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Bookkeeping Services 101 | Making Use of the Best Business Apps

April 6, 2016 / by Lori Kunkel posted in Southern New Hampshire, Bookkeeping Services

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Lori-Kunkel-for-web.jpgSuccessful entrepreneurs are always looking for an edge and asking themselves “What new approaches can I take to make things run better, faster, and more efficiently?”  Many of the entrepreneurs that I see in my capacity as a bookkeeping services provider owe their success to this quality: they try to fix what’s not necessarily broken.  I tend to emphasize this to all my clients – one of the most important hallmarks of success is the ability to maximize personal productivity and to find streamlined ways to manage tasks and/or employees.  Keeping up with the latest technology might be a great way to do this.

Without a doubt, there’s a ton of great apps out there that will serve your specific industry.  But here are a few of my favorites that will definitely be useful and enriching for any kind of business:

1.  Tallie 
This is one of my go-to recommendations, and your bookkeeping services professionals will thank you for using Tallie's great service.  They offer an easy to use platform for tracking, recording, organizing and processing business expenses.  Not only will this make life easier for you and your bookkeeper – your employees will thank you too.  This is much easier than saving receipts and copying them over later.  This often leads to error and sometimes employees lose those receipts, which can create a big mess.  Now employees can simply snap a photo of the receipt right onto the app.

2. Confluence
Confluence is an amazing way to get your office all on the same page – literally.  It’s a platform that allows communication and sharing to occur quickly and easily between employees and across departments.  Basically it becomes the online mirror of your business, and keeps everything in one place (while still allowing different teams, projects and departments to store their work and organize their communications separately and easily).  It can be accessed on all your devices.

3.  LinkedIn
By now you probably know about LinkedIn.  It’s been a dominant force in online business networking for years, and I still find myself recommending it to any clients who haven’t yet gotten on board.  It’s recently been upgraded to be faster and imbued with some new features, but essentially has stuck with its original mission: to connect professionals all around the world.  They have over 400 million members, arguably the largest and most powerful business network in the world!

Finding new applications and software solutions can change the way you do business – eliminating old problems and opening new doors.  The key is to be curious about what’s out there, as the list is always expanding.  Start following the latest news in business technology.  Tech.co is a great resource for keeping up with latest tech trends for entrepreneurs.  And you can always check in with your bookkeeping services provider as well to get recommendations for great financial and accounting apps, as well as industry-specific solutions perfect for you.


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Being an Accidental Networker

March 15, 2016 / by Lori Kunkel posted in Southern New Hampshire

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Lori-Kunkel-for-web.jpgAs someone who runs a business providing bookkeeping services, networking is something I’ve always tried to prioritize, as it doesn’t necessarily come naturally to me.  It’s not that I don’t like meeting new people and forming new connections.  But when those meetings happen in the highly contrived context of a networking event – I find myself unable to drum up small talk.

It seems to me that we should do away with this idea of networking altogether.  For one thing, it’s a little bit redundant as a concept.  Life is all about forming meaningful connections and building community.  This web of connections will be there for us when we’re looking for support, partnership, friends, clients, etc.  But while there are those naturally gregarious networkers out there, I think that many people, like me, find this idea of networking daunting.

Introverts, or anyone who might find themselves a bit shy at networking events, would be wise to watch Susan Cain’s TED talk on the “The Power of Introverts.”  Equally enlightening was her article “How to Learn to Love Networking.”  In that article she calls networking “a soulless, mechanistic word that encourages people to think of each other as instrumental cogs in a machine.”  Pretty extreme, but she has a point!

These days, I try to be an accidental networker.  It’s a small adjustment, but a crucial one.  At the networking events, as everyone around me spins about in a frenzy of business card distribution, I slow down.  At each introduction and in every conversation I try to imagine that we’re not here at a networking event, and rather I focus on having conversations that will be funny, enlightening, and deep.  As Susan Cain says, “we all want to connect at a deep level. The only question is, how do you find the magical portal to the deep stuff?”

The key is to be present, open and be curious.  If I find myself talking to someone in need of bookkeeping services, then the networking event has done its job.  But I remember to stay open.  The person in front of me doesn’t need to be a new client.  They might rather have something else to offer – like an amazing story or a great joke.  Who knows, they might even be another introvert like you and me – thankful to have found a pal.  

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Client Profiles: 603 Brewery & ISI Technology

October 29, 2014 / by Leslie Jorgensen posted in Client Profiles, South Carolina, Southern New Hampshire

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Through our 15 office locations, Supporting Strategies serves hundreds of small businesses from coast to coast. Hear from two clients who rely on us for expert bookkeeping and operational support: 603 Brewery and ISI Technology. 

Geoff_Hewes_portrait603 Brewery
Client since April 2014
Franchisee: Lori Kunkel, Southern New Hampshire

603 hand crafts a tasty array of ales on a 15-barrel steam-heated system at its brewery in Londonderry, N.H. "Supporting Strategies spent numerous hours over the course of two months working with our accountant/investor to clean up our financials," said Geoff Hewes, one of the three owner/founders. "Since then, we've been running on all cylinders. They've helped us communicate with our investors using a common accounting language."

Jerry_CallahanISI Technology
Client since January 2014
Franchisee: Brad Strickland, South Carolina

ISI has developed and patented a revolutionary all-tankless water heater for commercial and residential applications. "The response time with Supporting Strategies is terrific, and the quality of work is flawless," said founder and CEO Jerry Callahan. "In addition to accounting and related tasks, they're helping us with our next round of fundraising, which is an added benefit. Great results and great value!"

To get in touch with a Supporting Strategies representative, please contact us today.

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