Is Dynamics NAV 2013 A Worthwhile Investment?

Microsoft recently broke through in the business industry with its latest business management solution, Dynamics NAV 2013. To several managers’ delight, the system proved to a perfect solution to all business problems. Aimed at enhancing communication within a business and increasing the efficiency of the management system, it became a highly useful tool for large businesses. In fact, several large businesses have succeeded in flourishing due to the use of this useful program. Now, Microsoft has introduced Dynamics NAV 2013, which is the latest version of the software. With advanced features, the program has become better than ever.

However, it is still not being used by all the businesses out there. This is because while large businesses can easily use it, this is a major investment for small businesses. Dynamics NAV 2013 can only be highly useful if it available to all or most of a company’s employees. This is because its purpose is to keep all the employees updated and to make sure that everyone is completing their job accordingly. However, making the system available to all employees can a major investment. It means that everyone must have access to a computerized device which must be compatible with the latest Microsoft programs. Some business owners feel that making this large investment may not actually be worth it.

If you are one of the business managers who are still trying to decide if they should invest in Dynamics NAV 2013, you need to look at your business’s requirements. Has your business’s progress been slow due to poor communication? If this is the case, Dynamics NAV is the perfect tool to accelerate communication. It will make sure that all your employees are updated with the company’s daily transactions. It also allows orders to be delivered extremely quickly. Employees have the option to confirm the receipt of these orders.

You can also decide on making this investment by judging the benefits it can provide to your company. For example, is your business a large one with a major potential to increase profits? If this is the case, this program can be highly beneficial for you. If, however, your business is already operating at its optimal level of efficiency, this investment may not be a great idea. This is because it will only be a major cost that will take several years to cover. Therefore, you should invest in Dynamics NAV 2013 if you are absolutely sure that it can bring about a major change in your business’s current situation.

Become the Best Internet Marketer in 2013 and Ignite Your Career

Do you want to rise from the corporate ranks, or, perhaps, break your chains entirely and set-forth on your own entrepreneurial path?

America’s business model is changing and as our lives have become more ‘online’, so to have the requirements for the most in-demand and growing occupations.

One of these skill sets is something tried and true, and that is the marketing industry. Before your very own eyes you are witnessing the fundamental evolution of the marketing profession.

For instance, did you know that:

  • The use of email declined in every major US demographic, except 55+ (1)
  • 92% of US companies use Social Media in their marketing efforts and companies achieve a 185% spike in traffic after garnering 1,000 Facebook likes (2)
  • “SEO” (Search Engine Optimization) job postings on indeed.com increased 1,900% in 2012 (3)
  • Digital spending is forecasted to increase 17.6% in 2013 while Radio and Newspaper spending is projected to remain flat (4)

To take the next step, you must be able to grasp and communicate new concepts and strategy.

Specifically, the skill-set to understand and explain the dynamic relationship between web properties, social media, mobile, online advertising, and search engines will become highly in-demand.

The Small Business Owner is already in the trenches, as traditional advertising and marketing channels can have high entry barriers due to prohibitive costs.

Therefore, many are running businesses and managing under-developed online marketing strategies.

Additionally, many have yet to acquire the terminology and are handicapped by resource constraints. As a result, others, such as Yellowbook360 are offering new services to meet this need.

When Small Business Owners find similar third parties to manage their brand and platform they will also undoubtedly choose to keep some of these skills in-house. This opens two new opportunities, namely, third-party employment and internal promotion.

Meanwhile, the Corporation has created new positions and adjusted their hiring practices. Even so, many jobs remained unfilled because of the skills gap in the American work force.

They need both talented individuals to build and market their online communities and quantitative skill-sets to develop their digital infrastructure.

America’s education and training infrastructure is only beginning to change. The transition is on the move.

Individuals and small businesses have a window of opportunity for a dramatic shift.

The first step is awareness and education. Informative, internet marketing resources and services for small business owners, entrepreneurs and marketers is a place to begin.

Footnotes:

(1) – nusparkmarketing.com/2013/01/the-growth-of-video-and-mobile-marketing-key-stats-and-trends/

(2) – (3) webbiquity.com/business-blogging/102-compelling-social-media-and-online-marketing-stats-and-facts-for-2012-and-2013/

(4) – mediapost.com/publications/article/190677/borrell-online-ads-to-surge-31.html

Facts About the Small Business Healthcare Tax Credit

The Small Business Healthcare Tax Credit is set to encourage small businesses and tax exempt organizations to provide the necessary healthcare benefit to their employees. This tax credit was introduced in 2010 under the Affordable Care Act. Qualifying businesses and charities can claim this credit and therefore reduce their tax bill dollar for dollar. This credit is available to both first time healthcare providing employers and employers who have been providing healthcare for their employees in the past. Below are the qualifying requirements for the tax credit:

Business Size

To qualify for the Small Business Healthcare Credit, a business or tax exempt organization needs to have a maximum of 25 full time employees or equivalent. These employees need to earn on average, not more than $50,000. An organization whose size is larger than this threshold does not qualify for the credit. The IRS determines whether an employee is full time or not according to the definition provided by the Department of Labor. According to the Department of Labor, a full time employee is an employee who works for at least 30 hours a week for the same employer.

