When we think about business risks, we often overlook some of the most destructive factors. There’s so much focus on protecting assets from malicious cyber attacks and human error—especially in law firms—that most fail to prepare for the impact of natural disasters on your firm.
If this year taught us anything about technology, it’s that you should really focus more on protecting and securing your data. No matter how far digital technology has evolved; no matter how advanced today’s tools seem to be—they will remain vulnerable to a lot of different factors. So we thought this IT and tech checklist to achieve just that can help.
In house IT or outsourced — which one is better for your law firm? As a law firm, you deal with clients on a daily basis. These clients trust you with their confidential data—data that you have to entrust to a team of experienced employees. These employees juggle multiple tasks—clients and cases, deadlines and documents, managing the law firm and ensuring seamless administrative efficiency. Most importantly, everything has to run with exceptional precision, simultaneously. That’s a lot, even for established companies. And to help them with it, they seek out IT solutions for law firms that can give them a competitive edge.
“Nothing is certain but death and taxes” — so the old proverb goes. However, for many accountants, the meticulous work that goes into preparing their clients’ tax returns can oftentimes feel like death. With Americans spending a whopping 6 billion hours preparing tax returns, it comes as no surprise that more taxpayers turn to the services of accountants and accounting firms. While this could mean more clients for your accounting firm, it also equates to a heavier workload for your accountants. To help you and your team, here are 3 productivity tips for CPAs this tax season to lighten and streamline your load and make you more efficient this tax season.
Year end checklist for businesses: Each year, businesses—regardless of size—have to reevaluate how they play the game with a year-end checklist. Whether you’re a multi-billion conglomerate like Apple, who came under fire this year for transparency issues; or a growing startup like Deciem, whose ever-popular skincare line The Ordinary was scrutinized because of their CEO’s erratic behavior on social media, it pays to take stock of where your business currently is, to know where the new year is set to take you.
Let’s put it this way. Even unicorns exist in Google. So there’s absolutely no reason for your law firm not to have an active online presence. That’s just how important social media for law firms is. Period.
And if done right, a law firm’s social media presence will prove to be a strategic business decision that results in tangible and highly-profitable gains.
With Halloween this week we just couldn’t help ourselves. We had to take a look at this scary story of Facebook’s recent cyber hack of the century. The recent Facebook hack directly compromised an estimated 50 million Facebook accounts – including those of its bigwigs Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg.
Add the other 40 million at-risk accounts, and it puts this breach as the largest the social networking site has ever experienced.
The Agreement – when you pick a Managed Services Provider there is a ton of time and attention placed on the legal terms. The Whereas’s and Therefore’s all seem to run together – you try in vain to decipher the terms and piece together what has been promised so far and that is actually on the paper.
Unfortunately for businesses, these agreements are carefully crafted to protect the provider and not the customer. Here are the top things to look out for in a Managed Services Agreements – even one you’ve already signed.
If your Managed Services company has a tiered approach to services and you picked the “Gold/Platinum” or “Complete” plan you probably aren’t getting what you paid for.
It’s not the service tiers that are the best indicator of success, it is the business model your vendor uses to ensure consistent delivery of services that you need to review closely to avoid getting disappointed.
Evaluating Managed Services agreements across multiple providers is hard enough. But most Managed Services providers make the decision even more complicated than necessary by offering a myriad of packages.
While at first glance, the “bronze-silver-gold” approach to services may appear to be “flexible”, it is purely a sales tactic.