HardSoft wish to congratulate engineer Greig Taylor for passing his exams to become an Apple Certified Support Professional. Greig only a few weeks before became a father to a baby daughter. So its double congratulations. Apple Certified Support Professional will allow him to further his Apple career. He specialised in OS X Server and will now be able to lead installations of HardSoft Apple networks. HardSoft offer a flexible Lease scheme that includes a Mac Mini Server and networked iMacs all installed and configured.
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Andrew loves computers and the way the market is evolving to a 'pay as you go' model against the old methodology of CapEx spending. A background of sourcing lease financing for Start Up businesses means he is perfectly place to provide insightful commentary on computing for new businesses.
As Easy as Change, Continue, or Cancel.
We’re often asked about the flexibility of leasing, and potential customers are often under the impression that leasing is inflexible and they will be tied into long contracts whilst their equipment becomes obsolete and old. We always tell them that leasing IT equipment is as simple as getting your mobile phone contract, they work in just the same way.
Here at HardSoft, we are the pioneers of the ‘Flexi-Lease’, so the clue is in the name. This scheme for businesses is simple and incredibly flexible, we call it Change, Continue, Cancel. All of our customers are offered guaranteed ownership of their equipment at the end of their lease term for just £1, but they can also choose to continue with a new lease once they reach the halfway point of their lease, upgrading their equipment at the same time, allowing them to have the latest and most up to date kit.
Change – technology advances at such a rapid rate that in the three short years of your lease, you can often find yourself working on an outdated device which doesn’t do everything you need it to. If this is the case, you can return the equipment and start a new lease with the latest models and be back at the cutting edge again. Taking advantage of the extras included in a HardSoft lease, such as technical support and warranty.
Continue – the beauty of the Flexi-Lease means that you can always change your mind. Once you’ve reached the halfway point of your lease you can change your equipment at any time. This means that if your business is growing and expanding and you need more equipment for additional staff, you can add to your lease with the most up to date equipment available. Leasing also means that you don’t have to pay outright for the additional kit, leaving your precious cash flow intact for more pressing things.
Cancel – you might find that after 3 years you’re still happy with your equipment, and regardless of there being more up to date and sleeker looking versions available, you’re happy to stick with what you have. If this is the case, you can purchase the device for just £1.00 and take ownership so it’s all yours to keep.
Real Customer examples explaining this leasing flexibility
The best way for us to tell you how flexible our leases are is to give you some examples of our customers taking advantage of flexible leasing in the past few weeks.
Customer A had a 27″ iMac and was paying £89.70 per month. They decided to keep the iMac and also change to a new 27″ iMac with 5K Retina with a new monthly payment of £94.50.
Customer B had two 13″ MacBook Pro Retina’s, paying £104.00 per month, and decided to keep them and add two new 13″ MacBook Pros with Touch Bar for a new monthly payment of £118.00.
Customer C had an 11″ MacBook Air and a 21.5″ iMac, paying £68.03 per month, and then cancelled the original lease returning the existing equipment and part-exchanging it for a new iMac 21.5″ and a new 13″ MacBook Air, with a new monthly payment of £75.50. All customers were able to secure new up to date equipment and keep their payments at roughly the same amount each month.
Each HardSoft Flexi-Lease is covered by three years free warranty and telephone technical support. This warranty is inclusive of all parts and labour. If your machine is faulty we offer, at no extra cost, a ‘Collect and Return’ service; whereby our courier will be sent in the next day after reporting a fault and will return this to us for repair. Also included is telephone support and we offer a remote diagnosis and fault repair service. For more information about our flexible leases, get in touch with our sales team on 020 7111 1643 or email email@example.com.
What is Factoring?
Have you ever been thrilled to land a contract or project with a really big household name company, only to panic when you find out their payment terms are usually 90 days? So, you do the work for them, send in your invoice and then have to wait… and wait… and wait… to be paid. All whilst you’re still having to pay your bills and mortgage, and put food on the table! Well, that’s where invoice factoring comes in. You sell on your invoice to another company, who then pay you – depending on their terms – and wait for the client to pay them, meaning your precious cash flow is intact and you can continue working without gaining any grey hairs from the stress of waiting. Sound good? Well, we can now help you with this.
How HardSoft can help
Hardsoft specialises in leasing computers to small businesses and factoring is a logical extension to this service. Many HardSoft clients are small creative businesses who find that, despite the kudos of working with big named clients, it can cause them real headaches when they face long delays before being paid for work they have done, sometimes as long as 3 months ago. We know how had this can make day to day business for our customers, so we’re partnering with one of our leasing companies, Grenke, who also offer to factor, in a bid to help make our customer’s lives easier. And as we all know the option to phone the bank and get an instant overdraft just doesn’t exist anymore.
Factoring Classic is a whole turnover product where the customer ‘sells’ us all of their invoices, Factoring Choice is when a customer only factors in selected invoices. We also have our single invoice product, where clients can sell invoices on an ad-hoc basis – you could even group together several invoices e.g. if you have five invoices of around £2k which means you’re waiting on payment of in the region of £10k, you can bundle them together and sell them on via factoring. Once you have asked us to factor invoices for you and Grenke has approved, you will receive a cash advance (usually 90% of the total), they will then inform the company that they are factoring the invoice on your behalf and wait for payment from them. When the payment has been made in full, you will receive the remaining 10%, less the factoring fee (usually in the region of 2.5%). The charges are transparent and very very competitive and you can have a three-month trial to decide whether factoring works for you.
