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10 Places to Get Payroll Services and More for Your Small Business

Friday, March 16th, 2018

10 Payroll Services for Small Business
If your small business has a team of employees, then you need a payroll service to manage all of those payments and details. A good small business payroll service should automatically calculate how much pay each employee earns during every pay period, then process those payments and calculate taxes and reports to help you keep your financial records in order.

Payroll Services for Small Business

If you’re looking for a new payroll service, here are a few options that are great for small businesses.

Intuit Payroll

Perhaps the biggest name in payroll solutions, Intuit offers a few different plans for different types and sizes of businesses. There’s a basic option for the smallest businesses, one that includes tax information and a more robust HR solution. The basic plan starts at just $16 per month. You can also integrate your chosen platform with QuickBooks to easily manage your finances automatically.


With a few different plans to choose from, Paychex offers a basic and affordable option for small businesses called Paychex Flex, built for teams of up to 49. The cloud-based system also offers mobile functionality and employee self-service options. You can also choose to access more advanced options like benefits management and 401(k) contributions.


A basic payroll calculating service, OnPay lets businesses create payroll checks and access reports based on those payments. The system can also automatically calculate and submit tax payments to the proper tax agencies. The service runs for a $36 monthly fee, plus $4 per person per month.


Alongside its accounting software, Xero offers a payroll service that lets businesses calculate payments, manage employee hours, approve time off and set up direct deposits or cut checks. This solution is made to run seamlessly with other Xero programs, and can also easily integrate with other business management platforms.


Gusto is a cloud-based payroll solution with options for employees and contractors. It also calculates taxes automatically, generates reports and integrates with a variety of accounting and HR solutions. The monthly cost for the most basic option starts at $45 per month.


Part of Sage’s full business management solution, the company’s payroll service includes a few different options. You can start out with Sage Essentials to manage ten employees or less. And you can work your way up to Sage Payroll Full Service, where a professional actually manages your payroll for you.


Built for businesses with anywhere between 5 and 5,000 employees, Insperity is built to scale with your business. The solution can help you easily onboard new hires and manage payments and benefits. It also features a self-service portal to help team members manage their own details.


This online payroll platform allows businesses to manage payroll, employee attendance, benefits and more. Paycor also includes a mobile platform and alerts to notify you if there are any expenses that seem out of the ordinary.

Square Payroll

Built to integrate with the Square POS and payments system, Square Payroll is built specifically for businesses with hourly employees. It lets team members sign in and out on a register. Then it manages payments, taxes and even direct deposits. The employee payroll platform starts at $34 per month, or $5 per month if you’re only working with contractors.


Jumpstart:HR is a more fully featured HR management platform that also includes payroll administration. There are a few different specific plans available for businesses of different sizes. The company also provides HR consulting and even background check and other onboarding services.

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Wix Now Has a Logo Maker for Small Businesses

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Introducing the Wix Logo Maker for Businesses

The new Wix (NASDAQ: WIX) Logo Maker gives small businesses the ability to create a free logo to boost their marketing efforts.

Thousands of small businesses rely on Wix and its DIY website building platform to create their site.

With the Wix Logo Maker, you will be able to create a logo designed by you to fit your brand and customizable to be displayed across different platforms. Wix says it has put together all the tools you need to design your own logo, along with a guide to help you choose the right colors, fonts and best practices.

Small businesses and startups just beginning their entrepreneurial journey should take as much consideration in the creation of their logo as large enterprises. Corporations spend considerable resources in creating the right logo because it passively communicates with potential customers wherever it is displayed.

If you create a logo that captures the attention of your potential customers, they will want to know the company behind it.

The Wix Logo Maker

Just like a designer, the Wix Logo Maker starts by asking you relevant questions about your business, industry and adjectives describing the overall feel you want your logo to communicate.

“Based on your answers, the powerful algorithm will then automatically generate a selection of variations of what your future logo might look like. Simply pick your favorite and get ready to customize,” writes Wix Community and Social Media Manager Taira Sabo on the official company blog.

You will be able to customize the fonts, icons, and colors as well as making the necessary adjustments for the platform or platforms where the log is to be displayed. This includes your website and social media channels for digital formats, and business cards or banners in the physical world.

If you are going to create your own logo, Sabo recommends you make it simple, versatile, timeless and appropriate.

