Take less time but get more done

Find out how you can use technology to manage your business, wherever your work takes you. If you’re trying to get more done (and aren’t we all!) take a look at our new resources – including a new guide to download, aptly called Get more done.     Businesses need to rely on small teams…


New on the site

It’s been a busy and productive month here in Microsoft SmallBiz land – take a look at the new resources we’ve just published: Office 2010 page – incorporating a ‘Help me Choose’ tool if you’re unsure which version would best suit your business New from Microsoft Gold Partner ZipTech Services, an article on how and…


Branding on a Budget

Guest post from Maria Ross, founder and chief strategist of Red Slice (www.red-slice) a branding and marketing consultancy based in the US.   Branding does not have to be some big expensive effort that only companies like Apple or Virgin can afford. If you run a small business, you need to spend time thinking about and conveying…


Business networking: can’t get by without it

Business Networking is essential and not just for the extrovert or the sales man or women any more. We all do it in one form or another, whether at exhibitions, breakfast clubs, LinkedIn, Twitter or even on the train in the morning commute. At heart most of us are social creatures and networking is not…


Rock ‘n Roll, socks for happy people and book bags

Welcome to some of this morning’s new MicrosoftSB Twitter  followers. It’s always interesting to see who’s following us, so here’s a plug for the new UK small businesses. Below are the companies’ names and websites plus their Twitter ids with their own bios, which I’ve copied word-for-word.   Socks for Happy People  Twitter: Socks4HappyPPL Unique, comfy and…


Grow your business – embrace the web

Small Business 2.0 launched last year, helping small businesses profit from the web. This year’s show takes place Saturday 23 January at the Novotel London West, starting at 10am with keynote presentations from eBay’s Dan Wilson and Emma Jones from Enterprise Nation. Microsoft Advertising will also be there, demystifying search marketing with a myth-busting presentation…


SMEs use Twitter to cut costs

Social networking, relationship marketing, LinkedIn, Facebook, Bebo, and now Twitter. As the traditional forms of advertising are in rapid decline (in the news today is the 1,000 job cut at The Daily Mail group) so new ways of promoting your business are appearing. According to an article in Computer Weekly last week, SMEs are using…


Web gurus look towards its future

A little over fifteen years ago, the agreement to make use of the World Wide Web free of charge came into being.  From its origins as a means for scientists to exchange information, to the current explosion of user-generated content populating the majority of sites, the WWW is apparently still in its infancy. So what…


Hotspot for enterprising businesswomen

Women in the Dacorum region (about 25 miles NW of London, in Hertfordshire, ) are among the most enterprising in terms of establishing businesses in the UK. Apparently, around 136 new companies with female directors were registered in the area in the past year. Some of the credit for this must go to the Women…


Women - get ready to be inspired

Female entrepreneurs in Scotland are invited to attend a unique event allowing them to learn from some of the UK’s most successful businesswomen. The everywoman Conference Scotland features presentations and workshops led by women with a proven track record in business and takes place at the Caledonian Hilton Hotel in Edinburgh, Thursday, 13 March 2008….