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6 Strange Businesses That You Did not Know While Already Existing

1.Squirrel Census

Do you want to learn more about squirrels? Specifically, do you want to learn more about the squirrels of Inman Park, Georgia? Pick up a copy of the latest squirrel census. The Squirrel Census organization tells stories of the gray squirrels in Inman Park, their fight for freedom from human suburbia, the jobs they do and their family lives. You can purchase copies of the latest census or buy t-shirts, beanies and other merchandise from the online store. Be sure to also sign the petition for squirrel representation in emojis.

2.Face Slapping Massage

an pay to be slapped in the face for several minutes in order to tighten your skin and remove wrinkles. However, the results aren’t permanent; you’ll have to go back to be slapped around some more. This type of massage, also known as face boxing, is popular in Thailand, but there is only one certified business in the United States, which is located in San Francisco. The company warns against fraudulent slappers who claim that they practice this “Thai wisdom.”

3.Reserve a Spot in Heaven

Yes, folks, this is real. You can purchase a place in heaven for you or a loved one through this website. The best part? If you don’t get into heaven, you’ll receive a full refund, though how the refund gets to you when you’re dead, the company has not disclosed.

4.Neuticles

Bob Barker spoke wise words when he encouraged everyone to spay and neuter their pets. But are your petsA really the same after they get snipped? If this is something you’re worried about, you can buy artificial testicular implants for your furry friends from Neuticles. The company claims that its implants will boost your pet’s self-esteem – because obviously, your pets are very concerned about their sudden lack of body parts and don’t want their animal friends to know that they’ve been under the knife.

5.Dirty Rotten Flowers

Bad breakup? Good sense of humor? Have enemies but you’re not quite ready to hire a hitman? Dirty Rotten Flowers is for you. This business sends bouquets of dead, rotting flowers to your not-loved ones. Just keep in mind that because you’re not sending fresh, live flowers, this person doesn’t get the opportunity to love something and then watch it die and feel guilty because they kill everything they touch; however, sending a rotten bouquet will send a clearer message.

6.Ugly Furnitures

You can purchase one-of-a-kind furniture through Ugly Furnitures. A group of guys who always wanted to own their own business chose to go into furniture-making, and they have come up with some truly creative (and handmade) pieces, all of which they claim are ugly. You won’t find quality like this anywhere else.

5 ios Applications for Better Business Meetings

1.Apps for scheduling

Scheduling a business meeting is the easy part. Planning and pulling off a productive meeting, however, can be a real challenge. But with your iPhone and the right apps, there are plenty of ways to smooth the process. You can invite employees or colleagues to attend, create and share an agenda, and even run a meeting virtually through your smartphone using video-conferencing software. Read on for five ways to plan and execute a better business meeting with the help of your iPhone.

2.Let them know you’re running late: Tempo Smart Calendar (Free)

Whether you got stuck in traffic or just lost track of time, sometimes you can’t help but find yourself running late for a meeting. Tempo Smart Calendar has a handy remedy for just such a crisis. With this app, you can send out a mass text message, selected from several default messages, to let all attendees know that you’re running late. And you can do this with just a few taps. Of course, it takes a bit of upfront effort to make sure the app knows which of your contacts is attending the meeting. But if you use Tempo to plan and schedule meetings in the first place, you can use this app to quickly and easily send out a distress call to the right people.

3.Share your agenda: Agenda Maker ($1.99)

Before your meeting starts, make sure everyone is on the same page with an app such as Agenda Maker. With this tool, you can create a detailed outline for your meeting, and it makes rearranging items as simple as dragging and dropping. You can easily change how much time is allocated for each item to ensure your meeting stays on track. Once your agenda is complete, send it out to all meeting attendees via email. You can also send the agenda to anyone else who has the Agenda Maker app, so that they can collaborate on editing.

4.Schedule your meeting: Doodle ($2.99)

When scheduling a meeting, it’s easy to fall into the trap of playing phone tag or exchanging dozens of emails to confirm individual availability. The Doodle iPhone app simplifies the process. The meeting organizer sends out an email, iMessage, Facebook Message, WhatsApp or SMS with several options, and then everyone can cast one or more votes toward the time or date that works best for him or her. The organizer can then use that information to finalize a time for the meeting and send out a confirmation message. The app syncs with web-based and desktop calendar applications, including Google Calendar and Outlook. You can even create an ongoing availability profile so others can request to meet with you at a convenient time.

