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Laser Checks Give You A Competitive Advantage

Friday, October 28, 2011

Most of us have heard the old saying: “You only get one chance to make a good first impression.” Laser checks can help you make that great impression! In today’s competitive market, the most successful companies are the companies that employ the tactic known as “guerilla marketing.” That is, use each and every opportunity to let someone know about your business; if you let enough prospects know about you, a sale will eventually follow. Laser checks are a great way to reinforce your corporate identity to all your creditors. It starts with your company logo. Your logo is often the first impression you will give a prospective client or customer. It is on your business cards, brochures, envelopes, and other marketing materials. Everyone who sees your corporate logo forms an impression of your professionalism. Now, with laser checks, you can also give that first impression when you send out payments; in fact, checks may be handled more times than you think. Think about the company logo of your favorite national brand soft drink company. Even when you are driving down the freeway, at 70 mph, you can identify their large logo on the side of the delivery truck before you can read the name of the company. The logo is on the side of every company’s large trucks for a reason. The more times you see a logo, the more likely you are to remember the company. The more ingrained your logo is on a person’s memory, the more likely they are to purchase from you. Laser checks offer one more way for you to present your logo to an audience. Here is an example of how many people may see your laser check. Say that you owe $50 to XYZCo. You mail funds to XYZCo in the form of a laser check. The receivables clerk at XYZCo will post the check to your account and process her payment batch. She will send the check to be deposited at her bank. The bank teller will see your laser check and handle it. The bank teller will send the check back to a check clearing house, where it will be processed and sent back to your own bank. In this simplified check cashing scenario, there are four parties who have touched your laser check. This scenario gives you three chances to make a great impression on three prospective customers in the form of your company logo on the check. Laser checks give the appearance of a company that is established and organized. With laser checks you won’t be hastily scribbling out checks until you have writer’s cramp. Your checks will be clean looking, professional looking, and attractive. Your company logo will be included, elevating you above your competition. The next time you need to re-order, please consider laser printer checks. These checks give you a competitive advantage you may never have thought about!
It's Easy To Take Advantage Of The Operational Efficiencies Of Computer Checks

Friday, October 28, 2011

Many small business owners are very good at their business – but not great with computers. Sometimes it’s costly. Many don’t realize that using computer checks is cost effective and easy to do. Most business owners realize that using computer checks is more efficient and cost effective than either farming out payroll or writing checks by hand. Where some people run into problems is fear of computers or accounting software. That fear is understandable, but times have changed. In the old days, accounting software was very complicated. After hours of stuffing disks into the machine, you’d get an incomprehensible error message when you try to use the software! Today installation problems are rare. Installing accounting software is a breeze, and once you have it, you can take advantage of operational efficiencies like computer checks. The operational efficiencies for using computer checks are significant. First, using them with your accounting software will prevent costly errors. Information for employees and suppliers, like name, address, and other items, is entered into the accounting software once. When you print computer checks, it’s exactly the same on the check as it is in the software. There is no possibility of mixing up names and addresses when writing the check. No possibility of a mix up of address lists with other customers if you send your check run out. Better yet, there’s no possibility of the wrong amount. You’ve entered the amounts and balanced the accounts before printing the computer checks. You’ve checked and double checked them. When you print them, what’s in the software is what’s on the check. Second, you have a handy record of all your payments and the numbers of your computer checks right on your desktop. If a supplier complains about an amount, you’ll track down the issue quickly and clarify their error. Third, you’ll be able to make payments at your convenience. If struggling suppliers request that you help them out by making an early payment, you can check your accounts, enter the data, print the computer checks and make the payment in a matter of minutes. Your suppliers will be very appreciative! Last but not least, you’ll save your own time or the time of your employees by streamlining your entire work stream. Enter the accounting data, print the computer checks, and mail them. Your suppliers will be all the more likely to remember your graciousness when they actually see your computer checks. The professional appearance, with your logo emblazoned on its face and relevant information printed neatly and clearly on the stub, will definitely leave a lasting impression. The software is easy to install and use, and the operational efficiencies are tremendous: no going to outside companies for check runs, no hassles with writing checks, great controls on accounting issues, and a great image for your business. Computer checks are definitely a win for your business! Take Advantage of the Operational Efficiencies of Computer Checks
How Using Printed Envelopes Can Help You