The Logo Maker is now available for free with a Wix account.

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When it Comes to Excitement, the Sales Report Never Disappoints

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Drama Business Cartoon

We cartoonists have to worry about weird details. For example:

How many ups and downs are funny?
Would a curvy line be funnier?
Should it dip below the bottom axis, and if so how often?
How should the graph end?

It took me a few tries before I decided that this line graph was funny enough, but I think I got it.

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Tillerson Departure Could Impact What Your Business Pays for Oil

Friday, March 16th, 2018

The Impact of Rex Tillerson on Oil Prices Now That He's Gone

President Donald Trump’s decision to fire outgoing State Secretary Rex Tillerson could pitch oil prices upward as the White House is expected to become more aggressive toward foreign oil companies.

Impact of Rex Tillerson on Oil Prices

Tillerson’s ousting could tilt the balance of power away from oil producers in Iran and Venezuela, analysts told The Wall Street Journal Wednesday. Replacing the former ExxonMobil CEO with CIA Director Mike Pompeo will likely prompt oil prices to pitch upward, they added.

“The Rexit scenario is bullish for oil because Pompeo is a known hawk against Iran and I think he will embolden Donald Trump to exit the nuclear agreement when he has to make the decision in May,” Helima Croft, head of global commodity strategy for RBC Capital Markets, told reporters Wednesday.

She was referring to Pompeo’s well-known animus to the 2015 international agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program, which, if eliminated, could reimpose economic sanctions on Iran that would limit its oil exports and reduce global supply. Pompeo has also expressed interest in slapping energy sanctions against OPEC member Venezuela.

Oil prices edged slightly higher Wednesday ahead of U.S. inventory data that are expected to show a rise in crude stocks. Other analysts suggest that the oil markets don’t appear spooked by Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas.

Surging non-OPEC oil supply is likely smothering any geopolitical angst from Tillerson’s ouster, according to Bloomberg’s Liam Denning. Another possible reason for the oil market’s relative nonplussed position on Pompeo, he added, is fatigue with the chaotic nature of the Trump administration.

Trump’s ever-changing governing ethos makes “it tough to draw any conclusions about the direction of policy, much less wager money on it,” Denning said, adding that it is not clear if eliminating the Iran agreement would effectively cut off Iranian barrels.

“Europe has been a big buyer of these since the deal went into effect, and China’s imports of Iranian oil have jumped too,” he added.

Republished by permission. Original here.

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New Salesforce Essentials Gives Small Businesses Enterprise Level Tools

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Salesforce Essentials Launched, Provides Options for Small Businesses

Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) just announced the release of Essentials providing small businesses for the first time with a variety of apps for what the company calls the number one global CRM platform. Sales Cloud Essentials and Service Cloud Essentials are the first Salesforce Essential apps available.

The apps are backed with the power of Salesforce Trailhead, Einstein AI, Lightning and AppExchange, which will give small businesses access to enterprise-grade CRM solutions. Salesforce says this is going to future-proof businesses in a rapidly evolving digital environment while allowing them to work smarter and faster with a strong focus on customers.

Small businesses spend a considerable amount of time on manual processes. According to Salesforce, this can amount to 23 percent of an averages small business’s workday. This means a quarter of their time could be better used to drive more productive business initiatives, such as growth. Salesforce Essentials has been designed to overcome this challenge in an easy to use platform small organizations can capitalize on.

In a press release, Mike Rosenbaum, Executive Vice President of CRM Applications at Salesforce, said, “With Essentials, we’ve taken the full power of Salesforce and tailored it for the unique needs of small businesses. Essentials is easy to set up and use — and it’s future-proof, so small businesses can add new capabilities quickly and easily as they grow.”

Salesforce Innovation for Small Business

Salesforce Essentials delivers the same innovative solutions and CRM platform used by 83 percent of Fortune 500 companies. Salesforce said the only difference is it has been optimized to address the needs of small businesses.

The tools include using Trailhead to quickly get started with Salesforce and learn what you can do with the technology. Once you know your way around, you can use Salesforce’s AI platform Einstein to work smarter and also work faster with the Salesforce Lightning platform and the Salesforce Mobile App.

When you are up and running, and ready for your next step, scalability will not be an issue because Essentials is built on the world’s No. 1 CRM platform.


