Breaking open the Silo that is your Business

An MBC consultation encompasses many facets of business and offers an outsiders point of view on your business infrastructure. This can provide many avenues of change and growth for your endeavors to build a growth oriented company. Silos in business are typically necessary. They provide department structure (sales, finance, installation, distribution). But the silo I am talking about is the core one that many business owners have put themselves in naturally by using the same methods they created when starting the business and have taught employees the same methods over the years. This can tend to stagnate a business’s growth over time due to having a perspective of this process worked then, it should work now.

The method needs to be refreshed from time to time to bring about the change needed to make a business grow again, or perhaps realigned to take away major pain points. When is a change needed? Can you look at your P&L from year to year and see income growth or do you see mainly growing expenses? Do your employees complain constantly about other departments not carrying their weight and following through? Have your customers let you know either vocally or thru their wallet that there is a problem? Are several people in the organization trained to provide the same function but none of them do it waiting for someone else to do it? Do you have the proper documentation and processes or are you winging it based on how it has always been done? Do you pull your hair out trying to increase sales of your sales team?

All of these can be signs of needing some outside perspective on the business.

Give MBC a call at 843-936-0632 or send an email to dougm@mortonbusinessconsulting.com to see how we can help you and your business grow.

QuickBooks POS – Invalid Product Number: Error 176109

Solution 1: Delete the contents of the entitlement client folder

  1. Using Windows Explorer, navigate to: C:\Program Data\Intuit\Entitlement Client\v8.
  2. Press the CTRL+A on your keyboard to select all the files in the folder, then press Delete.
  3. Select Yes to confirm the action.
  4. Relaunch QuickBooks Desktop Point of Sale and re-register the application.

Solution 2: Rename the WSActivity file

  1. Using Windows Explorer, navigate to: C:\Program Data\Intuit\QuickBooks Point of Sale XX\Ini
  2. Right-click WSActivity and select Rename.
  3. Enter OLDWSActivity and click anywhere to save.
  4. Close the window then delete the entitlement again.
  5. Relaunch QuickBooks Desktop Point of Sale.

QuickBooks POS Firewall Settings

Configure Windows firewall

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows+R to open the run command.
  2. Type in control, then click OK to open the Control Panel.
  3. Set the “view by” to Small Icons, then select Windows Firewall.
  4. Select Advanced Settings, then choose Inbound.
  5. Click New Rule.
  6. Select Port, then click Next.
  7. Enter the port numbers, then click Next (See Point of Sale Firewall Ports section).
  8. Select Allow Connection, then choose Next.
  9. Name your firewall rule (e.g. POS), then click Finish
  10. Follow steps 5-9 to create a new Outbound Rule.

Point of Sale Firewall Ports

PORTPORT NUMBERS
TCP
(Incoming)
8040, 8443, 8036, 8035, 8025, 8024, 46228, 46225, 46216-46220, 46203, 2638, 443
UDP
(Outgoing)
8036, 8035, 8024, 2638