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How We Hire a Developer

I’ve been leading development teams for many, many years. Whenever we needed to hire a developer, I tried all sorts of ways to figure out if the person would be as good (technically) as they say. In the old days, I would ask all the right questions, have someone write pseudo code on a whiteboard or computer, read resumes, talk to their references, etc. What I found was that I would still choose people that

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Qualifying Potential Clients to Save Time

When it comes to potential clients, there are two situations in building a service-based business: No leads or very few client leads: for you, getting a new client lead is a celebration, because you have barely enough work to scrape by and pay the bills. Since your business isn’t slammed with work, you have no fear of wasting your time by talking to unqualified leads, you’re just happy someone contacted you.Too many leads: your business is busy

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1099 vs W2, does your small business have employees or contractors?

What is a 1099 employee? During the life of most small businesses, every owner might need help producing the deliverables and enlist persons outside their immediate family for help. Now the decision of how the helpers will be paid must be made. Should I pay this person as a 1099 contractor or W2 employee? Should they be paid as an independent contractor or withhold taxes from their compensation as an employee?  The biggest determining factors

How accounting services are embracing digitalization

How accounting services are embracing digitalization Accountancy has undergone major transformations in the recent past. One of the most remarkable of these changes is the introduction of accounting digitalization into the profession. Cloud computing has brought massive advantages in the way accountants are doing their work. For starters, it has made accountants be more responsive to the needs of their customers. It is obvious that the modern consumer is techno-savvy. They have embraced digital technology

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quickbooks error code 6000 305

If you landed on this page you’re one of the 100,000+ people each month that searches google for Quickbooks 6010 100 error code. Intuit should be embarrassed. We build simple web-based bookkeeping software., you’ll probably love it. When you open the company file, you are receiving this message… Error -6000, -305 Reason it’s not working & you’re receiving Error 6000 305 Your quickbooks company file might be damaged (why aren’t you using web-based accounting softare?) or

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How we hired our first customer advocate

In 2010 LessAccounting had grown to a size that we needed to hire a person to help with customer support. We’d never hired customer support before and didn’t know how to hire the right person. We did know that judging applicants on resumes is stupid. We didn’t want to hire a “customer support guru” or just outsource to the cheapest people in the globe we could find. We started by outlining the qualities of a

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Employment Handbooks, why does your small business need one?

The word “handbook” might bring back memories of a little book your high school issued that covered things like the student dress code and grade point averages. Or maybe you remember your Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts handbook, which had everything from how to wear your uniform to how to start a campfire. But you’re a small business owner, right? You and eight or ten employees you know by name. So why does your small

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Selling a Global Team to Clients

In 2007, LessEverything was a Ruby on Rails consultancy, and we made our money primarily from building web apps for clients. Steve and I spent most of our days managing clients, developers, and on sales phone calls. We were and still are a global team, distributed across many time zones. When we were on the phone with a potential client, the majority of the time we competed against web development firms just like ours–except they

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9 Free Photography Contracts from Docracy

What is Docracy.com? Docracy calls itself “the web’s only open collection of legal contracts and the best way to negotiate and sign documents online.” To be less vague, Docracy has thousands of contracts you can copy and modify for your own use, then send and have your clients sign electronically. Legal Stuff: Please use a lawyer to look over any photography contracts you use. Docracy could reduce the cost of having the right legal documents for your

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