The New Apps

Sales Cloud Essentials gives small sales teams the ability to work smarter and sell more quickly by increasing efficiencies in the sales process. Teams can access comprehensive customer history, including activity history, key contacts, customer communications and internal account discussions in one place with Lightning Sales Console. The information, which includes reports and dashboards of company performance, can be accessed from anywhere with the Salesforce Mobile App.

Service Cloud Essentials makes it easy to set up a help desk to deliver personalized customer service instantly. It gives service agents a complete view of all customer interactions in a single and unified desktop view. This lets agents understand the history and context of each call so disputes can be resolved quickly and accurately.

Customers can make contact via phone, email, Twitter or Facebook. And the Service Cloud Mobile app lets agents provide customer service from anywhere.

Salesforce Essentials Launched – Pricing and Availability

The Salesforce Essentials apps, Sales Cloud Essentials and Service Cloud Essentials are available now. They are priced at $25 per month per user, but you can try them at no cost for 30 days.

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March Madness Will Draw Your Employees’ Focus from Work, Surveys Says

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

How can you stop the drain on employee productivity during March Madness?

The madness has begun. And if you have millennial employees, there’s a good chance the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will distract them.

Employee Productivity During March Madness

You’re likely to see the famed basketball tournament brackets floating around your office. And the chatter at the water cooler may have more to do with underdogs and Cinderellas than it does with getting that big project done on time. In fact, the March Madness tournament is likely to cost American businesses, overall, at least $600 million this year.

That figure comes from employees spending time filling out their brackets and following the results instead of doing work. That’s a lot of down time.

And it’s likely the most time wasted is being done by millennials.

New data from The Tylt shows that employees in the millennial group are likely to put off a work deadline to catch the games on TV (or wherever they’re watching these days). According to a survey conducted recently, 55.8 percent of millennial employees put their brackets first over a work project. Just 44.2 percent of those surveyed say work comes first when it comes to the work and basketball balance.

It seems small business owners are up against it like a 16-seed facing a 1-seed in the opening round of the tournament. There may be no way of preventing employees from following the tournament, even when they’re at work.

Another survey from The Tylt shows 63.5 percent of employees are going to watch the early basketball games on Thursday and Friday (the first and second rounds of the tournament) while they’re at work. Only 36.5 percent of employees say they’ll only watch games at home.

The Office Pool

So, with the odds against you, what can you do to take advantage of your distracted employees?

An office pool may be the answer. Of course, you’ll want to make sure this is a legal office pool with no money involved. Instead of a cash prize, offer some type of work-related prize, like access to a prime parking spot or the keys to the executive restroom.

More Tylt data shows office pools (legal or not) are quite popular among millennials. Among those surveyed, 78.5 percent say “Office Pools FTW” while just 21.5 percent say the pools have no place at work.

All this information shows it’s going to be difficult, if not impossible, to prevent your employees from getting distracted by the basketball tournament. At the very least, keep a majority of your employees engaged with their work while they’re tracking their brackets.

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Top 10 All in One Printers for Small Businesses

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

What is the Best All in One Printer for Small Business?

A good all-in-one printer can provide a small business with a simple way to print out hard copies of documents, scan receipts and other important items to keep digital records, and even communicate with others via fax.

Even with more and more businesses cutting down on paper usage, these devices offer enough functionality to be worth the investment for a lot of small businesses. But nearly two-thirds of small businesses don’t have any idea what they spend on printing related costs. So choosing a great printer that works for your needs and can keep costs down should be a top priority.

Which is the Best All in One Printer for Small Business?

While every business is going to have its own particular needs and budget to work with, here are some top options from different brands and price points that might work for your small business.

Brother MFC-J6935DW

This Brother model allows offices to print for less than a cent per page for black and white, with color printing also available. It has a 500-sheet capacity, so it’s likely best for group offices rather than a single person working from home. It also includes wireless connectivity and retails for about $350.

HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 All-in-One Printer

A printing option that’s best for low-volume printing, this HP all-in-one offers great print quality in both color and black and white, along with decent printing speeds. It’s not quite as cost effective per page as higher volume models, but the retail price is just about $100.

