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A Note from Candy

May,  2015
Volume 13, Issue #1

I woke up this morning all rearing to go. The kids were up and gone on time, the animals all got fed, and I had enjoyed my first cup of coffee without an interruption of a lost shoe (and why is it only ever one? I mean, looks like you’d lose them both at the same time, right?). The newsletter person needed an intro (this) and was bugging me, but I wasn’t worried. I had a lot to do, but my day was all planned out. I had plenty of time to get everything done on my task list. Easily.
 

Until… all the printers decided to take a vacation. In my office, that’s kind of a problem because while I don’t print a whole lot, I do print checks for clients now and then. And my first task was to print a check and mail it out.
 

Fast forward 90 minutes, the printers are finally all working. I look like I’ve gone a few rounds with Evander Holyfield, and I’m about ready to pick up the pile on my desk, toss it in a box until tomorrow, get lost in the rabbit hole of the internet and ignore my email all day. I mean, if it’s started off this bad, it can only go downhill from here, right?
 

But I didn’t. I really really want to, but instead I went and grabbed a cup of coffee, took a little walk to calm down, and remembered that this is the smallest of things and if this is the biggest issue I have today then I’m doing alright.
 

The problem is that hardware issues are my achilles heel. It’s the one thing that makes my blood boil and turns me into a raving lunatic. I mean, everything was working just fine on Friday. Why is it acting up? There’s no logical sense to the idea that EVERY SINGLE PRINTER wasn’t working. But the point is that hardware problems are the one thing that will always cause me to just give up for the entire day. We all have one or two things like that. This morning, it didn’t win, but it easily could have. What’s your day stopper?

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In this issue...

Article: Why Networking is Vital to Your Growing Business

Bookkeeping Tip: Changing Register Color in QuickBooks

Tax Deadlines: May 15, 2015 through June 30, 2015

Spotlight AustiNuts

Tech Talk: Editing PDFs with Word 2013

Humor: Infamous Last Words

Article: Why Networking is Vital to Your Growing Business

For small and medium-sized business owners, finding new ways and opportunities to grow their organizations can be a full-time job in itself. Advertising and other marketing strategies can be a great option to gain exposure, but can be expensive and leave much to be desired in the way of promoting confidence in your brand. Luckily, networking is an affordable and extremely powerful way to make and maintain the connections you need to grow your company and your sphere of influence.

Expand Your Business' Reach

Perhaps the most important and direct result of networking is the fact that it expands your business' reach. Networking is, by definition, creating new relationships and strengthening the ones that you have. As you network and promote your company, you are allowing more people to find out about it and increasing the number of potential customers, suppliers or other business associates you can rely on. Even if you have the best idea or product in the world, you will have a difficult time staying afloat if no one knows about it. When networking, try to meet with as many people as possible, but be sure not to sacrifice the quality of your conversations in the name of speed. While quantity make be preferred for some types of connections, quality is often far more important.

Develop Trusting And Established Relationships

Networking is much more than just the initial introduction or conversation about yourself and your business. Networking should be used as a tool to develop trusting and established relationships long after you first meet someone. This can be done through following up with the important contacts that you make and maintaining a connection with them through regular interactions. With popular platforms such as LinkedIn, networking and growing the bonds that are formed are easily than ever.

You'll Learn A Thing Or Two

A third aspect of networking that can help you grow your business has nothing to do with making or growing new contacts. While networking, you're going to be speaking with a myriad of different people, all who have varying areas of expertise and levels of business acumen. If you're an open and active listener, you are likely able to learn something new from just about every person that you engage in conversation. When speaking with someone in logistics, you could learn a better way to package and ship your products. If you're networking with a retired business leader, they will likely have some powerful tips on managing your employees. Networking should not just be about growing your business through your contacts, but also through the knowledge that you gain.

