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Self Employed and Need Vision Coverage? No Need to Worry About Open Enrollment

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - Over at SMB Community Podcast, I posted an interview I did with Al Schubert, Sr. VP and General Manager of the Direct to Consumer Strategic Business Unit at  VSP Individual Vision Plans. You can also view it on my YouTube channel.Earlier this year, I worked with VSP to create a resource guide about preparing for retirement when you’re self-employed. After all, it’s a lot different from

Rayanne Offers Brand New Course: QuickBooks Online for the I.T. Pro

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - W5-15Automate Your Accounting with QuickBooks Online and Integrated AppsRegister NowTaught by Rayanne Buchianico, Author and Coach- Five Tuesdays - October 17 - November 14, 2017 - Register Now- All classes start a 9:00 AM PacificComplete assignments during this course and email them to the instructor.Topics for this class include:Touch your transactions exactly one time to avoid d

Which Book Cover Should I Use? - Managed Services in a Month - 3rd ed.

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - I've hinted here and there. So here's the announcement: The 3rd Edition of Managed Services in a Month will be out in December.It will have TEN new chapters and is truly the complete guide to managed service. In fact, if the title "Managed Services in a Month" hadn't already been the best selling managed services book on Amazon for almost ten years, I would change the title to The Complete Guide

New Podcast from Auvik - with Richard Tubb (and Me)

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - Ta-DAAAA!I am happy to announce that Mr. Richard Tubb and I have teamed up to provide a "What's Happening" segment on Auvik's new podcast. The new podcast is called Frankly MSP.You can get instant access to the podcast (Episode One) on YouTube here:Auvik announced the podcast Tuesday on their blog at https://www.auvik.com/media/blog/tech-podcast-msp/.The podcast will also be available on iTu

Free Webinar: Pricing Strategies - Wednesday

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - I am very pleased to be presenting another MSP Tech Talk for SMB Nation on Wednesday - tomorrow.I'll be talking about pricing strategies from Break/Fix to Managed Services and Cloud Services. In particular, I'm going to cover the key things you need to focus on so you are always profitable!Sign Up NowMSP Tech TalkFall 2017 Tickets are Complimentary........All you have to invest is your time.

Cloud 5-Pack Training: ONLY 4 Australian Cities and 3 U.S. Cities Left!

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - Nashville: Done!Atlanta: Complete!Next up: Adelaide - Melbourne - Sydney - BrisbaneAn interesting thing happened at the last two roadshows: LOTS of people came from out of state to attend each show. In Atlanta, more than half the attendees were from out of state. People are realizing that it's winding down. If you want this info, you need to attend one of the last seven cities.November and Decemb

ASCII Group Announces Enhanced Educational Agenda for 2018 IT SMB Success Summits

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - One of the truly great organizations you should be involved with is The ASCII Group. I think I've been a member for most of twenty years. In addition to great product discounts, ASCII puts on a series of one-day events that are educational and entertaining.They sent me a press release announcing the cities and dates for next year. I highly encourage you to check out these events. There are nine e

How to Get All Roadshow Content - without Attending a Roadshow

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - I've had several people email me in the last week with the same question. It goes something like this:"I just watched your webinar “Make the Move from Managed Service Provider to Cloud Service Provider”. I would like to join you at one of the shows but the closest locations the date don’t work for me to get there. Are there any other options to get a copy of video from one of your shows, dow

The Beginning, Middle, and End of My Relationship with Microsoft

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - Way back in 1993 I found myself in charge of a program to take an entire service business built on Cobol, EBCDIC, and HP-3000 mini computers and create a new system based on Windows Server and SQL. In addition to managing an entire staff of people who ran the entire operation, I managed two COBOL programmers, on SQL programmer, and an outsourced development company that built the new systems base

SMB Cloud Roadshow . . . Australia!

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - My big SMB Roadshow is heading to Australia next month.Please join me!You can find out all the details at www.SMBRoadshow.com.This six-hour seminar is jam packed with great information about bundling, selling, implementing, and maintaining cloud services. We've hit over half the cities we're going to visit this year. This will be my only visit to these Australia cities this year: - Adelai

Next 5-Week Course- Managed Services in a Month - Applying the Book - Newly Revised for 2017

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - W5-09Managed Services in a Month - Applying the Book - Newly Revised for 2017Instructor: Karl W. PalachukNote: This course is taught on five consecutive Tuesdays- Five Tuesdays - September 12 - October 10, 2017 - Register Now- All classes start a 9:00 AM PacificYou're guaranteed to learn something that will make or save you the price of admission!This course will cover the pro

SOP: Wearing Three Fewer Hats

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - We always talk about the small business owner wearing multiple hats. As you grow, you need to give up some of those duties. If you don't, then you (the owner) become the choke point for everything in your business.I have often given the advice that your first hire should be an administrative assistant rather than a technician. Today I posted a video to explain some details on this.Three of the "b

Join me at NextGen 2017 - Theme: Disruptive Innovation

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - I am VERY pleased to be making two presentations at TheChannelCo's NextGen 2017 Conference & Technology Expo.Join me December 11-13 in Los Angeles!More info at www.thechannelco.com.The NexGen 2017 Technology Expo is designed for solution providers on the cutting edge of the channel. These early adopters are a step ahead of the pack and actively seek out new solutions to drive more revenue and

SOP: Setting Client Expectations

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - I mentioned on The Facebook that I was getting ready to check my voice mail for the month of August. I work hard to make sure people know that telephone/voice mail is not the way to contact me. Willie asked a great question:"You do a very good job at setting expectations via social media. Any tips for those of us who have to be significantly more connected than you are to do the same? For ex

Please Join Me on the 2017 SMB Cloud Roadshow - Nashville and Atlanta!

