Denise Caron-Quinn is now an Evernote Certified Consultant

Evernote is a remarkable productivity tool that offers cloud-based storage, flexibility, and multi-platform support. We’re pleased to announce that In Order to Succeed Founder, Denise Caron-Quinn, has become an Evernote Certified Consultant. Having completed the comprehensive Evernote Business training, Denise is recognized as an Evernote expert. She can help show clients how to quickly get Evernote Business set up for their team and guide them towards maximum productivity.

Benefits of Working with an Evernote Certified Consultant:

Custom-designed workflows tailored to meet your needs
Guidance on how to best deploy Evernote in your business
In-person assistance to ensure fast adoption of Evernote among your team
Access to a personal go-to expert when you have questions
From small tasks to major projects, Evernote is where you’ll achieve your best work, day in and day out. As one workspace that lives across your phone, tablet, and computer, Evernote is the most productive office for modern teams.

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An Organized Hard Disk: The Best Organization Tool For Your Laptop

The data wizard within your laptop may appear somewhat skillful, but it won’t reach its full organizational potential without your personal intervention. To prevent your storage from eventually reaching a stage of accumulated chaos, you must take control of data management.

The wizard dumps some documents into the My Documents folder. Others end up in custom storage as designated by the creator application. Newly installed software may store critical program components in the system’s common AppDat folder, or it may dump everything into a custom program group. Icons show up on the desktop and you may not even know how they got there. If you fail to keep track of information destinations, the laptop tools you use to organize your life may end up crashing your wizard.

Information Organization – Plan Before You Walk

The best organization tools for your laptop are tailored to your specific needs. Finding the applications you want is easy. Coordinating their functions on your system can be difficult, but controlling the software installation process is the key to efficient information management.

Warning: Moving data files, program files or renaming directories can make them unable to read or even result in program failure.

The tips focus on tracking and changing program features during the application installation process. To create a simple disk organization program:

  • Integrate your programs by function and work type
  • Install virus protection
  • Install a file compression utility
  • Take control of where specific programs are installed
  • Distinguish data files from program files
  • Follow proper file-naming principles (UNC Charlotte has a quick guide for file naming)
  • Use meaningful file names

Customizing Your Hard Disk Organization

If starting from scratch, go with a laptop vendor that permits factory-installed software customization. For example: The Lenovo ultrabook can be built from scratch, enabling the buyer to make decisions concerning preferred operating system, productivity suits, security software and more before ordering. Follow up by organizing your hard drive in accordance to your work methods. According to the University of California San Diego, synchronization plays a major role in data storage. Nearly every data storage device and application relies on periodic synchronization. The better you organize your hard disk, the more efficiently your laptop will function.

The process is simple:

  • Plan data paths in a way that assist you in data saving, data retrieval and data backup
  • Develop and maintain a precise naming convention for directories and files
  • Layout the hard disk organizational-map and create all directories prior to any new application installations
  • Place data files in folders set aside for data
  • Place program files in folders designated for programs
  • Use multiple subdirectories with limited file content in lieu of massive subdirectories with many files
  • Use short but distinctive and descriptive folder naming conventions.

Take control of your computer’s internal data wizard and organization. But don’t forget that the wizard is there as your helper. Don’t reinvent the Microsoft storage system.

Visit In Order to Succeed on Facebook and on Twitter.

An Organized Hard Disk: The Best Organization Tips For Your Laptop

The data wizard within your laptop may appear somewhat skillful, but it won’t reach its full organizational potential without your personal intervention. To prevent your storage from eventually reaching a stage of accumulated chaos, you must take control of data management.

The wizard dumps some documents into the My Documents folder. Others end up in custom storage as designated by the creator application. Newly installed software may store critical program components in the system’s common AppDat folder, or it may dump everything into a custom program group. Icons show up on the desktop and you may not even know how they got there. If you fail to keep track of information destinations, the laptop tools you use to organize your life may end up crashing your wizard.

Information Organization – Plan Before You Walk

The best organization tips for your laptop are tailored to your specific needs. Finding the applications you want is easy. Coordinating their functions on your system can be difficult, but controlling the software installation process is the key to efficient information management.

