Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Brighter Shade of Beautiful!

MGS Designz is all about showing off our clients not only because we love what we do to make them look and sound good but because we really admire everything they offer! We’ve recently began working with Bob Trimarchi from Beach Bungalow Blinds and it’s definitely been a pleasure! Bob’s a great guy who knows everything there is to know about blinds, shades and window treatments and that’s not all! He’s also all about giving his customer’s the best of the best in products and services! Now, while Bob’s been teaching us all about window treatments, we’ve been helping him extend his internet presence and market his business. He has a beautiful website but he needed help driving traffic to it so we hooked him up with a blog, a newsletter and got him active on all the social media sites! Here’s his latest blog post:

Welcome to the many wonders of a Solar Shade! 

At Beach Bungalow Blinds we know how important your home is and how valuable everything inside of it is to you and your family. We know that giving you options and educating you on all the window treatments available will definitely help you make a better choice when it comes to dressing your windows! Today we would like to introduce you to Solar Shades!

When we think of Solar Shades we don’t just think about covering up a window so your neighbors can’t see in. Yes privacy is important but Solar Shades offer you so much more than that! We think about adding color and beauty to a room while protecting everything inside from the sun’s harmful rays. We think about saving you money on your electric bill and giving you the opportunity to see the beautiful view outside your living room window! Solar shades are beautiful, versatile, functional and they add value to your home. We would love to take some time to discuss with you the many options of Solar Shades for your home or office and invite you to call us at (239) 689-4375. Here’s more information, please read on!

Typical Use for Solar Window Shades: Any room where a view to outside is desired.Solar shades are designed to control the sunlight and heat penetrating a window.

Solar Shades allow you to maintain your outdoor view while minimizing glare on TVs and home computers (the darker the fabric color, the better the glare control). These shades also protect your furnishings by blocking damaging UV rays, and reduce heat transmittance to keep your home comfortable (the lighter the fabric color, the better the temperature control).

Choose between Solar Shade fabrics ranging from 3% to 14% openness. The fabric’s openness determines the clearness of the outward view and UV blockage. The lower the number, the harder it is to see out of. The tighter the weave, the less view but you get more protection from the heat and cold. The more open the weave is, the better the view.

Solar Shade Features

  • Reduce cooling costs
  • Reduce fuel
  • Reduce greenhouse gasses
  • Reduce Radiant Heat Gain
  • Reduce workload on cooling units Blocks 99% UV Light
  • Prevents Skin Cancer
  • Protects the Delicate Skin of Children
  • Protects Furniture and Valuables
  • Shade Material Endorsed by American Cancer Society & Skin Cancer Foundation

Glare Reduction and Comfort

  • Television Screens
  • Computers
  • Work Areas
  • Retail Cash Registers and Displays
  • Restaurant Environment

Our Solar Shades are available with:

A Cordless Lift System – a safety solution for homes with children or pets.
Continuous Loop Lift System – making it easy to raise large shades.
Motorization System – makes hard to reach shades and heavy shades easy to operate.  Raise and lower multiple shades with a hand-held or wall mounted switch. Perfect for those with special needs and homes with children or pets.

Imagine your home dressed in new window coverings…. Now let us take care of the rest.We look forward to working with you soon!

Beach Bungalow Blinds
Phone: 239-689-4375
bob@beachbungalowblinds.com

Food for thought or good health?

MGS Designz is all about showing off our clients not only because we love what we do to make them look and sound good but because we really admire everything they offer! We’ve been working with Lora Ulrich from The New You Lifestyle for quite some time now and we LOVE everything she does! Here’s one of her latest blog posts on healthy eating and living a healthier lifestyle!  

ARE YOU EATING ENOUGH?

by Lora Ulrich

Are you giving your body the right kind of fuel it needs to get you through your day?

You’d be surprised at the amount of people who mean well and want to live a healthy, happy lifestyle but just don’t have the right amount of nutritional knowledge to make healthier choices when it comes to food. We trust the advertisements and packaging on food products and believe that what we are getting is good, when in fact the reality is rather surprising. Most people take a quick look at the NATURAL, LOW FAT, NO TRANSFAT, LIGHT, HEALTHY, etc… on the label and are assuming that this is the better choice. In our fast paced living we have become a society that reaches for the fast and easy way to satisfy our hunger instead of thinking about what it is that our body needs to stay healthy long-term. Just because you’re reading a label doesn’t mean you really know what to
look for to make the healthier choice. More on that in another blog coming soon so stay tuned!

