We now have an online space exclusively for the Cert. IV Bookkeeping students. This space will include all the resources they will need to complete the course, live seminars from the lecturers, and regualar updates on course information for those participating. If you are part of our Cert. IV course and have been issued a log in username, you can now log into your online space here: Log In.
If you are interested in completing Cert. IV in Bookeeping, please contact us right away and we will send you out a free information package!
Things We Covered In Our Recent Seminars
We recently ran a couple of seminars here at our training centre to introduce you to the new updates in the latest MYOB Programs - these seminars were attended by over 100 people over two days. Here is a small summery of what we covered at those seminars, as well as some further information that is fairly important for all MYOB users...
- Installing The Software - Should I upgrade to the new version or should I wait?
- Before upgrading your company file - Identifying customised forms for migration, preparing a "common folder" of things to be upgraded
- Upgrading your company file
- New features (Windows) - New look accounts list, Introducing right click mouse button, New feature (Sorting), New feature (Moving/Adjusting columns), Improved feature (End of Year adjustments), New feature (Audit Trails), Improved feature (Users and roles), New feature (Save the pay run)
- Reports - Multiple windows
- Forms - Customising forms (improved), Migrate custom forms (from earlier versions)
- New Features (Mac) - Progressive billing and check sales profitability, Web Store
- New Features for iPad & iPhone
New changes and improvements information coming very soon - keep checking back on this article.
An Essential RetailManager Course
MYOB RetailManager version 12 is being released closer to the end of this month - and it's not just any old update, it's an "upgrade" in the literal sense of the word. There's going to be some changes to the popular POS & Retail Software, although, they're all for the better. However, it's not always easy figuring out a new upgrade, so we've devised a plan to assist you in the process of upgrading to RetailManager v12, and to give you a run down on some new features.
Don Marshall, a certified RetailManager Professional will be running a 2 hour course at 9am on the 9th November - right here at our training centre. If you have RetailManager and know that you're going to need this upgrade, or even if you're looking at getting RetailManager for the first time and you would like to get some information, this course is exactly what you need.
Give us a call now to book in, as places are very limited!
An Update On The Cloud (And Not The Weather)
With the cloud, USB Sticks, CD ROMS and portable Hard Drives will all become a thing of the past, and iCloud pretty much sends physical software such as these to their binary grave, as we were all assured of upon it's release on Friday 16th October. Here's how it looks:
It's your important information, anywhere you are, in one click. Store an appointment on your computer, check it on your phone when you're out and about to make sure you've remembered the right time. Check your emails from anywhere, store documents, files and photos, and find your lost (or 'misplaced,' for those of you in denial) iPhone. It's also free. Available to both PC and Mac users (Although it works more seamlessly on Apple products), iCloud is your friend. Go and have a look for yourself - it's only going to get better with time.
The best part is, MYOB is ahead of their time. They have (and have for a year now) a product that specifically utilises "the cloud," called MYOB LiveAccounts. This product is how it sounds, it's your data file any time and anywhere: Safe, live and seamless. Throw away the USB stick, and have a look at what MYOB have done now...MYOB LiveAccounts is in the future, but you can have it right this second.
Some Reasons Why You Should Be Online
Having a website doesn't just modernise your business...It's not a trend, it's not something that will ever come to pass - Websites and/or web presence in other forms such as Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn, Twitter and more, are fast becoming the first point of reference for your business. A website is not just a business card anymore, it's a shop front. Here's a few things to consider:
Did you know that on a website, you're reaching more than your niche market? You're not just in a phonebook anymore, you're part of a tangible presence on the wide world web, and all it takes is for someone to mention your business on Facebook, link or not link, for hundreds of their friends to see it, and head straight over to Google, with your business name in mind. Not only that, but if someone can not make it in to your shop, they are able to get an accurate first impression of your business just by paying your web address a small visit. Having a website shows you care enough about your business to try and help those who like to use the internet to find what they're looking for...
MYOB have a new initiative called "MYOB Atlas," and it's going to change your business for the better. Head over to our page on MYOB Atlas to see what all the fuss is about, as well as some information on how Ebiz Solutions can set up a website FOR YOU, for virtually nothing at all. By passing on some extra gravy in your next lunch order, you could have a brand new website, thanks to MYOB and Ebiz Solutions. Click here to find out about our new website offer.
