Are you stuck at your desk, trying to build a company using your PC to track and manage everything yourself? Its time to streamline -- and transform -- your business by using the next generation of tablets and apps. It's no longer optional -- your competitors are going to leap ahead by empowering their entire team to capture, communicate and use data more effectively and efficiently.
I'm sitting on the beach today. But last week I was mopping up water.
Yep, my office flooded last week. A hot-water heater burst and rain fell from the ceiling for hours. By the time we got the water off, $10,000 of damage had been done.
It started me thinking about how vulnerable we all are because we rely on computers and electronic files -- none of which mix well with water.
You earn your money. But if you get paid by credit card, you're giving away 3% to VISA and MasterCard.
Said another way - you're paying credit card merchant fees of about 20 cents for each dollar of profit... 20% of profits just for the pleasure of getting paid.
Crazy, right? You have better uses for that much money.
Fortunately, there is a cheaper way to get paid. ACH – or the
Got Mobile? Two giant retail chains recently rolled out a mobile payment strategy and you can too. If you have any contact with consumers, you must. Why? Mobile helps you sell to more customers and -- more important -- know more about your customers.
The pay-with-phone champion is... Starbucks. Did you know that all 6,600 Starbucks stores offer a mobile payment option? During 2011,
Many entrepreneurs I know would be living in federal prison if current fundraising laws were strictly enforced. But funding a small business is about to get a lot safer and easier for business owners.
Prez Obama endorsed two new crowdfunding bills (not yet law) that would end “the red tape that prevents many rapidly growing startup companies from raising much-needed
### UPDATE: Amazon has changed access to many of the apps featured in this article since December 2011, when this article was written. Our recommended apps were compatible with the Kindle at that time, but many are no longer compatible. We hope this article can inspire you to find similar apps that will help your business productivity, and that you'll share them with us in the comments section!
Rock Solid Tech Reviewer Joanna Ebizie is at it again. This week she's discovered a free accounting tool called WAVE accounting. What you'll love most about this new online solution is really what it DOESN'T have.... Here's Joanna....
"Do you love your accounting software? I think I know the answer. Fortunately, there are so many new tools to make accounting tasks easy that now's a
Everybody loves to hate QuickBooks. Sure, it is the most complete small business accounting software, but sometimes that’s the problem. If you are simply looking to track hourly income and a few expenses, QuickBooks is too much of a good thing. (Read a great Quickbooks review here)
Why worry about double-entry accounting if what you really need is just to send and collect invoices? Now you
The ATM on the sidewalk is dead. Long live the ATM in my pocket.
In 1973 the first ATMs changed the way customers paid. And for 40 years they remained a vital fixture of retailers, gas stations, and banks...until now.
Now cash and ATMs are quickly losing their appeal as new technology gives almost every customer a direct digital pipeline into their bank and credit accounts. Literally,
I love QuickBooks. It's fast, powerful, and full featured. I even interviewed the guy who designed it.
But I also hate QuickBooks. In fact, it's so complex that I hired an employee just to manage the books and run the reports.
That's pretty sick, right? Its a $300 program that requires a $30,000 a year person to get the information into it -- and back out again in a simple report.