A professional front door

From guest blogger Emma Jones When you run a business from home, you realise the importance of extending a professional welcome to existing clients and potential customers. Presenting to prospects a reception that says ‘we are in business, here to serve and quality is our aim.’ There are a number of ways to extend such…


Implications of the reduction in VAT

While we’re all trying to work out the implications of the reduction in VAT earlier this week, the obvious implications for invoicing need to be addressed pretty quickly. As fellow blogger Nick pointed out on Tuesday, in his True Business blog post VAT down to 15%: send out those invoices fast!, all small business owner/managers…


Microsoft and the NSPCC: raising vital funds

The bumper total raised by the televised Children in Need appeal a couple of weeks ago is evidence that even in these difficult times – or perhaps especially in these times – the general public is very aware of those less fortunate than we’d like. We all try to do a bit here and Microsoft…


Viapost could reduce your postal costs: guest blogger Tim Kimber

ViaPost offers an innovative way for companies (and individuals) to save cost and increase the efficiency of their postage needs. They have developed a print driver that is downloaded, and then when you go to print from Word, you actually print to their remote digital printers and the letter is collated into an envelope, franked…


Top 10 money-saving tips

We’re all looking at ways to save money at the moment. And small businesses are no different to large ones in that respect. In the Microsoft Small Business Centre we’ve put together a list of 10 money-saving tips which we recommend you take a look at. The first four items on the list are all…


Business Start-up exhibition, 28-29 November, Olympia, London

Opinion is divided as to whether this is a great time to start up a new business or whether you couldn’t pick a worse one. Either way, for an increasing number of workers facing actual or potential redundancy it’s a subject on many people’s minds. So a visit to the Business Start-up exhibition at the…


Microsoft Small Business Centre

If you like what you read on our Small Business Blog take a look at our Small Business Centre. You’ll find a wealth of advice, hints, tips and information to help you and your business. Whether you’re just starting-up or whether you’re a growing business, you’ll find resources to make your business day smoother and more…


Get Safe Online

  Today (17 November 2008) marks the start of Get Safe Online (GSO) week, an initiative which promotes online protection and provides clear, reliable and practical Internet security advice to anyone and everyone who wants it. Microsoft is one of the proud sponsors of this campaign and has a very strong investment in its purpose….


Windows Vista £10,000 Business Challenge

Would you like to win a business makeover worth around £10,000? Of course you would – all you have to do is submit your business challenge in no more than 50 words. Challenges should be related to IT, not to the economy, competitors or difficulty finding the ‘right’ people for example. You have until 19…


New Ask the Expert questions – October

“How can I tell whether pop-up updates are real or spam?” and “Will I need to re-learn Word, Excel, Publisher etc if I upgrade to Office 2007?” are the two questions we highlight this month in our Ask the Expert feature.  Asif Jinnah, Microsoft UK Field Area IT Manager tackles the ever-present business challenge of…