Dell Smart Multifunction Printer – S2815dn

This monochrome multifunction printer from Dell offers several features built for efficiency, including the ability to print directly from Microsoft SharePoint. In addition, it offers a low cost-per-page for high volume printing jobs and retails for between $200 and $350.

WorkCentre 3215 Monochrome All-in-One Printer

This Xerox printer is a solid option for offices that need quality resolution and fast printing. It includes built-in wifi, two-sided printing and can print up to 27 pages per minute. It retails for about $130.

Lexmark CX317dn

This multifunction laser printer from Lexmark is made for small and medium sized businesses. It comes with mobile printing, professional color matching and a color display for easy navigating. For about $400, it prints up to 25 pages per minute.

Ricoh SP 150

This Ricoh printer series is a budget friendly option that only prints in black and white. It prints quickly and is space efficient. There are a few different size options available that also come with Android and iPhone apps for easy mobile connectivity.

Samsung CLX-3175FN

This Samsung multifunction printer is packed full of advanced features that let you print in color, different finishes, and on both sides of the page. It also comes with a compact design to work for offices of any size.

HP Laserjet Pro M227fdw

A mono laser printer from HP, this model is space efficient, but still able to print high volume jobs. It doesn’t include color printing, so it’s only for the most basic jobs, with a relatively low cost per page.

Canon Pixma TS9120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One

This Canon printer retails for just about $100, so it’s an affordable option for home offices or workplaces that don’t process a high volume of printing jobs. Some of the features include bluetooth and cloud printing options, along with a compact design and different color options so it’s sure to fit into any well-designed workspace.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4740

An all-in-one printer from Epson that includes two trays and a 500-sheet capacity, this model is best for busy offices that are in need of versatility with their printing jobs. It includes two-sided printing, high quality color options and touchscreen navigation for about $300 retail price.

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10 Ways AI Can Benefit Your Ecommerce Business

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

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Having an eCommerce platform for your business means competing with the giant online retailers in the marketplace. While you may not have their resources, you can use similar technologies to make your company efficient and highly visible in a very crowded playing field. And the way to do it is by using artificial intelligence or AI — delivered through the cloud.

The great thing about AI is it has become integral in the way many businesses operate and the way consumers interact with digital touch points. And according to HubSpot, 63 percent of customers don’t even know they have been using AI technologies. What this means for your eCommerce site is you can deploy AI and it will start improving operations on the business side and deliver better engagement and services on the consumer side.

Here are 10 ways AI can benefit your eCommerce business today.

Virtual Personal Assistant

Starting with a virtual personal assistant (VPA) may not seem obvious, but it is invaluable for anyone with a business. Running a business is all consuming, and using a VPA is like hiring someone that never sleeps and keeps you updated on what is taking place with your company.

The power of this technology is so significant, 31 percent of business executives told PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the impact is more than all other AI-powered solutions. The free time you gain can be used for self-reflection, coming up with new ideas, and much more.

Predictive Marketing

If you want to have a better idea of what your customers will buy next and when they are more likely to buy it, predictive marketing uses machine learning, which is part of AI, to make it possible.

With predictive marketing, your eCommerce site will be optimized to show what your customers want to see, how they see it, and even suggest price points for the products you sell. These calculations are based on the data you provide, so the more data you aggregate through your website, social media, email and other channels of interaction with your customers, the better the predictions.


Using AI, you can start personalizing marketing campaigns as well as how you interact with your customers. Personalized intelligent automation services can respond based on the customer’s needs, history and specific tasks.

You will be able to make product recommendations, send targeted emails, set prices, deliver personalized ads and create or recommend content for them.

Customer Service

Juniper Research says chatbots will save more than $8 billion annually by 2022. This savings will also extend to your eCommerce business by using chatbots to communicate with your customers. Chatbots will save you all the associated costs of call center services, in house customer representatives, and answering the phone tens or even hundreds of times a day.

Business Insider has reported 67 percent of consumers around the world have used chatbots for customer support in the past year, so it is a proven technology you can deploy right away to reap the benefits.

Optimized Search

Integrating AI into your search capability for your eCommerce site can help your store remember the way each user searches along with their preferences and needs. The technology can also predict and understand what your customers want right away by recognizing the individual characteristics of users and making each visit unique with intelligent searches.

