Day 1 – Equipment & Technology
For your retirement business you will need
The most important software is Microsoft Office but are only using a fraction of its capabilities. (If you don’t have or want to purchase Microsoft Office then you can get a monthly subscription or look into the free Google Docs https://www.google.com/docs/about/ suite of programs on line or Open Office https://www.openoffice.org/ which is a downloadable suite of free office programs..
Microsoft Office includes:
Word which is of course useful for making letters. But you can also make banners, billing statement, blog posts, brochures, business cards, calendars, coupons, design web pages, estimates, events, flyers, gift certificates, letterheads, newsletters, purchase order, quotes, sales invoices, sales tags, shipping labels, signs, and work orders. You can even make books. For example, I used Microsoft Word to compose this e-book.
Excel can be used for more that simple calculations. You can also handle; assets & liability statements, billing statements, budgets, print calendars, cash flow, competitive analysis, maintain customer addresses, event management, inventory, product price lists, profit & loss statement, sales invoices, sales records, service quotes, to-do lists, travel expenses, web site budget, weekly planner, and you can even make a work schedule. Don’t forget about the ability to make very nice graphs.
Publisher is a program that many of us use only for making greeting cards. But it can be also used in business for advertisements, banners, brochures, business cards, calendars, catalogues, email announcements, letterheads, newsletters, postcards, and better signs.
Outlook is for getting mail. But you can also maintain a calendar, get web page feeds, compose survey forms, keep a list of tasks to-do, schedule meetings and appointments, create meeting requests, instant messaging, and a contact address book.
If you are not using Microsoft Office to it fullest, I suggest this book.
Microsoft Office for Dummies
Whether you’re a newcomer or a veteran Office user, this friendly-but-informative guide provides in-depth coverage on all the newest updates and enhancements to the Office 2013 suite.
With an overview of tools common to all Office applications and self-contained minibooks devoted to each Office application, Office 2013 All-in-One For Dummies gets you up to speed and answers the questions you’ll have down the road.
Explores the new Office interface and explains how it works across the applications
Features eight minibooks that cover Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, OneNote, common Office tools, and ways to expand Office productivity
Highlights the new online versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as changes to the interface and new tools and techniques Office 2013 All-in-One For Dummies makes it easy to learn to use Office and gets you up and running on all the changes and enhancements in Office 2013.