Tweet Yourself Into Success
What the heck is a "Tweet!?" Is probably a thought process you've found yourself going through many a time over the last year or two. Just when you thought you'd wrapped your head around the concept of "liking" something on Facebook, people start running round "Twittering," in a manor that could either render them: A. Insane or B. Ingenious. Little did we know how much a Twitter could do for our business - it's literally the most consistant fountain of knowledge, tips and information "out there in the real world," if you know how to use it right.
It's a daunting concept - another "social network." But it's bigger, easier, and more accesible than that. At the recent MYOB Partner Connection event, we were given a run down on just how Twitter can be used as a TOOL rather than the shortcut to another migraine. "Micro-Blogging" is basically another word for "Short news update," short being 140 characters (letter/words spaces) to be precise. However, it can be a great marketing tool in this way. Statistics have shown that large paragraphs and emails tend to be skipped or skimmed, due to the concept of having to read a large chunk of material. Instead, you could make it:
"Just received our first box of the brand new MYOB Upgrade - If you want them, they're now in our office for a great deal!"
That, in it's raw form, is a "Tweet." It's quick, it's brief, it's informative. You could then go on to promote your Twitter account to your clients as your main "News Stream," because they don't need an account to view it. Not only that, but those of your clients who do have Twitter could then "Re-Tweet" your update to their "followers" (others with accounts who have subscribed to their updates), completely re-inventing and modernising the concept of word-of-mouth.
Give it a try. It's another small step in the right direction for your business, and it's completely free. You have nothing to lose as it takes five minutes to set up, as well as even less time than that to get on and add a "tweet." Here is a few accounts you can have a look at, to see what it's capable of...
Ebiz Solutions - @EbizSolutionsWA
MYOB Australia & New Zealand - @MYOBteam
Rob, Don and Jen have just come back from a very rewarding MYOB Partner Connection in Brisbane - the biggest gathering of MYOB partners for the year. Not only did Rob and Don address over 1000 odd MYOB Consultants and Executives, but they brought home the goods after a fantastic evening with all of Australia's MYOB "Big wigs," as Ebiz Solutions was announced (for the 6th year in a row) the highest WA reseller of both MYOB and RetailManager, respectively.
Not only that, but after (seemingly) missing out of being in the "Top 20" of the highest regarded MYOB Consultants in Australia...Rob Marshall was then announced as the MYOB Partner/Consultant of the Year, the number one and most highly regarded MYOB guy - in the whole of Australia. You can watch a video of Rob winning the Award by clicking here.
Apple iCloud: Your Business In "The Cloud"
Perhaps you've got an iPhone or another Apple product that utilises the current "cloud" system, "MobileMe." For those of you who aren't familiar with "the cloud," it is basically a storage space for information, files, and more, that isn't on your computer, yet can only be accessed by you via a username and password. It's basically an online storage space for anything you like, without having to worry about your computer crashing, or losing your USB stick! MobileMe has essentially been Apple's answer to the "cloud" system, and has worked like an absolute dream for people of the business world for a few years, for those who knew of it's existence...
And then it got bigger. In true Apple fashion, things had to be bigger, better and now, easier than ever before. The aptly titled "iCloud," could just be that one thing you've always wanted or needed, but never knew was possible. You can literally have a calendar on your computer, and view the very same calendar from your phone at any time, anywhere...and vice versa. If you've forgotten your portable hard drive, a quick 2 minute visit to the iCloud will get you your files in the blink of an eye. Forgotten a phone number, but know you stored it in your contacts list?
iCloud is your answer, and it's coming very soon. Apple have been pretty tight-lipped on exactly iCloud is to be released, but they recently stopped accepting new subscriptions for MobileMe - officially making iCloud it's successor. If that's anything to go by, this means that you don't necessarily have to be an Apple product user to this new system - we currently have a MobileMe account and it works just fine, by accessing it on a Windows machine.
So keep your ears to the ground for more information on this system, as it may just be everything you ever needed for your business, and more. Also, remember that MYOB have their own accounting program that uses "The Cloud," it's that one little stroke of genius that could save you time and money from here on in; click here to find out more about MYOB LiveAccounts.