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A Note from Candy

November,  2015
Volume 18, Issue #1


Happy November, everyone. I don’t know about you guys, but my household has been transformed from the back to school insanity to the planning. Teacher hubby and the kids are making all the plans for what they want to do on their holiday break along with what what gifts they want. They are also planning what they want for the special dinners coming up.

 

Me? Well, my girlfriends and I have a annual long weekend get-away. We always claim the weekend before Thanksgiving as our own. We pack up and spend a few days in a house somewhere where we can bond and have some fun together. It’s always a great way to recharge and get centered - and reconnect - before the holidays start and we have to resort to quickly written text messages or a fast phone call to check in with each other. I call these ladies the family that I choose, so I choose to spend an entire weekend laughing, drinking wine, playing board games, making inappropriate jokes and laughing.

 

For them, I am most thankful. My friendships keep me sane. They give me someone to celebrate the best of times with. They give me a shoulder to cry on when times are at their worst. They are the people that if something happens at 3am on a random Tuesday, I know I can pick up the phone and they would answer. And show up. All of them. With casseroles. ;)


This month, make sure to say thank you to those that mean the most to you personally.

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In this issue...

Article: Be Thankful and Profitable

Quickboook Tip: Reminders LIst

Tax Deadlines: November 2015 through December 2015

Spotlight: Wurstfest

Tech Talk: What To Do With an Old PC

Humor: Just Order Online

Article: Be Thankful and Profitable

By Mary Kelly

If you are in business, you have reason to be thankful. Yes, there are uncertainties regarding taxes, regulations and healthcare (small business top three concerns), but you are still in business and hopefully, you have products and services that are relevant in today's market. Ideally, you are also profitable.

So let's be thankful while we move forward. How can we as businesses be thankful?

1. Don't operate from a place of fear about your business's future. Yes, there are going to be challenges. If running a business was easy, everyone would do it. Being fearful means you are focusing on failure, not success. To be open to generate more business, we have to be thankful for what we have.


"A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things." Plato


2. You attract your focus. Focus on abundance. Yet many people focus on what they do not want. This is like driving a car on an open road in the middle of Kansas and seeing a tree and then focusing on not hitting the tree. What happens? You hit the tree. Direct your attention to future possibilities, not past failures. Don't operate from a place of scarcity.


"Be thankful for what you have. You'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never have enough." Oprah Winfrey


3. Know that every day is a new opportunity. Yes, it sounds cliché. Today is 86,400 seconds. How are you going to use them to extend your gratitude to others?

4. Being thankful means doing something about it.


"The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you." John E. Southard


Say thank you to those people who helped you with advice, a referral, or a resource when you needed it.

Find a way to reach out to those people who impacted you and helped you, whether they realized it or not. Let them know how they changed your business or your life. Send a card. Not sure what you should say? Try, "Five years ago, you told a group of us to _____ and I have done that every since. It changed how I deal with customers forever. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise. It made a difference."

5. Help others grow their business. The best way to push yourself forward is to help others. Not sure how to help other people?

  • Ask your friends who their perfect client would be, then be on the lookout for them. When you find them, make an introduction.
  • Tell your friends about the people you are trying to promote.
  • Spread the word about a new venture or a project to your network.
  • Use social media to promote others.
  • How? Make comments on other people's blogs, websites, or Facebook pages to generate buzz on what they are doing. At the very least, share in their happiness with a positive comment. Host someone else on your website as guest bloggers. It gives you fresh content and promotes others.

6. Be grateful for your profits. Not sure if you have profits? You are not alone. Many business owners honestly do not know their expenses and their revenues. Not knowing where your profits and losses are is like jumping in the middle of the ocean without knowing how to swim.

Second only to not having a current business plan, this is the biggest mistake businesses are making today. Business owners just don't track their revenues and expenditures.

7. Wherever you are in business, like life, you are two steps ahead of someone else. It is your responsibility to reach behind you and give someone else a good push forward.

In NASCAR, getting behind someone else and pushing them is called bump-drafting. Like racecar driving, you help someone else best when you are at a high level of performance. Some of the people around you would appreciate a well-timed push to the front, so look for someone who might benefit from a healthy push forward.

