Community Association Management Insights that Defined 2015

Posted by Andrea Drennen, CMCA on December 23, 2015

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2015 has been an amazing year. In 2015 we published over 100 blog posts to for community association management professionals. Our topics ran the gamut from growing your business to the latest trends to finding new ways to increase profitability and so much more. As the year comes to a close, we take a look back at the most popular articles of 2015. Did you catch all ten of these popular posts?

Explaining What You Do for a Living

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Explaining what you do to friends and family can be a real challenge when you're a community association manager. This article gives a handy picture that Association Managers can give to grandma to help explain just what it is you do.  Perhaps that's why this was one of the more popular posts of 2015.

What does a Community Association Manager Do? >
 

Deciding How Much to Charge

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Deciding what to charge can be a very difficult decision, especially in a service industry, and what you decide could make the difference between a Ramen diet or fancy meals for your family. This article walks you through the questions you need to ask to set fair prices that will bring in clients while also providing enough to feed the family. It also includes a handy matrix download that you can use to create your own pricing model.

How Much Should I Charge for My Management Services? >
 

Reserve Fund Accounting

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Sometimes we just need to go back to the start to fully understand complicated concepts. This in-depth article by TOPS founder Jeff Hardy explains what reserves are, how they work and how to track them in your accounting software.

Back to Basics: Reserve Fund Accounting >
 

An Alternative to Robert's Rules

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One of the lowest aspects of community association management is the meetings. Not because there is anything inherently wrong with them, but because of the human element. Parliamentary Procedure is intended to help alleviate that issue, but sometimes the procedure gets in the way of getting things done. This article offers an alternative option to Robert's Rules that may be easier for community members to understand and adopt. Tried it? Let us know how it worked for you!

Is Robert's Rules Too Restrictive? Consider Martha's Rules of Order for Meetings >
 

Easy Excel Shortcuts

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Much as we love our accounting package, we all wind up in Excel at one time or another, to manipulate lists of data, track information, format reports, create charts or even do simple math. This article comes complete with animated instructions of simple, effective ways you can make Excel get on the dance floor and boogie. I still refer back to this one frequently for quick reminders of these great tips.

Six Ways Excel Can Make CAM Management Easier >
 

Make Boards More Effective with Action Item Lists

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If your boards aren't tracking their action items, they may be dropping the ball on important decisions. Follow through is just as important as making a decision, and the minutes are not necessarily the best way to keep track of items that need action. This article argues the importance of an action item list, and gives you a sample that you can use for the communities you manage.

Are Your Boards Dropping the Ball? How to Keep Up >
 

Welcome Packs as Positive Ambassadors

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It's not often I get to turn my love for history into a lesson in community association management. To take that a step further and combine an obscure WW1 story with an important document for community management? Well, let's just say I am glad our readers had as much fun reading this one as I did writing it!

Turn Your Association's Welcome Packet into a Chocolate Soldier >
 

Positively Influencing Your Buyers With Science

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When MBA James Bradley gave his webinar on Behavioral Economics in Community Association Management, nearly 500 CAM professionals tuned in to watch. James revealed the secrets that go on in the brains of boards when they are shopping for a management company, and taught us how to turn that understanding into a positive emotional response on the part of the board. This is one must watch presentation!

Seduce Your Community Association Prospects >
 

The Right Places to Get Your Networking On

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We've all heard the saying, It's not what you know, it's who you know. But how do you find the right people to network with? This article showcases 10 great industry groups on LinkedIn where you can connect with all kinds of CAM industry professionals. It's highly recommended!

Top 10 CAM Industry Linkedin Groups >
 

All Your Budget Advice in One Convenient Place

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We know whenever we publish a new eBook it's going to be popular, but this one took the cake. It was our most popular post of the year and the ebook has gotten thousands of downloads since its release. Even though budget season is officially over, this is a great addition to your library for next year.

Surviving Community Association Budget Season >

 

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