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A Note from Candy

August,  2015
Volume 15, Issue #1

We’re a little late this month, I know. It’s my fault. The newsletter folks have been waiting on me. But the past few weeks have been one of those times when you have to figure out what you can and cannot do. We had a family issue that I had to take care of, so I’ve spent a good deal of extra time on personal stuff lately. That’s squared away...

…. just in time for school to start! *laughing* Don’t get me wrong, I like when the kids are out for the Summer. I actually like spending time with my kids, but working at home with teens here is actually more challenging than when they were elementary schoolers. There’s nearly always someone in my office whining at Noon that there’s “nothing” to eat for lunch. (yes, there’s is, they just want to grind me down so I’ll let them order sandwiches or take them to PDQ or something). But at the same time, it seems like the start of school also comes with a LOT of stuff to figure out. I’ll have two in high school and one in middle school and you’d think they’d have the KIDS fill out some of this paperwork, but no.. it all comes home with them, they dump it on my desk and I spend two hours filling it all out.

…. but this year might be different! The district SAYS it’s going to be paperless registration and if you register more than one kid, it will remember your details (and all the previous year’s stuff). I have hopes it will work, but instead I see myself spending time filling out stuff online only to have to fill out the forms later because it didn’t work.

Add in one incoming Freshman and his first Summer of Band Camp and the other two with their Summer activities and I’m just “done”. As in finished. As in “Mommy will be over here in the corner banging her head against the wall”.

The point? August is always a time thief for me. It seems like there’s always something going on that’s keeping me distracted. In years past, I always try to set it up so that it wasn’t as busy, but that never works. Teacher hubby has his own crazy back to school stuff going on and it just all falls to me to get everyone back to school ready. This year, however, was different. This year I wised up and gave myself permission to not work a full 40 hours every week. To just do what needed to be done and move on.

I think that’s how I’ll handle August from now on. I tried beating it and it didn’t work, so I’m just going to have to go with the flow….

…. at least until the kids move out!

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In this issue...

Article: How to Create Content That Your Ideal Clients Want to Read

Bookkeeping Tip: Recurring Transactions

Tax Deadlines: August 17, 2015 - September 30, 2015

Spotlight Austin Murals

Tech Talk: Upgrading to Windows 10

Humor: Back to School

Article: How to Create Content That Your Ideal Clients Want to Read

By: Rosemary Nonny Knight

If you are running your business online, you will know that most of your business is based around what words you put on the internet, whether on pictures, audios, videos, or the written word. Learning how to produce content that gets people to take an action is very important or else you get no prospects and no one to sell to.

The one huge idea to consider is that you must write the way you talk.

It is so easy to think that you have to write in a certain way in order to get the attention of the people you want in your business but that puts most people off, leaving you with no one to talk to at all. Regardless of whether you are business to business or business to consumer, it is people you are talking to. Remember that and think through these few ideas before you create your next piece of engaging content.

  1. Be conversational  - Keep your ideal person in mind as you write a blog post. Feel as though they are there in the room with you and you are having a conversation with them. You would not just talk at them and sell repeatedly, would you? So don't do it in your content.
  2. Relax - Yes, you are trying to attract more leads but you are unlikely to do that if your words sound forced or fake. What you want is to plan the general points of your content piece then relax and let the words flow out of you.
  3. Stop Worrying about being professional - It may seem that being professional is the important thing when creating content but actually, the important thing is that you create remarkable content that other people want to read and share with others in their world.
  4. Use normal words- Use regular words that you would use at home with friends. Your customers will become friends and so start building the relationship now. No one believes you when you use words that sound too pompous. It begins to sound like you are trying too hard and if you are trying too hard, then maybe you do not have anything worthwhile to say.
  5. Break Some Rules - It may not make your English teacher too happy but it will help your prospects understand and relate to you better. No, do not let spelling mistakes go deliberately - With spell check being as great as it is, there is no excuse for it - but definitely don't worry so much about the rules of adverbs and adjectives and all of that stuff. Get your message across.<

If you want more tips to grow your business, then download the free blueprint here - Marketing Blueprint 

Rosemary Nonny Knight was once a pharmacist and then decided to create a profitable business doing what she loves which enabled her to leave work. She also teaches other professionals and business owners to make the same shift.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Rosemary_Nonny_Knight

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Bookkeeping Tip: Recurring Transactions

Do you have transactions that are the same every month (or another regular basis)?  Creating recurring transactions helps to speed up the process of entering recurring items.  There are a few different options for memorizing transactions:

            Groups

            Automatic Posting

            Reminders

 

To create a transaction that you will memorize set-up as your normally would (you can memorize a bill, check, invoice and journal entry) before hitting save click the “memorize” button at the top of the screen.  Then you will set the preferences

 

Add to reminders list – this will remind you when you should post the transaction

Do Not Remind me – no reminders here

Automate Transaction – the transaction will automatically post on the dates you select

Add to Group – this will include the transaction in a group you have set-up

 

To add to a group you’ll need to create it first.  To do that go to Lists: Memorized Transaction List then at the bottom Memorized Transaction: Add group.

