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Be Careful Before You Upgrade to Windows 10
April 5, 2019 at 1:32 pm

Question: I have QuickBooks Premier 2015. I want to upgrade to Windows 10. Will that work? Answer: I’m so glad you asked before upgrading. Technology is both a blessing and a curse, and making changes in one program can impact older programs negatively and cause them to stop working. That would be the case in…

Promo Business Management: How to Get the Most Out of Your Team
April 1, 2019 at 2:06 pm

At the heart of every company that earns the attention of those within its industry is a team. Individuals are all filling a seat on the bus of that business, each with their specific job description and goals. As the leader of my team, it’s my responsibility to make sure my people are in the…

You Didn’t Come This Far To Only Come This Far
April 1, 2019 at 2:03 pm

No matter where you are in this business, how much you have accomplished or what level of success you have achieved, there is always a next level. Many of you reading this may have the mental scars and bruises to show for your hard work. For some, those scars and bruises may be piling up…

Promo Buyers’ Expectations: Can You Meet Their New Demands?
March 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm

What do promo buyers want? Like really want? That’s the $64,000 question. Since there’s no magic potion to drink so we can hear what others are thinking (that’s only on the silver screen, thankfully), we not only have to listen to what customers are saying, but we also must interpret their often unvocalized expectations. Case…

What's Holding Back Your Promotional Products Sales?
March 21, 2019 at 9:08 am

Technology has made many tasks easier. We continue to focus our search toward other tools and sales programs that execute the jobs we find challenging, uninteresting or unimportant, but too often fail to understand the value of or lack of effectiveness. Let’s be real: Sales is not easy. To be a successful salesperson requires dedication, determination and discipline...

The Right Place to Be Proud
March 18, 2019 at 11:38 am

To me, it seems like many people choose to stay behind their desks all day because they are too proud to call prospects for appointments. That’s a real bad place to be proud. Too proud to pick up the phone and try to make an appointment, too proud to listen to suppliers that want to…

Do I Need to Collect Sales Tax on Web Sales?
March 8, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Question: I have online stores. Do I need to collect sales tax on web sales? Answer: It used to be that you only had to collect sales tax in other states if you had some sort of presence or “nexus” in that state. Everything changed with the Supreme Court decision South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc.…

Buy a Mirror
March 4, 2019 at 2:11 pm

Buy a mirror. There are two kinds of people in the world. And you can learn a great deal by their responses to handling a misstep. Let’s say you are going on a walk and trip on a crack in the sidewalk. The first kind of person gets critical of the homeowner with the crack…