CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 14 - 20)

Posted by Andrea Drennen, CMCA on January 14, 2018

The end of a year can bring out a lot of stress. Between trying to stick to personal and professional resolutions, and the burden of year-end, the first few weeks of the year are a headache. But they don't have to be! We've got some great help articles for you, from business resolutions to a handy year-end checklist, this CAM Mashup has everything you need to start the year off right! Check it out!

As an educated member of the Community Association Management industry, you already know how crucial it is to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news, trends and happenings within the industry. Each week, we bring together our favorite reads of the week and share them with you! Enjoy the CAM Mash Up and please share it too!

New Year's Resolutions for Your Business

"We often think of New Year’s resolutions as a way to define personal goals for the coming year; however, your business will also benefit when you clearly identify future objectives.

How do you set a company New Year’s resolution? First, decide on an area of your business that you want to improve, develop a plan for execution and take action.

Here are some New Year’s Resolutions to consider for you community association management company."

How Tech Can Strengthen Your Condo Association

"Although there may be reasons that community Associations are resistant to change, Condo Boards need to get with the times. If your goal is to lead a better Condo life, you’re going to need to utilize 21st century technology. This might be anything from electric car charging to modern communications. There are many ways technology improves Condo Associations."

I got to sit down with Better Condo Life to talk about three great ways technology can improve your condo association!

The Elusive Positive, Well-Attended HOA Meeting

"If you’re a community manager or board member you’ve probably heard the tired old joke about annual HOA meeting attendance.  You know that one, about doubling the HOA dues or announcing a major policy change to get the attention of homeowners in hopes that they will come to the annual meeting.  Like any good joke, it’s funny because it’s true.  Ok, in this case, it’s not funny… but, as many of you know, it is true.

Unfortunately, a well-attended HOA meeting often means that homeowners have a bone to pick. The question is, can we get happy and content homeowners to attend meetings and get involved with their HOA in a positive way?" 

Gladly has a few suggestions! Check them out here.

Take Off Some of the Stress of Year-End

"Ugh! It's the new year. The holidays are over and if you're a CAM Accounting professional, 
now is when the real work begins. That's because the new year also marks the beginning of a much more stressful time in community association accounting - Year End."

Everyone goes through the year end struggle, but not everyone has the TOPS team in their pocket! We've compiled a handy list of reminders, deadlines, plus more to help grease the wheels of year-end and keep you moving on to the best parts of the new year. You can find that information in our Year End Newsletter here.

And for our TOPS product users, we have a handy guide to how to close your books within each product. 

Out with the Old, In with the New!

The new year is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings – that can apply to your HOA newsletter as well. If you’ve been using the same layout and basic content for the past few years, it may be time to spruce things up. Effective changes can also attract homeowner attention and get them to pay attention since the newsletter doesn’t look the same as it did before." 

Let a fresh, new look pull some of the weight of keeping your homeowners informed and engaged by implementing some of these changes.

Do You Have Big News This Week?

If you've got big news that would be relevant to other CAM professionals, please share it with us in the comments below!

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