Credit to Claim

For the tax years 2010 to 2013, qualifying businesses can claim up to 35% of Healthcare premiums paid for its employees while tax exempt organizations can claim up to 25% of their employee Healthcare expense. However, for 2014 and beyond, the credit goes up to 50% of premiums paid for qualifying businesses and 35% for qualifying tax-exempt organizations.

Non Refundable Credit

The Small Business Healthcare Credit is a non refundable tax credit. Therefore, organizations and businesses that qualify to claim the credit can only use up the credit against due taxes. These qualifying organizations cannot get a refund check against the credit. However, if a qualifying small business does not use up all its credit on the year of claiming, it can carry forward the credit from 2010 to 2016

Filing the Claim

For a business or tax exempt organization to successfully claim this tax credit, they need to file Form 8941, Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums. This forms enables the employers to list the employees and premiums paid and calculate the qualifying credit that they will claim for a given tax year. The qualifying employer also needs to claim the final Healthcare tax credit amount on the Form 3800, General Business Credit as part of the general business credits.

It is also important that employers keep the relevant documentation to support the claim in case of an IRS audit. The support documentation includes receipts of premiums paid or a statement from your healthcare provider.

Fortunes of the Snake in Dragon Year 2012-13

Your birth year, the Chinese Zodiac’s sixth Sign the subtle, ‘cool’ Snake ‘She’ (pronounced ‘Sher’)? Are you 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72 (and so-on in 12-year increments) between 10th February 2013 and 30th January 2014 (Snake Year’s end)? Do partners, friends, relatives, parents, children or colleagues fall into this category? If the answer is ‘Yes!’ then this article is for you!

Water Snakes 

Babies born during this period will be officially ‘Water Babies’ like those Snakes born 1953-54 due to the Year Element being Water, as the Table below makes clear. Water-related Feng Shui, in particular, might prove auspicious for their environments at this time (1).

The Snake

Years of the SNAKE:

1905 Wood; 1917 Fire; 1929 Earth; 1941 Metal; 1953 Water; 1965 Wood; 1977 Fire; 1989 Earth; 2001 Metal; 2013 Water

Famous Snakes Include:

Anne Frank, Mahatma Gandhi, Carole King, Muhammad Ali, Kim Basinger, Charles Darwin, Elizabeth I, Picasso, Tony Blair, Pierce Brosnan, Tom Conti, Randy Crawford, Bob Dylan and Edgar Allen Poe

Personality

Snakes are ambitious, intelligent, quick-witted, cool-customers who can adapt readily to a variety of changing situations. They tend to be witty and popular, with good inter-personal skills. Snake are also generous, kind, enchanting and appealing.

Snakes, however can be vain, quick-tempered and headstrong and therefore susceptible to unnecessary troubles. They can also be mean and possessive.

Ideal Snake Careers and Occupations Include:

Science, Jewellery, Analysis, Management, Sales, Self-Employment, Business, Education, Writing 

Relationships

In relationship terms, Ox, Rooster and Monkey are the Birth Signs of those they are most compatible with as partners. They are least compatible with Tigers and Pigs.

The Snake in Dragon Year 2012-13

You may find obstacles in your path this year that thwart your chances of success and hold you back in certain fields, particularly on the work front.

In terms of love and romance, however, this could prove a fortunate year indeed. Sickness or injury could occur in Spring or early Summer.

How The Snake can Turn Into a Dragon

The Shaolin Kung Fu Maxim: ‘Do not despise the humble Snake, one-day he may become a strong and mighty Dragon!’ deserves further explanation.

In Shaolin Kung Fu, beginners may be considered ‘Snakes’ and required to undertake Snake-related training to learn key skills. Lacking limbs, Snakes depend entirely in Internal Energies for motion and are thus potent symbols of Qi and Qi-training, which begins at this stage. After many years dedicated practice, rising through the ranks, one-day the same individual might hold one of the top ‘Dragon’ Grades, as some Shaolin styles term their Advanced Black Sashes-an evolutionary journey in itself. And always remember 11 years later a Dragon will appear!

Overall

The interaction of Yin/Yang and 5 Elements/Animals Theories is a useful area of study for those wishing to deepen their knowledge of this subject. Dragon Year (2012-13) represents an ideal opportunity to get under-way and remember Snake Year (2013-14) comes next!

Notes

(1) See ‘Internal and External Feng Shui: Direction and Location!’, EzineArticles, by the same author, for more details.