Startups seem glamorous and fun to the outside world, but the truth is they can be tedious and extremely exhausting. While we do not claim to know it all, there are a few lessons that have been learned along the way… Have a plan in advance. A startup requires you to make difficult decisions based on time and capital. You do not always have time to think through every decision and possible consequence when the issues arise. The only way to guarantee you will make the best decision possible when the time comes is to have a plan in advance and not to second guess that plan in the moment. Plans must be flexible enough to change at a moment’s notice but strong enough to weather the short term setbacks and delays that occur in startups. Focus on your customer’s experience. The best way to differentiate your brand and… Read more!
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Have you ever wondered why one Office 365 license can be used on up to five devices and is priced between $12-$20 a month, but to purchase the Microsoft Office software in a store only works on one device and costs around $399?? No, you have not ever wondered about that? Really? Ok. I hope you are wondering about it now, because I am about to explain… Before I begin, what do you think about my view yesterday? Not bad, right? Back to Microsoft, Office 365 and Office 2016. First, I will begin by listing some of the features: Price: $12-$20 per month Installations: 5 (can be installed on PC, Mac, tablet, phone) Apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, email, OneNote, Publisher, Access, Skype for Business, Sway, OneDrive for Business, Yammer, Office… Read more!
Choosing a credit card processor is a daunting task for small business owners. The number of card classes and rates is designed to be overwhelming, and the pricing can be very confusing. In the past the sales pitch for selecting a merchant services company has centered on price comparison based on rates and fees. Merchant services companies took a copy of the current rates and almost always returned with a proposal reflecting the rates and fees were somehow reduced. The problem was the rates would be reduced on certain classes of cards to make the quote look better, but the reality of the quote was the classes may or may not match so the savings may or may not occur. This left consumers feeling mislead or cheated. Over the last 18 months many banks have joined the merchant services space, and the conversation has shifted from being a pure rate… Read more!
Have you upgraded to Office 2016 with your Office 365 account yet? I finally upgraded my account last week (I know I should have done this a few months ago, but better late than never…I suppose. At least the Cloud Service Team did this when it was released). A few things to mention before we really get into this topic: If you are an Office 365 subscriber (Business or Home) the 2016 upgrade is included in your monthly license fee, as it is with all Office upgrades. Microsoft makes upgrading pretty simple (however, if you have any problems or just do not want to do it yourself our Cloud Services Team is available to help…just give us a call to schedule an appointment (843) 410-0050). The speed at which the upgrade occurs depends on your internet speed, so the best time to start this is just before leaving for lunch,… Read more!