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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

SMB Nation Announces Fall MSP Tech Talk Agenda - Join Me!

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - MSP Tech TalkFall 2017 Tickets are Complimentary........All you have to invest is your time.This multi-faceted event gives technology providers the opportunity to learn from industry experts with no travel, hotel cost, or extensive time away from your business.The Fall Agenda includes presentations by Harry Brelsford, Jamison West, Amie Seisay, Mark Scott, and me.THE AGENDASept. 13

What is Project Labor?

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - We get email. Craig asks, "What is project labor?" But then he gives an example (cleaning up a rat's next of wiring) that may not be a project at all. Here are some thoughts.First: Please review two recent videos on dividing and bundling labor. Part One is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDGYct8AE48and Part Two is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8SRx3OyaU4Second, create clear definit

Join me in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, or Dublin - August 2017

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - My 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 maintaining cloud services. We've hit about half the cities we're going to visit this year. This will be my only visit to these cities this year: - L

SMB TechFest Innovates with "Power Talks"

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - I love it when conferences innovate to keep things fresh and invite more ideas into the conversation.Dave over at SMB TechFest has come up with a great way to get lots of new ideas and discussions into the mix. This quarter, SMB TechFest will include a stage dedicated to ten-minute Power Talks.I will be presenting the following topics - with handouts.We might have some time to debate and discuss

Join Harry B and Me July 18th - Q2 MSP Analyst Webinar - Free

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - Don’t miss SMB Nation's popular quarterly report for MSPs, consultants, resellers and IT Pros. The only thing constant is change and we’re right there with you.This analyst briefing will look back at 2Q and make forward looking statements for 3Q.July 18th12:00 Noon Pacific / 3 PM EasternRegister at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6094108451817984001I will join Harry Brelsford for this

Be My Guest at SMB TechFest July 20th

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - I try to hit every SMB TechFest. I generally manage to make three per year. This is always a great conference. Good content, good networking, good vendor hall.Attend for free with this link: http://www.smbtechfest.com/Karl    Be my VIP guest and see me live at SMB TechFest.  SMB TechFest Q3 is coming up on July 20th.  See me present alon

Welcome to the 21st Century: You're Fired

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - Ten years ago I wrote a blog post entitled Selling Technology vs. Selling Business Consulting.In that blog post I presented one of my favorite examples of surviving in a changing business environment: Fisher Body Works. Fisher built bodies for horse drawn carriages. And rather than go out of business when the world changed, they decided to retool and build bodies for automobiles. They dominated t

Rayanne Launches Newly Revised Financial Processes Course for I.T. Services

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - MSP and Financial Super-Star Rayanne Buchianico has revised and updated her Financial Processes course over at Great Little Seminar. Classes start tomorrow!This five-week course is one of our most popular every year. Rayanne owns an MSP, but she is also an accountant and has a good business helping I.T. service providers get their finances straight - so they can get their business straight.&

Free Webinar: Branding is More Than Your Logo - It's Everything You Do!

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - I am doing a free webinar this Wednesday with SMB Nation.Register here: http://unbouncepages.com/msptechtalk2017/ - Free.The basic theme is one I've been paid to present several times:Branding is More Than Your Logo - It's Everything You Do!This is part of the last of the MSP Tech Talk Series from SMB Nation.Wednesday, June 28th12:00 Noon PacificThis is a 90 minute webinarRegister NowHere's

Only 15 Cities Left on the SMB Roadshow - Join Us

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - Please Join Me on the 2017 SMB Roadshow!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:The show is $999 at the door - but there's no e

Ken Shafer says I've done what Microsoft failed to do ...

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - I just finished the Seattle and Portland seminars for the SMB Roadshow. I got some great endorsements (which I'm posting on my YouTube Channel). But I wanted to highlight a few very enthusiastic videos here.Ken from Portland says: "Hi. I'm Ken Shafer with Agape Computing in Salem, OR.Karl Palachuk has just done what Microsoft has failed to do by training the partners, managed service providers, a

100th SOP Video: Making Exceptions to Your Rules

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - I've just posted my 100th SOP video. Check out my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/smallbizthoughts. In addition to 100 SOP videos, you'll see hundreds of others. Subscribe to the channel and you'll never miss a new video.- - - - -Some folks view SOPs - standard operating procedures - as "rules" that much be followed. But sometimes you need to break the rules. Sometimes you need to opera

MyDigitalShield Unveils OmniWAN, a SD-WAN Solution Designed for the SMB Market

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - My friend Len Dimiceli (VP of Channel Sales at MyDigitalShield) slipped this memo over the transom and asked me to pass it along.As a BONUS, this press release begins with a large bowl of vegetable soup! The first paragraph is chock full of tasty acronyms. :-)- - - - - MyDigitalShield Unveils OmniWAN, a SD-WAN Solution Designed for the SMB Market New solution brings the high quality and

SOP Video: Quarterly Roadmap Meetings

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - Whether you call it a Quarterly Business Review - QBR - or (as I do) a Quarterly Roadmap Meeting, you should meet with each of your clients on a regular basis to discuss business. This is not a sales meeting! This is an opportunity to learn what's going on outside the technology world at your client. You need to see the whole picture in order to give good advice.That's the topic of my latest

MSP Tech Talks in June

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - Last week I presented on the SMB Nation MSP Tech Talk series. I'll be presenting again at the end of the month. In the meantime, here are the webinars scheduled for the next few weeks. More information at http://unbouncepages.com/msptechtalk2017/Threat Landscape ReportJune 14th12:00 Noon Pacific TimeDouglas Jose Pereira dos SantosThis report identifies the threats and trends IT security professio

Bonus Training: Robocopy and Jungledisk Click-by-Click

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http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com - Shout out to all the folks who have attended (or registered for) the SMB Roadshow: I've just posted two video trainings and two extra checklists to download. They're in the "Registered Attendee Downloads" at www.smbroadshow.com.One of the strategies discussed on the Roadshow is using Jungledisk to map a drive letter in the cloud storage (e.g., Rackspace or AWS). And while I gave you the UP and DO