In today’s competitive business world, companies must evolve if they are to survive and thrive.
Today, 1 week after attending the annual Xero conference in Denver, Above Studio 1 attained Bronze Certified Partner status from Xero, maker of the world’s most beautiful accounting software for small to medium sized businesses.
Edmonton based Above Studio 1 is a hybrid Accounting and Technology firm. As Apple Certified Consultants, Xero certified partners, and Cloud experts, they can help reinvent a company’s processes and technology for growth, efficiency, security, and happiness.
“We know business and technology, and we can get you off those PCs and onto gorgeous equipment, beautiful accounting software, and smart cloud integrated systems” said Michael Reinhart, Above Studio 1 founder. “We’ve seen so many clients suffering pain and bleeding money because of stodgy, decrepit, and restrictive PC based systems. We liberate you from the old world.”
Suzanne Morter (CMA), Above Studio 1’s lead Consulting Accountant and Certified Xero Advisor will guide clients on the journey to Cloud based accounting.
Xero announced on June 4th, 2015 that they’re involved in a strategic partnership with Apple, Vend, and Deputy to provide specialized solutions aimed at revolutionizing the business of retail using Apple’s iOS devices.
Xero (@Xero; ASX/NZX: XRO) is beautiful, easy to use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. Xero has over 500,000 subscribers in more than 180 countries, and seamlessly integrates with over 400 third party tools. Xero was ranked No. 1 by Forbes as the World’s Most Innovative Growth Companyin 2014 and 2015.
About Above Studio 1
Above Studio 1 is Alberta’s best consultancy for evolving the Information Technology systems of small to medium sized businesses. Above Studio 1 uses modern techniques and products to help businesses get the most bang for their IT buck, allowing business people focus on the things that make them happy.
With breakthrough iOS devices and a powerful line-up of Mac notebooks and desktops, you have everything you need to transform your business. We make it easy to manage fleets of these tools efficiently and securely.
We help small to large businesses to streamline their I.T., saving money, saving time, and increasing productivity.
We help business owners do more with less.
We are a certified member of the Apple Consultants Network.
Apple iPads, iPhones and Macs can revolutionize the way you do business:
- be more profitable
- be more efficient
- save money
- save time
- have healthier, happier people
- make better things
- do better quality work
Contact me to find out how.
One of the most exciting things that can happen for small business owners when they implement a great system like LightSpeed, is the clarity with which they begin to see how they’re doing things… IF the implementation process includes a properly performed Requirements Analysis. Almost always, we find and define processes that are either failing, redundant, or unnecessary.
That’s the way we’ve always done it.
Many, many times, I’ve been asked if LightSpeed can provide a certain report, capture a certain piece of information, ring a certain bell, or scratch a certain itch– and in most cases, the need for these things can’t be explained… “that’s just the way we’ve always done it”
There’s a reason why my company uses a stylized Ensō symbol as part of its logo. Running your business should be simple and LightSpeed, if approached properly, lets you do that. Ensō symbolizes a moment when the mind is free to simply let the body/spirit create, and running your business should be like this. Some of the best free advice I can give a client is to free themselves of their old business dogma– do (or have done) a complete Business Process Analysis, and if you’re choosing a new system, a Business Requirements Analysis.
Business Analysts use a technique called Root Cause Analysis. It combines a bunch of tools, one of which is sometimes the “5 Whys”– an iterative way to get to the root of a problem. The thing that I love pointing out to my clients while we’re going through this exercise, is that people do not fail, processes fail. By carefully analyzing your methods, policies, procedures, and rules is the starting point. Letting go is the next step.
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1) Do not view customers simply as a way to make money– they will not stay. Give them compelling reasons to return– it’s all about the experience. Loyalty is not built by discounts.
2) Do not view employees as a place to save money– they will not stay. Reward them well with money, self fulfillment, and a sense of belonging. Empower them to enrich the experiences of your customer.
3) Do not view equipment as a way to save money– it will not last. Your customers may not be pleased. Your employees will not be happy. Eventually you will not be happy. Spend time and money on understanding how to use your equipment effectively.
I’ve created this handy printable reference page that make it easy to talk to my clients about the various sizes of labels available in LightSpeed when using one of the Dymo LabelWriter printers.