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Quickbooks Online Vs Xero – My Final Decision

Every 6 months I end up wasting at least a day looking for the perfect accounting software or service. I’m actually quite happy with Xero but their pricing is structured that because I need the multi-currency feature I am billed […]

LucidChart – Fantastic Online Service for Diagramming

We trialled LucidChart earlier today and were delighted with how fast and easy this online service is. The free version seems adequate for our needs however there are also monthly paid plans too. Below is an example of work we […]
How to Integrate Authorize.net with Xero Accounting

How to Integrate Authorize.net with Xero Accounting

Xero really should be ashamed of themselves. The ability for Xero merchants to be able to bill customers using Authorize.net is one of the most-requested features of their service yet, 3 years on they’ve still not made any progress. Their […]
How To Maintain (or Boost) Your Credit Score When Living Overseas

How To Maintain (or Boost) Your Credit Score When Living Overseas

A friend gave me his clever expat trick some time back but it’s only been recently that I’ve had the opportunity to put it into practice. Banks don’t like dormant account.  I know this because I have two bank accounts […]
The Outsourcing Profit Machine

The Outsourcing Profit Machine

This courses really defied our expectations.  We had neglected it for many months as the title (and sales page) seemed a little sensationalist but, in reality the course was a very credible education in effective outsourcing. The course comprises of […]
Use Audio Messages to Replace Lengthy Emails

Use Audio Messages to Replace Lengthy Emails

Sometimes, sending an email takes too long, especially if you’re on the road and are writing using your smartphone or tablet. An efficient solution is to record your message as an audio file and to send that file as an […]

Give Every Team Member Their Own Email Address for Work

By setting up a work-specific email address for your team members you’re not only communicating a level of professionalism in your business but – most importantly you’re taking ownership of the information sent and received in these emails so that, […]
Why Your Organizational Chart is ESSENTIAL – Even if You Are Self-Employed

Why Your Organizational Chart is ESSENTIAL – Even if You Are Self-Employed

Below is a revised organizational chart of our business which I created this week. All of our staff are outsourced and currently none have a full-time position except for me. I never saw the benefit of creating an organizational chart […]
The Delusions of the (Company) President

The Delusions of the (Company) President

I’ve always cringed at calling myself the President of my corporation. It’s a title legally bestowed on me when our business incorporated in 2007 but actually introducing myself as a company president seemed pompous and unjustified. I’ve come to appreciate […]
Why Windows PCs are Better than Macs for Running Your Business

Why Windows PCs are Better than Macs for Running Your Business

I’m a happy Mac user, running my business through an iMac, Macbook Air and iPhone yet, for somebody starting their business today I’d strongly advise using Windows PCs. The Rest of the World Uses Windows I’ve developed an enviably efficient […]