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Posted 4/29/14 at 2:22 PM | Brian Wallace

Smartphones Fuel Spending

A simple mobile app could change your business forever. This infographic breaks down everything you need to know about consumers' mobile phone useage habits.

Posted 4/29/14 at 9:19 AM | Phil Cooke

How to Tell Your Project is Failing

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Business, nonprofit, and church leaders across the country invest in new projects everyday. The level of risk varies, but one thing is common to all – at some point, the leader needs to make a decision to stay in for the long haul, or cut the losses and call it quits. The problem is – how do you know if your project is in trouble? What are the key indicators that something serious is going wrong?

In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger was launched over the objections of engineers who described a high probability of catastrophic failure. In spite of those warnings, senior NASA managers authorized the launch, and it exploded 73 seconds into its flight.

The Wall Street Journal reported that, “In the last week of September 2013, a “pre-flight checklist” indicated that 41 of the 91 Healthcare.gov functions for which a key contractor was responsible were not working. Another checklist prepared a week later showed serious, and in five cases critical, defects in functions previously categorized as working. Nonetheless, the website was launched on Oct. 1 and failed almost immediately.” FULL POST

Posted 4/29/14 at 12:17 AM | Sylvie Simms

Posted 4/25/14 at 11:57 AM | Brian Wallace

Are You Ready for Space Internet?

The internet is already just about everywhere in the Continental United States. Now Google is going to being it to the rest of the world so you never have to go without. This infographic outlines the potential future of space internet.

Posted 4/25/14 at 12:07 AM | Sylvie Simms

The Bail Bond Process

When a person is arrested and charged with a crime, they are held in some type of holding facility until bail can be set. Bail is usually set by a judge during a bail hearing and the amount varies depending on the severity of the crime. Other factors can contribute to the set bail amount, including criminal record and likelihood of leaving the area. In some cases, a person can post a cash bail to get out of jail. Oftentimes, the person does not have the available cash. In this case, there are other options available for the friends or family of the accused.

What Is a Bail Bond?

If the family or friends of the accused person cannot post a cash bond, they can contact a bail agent in order to secure a bail bond. Essentially, the bail agent pays the bail for the accused. In return, the bond agent is compensated 10% of the bond amount and some type of collateral is provided in case the accused breaks bail.

Benefits of Using a Bail Bond

Since sitting in jail while preparing a defense can cause more harm than good, posting bail is a good idea. This can allow the accused to continue working and to have regular access to a lawyer. Since bail can be costly, not many people are able to post cash bails; however, bail bonds can be used, costing a fraction of the price. As long as bail is not broken, a bail bond can get the accused out of jail and back to his or her normal life. FULL POST

Posted 4/24/14 at 7:18 PM | John Dillard

Don't Hide: Begin to Address Your Open Tax Issues Today

Don't Hide: Begin to Address Your Open Tax Issues Today

Know Your Options Before You Sign A Power of Attorney/IRS Form 2848

Taxpayers who have run afoul of the IRS and is dealing with seemingly overwhelming tax issues, there are words of wisdom to successfully resolve your tax problems, how to pay your taxes on a timely basis by properly utilizing withholding, estimated payments, and extensions. Though there are many things we can do to help you avoid tax problems and unnecessary penalties, we can also help you discover the general guidelines and rules of how to qualify for and process an Offer in Compromise.hs is a process where both the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Georgia will reduce your bill to what you can afford to pay based upon detailed tax regulations, procedures, and careful compliance.

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Posted 4/24/14 at 3:35 PM | Brian Wallace

The New Role of a Field Technician

Technology is advancing to the point that it can interact with other technology without the help of humans. This infographic outlines how that could mean field technicians could be sent out for preventative maintanence instead of to fix a problem.

Posted 4/24/14 at 10:26 AM | Phil Cooke

How to Find Time to Create Your Dream Project

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Nearly every week someone comes to me in frustration and says something like, “I need to write a book but I can never find the time.” Or, “I have a screenplay I want to write, but I just have too much to do during the day.” Honestly, in most cases, even if they had nothing else to do, most still wouldn’t actually get around to writing. But just in case “finding the time” is a real problem for you, let me offer this suggestion:

Get up and do it. Write, create, think. First thing in the morning – before you check your email, before you post on social media, and before you make any calls.

This morning, I got up at 6am, wrote an online feature story for a client, wrote two posts for my blog, and updated the copy on our company website, and it’s barely 8am. Two hours, and I knocked off three important writing projects that have been nagging at me for two weeks. I actually wrote my first two books working just from 6-8am. But if I had been up at 6am checking my email, responding to the 20-30 emails I typically have in the morning, then reading everyone’s Facebook timeline, checking Twitter, then finding funny things to post on my social media pages, it would be 11am, and I would have nothing to show for writing. FULL POST

Posted 4/23/14 at 10:15 AM | Phil Cooke

How to Leave Your Job Well

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In past generations, people were employed for life, but new statistics indicate that in today’s economy, you’ll have many jobs before retirement. In most areas – advertising and marketing, ministry, nonprofit work, entertainment, business, etc… the world is pretty small, so when it comes time to leave your job, you’d better leave it on good terms. After all, you never know in the future when you might want to work with that organization again. So even when you leave out of anger, duress, frustration, or most other reasons, I always encourage people not to burn bridges. But even when that’s your intention, most people don’t do it well, so here’s a few reminders you should keep tucked away for that day when it’s time to move on:

1. Finish the old job well.  Over the years. I’ve had a couple of departing employees leave our company completely in the lurch. I was thrilled for the opportunity they had with a new company, but when they departed, they left projects in mid-stream, and since they were the main person who knew the details, it made it very difficult for us to recover. I’ll think twice before I ever hire them back. Always button up projects, files, or relationships before you leave. FULL POST

Posted 4/23/14 at 8:41 AM | Sylvie Simms

Ford Unveils the 2015 Mustang

The Ford Mustang has long been a favored car for many people. Over the course of the fifty years that this classic vehicle has been on the market, the Ford Mustang has continued to be a leader in the vehicle industry, evolving to fit with the current car trends. In the Past The first Mustang made its debut fifty years ago. Within just a few years, this car was able to boast $1 million in sales. Due to its sleek design and wild popularity, this vehicle has been featured in countless films, building the Mustang reputation even further. Most Mustang models have had some features in common, but over the years, the body’s design has changed to keep up with car trends. In the Present In celebration of its 50-year anniversary, Ford is launching the next Mustang model on December 5, 2014. This model has many features that have yet to be seen in a Mustang, making it the perfect choice to celebrate the history of this illustrious car. Mustang lovers can expect to see a smoother design with popular features such as hood vents, tri bar headlights and a flatter cutline. Mustang lovers can choose from a variety of interior and exterior colors along with custom features.


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