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…


Three Ways to Spring Clean Your Business, Brand….and Life

Maria Ross is chief brand strategist and creator of Red Slice, a digital elixir of stories and strategies to boost your business, your brand and your brain. She advises start-ups, solopreneurs and small to midsize growth companies on how to craft brands that engage, inform and delight customers. Maria is the author of Branding Basics…


6 tips for an effective 'call to action'

 Guest post by Tina Fotopoulou, an editor & SEO Copywriter at WebSEOAnalytics.com Once you have carefully designed, developed and optimised your online presence and you have created an SEO-friendly website, your next goal is to use it to generate revenue and increase your sales. To achieve that, you need to develop an effective call to action.  What is…


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…


Can avatars substitute for colleagues in video-conferencing?

‘Location liberation’ Not Microsoft-speak but all part of the video-conferencing, telepresence, webinar technological revolution. The latest development – out of Japan – is a somewhat creepy tele-operated android, which apparently helps you to actually ‘feel’ the presence of another person. This must-read BBC story says, “Professor Ishiguro’s system uses a motion-tracking webcam to transmit your voice,…


How to produce a partnership agreement

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’.   With many home-based businesses now growing by outsourcing and partnering as opposed to taking on staff, it’s important to have an agreement in place with new…


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….


Starting a business from home?

Redundancy, pre-school children, returning to work or can’t stand the boss…. There are lots of reasons for starting up a business from home – including of course, the excitement and challenge of taking a great business idea and running with it.  There are lots of resources out there on the web to help – here’s…


How to be more competitive in tough times

To compete with the big boys in these tough economic times, small businesses need as much help as they can get from technology. Steve Wright, Director of Microsoft Certified Partner, BMS Digital Solutions, offers some useful tips, including: How to develop stronger relationships with customers Appealing to your customers through professional communications Get organised! Read the…


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…