Informed Employees Use Telemedicine as a Win-Win

This article is not intended to provide medical advice or to endorse any particular service.  The purpose of this blog entry is to raise awareness that telemedicine services exist and of the potential value they offer to employers and associates alike. The use of telemedicine may help your associates stay healthier and miss less time…

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Collection Pain – Stop Giving Free Service Calls

All alarm dealers have experienced the pain of not getting paid.  It’s a terrible feeling to have the joy of signing a new contract dashed to pieces with the revelation that you have expended time, labor and materials for nothing in return.  Having received a down payment helps to ease the hurt, but if you…

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Tax Planning 2020 – Section 179 Deductions

This article is intended for informative purposes only and is not presented as tax advice.  There are no representations of complete tax guidance, as this is a summarized report.   The reader is responsible to consult with a qualified tax advisor and not to rely on the content herein. This article is intended to provide you…

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Even More Pain – Inventory

When business owners discuss the top issues in managing alarm companies, parts inventory is of significant concern.  Finding, training and retaining a good work force follows right along.  If this does not describe you, consider yourself lucky. Today, you may be able to visually review the inventory sitting on a shelf in your office.  Without…

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What’s Your Pain?

When professionals in the alarm industry get together at large conferences or during an informal chat, the conversation typically turns to shared problems in running a company or managing jobs.  Everyone has points of pain.  Everyone is looking for solutions that have worked for others. Some issues common to all of us are collections, changing…

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Full Integration of Software – Part 2

Having established the benefit of integrated software in promoting workplace enrichment, there are benefits in software modules communicating with each other and sharing a common database in real time. An unfortunate but all too common example is the customer who wants service but does not pay their bills.  In a pieced together set of software…

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Full Integration of Software – Part 1

In discussing with alarm dealers how they use various software options, I was struck by a common theme voiced by many of them.  Software is often used in a piecemeal manner.  The alarm dealer finds software that fulfills needs as they arise.  Job tracking is a good example. Stand-alone software by itself may perform the…

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Don’t Be a Victim of ACH Fraud

In the previous blog, I shared some disturbing information with our readers concerning how businesses are potential victims of check fraud.  We share that knowledge with the hope of alerting others to consider proactive measures of protection offered by their bank. In this blog we continue with an exposition of another form of theft that…

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Check Fraud – Real, Rampant and Preventable

People are willing to talk when there is a meaningful give and take in the conversation, a win-win for an investment of time.  When discussing software options with several alarm dealerships, I found a significant number of business owners were not aware of the benefits of a banking solution commonly called Positive Pay.  This topic…

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People Are Willing to Talk

Wherever you go, people like to tell their story. The atmosphere at a business conference is typically congenial and trusting. Ask someone a non-threatening question about their business and you start an instant conversation. People like to talk sincerely about what is important to them. Honestly asking for opinions, preferences and reasons for making critical…

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