Friday, October 28, 2011

One of the things many people have begun using more of, whether in their personal lives or their business lives, is printed envelopes. If you are not familiar with them, and the many different options you have to use them, then you may be surprised at all the options there are. Have your name and address printed in the area the return address would go. That way you won't need to write it in or use those stickers which may not stay on. They will look very neat and professional, which will boost your reputation as someone who cares about the little things. Have a design printed on them to make them look appealing. If you want some for personal use, such as correspondence with family members and friends, then you may want to choose something which goes along with you personality or your likes. For example, if you like butterflies you could have a butterfly printed on each one. Have some printed with your small business logo. If you have a logo or a letterhead you go by, then you may want to use that. Not only will it look professional, but it will also allow people to recognize mail from you when they get it. Printed envelopes can also be used personally to make life a bit easier. If you are a person who shops with coupons you could have a few printed, each with the type of coupon it will carry as the print on it. This will help you organize and keep the coupons in order, which will in turn make shopping easier. You could have your holiday envelopes printed with something which represents the holiday. That would make each card or family letter you send even more meaningful and special. You will have added that extra touch which says the recipient is special to you. Many ministries use printed envelopes for taking up an offering in. They usually include a space for the person who is using to fill out their name, address, amount given, and anything special the money should be designated for. They would also include the name of the organization and possibly a letterhead mark on them. Professionals may use printed envelopes with more information on them than their address. Some business minded people may also include information such as their email, phone number, and select words to do with the business. For example someone who is in the printing business may use the words, “cards, photos, resume's”. There are many ways you can use printed business envelopes. Taking advantage of the possibilities can make your office work easier, more productive, and something you can take pride in because it will also look nicer. Using printed envelopes is one way to give your office work and personal communication with people in both your personal life and your business life a face lift.
Double Window Envelopes Improve Efficiency And Increase Profitability

Friday, October 28, 2011

There are lots of ways to make a business more profitable. Sometimes they’re just little things that people don’t think of. Double window envelopes are one of those little things that have some pretty big surprises. We all know what window envelopes are – the envelopes where the name and address of the recipient shows through a clear cellophane window. Double window envelopes just have an extra window for the return address. With the rise of modern technology, some people have forgotten that technology doesn’t solve every problem. And sometimes it solves a problem in a very expensive way! Before you dis double window envelopes, consider the cost that goes into printing all your envelopes. Some businesses have the return address printed on the envelope when they order. It’s questionable whether or not this actually saves money. After all, the recipient’s address still has to be printed on the front of a paper envelope. The upshot is that the envelope is being printed twice. That’s not very efficient compared to double window envelopes. There is no printing at all, so there’s no printing cost and no printing hassle. Printing has lots of drawbacks. You wouldn’t think printing costs would add up that quickly, but oh do they ever! Ink jet printers are especially bad – a single black cartridge can cost as much as several boxes of double window envelopes. Another thing about inkjet ink – it smears. You’ve just put together a pile of mailings to your most valued clients and on the way down to the post office, they get just a little wet and rubbed together, and they’re a mess. One of the worst issues with printers is loading the envelopes into them. If you don’t do it often, it’s easy to forget which way they go. A moment of inattention and you have a stack of envelopes with the addresses printed on the back. Not only have you wasted your time, but you’ve wasted the envelopes. With double window envelopes, you won’t have that problem. Last but not least, since the return address isn’t printed ahead of time, the envelopes can be used with different return addresses. That makes it easy to for neighboring businesses to buy double window envelopes in bulk and share them between offices, cutting down on costs further. Of course, if you want, you can still get your logo printed on double window envelopes. And, like other envelopes, they come in a variety of colors with lots of different types of paper. So whether you want brightly colored envelopes or a classy linen look, you can get it. The bottom line is that, whatever type of business you have, you’re always looking to be more efficient. Double window envelopes are one of the many little things you can do that improves your efficiency and makes your company more profitable.
Creating Business Checks For Businesses

