Facebook, AmEx Announce Small Business Contest

by admin 22. April 2011 16:38

 

 

American Express OPEN has launched a national contest called Facebook Big Break for Small Business, which is designed to help transform the way small businesses use Facebook to connect and engage with customers.

 

American Express OPEN is giving five small business owners the ultimate Big Break. You could win a trip to Facebook headquarters for a two-day, one-on-one business makeover and $20K to help grow your business with social media. 

 

More information can be found at 

 

http://www.facebook.com/Open?sk=app_189080004462922

 

 

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Business Success with Free Products? Unique Marketing Partnership Grows Halfpricesoft By Leaps and Bounds

by admin 18. April 2011 16:55

Giving products away for free may seem like a strange way to grow a business, but for Louisville, Ky.-based Halfpricesoft.com, it has been the key to success.

 

Having sold fewer than a hundred copies of their payroll and check printing software titles in the first years of business, software developer Halfpricesoft.com now sells thousands of copies each year now by giving away their full-feature versions through partnerships.

 

Halfpricesoft.com launched in 2003 with a focus on creating payroll tax software solutions that is easy to learn and affordable for small businesses yet full-featured. The company found it difficult to market software as a start-up, since customers were unfamiliar with the company, and sold only a handful of copies in its first year.

 

With the knowledge that their software offered features and capability comparable to high-end business software, Halfpricesoft offered a 30-day free trial period for its products believing that when users tried the payroll and check printing software, they would realize the value offered by Halfpricesoft.com and purchase the full-use license. While the free trial period did increase sales, they remained far below expectations.

 

In 2008, the company produced a "Lite" version of its check writing software, with limited capabilities on some features, such as custom check designing. The company offered the new product for free on software download sites and supported it with an intense press release campaign.

 

"Everyone likes free stuff," said Halfpricesoft.com founder Dr. Ge. "When we launched ezCheckPrinting Lite for free, we suddenly started getting hundreds of downloads each month."

 

But while downloads of the free software were plentiful, conversions to the full-featured paid version were minimal. The search for an effective marketing solution continued.

 

Seeing that free software was popular with small-business customers, Dr. Ge and his team looked for a way to utilize this powerful marketing tool that would result in sales for their premium products. The answer came in late 2008 when they discovered TrialPay.

 

With TrialPay, Halfpricesoft.com is able to offer the full-featured single-user version of ezCheckPrinting, ezCheckPersonal and its other software titles for free when customers purchase a product from another company. In 2009, the company ceased to offer the "lite" version of ezCheckPrinting and used TrialPay to offer the product for free. TrialPay advertisers pay for the software when customers purchase their products or services.

 

"We sell thousands of copies each year now," said Dr. Ge. "It's a win-win-win-win situation: the customer gets free product, we make sales, the TrialPay advertiser makes sales, and TrialPay gets commissions."

 

Halfpricesoft.com took full advantage of its partnership with TrialPay by launching a public relations campaign featuring the TrialPay offer in press releases and newsletters. The company also highlights the TrialPay offer on its website, encouraging customers to get Halfpricesoft.com products for free.

 

Currently, several products are offered for free through TrialPay at www.halfpricesoft.com, including:

- ezCheckPersonal personal check writing software

- ezTimeSheet, computer-based time clock software for tracking employee hours

- blank check stock for use with ezCheckPrinting, ezPaycheck and ezCheckPersonal software

- Stock for printing W2, W3, 1099 and 1096 forms

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6 Reasons To Business Should Use Check Writing Software

by admin 30. March 2011 04:56

Did you know that you can save a lot of time, money and hassle using check printing software capable of printing MICR numbers compared to either pre-printed checkbook checks or pre-printed computer checks?

