sport. I am now enjoying learning a ...

Tanya Bamford-King

Xero Guru and Systems Expert

Phone: 021 2712493.  Hi, I’m Tanya and I’ve got a heap of experience in all kinds of areas.  I can work almost any accounting and financial management system you can throw at me including Xero.  In addition I’ve got heaps of experience with databases, spreadsheets and wordprocessing packages.   I’ve worked in some really big businesses and also some small (including my own business for the last 18 years- from 2-15 staff at various times).  Some of my roles have included being a Sysems Analyst with development work for financial tools. Although I did qualify as an accountant quite a long time ago (!!) I really don’t want to be an accountant as it was just not exciting enough for me.   I’m super quick and super smart and I love a challange.  Living Business is a great place for me because I only want to work part time and I can ...

Robyn Halberg

Office Systems Expert

Hi, I’m Robyn and I’m the newest addition to the Living Business team.   Before taking a break for family I spent 14 years with ASB bank, working with all kinds of systems and project management.  I’m really a systems person, super organised and I just thrive on sorting stuff out and figuring out better ways to do things.   More recently I was looking for a change of career and really wanted to get more hands on with helping businesses on a day to day basis.  I completed the Career Academy Certificate in Bookkeeping in 2015 as a way to start on this new path. One of the best things about working with Living Business is that I get to work with businesses in their own environments in a very hands on way.  It’s great to be able to apply all my experience and expertise, but now from the ‘other side’. ...

Helen

Owner

Phone: 027 60 5794.  Hi there, I’m Helen. My husband Gerard and I are the proud owners of Living Business. Taking a holistic approach to helping people in business means we look beyond the obvious to find and share vital insights into what’s working and wha t isn’t. The biggest thrill for us is seeing business owners gain a whole new perspective on their business by getting better access to their financials and better understanding. We started our first business 10 years ago, so we know what it’s like learning everything at once, and being everyone at once. The good news is, having things turn out well generally doesn’t happen by accident – you massively improve your chances with a strong support team (that includes people like us of course!) and putting robust systems in place. Gerard and I came to Tauranga from Wellington in April 2014, after making a conscious ...

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