Implementing Emergency Protocols in the Workplace Even though it’s a difficult topic to talk about, it’s important to discuss workplace safety. We hear about mass shootings and gun violence more often through the media, so it’s important to remember emergency strategies for your place of work. Even though according to the Washington Post gun violence has been on the decline for the past 20 years, it is crucial to remain diligent. Here are a few ways you can implement an emergency strategy at work. Front Door Safety It’s not possible for all businesses to keep their doors locked, especially during business hours. Retail establishments can add a door chime or security cameras to your business entrance to increase security. This will alert your staff to people entering and exiting the store and will let you always observe the doorway. For [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my very first post. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my random thoughts with my many (I hope) readers. Those of you that know me will agree that random thoughts are one of my specialties, of course along with my passion for the cloud and accounting. As an accounting professional I started thinking beyond the desktop back in 2003 when I enable my first cloud application. Funny thing, I don’t think the term “cloud” even existed back then, and if it did I hadn’t heard of it, I was just looking for solutions that would help me be more efficient in serving clients without diminishing value, when in fact, these great solutions added more value making it a win–win for everyone. Streamlining my business allowed me to [...]