5.Give your presentation: Keynote ($9.99 or free on new iPhones)

Giving a business presentation used to mean lugging around your laptop computer, which you hooked up to a larger display or projector. Owning an iPhone means you can now carry everything you need for the same presentation right in your pocket. Keynote, Apple’s answer to PowerPoint, is a robust presentation maker that comes pre-installed on every iPhone. With this software, you can import presentations from your computer or even create them directly on your iPhone or iPad, then stream them to a bigger display during your next business meeting. There are a few ways to pull it off: either connect your iPhone to a larger, Web-connected display wirelessly using Apple AirPlay, or go with a wired connection using Apple’s Digital AV Adapter cord.

Free Small Business Accounting Software

Wave Accounting is free, cloud-based accounting software that includes a good mix of features. It’s best suited for service-based businesses that are just starting out or plan to remain small. Specifically, it’s a good fit for the self-employed – entrepreneurs, freelancers and consultants – and very small businesses with 10 or fewer employees that have limited or no inventory.

However, if your business is growing, you plan to expand or you intend to increase the number of items you sell, you could quickly outgrow Wave. In such cases, a paid option like Zoho Books, our top pick for the best accounting software for microbusinesses, may be a better option.

Yes, Wave’s accounting software really is free, as advertised. In the past, you had to pay extra to receive prioritized customer service, but that program has been eliminated, and all customer service is now ticket-based and provided for free.

However, Wave’s software has advertisements within the program. And, like other accounting software, if you add ancillary services, such as credit card processing and payroll, those cost extra. Here’s more detail on these factors:

  • Advertisements. Wave is free because it uses advertisements. In addition to posting ads within the software as you’re using it, Wave includes its branding on your communications with customers, such as invoices and emails. There is currently no way to remove the advertisements and co-branding, so if this is a deal breaker, a paid accounting software application is for you.
  • Credit card processing. If you want to accept invoice payments online, you need to use Wave’s credit card processing service. It charges a flat rate of 2.9 percent plus 30 cents per transaction, and there are no additional fees and no contracts. This rate is the same as FreshBooks and is comparable to the 2.4 to 3.4 percent plus 25 cents that QuickBooks charges for processing. However, other accounting software providers give you the option of using other processors, which may be an important consideration if you’re already working with a processor.
  • Payroll. Payroll services are not included with the software, but you can add it to the program for $15 per month plus $4 per employee per month. This price is comparable to QuickBooks Online’s Enhanced Payroll service, which costs $12 per month plus $5 per employee per month. However, some accounting software programs include payroll services in the subscription price. For example, Xero’s $30 plan includes payroll services for up to five employees.

It’s easy to use Wave Accounting, and it’s even easier to get started. You can create an account in seconds by entering your email address and desired password (or you can register using your Google account). After signing up, you can customize your account by filling out your company name and business type, which Wave uses to create a dashboard that suits your needs. In addition, you’ll enter your contact information, such as your address and phone number, so that this information automatically appears on invoices and other documents.

When you log in, you’re greeted with a simple dashboard that uses a sidebar menu divided into categories such as Transactions, Invoices, Bills, Receipts and Reports, so you can quickly find core functions without difficulty. With Wave’s user-friendly interface, we found our way around the program and easily created invoices, tracked finances and performed other accounting tasks.

The dashboard also displays snapshots of your business’s critical information, so you can see it as soon as you log in to the program. For instance, you’ll find at-a-glance views of your income, expenses, bank and credit card accounts, payables, receivables and recent activity. You can find out more about this software or experience Wave yourself by signing up for a free account.

The small business owners we spoke with noted that the main thing they look for in accounting software are features that save them time. Wave provides several automated features that fulfill this requirement.

This online accounting software has several timesaving tools for invoicing, including recurring billing, that allows you to schedule and send invoices to customers, such as for regularly scheduled services or a subscription. You can also set up automatic payment reminders to encourage customers to pay their bills on time. If your business sends estimates or quotes to your customers, you can convert them to invoices in a couple of clicks, saving you the time of re-entering or copying data.

