Small businesses face a lot of challenges. There’s learning how to manage inventory, save time, plan ahead, and balance money needs. You could argue that every business has to handle these difficulties, but the margin of error is extremely thin for companies that are just starting out and struggling to get to the next level.(more…)
When I read the article “Five Steps to Painless Inventory Management,” I thought Christmas had come early this year. This article is full of ideas I can build on because everything the author, Lisa Girard, says either ties into Fishbowl Inventory or can be improved on by Fishbowl.(more…)
October marked the 27th consecutive month that manufacturing has increased in the United States. This is definitely good news for the U.S. economy, but it’s tempered by the fact that the rate of growth in manufacturing declined from the month before, and it’s hovering just above the break-even point.(more…)
As a product manager for Fishbowl, I’m often asked a lot of questions that begin with “Why?” Why does a feature work a certain way? Why haven’t you added my enhancement request yet? Why did this change? These are great questions, and they lead to the bigger question: Why do we do what we do?(more…)
Did you know that most of the hiring that’s happening in our economy isn’t coming from either the small business or big business sectors? It’s actually coming from an often-overlooked segment of the economy: midsize businesses. It’s kind of like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. One end of the business spectrum is overheated and the other is too cold and trying to heat up, but the part in the middle is just right for growth.
Have you ever had to ask a friend to foot the bill for you because you left your wallet in your other pants? That’s pretty embarrassing. What’s even worse is when this happens on a larger scale in a business. Sometimes you know you have the right product to fill a customer’s order, but you just don’t know where to find it. That’s not just embarrassing; it can damage your relationship with that customer and, in turn, hurt your business.(more…)
Have you ever wondered how Apple and Facebook started dominating their respective industries? It wasn’t just that they created great products – Microsoft tried selling tablets unsuccessfully several years before Apple’s iPad debuted, and MySpace dominated the social media sphere long before Facebook even existed.
The real reason Apple and Facebook are so successful today is because they are incredibly open to third-party applications. They provide the hardware and/or structure for users and then allow outside developers to come in, play with their code and build new apps that fill needs no one inside the companies could have seen. I mean, who knew a game about tossing angry birds at pigs would become the most popular video game of all time?(more…)
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the U.S., as Microsoft, Stay Safe Online and the White House recently told me. As a security professional, I am pleased to note this means people are more likely to listen to me. Ha! We’ll see. Anyway, besides talking about Fishbowl security (watch for Episode 2 in November), I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about Cyber Security in general.(more…)
QuickBooks dominates the financial management software market for small businesses with 20-500 employees. Entrepreneurs love QuickBooks’ user-friendly setup, which allows them to keep their finances in order without having to be accounting experts.(more…)