Social Listening

Being able to track conversations in social media networks for keywords, phrases or brands explains what social listening entails. This is not monitoring. With AI enabled social listening, you can gain valuable insight that is more powerful than ordinary notifications.  You can then use the data to discover new opportunities, improve your customer experience, and make more informed strategic product decisions.

Fraud Detection and Prevention

The Global Fraud Index for October 2017 revealed the cost of potential fraud at $57.8 billion, and there was an increase of 45 percent in account takeovers in Q2 2017.

Machine learning can help your site make real-time decisions with risk scoring by detecting very subtle patterns and variations that can easily escape human notice. And because it has a continuous learning cycle, the technology is always analyzing transactions to ensure the right person is making purchases on your site.


When your eCommerce business starts growing, the number of repetitive tasks grow with it. Automation takes over and performs these repetitive tasks and it simplifies front and backend workflows.

Everything from publishing new products on multiple channels to scheduling sales, applying discounts to loyal customers, identify high risk purchases, and more can be automated.

Location Based Intelligence

Using customer data and AI you can gain unprecedented location based intelligence so you can make site specific decisions and forecasts. The technology can be further used for augmented advertising, personalized location-based offers with predictive analysis, and even drive customers to brick and mortar stores.

Dynamic Pricing

Whether you have 100 or 1,000 products, manually changing prices can be a full-time job. Dynamic pricing uses AI to adjust the price of your inventory based on multiple data points.

Your inventory, capacity, market conditions as well as customer behavior and demand can all be used to automatically set prices in real-time as customers are visiting your site.


Artificial intelligence is a must have tool for eCommerce businesses because of the many ways it can optimize the platform as a whole and the individual segments within it.  Whether you choose to address marketing, customer service or everything you do, check with your cloud deliver to discuss how to deliver this technology efficiently. For more on cloud services, contact Meylah.

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Small Businesses Add 68,000 Jobs in February

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

February 2018 ADP Small Business Report Shows That Small Businesses Added 68,000 Jobs

With 10,000 more jobs than January, the ADP Small Business Report shows private sector small business employment increased by 68,000 jobs in February.

February 2018 ADP Small Business Report

The ADP (NASDAQ:ADP) report is stressing the importance of small businesses in contributing to the overall economy of the country. The data for companies with 49 employees or less is a great indicator of the economic health in the US — which is one of the reasons ADP says it makes the data available to the public for free.

The information in the report gives business owners insight into hiring trends across industries. The data can be used to make informed decisions about growth, funding and hiring.

So how is the Labor Market?

Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute, said a press release, “It continues to experience uninterrupted growth.” Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, added, “The job market is red hot and threatens to overheat.  With government spending increases and tax cuts, growth is set to accelerate.”

Small Businesses

Businesses with 1 to 19 employees generated 27,000 of the 68,000 new jobs created in February 2018 while the remaining 41,000 jobs came from companies  with between 20 and 49 employees. Just as in previous months, the biggest job creator was the service industry with 56,000 jobs followed by goods-producing industries creating an estimated 12,000 jobs.

February 2018 ADP Small Business Report Shows That Small Businesses Added 68,000 Jobs

Overall Employment

A total of 235,000 non-farm jobs were created in February. In addition to the 68,000 from small businesses, medium-size businesses with 50 to 499 employees created 97,000 jobs and large businesses with 500 to 1,000 plus employees created another 58,000 jobs.

Once again, the service industry was the clear leader delivering a total of 198,000 across all sectors.

February 2018 ADP Small Business Report Shows That Small Businesses Added 68,000 Jobs

February 2018 ADP National Franchise Report

Franchises also saw higher numbers creating 24,700 new jobs. Franchise restaurants created most of these jobs, about 19,600 in all. Meanwhile, franchises in the auto parts, food retail, business services, accommodations and real estate sectors created the remaining 5,100 jobs.

February 2018 ADP National Franchise Report

The ADP National Employment Report is produced by the ADP Research Institute in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics.

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LG’s V30 Flagship Smartphone Offers a Dust-Proof, Water Resistant Option for Business

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

LG V30 Specs: Flagship Smartphone, Dust-Proof and an All-Around Good Choice

If you’re looking for a water-resistant, dust-resistant, high-end phone for your small business, the LG V30 is one of the most recent. It’s one of the lightest, thinnest smartphones with Android Oreo on the market.

