How Do You Share?

On March 27th, 2013, posted in: BIZ-TIP, Security by 0 Comment

I’m not talking about how you share your chocolate or loan out your golf clubs, but something much more important. How do you share your personal, private, confidential information? It’s tax season and we’re all sending information to our CPA that if it fell into the wrong hands could result in identity theft. So how..

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Visibility: Can You See Me Now?

On December 20th, 2012, posted in: Awards, Marketing by 0 Comment

I was meeting with a new client the other day that is just starting his business. He has a great concept, unique service, good execution (I know because I used his service) and a nice website. When I asked how he was going to grow his business, he answered, “word of mouth.”  Referrals are the lifeblood..

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The Power of Positive Alliances

On August 9th, 2012, posted in: Accounting, Marketing, Training by 0 Comment

The power of positive thinking can’t be denied. Neither can the power of surrounding yourself with positive people! Your mother always told you that you’d be defined by the people you hang out with. It’s true even now that you’re grown up. So hang out with the people who are going somewhere! Forging alliances with..

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How Safe Are You?

On August 7th, 2012, posted in: BIZ-TIP by 2 Comments

What would happen to your business (and your stress level!) if you lost all the data on your computer? It happened last month to one of our clients who chose to keep all their data on their laptop and have us access it remotely. They backed it up, but left the flash drive in the..

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Do You Play Well on the Team?

On May 15th, 2012, posted in: BIZ-TIP by 0 Comment

Business is definitely a team sport. Working together well as a team benefits everyone. Last week I got an email from a client who was referring an associate to us. The associate was starting a new business and was in a very similar situation that my client was when he first came to us. He..

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Want To Be On The White House Panel?

On April 17th, 2012, posted in: BIZ-TIP by 0 Comment

That was the question that was posed to me recently. Do you want to participate in a White House panel of successful entrepreneurs? Of course, I said “Yes!” So when The White House Business Council held their Urban Economic Forum in Phoenix last week, I was one of the speakers for the workshop on “Accelerating..

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Take an Extra Day! Take 2!!

On April 12th, 2012, posted in: Accounting by 0 Comment

The deadline for filing income tax for individuals and partnership for 2012 is Tuesday, April 17th. April 15th is on a Sunday and April 16th is a holiday in Washington, DC. What this means is that all of us get two more days to get that important filing done. E-file for a faster refund and..

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How Do You Follow Up?

On March 27th, 2012, posted in: BIZ-TIP by 0 Comment

Have you ever lost a prospective client because of lack of follow up? Welcome to the club! We all have. Our goal, of course, is to make that the exception rather than the rule. Here are some things that will help towards that goal: Try to get an understanding of what their decision making process..

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2011 is Over! Have You “Closed” the Year?

On January 26th, 2012, posted in: Accounting by 0 Comment

January is a busy month for accounting services and the business owners that they serve. There are lots of deadlines: annual and 4th quarter payroll tax reports and 1099s by January 31st. Most CPAs want all the information for your business income tax returns at least 30 days before tax filing deadlines, so that means..

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Increasing Productivity: Name That Tune

On January 17th, 2012, posted in: BIZ-TIP by 0 Comment

Is your office noisy or quiet? If it’s noisy, it might be difficult to concentrate. If it’s extremely quiet, it might lack energy. Either way, the solution to increasing productivity might be to add music. If you’re counteracting a noisy environment, try nature sounds or classical music. These are calming and give you something quiet..

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