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Getting started in business with technology

Quite regularly I come across people who are just starting out in business. Often this is due to dissatisfaction with a corporate career, change in circumstances or location. Many older people who are made redundant or leave their jobs feel they have little job prospects and decide to start a new business. Many are just starting something alongside their existing work hoping it will be enough to let them quit at some point in the future.

2013-08-16 Alex Hughes 084Some (not all) talk to an accountant or lawyer and set up the right business structure for their new enterprise. Unfortunately a common mistake many make is to not talk to a trusted advisor about their technology requirements. Too often I am called into help after the investment in retail consumer technology has been made already. Often it is too late to change things, funds have been spent and computers, tablets, printers and phones have been acquired.

The mistakes I have had to fix include:

  • Retail consumer level routers that are not able to handle the demands of a small business
  • PCs that were purchased with retail licences of the operating system, office productivity software etc.
  • Tablets and phones on retail or prepaid phone plans and accounts
  • Cheap PCs that were physically not capable of meeting the demands of the office software installed on them
  • Hodge podge of retail cloud services, email accounts and domain names (usually no domain name) and no professionally integrated solutions
  • Cheap printers that have high consumable costs and cannot handle the demands of a small office
  • No understanding of customer data management
  • No backup solution (or an untested hope and pray solution) or Business Continuity Plans (BCP)
  • and so on
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Business Technology Basics Series

I am going to be writing a series on business technology basics.

Each post will focus on one common technology aspect that small and medium businesses use everyday or week, and discuss some of the alternatives, best practices and basic information on how to get started with looking for help etc.

I am really keen to get your requests on what topics, technologies, or hardware and software things in business you want me to write about.

So let me know in the comments or via the contact form what you want me to write about – and stay tuned!4670708218_98509e1c4a_z

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Excel Tools for Business Half Price Sale

For a long time I have known Charley Kid and supported and sold his Excel Dashboard tools. I use many of his tools as reference material when designing and developing client reporting systems myself.

Right now Charley is having a Half Price Sale!

Here are the details:

Here’s where you can grab everything for half off:

I’m holding this special sale for two reasons. First, it's a great way to say THANK YOU to all the people who read my "Excel for Business" newsletter. And second, it helps the many subscribers who've asked for an inexpensive way to buy a lot of my Swipe Files for immediate download.

Try My Products for 50% Off and Get Two Unique Bonuses!

If the 50% discount isn’t enough to have you heading to my “half-off” web page, these two free gifts will surely do the trick:

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Backing up your Cloud Solutions

We have been using CloudHQ for over 12 months now and have a premium account. We use it to synchronise Evernote data to Skydrive as word docs, archive our data (keep snapshots) and backup data from one service to another. Cloud space is free, but losing your data costs a lot. I can heartily recommend CloudHQ.

Here is some information to take into account and consider:

Below are 3 of the biggest challenges when using multiple cloud apps:

  1. Team Collaboration:
    When multiple apps are used, the data sometimes doesn't get added to the project in a timely manner is lost. cloudHQ increases collaboration by syncing the files you select within your cloud apps with other cloud apps, making it easily accessible and editable in real-time by other project team collaborators.
  2. Data Integration:
    Most people use more than 3 cloud apps. It's hard to keep all your data in one place. For example, while Evernote is excellent for mobile use, Dropbox, Box, and Skydrive are excellent for storage and sharing. cloudHQ allows you to sync them all together, keeping all your data synced between cloud apps, making integration easy!
  3. Data Backup:
    It's a little scary to know that if you keep all your data in one cloud service then you could lose it all really easily. For example, if you use Google docs then a bug or accidental deletion can quickly cause the loss of all your documents. Replicating and syncing Google Drive docs to other cloud apps (converted to MS Office or PDF format) will give you powerful, but easy data backup solution.
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