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  • Whether you conduct your operations from home or work from an established office, running a small business can produce stressful circumstances and unforeseen obstacles. Having the right technology to help you through the day-to-day operations can alleviate some of these stresses and make you more productive. Today, we will provide you with 4 pieces of technology that you should consider getting for your small business to help things run more smoothly. 1) Virtual Phone System Small businesses are often mobile in nature. Even if you work from an office, you may find yourself constantly leaving to meet with clients or run errands. If you find that you are never in your office, and always away from your office’s phone, consider getting a virtual phone system. There are plenty of resources online, like a fair review of the Grasshopper virtual phone system, to help you determine the one that is best for your business’s needs. Even if you need to be away from the office to get things done, you can’t let the mobile nature of your business affect your professional image. A virtual phone system will leave a good impression on clients, distributors, and others you may work with. While a virtual phone system may sound appealing, make sure you could actually benefit from one before spending the money. If you are tied down to your office for most of the day to the nature of your work, or if you have a secretary whose job it is to answer business calls, the investment of a virtual phone system may not help your team operate in a more productive way. As always, make sure the technologies you invest in won’t go to waste and are useful additions to your business. 2) Effective Training Software As a small business, it is...
  • Many people might have a startup idea that they’re passionate about and that they think is even worth their time but don’t proceed with it or give it any real thought because of the financial implications that come with it. Funding a new business in today’s economy can be a real tough task especially if you don’t have any prior business experience or a good business/personal credit which you might not have due to which the banks might be hesitant to loan to you. While getting a small business loan and selling shares of your company is a viable option for some, most of the time new businesses won’t be able to afford that luxury so here are five creative ways you can fund your new business. The Bank: Getting a loan from the bank is still one of the most practical ways of funding your small business although securing the loan won’t be an easy job. The bank requires certain prerequisites form you that you’ll have to meet, these prerequisites being a healthy credit score and offering bank collateral. However, if you can check off these requirements, getting a loan from the bank can be the exact thing your business is looking for since you won’t be risking losing control of your companies by selling shares and the bank won’t have a say in how your business is run. 2. Crowdfunding: Crowdfunding is one of the most famous ways of generating a capital these days, and it means putting your idea forward on the internet and asking like-minded people to donate you the money, and it is a way that won’t cost you anything. With now successful startups like Ouya and Bitvore getting funded because of crowdfunding, there’s a good chance that you’re business idea will also be funded...
  • Why Small Business Should Switch To Office 365 Office 365 lives in the cloud. That means you have access to Word, Excel, Outlook, and other Microsoft Office tools from anywhere you can get a Web connection, and from virtually any device–Windows or Mac desktops and laptops, Android devices, iPhones, iPads, and other smartphones and tablets. Office Web Apps for iPhone and Android provide basic features and functions for free and even more features if you have an Office 365 account. With office 365 for business you get Skype For Business (for online meetings and such) Website E-Mail Sharepoint Entire Office Package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) OneDrive (1 Terabyte Of Space) This isn’t quite the selling point it once was for a couple reasons. First, even with the Office 365 is pushing users to save files to the cloud-based OneDrive, or to a SharePoint server by default. So, there’s no reason the data can’t be accessible regardless of whether you are via Smart phone, Tablet or PC. The second reason it may not be all that compelling is that Office Web Apps are already available for free so you can create, view, and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files from the Web. For businesses, though, SharePoint, Active Directory, and other elements of Office 365 that go beyond simply creating and editing Office documents still make Office 365 a better value. Office 365 is a solid service providing tremendous bang for the buck, though, so it won’t be easy to beat the value it brings to the table. So many small businesses switched to Office 365 for functionality and cost. Moving to Office 365 is easy with the help of the right computer company. Start using it today to save money and to help make working easier today.