Bye-Bye Fax Think Beyond the Desktop Discontinues Fax It is with great sadness that after almost 20 years I am saying good-bye to my fax number and service! This change will have little to no impact to the service we deliver since after all, when was the last time you ever sent me a fax (if ever)? If you do need to send us information and don’t have access to a scanner, most local office supply UPS stores or banks offer scanning services for a nominal fee. If you are looking to purchase a new scanner and would like help contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for recommendations and discounts on some of the leading brands.
10 Unusual Ways to Get Organized - and Stay That Way Why is it that some people seem to be effortlessly organized, and others struggle to keep silverware in the right place? For many of us, we fall in the second category. However, there are a couple of unusual ways you can trick yourself into getting organized – and then staying that way. Set Realistic Goals If you’re not already organized, the biggest hurdle might simply be starting to organize your work space. It can look like an impossible project if you try to tackle too much at once. Therefore, it’s important to set a realistic goal for yourself. If you can imagine using your calendar consistently, for example, start with that and go from there. You don’t have to push yourself to transform overnight. Plan Ahead It might be [...]
5 Things to Consider when Choosing Apps for your Business As the sophistication of technology in business has risen, so have the number of possibilities. The sheer volume of software and applications for each business can feel overwhelming. However, it’s also an exciting opportunity! There are so many more ways to conduct business than ever before, making it even easier to pursue your passions. What do we mean by apps? There are two types of apps: Web apps and Mobile apps. Web apps typically have more features and are accessed using a browser like Chrome. Mobile apps are specific for phone or tablet use and have a separate access portal (not a browser). There are sometimes Mobile apps accompanying web apps that offer fewer features but can be used anywhere. Mobile apps might not be as powerful as web apps [...]
5 Critical Qualities for Successful Self Employment Taking the plunge and working for yourself can be one of the most rewarding experiences in the world. Being self-employed and having the freedom to do things under your control with passion for the work you do are what many consider to be the American Dream. However, self-employment can also be a daunting lifestyle for many. It takes dedication, hard work, and most of all, time, to make a name for yourself in your field. Here are just a few of the qualities that successful self-employed people have: 1 Foresight Know what your goals are. When you work for yourself, there are no concrete paths to success. You need to carve your own way through the unknown. The best way to make it out alive is to have a measurable idea of what [...]
5 Steps to Get Your Small Business Started with Social Media Is your small business ready to reach a larger audience, build a loyal customer base, and establish brand recognition? Then it’s time for your small business to embrace social media marketing. Social media is a great way for your business to grow and increase profits for (almost) free. Proper social media management may take a little effort, but the payoff can be huge. If you don’t know how to begin, or if you have started and feel stuck, here are 5 simple tips to help get your business’ social media on its feet. 1. Choose Social Media Platforms When you use social media for business, the first thing you should consider is which platforms will be most effective. Not all social media is created equal, so take some time [...]
Congratulations, Judie! Hats off to our own Judie McCarthy, who was recently named one of Hubdoc’s top 50 Cloud Accountants for 2017! This has been a very busy and productive year for Judie; she has opened a new office in Gainesville FL for Think Beyond the Desktop and Think Leader Consulting, as well as co-founded a new software company, Client Hub. Client Hub is a cloud-based client experience platform for accounting professionals. “My mission is to help small business owners and accounting professionals implement and embrace the technologies that best suit their needs, and provide guidance, support, and training to help them skyrocket through the cloud landscape into the stratosphere.” Judie definitely deserves this award with all the hard work she’s put into her practice, and to all she’s done for the accounting world! Congratulations, Judie! We’re all looking forward [...]
Basic Financials 101 – Part 2: The Balance Sheet Report In Part 2 of our Basic Financials series, we’ll cover the Balance Sheet Report This article is an easy to understand guide to provide you with a better understanding of how to gauge your business’ financial health. Why It’s Important for your Business Of the financial reports that you should familiarize yourself with, the Balance Sheet Report is arguably one of the most essential. This report is an indicator of the financial health of your business at a specific time - usually at the end of a month, quarter, or year. Basically. It gives you an overview of your business’ net worth. When trying to secure financing or outside investors, this report shows your ability to meet financial obligations as well as investments made into the business by partners or [...]
Basic Financials 101 - Critical Information for Small Business Owners I remember a few years back, meeting with a new client who insisted he didn’t need me to provide him monthly financial reports, saying “If I’m making money on every job, and there’s cash in the bank, then I must be profitable!” ... Dude. This attitude is one reason that more than 50% of new small businesses are hard pressed to make it past their first couple of years. Even after managing the accounting for SMB’s for nearly 20 years, I am still amazed at how many don’t clearly understand the importance of basic financial reports. After running into this problem enough times to want to scream from the rooftops, I took some time to reflect on why this might be the case. As it turns out, the most common [...]