Go Online – For Your Business Back Up Software Needs

So, you are looking for a business back up software provider, who can satisfy all your data back up needs and requirements. Have you thought about online back up solutions in this regards? Online back up solutions are great for those businesses that want a back up of their critical data and also protect it from being used in an unauthorized manner.

Why Online Business Back Up Solutions?

In a business, one is always looking to save some money. However, people still want the best of benefits at half the price. This is why the online system of data back up has become so popular. The business back up software provided by online agencies not only store your data but also protect your data. They offer a great alternative to other forms of back-up like USB memory sticks, cloning, and various others. More importantly it’s cheap and you really don’t have to invest any money at the beginning, to buy any kind of hardware or software.

The Working of the Software

There would be a simple registration process after you have selected the online business back up software provider whom you think can satisfy your demands. After that, the process is simplicity itself as you will be asked to download specific software onto the computer you want to take your back up from. The software will be easy to use and even someone with a minimal knowledge of computers and associated software will be able to use it without difficulty. All one would need to do is select the files that are in need of a back up. After that the business back up software takes over; it will send the encrypted back up data file, using the internet to a remote location.

The Security Angle

When you send your data through the internet, you might have concerns about the security of your important data. All service providers who offer online business back up software leave no stone unturned to secure the data that you send. As aforementioned, the data is sent in an encrypted form, which means that no unauthorized users will be able to decrypt the data. In terms of security, you can safely assure yourself that the data storage centers of these service providers are even more secure than the one on your business premises. This is because their sole concentration would be on the protection of your data. Some of the techniques that they use are high end firewalls, multiple ISP, personnel access controls, and techniques like clustering and mirroring.

Choosing the Perfect Back up Providers

If you are to select the right business back up software providers; you can use the internet for that purpose. You will be offered a host of options in this regard and also their contact addresses. Only after getting a fair idea of their background must you select a proper backup provider.

Why You Need A Map? – How To Get Your Business Back On Track In Uncertain Times!

Do You Have A Map?

Have you ever been traveling and all of the sudden your GPS goes offline, it goes off line and just that quickly you really have no idea what to do next, and you don’t know which direction you should be driving? That is a very frustrating experience and unfortunately it reminds me of something that happens to businesses every day. Something changes, and all of the sudden you don’t know what to do next. The conditions are not the same, the economy is not quite as vibrant, customers are looking for something new, and something different, and you may not be sure how your business fits in, or you may not know what to do next. The old way isn’t working, and you are not quite sure what the new way should look like. You feel like yesterday doing business made sense, you understood what to do next, and now you are not quite sure. It is the same thing that happens when the GPS goes offline, and you are in a new place.

Can you imagine what would happen if as soon as your GPS went down you had a map with some back-up instructions? Not only would that be nice that would be incredibly comforting, as well. Every business should have a map, and if you don’t have one, here are some steps to start making one. This is the first step in the strategic planning sessions I do with my clients.

Step One. Take a look at what is changed. Every business owner needs to take a close look at what has changed in their business and their industry before they can make any changes. For instance, it doesn’t make sense to make a boatload of changes to the way you do business if the changes that you are experiencing are temporary. There are factors that must be considered before any change is made. Is what is happening a once in a lifetime experience or is this the new normal and now you need to learn how to live with it? You have to know the answer to that question before you can do anything else.

Step Two. Make An Honest Review. There are times in our businesses when we saw the handwriting on the wall, and we just didn’t respond the way we needed to, and this is why things have slowed down. For instance, have you adapted well to change as an organization, or did you ignore things until that was no longer an option. You need to understand what you did well and what you did poorly, so you can learn from both your successes and your failures.

Step Three. Decide What You Are Willing To Do To Turn Things Around. As a business owner, you must count the cost. You don’t want to get into the middle of a project and decide that it is too expensive to move forward or that you don’t want to fix the problems that your business is experiencing because you really don’t have the energy that it is going to take to move forward. Ask yourself how far you are willing to go in order to solve the problems you are experiencing. If you are not heavily invested, don’t enter into any long term or costly solutions, so you don’t end up wasting money. Decide up front what you are willing to do, set a budget and a time frame so you can look at solutions that fit your requirements.

Step Four. Find The Right Next Steps. Now that, you have looked at the other pieces, decide what outcomes you are looking for and then find solutions that work with your budget, your time, and your skill set. This process will allow you to figure out where you want to go and how you are going to get there. Similar to a map, this will help you take a close look at your options and carefully weed out those that don’t meet your requirements. This is a tool you can use to keep you on task, and it will protect you from the shiny new thing syndrome that can capture your attention when we are solving problems. Focus on what will help your business the most and move in that direction armed with great information, and a plan that will help you get where you want to go.

You need a plan, or a map when conditions change so you can make the necessary changes quickly. When you are working on solutions you need to know what direction you should go in, and you need to consider all of the factors. Business changes are normal in our global economy, and you want to be prepared and as flexible as possible, to make sure your business not only survives, but also thrives in the years to come.

How the US Government Is Holding Small Business Back and Affecting Communities

The US economy has been extremely destructive to the small businesses across the United States. Small businesses employ more people than any other sector of our economy. The government has given loans and help to large companies, without holding them to the same standards that most small business are held to.

Specifically for some of our clients, who have been hard hit. These clients are located in Klamath County Oregon, an area of the country with higher than national average unemployment and economic loss. These companies have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars between 2008 and now. During this time, our company and the owners were not paid and in fact invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep the businesses viable and continue to employ almost 100 hundred people.

To make it through this time, our clients found themselves unable to pay the employee withholding taxes in full. However, these companies always filed and communicated their position to the Internal Revenue Service each quarter. Each company had a payment history that showed progress through these tough times and how they prioritized their finances. The companies only paid wages and business critical expenses to keep the doors open which allowed them to continue to employ people, they paid all their obligations, albeit late.

We tried for over a year to get a formal payment agreement with the IRS for our clients, however the attitude of I.R.S. employees was one of disgust and uncaring for our clients or the employees. It took the IRS almost a year to get an agreement in place, and only after hiring a professional tax company to represent the firms, did the IRS allow a payment plan to be approved. Further, despite providing case law, IRS regulations and policy and backup information that showed these clients did not with malice or ill intent, not pay their taxes; the IRS has refused to abate penalties, with the final reason given in writing as; “A lack of funds does not amount to reasonable cause for failure to pay taxes”.

It is this inconsistency with regard to the law, IRS’s own rules and government policy that is currently holding many small businesses back. These companies are now in a position to not only get a loan to pay the tax and interest due the US Government, but also get one to make specific capital improvements and increase their business and employ more people. However, they cannot get the loan to do this without an abatement of the penalties.

It is disheartening to small business owners when they see our government give money to big companies and threaten to violate the same “Trust Fund Rules” by saying Social Security will go unpaid. Why would a government have a policy to ignore and punish those who are willing to fairly compensate the government through interest payments and investment in future business?

Our advice to clients is to refrain from growth without certain funding for all aspects of an expansion or new venture. The US Government has declared Small Business a target, with no apparent understanding of the way small business operates or affects the overall economic viability of our communities.