5 Steps To Increase Productivity

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You may believe that you're productively multitasking as you bounce between your smartphone, tablet, and laptop. The fact is that you're just being distracted. The words productive and multitasking should not be allowed in the same sentence. Single-minded focus is key to production.

Distractions like texts from friends or "urgent" emails from clients are time-consuming all on their own. But did you know that it takes up to 28 minutes for your brain to refocus after being interrupted! Wow!  A two-minute interruption can lead to a full half-hour gone down the drain. Eight little distractions and half your day is shot.

These five steps can send your productivity levels through the roof, and none of them involve multitasking— or email.

5 Steps To Increase Productivity

1. Set expectations for yourself.

It's easy to drift off into social media, get stuck cleaning out your inbox, and even be drawn to mindless smartphone games. This is most common when you are unclear or uncertain about your next steps.

Update your task list on a regular basis and assign each item a few very specific, actionable steps leading to completion. With this powerful weapon in hand you will not have to make any decisions about your next steps. This alone will boost your productivity exponentially. Listen if I don't put a reminder on my phone about an appointment or follow up, I will forget!

Just last month I closed a deal that I spoke to last year at this time. They were under contract but was interested in us. Because I placed a reminder in my phone I was reminded to stop by and I ended up closing the deal. 

2. Set expectations for others.

If you create a culture that says your door is literally always open, you are asking for trouble. We teach others how to treat us. If your family members, and friends get a favorable response from you each time they interrupt, they will continue to steal your time and attention. You and your future deserves better.

Create specific times for your open door policy and stick to it. Go ahead, have those difficult discussions with the people in your life — being self-employed doesn't mean you have leisure time on your hands seven days a week.

I have a "Daddy Is Working" sign that goes on my office door at home and everyone in my family knows that when that sign is up, there is no one to be walking in and distracting me. 

3. Be aware.

Multitasking is nothing more than a procrastination technique. When you are uncertain about your direction or unhappy about having to take on your next task, an interruption feels like a relief. You may tell yourself that a client needs an answer right away or that you'll disappoint a friend if you're not available immediately, but you know it's not true. If you are constantly jumping from one thing to the next without completion you are avoiding something. Ask yourself why. Once you have your answers you can take meaningful action to do and complete more.

4. Turn off notifications.

If you're working on your computer, close any windows you don't need. Then turn off social media notifications, and shut down email, for goodness sake. There are very few things that can't wait an hour or two. It feels good to be needed, but it feels better to be successful.

5. Use a timer.

Your brain can focus intently on a task for up to two hours at a time. Imagine what you could achieve in two uninterrupted hours! Many say that once they apply these productivity rules they accomplish more in a single morning than they previously did in an entire week. Set an old-fashioned timer or use the one on your phone for one hour and get to work researching out industry, practicing your pitch. Then, set it for five minutes and take a break; stretch your legs, change your environment. Take the timer with you so you don't wander off or get stuck in an unnecessary conversation. The timer rules! Now, give yourself one more uninterrupted hour and feel the magic!

To you these might sound ridiculous but the question you gotta ask yourself is "Am I Really Being Productive with my time?" If you want to be successful in life and business, implement these steps and watch productivity follow your life! 

The Difference Between Wireless & Mobile Credit Card Processing

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Wireless and mobile credit card processing are both payment processing solutions that continue to improve with rapidly evolving technology and business strategies. Though both services allow merchants to take their business out of the traditional brick-and-mortar facility and process credit card transactions at nearly any location, there are differences between them.

 Wireless credit card processing involves a wireless credit card terminal, which works much like a traditional credit card terminal with a magnetic stripe reader, keypad and display screen. However, wireless terminals do not require a direct hookup to a phone line or Internet connection, but instead, work wirelessly to accept credit cards at various locations. Wireless credit card processing is often used for delivery and repair services, so that employees can process credit cards from customers’ homes. Taxi drivers also use wireless credit card terminals to process multiple transactions from their cars.

Mobile credit card processing allows merchants to accept credit and debit card payments through their cell phone. Dependable Solutions  offers EPN mobile processing services, so their merchants can download the mobile application directly their existing phone, and eliminate the need to buy any new equipment. Reports, technical support and marketing materials are accessible through the phone’s application. To complete a transaction, merchants simply enter the credit card information into their phone, through which it is encrypted and sent out for secure authorization.

