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Bob Coppedge has worn many hats over his 40 years in the IT Industry from Developer, Network Engineer, IT Director, Chief Information officer and Consultant. With the industry continually changing Bob has had to reinvent, continue his education, and try to do things faster, cheaper, and with excellent customer service. With the many changes over the years Bob feels it is important to share his IT knowledge and experience. Bob shares with the SMB Nation community his knowledge through his three books. “ A CEO’s Survival Guide to Information Technology”, “I Don’t Want Your Job: Is Co-Managed IT services The Right Fit For You?”, and “I Don’t Want Your Job: Is Co-Managed IT services the Right Fit for You?”. Watch and learn more about Bobs books and his industry knowledge.

Compensation Changes for Remote Workers?

Would you be willing to take a pay cut to continue to work from home after the pandemic? With many people working from during the pandemic the question has arisen on weather companies will allow workers to continue to work from home, and will companies reduce employee’s compensation if they choose to work from home? With the seismic shift taking place in our world many employees are contemplating working remotely permanently. Although, many employees are contemplating working from home, many are asking if it will be worth it. With working from home employees can dramatically cut their cost, from reduce transportation cost, reduced day to day expenditures, potential tax breaks from working from home, and reduced costs of on wardrobes. Even with all the reduced cost to employees, the question is will it be worth it if the company reduces my compensation. Employees also have to take into account, employee interaction, and collaboration, along with job visibility, and showing your initiative and will this effect job promotions. Watch as Thomas and Harry chat about the future of work.

GYST (Getting Your Shift Together)

The pandemic has changed or shifted many organizations to reinvent their digital roadmaps to accommodate many people working, and learning from remote locations. With so many changes digital transformation has become imperative for all businesses from small to enterprise to stay competitive. Although, digital transformation is the concept of using digital technologies to make a process more efficient, it looks very different for every company. Watch as Harry and Josh chat about digital transformation and how it applies to you and your clients.

Top Players in MSS Space

With many companies connecting their crucial data and sensitive company information to the cloud, cybercrimes against large corporations, government agencies, and individuals are on the rise, with losses of finances, data, and time. Despite the increase of awareness of the need to have proactive security measures many organizations as well as individuals put off implementing sound security initiatives until they have suffered a loss. With staff already stretched thin, many organizations are outsourcing their security needs to a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP). These MSSPs help organizations with solutions for network security, cloud security, endpoint security, threat intelligence, mobile security, email security, along with just about any other security operations that will help make their security procedures and processes faster, more efficient and cost-effective. Watch as Phelim and Harry chat about the top players in the Managed Security Service space.

Email Services

In today’s busy world, email has become the most common source of communication not only in business but also in personal lives. With most people spending a fair chunk of their day on email, whether it be for organizing their day in the calendar, emailing a colleague, or tracking tasks, you want to make sure you are picking a service which fits your needs. Some things to think about when evaluating services are: dependability, compatibility with other email services, storage, user-friendliness platform, spam filters, and mobile access. Watch as Carl and Harry evaluate a range of leading email services to see which would be best for a variety of different use cases.

The Power of Story Telling- How to Become a Better Public Speaker

Public speaking is key in most businesses, whether we’re talking in a team meeting or presenting in front of an audience, talking on the phone to potential customers or clients, or meeting with the management team, we all have to speak in public from time to time. For most people speaking in front of an audience is described as their biggest fear (que the sweaty palms). Although, public speaking may be terrifying for most, there are things you can do to help take some of the anxiety away, and leave your audience with the knowledge from your presentation. Join Danny Brown (Twins Talk It Up Podcast) and Harry as talk they about how speakers aren’t born, and how they are made. In short, learn how to boost your self-confidence, enhance your reputation, and open up opportunities through enhancing your public speaking abilities.

Content Based Marketing

Traditional marketing is becoming less and less effective by the minute. With so many people living busy lives, and managing a million things it makes it more important than even to grab your audience’s attention and leave them wanting more. You may be asking yourself how do I do that? Instead of pitching your products or services, try content marketing. Content marketing is marketing focused on creating, publishing, and distributing content for a targeted audience online. These materials include things like educational articles, e-books, videos, entertainment, that answer specific questions people have. Sometimes these materials do not even have anything to do with your product. By becoming a credible resource on topics that matter to potential customers, your business is more likely to get discovered by the right audience and earn their loyalty and trust – which, in turn, enables your brand to strengthen its customer relationships, grow an active and engaged subscriber base, and even increase your profits. Watch and learn how Bob Coppedge has put content marketing into his business and his tips and tricks.

Moving from the Cloud – The Cost of Azure

With many companies allowing employees to work from home, companies are taking a hard look at infrastructure, accessibility to data, and security. Amongst those items cloud computing is top on many companies list. With the current cost of cloud base products like Azure, some companies are asking is it worth the cost? Cloud migration is a complex process and determining the cost and benefits requires understanding and accounting for many factors. Some items you want to look at when calculating the cost are, current IT infrastructure cost, estimate the cloud cost and the cost to migrate and execute the move, bandwidth and storage capabilities and much much more. When calculating the cost it is best to evaluate cost over 5 years for cloud usage to see if it is the best solution. Watch and learn more about the cost of moving to the cloud.

Time to Start Preparing Your PPP Forgiveness

It’s time to start preparing your documents for the PPP Forgiveness. With more than 96,000 requests for Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness already being submitted to the Small Business Administration. THE SBA has announced they will begin approving request in early October. Small business owners who have been waiting to have their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiven can breathe a sigh of relief, as forgiveness for smaller PPP loans is expected to be processed quickly, and easily. Start collecting your payroll reports, your rent invoices, your health insurance bills, your 941 and your unemployment tax returns. Here is are great resources to calculate your forgiveness as well as other great forms to help you prepare. Watch and learn how to prepare your PPP Loan forgiveness.

What is the Future of Office Space?

The pandemic has forced the adoption of new ways of working. From working at home, to social distancing at the office, organizations are having to reimagine not only their office space, but also how to create safe, productive, and enjoyable jobs and lives for employees. Before the pandemic, the conventional wisdom had been that offices were critical to productivity, culture, and winning the war for talent, however productivity with remote work has proven to work. Although, many have enjoyed working from home, with little to no commuting, and being home more people are ready to go back to the office. A recent employee surveys indicate most Americans do not want to work from home full-time. But they do enjoy the flexibility of being able to do so as they choose. Watch as Bill and Harry predict what the future of office space will be.

How to Build a Home TV studio

Working from home, social distancing, and online meetings, are new territories for most of us. Whether you’re doing a video chat from a home office or a meeting from the park everyone has access to a live TV studio from their laptop or phone anywhere anytime as long as they have internet access. With your life being essentially on display it is important you look your best, after all you only get one first impression. A few of the ways you can make a great not only first impression but lasting impression is through, proper infrastructure (ditch your wireless connection), make sure you have good audio, lighting is super important (make sure that it allows you to be warm and clear), make sure you have a camera. Watch as Carl and Harry discuss how to build out a professional home studio.

Payroll Tax Deferment

You may have heard that the president’s executive order for a payroll tax deferral went into effect on Sept. 1, 2020. This order states that from September 1st to the end of the year employees can defer payment on their Social Security Tax that is taken out of your paycheck. To start, it’s not mandatory, and employees still owe the deferred money. During the first part of next year, employees will have to repay the amount deferred to the IRS no later than April 30, 2021. Get the ins and outs of how the tax deferral will work, and how it may effect you and your clients.