It’s a world of networks we live in these days, from the globe-spanning Internet to something as small as Bluetooth, which can connect your cellphone to that headphone in your ear. But when it comes to networks in the office, there’s more than one option. In addition, installation and maintenance can be complex and time-consuming. You’d be wise to consult with an IT services company to make the most of this technology. Continue reading
If you do the payroll manually for your company, you know that there are a lot of pitfalls you may encounter. Some of these are relatively minor and easy to fix, but many mistakes can have a negative financial impact and should definitely be avoided. Continue reading
Inventory tracking can be problematic. Too much inventory on hand and you are tying up capital unnecessarily. Too little and you have back orders, maybe losing sales altogether. And you lose total control when physical inventory gets out of whack with the books. Competent inventory management is crucial for any company that sells product. Continue reading
One of the most attractive features of QuickBooks is the range and extent of reporting that comes with the system. The built-in pre-packaged reports will likely meet many of your needs. Continue reading
The phone rings again. From the caller ID display, it’s easy to tell that this time it’s an executive officer who is calling. The network is down again, and now the boss wants to know what’s going on.
Unfortunately, far too many IT leaders get this call. Despite their best efforts, the inhouse IT services staff often cannot handle the volume of requests for new installations, let alone network upgrades, broken device troubleshooting and routine maintenance. Staggered shifts and six-day work weeks just do not seem to resolve the growing volume of requests. And before you know it, a catastrophic failure occurs on a network switch and you are in hot water. Continue reading
For small and medium-sized businesses without large, dedicated HR departments, payroll can be a headache. The addition of even one employee to handle payroll might add an expense of $30,000-40,000 or more in salary, benefits and Social Security contributions, tempting business owners and office managers to try handle the task in QuickBooks themselves. Continue reading
Are you considering adding ecommerce to your sales methods? It can be a huge boost for your business, as you will suddenly be able to reach out to potential customers anywhere in the world. You are no longer limited to your neighborhood or city. It is easy to see the benefits of a web presence for selling your products or services.
But ecommerce opens up a whole new set of issues, and it needs careful planning. An online shop requires some things that your retail outlet does not. Continue reading
QuickBooks can manage sales tax reporting and remittances to tax authorities automatically, making a tedious and sometimes stressful task quite easy to accomplish. The sales tax feature of QuickBooks must be set up correctly, however, or it could cause more headaches than it solves if you end up under- or over-paying, or paying late. Continue reading
Crime prevention is a necessary part of business management. If your place of business has doors or windows, then you should have some type of surveillance in place. There are several reasons to have a surveillance system: Continue reading
Ask any number of accountants and they will tell you that the most complex part of any small business record-keeping is inventory. There are frequently thousands of different physical parts that must be reflected accurately in your books. Continue reading