Warning: Moving data files, program files or renaming directories can make them unable to read or even result in program failure.

The tips focus on tracking and changing program features during the application installation process. To create a simple disk organization program:

  • Integrate your programs by function and work type
  • Install virus protection
  • Install a file compression utility
  • Take control of where specific programs are installed
  • Distinguish data files from program files
  • Follow proper file-naming principles (UNC Charlotte has a quick guide for file naming)
  • Use meaningful file names

Customizing Your Hard Disk Organization

If starting from scratch, go with a laptop vendor that permits factory-installed software customization. For example: The Lenovo ultrabook can be built from scratch, enabling the buyer to make decisions concerning preferred operating system, productivity suits, security software and more before ordering. Follow up by organizing your hard drive in accordance to your work methods. According to the University of California San Diego, synchronization plays a major role in data storage. Nearly every data storage device and application relies on periodic synchronization. The better you organize your hard disk, the more efficiently your laptop will function.

The process is simple:

  • Plan data paths in a way that assist you in data saving, data retrieval and data backup
  • Develop and maintain a precise naming convention for directories and files
  • Layout the hard disk organizational-map and create all directories prior to any new application installations
  • Place data files in folders set aside for data
  • Place program files in folders designated for programs
  • Use multiple subdirectories with limited file content in lieu of massive subdirectories with many files
  • Use short but distinctive and descriptive folder naming conventions.

Take control of your computer’s internal data wizard and organization. But don’t forget that the wizard is there as your helper. Don’t reinvent the Microsoft storage system.

Visit In Order to Succeed on Facebook and on Twitter.

2013 Tax Tip: 10 Ways to Get Help from IRS.gov

When you’re looking for tax information, you want to find it as quickly and easily as possible. That’s why the IRS redesigned its website. It’s now even more user friendly. Here are the top 10 reasons to visit IRS.gov:
1.     Get 24/7 Access. Whether you do your taxes during the day or burn the midnight oil, IRS.gov has the tax forms and answers you need when you need them. It’s accessible all day, every day. The Interactive Tax Assistant is a helpful tool that will answer many of your tax law questions. Several tax forms, publications and information are also available in Spanish.
2.     Use Free File. Anyone can prepare and e-file their taxes for free with IRS Free File. Offered exclusively at IRS.gov, Free File’s brand name software or fillable forms do the work for you. If you made $57,000 or less, you qualify to use free tax software. If your income is more than $57,000 or you feel comfortable preparing your own tax return, use Free File Fillable Forms. This option provides the electronic versions of IRS paper forms.
3.     Try IRS e-file. Whether you do your own taxes or hire a preparer, IRS e-file is the safest, easiest and most popular way to file a complete and accurate tax return. Since 1990, taxpayers have e-filed more than one billion returns. If you owe taxes, e-file gives you options to file early and pay by the tax deadline. If you are due a refund, you should receive it in less than 21 days.
4.     Check Your Refund Status. You can track your refund using the enhanced “Where’s My Refund?” tool. It’s quick, easy and secure and has a new look this year. You can start checking on the status of your refund within 24 hours after the IRS has received your e-filed return. You can check your refund status four weeks after you mail a paper return. The tool includes a tracker that displays the progress of your return in three stages while it is processed. Once IRS approves your refund, “Where’s My Refund?” will give a date to expect your refund.
5.     Make Payments Electronically. E-payment options are a convenient, safe and secure way to pay taxes. You can authorize an electronic funds withdrawal, use a credit or debit card or enroll in the U.S. Treasury’s Electronic Federal Tax Payment System.
6.     Use the EITC Assistant. The Earned Income Tax Credit is a tax credit for working people who earned less than $50,270 in 2012. The credit can be worth as much as $5,891. Check your eligibility using the EITC Assistant tool. You may be among the millions of eligible workers who get the EITC this year.
7.     Get Tax Forms and Publications. You can view and download tax forms and publications any time. It’s the easiest way to get IRS forms and publications.
8.     Figure the Right Withholding. The IRS Withholding Calculator will help to ensure you don’t have too much or too little income tax withheld from your pay.
9.     Request a Payment Agreement. Paying all your taxes on time avoids penalties and interest. However, if you cannot pay your taxes in full you may be eligible to use the Online Payment Agreement Application to request an installment agreement.
10. Get the Latest Tax Law Changes. Learn about tax law changes that may affect your tax return. Special sections of the website highlight changes that affect individual and business taxpayers.
The address of the official IRS website is www.irs.gov. Don’t be misled by sites that claim to be the IRS but end in .com, .net, .org. Some thieves use phony websites to gain your personal and financial information. They then use this information to commit identity theft or steal your money.

