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Do Good Work, Look Awesome, Save the World - Is Your Business Ready to Become Sponsors?

by Steff Green on May 26, 2015 in Small Business Tips

Image from CCAM.

Before I was a blogger here at WorkflowMax, I worked at a non-profit for six years. The work was life-affirming and enjoyable, and it gave me a real appreciation of just what it cost to keep a service going. Everything our organisation needed - from the office where we worked to the coffee in the breakroom and the paper in the photocopy machine - had to come from funds allocated to us by the government or through fundraising. It really opens your eyes to what it takes to keep a non-profit ticking and providing essential services to a vital part of society.

We used to have both enterprise-level sponsors who were behind huge national awareness campaigns and gave funds for new buildings, and smaller corporate sponsors who, for example, paid for material to be added to our library. We had a team dedicated to nurturing these relationships and ensuring we were doing everything we could to publicise sponsorships and return value to the organisation.

Sponsorships can be powerful, mutually-beneficial relationships for both business and beneficiary, or they can be costly agreements with very little payoff. I’ve written this article to help you ensure your sponsorship falls into the former category.

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9 Phrases that Signal You Need Job Management Software at Your Engineering Firm

by Monica Shepherd on May 25, 2015 in Technology (The Cloud, etc.), Job/Project Management, Engineers

Have you been wondering whether your engineering consultancy actually needs job management software? Well, if any of these 9 phrases are heard regularly throughout your workplace, then that’s probably a big sign that it’s time to implement a better solution!

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Tip of the Week: How do I get everyone to fill in their timesheets in WorkflowMax?

by Maree Maxfield on May 22, 2015 in WorkflowMax Customers (Tips, etc.)

This seems to be a common question I get asked when implementing WorkflowMax. Entering timesheets isn’t everyone’s favourite task, so I thought I would share some of the useful tips I have learnt from others.  

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5 ways to boost productivity using timesheets

by Andrew Butel on May 20, 2015 in WorkflowMax Customers (Tips, etc.), Technology (The Cloud, etc.), Small Business Tips, Time and staff

In the past, having honest scales were key to doing good business. Today, for many service-based businesses, our scales are our timesheets. Keeping our timesheets honest is not only good for our customers, but necessary to grow your business.

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The Pros and Cons of Telecommuting for Agency Professionals

by Chirag Ahuja on May 20, 2015 in Agencies & Creatives

As an agency professional living in today’s tech-savvy, cloud-based wonderland, working from home has become easier than ever.

According to a recent study by Stanford University, the number of employees who primarily work from home “has more than tripled over the past 30 years.”

But one question remains: Is working remotely a good option for your agency? To help you decide, we’ve compiled a list of pros and cons associated with telecommuting.

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Paper-Bagging it: Why You Should Bring Your Lunch to Work [recipes]

by Steff Green on May 19, 2015 in Small Business Tips, Small business tips and tricks

Barring a few forgotten containers and other infractions, I’ve been bringing my lunch to work every day since I first became an employee. It always amazes me when people find this a strange thing to do - as if it’s some kind of arcane sorcery that should be avoided at all costs. And considering the fact that Americans now spend more on eating out than they do on groceries, I think paper-baggers are in real danger of becoming extinct. So I thought I’d write here on the blog today about the untold benefits of bringing your lunch to work.

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Power-Up Your Downtime: 10 Ways Accountants Can Make the Most of Quiet Periods

by Monica Shepherd on May 18, 2015 in Accountants & Bookkeepers

As an accountant or bookkeeper, I’m sure you can pretty much map out the peaks and troughs of your business year without even trying. One day you’re in hot demand, the next, your clients don’t want to know you - until next month of course.

Instead of fretting about the lack of work during those downtimes, or whiling away hours playing this accountant-friendly Excel spreadsheet game, here are 10 productivity-boosting tasks you can implement during your downtime:

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Build Intelligent Quotes Using WorkflowMax

by Reuben Sweeney on May 15, 2015 in WorkflowMax Customers (Tips, etc.), Small business tips and tricks

Almost every practice we visit to provide software implementation advice has separate quoting, project delivery and invoicing tools and processes.

Typically the way these businesses operate is that the partners or principals have their own base of clients that they know well and have strong, enduring relationships with. Each partner is usually responsible for bringing in their own projects by meeting with clients, pricing the project and preparing a quote. The Partner relies on their technical skills, experience and business acumen to price each project. Michael Gerber describes this in The Emyth as an inherent conflict for every business owner.

People become partners because they're good at what they do and they want the flexibility and opportunities that come with working for themselves. However, what they end up with is the ongoing responsibility of bringing in work for their growing staff. And, in many practices that we meet, a bottleneck forms due to partners needing to simultaneously be prospecting, quoting, managing, delivering and approving invoices.

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Secret Tips for Agencies to Improve Client Relationships

by Chirag Ahuja on May 14, 2015 in Agencies & Creatives

The beginning of a relationship is always the best. You laugh at each other’s jokes, you look forward to every phone call, and you truly enjoy getting to know one another.

However, sometimes you hit the invisible wall of relationship doom.

In this instance, I’m referring to agency-client relationships. ...What? What did you think I was talking about?

So what causes your relationship with a client to derail? There may be a variety of reasons, including recent account team changes, shifts in priorities, pent-up client concerns, or mounting internal pressure to deliver results. 

The outcome: Crankiness levels skyrocket, work starts to suffer, and the relationship begins to crumble. If you’re like most agencies, you’ll want to avoid this scenario.

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5 common SEO mistakes that IT companies make

by Mike Juba on May 13, 2015 in IT Services & Consulting, Small Business Tips, IT Consultants

Most IT companies are geniuses when it comes to technology, computer protection, network security, and keeping your business running. Some maintain their own website and update it on a regular basis, but most just tend to have their website sit there without updates and hope for the best.

It is important for Google to see that you are continuously updating your website with fresh content, so that when their crawlers visit your site they see something new. In addition, the more content that is on your site, and the more pages you have, the more authoritative it makes your business look.

However, sometimes IT companies can run into issues when adding content to their site or trying to do search engine optimization on their own. Here are 5 common things we have seen other IT companies doing, what they need to fix and what they should do moving forward.

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