Federal regulations require checks to have routing transit number and account numbers printed in MICR to reduce check fraud. If you checks don’t have MICR numbers, banks will reject them. MICR stands for Magnetic Ink Character Recognition, which is a system for printing and reading numbers on a check. It uses a unique number font and prints them with a magnetic ink. This specialized printing speeds up bank processing and makes counterfeiting and forgeries more difficult.

There are two ways to get your checks encoded with MICR numbers. You can have your checks pre-printed with the required information printed in MICR, either in checkbook format or in page format for printing from your computer. Or you can print MICR numbers on blank check stock using MICR-capable check printing software.

There are several advantages to printing on blank check stock over using pre-printed checks:

Security
Printing checks when you need them, rather than having pre-printed checks lying around, minimizes opportunities for someone to steal your checks. Plus, password-protected computerized data is safer from prying eyes than ledger books. It’s also easy to create back-ups of the data should something happen to your computer or premises.

Convenience
Running out of checks is a pain. But when you use software to print on blank check stock, you never run out of checks and have to wait for new checks to arrive. A new supply of checks is as close as your local business supply store.

Save time
You can import your check data and print hundreds of check with just a few clicks. If you’ve ever written out payroll checks or paid bills by hand, you know how time consuming this is. Not only do you have to write each check individually, but then you have to log the payroll data into your accounting software. With check printing software, you input the data into your accounting software and a few more click exports it for printing.

Save money
Using blank check stock is much less expensive than having checks pre-printed. Plus, if you ever have to change banks or change your address or other information on your checks, you don’t have to have new checks printed—you just change the information in your check printing software and it prints the new information on the checks.

Report for tax time
Tax time is simplified with check printing software. Just a few clicks of the mouse generate a full report of all the checks you’ve written in the past year.

Customize your check with logo to get your brand in the market place.
Pre-printed checks cost more than blank check stock, but getting those pre-printed checks customized with your logo and slogan runs up a really hefty price tag. Check software allows you to personalize your checks easily. Just upload your logo image to the software and it prints automatically. Customized checks are an easy way to promote your brand in the marketplace as you pay for goods and services.

One MICR-capable check printing software title that is popular with small businesses is ezCheckPrinting from www.halfpricesoft.com/product_ezCheck.asp. EzCheckPrinting has all the features that high-end check printing software titles offer for small businesses without the high-end price tag. Starting at just $29 per installation or FREE through online special offer, ezCheckPrinting is affordable for any size business and is compatible with all popular brands of laser printers (most of which can print bank-accepted MICR numbers) and specialized MICR printers.

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Inexpensive Press Release Sites that Worth The Money

by admin 10. August 2010 05:47

Prweb is good. However, it is expensive. Followings are some inexpensive press release sites we used and worked for us.


http://www.i-newswire.com
http://express-press-release.net
http://www.1888pressrelease.com/login.html
http://www.prurgent.com/login.php
http://express-press-release.net
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how to cut business cost

by admin 29. June 2010 03:17

U.S. economy is still in the recession -- unemployment rate is still high, the value of the home is continuing to slide in some area and consumers are continuing to temper their spending habits. This downturn could be longer and deeper than we anticipated. Most small businesses experience ups and downs. Any reduction in expenses is always welcome and could be result in increasing your profits. A penny saved is more than ever a penny earned.

Here are a few relative painless ways to cut cost and make your business more robust. 

Use Free Services

Why pay for something you don't have to? There are a lot of free stuffs on the internet. Web sites, e-mail addresses, fax numbers and conference call services are all among the options business owners can use for little or no charge at all.

Just enter "free phone service" or "free xxxx" in Google, you will be amazed at what come up, from free check paper, free check printing software to free web hosting service. (check the video on "How to print check at $0 cost").

Do It Yourself

How much you pay your accountant each month? $200? With less than $100 priced easy-to-use payroll software like ezPaycheck from halfpricesoft.com, you can handle the payroll job easily yourself. Most payroll software can be downloaded from the website and try free for 30 days. Just pay the software after you feel comfortable.