The above information was provided in a press release from the Internal Revenue Service. For more help on preparing your taxes and organizing your files contact professional organizing firm In Order to Succeed at info@inorderotsucceed.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Tax Tips: 10 Ways to Get Help from IRS.gov

When you’re looking for tax information, you want to find it as quickly and easily as possible. That’s why the IRS redesigned its website. It’s now even more user-friendly.

Here are the top tax tips on visiting IRS.gov:
1. Get 24/7 Access. Whether you do your taxes during the day or burn the midnight oil, IRS.gov has the tax forms and answers you need when you need them. It’s accessible all day, every day. The Interactive Tax Assistant is a helpful tool that will answer many of your tax law questions. Several tax forms, publications, and information are also available in Spanish.
2. Use Free File. Anyone can prepare and e-file their taxes for free with IRS Free File. Offered exclusively at IRS.gov, Free File’s brand-name software or fillable forms do the work for you. If you made $57,000 or less, you qualify to use free tax software. If your income is more than $57,000 or you feel comfortable preparing your own tax return, use Free File Fillable Forms. This option provides the electronic versions of IRS paper forms.
3. Try IRS e-file. Whether you do your own taxes or hire a preparer, IRS e-file is the safest, easiest and most popular way to file a complete and accurate tax return. Since 1990, taxpayers have e-filed more than one billion returns. If you owe taxes, e-file gives you options to file early and pay by the tax deadline. If you are due a refund, you should receive it in less than 21 days.
4. Check Your Refund Status. You can track your refund using the enhanced “Where’s My Refund” tool. It’s quick, easy and secure and has a new look this year. You can start checking on the status of your refund within 24 hours after the IRS has received your e-filed return. You can check your refund status four weeks after you mail a paper return. The tool includes a tracker that displays the progress of your return in three stages while it is processed. Once IRS approves your refund, “Where’s My Refund” will give a date to expect your refund.
5. Make Payments Electronically. E-payment options are a convenient, safe and secure way to pay taxes. You can authorize an electronic funds withdrawal, use a credit or debit card or enroll in the U.S. Treasury’s Electronic Federal Tax Payment System.
6. Use the EITC Assistant. The Earned Income Tax Credit is a tax credit for working people who earned less than $50,270 in 2012. The credit can be worth as much as $5,891. Check your eligibility using the EITC Assistant tool. You may be among the millions of eligible workers who get the EITC this year.
7. Get Tax Forms and Publications. You can view and download tax forms and publications any time. It’s the easiest way to get IRS forms and publications.
8. Figure the Right Withholding. The IRS Withholding Calculator will help to ensure you don’t have too much or too little income tax withheld from your pay.
9. Request a Payment Agreement. Paying all your taxes on time avoids penalties and interest. However, if you cannot pay your taxes in full you may be eligible to use the Online Payment Agreement Application to request an installment agreement.
10. Get the Latest Tax Law Changes. Learn about tax law changes that may affect your tax return. Special sections of the website highlight changes that affect individual and business taxpayers.
The address of the official IRS website is www.irs.gov. Don’t be misled by sites that claim to be the IRS but end in .com, .net, .org. Some thieves use phony websites to gain your personal and financial information. They then use this information to commit identity theft or steal your money.

The above information was provided in a press release from the Internal Revenue Service. For more help on preparing your taxes and organizing your files contact professional organizing firm In Order to Succeed at info@inorderotsucceed.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.

2013 Tax Tip: The IRS is on Tumblr

The Internal Revenue Service has added Tumblr to its list of social media platforms. People who want tax information now have another way of accessing helpful tax tips, videos, podcasts and more at tumblr.

