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Is Cloud Computing Right for Your Small Business?

I recently read an article titled “Five Ways Early Adopters Have Been Screwed.”  It reminded me of my friends who spent twice as much money and time on their iPhone than I did because they bought theirs the minute they hit the stores. Although I had a good laugh at their expense, I remembered the jealousy I experienced when they had a gadget that I coveted.

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10 Tips for Increasing Productivity Through Technology

What would you do with an extra three hours a week?

The businesses that are winning in this economy are the ones that are getting the most productivity out of their employees.  When used correctly technology can make every task simpler and faster to execute, from dialing the phone to storing voice messages in customer files.

Here are 10 tips for using network technology to help your business work more efficiently, cut costs, improve customer satisfaction, and stay ahead of the competition.

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Building a Basic Small Business Network

I’ve been fortunate to meet many entrepreneurs who grew their business from a part-time home-based endeavor to a multiple location business with dozens of employees. They all seem to share the “I can do it!” attitude. Which is what enabled them to be successful.

When I go visit customers I’m often at their business for two days. I get to know them while I’m there and I”m always fascinated by their stories. In order to build their businesses they had to educate themselves on all aspects of the operation--from janitorial to accounting, HR to information technology. And it was a challenge.

If you aren’t familiar with basic networking, the topic can seem daunting, but the bottom line is that a network improves employee productivity and can save your business money by allowing employees to share computer hardware and an Internet connection. Also, connecting your employees to the Internet means they can access the Web and email, providing an easy, low-cost way to serve your customers better. A network can make such an impact on your business that you have to be educated on the topic.  I’ve written this post to give you some basics and some sources for more information.

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Keep your customers coming back through wireless guest networks

I love the smell of car grease in the morning. It smells like productivity.

Back in the day, when it was time for a check-up for my car, I didn’t know what I dreaded more, worrying about how much my visit would cost or what potential work issue would grow in size while I was out. For these reasons, I generally put off car appointments.

When I finally did go in, I’d notify my co-workers that I’d be offline for an indefinite period while I got my “gasket boot thingy” rotated. I then made sure I packed a few good Sudoku puzzles and the newspaper. Call me crazy, but this just didn’t feel like the best use of my time.
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The big cost of spam & viruses for small business

Protecting your network against spam and other Web threats can save you plenty

The Web is a wondrous place filled with valuable information and harmless entertainment. It’s also a dark place filled with phishing scams, malware, viruses and spam (unsolicited or “junk” email). It’s kind of like walking around in a new city, you never know when you are going to cross “that street” and find yourself in an unsafe neighborhood. We all know not to send our banking information to the “kind gentleman” in a foreign country who needs help exchanging his royal inheritance; but it’s not always that obvious that you encountering a criminal.

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