November is a time for celebrating friends and family, gathering together, and helping others. Wouldn't it be great if we practiced being thankful every day, and not just during the holidays?

Dr. Mary C. Kelly is a leadership and productivity speaker, whose dynamic and unique keynotes have been helping organizations and individuals to become more productive and motivated in a fun and engaging way.

With over twenty years of leadership experience and a diverse background leading teams in the U.S. and abroad, Dr. Kelly makes leadership a reality for all levels of an organization. Register for her free newsletters at www.ProductiveLeaders.com

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Lanel's QuickBooks Tip: Reminders List

By Lanel Taylor, Operations Manager at OffAssist

 

I have to admit, after 20 years of working with QuickBooks I didn’t know there was a reminders list, when I did find it I didn’t know how it could be useful then I found this tip.  Go to Edit: Preferences about 2/3 of the way down is Reminders – click the box that says “Show Reminders List when opening a company file”. Why?  Well, it makes tells you what still needs to be done. If you have a/p bills that are due it tells you, if you have checks waiting to print you can see which ones, if there are payroll checks that need printing it shows them – it’s really helpful.  In August I showed you how to set recurring transactions – this is a good way to remember to print those checks that you have posting automatically.  While you have QuickBooks open you’ll see an alarm clock in the upper right corner, if you click that your reminders list will open up. The flag next to the clock shows you how many items are on your list.

Tax Deadlines

 

11/16/2015    Employers Make Monthly Payroll tax deposit on the 15th of each month.

12/15/2015    Employers Make Monthly Payroll tax deposit on the 15th of each month

12/15/2015    Corporations - 4th Quarter Estimate Due

12/31/2015    Last Day to Open KEOGH account for 2014 deposits

 Spotlight: Wurstfest

Whether you are German or just like to drink beer the Wurstfest is for you! This ten day festival starts November 6th and concludes November 16th. You’ll enjoy good food, music, dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment. This wide variety of entertainment, food, and fun takes place on the Wurstfest Grounds in Landa Park as well as many special events throughout New Braunfels and Comal County.
 
Wurstfest started in 1961 as a one-day affair held on a Saturday after a week of activity featuring sausage dishes on the menues of local cafes and specials on sausage products in the local meat market and grocery stores. The first Wurstfest had a crowd of about 2,000. Now the festival has grown to be 10 days long and draws a crowd of 120,000.
 
It's worth mentioning that Wurstfest continues rain or shine, and no rain dates are scheduled. Not that the ground would be completely saturated right now! In 1998 the area received more than 20" of rain just 13 days before the opening. Some damage was recorded but with many of the locals pitching in to help the festival opened on time and the show went on as planned.
 
If you are interesting in purchasing tickets you can do that online at http://wurstfest.com/buy-tickets/. Members of the Wurstfest Association are available to answer your questions year round at 800.221.4369 or info@wurstfest.com. Have fun!

Tech Talk: What To Do With an Old PC

Tom BeauchampBy Tom Beauchamp

Does your business have a storage closet filled with computers that just don’t keep up with today’s software? Is there a dusty corner of your garage taken up by relics of “Technology Past”?

Here are a few ideas for what do with those machines:

1.)    Sell it: Put an ad on Craig’s List. Some people and organizations buy older computers. You never know unless you try!

2.)    Make a Donation: Many charitable organizations will accept working, old PC’s. Churches, shelters, and other organizations that run on a limited budget are good candidates.

3.)    Re-use: As new technology comes out, there are often plenty of new ways to use older computers.  Often all it takes is a little research and a new app.

4.)    Recycle: Many neighborhoods and garbage contractors offer computer recycling. Call your contractor and ask about electronic product recycling programs in your area.

If you choose options 1, 2, or 4 there is another step you need to do before that computer goes out your door. In many cases there are years worth of data on the computer: credit cards, addresses, social security numbers. 

Here are two utilities to make sure that information is completely gone before you hand that computer to it’s new owner: DBAN (Darik’s Boot and Nuke), HDShredder Free Edition. You can find the latest version of each of these using your favorite search engine.

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

Humor: Just Order Online

 

 

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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.