Start the New Year with a 2017 Profit Plan

Julie Babcock-HydeProfitability, Small Business0 Comments

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With the new year, most of us are planning for an amazing year. Are you ready for 2017 to be even better than 2016?  If so, take a few minutes to reflect on the questions below and take action to set your 2017 profit plan. Question 1:  What were the three best business things about 2016? No need to re-invent … Read More

Five Money-Saving Things to Do Before Ringing Out 2016

Julie Babcock-HydeSmall Business0 Comments

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Hopefully you’re having a wonderful December with all of the holidays and parties this month.  And if you’ve spent too much on gifts and decorations, never fear.  Here are six ways to save money on your accounting and taxes.  But hurry, you only have until year-end to cash in a few of these tips. 1. Check your profits After adjustments, … Read More

Cool Apps: Google Forms

Julie Babcock-HydeApps, Customer Service, Small Business0 Comments

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Do you ever need to collect information from your customers?  There are many ways to do it: a form in Microsoft Word®, a fillable PDF, and a Web form are all very common.  Less common but slicker than the rest is the option of using Google Forms. You’ll need a Google ID, and most people use their gmail account for … Read More

Signs You Might Be Outgrowing Your Accounting System

Julie Babcock-HydeAccounting Software, Apps, Small Business0 Comments

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If you’re struggling with your accounting system, it might be a sign that you’re ready for something new.  Perhaps your company has grown so much that it’s outgrown its older accounting solution.  Here are several indications to look for that justify moving to an accounting system with more features and scalability. User Permissions Some companies have a need to limit … Read More

A Quick Primer on Crowdfunding

Julie Babcock-HydeSmall Business0 Comments

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An interesting way to fund your dream project, whether you are a startup or a more established business, is to consider crowdfunding.  Crowdfunding is when many people provide the money in small amounts for a project. Although crowdfunding is not new, it became much more popular when organizations like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, RocketHub, and GoFundMe created web platforms to enable this … Read More

5 Steps to Move Your Marketing into the 21st Century

Julie Babcock-HydeMarketing, Small Business, Social Media0 Comments

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If it’s been a while since you’ve adopted new marketing methods, it might be time, especially if you want to attract younger customers.  Here are five ideas to do just that. 1. Video With YouTube as the second largest search engine, using video in your marketing is a slam-dunk return on investment.  If there is an educational aspect to your … Read More

Beyond Saving Trees: New Trends in Receipt Management

Julie Babcock-HydeAccounts Payable, Apps, Document Management, Small Business0 Comments

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Accounting automation has come a long way in the last few years, and the process of handling invoices and receipts is included in those changes.  No longer is there a mountain of paperwork to deal with.  In this article, we’ll explain some of the changes in this area. Vendor Invoices Most invoices are now sent electronically, often through email or … Read More

Seven Small Business Risks

Julie Babcock-HydeSmall Business0 Comments

Seven Small Business Risks You Might Not Know You’re Taking Running a small business is often about taking and managing risks. Market risks are normal but business and tax risks are another thing altogether.  Most business and tax-related risks can be managed as long you know about them.  Here are seven small business risks you will want to make sure … Read More

Separating Business from Personal in Facebook

Julie Babcock-HydeSocial Media0 Comments

Separating Business from Personal in Facebook Do you love using Facebook with your friends but know you’re missing out by not using it in business? Do you feel guilty when you post a business promotion and would prefer not to bug your friends? The good news is there’s an easy way to separate Facebook personal use from business within your … Read More