Tumblr is a microblogging platform where users access and share text, photos, videos and other information from their browser, smartphone, tablet or desktop.

The IRS plans to use Tumblr to help share information about important programs to help taxpayers, such as late tax law changes, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Free File. The Tumbler site also makes it easy for partner groups and others to share tax information from the IRS.

“Tax issues touch a wide range of people who use information in many different ways. The IRS Tumblr site provides a new avenue for taxpayers and partner groups to get and share important tax information,” said Terry Lemons, IRS Communications Director. “The new Tumblr platform is part of a larger effort at the IRS to get information to taxpayers when and where they want it.”

The IRS’ growing social media presence already includes YouTube, where viewers can watch IRS channels for short, informative videos in English, Spanish, American Sign Language and other languages. The IRS YouTube channels have more than 100 videos, which have been viewed more than 3.1 million times.

In addition, more than 61,000 people follow the IRS Twitter feeds. The latest tax information is available at  @IRSnews or @IRSenEspanol@IRStaxpros covers news for tax professionals,@RecruitmentIRS provides updates for job seekers, and the Taxpayer Advocate Service has information available @YourVoiceAtIRS.

To protect taxpayer privacy, the IRS only uses social media tools to share public information, not to answer personal tax or account questions. It advises taxpayers to never post confidential information, like a Social Security number, on social media sites.

For more IRS social media links go to IRS New Media.

The above information was provided in a press release from the Internal Revenue Service. For more help on preparing your taxes and organizing your files contact professional organizing firm In Order to Succeed at info@inorderotsucceed.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Tax Tip: The IRS is on Tumblr

This tax tip may come as a surprise. The Internal Revenue Service has added Tumblr to its list of social media platforms. People who want tax information now have another way of accessing helpful tax tips, videos, podcasts and more at Tumblr.

Tumblr is a microblogging platform where users access and share text, photos, videos and other information from their browser, smartphone, tablet or desktop.

The IRS plans to use Tumblr to help share information about important programs to help taxpayers, such as late tax law changes, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Free File. The Tumbler site also makes it easy for partner groups and others to share tax information from the IRS.

Tax issues touch a wide range of people who use information in many different ways. The IRS Tumblr site provides a new avenue for taxpayers and partner groups to get and share important tax information, said Terry Lemons, IRS Communications Director. The new Tumblr platform is part of a larger effort at the IRS to get information to taxpayers when and where they want it.

The IRS growing social media presence already includes YouTube, where viewers can watch IRS channels for short, informative videos in English, Spanish, American Sign Language and other languages. The IRS YouTube channels have more than 100 videos, which have been viewed more than 3.1 million times.

In addition, more than 61,000 people follow the IRS Twitter feeds. The latest tax information is available at @IRSnews or @IRSenEspanol@IRStaxpros covers news for tax professionals,@RecruitmentIRS provides updates for job seekers, and the Taxpayer Advocate Service has information available @YourVoiceAtIRS.

To protect taxpayer privacy, the IRS only uses social media tools to share public information, not to answer personal tax or account questions. It advises taxpayers to never post confidential information, like a Social Security number, on social media sites.

For more IRS social media links go to IRS New Media.

The above information was provided in a press release from the Internal Revenue Service. For more help on preparing your taxes and organizing your files contact professional organizing firm In Order to Succeed at info@inorderotsucceed.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.

2013 Tax Tip: What You Should Know About IRS Free File

Taxes can be taxing. But, you don’t have to be a tax expert to prepare your federal tax return. Using IRS Free File, you can prepare and e-file your federal taxes on brand-name software for free. The program is a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a group of about 15 private-sector tax software companies.

All Free File software companies use the latest encryption software. More than 36 million taxpayers used Free File safely and securely since 2003. Free File is not only safe and secure, but using Free File’s e-file option and direct deposit is the fastest way to get a refund.