 

Tax Deadlines

8/17/2015         Employers make monthly payroll tax deposit on the 15th of each month

9/1/2015           Time for businesses to consider setting up retirement plans

9/15/2015         Employers make monthly payroll tax deposit on the 15th of each month

9/15/2015         Partnership returns due – FINAL DEADLINE

9/15/2015         Corporate returns due – FINAL DEADLINE

9/15/2015         S corporate returns due – FINAL DEADLINE

9/15/2015         Estate & trusts returns – final deadline; bankruptcy fillings use the same form

9/15/2015         Individuals, farmers & fishermen pay 3rd quarter estimated tax payment

9/15/2015         Corporations – 3rd quarter estimate tax payment due

9/15/2015         Estates & trusts 3rd estimated tax payment

9/15/2015         Deadline for corporations and partnerships to fund SEP-IRAs for previous year.

9/30/2015         Last day to establish SIMPLE plans for current year

9/30/2015         Time for businesses to consider setting up retirement plans

 Spotlight: Austin Murals

If you live in Austin you know it’s not like any other city in Texas. We have things here they don’t have anywhere else in the state. While other cities do have great art scenes, Austin’s is really bold and diverse. To get a good idea of this art scene, take a tour of the Austin Murals. We suggest that you at least visit these we have listed below. Get out your Google Map and plan a day of it!


Greetings from Austin - S. 1st and Annie St.

You’re my Butter Half - E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. & Alamo St.

Hi, how are you frog - Guadalupe & 21st

South Congress Books - 1608 S. Congress Ave.


For details, visit http://www.austintexas.org/austin-insider-blog/austin-murals/

Tech Talk: Upgrading to Windows 10

Tom BeauchampBy Tom Beauchamp

Last month was one for the record books: A record number of computers upgraded their operating systems to Windows 10. I thought long and hard before hitting that “Upgrade Now!” button.

In the end, I did. Here is how it went:

The first that happened was that Windows 10 had to be downloaded. You can either make a standalone DVD to install from, or install directly to your computer. I chose to go ahead and upgrade my computer. The download went as fast as my internet connection would allow. Less than 10 minutes later, the upgrade was ready to begin.

Once started, the upgrade was fast and efficient. It doesn’t ask many questions, instead pulling most of your settings directly from your old version of Windows. I liked this as it let me do my own thing while it worked. From the start of the installation, it took another 10 minutes until my computer wanted me to log in.

First Impressions:

Boot up and log in: Windows 10 boots up and logs in very quickly. My computer used to take 3 minutes from powered down to logged in and ready to go. With Windows 10 that time is now 30 seconds. You log in can now be tied to your Microsoft account as well. This comes in very handy if you make use of the integrated applications.

Hardware: Windows 10 detected and installed drivers for most of my hardware on the initial boot up. The rest was detected and installed after a reboot. I was very impressed. This is the first time I haven’t had to manually add at least one piece of hardware.

Software: Windows 10 is highly integrated with Microsoft’s other services and software. If you use Office365 and One Drive you will feel right at home. If not, you might have to do a few adjustments. Or you might be like me, and realize that all of this integration is a good thing! Other than that, all of my applications work perfectly.

Overall:

I loved Windows 7 and hated Windows 8. Windows 10 is a mix of the familiar and the new. It seems to be a good mix that I have already largely gotten used to. My favorite is the Start Menu with Tiles that give me updates on my calendar, e-mails, and web subscriptions. My biggest letdown is the lack of the Aero Interface.

My goal for this month was to let everyone know that upgrading to Windows 10 does not have to be scary. Next month, I’ll share some tips and tricks that will make you wish you had Windows 10 a lot sooner!

Tom Beauchamp is the marketing and tech expert behind OffAssist. He can be reached at tom@offassist.com.

Humor: Back to School

Sorry teachers, but this is good news for the rest of us!

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