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One thing in plentiful supply in today's business world is help. Orbiting every industry are providers, consultancies, and independent contractors offering a wide array of support services. Simply put, it's never been easier to outsource certain business functions so you can better focus on fulfilling your company's mission and growing its bottom line. Here are four such functions to consider: 1...
Do you make nondeductible contributions to a traditional IRA? If so, it is important to understand the tax treatment of distributions to ensure you're not taxed twice on the same income. Justify your strategy There are several reasons you might make nondeductible contributions to an IRA: You or your spouse has an employer sponsored retirement plan and your income exceeds the threshold, reducing...
It's easy to understand why more and more businesses are taking a "bring your own device" (BYOD) approach to the smartphones, tablets, and laptops many employees rely on to do their jobs. BYOD can boost employee efficiency and satisfaction, often while reducing a company's IT costs. But the approach isn't without risk for both you and your staff. Therefore, a formal policy that combines...
IT consultants are many things - experts in their field, champion of the workaround, and, generally, the "people persons" of the tech field. But they're not magicians who, with the wave of a smartphone, can solve any dilemma you throw at them. Here are six ways to get more value from your company's next IT consulting relationship: Spell out your needs. Define your desired outcome in as much...

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