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By Jeff Carlson | Monday, March 09, 2015

Apple Unveils $10,000 Apple Watch and Thinner MacBook

Apple Watch

Now we know what the Apple Watch will cost—but surprisingly, that wasn’t the highlight of Monday’s media event in San Francisco. In fact, the Apple Watch occupied only a third of the event’s focus.

It started with an unexpected (and welcome) foray into health research and included the introduction of a new MacBook laptop model.

By Lynda Weinman | Monday, March 09, 2015

How to Grow Your Business — Like We Did at lynda.com

how to grow your business like we did

Many people dream of starting businesses, but few survive and even fewer thrive.

There’s no single rule for how to grow your business, but we learned some valuable lessons while growing ours—and I’d love to share a few with you.

By Gini Courter | Thursday, March 05, 2015

Streamline Your Team with SharePoint — Like This

what is sharepoint?

Sometimes a tool comes along that’s so powerful, it’s hard to fathom how to harness that power. SharePoint is such a tool—and it’s oh-so worth the timespent learning to use it!

SharePoint is a platform for creating websites that help you and colleagues work together for collaboration, document storage, project management, work management, and more. It’s customizable, so you can create sites that meet your organization’s specific needs, including sites with automated workflows that enforce your business rules.

Where do you begin? Start with a simple problem that SharePoint can help you solve then expand on your success.

I’m going to show you how my colleague Julie used SharePoint to streamline her team’s communications and give them 24/7 access to important data—even while reducing her own workload.

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Are You Ready to Be a Manager? 6 Things You Should Know

Ready to be a manager? Find out

They’re everywhere. You’ve seen them. Maybe you’ve even worked for them:

Bad bosses.

From the micromanager to the tyrant to the checked-out guy who’s never available, bad managers make the work life miserable for everyone around them.

Too many people are promoted up the corporate ladder without the skills they need to lead.

Management isn’t for everyone, and it shouldn’t be. If you’re in line for a promotion or dream of a taking a leadership position someday, do yourself and your potential future team a favor: Take time to assess whether you’re truly ready to be a manager — and a good one at that.

Here are the six things I wish I’d known when I stepped into my first management job years ago.

By Jeff Toister | Monday, March 02, 2015

5 Ways to Build Customer Service Skills — While You’re the Customer

build your customer service skills when you're the customer

You are probably a customer on a daily basis.

It might be a coffee shop run, a trip to the grocery store, or a visit to the deli where you get lunch. Perhaps you call a 1-800 number or send a company an email.

Each experience you have as a customer is an opportunity to build your own customer service skills.

Working on your skills while you’re a customer can translate to better performance when you serve customers as an employee. That’s because many customer-service skills are based on fundamental principles of positive human interaction.

Here are five exercises you can try when you’re on the customer side of things:

By Jolie Miller | Saturday, February 28, 2015

6 Simple and Painless Money-Saving Tips

try these simple money saving tips

I’m one of those people for whom saving and budgeting isn’t always top of mind. But tax time always reminds me that I need to be more vigilant.

So I need savings hacks that are—dare I say—fun. In fact, they should be so painless that I don’t notice I’m doing something terribly responsible.

Of course, you can learn all about setting financial goals on lynda.com.

But here are six of my own favorite money-saving tips:

By Scott Fegette | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Turbocharge Your Typing on iPads and iPhones

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Typing on iPads or iPhones will always feel like a second-class experience compared to the raw efficiency of a physical keyboard.

Fortunately, there are lots of shortcuts and tricks to help—and with iOS 8, Apple added the ability to install third-party keyboard extensions to make text entry and typing on iOS devices even easier.

Here are your options.

By Bonnie Biafore | Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Recording Home Office Expenses in QuickBooks

Record your home office expenses in QuickBooks

Did you know that if you run your business from home, you can use part of your home office expenses as company expenses?

Usually, you’ll record those expenses in your company’s books at the end of the year when you’re getting ready for tax season.

If you’re new to bookkeeping, you might wonder how to get those expenses into your company’s books. I’m going to show you how to use Journal Entries to record your home office expenses in QuickBooks.

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