When networking, be sincere and honest in your conversations. The whole point is to expand familiarity with you and your business and form bonds which improve the way you are viewed by others. Most people, especially in business, are adept at seeing through a direct sales pitch or fake conversation, and will quickly become unreceptive towards your approaches. By being friendly and building trust with those you are speaking with, you can easily form the network needed to quickly take your business to the next level.

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Bookkeeping Tip: Changing Register Color in QuickBooks

Do you have multiple bank accounts in QuickBooks? If so, it might be helpful to change the colors on your bank accounts to make it easy to differentiate them.  To change the account color open the check register you want to change, go to edit then “change account color”.  There are a number of color options to choose from.  Changing the register color will change it for all users.


Note: these instructions are for QuickBooks 2015, other versions may differ.

 

Tax Deadlines

5/15/2015

Employers Make Monthly Payroll tax deposit on the 15th of each month

6/15/2015

Individuals, Farmers & Fishermen Pay 2nd Quarter Estimated Tax Payment

6/15/2015

Corporations - 2nd Quarter Estimate Tax payment Due

6/15/2015

Estates & Trusts 2nd Estimated Tax Payment

6/15/2015

Employers Make Monthly Payroll tax deposit on the 15th of each month

6/15/2015

US Taxpayers Overseas Individual Personal Returns due

6/15/2015

US Taxpayers Overseas Claim Foreign Earned Income

6/15/2015

US Individuals Overseas Personal Return Extensions due

6/30/2015

File Form TDF 90-22.1 - Report of Foreign Banks with $10,000 anytime during year

 Spotlight: AustiNuts

 

Nutritionists even endorse the consumption of nuts as a valuable addition to your diet. They are a great source of protein and are considered one of those “good fats” you should incorporate into your diet.

 

Although they are best known for their large selection of nuts and unique process of dry roasting, they also offer healthy snacks such as dried fruits and trail mixes, gourmet chocolates and candies and many unique gift ideas.  They have low carb options, Kosher options, Go Texas products and corporate gifts. All AustiNuts products may be ordered in any of their gift packaging and baskets.

 

If you are in town, please stop by their store at 2900 W. Anderson Lane in Austin and go nuts!

 

If you would like to be featured in the OffAssist spotlight column, and have not been featured in the past twelve months, contact Carol@OffAssist.com and we'll see if we can put YOU in the spotlight!

 

Tech Talk: Editing PDFs with Word 2013

Tom BeauchampBy Tom Beauchamp

In the past, if you wanted to edit a PDF document, you really only had one choice: buy Adobe Acrobat.


Over the year, other companies have published standalone PDF editors and creators, but most of them

fall short when it comes to word processing.


I recently needed to update an old PDF file. Fortunately, I had the original PDF file. Unfortunately, I had just formatted my computer and moved to 64-bit Windows 7. My Adobe Acrobat CD-Key was nowhere to be found. Whoops.


Luckily, I have Office 365 installed. You might see it named Office 2013 on your computer. This new

version of Office has the capability to open PDF, separate the words and text, and return you an editable

Word document. Open the file, edit away, and then save back to PDF.


Word 2013 worked great for me, but there were a couple of gotchas:


1.) Any interactive content is lost


2.) If the document includes a large amount of graphics, your formatting may be lost


3.) If a documented is protected, you will not be able to edit it


However, if like me you are going to update the look of the document, the above probably isn’t going to matter. For me it comes down to Office 365 saving me from an added expense (buying a new Adobe Acrobat) and Microsoft providing a new use for a piece of software most of us are already comfortable using.

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

Humor: Infamous Last Words

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers"

--Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

 

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home"

--Ken Olson, chairman & founder of Digital equipment, 1977

 

"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us."

--Western Union internal memo, 1876

 

"640 kilobytes [computer storage space] ought to be enough for anybody."

--Bill Gates, 1981

 

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."

--Popular Mechanics, 1949

 
 

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This newsletter is published monthly by Candy Beauchamp of OffAssist. © 2015

Much 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.