5 Ways to Keep Your Remote Employees Engaged, Productive & Happy

Hillary Horning

Every single year, more and more United States workers gain the flexibility to work remotely. Whether that’s in a hotel lobby, airport, home office, or coffee shop, telecommuting has become increasingly popular, and also necessary.

A recent study by Gallup, a business consulting firm that offers a wide array of services, found that over 37% of U.S. workers have worked remotely, a large jump from the 9% found in 1995. The study concludes that there are two major forms of telecommuting: work remotely during normal business hours, and working outside of the office during evenings or weekends.

No matter what hours your remote employees are logging, the ability to work just as productively and as seamlessly as they would normally in the traditional office is ever important. With over 30 million Americans working at least one day from home per week, organizations are seeking strategies to provide support incentives, tools, and successfully manage a mobile workforce.

Here are 5 ways to keep your remote (and traditional) employees engaged, productive, and happy.

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Topics: Cloud Services, Office 365

3 strategies for custom app deployment

Zack Nimtz

Organizations are realizing the benefits of deploying custom applications for workers and potential customers alike. More employees are working from home as well. Mobile workers make up nearly one-third of the workforce in the U.S., the U.K., France and Germany, according to a recent survey published by Strategy Analytics. The trend seen in enterprises toward a diverse smartphone environment will continue to grow. Businesses will want to take advantage of that new work atmosphere to foster productivity, and custom software development can help.

"The continued growth of business mobile devices, BYOD, cloud, security, and business applications and contents will continue to drive the growth of the enterprise mobility market moving forward," said Gina Luk, senior analyst of mobile workforce strategies at Strategy Analytics.

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Topics: Development

How can virtualization save small businesses money?

Zack Nimtz

Physical servers are expensive, take up space, and consume a lot of electricity. Virtualizing your servers can help small businesses save money, and here are three reasons why:

1. No need for physical equipment
Virtualization provides businesses with the tools necessary to let go of some parts of their physical IT infrastructure. Buying and maintaining servers, whether they are in a data center environment or located at the place of business, can be a costly endeavor. When applications are created in a virtual environment, they basically eliminate the need for at least some of those machines.

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For microbusinesses, sales tax can seem like no big deal (but it is)

Zack Nimtz

Post originally appeared on the Avalara Blog on October 29, 2015.

Most businesses don’t start out big. Some of America’s most beloved companies—from Apple to Amazon — started out with an entrepreneur, a dream and a garage. But business is about more than dreams. At some point, every home-based business (also called “microbusinesses”) needs to understand government regulations, like those surrounding sales tax.

Why? Well, whether your microbusiness has big dreams of growth or you just want to work for yourself, keeping in compliance with sales tax regulations is critical to continued success. Sales tax audits can put a huge dent into profits, and states are hiring more auditors than ever to ensure that every business, big and small, is paying its fair share.

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Franchise frenzy: U.S. and global tax implications

Zack Nimtz

 

Post originally appeared on the Avalara blog on October 8, 2015

Franchise business is booming! According to the International Franchise Association, a new franchise will be opened every 8 minutes in 2015. But did you know that franchisors face additional sales tax challenges as they expand — both at home and abroad?

For many franchise businesses, one of the biggest challenges is exemption certificate management. Often, individual franchises receive shipments of branded products from the franchisor intended for resale to customers. Sales tax only applies to the final end user in a transaction, so franchisees are considered resellers and do not pay sales tax when they buy these products.

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