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Posts published in December 2015

PMAP Holiday Tip

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flying-people-sitting-public-transportation-largeExperts predict the busiest time for holiday travel is between Wednesday, Dec. 23 and Sunday, January 3. What are some ways you can stay sane as you prepare to hit the road or fly the skies for the holidays? Here are the Travel Channel’s Top 10 Survival Tips for Holiday Travel and what to do if your flight gets cancelled. Also, here are a few great shopping safety tips from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department while you are out and about. Don’t forget, this is a great time of year to find deals and discounts on new computers and technology for your office. Not sure if you have an outdated device? Check out this fun page of old equipment to see if you remember any of these. Have questions about office management, starting a new practice, winding down a practice or technology? The South Carolina Bar Practice Management Assistance Program is here to help. E-mail us at pmap@scbar.org.

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End Year Organization

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End Year Organization

It is hard to believe that there are less than 16 days till the end of 2015! With the year-end fast approaching, many lawyers are organizing records for the tax season and establishing goals for their firm for the new year. Take the time to consider these nine vital numbers for your law firm’s health appearing in the blog Attorney at Work as you assess your firm’s accomplishments, improvements, and goals for 2016.  In addition, check out this great report about Year End Closeout written by Lexis Nexis and these Six Steps for Better Tax Organization from Small Biz Accountants. Questions regarding your practice? E-mail pmap@scbar.org.

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Phone Tweaks

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It’s no secret that smartphones are notorious battery hogs, but anyone can perform some easy “tweaks” to improve your phone’s battery life. Whether you have an iPhone, Android, Windows phone or other smartphone, take the time every day to check your phone settings and turn off Wi-Fi when you don’t need it. An added bonus: your phone can’t connect to an insecure Wi-Fi connection without your knowing it. Also consider turning off Bluetooth and GPS when not in use to conserve some battery life. Check out these other battery-saving tips for iPhones, Androids, Blackberrys, et al., and while you’re at it, be sure to check out the SC Small Firm blog for more PMAP tech-related tips and more!
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Online Shopping Pointers

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The holiday shopping season is here, and many busy lawyers and IT-centric folk will do the majority of their shopping online. Here are a few online shopping tips from PC Mag to keep in mind in honor of #CyberMonday and beyond (many retailers will extend deals throughout the month).  Additionally, if you’re an avid shopper on Amazon, as a safety precaution, turn on two-step authentication to help prevent nefarious users from breaking into your Amazon account. For more information about this feature and how to enable it, read this article from TechRepublic. In addition, if you are interested in viewing the other major business and brand websites that currently support two-factor authentication via text, e-mail, SMS, et al, visit the Two-Factor Authentication page. (Note: there are several on this list that may surprise you!) Also, legal professionals and/or attorneys, note that if you are an avid user of Google Apps for Work or Google Apps for Business to be sure to turn on two-factor authentication there as explained in this oldie but goldie ABA Law Practice Today article written by Catherine Sanders Reach, Director of Law Practice Management and Technology for the Chicago Bar Association.  Safe online shopping to All from your Bar's Practice Management Assistance Program - pmap@scbar.org!

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