Wave automatically syncs your data, so you don’t have to manually input transactions yourself. For instance, the service securely connects with your bank, credit card, PayPal and 10,000 other financial institutions to automatically download and import expenses, deposits and other financial data in real time. Your data is stored in the cloud and is automatically backed up, so you don’t have to worry about losing your information or redoing everything in the event your internet connection goes down or your computer is lost or stolen.

Using Wave’s mobile app, you can capture images of receipts, which it then translates into an expense transaction using optical character recognition technology, saving you the time of manually entering data for your expenses. The image of the receipt is then attached to the transaction so you can review it for accuracy.

Wave can easily and quickly create accurate financial reports, such as balance sheets, sales reports, tax documents, P&L, a general ledger, an aged-receivables report and more. You can invite an unlimited number of collaborators, such as accountants and business partners, to the program, and you can use Wave for multiple businesses as well as for your personal accounting.

Although Wave is excellent free accounting software for small businesses – especially new, service-based businesses with very tight budgets – and it includes a good selection of features, it’s missing a few that some businesses may consider necessities. For example:

  • It doesn’t track billable hours, and although you can track expenses, you can’t automatically attach them to invoices, so you’ll need to figure out a workaround if you need these features.
  • It doesn’t track inventory or create purchase orders, making it less than ideal for companies that carry more than just a few products.
  • It’s missing fixed asset management tools, which may be problematic if you need to calculate depreciation on computers, equipment and office furniture for taxes.
  • It doesn’t provide phone support; customer service is now ticket-based. If you prefer to speak with a customer service or tech support agent when you experience an issue, this isn’t the accounting software for you. However, if you prefer to troubleshoot issues yourself, Wave provides several resources, including getting-started guides, video tutorials, how-to articles, FAQs, tips and a blog.

The Best Microbusiness Accounting Software for business

Really small businesses don’t need complicated, pricey accounting software, but they do need software that can grow with their businesses. Zoho Books is a simple online accounting software that syncs with your accounts and covers all the basics, allowing you to create and send invoices, track time and expenses and generate reports.

It has mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows devices, allowing you to accomplish various accounting tasks on the go. As your business grows, you can integrate the software with other Zoho products and third-party applications.

Like many accounting software companies, Zoho Books offers three pricing plans. The Basic plan costs $9 per month, supports one user (and an accountant) and allows you to add 50 contacts to the system. With this plan, you can reconcile transactions, create invoices, track expenses, and manage projects and time sheets. The Standard plan costs $19 per month, supports two users (and an accountant) and allows you to add 500 contacts to the system. In addition to the Basic features, you can use the software to track bills and vendor credits, and add reporting tags to your transactions. The Professional plan costs $29 per month, supports 10 users and allows you to add an unlimited number of contacts to the system. In addition to the Standard features, you can use the software to create sales orders, purchase orders and manage inventory.

Although other top accounting software providers offer similarly priced plans, you need to consider which software has the specific features your business needs in the lowest plan or at the best price. For example, consider the following three features to see how Zoho Books stacks up against its top competitors:

  • Contacts: Zoho Books’ $9 Basic plan allows you to add 50 contacts to the system. With FreshBooks’ $15 Lite plan you can only bill up to five active clients. Xero’s $9 Starter plan is even more restrictive, limiting you to five invoices and five bills per month. However, QuickBooks Online’s $10 Self-Employed plan doesn’t have a limit on this feature.
  • Tracking billable hours: You can track time and add billable hours to invoices using Zoho Books’ Basic plan. FreshBooks’ Lite plan can do this also, though it costs $6 more per month. QuickBooks Online’s Essential plan, which costs $35 per month, offers this functionality. Xero doesn’t natively track time, so you’d need to add a third-party integration to the system to get this feature.
  • Tracking inventory: Although you’ll need Zoho Books’ Professional plan to get the inventory management features, you’d need QuickBooks Online’s Plus plan for this functionality, too, which costs $50 per month. Although Xero’s Starter plan has this feature and at $9 would be the best deal, you’re limited to five invoices per month, so you’d probably need to upgrade to Xero’s $30 Standard plan, FreshBooks doesn’t support inventory at all.

Based on our research, many users find that Zoho Books is an easy-to-use accounting software application, even for the most accounting- and tech-challenged small business owners. To see for ourselves, we signed up for a business account.