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - Please Join Me on the 2017 SMB Cloud Roadshow - Nashville and Atlanta!Topic:Making Money withCloud Services in Small BusinessThis all-day seminar is 100% education. No vendors on site. No booths or up-selling. Just education on my very successful "Cloud Five Pack" and how we make 73% profit on our small clients.Details at SMBRoadshow.com.Invitation Video (Note - Now only 9 cit

SOP: Sub-Contractor vs. Employee?

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - Over on my YouTube Channel, I posted this video: SOP - Your First Hire (Part 2) and Paul asked:"Whats your thoughts on 1099 vs employee? I see pros and cons, and my current 3 techs prefer 1099 since they can write off tools and such. And an employee would cost me 15-30% in taxes, fees, etc.?"- - - - -I assume this conversation is all about hiring within the U.S. Some common sense travels across n

Help ChannelPro Identify the All-Star Vendors

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - I got a note from my friend Rich over at ChannelPro. They are looking for your participation to find the vendor who have had the biggest impact on the SMB channel over the last year. It looks like there's a nomination process, to be followed by voting.Here's there announcement:- - - - -ChannelPro’s annual All-Star awards recognize vendors that our editorial team feel have had a significant impact

SMB Roadshow . . . Only 11 Cities Left . . . Only 5 in the U.S.

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - The Countdown Continues!Upcoming Shows:LondonManchesterEdinburghDublinNashvilleAtlantaSan JoseOaklandLas VegasAdelaideMelbourneSydneyBrisbaneMy big SMB Roadshow is heading to Scotland and Ireland next. Please join me!You can find out all the details at www.SMBRoadshow.com.This six-hour seminar is jam packed with great information about bundling, selling, implementing, and maintaining cl

Hiring a Good Administrative Assistant via Craigslist

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - Over on The Facebook, there's a discussion about who your first hire should be. I have long advocated hiring an administrative assistant as your first hire. Two questions arose from that. First, how do we find qualified people at a low price? And, second, how do I find them on Craigslist?[Follow me on The Facebook at www.facebook.com/karlpalachuk.]Here's the reality of the marketplace: There are

SOP Friday Index Updated - Now Includes 100+ Videos

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - For many years now, I've been posting SOP (standard operating procedures) articles on my blog and putting SOP videos up on YouTube. All of that is "indexed" over at www.SOPFriday.com.I got a note from someone who thought it would be handy to add videos to the index. I've just completed that. For videos related to a blog article, I just added a link that says "See Related Video." There are also mo

Manuel's Audio and Video Products on Sale Now

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - My brother Manuel - the coach who takes you to the gym and doesn't just send you there - has a number of very popular products for sale over at SMB Books. You can find them all on the "Manuel Palachuk's Stuff" page.Now we've got three of his most popular downloads on sale. Here they are:Process Control for the I.T. IndustryIf you think process control has no place in our industry, nothing could b

NEW: Video Training - Outlook Troubleshooting for Technicians

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - I am very pleased to announce that SMB Books is now distributing Lisa Hendrickson's Outlook Troubleshooting videos. This is a set of seven videos that go into a great deal of detail for technical troubleshooting.The set is 25% off through the end of August. Check it out today.MSRP: Only $199Sale Price Through August 31st:Only $149Learn from an Expert how to troubleshoot, repair, and resolve Outlo

Summer Sale - Save $20 Right Now

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - I got together with a few other folks who sell into the SMB IT consulting community and put out a Sales email last week.www.smbbooks.comIt went over very well. So I've decided to extend my coupon through the end of Summer (September 22nd).The guidelines are very simple:Minimum purchase $59.95Enter code SummerSale2017and you'll get $20 off any order.That's it.Order a class - save $20.Order a book

Next Course - The Most Important Checklists for Any I.T. Service Provider - Starts August 8th

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - Small Biz ThoughtsW5-08The Most Important Checklists for Any I.T. Service ProviderTaught by Karl Palachuk and Manuel Palachuk, Authors and Coaches- Five Tuesdays - August 8 - September 5, 2017 - Register Now- All classes start a 9:00 AM PacificChecklists are critically important to creating SOPs - Standard Operating Procedures - for your company.This course is intended for managers and

SMB Roadshow - Only 13 Cities Left (Only 5 in the U.S.)

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - The Countdown Continues!Upcoming Shows:LondonManchesterEdinburghDublinNashvilleAtlantaSan JoseOaklandLas VegasAdelaideMelbourneSydneyBrisbaneMy big SMB Roadshow is heading to England, Scotland, and Ireland next month. Please join me!You can find out all the details at www.SMBRoadshow.com.This six-hour seminar is jam packed with great information about bundling, selling, implementing, and mai