All posts by Erin Vaughan

Erin Vaughan currently resides in Austin, TX. When she’s not outside enjoying a hike through the Texas hill country, she writes about the latest technology and tools for TrustRadius.
A Professional’s Guide For Independent Contractors On How To Survive The 2018 Tax Season

A Professional’s Guide for Independent Contractors on How to Survive the 2018 Tax Season

It’s every independent contractor’s least-favorite time of the year: tax season. No one likes doing their taxes, but when yours involve complicated deductions or payments from a variety of sources, your annual filing becomes a complicated labyrinth of assets, deductions and expenses. Luckily, the same digital tools that make it possible to run your business remotely also allow you to track your expenses and invoices with ease. In particular, there is a variety of accounting tools and professional tax software that can help you wade through last year’s expenses and deposits and identify deductions you might have otherwise missed. Below,…

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Improve Your Employee Satisfaction: 10 Best Onboarding Practices

Improve Your Employee Satisfaction: 10 Best Onboarding Practices

The rising trend of using office happy hours and free snacks as a way to keep employees engaged has continuously proven to be less successful than being a proactive employer. Although outside factors may ultimately drive employee satisfaction, the actions of employers—particularly within the first weeks of employment—have a statistically high correlation to team members’ lifetime success in the workplace. Despite those numbers, many companies still forgo thorough onboarding in favor of a meager orientation session or lightning-speed training—after all, when you needed a role filled yesterday, it’s hard to contemplate sacrificing precious time for drawn-out employee onboarding. However, investing…

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How To Create A Successful Talent Management Strategy

How to Create a Successful Talent Management Strategy

The secret to talent management boils down to one simple concept: hire (and keep) the right people. Of course, if it was that easy, you wouldn’t be reading this guide! A practical and efficient talent management strategy aligns with company goals and positions your business to recruit talented people that blossom into engaged, active long-term employees, eventually forming the next generation of company leadership. However, superior talent management programs go well beyond business buzzwords. In fact, they can be the key ingredient that transforms an organization into an industry leader. Because successful talent management strategies integrate cohesively with company culture,…

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The Definitive Guide To Open Source Software

The Definitive Guide to Open Source Software

There is no denying that open source software has emerged as a powerful force in the development of modern enterprise technologies. Some of the hottest developments in software technology have emerged with strong links to the open source movement. A good example of this is the Internet of Things (IoT), one of the most talked about technology developments in recent years. Open source software plays a key role in its emergence: It is Linux-based, and open source networking standards make it possible for smart devices from different manufacturers to talk to each other. But although open source software is in…

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6 Remote Desktop Tools For Efficient Tech Support

6 Remote Desktop Tools for Efficient Tech Support

It’s one thing to hear a tech issue described, but quite another to witness it with your very own eyes. Remote desktop tools give tech support teams the power to see user behavior, application quirks and desktop environments for themselves, helping them diagnose issues quickly and efficiently. They can also help technical teams launch new releases and updates for clients and quickly install applications, rather than guiding them through every step of setup. Desktop sharing applications have been around for many years; however, due to their popularity in the IT field, many programs have developed specialized features designed specifically for…

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Quickbooks Pro, Quickbooks Online & Quickbooks For Mac: What’s The Difference?

Quickbooks Pro, Quickbooks Online & Quickbooks for Mac: What’s the Difference?

The Quickbooks family of accounting products from Intuit has maintained a vastly high portion of the small business market share for over a decade. The company offers multiple versions of its product to serve different user populations. Quickbooks for Mac, as the name suggests, is a desktop tool for Mac users, Quickbooks Pro is a desktop accounting tool for small businesses, and Quickbooks Online is a subscription-based cloud accounting tool. However, Quickbooks Online has been Intuit’s clear focus for a number of years, along with mobile, and much of the recent development effort has been on bringing the online version…

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