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Lee Tabas President, TABASFUNDING

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FAQ

  1. How much longer will Microsoft Windows XP be supported?

    The official cut-off for Windows XP updates and security updates is set for April 2014. This date has already been moved several times and no one expects that date to move again.  See: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/windows-xp

  2. Should I upgrade to Windows 7?

    Many corporations are currently rolling out Windows 7 at this time and I’m encouraging users to begin moving to Windows 7 SP1 as soon as they can. See: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/home

  3. What is the best way to move to Windows 7?

    Since most of the hardware has changed a lot since XP was released, many users will want to invest in new hardware and use a simple transfer utility to move your data and settings from your Windows XP PC to your new Windows 7 PC. Please contact me if you have questions regarding that utility.

  4. What should I do first about backups?

    External hard drives are convenient and inexpensive, but tend to stay close to the system which doesn’t help with Fire, Flood, or Theft. If you use external drives, get 2 and alternate one off-site each week. Please note that due to flooding in Thailand, the hard drives are more expensive than they were 3 months ago. See: http://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ie=UTF-8&ion=1&nord=1#q=external+hard+drives&hl=en&newwindow=1&safe=off&nord=1&site=webhp&prmd=imvnsr&source=lnms&tbm=shop&ei=y2vqTrTHEMmKsQLBscDFCQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=6&ved=0CH0Q_AUoBQ&fp=1&ion=1&biw=1364&bih=640&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&cad=b

  5. What about on-line backups? Are they worth it?

    Mozy and Carbonite are 2 options for backing up your data to “the cloud” (the Internet). People that have used these services say they work fine. The limitation is the bandwidth of your Internet connection and how much data you need to back up. If you have a lot of data, be patient for how long it will be to restore across that connection. Your local external hard drive is your best friend for speed.

    See: http://www.carbonite.com/en/?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.weberscomputers.com%2Ffaq%2F&tp=os

    See: http://mozy.com/


  6. Which Internet browser is best?

    This depends upon whom you talk with. Internet Explorer is what Windows comes with and seems to be the most consistent for being able to update Windows. Firefox went through some intense versioning this year (from 3.16 to 8.1.1) and has a nice add-in called “AdBlock Plus”. Google Chrome recently received some recognition for its security, but I’ve seen different reviews regarding security, so it depends upon who wrote the article. Key point – have a backup browser installed for Internet Explorer. Since all hackers know that IE is present, they tend to pick on Ait a lot.

    See: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/products/ie/home

    See: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adblock_Plus

  7. How should I use Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and my web page?

    The best explanation of how to use each of the social sites is to think of your website as your public face. Everything on this site should be professional, business related and to the point.

    Key point with social media – manage your time wisely, it can become a time suck. I suggest either before or after your normal business hours, but don’t let it consume your productive hours.

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Lee Tabas President, TABASFUNDING

  1. Advice to Entrepreneurs

     As a banker for more than 30 years, I have some credentials to provide advice. First, don’t underestimate the value of having a well written business plan for what you want to do. Make sure that you have someone spell check the plan. Length is not an advantage in a small business plan. 10 pages maximum- busy people don’t have time to wade through duplication and statistics that you copied from the internet. Make it concise.       Don’t skimp on paying to have an accountant or MBA or other financially capable person help you put numbers to what you are doing. What financiers look for is someone who can “do numbers”. It does not have to be you, but you have to have access to someone who can do it.

    Here are sources of funding in order of desirability:

    Your local bank or bank in cooperation with the Small Business Administration- this will be the cheapest source of funds. However, you may not get all that you need, and you may not get it when you need it.Private Loan or Investment from Friends and Family- Why not let others earn more than they could in the general market by backing you in your business enterprise? Bad Idea- Do not ask any relatives to co-sign! It is OK for them to risk their own money, but you don’t want to get them involved in leveraging for you, or possible disputes with outsiders.TABASFUNDING- we are more expensive than the bank, but we can respond quickly for amounts of $100,000 to $750,000, and we don’t obsess over collateral.Credit Cards- often for smaller amounts, borrowers can get money on credit cards quickly, and with no collateral. That has too be worth something in terms of the high interest rates that you pay. Selling/ Pledging Accounts receivable to private lenders- this is an expensive type of funding that works in some cases and industries, such as the clothing industry, where such funding is typical. Selling Stock- hard to do correctly. Either you do a public offering, which is tremendously expensive, or if you sell shares privately, you need heavy legal and accounting help. Without that you leave yourself open to lawsuits if things don’t work out. Best Wishes with your business and call us for further information.

     

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