Accounting software needs to be user friendly and understandable or it just doesn’t make sense. One option, that you may not have considered, is Microsoft Office Accounting. While the program is no longer available as new software, Microsoft Office Accounting Professional 2008 is a very good small business accounting program that may be just what you are looking for. Read More »
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If you operate a small business, few things are as important as finding the right accounting software. You need a system that you understand, can operate without frustration and has everything you need to accurately manage your cash flow. Corona is an inexpensive accounting software package for small businesses that is available through the Apple store to download onto your Mac. Read More »
The red tape and regulations associated with exporting goods has kept many small businesses from considering international marketing. Frank Lavin, CEO and founder of Export Now, is determined to change that. He’s founded a company that will handle all the logistics and make it easy for small U.S. businesses to market their goods to hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers. Read More »
I’ve worked with companies whose file folders were color-coded: Blue meant one thing and red meant another. And chances are, if your files are color-coded, your office (like most others) uses a filing system of bland corporate beige. In this blog, I’m suggesting that your files should be all green!
No, this isn’t a pre-St. Patrick’s Day prank. Green files are far better for your business in a number of ways.
When I say “green” files, I don’t mean that they are green in color. I mean that they are ecologically-friendly. When I say “green” files I’m referring to scanning your files and paperwork and storing it online instead of in those giant filing cabinets that seem to multiply like rabbits in a busy office.
Online file storage companies offer a variety of services relating to storing and sharing your files. Now, I should make a clarifying point here: Some sites tend to have a greater emphasis on sharing. Sites like Box.net and YouSendIt.com are sometimes lumped into the online file storage industry but these sites are primarily there to help you ship big files from one place to another.
Every morning I collect the mail left by the postal service. There’s a ton of it and somewhere I think I can hear a rain forest weeping.
The junk mail – usually marked “to current occupant” – doesn’t even get opened. It goes into the shredder. The newsletters, fliers, newspapers, and magazines get sorted into a “likely to read” and “unlikely to read” piles for the coffee table or the recycling bin respectively. And then there’s the other mail: Bills, reminders, letters from Mom. It goes into a “must open” pile. It’s the stuff you have to read and act on. Unfortunately, even that pile can be a big stack. And once you’ve acted on it, you sometimes still need to keep it around. Bills and tax forms, for example, are things that you probably don’t want to through out. You act on them but, after that, you might need them for tax purposes or reference, so they go into a file folder. Those file folders can swell over the year. By the end of the year, you’ve got a filing cabinet drawer devoted to papers you hope you never need again but can’t throw away. Problem is, these papers need to be kept around for various bookkeeping, tax-related, or review purposes… perhaps for a few years!