With the right nutrition and lifestyle, you can prevent and address major diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic inflammation which are the root cause of these and other illness and diseases. By eating the right foods, we are providing the kind of environment that allows our cells to flourish and in return provide you with vitality and energy. You want to make sure you eat healthy protein, low glycemic carbs, essential fatty acids & fiber for every snack and or meal evenly spaced throughout the day. Also a good rule of thumb is to drink a minimum of 64 oz of water a day.

The New You Lifestyle provides tailored nutrition, fitness and motivational workshops which empower you to achieve your health and fitness goals. We provide a very personalized service – we listen, to your needs, wants and desires. Your goal becomes our focus and we work together to achieve this in the shortest time frame.

Call to find out what health coaching and The New You Lifestyle can do for your body! (239) 898-4078

Lora Ulrich, Lifestyle Coach
Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant
The New You Lifestyle 
239-898-4078
www.TheNewYouLifestyle.com
 

Do I really need a Bookkeeper?

MGS Designz is all about sharing the good stuff! Lately we’ve been showcasing our clients blogs on our blog – just so you can see who are clients are and also see samples of our work.  Today we’re going to share a great blog post from Judith McMahon from Bean Counters of FL! We have been working with Judith for years and have helped her with her logo, business card and website. Please read on and feel free to contact us for more information!

Bookkeeping Tips by Bean Counters of Florida

# 1 Keep an audit trail

An audit trail is nothing more than a record of all your invoices and checks in numeric order. The thing to remember is never skip numbers. Record voided check and invoice numbers in numeric order with all other checks and invoices, only denote each one that is “voided.” This assures there will be no gaps in your numerical sequence and leaves a proper audit trail.

# 2 Due Date Reminders

It’s a good idea to follow a payroll tax due date reminder. Whether you have a payroll service preparing your payroll tax returns or you’re preparing them yourself, you should follow a check-off list of all the required payroll tax reports. A good due date reminder would be customized to your business’ specific payroll liabilities and include the follow information:

  • Due date
  • Type of tax
  • Report number
  • Government agency
  • Time period covered
  • Submit money, a report or both

# 3 Remember to Be Consistent

Consistency is essential to successful business bookkeeping. If you use a paper bookkeeping system, always be sure to head your columns the same way each month throughout the year. This small matter of consistency will save you and your accountant time and aggravation.

# 4 Keep Good Records

Many business owners don’t keep good records. Some don’t understand bookkeeping; others understand it, but may be afraid of what the numbers might tell them. Think of it this way–bookkeeping is the glue that keeps your business together. If your records aren’t in good shape, the business could fall apart. A healthy business is monitored through its records on a regular basis so you can find problems and correct them before it’s too late.

# 5 Deposit Ticket Books

How do you handle your bank deposits? One easy way is to record your daily deposit in a deposit ticket book. Generally, these books come with a white (original) copy and yellow (duplicate) copy in books of 50. For a small business, an order of 200 duplicate deposit tickets could last 2 years unless you make deposits every day. As you write each deposit ticket, it is a good idea to remove the white
copy to give to the bank and leave the duplicate (yellow) in the book. That way nothing gets lost.

Why would I have to hire a bookkeeping service? I can just go out and buy QuickBooks and do it myself.

Yes, you can, and then again you can’t. Why do we say this? Clients come to us after they’ve attempted to do their own books with QuickBooks. They usually fall into two categories: those that have made a complete mess of things and those who find they don’t have the time to get to it what with running their businesses, managing their employees, handling sales and marketing, family and so on. Eventually they find themselves so far behind that they know they’ll never catch up.

Hiring a professional bookkeeping service gives you a professional individual who doesn’t need to be trained, doesn’t want health insurance, workers compensation or vacation pay. Bookkeepers do the work of accountants for an affordable price. Can you go to your CPA? Sure you can. But think about this. They charge their normal fee, pay their bookkeeper a wage or a fee and pocket the difference. Wouldn’t you rather have that money in your pocket?

We bring to your business over 35 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience. We’ve worked with a number of different companies and know what you need and what needs to be done to get your books in order and keep them that way. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed out about your bookkeeping, then give us a call. We will be glad to help. Bean Counters of Florida is a full service bookkeeping company that serves small and start up businesses. What do we mean by full service? Well, everything from reconciling your accounts all the way to paying your bills and doing your payroll. We do it all!!

Judith McMahon
239-313-6322 Office
239-288-2546 Fax
Judith@beancountersfl.com
www.BeanCountersFL.com
 

 

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