Friday, October 28, 2011

Do you own a business? Then, you should know how to make your own business checks online. They are very easy to make as long as you have the right software and a bank account. To make business checks online, you have to have a font writing and booking software. You also have to have special checking paper to make your checks. Business checks are used for businesses to pay your employees. In order to get business checks you need to open a bank account for your business. You can either open it at your bank or online. The business account can be used by you and your employees. Employees can only use it to cash their checks. This is ideal for employees who do not have their own account due to banking troubles with past accounts. The booking software for business checks is essential in keeping track of a business’s finances. You can use software like QuickBooks. QuickBooks can be used to create your own business checks. This software arranges and organizes your finances for your business. Booking software can be found at office stores like Staples, Office Depot and other office supply department stores. The 2nd software you need to make business checks is font writing. Font writing software is software that inserts special symbols between the account and symbol number of a check. These symbols are able to be read by a bank credit or debit card reader. The software is available for no charge at all or for a small fee. The next thing you need is special checking paper to produce your checks online. This paper encrypts your check information and protects your business from fraud. Your business check paper is also watermarked like regular checks. You can buy checking paper that only to print checks. Or you can purchase another kind of checking paper that also prints the check stubs as well as the checks. The special checking paper can be found at office stores like Office Depot or online. The last thing you need to create your own personal business checks is the right printer. You have two printer choices to choose from. The first choose is a laser printer and the second is an inkjet printer. Both of the font writing and booking software require one of these printers to be able to produce your business checks. An important tip is to have enough ink in the printer to make sure the checks come out professionally. So in order to produce your own custom business checks you will need the following items: a bank account for business purposes, font writing and business software. You will also need special checking paper to protect your business and employees. The last item you will need is a laser or an inkjet printer to assure your checks come out professionally. This will prevent problems from arising with your bank.
Bolster Your Businesses Credibility With Quickbooks Checks

Friday, October 28, 2011

Businesses need to use every opportunity to bolster their image with both customers and suppliers. Believe it or not, Quickbooks checks are a great way to lend credibility to your growing business. In business, image counts for a lot, both from the standpoint of customers and suppliers. Customers want to know that you’re providing quality products. Suppliers – especially those providing some form of credit – want to know that, when you order, you’ll pay. Everything you do should help convince them that you’re good for their credit, and your payments are no exception. That’s where Quickbooks checks come in. Every time your supplier opens that envelope and pulls out the payment, it’s a chance for you to reinforce your relationship with them. You can make the most of it with your Quickbooks checks. The clean, organized, printed and professional appearance tells your supplier that they’ve made the right choice by advancing credit to your business or just by working with you. It tells them that your reputation will help enhance their reputation. Your Quickbooks checks reflect your professionalism in innumerable subtle ways. If you chose multi-stubbed Quickbooks checks, you can add information relevant to the payment on the check. You could show total payments to that supplier for the current year, taxes paid on purchases to that supplier, and even a breakdown of purchase types on the stub. First, the supplier will be impressed with your information management – you may be providing information they don’t have. Second, and perhaps more important, you’ll be showing them your importance to them by showing them how much you‘ve spent with them – that’s sure to make an impression, especially on a major supplier. Another important aspect of your payments is your logo. With your Quickbooks checks, your full color logo can be emblazoned on the check. This is a great way to advertise your business to your suppliers. But it’s better than just standard advertising. The steady flow of your logo-enhanced checks into your suppliers’ office creates an irrevocable association between your business, money, and success in the suppliers mind. And don’t forget your employees. Professional looking checks for Quickbooks will impress them too. Each time they receive their salary, you’ll reinforce the idea that your business is the rock for them to lean on. And in today’s knowledge driven economy, we know that great employees are essential to a business’ success. Image is important, but don’t forget that Quickbooks checks also contribute to a more lucrative business. They’re integrated with your accounting software making payment processing both easy and error free, cutting out big headaches and pasting in savings. Whatever your business, you rely on your suppliers, your employees, or both. You need to take advantage of every opportunity to show them your business is not only sound, but highly successful. Your payments, produced with your logo on professional-looking Quickbooks checks, are a big step in the right direction.
Your Business Checks - What Do They Say About You

