Feb
03

When it’s Time to Hire an Accountant

When you own a small business, there are a million things that you are responsible for. If you can, outsource your needs to those who are better qualified to handle it for you. One of those individuals is an accountant.

As a small business owner, you may not need an accountant starting out. With the advent of bookkeeping software like QuickBooks, you can enter your financial information. There are instructions to help you keep everything organized.

As your business grows you may hire others to work for you – full time, part time or on a contract basis. There are additional tax concerns as well as financial obligations. If you don’t have time to deal with it, then it may be time to work with someone else.

Hiring an Accountant

You have options for accounting services:   hire an accountant firm or hire an individual accountant on a consulting basis. Depending on the scope of your need, you may want to start out with the latter. As the company grows bigger, you can then consider bigger issues like investing company funds, retirement accounts and such.

To find the right person for you at this time,  here are some tips: Read the rest of this entry »

Jan
25

Hiring a Virtual Assistant Can Make You Money?

Hiring a VA can not only MAKE you money but SAVE you money as well!

Why waste time on tasks that are not your primary objective? Cathy’s Office Services can help you be more productive and more organized while saving you money.

Hiring a virtual assistant is becoming a necessity for the busy entrepreneur, small business owner or professional. A virtual assistant can cater to the specific needs of your business.

Hiring a Virtual Assistant allows you the freedom to concentrate solely on your business, not the every day tasks that are inherent in business. The more time you have to concentrate on the core of your business, the more money you will make and opportunities you will create.

You know you need help, but can you really invest in a full-time employee? Wouldn’t you rather invest in building your business than waste your money on payroll, benefits, insurance, etc.?

With Cathy’s Office Services, you only pay for the time spent on a specific task. There is no need to hire in-house personnel, the COS team can be there when needed to perform specific duties in a specific timeframe.

Personal Service

We realize that the needs of your business are unique. We partner with you to determine your specific needs and create a service package designed especially for you. Advances in technology have taken away the need to have an in-house assistant. I work out of my own office, with my own equipment and my own supplies, saving you money. Contact is maintained through email, phone and Skype.

Let Cathy’s Office Services be an extension of your office. Contact me today for a free consultation to see how we can help you get the “Edge” back for your business.

Jul
04

Online Training: Build Your Site in 24 Hours!

Do you have a website yet?

Are you stressed about building a site?

Just starting out and don’t have the funds to create a website of your own?

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Apr
07

Never Stop Learning

Yesterday I took a marketing class at the local college and even though I knew most of the information that was being taught, I still learned a few new secrets I can use to improve my business and offer my clients.

I have always been a “PASSIONATE LEARNER”. I am continually improving and enhancing my existing skill sets. I have attended a ton of skill-based webinars, conferences, coaching series and read many eBooks, newsletters and blogs to keep my skills sharp and my knowledge as current as can be! The key factor here is to NEVER stop learning and to invest time and money into regular Professional Development!

The more I learn, the more invaluable my services are to my clients. I find they appreciate the fact that you care about your profession and are passionate about your business to search for different ways to improve your skills and in turn offer them a higher quality of service. With your new found skills you then have more to offer your clients and can provide consultation sessions to find out what their goals are, in order to help them achieve them. I offer new clients a free 30 Minute Consultation before taking on their job to evaluate their needs and guide them in the right direction. You may schedule your FREE CONSULTATION HERE. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan
26

Tips To Improve Your Web Presence

There are many ways to improve your web presence, here are just a few I think are most important…

  1. Video- The best way to promote your site is through video blogging. It can be a major traffic driver to your site. Upload videos onto YouTube.com and post them onto your site. As always, link to all your social media accounts. In the video description be sure to place a link to your site. Instead of placing the link at the end, which is usually the way it’s done, place the link at the beginning of the description. This way they don’t have to click anything to see your link, it will be seen below the video as soon as the page has loaded.
  2. Blog – BLOG ALOT. Update your site regularly and link it to your social media accounts to get the word out. Ping.fm and Socialoomph are great tools to use to link your accounts.
  3. Engage – Post comments on other blogs (make sure comments are appropriate) and link the comment to your site/blog. Don’t just promote your site, build relationships. Keep the conversation going.
  4. Ideas – Run out of ideas to blog about? You can write about current events, client stories, community news, funny stories and sometimes even something a little personal (but no too personal). Remember Read the rest of this entry »

Jan
01

5 Ways to Get More Followers on Twitter

There are many ways to gain more followers on Twitter. The five I will share with you are some of the most effective techniques we use in our Social Media Marketing/Management Services.  At Cathy’s Office Services, you may choose any or all strategies below when creating your customized plan..

  1.  Organize a Contest:  Everyone likes to get free stuff! Give aways are a very good strategy to use when trying to get your brand noticed. Check out the Twitter Guidelines before starting your contest.
  2. Connect your blog with your other social media accounts especially Twitter: Create an account on ping.fm and you will be able to connect many of your accounts together. Post onto ping.fm and it will send the post to all your social media accounts ( Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo, etc.) automatically which saves you a lot of time.
  3. Engage in conversations: In order to succeed on Twitter you need to socialize with your followers by responding to their tweets, mentions, DMs, and RTs, preferably in real time. The easiest way to do this is to add an app to your cellphone and answer as you receive them. There are many excellent Twitter apps available such as Seesmic, TweetCaster, etc. They are very convenient and most are free. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec
28

Tips on Hiring the Perfect VA for You

 

When you can’t tell your days from your nights because you’ve been working so hard all day, it’s time to consider hiring some help. Outsourcing is the answer to your prayers. Contracting a VA to assist with all your administrative duties with relieve your stress and give you more time to focus on your business.

Looking for the “Perfect VA for You” can be a daunting task but if you know exactly what you are looking for it will make it that much easier. There are many qualified VA’s out there who would be thrilled to work with you but they may not be the right one for “you”.

A few simple things you can do to find your perfect VA are… Read the rest of this entry »

Dec
21

How to Improve your Business in 2011

It’s the time of year for New Year’s Resolutions. Don’t make promises this year that you don’t intend to keep. Make a promise to yourself and your business that you will do things a bit differently this year. That you will do whatever necessary to succeed in your field. Make some changes in your business structure. Maybe add a new product or lower your overhead costs.

Years ago when the economy wasn’t in such despair, businesses and entrepreneurs could spend their resources on frivolous things. But the way it is now, money is better spent elsewhere. Think about how much is spent using in-house employees. 

How many employees are you currently paying to do the job that one VA could do?

This is an example of how much you could save using a Virtual Assistant Read the rest of this entry »

Dec
18

What is a Virtual Assistant?

Virtual Assistants offer a wide range of services to clients from all over the world. Most VAs have a background in administrative assistance but there are a number of VAs with experience in other areas also, such as, web design and marketing.

They take care of your everyday tasks freeing up your time and allowing you build your business. Being that VA’s usually work from their home office utilizing their own software and hardware, you don’t have to worry about expensive overhead such as, office space, office equipment, payroll taxes, employee benefits, sick days, etc. making them very cost effective. Read the rest of this entry »

May
21

12 Ways to Get more Traffic to your Site

1. Submit site – Most search engine directories are free. Submitting your site to as many search engines as you can will increase your chances of being listed higher on popular ones such as Google.

2. Update Often – Keep your readers wanting more. Be creative with your content and keep it fresh. Search engines rank sites with fresh content higher. The higher the rank the more traffic.

3. Let the World Know – After you create your blogs or add new content to your site, post your link everywhere. Go onto forums or blogs related to your content, post a comment and add your website link. Your social networking sites should also have links to your new content. Which leads me to #4. Read the rest of this entry »

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