Windows Server 2012 has arrived: what does it mean for you?

Last week was a big week here at Microsoft with the launch of Windows Server 2012. But what does it mean for you as a small business? The answer is a lot. Windows Server 2012 can be the central “hub” that connects your data, mobile devices, apps and the cloud in a convenient, cost-effective, and…


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…


Small businesses can raise output via flexible working

Flexible working can provide significant benefits for both employers and employees – but business owners need to recognise the advantages. Businesses spend thousands – sometimes millions of pounds – providing employees with the tools and facilities needed to maximise productivity within the workplace. Companies make significant investments in areas such as technology, training and staff…


SME employees seeking flexibility to work away from the office

More UK employees wish to take advantage of mobile technology for work purposes, but should they be allowed to? The internet has been a major game-changer for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in many different ways – in terms of their structure, focus, strategy and route to market. But one of the most significant impacts…


8 steps to becoming a 5-to-9-er

There are over 5 million people doing it and today a book is launched to help many more follow in their footsteps. We’re talking about ‘Working 5 to 9’ which involves holding down a day job and building a business at nights and weekends. The book’s author, Emma Jones, offers eight steps showing how you can…


Home business opportunities

Guest post from Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation, the home business website and author of ‘Spare Room Start Up – how to start a business from home’.    If you would like to start your own business but just don’t have an idea of what that business could be, why not consider a home…


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….


Staff stuck at home? Try a Microsoft Online Service FREE for 30 days

The big freeze shows no signs of easing. With ice compounding the problems of snow, and temperatures of -18o in some areas, few people are travelling unless they absolutely have to. Offices and schools are shut and there’s more snow on the way. Great for the kids – they get an extended holiday, but for…


New Year bugs and snow – are you prepared?

How many of you remember the millennium bug crisis? When no-one in IT was entirely sure whether or not computers would seamlessly roll over into 2000 or just sit darkly on the desk, refusing to turn on? I was organising IT events in London at the time and Y2K was big business. 2010 has arrived without any…


The changing shape of SMBs – latest advisory panel video discussion

Continuing our quarterly SMB panel discussions on the economic and business climate for SMBs, we’ve now got videos of the discussions on the Small Business website. There are three videos, focusing on the following areas: How do you view the economic climate changes for SMEs since the panel met in July 2009? How would you summarise…