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

If you own a small business or a large corporation, you have come to realize that your business checks need to be a lot different than your personal checks. Your employees and your clients are going to have a different set of expectations than the grocery store down the street. In fact, most people have gotten to the point in their personal banking lives where they may not even use checks anymore. However, business checks are a different matter altogether. One factor to think about and keep in mind is the look and feel of your business checks. Just like the business card you hand your clients, your business checks represent your business. Think of your checks almost like an employee. You would never send an employee to the office of a client dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, so do not send a check to their office that looks like a cocktail napkin. Your business checks should show the same care and attention that your own personal attire says when a client sees them. Cost is, of course, a factor for some business checks. If you are going to be using business checks for payroll and also for clients, you may wish to consider using two different sets of checks. Payroll checks do not need to have the same frills and fancy look that a clients check would need, but there may be a need for a few extra security features to ensure they are never forged. A clients check, on the other hand, should be a piece of art to look at and will most likely not need the same security features built in. Your business checks also need to have your name, address and logo clearly printed on them. This may seem like an obvious point, but it does need to be said. If a client puts your business check in with others and then hands them to either an accountant or another department, confusion can set in if no one knows where these funds came from. This could cause a delay in business and confusion that makes a client shy away from you in the future. In the end, it is your business check that may stand out in the mind of a client or a vendor. True class comes from having every aspect of your business speak the same elegant language. From your attire, your employees look, your business card, your correspondence, and finally your payment, everything should say you are a business worth continuing a relationship with. Do not forget that your business checks may be the last thing that a client sees. Make sure that your client remembers your business as one with style and class.
Window Envelopes Cut Costs And Save Headaches

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sometimes the best “new” thing isn’t new at all. It’s something that we ignore, until suddenly the light bulb comes on. Window envelopes are just one of those things. You’ve been getting bills in them forever, but you never thought about how they could help your business – until now. Lots of things have changed over the last few years, but window envelopes still offer the same great features that have made them essential to businesses for so long. What made them so great? For one, window envelopes have saved millions of hours and dollars in address printing costs. Your business runs hundreds of checks a month, all with the payee information neatly printed on the stub of those attractive laser checks. Why print it again on the envelope? You’ve done the work once, be done with it. And of course window and double window envelopes save a huge headache. Imagine this scenario: you printed 237 checks. It was a struggle, but you managed to extract the names and addresses for the 237 payees from your accounting software and get them into a program that prints envelopes. You even managed to get them organized in the same order as the checks. Finally, after test printing three envelopes, the printing the first fifty addresses upside down on the back of the envelopes anyway, you get them all done right, with addresses neatly printed on the front of the envelopes. Only an hour or two of stuffing envelopes left. You’re stuffing the 226th envelope when you notice something funny. The check is for a person named Johnson but the envelope is addressed to Smith. Uh-oh! You check envelope 225 and find Jonson’s address. With envelopes and checks flying, you rip through the pile of sealed envelopes for an hour until you find that envelope number 53 was missing. Now, facing the carnage of your check run and envelope printing misadventure, the way out of this jam occurs to you: window envelopes. With window envelopes, you can stuff any check in any envelope. Just make sure your accounting software prints the addresses in the right place on your check stubs, and ba-da-bing, your work is done. No struggling to create address lists for other software. No upside-down envelopes in the printer. No mismatched piles of checks and envelopes. Saving a big headache is more than enough reason to use window envelopes. But you know that saving that headache also saves you time that you can invest in more important work. It also saves you money by reducing toner use and wear on your printer or copier. And if you lease a printer or copier, you’re paying out of pocket for every single print, so you’ll see a difference immediately. New things might come and go, but some things stand the test of time. Window envelopes have stood the test of time because their still a good idea!
Where To Buy Business Envelopes

