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Posted 6/13/14 at 12:44 AM | Sylvie Simms

How to pack for an extended stay

Vacations and getaways allow you to see the world and relax. Although your vacation is likely to be fun and relaxing, planning and packing for your vacation can be stressful. This is especially true when it comes to a long-term or extended stay.

It can be difficult to decide which clothes to bring, particularly since weather is hard to predict. Most people leaving on an extended stay worry about having enough clothing to last for the entire visit. However, unless they pay extra fees, they are tethered to the same luggage and carry-on rules as people embarking on a short vacation.

This dilemma can be remedied by being smart about your packing. In order to ensure that you have what you need on your extended stay, plan to bring a versatile wardrobe that can be used in different situations. Pack only the items you need and use different packing tips and tricks to fit everything in your luggage.


Posted 6/12/14 at 1:08 PM | John Dillard

Top Ten Attributes of a Good Shareholder Agreement

Top Ten Attributes of a Good Shareholder Agreement

“Over the decades of serving as a CPA/Virtual CFO for metro Atlanta business owners I have learned much about what does work and what does not. Though you may already have a shareholder agreement you might want to re-visit your contract to ensure it is viable and practical as I have seen many ‘legal agreements’ over the years that were simply not workable for America’s Entrepreneurs. Having a sound well-thought out shareholder agreement before you add a partner is a critical component of your business short/llong term business success. It’s a simple fact. All partnerships end. The key is will your business be ready when it does.” -- Duluth CPA John Dillard CPA President of His CPA PC


Posted 6/12/14 at 12:15 AM | Sylvie Simms

DoS & DDoS Attacks | Q1 2014 DDoS Attack Targets | Prolexic Infographic

The Media and Entertainment industry was targeted by half of all DDoS attacks in Q1 2014, as shown in this helpful infographic. This easy-to-read DDoS protection trends infographic from Prolexic summarizes the targets, statistics and motivations behind DDoS attacks in the first quarter of 2014.

Posted 6/11/14 at 4:17 AM | Sylvie Simms

The World's Biggest Stock Exchanges

There are millions of businesses all over the world. Some of these businesses are private, but many of them have made the transition into a public company. This means that the business has decided to sell stocks in the company to shareholders. This allows individuals and companies to buy in to the business, profiting when the business does well and losing when the business does not. These stocks are bought and traded on the market called the stock exchange. Some of these stocks are bought and traded on a global level while others are contained to the country of origin.

There are many different stock exchanges that can be used worldwide. The largest stock exchange in the world is actually based in the United States. The New York Stock Exchange has more capital than many of the other stock exchanges combined, netting 13.4 trillion. Some of the other largest stock exchanges are located in Asia and Europe. In Asia are the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Shanghai Stock Exchange, and Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In Europe are the London Stock Exchange and Euronext.

There are many more stock exchanges that make a huge impact on the world's stock market. The following infographic contains more details and information on these world's biggest stock exchanges. FULL POST

Posted 6/11/14 at 1:52 AM | Sylvie Simms

Air Conditioning and Heating Tips

Here are a few tips that can save you time and money regarding your air conditioning and heating equipment.

Breaker – If your air conditioner is not working, check the breaker. If the breaker has been tripped, flip it back on. IF your air conditioner starts working again, you may have saved some money. If the AC equipment stops working because the breaker has tripped again, it is time to call for service.

Filter – It is absolutely essential that you keep a clean air conditioning filter. This is the most important thing a homeowner can do to protect the air conditioning equipment. If the filter gets clogged up with dirt, it will not allow for proper air flow. Without air flow, there is no way the home can be cooled efficiently. If you don’t regularly change your air conditioning filters, eventually you will have a dirty evaporator coil. A dirty evaporator coil will lead to an expensive repair if the evaporator coil needs to be removed to be cleaned. Another problem that can be encountered with a clogged air filter is with the heating system. Not only will your heating not operate efficiently, but it can cause the high limit switch to shut off the furnace because it is too hot. If your furnace shuts off, you should check your air filter. If it’s dirty, change it and see if the furnace comes back on. FULL POST

Posted 6/10/14 at 9:21 AM | Brian Wallace

Social Opportunity And Success

Have you ever wondered how to be successful? Take advantage of your social opportunities. Check out this infographic for more.

Posted 6/9/14 at 10:02 AM | Phil Cooke

The Problem With Surrounding Yourself With Smart People

Photo: Flickr/Simon Daniel - Creative Commons

I grew up in the South and spent my early years watching buddies hang out their entire lives. Usually these buddies were picked because they wouldn’t challenge each other, push each other, or inspire each other. You probably know some people like this. They’re buddies that do nothing but “hang out.”

So I decided early on that I wanted to do the opposite – to surround myself with smarter, more talented, and more driven people than me. And for most of my life, my friends have done some amazing things. They produce movies, write successful books, run big companies, perform on Broadway, and make a great name for themselves. I’m incredibly proud of them and learn from them everyday. And in the process, they’ve inspired me to keep working, push myself more, and accomplish more than I ever dreamed. FULL POST

Posted 6/9/14 at 9:19 AM | John Dillard

Addressing Your Tax Issues with the IRS and Requesting IRS Penalty Abatement

Atlanta CPA: Tax Representation is NOT a one size fits all/cookie cutter experience. Be sure you work with a CPA/Tax Representation Professional with successful IRS Tax Advocacy experience.

"As Christian we are to submit to authority including submission to the rules of the IRS. IRS Regulations are set out to assist those who are attempting to comply and to encourage all of us, either willingly or not, to file and pay our just and fair taxes. Tax laws, though complicated to the layperson, are often confusing. The services of a CPA can help people navigate through the tax maze by making the complicated easier to understand." —Duluth CPA John Dillard CPA. Serving Gwinnett/Atlanta Taxpayers with IRS Tax Representation for decades


Posted 6/9/14 at 2:41 AM | Sylvie Simms

What to do if You’ve Been in a Serious Motor Vehicle Accident

A car accident is a serious event that can cost the driver a lot of time and money. Car accidents usually result in damage to property and can even result in injury or death. Although car insurance can cover a portion of these costs, many times, you are left with additional costs and expenses that can be difficult to afford. This can include any medical bills down the road, loss of income due to medical treatment and replacing your car with a new one. Being prepared for an accident and the subsequent aftermath can help you decrease your chances of paying out of pocket expenses.

Because car accidents are sudden and unexpected, it can be difficult to know what to do when you’ve been in a serious accident. Many times, your body is in shock. This can prevent you from responding to the accident properly and can even mask injuries inflicted during the accident. If possible, familiarize yourself with the necessary steps to take after an accident. If necessary, contact your lawyer and get advice on the next steps to take.

Posted 6/9/14 at 12:05 AM | Sylvie Simms

Fire Safety and Precautions in the Workplace

Preventative measures, coupled with a thorough emergency plan, can help reduce the injuries and deaths that could be caused by a workplace fire.

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