July 31, 2015

Finding “The One” – Eight steps to follow in the search for your next employee.

Finding a qualified employee who will fit well within the funeral service environment is the goal of all funeral home business owners and managers. Unfortunately, this can be a challenging task, especially for owners of small funeral home businesses with limited HR resources. But there is a path you can follow that can increase your chances of finding that “one” key employee out of the masses who apply.  Read more as Stephanie Ramsey outlines these steps in the August issue of The Director.
July 28, 2015

AccountAbility – IRS Rules regarding Gifts / Part 2 – Uniforms/Clothing Allowance & Dress Code

Want to know what is considered tax deductible clothing?  Read this month’s AccountAbility to review the common scenarios and accounting consequences of each.  Diane DeClercq defines the difference between a “uniform” and a “dress code”, when each may be deductible and to whom the destructibility applies.
July 28, 2015

Front Office News – 2nd Quarter 2015 – Stylish Employees

In this issue of Front Office News, Stephanie Ramsey reviews some simple steps to follow when developing a dress code for your business.  Given the increasing amount of litigation occurring in this area, you may want to update and review your policy at least annually.  If you don’t have one, call us to find out how we can help you establish a dress code policy.
July 14, 2015

Press Release: Foresight Announces New CEMETERY IMPOSSIBLE Seminar

Phoenix, AZ, July 14, 2015:  Daniel M. Isard, MSFS, President of The Foresight Companies, LLC, the nation’s leading financial and management consulting firm serving funeral homes and cemeteries throughout North America, announced today the dates for a new and revolutionary seminar.  “If you own a cemetery it is not just about mowing, digging and coloring a map a few times a month.  The operation of a cemetery is a holistic operation that speaks a whole different language than any other business including the language of funeral service.  This event is called CEMETERY IMPOSSIBLE!” Dan said.  This is another revolutionary seminar offered by The Foresight Companies, LLC.
July 13, 2015

The Reality Primer of the Cremation Business – Part 5 The Cemetery Cremation Business

This is the fifth and last installment of a series of articles on the cremation business.  The cemetery has a unique problem with the growth of cremation.  On the one hand, there are fewer graves purchased for casket interment.  On the other hand, there is more inventory, as you can inter about 30 urns in a space that would take one casket. Also, there are so many more options for interment with an urn than there are for a casket.  It is these last two facts that present the greatest opportunity for the cemeterian.  
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