Capturing and billing more time can take your businesses revenue from mediocre to outstanding. When it comes to tracking time, so many lawyers and conveyancers leave money on the table because they fail to record all the hours they’ve worked. Fifteen minutes here or thirty minutes there can add up to hundreds of hours over the course of a year (and thousands of dollars). Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to make sure that your business is capturing and billing more time.
The Smokeball team have been hard at work developing an array of fantastic new features to improve the user experience for our clients.
Here are some of the new functionality highlights we released in the last month that we are excited to share:
Are you wondering: “Should I turn off my computer every day?”
To shut down or leave your computer running has been up for debate for as long as the personal computer has been around. Many people leave their computers on for days or even weeks at a time, but is that really a smart choice? There are many benefits to shutting down your computer every day, let’s take a look at a few.
While social media and text messaging have gained popularity with the masses, email is still the primary way that conveyancers and lawyers communicate with clients. Email is a private and flexible communication tool accessible to everyone, but are you getting the most out of your email management feature, especially if you’re using Microsoft Outlook? Let’s take a look at a few powerful Microsoft Outlook tips and tricks that you can use to increase your productivity and communicate effectively.
Becoming a Paperless Office - With guest blogger Rebecca Wadelton Tailored Conveyancing, Owner and Licensed Conveyancer
The hardest part in making the transition to the electronic world and operating a paperless office is working out where to begin, followed by removing the overwhelming thought of having to find the time to make the transition. Most of us have this notion of how hard and time consuming the transition is going to be. The transition itself is easy and when completed in stages it is no longer overwhelming or time consuming.
Quick and easy document creation is crucial to keeping your conveyancing or legal business running at the speed clients need and expect from modern firms. You can stay on top of heavy workloads by using templates for efficient document creation. Adopt this approach and you will find that you can help more clients more effectively. Try these ten ways to save time with templates:
Smokeball ‘Communicate’ - Secure File Sharing and Messaging Securely connecting Lawyers and Conveyancers with their clients
Cyber crime has rapidly increased in recent years, with email fraud being the primary tactic of attackers. Lawyers and conveyancers represent an attractive target for cyber criminals, considering you are typically small businesses that deal with large financial transactions.
Email is now deemed insecure and many are worried about their emails being hacked. In response we have developed Communicate, a secure file sharing and messaging platform and mobile app. The first of its kind within the Australian legal and conveyancing industry!
We have always been proud of our culture here at Smokeball, and today we have another reason to be!
We are extremely proud to announce that Smokeball was placed in the Top 20 for the 2019 Best Places to Work Study, in the under 100 employees category.
Email is a great way to quickly and easily communicate with clients and colleagues about a matter, but if not managed effectively, email can become a productivity killer. There are a few things every conveyancing and legal business can do to improve email management.
Computers are important members of your support staff in your conveyancing or law business. To be operating at the top of your game, and to be ethically compliant, your computer must be reliably up to date. Saddling your staff or yourself with a sub-par machine is risky and even more expensive than investing in new equipment. Imagine your secretary is on a slow, problematic computer – aren’t you spending money paying that person hourly for restarting or sitting and staring at a frozen screen? Here’s how to spend money on technology in a smart and reliable way.