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Sunshine Through the Cloud?

‘Cloud computing’. If you’re not tech savvy, you may not know what it is. With IT heavyweights such as Microsoft, IBM and Google, all investing millions of dollars into research, you’ll soon be using it though. In fact you probably already have without  even knowing, such is it’s growing prominence in the computer industry. For the small business owner still trying to get their head round the phenomena here’s a brief lowdown on what it is and, more importantly, how it can benefit your…

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Added by Mark James on September 27, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

From PowerPoint to Prezi [Death to PowerPoint?]

Following Tuesday's post on PowerPoint Presentations For The Busy Manager I'd like to introduce Prezi.  This online presentation tool will give your PowerPoint slides the magic needed to help you stand out.  Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between…

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Added by Justine Parsons on September 25, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Business Start-Up: A Guide for the Emerging Entrepreneurs

Millions across the globe set out to make it big in the world of business. However, there are certain guidelines that every budding entrepreneur must be aware of and implement in their business development activities. Though there may be some repetitions of the most clichéd business start-up tips, these are extremely crucial for all emerging entrepreneurs’ success. For instance, some tips have been provided so that entrepreneurs…

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Added by Rick Murphy on September 25, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

Speaking up Matters

You know we all want to change the world. Aptly written by John Lennon. I want a revolution, for sure.  I'm leading the charge for anyone who wants be powerful without being pushy!

Nobody want to speak up

Speaking up is complicated, some say.  Most people, maybe you, envision someone getting a gleam in their eye, straightening their back and taking in a breath to give someone else a good piece of their mind…

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Added by Dina Eisenberg on September 23, 2012 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Turning your SMART Goals into reality

Every business needs goals and SMART goals ensure that your goals are specific, measureable, attainable, relevant and timely.  While my previous article looked at how to set achievable goals using the SMART goal system, here I explain how to turn these goals into reality.

Using a…

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Added by Justine Parsons on September 21, 2012 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Why Would Someone Invest in Your Business? Or Why Wouldn’t They?

I’m currently looking at my investment portfolio and deciding how much of my wealth I want tied up in businesses… my own and others.  Investing in business is a high risk strategy as so much depends on the people running the business and their understanding of what business really is.  I’m always on my soap box about small business owner operators needing to grasp the basics of what makes their business valuable.  I know what I think, but I wanted to see if other business experts think the…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on September 21, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Planning Your Exit

More from my night at the Institute of Directors, this time my notes from Matt Kenealy. Matt was a co-founder of Axon Computer Systems in 1986.  He was the majority shareholder when it sold to Integral Technology…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on September 16, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Purpose of an Entrepreneur

I have just been working on a talk I am giving this Wednesday on an entrepreneur’s perspective of the role of a Board of Directors.  I only have 5 minutes to speak so has been a very good exercise in making it short but real.  So here it is… you can have a sneak preview of my 5 minutes of fame:

The purpose of an entrepreneur is twofold:

1.  To build a company with a higher purpose (think Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Anita Roddick and others such…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on September 15, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

3 Reasons to Start Your Own Business

Why do people get into business for themselves?  When I present to business groups I often ask people why they decided to start a business.  The answers are always the same.  To be my own boss/to be free to choose how I work/I’m good at what I do… so why should I line someone else’s pockets/I’ve got a great idea, I know it will work…

The reality of owning your own business is that it is hard work, it is high risk, it takes its toll on your time, your pocket and your energy.  In the…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on September 13, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Four Basic Steps to Creating a Dynamic Ebook

These days, providing consistent, valuable content for your target audience is key to marketing success. Along with…

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Added by Carol M. Aldridge on September 12, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

How disciplined are you?

Had coffee today with a partner at PWC and we got to talking about what makes a successful business.  I gave him the benefit of all of my own well aired opinions on business… vision, planned exit, build to sell,…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on September 11, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Online versus Offline Training

Many successful businesses employ the resources of training agencies to further develop their staff. Most often these trainings either require sending employees to head offices or they utilise the internet for training seminars in effort to minimize costs. With the use of online trainings, new areas of training are reached as they offered innovative platforms for instructing and education. This also ensures easier access for convenience and making life easier for individuals with…

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Added by James Forrest on September 10, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

PowerPoint presentations for the busy manager

Powerpoint presentations can be amazing, if you have the time.  With multimedia you can turn your tired presentation into a YouTube sensation or save directly to Sharepoint as I have done with the presentations below.

I receive a lot of content heavy, unformatted slides which, with a bit of time can be turned into stunning, professional looking presentations guaranteed to keep the audience awake and engaged.  Often I receive a…

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Added by Justine Parsons on September 5, 2012 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

10 Amazing Tips To Improve Your Customer Service [Infographic]

Providing customer service is something you should do before, during and after a customer or potential customer makes a purchase. By creating a connection with customers and potential customers you will automatically develop a relationship with them that will make purchasing and repeat purchasing more likely.

 Here are ten amazing tips to improve your customer service.

  1.  Anticipate customer needs --  You should know your customer inside and out. Conducting…
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Added by Elke Schmitt on August 30, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Does Your Website Pass The Test?

2012.  It's a year where social media is coming into it's own and a year where, more than ever, the future of your business is in the hands of your customers.  Customers have a voice online and are demanding transparency, information and delivered superior service.

With this in mind the days of a static site are over.  Your website today is the hub which pulls in all information on the web about you and/or your company.  Your website content should constantly be changing as your…

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Added by Justine Parsons on August 24, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments

How to Grab Customers Before Opening Day

When you think of "opening day" you usually think about sporting events. Opening day is usually one of the most anticipated days in sports, so people bring their families and friends and pack the stadium. What many people do not realize, however, is that getting these people interested took time. The team had to win, they had to advertise, and they had to create a solid…

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Added by Amanda DiSilvestro on August 21, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

How To Create A Great Impression With LinkedIn Invites

Having a coffee this afternoon the the deck with the iPad on my lap (a quick catch-up with social media activities) I had a moment!  You know, one of those moments where you wished the undo button worked in real life.

How To Create A Great Impression With LinkedIn Invites

In checking my LinkedIn profile views I saw a connection from another platform whose opinion I value and quickly pressed connect.  Argh…

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Added by Justine Parsons on August 15, 2012 at 5:08am — No Comments

Rebalance: How to Bounce Back!

Making a mistake sucks, doesn’t it.  You didn’t want or intend it and it hurts. Sometimes it’s hard to bounce back and regain your confidence.  But it can be done.  Gabby Douglas and the women’s gymnastics team comes to mind.  It’s about what you do after failing that makes you great.  So let me share my secret for crawling back up when I slip on the climb to success.

How To Rebalance after a Mistake

Did you ever notice that the toughest questions to answer are also the…

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Added by Dina Eisenberg on August 9, 2012 at 2:25pm — No Comments

The Top CRM Resources for Small Businesses

Customer Relationship Management is more than just a type of software but it is also a way of caring for customers. It is a business strategy that will reduce costs, increase sales and improve profits  through relationships. By making CRM your most important business strategy you'll see huge improvements quickly. Not only will you increase your profits, but you'll increase customer loyalty, as well as better employee relations too. People like working for companies who are customer centric…

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Added by Elke Schmitt on August 9, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Cloud Computing is a Game Changer for Small Business

In the not so distant past, it was hard for a small business to compete with large corporations due to the lack of access they had to effective software such as, project management software, collaborative software, accounting software, sales force automation software, and large storage solutions. But, today, a small business has access to all of this software and more, due to…

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Added by Elke Schmitt on August 8, 2012 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

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