LG V30 Specs

Key LG V30 Specs

The screen gives you 2880 x 1440 pixels, and it almost feels as if you’re holding 6 inches of high-res screen and nothing else. It has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of memory which you can expand with a microSD card to 2 terabytes. Depending on the carrier, there’s the V30+ if 64 GB isn’t enough for you. (See the Cons section.)

According to LG, more colors (up to 211 percent more) will be rendered when shooting pictures or video. (I’m unsure if my human eye will notice, but at least we know the 16-megapixel camera on the V30 is a step up from what the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus offers at 12 megapixels.) The LG V30 camera setting has a wide-angle option which I didn’t try. Video mode has some bonus features like Cine Effect and Point Zoom, which are marketed to the 78 percent of Millennials who use phones for video creation.

LG V30 Pros

Starting with its fully-charged 3,300 mAh battery, in three hours of very heavy uninterrupted use, the LG V30 fell to 62 percent battery capacity. This is a positive because I expected a slightly bigger drop during this stress test. By very heavy, I mean I focused on a known battery-hog — specifically Snapchat. When Snapchat wasn’t in active use, I still kept it open alongside normal apps. I switched back and forth between normal apps and Snapchat. Because the V30 is such a thin phone, I wanted to see if Snapchat would make the V30 uncomfortably hot. It didn’t get hot at all, a nice surprise!

The LG V30 has IP68 certification which means it’s dust-resistant and water-resistant in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. You could safely rinse this phone several times a week to keep it looking new. It is MIL-STD 810G compliant which means it successfully passed 14 military-grade stress tests. It has a headphone jack placed on top, where I think a jack belongs. Because it was introduced in late 2017, it’s easy to find numerous LG V30 message boards filled with tips, fixes and tweaks written by individual owners. The same is true for recent reviews of it on YouTube.

A quick charger using USB Type C is provided and offers the speed you’d expect. If you want wireless charging, that’s sold separately but at least you have it as an option, another positive you’d expect from a 2018 flagship.

LG V30 Cons

The battery, though good, is non-removable. The front-facing camera (or “selfie camera” as some like to call it) is basic at just 5 megapixels.

If you simply want the basic V30, please be sure you don’t get distracted by variants. But one variant worth considering is the V30+ which has double the storage (128 GB) but the same amount of RAM. The V30+ is surprisingly only $82 more than the $830 unlocked version (which means a handset isn’t locked to one carrier), but it’s only for Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular.

When it comes to buying smartphones, “the fewer variants, the better.” Too many variants can lead to confusion. Followers of LG Mobile who predicted there’d be only one V30 variant were wrong. There are now a few variants of the V30 out there like the V30S ThinQ. When you see any LG product with ThinQ in its name, it means artificial intelligence is somehow inside, whether it’s a smartphone, smart appliance, etc. Do most small businesses truly need AI in a phone? Hard to say, but in 2018, I’d guess no unless experimenting floats your boat. Specifically for the V30S ThinQ, ThinQ means camera features with EyeEm (an image-recognizing AI developed in Germany) woven in, as well as voice commands with an AI layer.

LG V30 Specs: Flagship Smartphone, Dust-Proof and an All-Around Good Choice


I see the LG V30 as a solid, high-quality choice for most businesses.

With an 18:9 aspect ratio, however, images (in portrait mode) will be taller than what’s produced on other phones. This could sometimes cause an image that’s shot on a V30 to look off-kilter if opened on another phone. To remedy this, just be mindful of edge extremes during your shooting and any post-production (e.g. Instagram or Snapchat stickers). If your business does a lot of stickers on Instgram or Snapchat, then I’d throw in this minor point of caution. Otherwise, I recommend the V30 for business. If your business is near a lot of water or dust, consider this phone.

If you’re bristling at the price, be aware carriers are usually open to price negotiation if you’re buying several phones for employees. LG recently announced the V30 will earn a special approval in a Google-led program following an upgrade to Android 8.1. The (Android 8.0 version of the phone is what is being reviewed here).

If you’re a medium-sized enterprise, this information may apply to you as well. The Google approval, known as “Android Enterprise Recommended”, is for decision-makers in your IT department. It seeks to make device deployment easier and more consistent, and allow for greater control over data security and various configurations.

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