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BELAY’s Top 10 Favorite Things

Baroness Maria Augusta von Trapp has them. So does Oprah. And now, BELAY has them, too. We’re talking about our favorite things – but there aren’t any ‘whiskers on kittens’ or ‘276 free Pontiac G6s’ to be found on our list. Because with remote work now (finally) becoming so popular, our BELAY team wants to help you set up your…
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One Reason Your Summer Break Could Be Better This Year

WARNING: The following may make you uncomfortable. Anxious, even.  It’s not often when executives or business owners share messages like the one below, and I apologize in advance for any discomfort or temporary paralysis it may cause.  But in an effort to maintain complete transparency, I thought it would be best to share the message, in its entirety and unedited.…
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7 Team Building-Activities for Remote Nonprofit Employees

65% of virtual employees have never had a team-building session. Here are 7 team building activities for remote employees. Try one out today!
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On Friday night, you were answering emails and posting to social media during your daughter's dance recital. On Saturday morning, you were conversing with a client on chat about a new project during your son's soccer game. Do you even remember what you ate at your anniversary dinner or was your mind on work? How long has it been since…
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Disadvantages of Virtual Teams: Signs Your Culture Needs Help

One of the biggest disadvantages of managing a virtual team is that it is more difficult to create a strong workplace culture. Virtual culture pertains to organizations and companies that operate remotely. While culture is a consistent feature of employers of all types, virtual cultures present new opportunities and challenges on account of the distributed, decentralized work environment.   In…
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Why Remote Work Culture Matters

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BEWARE of the ME MONSTER!

Have you ever been at a meeting, or a party, or on the golf course with a guy who is just better than you? You know what I mean - they're a "one up'er," besting you with every single story or idea you share. It's as if they can't wait for you to stop talking so that they can tell…
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What are the Disadvantages of Cloud Computing?

The cloud as the chief option for enterprise servers, applications, services and storage continues its momentum as a convenient business IT solution. After all, with cloud computing, companies can enable far-reaching, on-demand availability to shared resources. This has transformed the way cross-functional teams collaborate, deepened the scalability of virtual work, accelerated targeted cost savings and even elevated the technical nimbleness of…
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Trust – The Gift That Can Unite Us All

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How a Virtual Assistant Can Advance these Four Business Finance Functions

A Virtual Assistant can perform all sorts of clerical, administrative and secretarial functions. And skilled, qualified VAs offer support and services that are seamless, in many cases to the extent that these contracted professionals become quasi-staff members of the companies, clergies and clients they serve. Generally, virtual assistants do the various tasks and assignments an in-office executive assistant, operations coordinator…
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Commit to a Bookkeeping Calendar

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Embrace the Cloud

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How to Become a Virtual Bookkeeper with BELAY

In the bookkeeping world – let alone the virtual bookkeeping space – there’s a healthy degree of competition. Qualified bookkeepers have many options available when it comes to deciding with which company to align their talents. At BELAY, we believe our Virtual Bookkeepers are a highly qualified, hard working, and unique bunch of professionals. There’s a reason that our online…
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A Guiding Hand, or Hands Off?

The fine line between supporting and suffocating your delegate. When it comes to delegation, communication is key. If a leader doesn’t provide clear instructions and helpful guidance, delegates can find themselves flying blind. Too much guidance, however, and you run the risk of micromanaging. So, where’s the line? Unfortunately, there's no simple answer to that question. Each unique delegate will…
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Day in the Bookkeeper’s Life: Stephanie Ferrari

It might seem counterintuitive for a computer programmer to find one’s professional calling as a bookkeeper instead.  But that’s just part of the interesting career path of Stephanie Ferrari, a virtual bookkeeper with BELAY who hails from South Florida. Though she had earned an undergraduate degree in computer science, followed by a master’s in business, Stephanie stumbled upon her love of…
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