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“Maad” Rants & Other Stuff

This is a collection of articles that just don’t seem to “really” fit into any one category or topic. These include just plain old “rants” about things that no one ever told me about owning a business, stuff that drives me insane, miscellaneous construction news, articles on social media, and news that you might be able to use.

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Simple Controls You Can Put Into Place to Discourage Fraud

As a business owner, there are many simple controls that you can put into place to discourage fraud from happening. Small business owners never intend to leave their doors wide open to theft and white collar crime – it just sort of happens; and unfortunately, small businesses have every reason to be concerned about fraud. Fraud is often a cost of doing business that is hidden from view and unfortunately most business owners only know about fraud only when it's discovered; after the fact and then it is sometimes too late to do anything. Eliminating fraud completely isn't possible, but with reasonable actions made by the business owner, it's impact can be limited. Preventing fraud from occurring in the first place, however, is a win-win situation.
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Business Susceptibility to Theft and White Collar Crime – Are You a Target?

Small businesses are very susceptible to theft and white collar crime, as a matter of fact, a staggering number of businesses falter and even fail because someone on the inside - an employee, vendor or even a partner - steals money, goods, data or intellectual property from an organization. Small business owners never intend to leave their doors wide open to theft and white collar crime - it just sort of happens; and unfortunately, small businesses - especially those that do not have regular audits have every reason to be concerned about fraud.
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Experts And Those Who Would Like You To Think They Are

Anyone can say they are a QuickBooks expert and according to Google, at least 83,000+ people are making that claim! How valid that claim is, however, is another question! Most of these self proclaimed experts sure have a lot to say, but when it comes right down to it and you evaluate what they have actually said (or written) you find that they really haven't provided you with anything concrete to take away.

Remember the old saying "Jack of all trades - master of none"?

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Is Someone at Work Wearing Too Much Perfume or Aftershave?

Do you have a hard time with people who wear too much perfume or aftershave? You know, the people who you swear just opened the bottle and poured it over their head, rather than having taken a shower in the morning - the ones that walk by you and leave a trail of overwhelming SMELL behind them? Whether this happens in your work environment or when you are in the grocery store or out having dinner at your favorite restaurant - this can certainly be annoying.

People with fragrance sensitivities, often referred to as “multiple chemical sensitivities” when they are severe, are not just bothered or annoyed by fragrances. Rather, they have a physical reaction to certain chemical compounds in fragrances that may be contained in a myriad of products, including lotions, shampoos, perfumes, aftershave, deodorants, cleaning products, pesticides, air fresheners, and even floorings and wall coverings. Symptoms can include headaches, nausea, runny nose, itchy eyes, and skin rashes, and in more serious cases, breathing difficulties, poor memory and concentration, muscle and joint pain, and sleeping problems.

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You Get What You Pay For – Do Cheap Bookkeepers Save Money?

There is a lot to learn about using QuickBooks and there is a LOT to learn about bookkeeping! Sure there are a lot of websites (including this one) where you learn how to do very specific tasks in QuickBooks and tons of YouTube videos - but tracking down the various pieces of the learning QuickBooks puzzle is horribly time-consuming and overwhelming; and the information that is found may not entirely meet the requirements of your company.

When you hire an inexperienced person and thrust them into full-fledged bookkeeping position; it’s very likely that you will end up with nothing but a huge mess on your hands and will need to have your books cleaned up by a professional.

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InformedContractors.com – A New Resource for Contractors

Diane Dennis of Monk and DBug, LLC, known as "Diane at TheContractorsGroup.com" since 1999, is launching a new website and newsletter focused on making life easier for contractors - InformedContractors.com.

Early on in Diane's contracting career, she learned that there was painfully little information available for contractors. Now she feels the exact opposite it true. There's too much information, some of which isn't really accurate, so much so that it's virtually impossible for a busy contractor to find time to wade through it all and find reliable and practical solutions that will lessen their hassles and increase their income.

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About Your Host:

Nancy Smyth, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Nancy Smyth, Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc.
QuickBooks Construction & Payroll Expert


I've been using and supporting QuickBooks products since the early 1990's. I've worked with thousands of contractors, assisting them with QuickBooks setup, Certified Payroll Reporting requirements, AIA Billing and Weighted-Average Overtime.


QuickBooks is a powerful product, but learning how to use it in your construction business can be difficult. I hope you find resources available here to be helpful.

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