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The New Year...
I sit here now, thinking about everything that has happened and everything I've accomplished (or not) in the past 10 years. Next up is planning. It's nearly impossible to think about the past without looking toward the future. It's time to use what I've learned to move forward, not only in business, but in my personal life as well, and I hope you're all out there planning to do the same.
Wishing you and yours a happy and prosperous 2010!
The only good answer to that question is the one you find for yourself. If you're on the fence, here are a few things to think about before you make your decision.
Professional associations have a lot of benefits, but they're
not for everyone. Do your homework before you fill out that membership
transactions in QuickBooks
To activate the audit trail feature, the administrator must take the following steps:
Note: Check with your accounting professional before doing this to be sure that's how they'd like it done. YMMV!
New Year Resolutions you won't be able to keep if you're a nerd
14. I resolve to get my off-line work done, too!
13. I will stop checking my e-mail at 3:00 in the morning; 4:30 is much more practical.
12. When I hear a funny joke I will not reply, "LOL... LOL!"
11. I will stop sending e-mail, and instant messages to people while on the phone with them, too.
10. I will figure out why I *really* need 9 e-mail addresses.
9. I resolve to spend time with neglected children: mine.
8. I will answer my snail mail with the same enthusiasm I answer e-mail.
7. When I subscribe to a newsgroup or mailing list, I will read all the mail I get from it.
6. I will stop using, "So, what's your URL?" as a pickup line.
5. No more downloads from alt.binaries.*
4. I will back up my new 400 GB hard drive daily. Well, once a week. Monthly, perhaps?
3. I will spend less than five hours a day on the Internet.
2. I will limit my top ten lists to ten items.
1. I will read the manual. (Just as soon as I find it.)
- Employer's Quarterly TWC (Texas Workforce Commission)
- Employer's Annual FUTA (Form 940)
- Forms W-2, Annual Wage and Tax Statement must to recipients
- Forms 1099-Misc, Miscellaneous Income to recipients
- Forms 1099-B, Interest Income Statement
- Forms 1099-Div, Dividend Income Statement
- Forms 1099 and 1096, Annual Summary and Transmittal of U.S. Information
Returns to the Internal Revenue Service
But houses aren't the only thing getting bigger. So are computer files. In 1993, Windows 3.1 was about 9 mb on my hard drive. Windows 7 take up 9 Gigabytes of hard drive space. That's quite an increase! Computer games and software used to come on one or two 1.44 mb diskettes. Now they come on 2 or 3 4.5gb DVD's.
As file sizes get bigger, so do hard drives. Not everyone can just open up their computer and pop in a new drive whenever they need to. Luckily, external hard drives have come a long way from those that were first available. Today's external drives are just as big, and nearly as fast, as available internal drives.
If you need additional space, but don't want to go fiddling around in your computers guts, here are some tips to selecting the right external drive for you:
1.) Don't buy an "off brand." The money you save buying a no-name external drive will so be wasted on tech support calls and pure frustration. Toshiba, Seagate, and Western Digital are all great brands that provide first class support. If in doubt, ask someone.
2.) Read reviews. Even name brands will sometimes produce a lemon of a product. Stick with 5 star rated products. Google can be your friend here. Amazon and New Egg both offer customers the ability to read and write their own reviews. Always make sure you look at reviews for exactly what you are buying and not just a similar product.
3.) How does the drive connect to the computer? USB 2.0 is pretty much the standard way to connect an external harddrive. However, FireWire is another (and faster) option. Make sure that your computer supports whichever connection you choose and stay away from USB 1.0 only drives.
4.) Check the specifications. Just as with an internal harddrive, you want your external drive to meet at least the following: 7200RPM, 10ms (or less) seek time, 4MB (or more) buffer.
5.) Bigger is Better. Remember, you once thought that 40 GB harddrive would be enough to last you forever. Now you need to get something bigger. Make the most of your purchase and plan ahead. 1TB external drives from good brands are available for less that $100. I try to stay away from naming a specific product, simply because technology changes so rapidly.
Hopefully this quick guide will continue to be useful for the foreseeable
Texas Virtual Assistance League (TexVAL)
IVAA (The International Virtual Assistants Association) is a great organization. Sometimes, though, people want a group with with a similar ideal that can focus on local issues. There are a number of local or state VA groups in the United States, but none in Texas. Until now.
After talking to VAs all over Texas, Candy Beauchamp (yes, our
Candy!) decided to put her experience as a board member and past
president of IVAA to good use in her home state. On October 16,
2009, TexVAL, the Texas Virtual Assistance League, opened it's (virtual)
doors. Finally, a place for Texas VAs to get together and talk about
what it's like to work virtually in the land of ten-gallon hats!
If you would like to be featured in the OffAssist spotlight column, and have not been featured in the past twelve months, contact Candy@OffAssist.com and we'll see if we can put you in the limelight.
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This newsletter is published monthly by Candy Beauchamp of OffAssist. © 2009Much of the advice in this newsletter is based upon the research, professional and personal experiences of the authors. If the reader has any questions concerning any material or procedure mentioned, the publisher and authors strongly suggest seeking the advice of a qualified CPA or other professional.