Your Business Can't Take a Vacation, But You Can : Five Tips and Free Webinar to Help Overworked Business Owners Cure Summertime Blues

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It’s the annual dilemma that gives many small business owners the summertime blues: How to go on vacation and keep their business running.

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And nowhere is this problem more prevalent than in America, where workers take less vacation time than their counterparts abroad. In fact, according to a QuickBooks® survey from Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq:INTU), 72 percent of U.S.-based business owners would like to take a vacation – if only they could manage their business remotely.

But there is a cure.

Tom McGlynn, owner of Focus-N-Fly, a Burlingame, Calif.-based personal fitness training company, has found a way to manage his business remotely when traveling. Rather than being confined to his home office this summer, McGlynn plans to travel around the U.S. to coach marathon runners, attend races and take some time to go fishing and perfect his golf swing – all while running his business.

So what's his secret? "The Web is the center of my business," says McGlynn. "I use everything from online fitness training software to design workouts and send them by e-mail to my runners, to QuickBooks Online to view my latest profit & loss report while I'm online at a café."

You too can manage your business remotely without losing control. Here are Tom's five tips for making it work:

Go mobile; stay connected: Laptop computers with wireless adapters keep you connected wherever you go. McGlynn tracks his entire business and sends invoices from free wireless connections via stores, cafés and the airport. For more control, subscribe to mobile broadband through your cell phone carrier. You can get online anywhere there's coverage – just like with your cell phone. Manage your finances online: QuickBooks Online business software is a handy way to keep track of your finances anywhere, anytime – especially while traveling. McGlynn uses it to create and send professional-looking invoices via e-mail and easily track his cash flow. Get a Smartphone: More than a cell phone, a smartphone allows you to communicate instantly with customers and employees via phone, e-mail and text messages. It can also act like a personal assistant and helps McGlynn easily make restaurant reservations or locate a golf course. You can even see how your business is doing – QuickBooks Online lets you view your finances from your iPhone™. Reduce paperwork: Replacing that old copy machine with an all-in-one photocopier, fax and scanner puts an end to sending paperwork via snail mail. If you have employees, it means they can scan documents and send them to you via e-mail. Outsource: Look at ways you can outsource specific business management tasks. Hire a virtual or local assistant to help with administrative tasks or find a writer to write copy for your Web site. It can also include working with another business owner to trade off covering for each other's business when traveling. McGlynn has an assistant coach who he relies on to cover his practices when he is on vacation. Free Webinar

To learn more about how to take more vacations and work remotely join small business expert, Ramon Ray of Smallbiztechnology.com, for a free small business webinar on June 11 at 1 p.m. Pacific. Sign up at http://www.quickbooksgroup.com.

Online Resources for Small Business Owners: JumpUp.com, the QuickBooks Community, QuickBooks Online

About Intuit Inc.

Intuit Inc. is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses; financial institutions, including banks and credit unions; consumers and accounting professionals. Its flagship products and services, including QuickBooks®, Quicken® and TurboTax® software, simplify small business management and payroll processing, personal finance, and tax preparation and filing. ProSeries® and Lacerte® are Intuit's leading tax preparation software suites for professional accountants. The company's financial institutions division, anchored by Digital Insight, provides on-demand banking services to help banks and credit unions serve businesses and consumers with innovative solutions.

Founded in 1983, Intuit had annual revenue of $2.67 billion in its fiscal year 2007. The company has approximately 8,000 employees with major offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and other locations. More information can be found at http://www.intuit.com.

Intuit, the Intuit logo, and QuickBooks, among others, are registered trademarks and/or registered service marks of Intuit Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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