An Old-School Thank You Is Still a Brilliant Move

Want to know one of the best ways to get someone’s attention?

Send them a thank you–in the mail.

My team and I are always saying “thank you” in our business. In fact, one of the most successful activities we have done as it relates to business development is to send an initial email about the work we do and if people click into the links for more information, we follow-up with a thank you.

Human nature is often consistent, and the fact of the matter is that people appreciate being thanked for taking a few moments of their time to do what you want them to do.

Old-School Magic

Recently, we were in a meeting with a client with one of our clients in our marketing division, and we spoke about another technique that we use. A thank you in the mail with the personal touch. I’ve written about this in the past, but it works–well–and yet in the digital age, so many people hear that this is an excellent way to communicate with older audiences above the age of 40, which is almost like magic, but they never try it out for themselves.

Job Interview Follow-up

I know that Millennials seem to think that putting pen to paper is one of the worst things they can do; it’s like going to the dentist. Maybe even worse! But, not too long ago, I heard about a Millennial that interviewed with a manager that was in his 50′s. Like any smart interviewee, he knew that he had to follow-up on an excellent interview with an acknowledgment. But, he didn’t send the email as we expect in today’s day and age.

Instead, he penned a note into a professional card and then walked it over to the UPS office and sent it for overnight delivery. The manager received the personalized note card and not too long after–the candidate got the job.

Why did he get the job, aside from the fact that he was a talented candidate?

He got the job, it turns out, when the manager told him later when he was working on staff, that the manager appreciated the receipt of the personalized card. The candidate edged out other talented and qualified candidates because he went a step further and did it creatively.

It demonstrated the job candidate was serious about the job.
The personalized note, which was taken to UPS, set the candidate apart from the rest and showed the manager he was willing to go the extra mile.
Finally, and very importantly, Generation X grew up receiving mail from the postman–not emails. So, the manager told the candidate he hired that it demonstrated he understood what resonated with him. And, since the job was in sales, the candidate proved that he was willing to understand what motivated the other person, and not limit himself to what he preferred.

Biggest Mistake Millennials & Gen Z Make in Business

I’m going to call out Millennials and Generation Z in this article because there is something that I’ve noticed. It’s not limited to their generation and others before them have done it. I’ve seen that often the “thank you” is lost; forget about a note in the post. I can’t tell you the number of times candidates come and meet with my managers and don’t bother to follow-up in any way. It’s such a small act that can make a big difference and it always surprises me that this straightforward thing is often overlooked.

Not too long ago, a successful business professional who was networked to money people happened to meet someone who impressed her. The young Millennial was creating a new business, and the successful professional was fascinated by the young entrepreneur’s platform for university students. The young entrepreneur sensed the senior professional’s excitement and asked for two to three contacts that she could be introduced to and who might consider investing in her business.

After that day, within a few hours, the young Millennial sent the senior executive a quick text. This was the extent of it, “Looking forward to meeting the two people you’d say you’d introduce me to!”

That was it.

The senior professional waited, expecting to hear a simple thank you. One day, two days, a week passed, and there was no other message from the young entrepreneur. The senior professional never did introduce the Millennial business owner.

Why?

The young professional had not mastered the art of a thank you, not to mention going above and beyond with a personalized note, and that didn’t impress the older (and networked) professional. Not in the slightest.

The best business professionals understand that success in business comes with relationship building. Always close with a “thank you,” and if you want to be successful with older professionals, try a little old-school thank you magic if that’s who you happen to be talking to and want to impress.

How QuickBooks Hosting Is Transforming the Role of CPAs

As the technology is advancing, the ways accountants and CPAs handle data, collaborate with clients and manage inventory are also evolving. Since a long time, spreadsheets have been helping accountants in many ways and at someplace also analyzes huge data sets to get optimum results which were impossible before it. The emergence of cloud technology then revamped the outlook of complex accounting tasks and reshaped the overall business structure.

Hiring skilled accountants who can fulfill tax filing tasks is no longer a productive business approach anymore as organizations nowadays expect higher profits so to replace compliance work. The advent of cloud hosting for QuickBooks and other automated tools has made it possible for SMBs to stay ahead of the digital game. It is highly flexible to deal with numbers of clients and heavy data files now as everything is in the cloud and cloud is everywhere!!

Cloud has given the power of exploring the world without actually traveling or, we can say, leaving your current location. Small businesses can deal with foreign clients and expand their services to the global market with the help of widespread cloud network. Not only this, even accountants can scale-up their responsibilities in a firm by utilizing their expertise to more crucial tasks such as Information Analysis, Data Gathering and exercising core accounting tasks with cloud technology.

Here are a few points that show how cloud-based QuickBooks make it possible for accountants & CPAs to stay ahead in the game:

Empowering CPAs to Emphasize on Core Business Goals!!

Undoubtedly, bookkeeping has always been one of the most crucial accounting tasks that consume lots of time if done manually. However, evolving technology is an exquisite way of dealing with it and also helps expertise such as CPAs to save their time to invest in something fruitful. Advanced accounting software streamlines business processes on their own and doesn’t ask employees to keep track of financial data. Admin can access and check the work done whenever he wants to, this smart tracking and managing is something that permits businesses to focus on their primary goal.

Discovering Areas for Professional Growth!!

With the presence of cloud technology, businesses can make use of their resources more nicely. CPAs and accountants who were previously spending their time in completing complex accounting tasks can now expand their services globally to embrace more clients as well as revenue. Hosted QuickBooks provides an array of features and functionalities which make it easier for them to communicate with clients thus, expanding business services to claim professional growth in a competitive market is profitable.

Keeping Up With The Current Market Trends!!

In today’s crowded and competitive marketplace, embracing the latest and most trending technology solution is the only way to succeed. Integrating your business with cloud technology is far better in terms of flexibility and productivity than to run applications on-premises. CPAs and accountants are more likely to access data online rather than relying on off-site systems as they lower their efficiency. Fortunately, the cloud has transformed the way businesses deals and communicate with each other and offers them one direction that leads to flexibility, productivity and a bright future.

Offering Reliable Approach for Business Productivity!!

Most of the cloud vendors are offering SSD based servers to store sensitive and important business data. Storing your data in the certified and authentic server is what ensures your data security and complete control over your data. It is often noticed that SMBs and business owners spend a lot of their time to decide where to store their business data as cyber threats are high. Relying on one authentic cloud vendor is hard but not impossible; it is well-understood by most of the CPAs that cloud computing helps in figure out reliable approaches which navigate businesses towards productivity, better performance and unparalleled security only.

Verdict

The window of seamless opportunity is open for all, however, what matters the most is that who are embracing the opportunities and who is switching it off. For CPAs, it is more than important to make use of cloud-based accounting software as it will only help them to make use of the skills they’ve. The hosted QuickBooks manages almost all accounting tasks which mean accountants and CPAs are free to explore the data, market opportunities, and global expansion.