B.Y.O.D: Why every day is “Bring your stuff to work day”

Back in the 1970s, the abbreviation “BYOD” meant a cheap-and-cheerful party: it stood for  “Bring Your Own Drinks”. Today, if a job offer includes “BYOD” at the bottom, turning up with a bottle of cheap wine probably isn’t a good idea. Today, it means “Bring Your Own Device”, and it’s big news for techies and…


Get all the IT you need to start a business, without breaking the bank

Even if your shiny new business will never involve writing lengthy proposals and reports, the chances of your never needing technology are slim. Everyone needs to write letters and send out invoices. You’ll always want to make phone calls, and then there’s the website which could rake in enquiries. So how can you get all…


The etiquette of mobile phones in meetings

England football manager Fabio Capello has banned them during team meals. David Cameron has banned them from cabinet meetings. We’re talking mobiles here of course. Etiquette is a tricky subject – what’s acceptable to some is complete anathema to others, texting condolences on the death of a close friend or relative is one example I…


Having a lovely time – wish you were here!

Whether it’s skiing, with those beautiful, snowy white, crystal mountains or somewhere hot and sunny with golden sandy beaches and turquoise seas – a trip away in February is just sooo… good for the soul. SmallBiz hasn’t aspired to such exotic locations but has nevertheless taken a half-term break with the family whilst still working….


Word of the Year

The 2008 Word of the Year is – Hypermiling – according to the Oxford University Press (USA). Do you keep the tyres on your car properly inflated to maximise your petrol consumption? Have you removed the roof-rack from your vehicle to streamline the car and reduce drag? Do you turn your engine off rather than…


Technology tips for improving your work / life balance

Today’s always-on-and-available-anywhere technology can lead to addictive work habits. We’ve all seen examples of that among friends and family. But having a cheap, convenient, 24/7 global reach through technology can also efficiently enable you to live the life you’ve always wanted. The choice is yours. Use Voice-over-Internet protocol phone service (VoIP) to create a virtual…


The future is about mobility

So said Marc Davis, Yahoo’s social media guru at last month’s Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. “The mobile web is not just about accessing the web from your phone,” he said “Mobile phones that are location aware, temporarily situated and socially connected will transform our experience of the web, the world and ourselves.” “The…


Technology cuts “Hello, hello, hello” to just “hello”

You may have seen the recent news story about police forces across the UK going mobile. Some 100,000 hand-held devices are being given to police officers to cut down on their administrative burden. Apparently it’s estimated that the mobile devices will save up to 99 minutes per shift – hopefully freeing officers to pursue offenders…


There are no excuses left...

New, free features in Office Live Small Business mean that there really are no excuses left to prevent you from going online. Want a completely free website? Up to 100 free email accounts? Free online business applications to help you get started? All you have to do is register today. A website is as essential…


Do you do Moofing?

You probably do, but you just don’t know you’re doing it. Moofing is Mobile Out of Office Working and there’s now a dedicated blog on the pros and cons. It’s not just about the need to be contactable and productive when you’re on the road, there are also threads on flexible working. This generally applies…