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There was a song in the 1980s that shot up the charts about a hard-working blue-collar woman hustling for a paycheck. That popular Donna Summer tune about a restroom attendant was titled, “She Works Hard for the Money.” What Summer didn’t call it was, “She Works Hard Out of the Goodness of Her Heart.” If you’re a small business owner, you can undoubtedly relate to this hit song’s subject. You work hard at your craft, and you deserve payment for it. This is where things can get tricky if you don't have a solid handle on the invoice process.With so many moving parts, invoicing can be a particularly troubling function—but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve got the invoicing tips you’re looking for on what to do, what to avoid and the one thing that can make it all easier than ever before.

It seems unfathomable, but computers in the 1950s were a far cry from the slick and portable machines we depend on today. With the concept of the personal computer years away from coming to fruition, clunky mainframes (that’s what they used to call computers) occupied entire rooms in schools and large corporations [paywall]. Given the size and cost of these monstrosities, mainframe users often shared access to data through smaller stations around the office. Though no one called it by name at the time, this type of networking was laying the groundwork for what we refer to today as “cloud computing.”

Plenty of situations and circumstances can strike fear in the hearts of small business owners. There’s the potential for sagging sales and the reality of having to handle multiple roles. Also, there are the complexities of managing a staff of employees. Regardless of industry, most small businesses actually reside in the people business. Which makes it even more ironic that one of the most significant sources of dread among small business owners doesn’t even involve people. It’s the fear of automation and a hesitance to trust “the cloud.”As technology has evolved and cloud-based opportunities became increasingly available, the savviest of small business owners realized that the right move is to welcome automation, not fear it. If you’re someone who still isn’t sure if automation is for you, keep reading. We’ll explain automation and the cloud, why there’s nothing to be afraid of and how automation can improve your business.

We all tend to throw the term “heartbroken” around with regularity. We use it to describe the end of a relationship when we lose a loved one, and even when we’re sad about our favorite team losing. However, you don’t often hear someone say they’re heartbroken over their work/life balance.—but it turns a lot of people actually are.

Basically, bosses that serve as a source of stress are literally breaking the hearts of their employees. An international study conducted by Sweden’s Karolinska Institute found a connection between leadership behavior and the prevalence of heart disease. So, as a leader, what can you do to make sure your employees are happy and productive? Here are a few quick ways to ensure your employees enjoy a healthy work/life balance and a positive company culture.

 aIn September 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the median number of years that wage and salary workers had been with their current employer, was just over four years. What does this all mean? It means the workplace is now a jungle gym. Gone are the days of 50-year employment tenures with one company. Today’s workforce understands that growth and advancement come from outside their own organization.  Nowadays, they’re not afraid to make a move.

Job-hopping often puts the employer in a bind.  Doing the employee shuffle can result in a loss of productivity and time.  The recruiting and onboarding process can lengthy.  Employees tend to think outside of their salary when it comes to their overall satisfaction at work. Things like free coffee and foosball tables, office design, and amenities have become increasingly important parts of the equation. If you’re struggling with employee retention, here are three easy ways to design your office for success and employee satisfaction.

In 1975, actor Roy Scheider delivered one of the most memorable lines in movie history when he said: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” The phrase—first uttered by Scheider’s character, Chief Martin Brody, in Jaws—has grown a life of its own in the 40+ years since audiences first heard it. Today, its meaning spans well beyond Brody’s attempt at thwarting the man-eating shark’s thirst for carnage. It’s now a euphemism for a situation where someone is ill-equipped or unprepared to handle what’s in front of them.If you own a small business and you’re feeling overworked and understaffed, let us first congratulate you. Finding that level of success isn’t easy, and many fail before encountering the problem you have.  Also, it may cause damage to the long-term health of your business if you don’t consider when it’s time to hire a bigger team.  Here are three ways to know when it’s time for that proverbial bigger boat.

For small businesses, one of the keys to success is establishing consistent cash flow. Whether you own a three-man plumbing company or a small bakery, you need monthly revenue. Some small businesses can't afford to maintain a dedicated billing and invoicing department.  As a result, the work of drawing up and sending out invoices falls to the owner, who already has a ton of other priorities to juggle. In other cases, small businesses may dedicate a specific time of the week to creating and sending invoices.  The billing process can get slowed down, and maybe even delayed or overlooked altogether. Not getting those invoices out in a timely fashion can choke up cash flow and can cause stress. The latest small business software can bring major relief.

A plumber has a better chance of clearing a clog with a toilet auger than with a curling iron. Likewise, a hairdresser probably wouldn’t get much use out of a pipe wrench. For home service businesses, there are specific sets of tools that are unique to that line of work. Some assets span across all industries and serve a universal need. To fill a void that service businesses may encounter, here are three quick ways that WHERK Home Service Software can benefit your small business. Regardless of the industry.

Business software can help you manage your workforce, budget, work orders, and billing and invoicing. But while a great deal of attention is being paid to how these platforms can enhance productivity and support optimization, they also create the foundation for powerful connections between businesses and their customers. Software focused on customers, is commonly referred to as a customer relationship manager (CRM). The most comprehensive CRMs can impact the way businesses access and interpret customer data, and launching marketing campaigns for securing retention. These programs transform phone calls, and even website visits into actionable data that feed conversions, retention, and growth. Here we share some of the ways in which this software can help your small business. Improving customer relationships and retention rates.

We tend to think of big corporations and multinational conglomerates as the most technologically advanced companies in the business world, and they can always afford to implement the latest software systems. In recent years, the boom in products like workforce management systems (WMS), work order management systems (WOMS), customer relationship managers (CRM), and field service management (FSM) software have increased in availability and options. This means two things. For one, increased competition has driven down costs which will open the door for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) to invest. Secondly, and quite simply, the explosion of new options, including thousands of products that cover several hundred different categories. Every organization can find something that can be an excellent fit for them. Here, we take a look at some strategies that small businesses can use to make the latest software work for them.