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QuickBooks Online vs. Desktop Edition

Having trouble deciding between when to use QuickBooks Online and when to use Quickbooks Desktop? Did you even know that the two exist and that there are differences? Quickbooks Online is better for service-based businesses, whereas QuickBooks Desktop Edition is recommended for businesses that sell products. Desktop has more features, but Online is continuously adding new features. Desktop has been around since the ‘90s, and you have to download and install software and periodic updates. Although it is equipped with fewer features, the Online version of QuickBooks is a more contemporary version of the software; all you need is an Internet connection, no downloading and installing updates on software that takes up space on your hard drive.

As previously stated, the Online version is geared more toward businesses which provide a service and which do not incorporate inventory tracking.

The Online version has many advantages:

  • Your accountant and others may access your  Online account via a user I.D. and password you provide them.


  • Conduct transactions using a Mac, PC, or other mobile device.


  • Automatic Updates – Online automatically saves any changes you make, similar to the auto-save feature in Google Drive.

If yours is a product-based business, then Desktop may be a better choice for your business’ financial needs and responsibilities. The Desktop version offers the following features and many more:

  • Two Options for Tracking Inventory – Average Cost Method & FIFO (First In First Out), whereas the Online version only offers the FIFO Method.


  • Batch Invoicing – Send the same invoice to multiple clients for whom you performed the same service at the same price.


  • Industry-Specific Versions – For businesses that are one of the following: General Business, Contractor, Retail & Nonprofit, Professional Services, or Manufacturing & Wholesale, the Desktop version offers certain features depending on the category of business from the above-mentioned list.


Whatever the case, be sure to choose the right version of QuickBooks for your business.

BLS Provider CPR (1-day Initial or Renewal Course, multiple sessions available)

(Initial or Renewal Course based on the 2015 AHA Guidelines)
Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. This course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings. This course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills.

In addition, BLS training can be appropriate for first responders, such as police officers and firefighters, as well as for laypeople whose work brings them into contact with members of the public, such as school, fitness center, or hotel and restaurant employees.

Students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for a BLS Course Completion Card.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a completion cad valid for 2 years.

Conveniently scheduled on Saturday, please choose the session that works best for you.


The What and Why of WISP

There are hundreds of acronyms in the world of business and technology.  It is overwhelming to keep up with all of them.  WISP or written information security program, is one that your business needs to stay on top of regardless of whether you are a small business owner or come from a large corporation.  WISP is a Written Information Security Plan.  What is this and what does it mean for your business?  Let’s take a closer look at this all important acronym WISP.

What is a WISP?

A Written Information Security Plan is a professionally written document that is meant to create administrative, technical and physical safeguards for customer’s private data.  The document discusses electronic and physical methods of accessing, collecting, storing, using, transmitting, protecting, and disposing of our customers’ non-public personal information.

About four years ago the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed  201 CMR 17.00. This regulation requires that: “Every person that owns or licenses personal information about a resident of the Commonwealth shall develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive information security program that is written in one or more readily accessible parts and contains administrative, technical, and physical safeguards…” In short, companies need to write this document to show that they have taken Due Care and Due Diligence to protect the confidentiality of a customers private information in order to comply with Massachusetts State Law.  If your company suffers a security breach and does not have a WISP, then things are probably not going to turn out well for you. The penalties can be severe. They can include hefty fines and penalties that require security changes at all levels. (Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation)

Components of a WISP

There are several main components of a WISP that are meant to safeguard consumers and spell out exactly the risks they are taking when entrusting personal information with the company in question.  WISPs usually carefully clarify the purpose and objectives of protecting private data.  In addition sections of a WISP explain:

  • The role of a data coordinator – The document explains the role of a designated employee(s) who will be responsible for implementing the security protocols, training employees on them, testing the security programs and evaluating the security measures regularly.
  • Internal Risks – A WISP should explain to consumers the internal threats to their personal information that exist including paper and electronic records being unlawfully used by employees.  Protocols for active and terminated employees should be discussed in this document.
  • External Risks – Companies must explain in this document what threats they have identified in regards to your personal data and steps they will take to protect against security breaches such as firewalls, double identification authentication, encryption, and software to protect against malware or viruses.
  • Notification Protocols – Companies must also explain how they will notify consumers in the event of a cyber attack and how they will attempt to rectify the situation.

