From the Shell Young Entrepreneur of the year: The growing importance of technology in transport

Guest post from Robert Matthams, founder of www.shiply.com] and recently named Shell Young Entrepreneur of the Year and BT Entrepreneur of the Year.  The importance of technology to delivery companies cannot be understated.  The days of paper proof of delivery and sign on the dotted line have been and gone.    Despite many misconceptions that…


Server investment holds the key to business growth

Growing a business can be a difficult enough task at the best of times, without attempting to cut corners on vital IT solutions. While the benefits of server-based computing are generally well understood, it is true that some small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners still attempt to get by using simply basic email and free…


The ABCs of Selling: Always Be Client Ready

When you’re in the middle of making a sale, you need to keep the rhythm of your client conversations strong and be ready to share your product, service or idea at a moment’s notice. That’s why you need technology that supports seamless presentations. A smooth operation, if you will. Here’s how to get it: Tip…


Why would I bother with a server?

The big buzzword – and success – of 2010 has been Cloud Computing: data storage and services delivered entirely online. You can run your office email (using Exchange), teleconferencing (using LiveMeeting) and a host of other applications entirely online. The benefits are not just the fact that you can access your data from anywhere. The…


Office.com presents the 2011 Calendar Contest

 Quick! You’ve got just 6 days to enter the Office 2011 Calendar Contest.   Build a 2011 calendar in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or Publisher. You can use either Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 programs to create your calendars. To help you get started, we have provided eight sample 2011 calendars. You can download one or…


Learn how to protect yourself from counterfeit software

We don’t want to lose you – our valued readers – but have you taken a look at Microsoft’s blog for medium-sized businesses lately? For growing businesses – and by that we mean those with 25+ PCs – you’ll find a mix of opinions technology pieces, and advice for IT leaders. Here’s a blog posted last week…


Lessons I didn’t learn until I ran my own business

A big welcome to a new guest blogger: Glen Feechan is Chief Executive of Spreadsheets by Email and author of the Not Just Numbers blog). He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and provides spreadsheet solutions, large and small, to a worldwide client base. He’ll be providing some great Excel tips in future blogs, mixed…


What is your ‘lead offer’?

Guest post from Maria Ross, founder and chief strategist of Red Slice  a branding and marketing consultancy based in the US. She is the author of Branding Basics for Small Business: How to Create an Irresistible Brand on Any Budget available on Amazon.co.uk Telling your brand story is sort of like a newspaper article: it’s…


Power-up your workday with Windows 7

Here’s a cool collection of 7 Windows 7 Productivity Tips – we bet there’s something here you didn’t know your computer could do! NB: In this article ‘Win-X’ means holding down the Windows key (ÿ) and then X at the same time. Give your screen some stick Sticky Notes applications have been around for years (sometimes…


Want more productivity? Get smarter technology (Tip #3)

Unleash Your Task (Bar) Force Comparing documents used to be a pain. And simply finding the files, folders and applications you frequently access could take much longer than you would like. Not anymore.   Elise Ambrose, president of Elite Personnel says that Aero Snap is a “huge help [when] constantly switching between apps. Now it’s…