While wireless and mobile credit card processing involve very different equipment and processes, the need for PCI compliance is crucial whenever merchants accept credit card payments. Keeping credit card information and sensitive data protected helps save a great deal of time, loss and money in the long run.

Contact Dependable Solutions  today to learn more about wireless and mobile credit card processing, and find a payment processing solution that is right for your business.

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Growth Potential For Your Business

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Wherever you do business — in a storefront, online or on the road — credit card processing has the potential to help grow your operation to its fullest potential. Gone are the days of cash-only purchases. Consumers have spoken, and their preference is to pay with plastic. Accepting credit cards is no longer a courtesy extended to your customers — it’s a requirement for businesses who want to survive in today’s market.

As a reputable and experienced merchant services provider, Dependable Solutions can guide you through the many products, services, processing solutions and pricing structures for accepting credit cards and point out the most advantageous for your specific business.

Recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and Federal Reserve show that 181 million people in this country use credit cards; on average, they carry 7 cards each. They rack up 20 billion transactions with them each year totaling $1.9 trillion, or approximately 13 percent of the gross domestic product.

When you ask credit cardholders why they choose plastic over cash, they’ll give you a variety of answers, with convenience, ease of use and the rewards they receive from the issuing banks topping the list. Merchants who don’t accept credit cards are at a distinct disadvantage with this ever-growing segment of the buying public.

When you accept credit cards, you build trust with your customer base, one person at a time. The credit card logos on display at the register and on e-commerce websites are a beacon for cardholders, a guarantee that they will be able to make a purchase with their preferred method of payment. No need to make a quick trip to the ATM, whip out their checkbook or set up a payment alternative with a third party.

If a shopper trusts a credit card enough to carry it in their wallet and use it on a regular basis, that trust is likely to transfer to merchants who accept their preferred brand. And, once they’re a satisfied customer of yours, they’re likely to spread the word among their family and friends, potentially bringing in even more customers to your business.

Getting set up with a merchant account from Dependable Solutions is easy and can be accomplished in as little as 24 hours. We have served more than 500 clients in almost 2 years in the Lancaster, Chester, York, Lebonon Counties in Pa. And even in 5 other states as we'll. Clients appreciate our low rates and superior, 24/7 customer service and support based right here in the U.S. We service a variety of industries, ranging from traditional retail and e-tail to restaurants,professional services, automotive and healthcare.

Whatever your credit card processing requirements — POS retail, wireless credit card processing, mobile credit card processing, online credit card processing — Dependable Solutions has got the perfect solution (or solutions) for your business. We’ll work one-on-one with you to create a custom package of products and services to meet your needs.

Talk to a Dependable Solutions representative today and let us show you how credit card processing can boost the growth potential for your business.

Office - 717-806-5429

Email - info@dependablesolutions.org

3 Credit Card Options For Small Businesses

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If you are a small business merchant, getting started with credit card processing doesn’t have to be complicated. At Dependable Solutions, we offer a wide range of Small Business Credit Card Ptocedsing solutions, each designed to simplify the payment process and save you time and money. Below are just a few simple options that are ideal for small business payment processing.

  1. Virtual terminals. Do you work from home, or deal primarily with mail order and telephone order sales? A virtual terminal allows you to manually enter credit card transactions from any computer with an Internet connection. At the end of the day, you can use batch uploading features to process all of the day’s transactions in a single file, speeding the authorization process and eliminating double data entry.
  2. Mobile credit card processing. With mobile processing you can take your small business on-the-go. The ability to process credit cards from your mobile phone is especially useful for merchants who sell items at people’s homes, at trade shows, festivals, craft fairs, farmers markets and other locations. Mobile processing allows you to accept credit cards, check your account and send receipts directly from your cell phone, with no additional hardware necessary.
  3. Credit card machines. For small business merchants with a brick-and-mortar facility, Dependable Solutions offers advanced credit card processing machines for safe, efficient payment processing. Swipe credit cards securely with PCI compliant features such as End-to-End Encryption (E2EE), which keeps sensitive data safe during transit.

The Dependable Solutions team of specialists can help you identify the right solutions for your specific business needs and goals. For more information, contact us today

Office - 717-806-5429

Email - info@dependablesolutions.org