And do you hire a professional to create to e-letters or flyers? With software like Microsoft Office Publisher, you can select from pre-built templates to quickly and easily create professional-looking e-letters or print the flyers advertising a sale in house with a color printer. Outsourcing

Outsourcing does not always mean sending your business oversea. This is an idea to find talented people not limited in your local geography. From guru.com, elance.com or other websites, you can find web master, bookkeeper and other people that work for you on a subcontract basis.

Marketing Efficiently

If you mail a printed newsletter or coupon to customers, would it be more cost-effective to send out an e-mail? You can save not only printing and paper cost, but also postage.

Instead of buy advertisement from traditional news paper, you can also market online. If you have money, you can use pay-per-click program from Google, Yahoo or other companies. But do not forget there are still a lot of free and effective ways to marketing your company online, such as blog, bookmark, article-marketing, directory-marketing, press release, email-marketing and so on.

If you sell digital products such as software, TrialPay is also an effective and free way to promote your products. 

Cut Transportation Cost

The gas price is still high now. Here are some questions to ask: - Do all your sales or services calls need to be in person? Can you help your customers with internet-based technologies such as web conferencing and tools?

- Can your company allow full-time employee to telecommute? It will cut your rent expense, travel and fuel costs. And some studies have shown the employee work from home have increased output and enthusiasm.

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119 sites to submit video

by admin 24. June 2010 04:39

1oo sites to submit your video list, with PR rank higher than 3

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15 Things Must Know Before Choosing Payroll Software

by admin 17. June 2010 07:46

Taking a few minutes to answer important questions before purchasing payroll software will save years of headaches afterward. Have you considered all these options and features that you might need?

Whether you're starting up a new company, making the jump from books to computer, or looking for replacement payroll software, it's important to get payroll software that is going to do everything you need it to and fit the needs of your company. Here are 15 questions to ask about any payroll software you are considering purchasing for your company. When you have answers to all these questions, you'll easily be able to identify the right payroll software.

1. Does this software have current tax information for your state?
2. Does this software have flexibility to add local tax info?
3. Will you need to options for pre-tax and/or post-tax deductions?
4. Will you be printing on blank checks or checks preprinted with your company and bank info?
5. Do you want to print signature images on checks or sign checks by hand?
6. Which tax forms will you need to print using your payroll data? i.e. Form 940, 941, W2, 1099, etc.
7. Does this software support your payroll period, i.e. daily, weekly, biweekly, semimonthly, or monthly?
8. Will you need to be able to calculate tips and or commissions?
9. Does this software support printing for the check format you prefer?
10. Does the software offer year-to-date payroll data entry?
11. What level of technical support does the software developer offer?
12. Will you need to do payroll for more than one company?
13. Does this software have a trial version you can test drive?
14. Are there any hidden fees?
15. Are database back-up and restore features included?

Answering these questions will help you identify software titles that are likely to work well for your company. Taking extra time before you buy to get the features you need, will save you time and money while reducing frustration down the road.

One software title that includes a variety of options for all these situations is ezPaycheck 2010 from Halfpricesoft.com. ezPaycheck is available for a free 30-day trial to ensure that it has the features your company needs before ever paying a dime. It's available for download at

http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_download.asp
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ezPaycheck payroll software version 3.0.8 released

by l0ge0001 16. June 2010 10:35

We released ezPaycheck payroll software version 3.0.8 today.

What is new with this version:

User has one more option on check setup. They can select to display the whole SSN number or to mask partial of it.

  • This latest version is available for free download for new users at

http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_download.asp

  • Current ezPaycheck 2010 users can update to this new version for free at:

http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_update_2010.asp 

 

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halfpricesoft.com is on Twitter now

by admin 16. June 2010 10:19

halfpricesoft.com is on Twitter now. You are welcome to follow us on software update, payroll news, tax news and other small business news.

http://twitter.com/halfpricesoft

 

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