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The Power of Permission

What have you been wanting to do in your business for a really long time? Perhaps you’ve been wanting to raise your prices. Maybe you want to hire an assistant or another team member but haven’t gotten around to it. Or maybe you want to work less and focus on personal time, but you haven’t taken action for one reason or another. Continue reading

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2 New Videos for You

Greetings! It’s another sunny day in Frederick as I sit to write this newsletter :-) There still are a few trees with most of their leaves, but most of the trees are getting pretty bare (sigh). And, as promised, I … Continue reading

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Is Your Business Out of Balance?

You wouldn’t be in business if it weren’t for your clients. Yet, sometimes we almost forget that we are ultimately in business to receive a salary and to make a profit. In large companies, a balance must be maintained between serving clients and serving the shareholders. In your small business, the shareholder is YOU, so the pull is between you and your clients. Continue reading

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Want Fries with Your Burger? The Fine Art of the Upsell

Restaurants do it beautifully. “Did you leave any room for dessert or coffee?”

At least one car rental company my client just visited did it obnoxiously. “Did you want insurance, gas, a GPS, or a toddler seat? Who will be responsible for the car if something happens to it? Oh by the way, it’s extra now for the steering wheel. And if you want it to go in reverse from 4PM to 5PM, that’s an extra charge, too.”
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Seven Summer Projects That Can Heat Up Your Business

Summer is a great time for new projects that revitalize our lives. If your spouse or family is creative, you may have a lot of those summer projects that require your time and attention at your home this season. But what about a summer project for your business? It could be just the thing to spice up your business and help you rejuvenate your staff and your energy at work. Continue reading

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Are You Guilty of These Job Costing Mistakes in QuickBooks?

I’m not sure I’ve ever had a client who needed to job or project cost, who wasn’t guilty of making some job cost mistakes. And in this challenging economy, that can be costly. So what are the mistakes I see them making? Continue reading

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In the Niche of Time

You’ve probably heard advice about how it helps to carve out a niche for your business. But did you know it will also save you a tremendous amount of time? Here’s why. Continue reading

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Learn the Keys to Good Job Costing in QuickBooks so You Can Increase Your Profitability

Are your job costing methods hurting your profitability? Are you overlooking some of your indirect costs or worse yet, are some direct costs falling through the cracks? Is it taking longer than it should to enter job cost data and get good reliable reports? The cost of doing job costing wrong or taking too long is more expensive than you realize. Continue reading

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Bill and Pay

I’m all about streamlining the workflow when it comes to QuickBooks – it minimizes data entry errors and saves time and money. I’ve started using a new service for invoicing and receiving payments – Bill and Pay. I had been using Intuit’s Billing Solutions, which I still like, but clients have to pay by credit card. Intuit did add a new service, the Intuit Payment Network, so clients can pay by check, but it wasn’t so simple to setup (since I already had Billing Solutions) and not as easy to explain to clients since it was two different services. However, still do-able. After hearing about Bill and Pay, though, I realized Bill and Pay offered features that Intuit’s services did not and I could still use the Intuit Merchant Services, so I switched. So here are a few reasons why. Continue reading

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Make Changes to Items Faster in POS

QuickBooks came out with their Add/Edit Multiple List Entries in 2010, but POS has had a List Edit for Items for many years. It’s a favorite feature of mine when clients are either first setting up their inventory or have a lot of changes to make to their inventory. The beauty of this feature is that you can go right down the line to edit without having to double-click on each individual item, select your tab and then enter. An edit I find many of my clients frequently make is entering the barcode/UPC. As you can imagine, this can save quite a bit of time! Continue reading

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