Here are four tips about IRS Free File:

  1. Access IRS.gov.  To avoid any charges for preparing or e-filing your federal tax return, you must access Free File through the IRS.gov website. Once you choose a Free File company, you will be directed to their website to prepare, print and e-file your return.
  2. Taxes simplified.  Free File software’s question and answer format will help you find tax breaks, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. The software selects the appropriate tax form and does the calculations for you.
  3. Free options for all.  People who make $57,000 or less, which includes most Americans, can use the Free File brand-name software. People who earn more can use Free File Fillable Forms, an electronic version of IRS paper forms.
  4. Free extensions.  Taxpayers who cannot complete their tax returns by the April 15 filing deadline can request a six-month extension. It’s free and easy. Remember, though, that this is an extension of time to file, not to pay. If you think you owe, complete the estimated payment section and submit your payment with your extension request to avoid penalties and interest.

The above information was provided in a press release from the Internal Revenue Service. For more help on preparing your taxes and organizing your files contact professional organizing firm In Order to Succeed at info@inorderotsucceed.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Tax Tips: What You Should Know About IRS Free File

Taxes can be taxing. But, you don’t have to be a tax expert to prepare your federal tax return. Using IRS Free File, you can prepare and e-file your federal taxes on brand-name software for free. The program is a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a group of about 15 private-sector tax software companies.

All Free File software companies use the latest encryption software. More than 36 million taxpayers used Free File safely and securely since 2003. Free File is not only safe and secure, but using Free File’s e-file option and direct deposit is the fastest way to get a refund.

Here are four tax tips about IRS Free File:

  1. Access IRS.gov. To avoid any charges for preparing or e-filing your federal tax return, you must access Free File through the IRS.gov website. Once you choose a Free File company, you will be directed to their website to prepare, print and e-file your return.
  2. Taxes simplified. Free File software’s question and answer format will help you find tax breaks, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. The software selects the appropriate tax form and does the calculations for you.
  3. Free options for all. People who make $57,000 or less, which includes most Americans, can use the Free File brand-name software. People who earn more can use Free File Fillable Forms, an electronic version of IRS paper forms.
  4. Free extensions. Taxpayers who cannot complete their tax returns by the April 15 filing deadline can request a six-month extension. It’s free and easy. Remember, though, that this is an extension of time to file, not to pay. If you think you owe, complete the estimated payment section and submit your payment with your extension request to avoid penalties and interest.

The above information was provided in a press release from the Internal Revenue Service. For more help on preparing your taxes and organizing your files contact professional organizing firm In Order to Succeed at info@inorderotsucceed.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.

2013 Tax Tip: Should I E-File My Tax Return?

If you haven’t tried IRS e-file before, now is the time. Most taxpayers – more than 80 percent – file electronically. The IRS has processed more than 1 billion individual tax returns safely and securely since the nationwide debut of electronic filing in 1990. Fewer people file a paper tax return every year. Here are five good reasons to e-file your tax return:

1. Accurate and complete. E-file is the best way to file an accurate and complete tax return. Tax returns that are incomplete or include errors take longer to process.

2. Safe and secure. Tax preparers and software companies who e-file must meet strict guidelines and provide the best in encryption technology. You receive an acknowledgement within 48 hours that the IRS received your tax return. If the IRS does not accept your tax return, you will receive notification and can quickly correct your return and resubmit it.

3. Faster refunds. An e-filed tax return usually means a faster refund compared to a paper return. The IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days. If you choose direct deposit, your refund goes directly into your bank account. Combining e-file with direct deposit is the fastest way to get your refund. About three out of four taxpayers who file receive a tax refund. Last year the average refund was about $2,700.

4. Payment options. If you owe tax, you can e-file early and set an automatic payment date anytime on or before the April 15 due date. You can pay by check or money order, by debit or credit card, or by transferring funds electronically from your bank account.

5. It’s easy. You can e-file on your own through IRS Free File, the free tax preparation and e-filing service available exclusively at IRS.gov. You can also use commercial tax preparation software or ask your tax preparer to e-file your return. And, if you qualify, IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly partners will e-file your return for free.

For more information about IRS e-file, visit IRS.gov.

The above information was provided in a press release from the Internal Revenue Service. For more help on preparing your taxes and organizing your files contact professional organizing firm In Order to Succeed at info@inorderotsucceed.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.