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10 Reasons Why You Should Learn About Cloud-based Software

Posted by Meredith Gooch on Wed, Aug 29, 2012

June 11, 2012 by Sage Business 

Web-based or cloud-based software and/services are all the rage right now, you hear about them everywhere. You are probably wondering how they can benefit your business and if any of them are a good fit for your organization. There are so many types of cloud services today it can be a bit of a daunting question to ponder.

 2012 6 11 cloud resized 600Keeping things very simple, here are ten reasons why I think you should learn more about cloud-based solutions and how they can benefit you and your business.

1. Save Time: Running a business is like having two or three full-time jobs. Because there are so many things to do – time – is one of the most valuable assets you have. In my experience, cloud-based software = substantial time savings.  From easy to access email to no longer having to install software updates, cloud-based solutions can really make an impact on efficiency.

2. Share and Empower: I have found cloud-based software to be much easier to access, use and share information across my team. My team is more empowered to do things that only I used to be able to do. That is a win/win!

3. Work from Anywhere: I spend a lot of time traveling, so being able to work, in addition to accessing my full email and calendar from my mobile device is critical. This allows me to be productive when I am waiting in lines, at restaurants, and anywhere really. The thing I love most is that when I am in the office; I am not playing as much catch up.

4. Keep in Touch: When I am traveling I like to keep in touch with my family via mobile video calling, but I also use it to stay in touch with donors and my team. Video calling adds a face to face interaction (which I am a huge fan of) in a very convenient way.  I recommend Skype, but there are a ton of great services.

5. Stay Safe: Your data is your lively hood. Backing it up in a secure environment is essential.

6. Learn More: Take time this fall to use a web-based survey tool to learn more about your customers. The information you gather can be used to build a more successful marketing plan. I recommend Survey Monkey because it is easy to use and the base product is free!

7. Build Awareness: I meet business’s all of the time that have not yet started an email marketing program. There are a multitude of web-based email solutions that will really make getting started easy. Consistent communication is key to building awareness for your business. So, what are you waiting for?

8. Network Online: Social is another blog post all together, but becoming social and networking online is critical to your businesses future. Make it your goal to join the top 3 by the end of summer. (Start with Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.)

9. Collect Mobile Payments: My new favorite web-based service is mobile payment processing. Check out my blog at www.donorexpereince101.com to see why I love it so much, and check out Sage Payment Solutions mobile offering.

10. Get Current: Now is a great time to consider moving your old solutions to the cloud. Think about how your organization might benefit from moving your accounting, CRM or other application to a cloud-based solution.

Cloud-based solutions can really make your life easier and increase productivity.

Bridget L. Brandt

Director of Marketing

Sage Business

Have you considered Cloud-based software solutions for your organization? Sage offers a variety of deployment options for the software you've learned to depend on. Talk to us to find out how a hosted Sage environment can help maximize your return on investment!  

Contact Anthony Cox for more information at 866-647-2611 ext 127 or email anthony.cox@bterrell.com.

Tags: CPA, accounting, Accpac, ERP Accpac

CPAs Helping Haiti

Posted by Meredith Gooch on Thu, Jan 21, 2010

The tragedy in Haiti has left us all wondering: what can we, as accountants, do to help?

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has been encouraging CPAs to donate to the AICPA's disaster relief fund, CPAs in Support of America Fund Inc. The Fund was created after 9/11 and has aided victims of Hurricane Katrina as well. To donate, Click Here.

The House of Representatives has also stepped in by passing a recent legislation for Haiti earthquake relief. Taxpayers who make charitable contributions to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti by March 1, 2010 are eligible to receive tax deductions on 2009 tax returns rather than waiting until next year.

To qualify for these tax deductions, donations must be:

  • Monetary - checks, credit cards, and donations made by text messages or phone are acceptable - marketable securities are not.
  • Itemized on tax returns.
  • Given to charities that have some US affiliation.
  • Given to legit charities.

How can you be sure that the charity you are donating to is legit and recognized by the IRS? Go to http://www2.guidestar.org/ for a full list of qualifying charities or donate through the AICPA.

For receiving, we give. And for giving, we receive. Help make a difference.

- Ruba Ayyat, Marketing

Sources:

Cohn, Michael. "Haiti Donations Could Be Deductible This Tax Season." www.webcpa.com. January 20, 2009. <http://www.webcpa.com/news/Haiti-Donations-Could-Be-Deductible-This-Tax-Season-53035-1.html>

"AICPA Urges Help for Haiti Earthquake Victims." www.webcpa.com. January 19, 2009. <http://www.webcpa.com/news/AICPA-Urges-Help-Haiti-Earthquake-Victims-53026-1.html>

"CCH Tax Briefing: Haiti Earthquake Relief." tax.cchgroup.co. January 20, 2010. <http://tax.cchgroup.com/Legislation/HaitiEarthquakeRelief.pdf?pacp-attached=1&pacp-SITESERVER=ID=faa06e76518b2dc4a29b012ae8086a90>

Tags: CPA, AICPA, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Haiti, relief, tax deduction, charitable donation, charity, donate, CPAs in Support of America Fund, 9/11, Katrina, GuideStar

Get Excited! Registration for Accpac Thanksgiving Now Open

Posted by Chuck Reeves on Thu, Oct 15, 2009

On Thursday, November 19, 2009, Terrell & Terrell will be celebrating its 10th annual Accpac Thanksgiving client appreciation conference, marking a very special anniversary year to attend! This event is very useful and informative for executives, CPAs, and all Sage Accpac ERP users.

Executives:
If you are a business executive, you can come to our morning sessions and stay for lunch at Fogo de Chao. You will experience our exciting keynote presentation about how to use social media to boost your bottom line as well as learn more about:

  • shortening sales cycles
  • predicting sales forecasts
  • achieving more consistent customer service
  • increasing average revenue per customer

CPAs and Accpac Users:
Come for the day and choose from nine different educational breakout sessions in the afternoon and learn how to use Sage Accpac to its fullest potential. CPAs can receive 8 CPE credits for attending the full day.

You can Register Now or learn more about the event by visiting http://www.bterrell.com/thanksgiving09.

- Meredith Gooch, Marketing Manager

Tags: Sage Accpac ERP, accpac thanksgiving, CPA, CPE credits, social media, Fogo de Chao, revenue, customer service, sales cycle, sales forecast