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  • Microsoft Office Web Apps vs. Google Docs

    Docstoc - Fri, Feb 24, 2012 7:00 AM EST

    Cloud computing let users access what they want from the cloud over a wifi network. Unlike, cumbersome desktop or laptop computers, cloud computers do not have a hard drives, nor are they packed with hefty word processing or other software. You have probably heard ads letting you know that the future is in “the cloud.” Until the last year or so, the only way to access the Internet was to upload Internet software to your computer. With software loaded, you could log on to the web through an Inte More »Microsoft Office Web Apps vs. Google Docs

  • Offsite vs. onsite backup systems

    Docstoc - Fri, Feb 24, 2012 7:00 AM EST

    Backups are certainly necessary, but where you keep your data is also an important decision. Choose from offsite or onsite backup systems. There’s nothing worse than losing all of your client data because a virus attacked your computer or a hacker got in. Sometimes it’s not an outside influence, but a mechanical failure that causes all your data to be lost. Whatever the problem, it’s not a matter of if, but when, your computer will go down. When that happens, you want to be sure that you have ba More »Offsite vs. onsite backup systems

  • 10 quick website maintenance tips

    Docstoc - Fri, Feb 24, 2012 7:00 AM EST

    It’s easy to forget about the business website. But, remember that the business website is your identity online. The site needs to be a reflection of what the business is today, not last year. Keeping it up to date is key to attracting new customers. The business website is the first stop for customers. Customers -- new and old -- rely on websites to be a source of current, accurate, and relevant information. Is there anything more maddening that shopping for a laptop battery only to find that t More »10 quick website maintenance tips

  • Web-based productivity tools for entrepreneurs

    Docstoc - Fri, Feb 24, 2012 7:00 AM EST

    Entrepreneurs can use all the help they can get. Since these innovative business owners are often trying to do more than really fits in a day, it can be useful to have some productivity tools to help them be more efficient. Online tools, in particular, are handy. In today’s world, it’s become almost necessary to keep much of your life accessible online. You need to be able to access your files and business information from anywhere, especially if you are an entrepreneur who is mobile. Fortunatel More »Web-based productivity tools for entrepreneurs

  • Benefits of telecommuting

    Docstoc - Fri, Feb 24, 2012 7:00 AM EST

    Working from a remote location can be beneficial for both the worker and the company, if things are done right, boosting productivity and increasing company loyalty. Telecommuting is something that many employees dream of, but it isn’t just beneficial to workers; it can also be an excellent choice for employers. If you are a small business owner contemplating allowing some employees the option of telecommuting from home, keep in mind that it isn’t the best option for everyone. Before you offer t More »Benefits of telecommuting

  • Taking your business mobile

    Docstoc - Fri, Feb 24, 2012 7:00 AM EST

    Being part of the mobile revolution can help your business get new customers and stay cutting-edge. But develop a careful mobile strategy before spending any money. Taking your business mobile has a few different connotations; which you choose will depend largely on your small business’ needs, budget and audience. There are now over 100 million smart phones sold each quarter, so it’s only natural that you should want to reach some of that audience through their phones. But first, analyze your ta More »Taking your business mobile

  • Holding a successful webinar

    Docstoc - Fri, Feb 24, 2012 7:00 AM EST

    Webinars can be great marketing tools, but there’s a lot that can go wrong. Plan everything out and make sure you’re ready for potential issues for a successful webinar. Holding a webinar might sound easy, but if you want everything to run smoothly, it needs to be planned well in advance. Anticipate any potential issues and make sure you have solutions for them, to avoid delays or embarrassing mistakes once the meeting has started. Webinars, or online seminars, can be an excellent method of prom More »Holding a successful webinar

  • 7 things you should know about SEO

    Docstoc - Fri, Feb 24, 2012 7:00 AM EST

    Search engine optimization is something that is often spoken of, but it isn’t often that people truly understand it. If you know what you’re doing, SEO can change the way you do business. If you don’t, however, what you don’t know could sink you. By now, most people realize that SEO is a very important part of business. An Internet presence is vital if you want to make it in today’s world, so search engine optimization is something that just about everyone needs to know something about. If you More »7 things you should know about SEO

  • Get started with eCommerce

    Docstoc - Fri, Feb 24, 2012 7:00 AM EST

    Consumers who once drove to stores to shop now buy from the comfort of their offices and living rooms. Ecommerce, or electronic commerce, is the buying and selling of products and services over the Internet. As use of the Internet expands, the opportunity for your online store grows. With a click of the mouse, a product can be selected, evaluated in terms of product reviews by customers and ultimately purchased. Buying the same item at a brick-and-mortar store would require more time and effort More »Get started with eCommerce

  • How to develop software your business can sell

    Docstoc - Fri, Feb 24, 2012 7:00 AM EST

    If you're in the software industry, or if you want to offer software as a new revenue stream, you've got a few options of how to get the software developed. Which you choose depends on your time, money and technical skills. Software is a product, just like a stuffed animal or car. Just because you sell the software doesn't mean you necessarily have to produce it in-house, although that is an option. You can outsource the work completely to a software design firm or freelancer, or you can take a More »How to develop software your business can sell

  • Building a Mobile App for Your Small Business

    Docstoc - Fri, Feb 24, 2012 7:00 AM EST

    More businesses are finding benefit to having a mobile app for smart phone users. Are you one of them? Here’s your how-to guide for getting started. Assuming you’ve done your homework and determined that your small business would benefit from a mobile phone application, let’s look at the actual planning, execution and implementation process. Start With an Idea You probably have a few ideas about what kind of app you want. Keep in mind that it should be functional, useful or amusing. Don’t waste More »Building a Mobile App for Your Small Business

  • 5 simple internet security tips

    Docstoc - Fri, Feb 24, 2012 7:00 AM EST

    We are so far into the internet age that it is hardly worth mentioning. However, this doesn't mean that internet security no longer needs to be taken seriously. Just as the capabilities and scope of the internet has grown exponentially, so have the threats associated with it. While internet security suites and user awareness continue to improve, crackers and those who aim to undermine internet security continue to adapt. Any business must maintain a secure environment to avoid compromising p More »5 simple internet security tips

  • Top 5 e-commerce mistakes

    Docstoc - Fri, Feb 24, 2012 7:00 AM EST

    Nowadays everyone can practically create their own E-Commerce website in a matter of hours, even with no technical knowledge, no business experience and even… no inventory. However no matter how novice you are, there are a few mistakes that can cost you your sales, and can be spared with some minimal attention: 1. You sell a product that is practically impossible to find on the site, does not show up on any reasonable search result and is buried in page 39 of your catalog? Don’t be surprised no More »Top 5 e-commerce mistakes

  • Save money with entry-level workers

    Docstoc - Mon, Feb 20, 2012 11:01 AM EST

    Hiring fully trained employees can be disastrous for your budget, but if you are willing to train entry level workers, you can save a lot of money and still get the skill sets you need. The more education a potential employee has, the higher his wage. While this is understandable, it can be difficult to justify the high cost of hiring qualified employees when you are on a tight budget. The solution? Hire entry level workers and train them yourself. You will find that there are a number of benefi More »Save money with entry-level workers

  • When to drop products from your product line

    Docstoc - Mon, Feb 20, 2012 11:01 AM EST

    More product variety is not always the best way to go. Do you know when to drop something from your line? Businesses are usually more interested in coming up with new and exciting products to offer clients than they are with getting rid of them, but if you are constantly introducing new items to sell, you may find that others are no longer carrying their weight. What should you do when a product isn’t selling as well as it used to? Is it time to pull it? There’s no quick and easy answer to these More »When to drop products from your product line

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