Member Since: 4th Aug 2011
19th May 2014
Sage and Tradebox online
It is possible to have Sage and Tradebox hosted together with http://www.online50.net. If you define Cloud in the way that the Oxford dictionary define it (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/cloud-computing?q=cloud+computing) then they could help.
11th Apr 2014
I have been slowly making all my passwords different and completely non memorable. So I definitely have to have one of these apps. I use Lastpass. I like that with the premium version (£12pa) I can keep my lastpass vault on my mobile or tablet. When I am on client site, I can see the password which keeps me productive.
At home, my wife and I use the same vault - it means 1 location for banking and other joint website logins. We use the same details to login to for example ebay, tesco, paypal etc I know this wouldn't work for some people but it works for us.
A warning however, I forgot my master password about 12 months ago. There was no way around it. Thankfully I had exported the passwords into an Excel spreadsheet about 12 months before that so I hadn't lost absolutely everything. It was a serious pain though.
18th Sep 2013
I suggest keeping both and having the same content on each. Rather than re-directing from one to the other. It helps in SEO and the like. Plus one is a backup for the other.
I would offer a caution if you consider duplicating the content across 2 sites. Google does not like it and it could harm your SEO (https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/66359?hl=en)
1st Jul 2013
In a similar size network, I applied OpenDNS. (it may have been referred to in the Netgear router I was using - not certain if they are linked or not) Using that you can select what to block including social media, forums, adult sites etc.
28th May 2013
Well Constructed Linked In Profile
I would like to suggest that if that is what you are trying to achieve you avoid having a website at all and rather spend some time creating a Linkedin Profile that shows your qualifications and experience etc.
Websites badly done (and there are very very few examples of one page websites that are not), are worse than having no website.
For websites, the cost is in setting up the design (both beauty and code). From there the pages are easy to setup. 1 page, 5 page, little difference.
21st May 2013
The cost of everything the value...
It always makes me smile when I see comments by accountants along the lines of - £250 or £1000 - that is excessively expensive for a website - done by someone who knows what they are doing.
In a different place they will be moaning about clients who want to pay them only £500 to do their year end!!
Perhaps it is always true that you get what you pay for. If you pay a small amount for accounting services you get minimal service. If you pay more, you get more.
The same is true for websites - I worked with one some years ago that took over £250k to develop and generated £10 million over a three year period. Costly yes, but very good value for money!
2nd Apr 2013
Online backups can be used offline
Speaking for myself, and from an accountant's perspective, I believe the next market leader will be the cloud accounting software that:
1. Provides usable backups capable of being imported into other software, preferably a stand alone, downloadable, hard disk based version of its cloud software. After all, we wouldn't go all year without making USABLE Sage or QB backups.
2. Provides a comfortable exit strategy - like a hotel: "Thank you, goodbye, do come again" ; rather than behaving acrimoniously and charging carry-on fees to access existing data. After all, one is terminating a service, not a marriage.
Online50 provide Sage 50 online and strongly encourage users to take full backups after any changes to the Sage 50 dataset. The backup can easily be moved onto the local machine. The backup will work on a local copy of Sage 50 (and visa versa). Sadly you would have to purchase the local copy of Sage 50 software, but it is easily and widely available.
Regarding an exit strategy, our licensing and service are available on calendar monthly terms. Online50 is the only company authorised by Sage to provide Sage 50 licensing on a month by month basis. Given the backup and calendar monthly terms it is easy to leave Online50 both from a data and financial perspective - which is why so many stay.
PS I do work for Online50
12th Dec 2012
An easy way around it would be to set up user profiles on both machines with one login for you and the other person on each machine. That way they can only access their own information.
10th Sep 2012
Given you already have Sage 50, why not integrate it with Flightdeck CRM on our platform which will shortly be able to manage and integrate with a newsletter package. Magento is a shopping cart application we currently host which integrates with Sage 50. I think one of the Adept add ons (which we host) can be used to address the obsolete customers/ products.
Having to learn an entire new set of systems in order to manage your business could put real strain on your delivery.
Either way, I hope you find what you are looking for.
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7th Sep 2012
Save the money
When I was CEO of a charity in West London we decided to shake off our old fashioned image and reposition by rebranding. Despite fairly significant promotion of the new identity - almost all the long term users continued to call us by the old name - even referring to us in PR pieces by the old name. It was pointless. It was only really effective with the new users we attracted after the rebranding and only if we kept the new users and old users apart.
Good luck what ever you decide.