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New in Roll: Cost tracking, logging time on a task & more!

Published on August 30th 2016

Time for another ‘new in Roll’ update, And it’s a big one! If software development was an olympic discipline, our team would definitely be a hot candidate for a medal - in both the speed and the quality categories.

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Top SEO Tips from Top Experts: Simple ways to improve your search rankings

Published on August 25th 2016

We talked to five SEO experts to get their number one tip to improve search engine rankings for non-SEO experts. Check out what they told us.

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Top Social Media Marketing Tips from Seven Experts

Published on August 12th 2016

We’ve asked seven social media marketing experts for their number one tip - the one thing they recommend you do, to get the most out of your social media activity.

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Retainers & repeating tasks are now live

Published on June 16th 2016

You can now set up retainers and repeating projects and tasks in Roll, making it even easier and faster to keep track of your projects and tasks.

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5 practical tips to leverage the power of simplicity in your business

Published on June 9th 2016

Many of the greatest business leaders of our time are big advocates of simplicity.

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How to be a FREElancer – Part 3: Know when to say NO! Don’t just accept any job offered to you

Published on March 29th 2016

An easy trap to fall into as a freelancer is saying yes to any job offered – and ending up doing work you don’t love. The trick is to know when to say NO!

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How to be a FREElancer – Part 2: Five steps to work out how much to charge as a freelancer

Published on March 14th 2016

Five simple steps to work out how much you should charge for your freelance work. This is part 2 in our 3-part series on how to be a successful FREElancer.

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How to be a FREElancer – Part 1: Five tips to help you find Work as a freelancer

Published on March 11th 2016

Our five tips to help you find work as a freelancer. This is part 1 in our 3-part series on how to be a successful FREElancer.

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Get more visibility with the new Time Dashboard

Published on February 19th 2016

Time is Money – That’s why Roll now gives you even more visibility into where your time is spent.

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Our biggest UI update yet!

Published on February 18th 2016

We’ve made a bunch of awesome improvements to our User Interface, so working with Roll is now even easier, faster and more fun.

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The Roll Team’s Top Events for Auckland’s Creatives & Doers

Published on February 4th 2016

Check out our top events, conferences and meetups for creative people in Auckland this year.

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Get your Ducks in a Row in January

Published on January 5th 2016

Give yourself a shot at sticking to your New Year’s resolutions in 2016 by getting a head-start in January.

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4 Non-business things to do over the holidays to set your business up for success in 2016

Published on December 17th 2015

Get a break from your business this holiday season while still getting a head start for 2016. Yes, it can be done.

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The clock is ticking – Roll now has a built in start/stop timer

Published on December 4th 2015

Roll now has a built in start/stop timer and improved search, filter and edit options in the time area of the project view. That’s time-tracking made simple.

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Mapping your visitor journey

Published on December 3rd 2015

Getting visibility on your visitor journey can help you optimise your website for conversion. Here is a simple template that worked for us...

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Do I really need 50 tools to be a successful freelancer?

Published on December 3rd 2015

Find out how many tools freelancers really need to manage their work and how to pick the right ones.

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Website Sprint

Published on November 16th 2015

How we developed and (almost) launched our new website in just 2 days.

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Say hello to the new My Tasks area in Roll

Published on November 12th 2015

There are no more excuses for forgetting about any of your tasks or missing due dates - thanks to the sleek new My Tasks area in Roll.

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Words to the Wise – How to keep your customers

Published on November 5th 2015

We all know how important happy customers are to business success. But, just keeping your customers happy might not be enough to keep (and grow) your business...

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Task Management realease

Our 9 rules for successful Project Management

Published on November 5th 2015

Do a Google search for "project management tips" and you get almost 80 million!!!! results. So why did we feel the need to add yet another one? Well, because one of the reasons there is so much content on the topic is because it is so important...

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Task Management realease

Task Management, usability improvements & bug fixes

Published on October 16th 2015

It’s time to get rid of your paper lists, messy post-it note systems and clumsy to-do list apps – Roll now does task management. We’re super excited to release this critical functionality to all our users. Check out the overview of how it works...

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Lightning Lab week 5 update

Published on April 10th 2015

This week has seen a big shift in focus, and it feels great to get things moving in the sales and traction arena. Our telemarketing approach has kicked off with a roar (17 trial sign ups in 2 days!), with an initial hit rate of 90% to trial signup. This is evidence that people are looking for a solution and we are getting some great customer engagement and feedback.

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Getting intelligent with your business!

Moving from Business Management to Business Intelligence

Published on April 7th 2015

The the current state of fragmented and feature-bloated software struggles to really empower the businesses that use them. If you want to move forward from simply managing your business, to having real business intelligence, you must find and use data in ways that truly supercharge your efforts.

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Tracking your leads and cash flow

Published on April 4th 2015

The two golden rules of running a successful small business is knowing where your leads are coming from and managing your cash flow. The Roll dashboard allows you to get these two pieces of crucial information in one place in an easily digestible format.

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Lightning Lab week 4 update

Published on April 3rd 2015

Easter and energy! The vision for our product is heightening, and we have had great support from mentors around us. Our current customer insights have been converted into an online survey which went out Thursday this week. We have also been making some small development changes following user feedback.

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The complexity of business management with the current SaaS solution

Is the SaaS market really meeting the needs of small service based businesses?

Published on April 3rd 2015

In the last 10 years, there's been a massive shift away from desktop software towards SaaS applications delivered via the Cloud. Has this SaaS revolution really left small business better off or has the product missed the mark?

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Lightning Lab week 3 update

Published on March 27th 2015

Week three has been all about customer interviews, we conducted 20 this week and from there have validated that our target market of creative agencies is right, and that the best fit is with those who have aspirations to grow. We also have more insight into the problem these businesses all face.

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Lightning Lab week 2 update

Published on March 20th 2015

22 more mentor meetings and a St Paddy's day later. We have been doing research into the key pain points of small businesses, getting a better and bigger picture on the fuller process. Throwing assumptions out the door so we can really understand our customer. Good fun!

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Lightning Lab week 1 update

Published on March 13th 2015

So week 1 #LLAKL is over and what a ride it’s been! Overall our team is buzzing and super excited about what this process is going to bring for us. We have met with 23 mentors this week, and have been encouraged greatly as well as had our ideas challenged — and that’s the best thing for growth and improvement.

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Roll is part of Lightning Lab!

Published on March 9th 2015

We are thrilled to announce that Roll has been chosen as one of 9 most promising tech startups in New Zealand, to be part of Lightning Lab: New Zealand's Premier Digital Accelerator, backed by the ICEHOUSE. We are expecting an intense 3 months ahead. LightingLab will provide us with solid business mentoring and will challenge us in the right ways to make our product better and more valuable to our customers.

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