QuickBooks dominates the small and medium-sized business market, and the ability to integrate with it is often make-or-break for buyers. They want advanced inventory tracking, the ability to manage and send sales and purchase orders and forecast supply and demand across multiple locations–while building on its existing QuickBooks technology.
Web-based companies in particular bear high expenses that are necessary for the business to flourish. They might hurt the bottom line, especially in the beginning, but over time they will repay themselves as indispensable parts of the organization.
If you own, or are thinking of starting, a web-based business, don’t let these expenses affect any cost-cutting measures you might seek. They’re just too important.
The Business Software Alliance recently declared its support for the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA). This was a bold move, and some of the organizations that belong to the alliance are already protesting. A few of the big names that make up the Business Software Alliance are Apple, Adobe, Intel, Sybase, and Dell. Only time will tell how individual consumers will react to the alliance’s support of SOPA. You may see an increase in Dell coupons as Dell tries to win back customer support, despite their allegiance to SOPA. Kaspersky Lab, a long-time member of the Business Software Alliance, announced today that they would cut all ties with the alliance over concerns about associating with the Act. Here are some reasons why many businesses oppose SOPA:
Oftentimes, you’ve got a great idea for a product or business. We’re talking the next Snuggie, Slap Chop, or iPad. You’ve got everything lined up, and you want to sell the product the old-fashioned way – brick and mortar-style, in a traditional retail store. But you want something more than QuickBooks to manage your accounting and inventory. Something cooler than a cash register to ring up customers. Something that has more features than Microsoft Office to manage the business-side of retail.
The solution: point of sale (POS) software. But, there’s a problem – many systems are expensive, difficult to implement and deploy for first-time and small business users, and offer more functionality than many consumers will ever need – or use. To make the search easier, Software Advice has put together a guide for small business retailers looking for retail software. You can check out the guide here: Point of Sale (POS) Systems for Small Business | 5 Affordable Solutions. All of the systems are easily deployable, and cost less than $2000 for software.
Mindmapping is a very useful tool for entrepreneurs. It is the process of visualization of business ideas that will make them happen. I am using mindmaps to be more organized and to track all of my ideas and plans for things that I must do in the projects.
What is MindMap?
Mind map is diagram connected with our mind where we make different connections around one idea or project.
Let’s look at definition of mindmap in Wikipedia:
A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea.
However, the most important thing is that with this type of diagrams you can visualize any idea with all elements connected with that idea.
iThoughts Mind Map Software
Before some period of time, I buy iThoughts mind map software from Apple Store. It’s iPhone application for creating mind maps.
After playing with this tool, I liked this application because:
- It is easy to use.
- Maps can be viewed on iPhone and PC.
- It can be used like task management software.
1. Easy to Use
I find iThoughts very easy to use. It has two simple toolbars, one at the top and the other at the bottom of the screen. First one is about making maps and second on the bottom is about adding notes to the maps.
In several minutes, I can transform my idea into the real action steps and give it additional improvements.
2. Maps Can be Viewed on iPhone and PC
There are possibilities to choose which type of file to be saved particular mind map.
3. Task Management
An important feature in the iThoughts is the possibilities to make each mind map element to be as a task with start and end date. This allows me to measure progress of each of my tasks.