Impact of Robotics on Business

Robotics are all around us.  We drive cars that are, in part, built by robots.  We use computers, laptops, tablets and phones that are built by robots.  We order products from large warehouses that are assembled, sorted and mailed by robots.  Robotics impact our social and business lives in powerful ways.  Robotics of the future could bring society self-driving cars or even digital agents that work for you.  The increase in occurrences of robotics in business has both positive and negative impacts.  Let’s consider the future of robotics in business and how it can impact our world.  Today, robots are doing human labor in all kinds of places. The top fields that robotics are being used include: manufacturing (from cookies and candies to cars and computers), medicine (neurosurgery, radiation therapy, and even some forms of diagnosis), warehouse operations (increasing efficiency and productivity) and in law enforcement (such as bomb detecting robots). The future of robotics, as analyzed by RoboHub Online is in the fields of: drones, prosthetics and exoskeletons, artificial assistants and believe-it-or- not driver-less cars!  These areas are set to explode into the business world, in fact, to quote William Gibson: “the future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.”Benefits of Robotics in the Business world – Robotics have already begun to impact the business world.  What are some of the benefits of the robotic revolution?

    Robots can reduce risk of injury to humans in dangerous work environments. Industrial and manufacturing jobs are not always the safest, and by implementing robots over humans this can prevent people from being exposed to dangerous, stressful, or unhealthy environments. The perfect example of this is the use of robotics in the military, where humans can stay out of harms way in dangerous situations including the use of unmanned planes. Robots are more precise and efficient than humans.  Medical, and industrial errors can be almost eliminated with the use of robots. By using robots, businesses can see massive savings and cost effective changes to jobs that may take humans days to complete. Robots can produce high quality products.  High-quality products can lead to higher sales, which means the company that uses technology like robots is more likely to stay alive and vital, which is good for the economy.

Negative Impact on Business and the Global Economy- Robotics can contribute to long term structural unemployment, which means unemployment that can often be long term as it is part of a fundamental shift in the skills needed by an economy. This can weaken consumer spending and consumer confidence levels.(Source: Euromonitor International)


Benefits of an Editorial Calendar

Looking for ways to stay organized in your business?  Many companies use document management tools, password tools, and financial tracking apps to stay orderly.  If you need a way to manage content such as your business blogs, publications, and social media postings, an editorial calendar may be the right choice. An editorial calendar is an excellent place to brainstorm, track and arrange the content your company publishes. Let’s review the function and benefits of an editorial calendar whether it is a simple spreadsheet that can be shared online through your company cloud or a purchased app to keep your company headed in the right direction.

What exactly does an editorial calendar do?

If you regularly publish blogs, email newsletters, or posts on social media, there should be central location where you list the topics, dates, and publication locations.  For example, if you blog weekly, a calendar would include categories that show what blog topic was covered, what date it was published and where it was published. This calendar could also have a link to topics that may be used in the future. Think of the many times an idea has hit you while working.  Now there is a place to jot down the idea where you will find it when you need it,  instead of on a stick-it note somewhere on your desk. Next time you sit down to write a post or blog you will have a list of topics handy to use. A properly updated calendar can also stop duplicates of the same content from being accidentally published.

An editorial calendar is also a great place to edit your content.  If you use Google Drive or other sharing sites, multiple contributors and editors can work on the same publications.  If there are many people managing your online community, it is a great way for them to chart the progress of the publication and add their “two-cents.” A final edit, copy edit, fact checking, and rewrites can be completed as a link to the calendar.

Editorial calendars are outstanding for tracking short and long term writing goals.  For example, with a calendar shared by many at your business, content can be aligned with major holidays, events and milestones significant to your field or company.  If your field of work has an annual trade show, content for publications during the weeks and months leading up to the event can reflect topics and discussions that will be held at the show. The ability to plan ahead and publish content relevant to current events shows the professionalism and organization of your business.

Creating an editorial calendar is not hard and will help keep your ideas, content and links to content locations in an easy-to-find folder right on your desktop or mobile device.  Use this spring as a time to get yourself organized and try using an editorial calendar for all of your businesses publications.