Business Planning

10 Unusual ways to Get Organized – And Stay that way

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

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

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 [...]

3 Essential Aspects of Delegating Tasks Effectively

3 Essential Aspects of Effective Task Delegation One of the hardest lessons business owners must learn is that they can’t do everything themselves. For some reason, delegating work to employees is an almost insurmountable task. “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” has been a phrase we’ve all heard. However, there’s a way around that line of thinking! You can get it done right the first time, and you also don’t have to do it yourself. “How is this possible?!” you might wonder. Here are three easy tips to help turn control into guidance.   1. Instructing If you want employees to do something properly, they should know how to do it. Invest the time educating employees on how to complete the job appropriately. Instruction allows employees to be perfectly capable of doing work with [...]

5 Steps to Get Your Small Business Started with Social Media

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 [...]

What Forms are Required for New Employees?

What Forms are Required for New Employees? Question: We are a small business and will begin hiring new employees this year. I want to make sure that we are compliant with all state and federal regulations. What are the required forms for new hires? Answer: As an employer, several forms are necessary (depending on your state) when hiring new employees, or when an existing employee requests a change to their payroll records. It is your responsibility to ensure that employees complete each of these forms, and to retain copies for your records in a secure location (since they contain personal data). These forms should be completed before the new hire’s start date. We suggest sending these forms to new employees as part of a welcome packet. This will give them an opportunity to complete the forms prior to the start [...]

The Newest Feature in Bill.com – Pay a Vendor Without Entering a Bill!

The Newest Feature in Bill.com – Paying a Vendor without Entering a Bill! Have you ever needed to pay a vendor right away, but have too much going on to drop everything and upload and enter the bill into Bill.com? There is an awesome new feature from Bill.com available for iOS (sorry, Android users) that’s just what you’re looking for! This new process allows users with the correct permissions to pay a vendor without entering the bill first. The user must be an Administrator (verified to pay), or someone with a custom user role that includes permission to “Manage Bills and Vendor Credits” and “pay unassigned bills via Bill.com.” How it Works   First, select the + (plus sign) in the upper right hand of the Welcome Page in the app and choose “Pay a vendor.”  Bill.com will then create a bill associated [...]

Everyday Battles: Fighting Distractions

Everyday Battles: Fighting Distractions One of my New Year resolutions was to become more efficient productive in 2018. I feel like I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked to (even though I‘ve made some) I believe my #1 issue is distraction, and I’m not alone. According to a study conducted by Gloria Marks of the University of California, Irvine, a typical office worker gets only 11 minutes between interruptions. It takes an average of 25 minutes to return to the original task following the interruption. And it’s not just phone calls of people stopping by the office that can throw you off track. Something as simple as checking email or texts messages can have the same effect. As a small business owner, having as much time as possible to be productive is essential. What Can I [...]