platforms

In todays world, it seem that everything is moving to an online forum. Everything seems to have an online representation, and it is for good reason. Almost everybody in the world has access to the internet, at any time they like, instantly, through their mobile devices. And more and more sales are being made online than ever before. Forecasts predict that this will only increase, and with the current generation of children being born, never knowing a time before the internet and online commerce, now is the best time to get your business online.

Creating A Website:

The first thing you should attempt to do is create a website for your business. Now, if you find the thoughts of doing this too much to bear, there are professionals out there that can do this on your behalf. For a price. You will find that having a website created for you is very expensive. But creating websites these days is far easier than it was in the past. There are no coding, formulas or any of that complicated malarkey that featured in the internet of the past. Websites like WordPress make it extremely simple for you to get up and running.

And YouTube is a great resource for tips and trick also, so make use of this if you run into trouble. And of course, the likelihood is, at first you might. But after you get used to using the various tools at your disposal, you will soon be a dab hand at content creation, and you’ll wonder why you ever considered hiring a website creation professional.

One interesting thing you’ll notice these days is that local business owners are finally seeing the value of being able to drive new leads and customers to their business by actually investing in a proper website design.

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applications

In the world of today, much of the tasks that were originally done over the phone, or via post are now being done electronically. And these tasks are moving away from the desk, and into people’s pockets, as things go truly mobile.

Here, we look at some of the essential apps that you should consider downloading to your smart phone or tablet.

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business guide

Whether just starting out in business, contemplating setting up your own company, or already established, it is always pretty useful to have some tips and tricks to assist you in progressing with your aims. In this article, I hope to share some insights with you – some you may already know and some may just light a little fire under you, creativity wise. It can be tough enough out there in the big, bad business world, so if we can make things any little bit easier for ourselves, we should.

Cash – Make Sure You Have Enough of Funds:

This may seem very fundamental, but you would be surprised at the amount of times this one gets overlooked, or forgotten about entirely. Having plenty of cash in the bank, whether starting out or already up and running a local business, is very important. If you have forecasted that a cash flow problem is approaching on the horizon, address it as quick as you can. This way, there can be no nasty surprises.

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printers for your business

In an earlier article, I went through the benefits of signing up to a managed Print Service, and how this could be of use to your business. However, for whatever reason, this may not be suitable for you. Perhaps it is just the case that yours is a smaller business, and you may only require the one printer.

Below, we examine some of the printers that are available to businesses, enabling you to choose wisely when it comes to making the purchase of a new printer.

Monochrome, Inkjet – What’s the Best?

Let me tell ya, I totally understand how easy it is to get bogged down in technical terms when it comes to computing, and this is true also of printers. There is just so much choice available out there; it can be hard to settle on a definite choice. Really what you should be asking yourself is, what will you need the printer for? Do you need the tasks done fast? In colour? With a fine resolution? Weighing up if some or all of these features are essential to you, will help in narrowing down your search.

Most Expensive – It is Not Always Best!

It can be pretty easy to get caught up in the trap, thinking that the most expensive option is the best. While an expensive printer may be pretty feature packed, stop and think – “will I actually use all of these features?” Chances are, you will not require half the features offered on some of these crazy expensive devices.

Recommended Printers:

Enough of the chat then – what are the best printers available out there, that present good value for money, and have the lastability required, to ensure you are not having to fix the damn thing every 3 months? Below are some of the printers recommended by us, for your careful consideration. As always, shop about online for the best deal, and places like Amazon may through up some serious bargains.

  • Ricoh SP-213W – Cheap, double sided printing, but a little noisy
  • HP Pagewide Pro 477dw – Fast printing, handles paper well, but pretty heavy
  • Epson Ecotank ET-4550 – Comes with 2 years supply of ink, but is slow
  • HP Officejet 7110 – Fast printing at low cost, no double sided printing
  • Brother HL-S7000DN – Very fast, but pretty expensive also.

Hopefully this is of help to you when it comes to making that purchase of a new printer for your business.

hr department

If your business does not already have one, then starting up a HR department for your business is a pretty wise decision to make. Even if your company is relatively small, even assigning one staff member to this function is beneficial, for several reasons. (Obviously, it would be a staff member with the specific training to be able to perform in such a role, that would be assigned!)

Below, we take a look at some of the reasons why a HR Department is a great idea for your business.

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tax software

We all know that tax is an inevitability, and can be incredibly frustrating, as it simply so complex and difficult to comprehend. Heck, even Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying that the most difficult thing in the world to understand is taxes. Tough and all as they are to understand though, it is of the upmost importance that this aspect of business is correct, and it is for this reason that many business owners simply hire a tax consultant or expert to look after this for them. Although an ideal solution, it can be extremely costly. And if you are just starting out in business, or maybe are finding additional funds hard to come by, then this is another expense that, if you could avoid, you would.

But maybe you can. There are several software solutions out there, that can assist you in keeping track of your tax affairs, simplifying the filing process for your tax return. Below, we examine some of these programs, to see how they may be of benefit to you and your business.

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excel tips

Whether you are a long time user, or relatively new to the application, Excel is a seriously powerful tool for businesses. The sheer level of functionality built in is mind boggling. And while the learning curve is a little steep, do not allow that to defer you from using it. Here, we take a look at some tips that may assist you in using Excel to its full potential.

Free Online Training:

You may not have been aware that it is possible to receive online training courses, entirely for free, for the Excel program. Many education centres the world over charge for this kind of training, but there are several websites out there that offer free training, giving you the very best foot forward. As always, Google is your friend here!

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Managed Print Service

If you are like hundreds of thousands of other businesses and companies across the world, the likelihood is that you have a network printer (or maybe more than 1, depending on the size of the business). And another certainty is that you have no doubt noticed how expensive this function is. Between the cost of ink, toner, paper and just general maintenance and repairs costs, this one aspect of computing is most likely the biggest expense on your balance sheet every year. However, changing to a Managed Print Service may help you reduce some of those costs.

What is a Managed Print Service (MPS)?

First of all, these kinds of services are offered up by specialist companies. Your existing printers will be replaced with a new type of printer. These new printers will require each individual using it to sign in (Some also allow sign in via clock in badge), every time they wish to print a document. Now, while that sounds finickey, it is purposely designed this way. The reason for this is accountability, with a view to reducing costs.

It is estimated that the average staff member uses anywhere between 200 & 450 hours per year on unneeded or unnecessary printing activity. That is a serious chunk of time. So, it’s easy to see how savings can be made, immediately. Scale this up for a large workforce, and the time squandered becomes considerable. And that is even before you take the materials cost into consideration.

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work virtually

Any offices, the world over, are moving to virtual workspaces. Now you may never even have heard of a virtual workspace, or perhaps you are considering making the move, but are unsure as to what is involved. The following article provides you with the info you need to know in relation to this, including some of the features you can look forward to.

What is a Virtual Workspace?

When you think of a virtual workspace, you would be forgiven for imagining your workforce, all with VR headsets donned, sat at their desks, working away! However, this is not what a virtual workspace means. Effectively, a virtual workspace is one where you can access your computer server and internal company systems centrally, somewhat like cloud computing. And the Daddy of these kinds of system undoubtedly, is Citrix.

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tools for online biz

If you are now entering into business for the first time, there are many software tools available out there, both paid and free, that could prove priceless to you, in terms of their usefulness. Even if you already an established business person, you may not be aware of some of the tools out there – and there are absolutely mountains of them – the problem is cutting the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.

Below, we make this task somewhat easier for you, allowing you to just get on with your business, not having to worry about the possibility that there might be something better or more functional out there.

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