Efficiency

Smart Phone
Your Smart Phone need not be just a fancy toy or cool accessory. Debbie Mayo-Smith points out some uses you may not have thought of which turn it into a valuable business tool.

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Keypad
Using technology to communicate makes the whole process quicker, cheaper and easier - but sometimes that is precisely why we end up not using it as effectively as we should. Hannah Samuel suggests a change in focus might be in order.

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Microsoft Office is fairly ubiquitous, but many people don't realise the powerful automation tools it provides. Some people may know about Office templates and macros, but may not realise the full amazing potential to get different bits of Office talking to each other.

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Cloud computing is taking off for small and home businesses.
Cloud computing really is a viable alternative for small and home businesses these days, says Sue Hirst. She explains how you could be making the most of it.

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With all the hype around "being on the Cloud", what do you need to do to take advantage of the opportunities it offers? Tor Cunningham steps you through some of the main considerations.

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You need to recruit this year but you’re dreading it. You haven’t got the budget to use agencies and you’re not overly keen on DIY, so what are your options?

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Have you listed your ad and found yourself swamped by applicants? Do you want some insider's tips on how to manage the process professionally and effectively?

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Using the right software can boost your productivity significantly. Jessica Sanders has some tips on how to get the most out of your investment.

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Systems and processes
Enterprise Resource Planning is increasingly being used by businesses - large and small - and whether you are using it (or considering using it) in your business, or are supplying businesses using ERP, Nicholas Birch gives you an overview of how it works.

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keyboard
When we're dealing with email it's easy to fall into bad habits which affect our productivity and irritate others. Robyn Pearce reminds us about email netiquette and suggests some useful tactics.

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Are your email newsletters suffering from the message in a bottle effect?
Many small business owners send their email newsletters from their desktop computer system. Cornelia Luethi explains why this is an issue – and identifies a better way of sending ezines.

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How many emails do you receive every day? And how many do you delete, without even opening them? As more and more businesses turn to email to get their marketing message across, our Inboxes fill up and we become even more ruthless about the ones we read and those we ignore.

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Texting on mobile phone
If you've been thinking texting is just a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, think again. Debbie Mayo-Smith encourages you to use it to make your business more friendly, helpful, efficient and profitable.

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Text messaging
One of the most important aspects of your business is the capability to retain customers. Grant Collingwood looks at how TXT systems might work for your business. Use of a professional TXT System can help you do that, can save you money as well and does not have to present technical challenges.

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Easy steps to sustainable homes. Benefits to all now and the future. Save the planet. Save energy. Save water. Save $$$.

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