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  • Hourly Rates vs. PBRs
    by Steve Slisar on August 20, 2018 at 2:34 am

    Most Clients Don’t Like Paying an Hourly Rate Unless it’s a Low One Settling on a pricing structure for your new business is something many new independent contractors agonise over, particularly those in the professional services space. As a contractor or consultant, the de facto pricing structure has always been an hourly rate – indeed […]

  • Are Xero Training Videos Really Training Courses?
    by Angela on August 13, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    As video has become more popular (as of August 2018 Youtube is a more popular site in the US than Facebook!), some training businesses have pivoted to offer video training courses online to help people learn how to use all sorts of software, including Xero. While this is helpful if you’re trying to quickly locate […]

  • Why Australian Businesses Use Upwork
    by Steve Slisar on August 2, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Upwork, Freelancer and Airtasker: what kind of freelancer will you find on an online marketplace? Hiring a freelancer isn’t particularly easy. In fact, depending on the type of freelancer you’re looking for, it’s often more difficult than hiring a permanent employee. To start, where does a small business owner, who’s never previously hired a freelancer, […]

  • Is Xero Really Value for Money?
    by Steve Slisar on July 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Xero and Google G Suite Integration There are certain features all business owners seek in their accounting system, no matter whether they use a bookkeeper, BAS agent or accountant. And all of those functions are available with much cheaper accounting systems; some are even available with free software.   The Xero value proposition Xero bills […]

  • Who Do You Trust More — Google or Xero?
    by Steve Slisar on July 20, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Which Accounting Software Package Might Just Best Suit Your Needs? If you’re still uncertain about which accounting software package is best for your business needs, you’re probably keen to find out more about Xero as an option. Almost two years ago, Xero debuted its app marketplace, with the goal of providing small business owners with […]

  • Why Value Pricing is Better than an Hourly Bookkeeping Rate
    by Steve Slisar on July 19, 2018 at 4:07 am

    Why Hourly Rate for Bookkeeping Ends Up Costing You More   It’s important to have an understanding of the general industry rates for bookkeepers as many bookkeepers like working on an hourly rate. This is particularly so for the reconciliation portion of the bookkeeping process, which is easy yet time consuming. Unfortunately, a lot of business […]

  • A Good Bookkeeper is a Contract Bookkeeper
    by Steve Slisar on July 17, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Why Hiring a Home-Based Bookkeeper Means More Personalised Service   There are many ways that modern contract bookkeepers can stand out from their competitors. Firstly, they’re willing to share their knowledge and teach you about their processes; and secondly, they’ll teach you about technology that will make your business more efficient. But the absolute best bookkeeper will […]

  • Good Bookkeepers Help You With Technology
    by Steve Slisar on July 17, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Your Bottom Line and Your Bookkeeper Every business should have a good bookkeeper, who’ll share their knowledge and experience, working with them. A good bookkeeper will show you how to use technology in combination with their services, so your business operates as productively and efficiently as possible. A good, honest bookkeeper will also point out to […]

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  • Educating Customers as a Marketing Strategy?
    by Angela on November 27, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Painting is an important task that immediately improves the value of a property. If you know what you’re doing, it’s not a particularly difficult task. If you don’t have any experience, or you don’t have the time, you’ll probably head down to your local Bunnings for some advice, ask a friend, or get online. Educate […] The post Educating Customers as a Marketing Strategy? appeared first on 123GO - virion Digital & Social Media Marketing. […]

  • Why Offer a Free Measure and Quote?
    by Steve Slisar on September 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    How to win business on the spot! THERE ARE REWARDS AS WELL AS RISKS to providing people with a quote for work, but one of the bigger risks is offering a free measure and quote, only to have the quote knocked back in favour of a competitor’s cheaper one. This said, despite the risks attached […] The post Why Offer a Free Measure and Quote? appeared first on 123GO - virion Digital & Social Media Marketing. […]

  • Why It’s Vital Not to Over-Quote
    by Steve Slisar on September 6, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    The risks of quoting too high THERE ARE PROS AND CONS to charging a day rate. But part of charging the right day rate involves quoting jobs correctly. Part of charging the right day rate involves quoting jobs correctly. And what are the requirements for quoting a job properly? You need solid experience in the […] The post Why It’s Vital Not to Over-Quote appeared first on 123GO - virion Digital & Social Media Marketing. […]

  • The Pros and Cons of Charging a Day Rate
    by Steve Slisar on August 31, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    When charging a daily rate pays CHARGING A DAY RATE FOR YOUR WORK, instead of an hourly rate, can be a good way of making sure you get paid a certain amount for each job. This can help you set a budget and ensure you’re bringing in a certain amount of money each week. It also […] The post The Pros and Cons of Charging a Day Rate appeared first on 123GO - virion Digital & Social Media Marketing. […]

  • Your Marketing Strategy in Xero
    by Steve Slisar on August 23, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    How you know what’s working and what’s not MARKETING AND ACCOUNTING ARE CLOSELY linked if you look at accounting as dealing with the money that’s going in and out of your business, usually as a consequence of your marketing activities. Recording your marketing activities In our new online training course, Cash Flow Reporting, Budgets and ROI for […] The post Your Marketing Strategy in Xero appeared first on 123GO - virion Digital & Social Media Marketing. […]

  • How Bunnings Could Help You Get More Work
    by Steve Slisar on August 21, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Ways to get regular installation work BUNNINGS HAS, FOR A LOT OF HOMEOWNERS, become the default place to get their home renovated — and not just the DIY renovators, either. Bunnings, very wisely, realised that a lot of the people who came to look at their kitchens and bathrooms were going to have a tradesperson […] The post How Bunnings Could Help You Get More Work appeared first on 123GO - virion Digital & Social Media Marketing. […]

  • Helping Tradepeople Turn Quotes into Customers
    by Steve Slisar on August 16, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Online marketplaces bridging the gap for tradies THE AREA A LOT OF TRADESWOMEN and tradesmen struggle with is turning prospects into customers; in particular getting their quotes and estimates approved so they can commence work. But online marketplaces like hipages, Airtasker, Oneflare, ServiceSeeking, and a raft of others, are helping to close that gap. Online payment […] The post Helping Tradepeople Turn Quotes into Customers appeared first on 123GO - virion Digital & Social Media Marketing. […]

  • Google Delivers More Leads for FREE!
    by Steve Slisar on August 14, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Learn how to make Google love you FOLLOWING ITS ACQUISITION BY AMERICAN telecommunications company, Verizon, Yahoo! is officially no more. So it should go without saying that Google, officially, is the premier search engine if you want your business discovered online. It’s official: Google is the premier search engine if you want your business discovered online. […] The post Google Delivers More Leads for FREE! appeared first on 123GO - virion Digital & Social Media Marketing. […]