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Companies send out invoices, statements, letters, advertisements, and inter-company memos with business envelopes. Business owners choose from different designs and sizes of envelopes to accommodate their business mailing needs. Envelopes are in small or bulk quantities to satisfy every business need. Without business envelopes, companies would not have the ability to promote products and services to potential customers. Business owners choose from different designs to promote and advertise their business. Logos and other designs are on the front and back of the envelope to entice consumers to open and see what the business is offering. There are bright colored envelopes, patterned envelopes, and textured envelopes that businesses will buy. Monthly statements and bills are stuffed into business printed envelopes that have see through windows in the front of the envelope. The windows provide the customers mailing address, and the return address when the statement is folded up. Owners use windowed envelopes to decrease the amount of labor that it requires to write customers addresses by hand. These envelopes are purchased in bulk from businesses that need to send out monthly bills. Common examples include: utility bills, medical bills, service bills, and credit card bills. Advertising agencies buy business envelopes that are custom designed to entice customers to want to open the envelope. Companies who use brightly colored or designed envelopes will have a higher success rate in getting customers than people who use manila envelopes for advertising. Companies hire designers to custom make designs and logos to print on to the envelopes. Advertising materials that go to potential customers is crucial for the materials to look perfect. Companies who create business envelopes for people to buy for their business often have specials when people buy a certain quantity. They also throw in free logo art to draw in customers who want personalized envelopes for their businesses. These companies often have on-site designers to create custom logos and designs for businesses who do not have the ability to do so. They usually charge a design fee or a proof fee at the checkout. Business envelopes are in stores on the internet, or in office supply stores. Buyers have more variety when they search for their perfect envelope online. Thousands of companies sell custom envelopes to businesses every day. There is a cutthroat market when businesses are competing against one another to win the customer. Online envelope companies often have price wars to drive customers to buy their envelopes. Local office stores will price match when business owners find the same envelope for a cheaper price online. Company owners and purchasing departments who want to design their own custom business envelopes have many options when they search through online envelope stores. They will receive discounts at the checkout when they purchase their envelopes in bulk. Other envelope companies throw in a free logo design to add to envelopes.
Quickbooks Checks Are Must Have Tool

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

There is no doubt that Quickbooks has changed the face of small business accounting. Over the past decade or more this software has steadily risen through the ranks to become one of the most respected pieces of accounting software on the market. If you or your business has been using Quickbooks Checks, then you already know how easy most business and/or personal accounting can become with the right software. The question is not whether life has become easier for you after Quickbooks, but is your business getting the full impact of all that Quickbooks can do for you? One of the features that Quickbooks has built right into it that can utterly change the way you do business is the ability to write and print checks. These can be payroll, personal, any kind of Quickbooks checks. Banking law has a few requirements for printing your own checks, so it is best to be sure and go with the people you trust. The difference in cost between using bank drawn checks and Quickbooks checks is astounding. You can literally purchase thousands of Quickbooks check for the same price as a couple of hundred checks directly from your bank. Plus, the added convenience is one of the best features. Rather than trying to get your bank to provide you with the right type of checks for your software, Quickbooks checks are already made to work with your computer, your printer and with Quickbooks. All you have to do is slide them in your printer and you are ready to go. Quickbooks makes writing and printing a check so easy you can do a 400 employee payroll in less than an hour. Quickbooks checks have a variety of types available. There are checks with a high level of security built into them. There are checks of various designs and looks and, of course, there are regular everyday checks if all you are doing is paying some bills. Never again write a check and try to remember to put the information in Quickbooks later when you get home or to the office. Write the check directly in Quickbooks and kill two birds with one stone. The entry is automatically made in your Quickbooks ledger, the check is printing and your new balance is calculated for you. No more fumbling with a pen and check and trying to do math in those tiny squares. Just point and click and write the check. Quickbooks checks enable a business owner, a private person or anyone to free up extra minutes for what's important. Quickbooks checks save you money by being less expensive and also by helping over unintentional overdrafts because of forgotten checks or other mistakes. With Quickbooks and Quickbooks checks, you can put control of your life back where it belongs, in your hands.
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