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TOOLS TO HELP YOU
RUN YOUR BUSINESS IN
Freeman Audio Visual Canada
elcome to 2016, this is your year to shine,
outperform last year, gain more customers,
make new contacts, market yourself like never
before, keep track of your expenses, do your
books on time, pick up the kids from soccer practice ... oh,
don't forget your mom's birthday present. Also, you have a
customer appointment in 30 minutes across town that you
forgot to put in the calendar and only now just remembered.
Yeah, that just happened!
You are planning the year with all good intentions and
confidence, while life has planned something else for you
entirely! Despite what the Rolling Stones might have you
believe - "Time is NOT On Your Side," but that doesn't mean
you can't be close acquaintances with a little help.
Cloud applications are quickly taking over the software
market and replacing traditional software installed on your
computer. They are safe and secure, and while some have
subscription plans, others are free - a price every small
business can appreciate.
automated invoicing and customer reminders, keeping
track of your bills and receipts as well as the cost of your
products and services. The application is safe and secure
to use and is supported by most major banks in Canada.
Did I mention it is free? Although there are paid services
within the application, the main application won't cost you
Who likes hour long PowerPoint presentations? Why not
try something new and engaging while showing off the big
picture? Prezi (prezi.com) is an alternative to create engaging
presentations and help customers stay awake a little longer.
The way Prezi differs from a traditional presentation is that
instead of flipping from slide to slide, you can pan and zoom
along a large presentation timeline. This style allows you
zoom in and out of targeted areas on pictures, videos and
text, creating a "big picture" feel to each point you make.
While Prezi does offer free accounts, there is a lot of
functionality in their paid services as well.
First thing is first, let's talk about what makes the world
go around: money. Let's face it; if you liked accounting you
would have become an accountant, which is why programs
like Wave Accounting (waveapps.com) makes life a little
Wave sports several features that will help you run the
financial side of your business. Features like importing your
banking transactions so you can quickly categorize them,
CUSTOMER AND TASK MANAGEMENT
You are not a Fortune 500 company, but that does not
mean that you can't have some of their toys! CRMs
(Customer Record Management) are tools that you can
employ to streamline activities. You will find that there
are a lot of CRMs out there that you can use to your
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - March/April 2016
Welcome, New Members!
Selling to the Buyers of Today
Best Bar Venues in Toronto for Your Next Unique Event
Myth vs. Reality: Debunking Planner Stereotypes
How to Keep Your Audience Awake
The Best Come From Ontario’s Event Management Programs
Best Tips for Industry Newcomers
Tools to Help You Run Your Business in 2016
Transforming the Attendee Experience with Creative Show-Floor Design
Chapter Speaks: What is the Best MPI Event You Ever Attended?
Meeting MPI Toronto - March/April 2016