Setting up an account is easy. Simply enter your business name, contact information and password, and you’re good to go. Next, you’re asked about your industry and type of business. You can also opt to fill out tax information if you need help with tax prep.

Zoho Books’ dashboard has absolutely no clutter, and we easily found our way around the system using the sidebar menu, which is separated by task in an intuitive, logical way; it also collapses into icons when not in use, giving you more screen real estate.

Not only does the dashboard offer at-a-glance views of your business’s financial performance, but it displays them in a visually pleasing way, so you can easily see and compare different metrics. Dashboard widgets include total receivables and payables with current and overdue amounts, top expenses, projects with billable hours and expenses, bank and credit card accounts, and a cash flow chart.

To try Zoho Books yourself, consider signing up for a free 14-day trial – no credit card is required. You can also learn more about using this accounting software by attending one of the company’s live webinars or watching introduction and tutorial videos on Zoho’s YouTube channel.

Accounting can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of running a business. It was no surprise, then, that the small business owners we spoke with said the most important thing they look for in accounting software are features that help them save time. Zoho Books’ automation and online payment features meet this requirement.

Zoho Books works under one underlying principle: to help business save time by working in a smart way, automating workflow and helping businesses get paid faster online. First, the service keeps you organized by streamlining processes and keeping everything up to date, all in a single place. You don’t have to manually make sure all the data you need is current and available because the system does it for you. This includes financial data, customer information, transaction histories and more.

Zoho Books can also save you time by automating your workflow. The sales rep we spoke with said this means you can set up the software to automatically perform tasks like sending recurring invoices, tracking expenses, notifying you with payment reminders and more. By automating the most common accounting tasks, Zoho Books lets you spend more time running your business and less time on repetitive tasks.

Another timesaver is getting paid faster with online payments. The sales rep explained that Zoho Books can connect with popular payment gateways like PayPal, Authorize.net, Stripe, Braintree and 2Checkout, so your customers can instantly pay their invoices online. This is an efficient way for you to receive funds and keep track of paid and unpaid invoices. Plus, it provides your customers with a convenient, hassle-free way to pay for products and services.

One of Zoho Book’s biggest selling points is its customer support. The service offers email, live chat and 24-hour phone support five days a week in the U.S., the U.K., Australia and India. You can also find help online using Zoho Books’ searchable knowledgebase and customer forums.

When you call Zoho, you’re greeted with menu options to reach different parts of the company – sales, tech support, billing and payment, or corporate – so you know you’re actually contacting representatives in the right department.

When we called, we were immediately connected to the company’s sales line, but all sales reps were busy. Instead of keeping us on the line with an approximate time that we’d be on hold, we were directed to leave a voicemail with our contact information to have a sales rep return our call. Depending on your preferences, waiting for a sales rep to call you back may be more or less convenient than waiting on hold.

When we finally spoke with a sales rep, we were met with a friendly representative who was eager to answer all of our questions about the features and limitations of Zoho Books. There was no pressure to sign up for the service, though the rep mentioned the 14-day trial if we wanted to give Zoho Books a test run before purchasing a paid plan.

Like many accounting software, Zoho Books has a mobile app, so you can do your accounting on the go. What makes Zoho Books’ app different is that it’s available on more devices than most, running on the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Android phones, tablets and smartwatches, Windows Phone, and Windows Surface.

The app has good functionality; the sales rep told us that in addition to managing invoices and quotes, tracking payments and expenses, and uploading receipts straight from a mobile device, the app gives you access to your dashboard for at-a-glance insights, reports and multiuser access.

Despite its benefits, Zoho Books has some drawbacks. Like its competitors, Zoho Books integrates with third-party productivity apps and business solutions, including Google Apps, Square point-of-sale (POS) system, several credit card processors, and tax services Track1099, Tax1099.com and Avalara. However, it offers fewer integrations than others. One way to get around this barrier is to use Zoho’s own suite of business apps. Zoho offers customer relationship management (CRM) software, email marketing and social media marketing solutions, spreadsheet editors and other productivity tools.

Another disadvantage of using Zoho Books is that it doesn’t include payroll services. This may not be a big deal for really small businesses, but it’s an important consideration if your business is growing and you plan to hire employees. Currently, the only payroll task you can perform on Zoho Books is preparing and printing 1099s with the tax services mentioned above.