Factoring invoices in this way allow you to offer more favourable terms to clients, which in turn can help you to gain increased orders from those clients and improve your turnover. As mentioned above, you can factor one-off invoices or big projects, as well as ongoing projects, or all of your invoicing altogether. Allowing you to relax about your income and feel confident that your cash flow will no longer fluctuate to such an extent that it causes you to lose sleep!
If you’d like to know more about how we can help you with invoice factoring, give us a call on 020 7111 1643 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Need a new laptop? You might be weighing up the differences between buying and leasing and wondering what’s best for you.
Leasing is a great way to get the kit you need now and spread the cost out over a period of time. It can be ideal for businesses and their cash flow as less money is initially laid out for equipment. Businesses need to ensure they’re getting the most affordable price for thir kit, so how much does it cost to lease a laptop and what are the benefits?
We have looked at some of the most popular laptops, as priced in April 2018. All of our costs exclude VAT and based on a lease over a three-year period. There are other leasing options available such as Hardsoft Flexi-Lease, which enables you to renew your kit after two years.
|Model||Price (per week plus VAT)|
|MacBook Air (13”)||£6.70|
|MacBook Pro (13”)||£8.80|
|MacBook Pro (13” with touch bar)||£12.40|
|MacBook Pro (15”)||£13.15|
|MacBook Pro (15” with touch bar)||£16.30|
|Dell XPS 13-9370 (13”)||£11.70|
|HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop||£13.95|
These costs are extremely affordable against their overall prices and give businesses the freedom to have quality equipment without having to spend large sums of money all at once. This can be beneficial for all businesses – especially for SMEs. For the cost of a few coffees per week, you could have an excellent piece of kit that can help you grow your business.
When starting a business, many laptops may not be affordable, but rather than sacrificing the quality of your equipment, it’s worth considering leasing options. You can apply for the flexi-lease as a start-up business and this will then give you the opportunity to upgrade your equipment after two years once your business is more established.
What are the benefits of leasing a laptop?
- You can have the equipment you want right now! No need to save or interrupt your business cash flow.
- Full warranty is included throughout the lease period.
- At the end of the lease, you can either keep the computer for a fee depending on your lease choice, or upgrade.
- We can install necessary software your business may need such as Microsoft Office.
- The more machines you order, the cheaper the overall cost.
- There is no initial deposit.
- Start-up businesses can apply for our flexi-lease option. We have helped thousands of start-ups get the quality equipment they need.
- If your Mac needs repairs, we can provide a loan Mac so your business doesn’t need to be out of action.
- Throughout the duration of your lease, you will have telephone technical support if you have any queries.
Take a look at our range of Apple Notebooks and PC Laptops to find the right equipment for your business. If you have any questions about our leasing options, please get in touch – our friendly team would be happy to discuss your options.
No design kit is complete without Wacom
This year Wacom has launched a new or updated range of products. The new Intuos Pro Paper and an updated Intuos Pro are already available and the Cintiq Pro is expected to arrive later this year! Leasing your Wacom makes sense because it makes access to the latest products much easier, without impacting on your cash flow. Here we take a look at the Wacom range and help you find the right one to lease.
Wacom Intuos Pro
This is a great option if you work in creative applications. Perfect for precision work and offering improved resolution and sensitivity than the original Intuos, as well as tilt recognition and ExpressKeys. The new Intuos Pro comes with the new Pro Pen 2, is x4 more accurate than the previous generation of Pro Pen and with 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity it offers a more natural and responsive drawing experience. Just 8mm thick, it is thinner and more compact than its predecessors while keeping the same size active area. Both models come with a Touch Ring, 8 customisable ExpressKeys and on-pen slider switches so that you can have your favourite shortcuts right at your fingertips.
Wacom MobileStudio Pro
This piece of kit is a game changer. It combines your graphics tablet and laptop into one! It offers you a mobile solution that is just what you need if you’re out and about all the time. With full full versions of your chosen creative software and up to 4K resolution with 96% RGB colour performance, as well as the brand-new Wacom Pro Pen 2.Available in both 13 and 16 versions with both running on Windows 10. The 13 has a 13.3” screen, 6 ExpressKeys, and three configuration options to choose from. The 16 provides a larger workspace, up to a 15.6” display and 8 ExpressKeys.
Wacom Cintiq Creative Pen Display
This brings together pen and touch input with a high res display, the Cintiq Creative Pen Display is perfect for those who work with illustrations or 3D design because you are able to paint directly onto the screen. You can also customise it to the perfect way of working for you, with the adjustable stand position, ExpressKeys and TouchRings which can be tailored to your preferences.
Intuos Paper Edition
The Intuos Paper Edition is the Wacom for you if you still like to work on paper. It combines an Intuos Pro tablet with a Paper Clip, which attaches to the top of your tablet and tracks pen strokes made with your Wacom Finetip Pen, which is included. The Clip saves each stroke of your Finetip Pen in an editable file, which you can open in your creative software. You can even have the digital version made up of Photoshop layers by tapping a button on the table to start a new layer as you draw. There are a few size options, such as the desktop version with a 21.5″ full HD display is the Cintiq 22HD, and the more portable option of the Cintiq 13HD. There is also the Cintiq 27QHD, which is at the top of the Wacom tree.
If you’d like to find out more about leasing a Wacom, or any other graphics tablet, get in touch with our knowledgeable sales team who can talk you through your options. Call 020 7111 1643 or email email@example.com.