Monday, October 20, 2014

Expanding your Business by Utilizing Web Design

While you may have a successful business offline, you may be missing out on potential customers because you do not have a website. It is quite common for people to determine the restaurant they go to or company they use for certain professional services based on their website alone. If you are able to engage customers from a website, not only will you instill confidence in people that want to do business with you in the form of buying your product or using your service, but you will reach a new customer-base.
It is beneficial to build a long-term business relationship when you get professional web design, and this is because you can utilize these services for changes on a regular basis. While some companies strictly do website design, there is also the possibility to use certain businesses for doing much more, such as social media, budgeting, marketing, bookkeeping, graphic design, and more. After having an incredible experience with getting a website running for your business, you may be interested in using these services to further improve and expand your business.
Although you may be satisfied with a website, you may still be missing out on an opportunity to gain new customers due to a lack of search engine optimization. It is helpful to use a company that provides web design for optimization in the form of onsite and offsite optimization. When you utilize these services, along with professional web design that understands heat-tracking for the best results in terms of where to place everything on homepages and every other page, you are bound to have incredible success.
In some cases, a business owner may invest into creating their own website to save money, and while this may work okay in the beginning, there are significant differences in terms of appearance and function to websites done by an amateur and websites created by professionals. If you are interested in expanding your business to take advantage of online opportunities, please contact us and we can help you with professional services for web design, marketing, and more. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Printing Special Checks in Quickbooks - The Middle Check Stock or Stub-Check-Stub

Setting QuickBooks® up to print STUB-CHECK-STUB checks (QuickBooks® voucher checks are CHECK-STUB-STUB and there is no way to change the order)

Go to File

Choose Printer setup…

Form Name: Check/paycheck

Check Style: Voucher

Click ‘align’ on right side

Vertical -353 (even though this is outside boundaries)Ignore the notification

Print sample and hold behind light with check

This is also called using Peachtree checks from Quickbooks.

3 Effective Ways To Improve Employee Management

Although there may be an exception to the rule, most employees want to perform at a high level. They take pride in what they do and want to feel like an integral part of your team. You can help them accomplish that goal by creating a positive employee management program. Learning how to manage and retain high-quality employees will play an important role in the success of your business.
When first launching your employee management program don't get caught up in details and over think the process. As Tom Fox points out in Improving employee performance reviews,
[Supervisors]…frequently overlook the fact that effective performance management has much more to do with building productive working relationships with your employees and less to do with the process requirements.
Start your program by changing the way you interact with your employees by implementing these three strategies.
1. Value Their Ideas. Take a moment or two to listen when an employee explains an idea or expresses a concern. You may not be able to rectify the situation or act on it immediately, but by taking the time to listen -- and then following up with action if applicable -- you will build trust between you and your employee.
2. Recognize Quality Performance. Don't be the boss who only delivers bad news or consistently critiques employees. Instead make an effort to recognize great work and let the employee know how their effort is contributing to the success of the company. This approach is especially effective when an employee's accomplishment is above and beyond expectations.
3. Be open. Foster an environment of trust by being open and honest with your workers. Share your concerns, hopes or goals when appropriate and in a way that lets your employee know you are human. People perform better when they do not have to pretend to be someone they are not. When you are authentic your employees are more likely to respect and support you.
Contact us today to learn more about motivating and managing your employees.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

5 More Things To Learn In Quickbooks

5 More things to Learn in Quickbooks
Quickbooks troubles? 
Test your knowledge of quickbooks with this quiz and see how you do. Any user knows there is always something else to learn about a powerful software. Generally, we learn new things when we need to know them. The following questions point out things we can all use.
1. Items deal with the things a company buys, sells, or resells in its business. Understanding items is important to utilize the benefits in QB fully. Name four items used in billing a customer.
2. Reports can quickly show you how much a customer has purchased. What report would you use?
3. Sales Tax Adjustments occasionally need to be made. What would you do to make such an adjustment?
4. 1099s must be sent to vendors.  Some of these vendors may also be customers. How would you offset the accounts payable against accounts receivable for these accounts?
5. Bank Reconciliations sometimes present complex situations. What would you do if this month the beginning reconciled balance does not match the beginning balance on the bank statement?
If you need some training to help you broaden your knowledge so you can better use your Quickbooks, contact us.  We are here to serve you. Imagine Solutions offers Quickbooks training, set-up and support.
1. Service, discount, payment, sales tax, service, subtotal.
2. Sales by Customer Summary.
3. Use the Adjust button in the Pay Sales Tax screen before creating a check to pay taxes.
4. Create a bank account through which you clear both the payables and the receivables.
5. Look for manual changes made by using the Audit Trail report and the Reconciliation Discrepancy report.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Outsourcing Payroll Operations Makes Business Sense

A chief expense for any business is their payroll. They have to pay employees to do the work that they do obviously, but this is an expense that most businesses want to minimize as much as possible. The expense of just getting those checks out each week is a burden, particularly for small businesses that are trying to make some inroads and grow. 
Cost Savings Start Immediately 
There are some interesting numbers that have emerged relating to the cost savings that can be enjoyed by those who outsource their payroll. lays it out in a simple way with this,
The direct costs of processing payroll can be greatly reduced by working with a payroll provider. Our research indicates that a small business with 10 employees will typically spend $2,600 per year in direct labor costs associated with payroll.
It is beautifully simplistic and true. Savings for outsourcing payroll work can be enormous, and they can start to manifest themselves immediately. 
Direct Deposit Capabilities 
Who wants to hold a paper check anymore and be responsible for taking it to the bank to deposit themselves? Not too many people. Most have now embraced the reality of direct deposit and the ability to get the money that they have earned deposited right into their bank account directly from their employer. Once again, this is what outsourcing can provide. A direct avenue from money earned to money sitting in one's bank account. It just requires an outsourced payroll department. 
Lessen Human Error 
Another factor critical to consider when determining if outsourcing is appropriate is how much it can save in terms of human error. Payroll companies are very efficient and great at avoiding making payroll mistakes. By contrast, sleepy payroll employees may not be as great at catching and preventing these mistakes. Since payroll mistakes are very serious, it is best to play it safe and go with the professionals. 
Contact us if you would like to know more about what it means to outsource payroll operations and the benefits that can be enjoyed.