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GSI Telecom Audit

I have been working with Erny Bonistall and Janis Parkhill at Global Solutions to audit all of our telecommunications expenses to see where we might be able to save our company money. This included evaluating expenses for land lines, domestic and international calling services, cell phones, faxes, data lines (internet, DSL) and web site hosting. In the beginning, I had to do some minimal leg work of gathering up two to three months of bills from the related service providers (something that can easily be delegated) and filled out some paperwork authorizing them to contact these providers regarding our accounts.


They were absolutely super to work with and made everything as easy and clear as possible. They walked a perfect line of following up just enough to get me to send in what I needed to without being demanding or pushy--even though I procrastinated and dropped the ball a couple of times in getting the information to them. Once the ball got rolling and things were in their hands, they stayed very focused, provided me with appropriate information and feedback from our providers, recommended changes where appropriate and let me know if they thought we were getting a good deal where we were. Never did I feel they had an agenda or wanted to push me to do something we weren't inclined to do. They simply provided information and alternatives and provided opinions when asked. They were totally responsive and professional and very easy to work with. And I guess I should mention that they did what we set out to do and were able to make some simple recommendations that will save our company money on an on going basis throughout the year and probably the years to come. Best of all, our costs are contingent on our savings. We had no risk whatsoever. They simply take a percentage of the money they will save us, so we were under no obligation and no risk when we entered our contract with them. For any company worried about money they might be wasting on these types of expenses, I think it's a no brainer.



Dawn Cloyd + Washington
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Keys to Payroll Processing
12/26/2009

The decision to outsource your small business’s payroll processing makes sense – finding the right payroll system takes a little more thought. After all, there are numerous terms and features offered by a payroll processing service or accounting payroll software system, but if you cannot negotiate the best deal on the services YOU need, then a payroll processing service may end up costing too much, and giving your company too little in return. When negotiating a payroll processing service contract, make sure the features you need are included and make sure you are aware of any and all add-on charges.
The top three questions to consider when negotiating the best payroll processing service contract:

*What is the rate you will pay, and what does that price include?
*Are there any add-on charges that aren’t included in the basic fee?
*When will prices increase and how much will the increase be?
Action Steps
The best contacts and resources to help you get it done

Make sure the payroll processing service contract includes the features you need
Some of the top features small businesses look for in a payroll system are: tax filing specifics, cost of services annually, the most popular add-on features (and costs), set-up costs, error reconciliation time and charges, and pricing consistency. Any contract you sign should spell out which features are included in the price.

Pay attention to the conditions of your payroll system contract
Some payroll processing service contracts dictate that you must submit payroll information several days in advance and will charge you for last-minute changes. If you aren’t able to meet the deadlines, your costs will skyrocket.

Read the fine print before signing with a payroll processing service
Who pays postage fees to deliver checks to your office? If you hire additional employees, do you have to pay additional fees? Will you have to pay for software updates? Are there any charges for filling out government required tax forms? Do they provide filing assistance for local taxes as well? What are charges for filing in multiple states? Before signing a contract, check out any hidden fees, add-on charges, or accounting and payroll software subscription/licensing costs. Watch out for low start-up costs that increase dramatically over time or a low base rate and high-cost add-on charges. With either of these situations, you could be spending more than necessary.

Consider a contract for accounting and payroll software bundles
Find a payroll processing service that offers you options in terms of their services and best values. Think of it in terms of ordering in a 5-star French restaurant. If you order (services) “à la carte,” you’ll end up paying more than a simple prix fixe 4-course meal. However, if you only want the appetizer, then ordering a whole meal would be a waste – of money and products.

Tips & Tactics
Helpful advice for making the most of this Guide

*Make sure the contract states that the payroll processing service will take financial responsibility for any tax filing errors.
*Ask for and verify the accounting and payroll software service’s guarantees, and security measures to keep your company’s data safe and confidential.
*When contracting with a payroll system, get everything in writing, including (but not limited to) the contract terms, dates, all tasks that the company agrees to manage, and the exact fees for specific features, when applicable, and payment terms.
*Contractual discrepancies or disputes are no picnic, so make sure you are 100% clear on everything in the agreement.


Source:By LaRita Heet, Freelance Writer, Journalist, IBT Designer, LMH Communications -http://members.business.com/LaRita-Heet


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