The only way that most people can find work at home is either in very specific tasks like creating products, folding flyers and inserting them into envelopes etc or they involve working on the telephone or via the internet, mostly via the internet.
Internet or cloud-based programs enable people to log into a system from anywhere and perform tasks which can be measured by the manager, boss or owner. These days these tasks can involve
MS Office skills like creating documents, spreadsheets, reports and proposals
Bookkeeping jobs like quoting, invoicing, receipts (accounts receivable) purchases, payments (accounts payable), credit management, bank reconciliation
Marketing jobs like blog writing, blog editing and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), digital marketing and social media marketing
Customer service is an expectation that has changed massively over the last 5 decades and technology is a big influence in how well companies perform AND what customers expect.
My first experiences of customer service involved talking to a person at the counter at the local corner shop. I pointed to what I wanted, knew what the price was and handed over the money. We all smiled and I walked away with a bag of lollies. Things are different these days but customer service is more complex and more important.
Some people love learning new things other people not so much but whether you enjoy it or not it’s frustrating and challenging so you have to keep the end goal in mind!
We’re exploring new technology every month and my latest challenge involves some very technical tasks relating to VoIP telephony for our business phone systems. In the end I know it’s going to be worth it.
If you need to upskill to work remotely from home it’s a great time to learn how to use MYOB Essentials, Xero Accounting & QuickBooks Online. If you are applying for the many government jobs that are available you’ll need data entry and Microsoft Office Essentials skills. Get some of these skills for FREE!
Let’s face it, when you can manage your finances from anywhere, using your phone to scan receipts and Xero Accounting to code them and store them in the cloud one of the hardest parts of managing a business is taken care of.
We’ve all been able to call, text and email from our mobile phones and use online marketing tools like Google Ads and Facebook for social media so when you finally get your back office tasks migrated to the cloud it’s easy right? Well, that’s what the marketing hype says anyway, but things aren’t that rosy really, are they? Continue reading Learning Xero Will Help You Run An Online Business
I’ve been speaking to an ex-corporate employee from the US lately and we were talking about buying an online business. It’s something that I have spoken with people about a lot but it seems to be more relevant now that we’re all stuck at home!
The common words online business buyers and sellers use are “drop shipping”, “affiliate marketing”, and “advertising revenue” and they are synonymous with Google and Amazon. It’s little wonder these companies continue to grow during the Covid19 crisis, but there is lots more to consider.
I was speaking with someone who recently applied for call centre work for NSW Police and they were surprised at how much of the testing performed at the group interviews required data entry and Microsoft Excel skills.
Microsoft Office skills are important to get office support or admin jobs but even more so now that employees are working remotely from home using their computer. If you need help on that front we offer FREE data entry and absolute beginner level skills in Word and Excel.
One of the scariest things about working remotely or learning remotely is that you’re more of your own boss. With no one glancing over at you or engaging with you face to face there are more of those moments when you think to yourself, “what will I do now, then?”
The bigger question is what do you expect to achieve by the end of the week!? There are a couple tools that I use and here are some of the tips that I use to stay on track each week.
EzyLearn is a Virtual Organisation according to an Australian Federal Government Initiative back in 2013. We were a partner in this initiative and it was driven by the massive increase in broadband internet speeds.
It’s one thing to simply count the hours that you work and charge for them but you may not be able to work from home on that basis alone.
The Australian Federal Government created a Questionnaire and Assessment Guide that helps business owners, Managers and even employees assess their ability to manage a business where the staff work remotely from home and you can get it from us.
It was in 2018 that I last wrote about Reckon One and how some of their software was far superior to Xero according to the ACCC. With competing priorities and updating our MYOB, Xero and QuickBooks course materials being our first priority Sage One and Reckon One Daily Transactions training course for tradies is now almost complete.
Reckon works with AutoEntry for receipt capture and their accounting software is also STP Payroll compliant so it’s a perfect low-cost accounting program for micro and small businesses like tradies but they’re missing one important feature..
I had a fantastic conversation with an EzyLearn student during the week. She enrolled into our Xero COMPLETE Training Course Package and love it so much she enrolled into MYOB, QuickBooks, Excel and more.
The course increased her confidence to apply for and get work after years of being out of the workforce and as a bookkeeper she now uses the courses as a resource for aspects of the software she needs to upskill on. The EzyLearn Affiliate Membership is designed for students like her.
Amazon was and still is the market leader when it comes to affiliate marketing, although the way Xero appears to reward their partners seems to make Xero Partners just as motivated.
Affiliate marketing is a fantastic way for ordinary people to make money by promoting products and services they are affiliated with online. It’s a way of making money without having to work for an hourly rate – pure performance-based pay. It’s now available with EzyLearn online courses.
I hope I didn’t sound rude, but if you’ve read these blog posts you’d know I love playing around with new technology but Telstra Online Essentials is a website builder tool that infuriates me!
I recently had an opportunity to help out Neville with his online marketing and that included exploring his current website on Telstra Online Essentials. We quickly got the EPP code for his domain name and transferred AWAY to Crazy Domains but they had some issues too!
Good quality can be cheap and poor quality may be the most expensive
OFTEN IN LIFE we’re told that if something seems too good to be true then it probably is. Along the same lines as this is the expression that you get what you pay for. Indeed, I’ve commonly used the phrase: “Pay peanuts and you’ll get monkeys” but naturally, there are exceptions to this and plenty of cases where low cost can simply mean low cost – without meaning that quality or value has been compromised.
Don’t you just love something new? Some entrepreneurs I know call it the “shiny object” syndrome because it means you’re always focusing your time and energy on something new, rather than doing the daily drudge work. But this is exciting.
I haven’t had a chance to speak with every registrant but this image shows the EzyLearn students who’ve completed our accounting & bookkeeping courses and would love to be tutors to help other students understand how the software is used in the real world.
Xero is complicated, let’s be honest. I know that Xero tell you the software is beautiful and simple to use but in reality it’s accounting software and if accounting software was easy then everyone would have their BAS’s lodged on time and have no credit risk issues.
It also depends on what kind of past experience you’ve had with accounting and bookkeeping work, but there is a way to up-skill in Xero quickly.