Time Thieves!

file cabinetTell me if it sounds familiar:

It’s 3:14 pm on a Thursday afternoon and you’re working on an important project for a high-paying client with a deadline. You realize that you’re missing an important budget spreadsheet from 2011, so you get up from your desk and make your way across the office toward the numerous file cabinets that house all your clients’ information.

On the way, you yawn and realize that a ...

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The #1 Reason Your Employees Are Missing Project Deadlines

deadline1You know your company offers a valuable product or service and you know your employees are smart and capable (after all, you hired them, didn’t you?). So how does it make any sense when your workers consistently cut it close to deadlines or turn in material that isn’t their best, or worse – miss deadlines?

Maybe it’s not your employees. Perhaps it’s time to look at your workflow system to evaluate how important ...

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Accountants: How to Get that Post-Tax Season Relief… Before Tax Season

TAXES-CALCULATORTax season is over, and a lot of accounting firms are breathing a heavy sigh of relief. Finally the majority of W2’s, 1099’s and 1040’s have come and gone across your desk.

It feels good to have the big rush season completed for the year. Now that the push is finished, how will you streamline your systems to make things easier next year? We have some ideas.

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3 Steps to Take Care of Mom This Mother’s Day

momIt seems like every week you hear about a new internet-based scam or virus making the rounds, and it’s important to be diligent about protecting your personal information.

For the most part, you know how to identify a scammer, but what happens when someone gets your mom on the phone and convinces her that she needs computer help?

This Mother’s Day, take care of your mom and fill her in on these three ...

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How One Little Tweak Saved This Company $24,000

save-money1If you ever do business over the phone, especially internationally, you’re going to want to read this.

Recently, a small Los Angeles firm of about 16 employees asked us to take a look at their phone systems. They have offices in New York and communicate via telephone with agencies overseas on a daily basis.

They had a very old phone system that was using copper lines coming in from the phone ...

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Helping You Help Your IT Guy

JMYour outside IT guy (let’s call him Sheldon) has been with you for a long time. He’s friendly, punctual and just a great guy to have around the office. Everybody loves him.

But, Sheldon has an issue. Since he works for himself in his one-man-show business, he spends all his time maintaining his current clients’ servers and rushing to fix any problems that crop up during the week. This leaves him ...

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Virtually Eliminate the Risk of an Unrecoverable Catastrophic Event

error20boomOf course you have back ups of all the data in the office (…you do, right?) just to be safe. But in the event of a flood, power outage or earthquake (to name a few), what’s your plan for accessing your computer system?

An “unrecoverable catastrophic event” generally refers to an occurrence that physically damages your servers. Earthquakes definitely fall into that category (especially here in Los Angeles – did ...

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To Telecommute, or not to Telecommute

working_from_homeThat is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of home office convenience, or to battle against a sea of traffic and by opposing, get to work on time.

I don’t know if my high school drama teacher, Mrs. Van Holt, would be proud that I remember Shakespeare or upset with my butchering of said. But it’s a valid question.

A quick internet search ...

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