So much to do and so little time! You're a busy bee, but there's a lot happening that you'll want to keep an eye on. Check out all the news and info you might have missed this week in Community Association Management with this week's CAM Mashup!
Make Your List, and Check It, Like, a Thousand Times
You know, my mother is already playing Christmas music in her car while she drives around. She's been ready for the holidays since before last year's holidays I think. But not all of us are so prepared for this time of year, how can we be when there's so much to plan and do? You've still got a budget to nail down, and once that's done, you've got Year-End everything to handle.
If you're still struggling through your budget planning, take a look at this spooky step-by-step break down of how to approach your budget, and how TOPS [ONE] can make it a cinch. Then stop by Gladly's site and remind yourself why budgets are so vital to the success (and value) of a community! It's easy to forget what a budget is really all about when you're lost in in the sea of numbers, but budgets are the foundation of any successful community.
And then once that's wrapped up, buckle up and get ready to map out your annual meeting! Wise Property Solutions says, "Annual meetings serve a specific purpose—primarily to receive financial reports and elect board members—but are often derailed to become an unproductive and stressful exercise." Now I'm no psychic, but I'm pretty sure I just saw you nod knowingly when you read that. Making advanced preparations for your annual meeting is a must if you want your Year-End tasks to go smoothly. See what tips they have to say about it, and keep an eye out on the CAM blog, we'll have our take on Year-End up soon!
Coupons! Getcha Coupons, Here (Almost)!
Remember that big announcement we made last month about our newest feature offering, TOPS Mailroom? Well we can't stop thinking about it, so we've got another teaser for you! Product Manager Nicole Beal has a quick breakdown of what TOPS [ONE] users are looking forward to with this new feature!
Put Your Best Tweet Forward
I'll be the first to admit that I can be a little bit abrasive. And obviously I love all things digital, including social media. But that doesn't mean those two things mix well...ever. These days, "the internet is forever" is more true than ever before. Celebs careers are being upended over years-old (arguably offensive) tweets. Public Op-Eds (although admitted to be true) can cost every day schmucks their jobs. It's wild world out there on the world-wide web, and it's important that you don't accidentally wade too far out into the waters of the potentially offensive, especially if you're potentially representing more than just yourself.
Here are five questions you can ask yourself to make sure what goes out doesn't come back to bite you!
"[TOPS'] Staff Has Been Very Supportive"
We had a conversation with one of our long-term clients, James Long of J&L Management to talk about what drew him to the CAM industry, and why he's such a vocal supporter of TOPS and TOPS [ONE]. We love hearing about how our solution has helped real people better manage their day-to-day tasks, and how our dedicated support staff continue to bring some positivity to a negative experience. Check out everything he had to say about his experiences, personal and professional challenges, and why, every day, he chooses TOPS.
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About the CAM Mash-up: 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!