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Keep All Data in Your System, Even When You Switch

A reader asks, “Help! I have been using an industry software that I pay for each month to write orders. I am now switching to another system. How do I get my order history out of the old system?" Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

3 Actions That Enabled My Printing Company to Survive the Pandemic and Hit New Q3 Heights

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve felt the pandemic’s effects. Its reach is inescapable. Here is a combination of business pivots and institutions that have carried PostcardMania through that you can apply to your business...

Nothing Hits as Hard As Life—How You Handle It is Up to You

Nothing hits as hard as life. Thus, the choice is up to you of how you handle it. It is not about how hard you get hit in life (or business), but rather, how hard you get hit and get up...

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A reader asks, “Help! I have been using an industry software that I pay for each month to write orders. I am now switching to another system. How do I get my order history out of the old system?" Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

A reader asks, “I was talking to someone at QuickBooks. They told me to try QuickBooks Online, and if I didn’t like it, it is very easy to switch back to QuickBooks Premier. Is that true?" Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

A reader asks, “I have someone doing my bookkeeping, but I really don’t know anything about QuickBooks. What reports should I look at every month?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Sales + Marketing

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve felt the pandemic’s effects. Its reach is inescapable. Here is a combination of business pivots and institutions that have carried PostcardMania through that you can apply to your business...

Nothing hits as hard as life. Thus, the choice is up to you of how you handle it. It is not about how hard you get hit in life (or business), but rather, how hard you get hit and get up...

This short #RyansRemarks video explains that we must control the controllables. We cannot get overwhelmed. Instead, we must start somewhere with our personal and business goals. To do this, we must put last things last and first things first. We must...

Industry News

As the U.S. economy continues its climb from the depths of recession, there are still many questions regarding the second stimulus package. Further delays in an agreement could possibly lead to a deceleration of economic recovery...

While we were on summer vacation, the ugly state of politics brought the USPS to the top of the news cycle. Maybe that’s a good thing...

If you think about it, we are all in customer service, simply doing our best to make clients feel heard, understood and supported. But, customer service representatives (CSRs) in the traditional sense typically are at the front line fielding the brunt of criticisms. Add to the mix the worst global pandemic...

Mergers and Acquisitions

It’s easy to forget that just a few months ago, we were all monitoring a flurry of mergers and acquisitions activity that signaled good economic health. But then the coronavirus arrived, impacting nearly every aspect of our personal and professional lives. Some sellers pressed the pause button on deals in hopes of obtaining pre-COVID valuations; buyers, on the other hand, wanted assurances that all lost business would return...

Peter Schaefer, a principal at New Direction Partners, and Mark Michelson, editor-in-chief of Printing Impressions, a sister brand of Print+Promo, predict how the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Div., will rule on the pending acquisition of LSC by Quad. They also discuss—assuming the deal gets finalized—how it will ultimately impact...

Just four months after closing on the acquisition of Madison Forms Corporation, Signal Hill, California-based PDF Print Communications is welcoming Trade Printers Inc. to its portfolio of companies...

Print Products

COVID-19 may have frozen ad budgets, including direct mail, but the financial woes of the U.S. Postal Service have pre-dated the current crisis. Calls for postal reform to facilitate all types of fiscal fixes have gone unanswered, despite bipartisan support to get the job done...

What direct mail experience do your customers and prospects get when they receive your mail pieces? The first moment when they touch and interact with your mail piece is the moment when you either get a second look or get tossed into the trash. How many of your pieces are going into the trash? Probably more than you think, especially if...

Promotional calendars are hardly a new tool for printers to use when wooing customers and prospects. But, when a specimen like the 2019 wall planner from Diamond Packaging comes along, it asks us to think of printers’ calendars not just as marketing giveaways, but as works of art and platforms for interactive “smart” technologies as well...

Business Strategy

The Small Business Administration is providing information on how to apply for loans and grants. Here is what you need to know.

Can you believe 2019 is coming to a close? It feels like just yesterday I was watching New Year’s resolutions gone wrong—not mine, because I don’t make them. I do, however, want to continue my November editor’s note tradition of giving thanks...

A reader asks, “I have been working for a distributor for a few years, but I am thinking of leaving them and starting out on my own. What steps should I take?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Technology

A reader asks, “Do I need to make changes to my supplier’s purchase order to match the supplier invoice?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

A reader asks, “I have recently purchased a new computer with Microsoft Office 365 which includes Windows 10. Why won’t my QuickBooks work now?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

A reader asks, “How can I find out if I have to collect sales taxes on additional charges such as screen charges and freight?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…