August, 07 2017

Exploring Google Apps for Business: Google Calendar

In our previous post, we gave you an overview of Google Apps for Business, a flexible, online productivity suite that combines the power of programs like Microsoft Word with the instant collaboration capabilities of the internet. In this post, we’ll be discussing one popular aspect of Google Apps for Business: Google Calendar.

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August, 04 2017

Five Common Myths (and Facts) About Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the phrase du jour. We hear so much about the Cloud that it would be understandable if we mistook a tech blog post for a weather report.

Despite the Cloud’s prevalence, there are still many misconceptions about what it is, how it works, and who can use it. So let’s explore these topics.

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August, 02 2017

IT Upgrade Cycles and the Small Business

Everything has a life cycle. Remember your first car? Unless you’re quite new to driving—or quite lucky—your first car is now nothing more than a memory. It had a life cycle, a point-of-no-return, when maintaining it was more expensive than replacing it.

We’re used to replacing our cars every two or three—or ten—years. But our computers? They too have a life cycle. In the past, three years was considered about average for a piece of PC technology. For budgetary reasons, this rarely meant replacing every single piece of equipment once every three years.

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July, 31 2017

Expand your team with the click of a mouse

These days, it seems like everyone’s a specialist. How can you get skilled help when you need it? And without breaking the bank?

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July, 28 2017

Team Collaboration Made Easy

The secrets to great team collaboration really aren’t all that mysterious. Read on to find out why.

You know those stock images of people working together? The ones where everyone is smiling, listening attentively, and all but holding hands and singing campfire songs about how great their project is going?

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July, 26 2017

ROI is king.

How can small businesses apply the concept of return on investment (ROI)?In the French-speaking world, roi literally means king. But in the business world, ROI — return on investment — is king too.

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July, 25 2017

Technology That Home-Based Businesses Can’t Afford to Skip

Today, working at home is common. Approximately one in five employed Americans works at home at least occasionally.

According to, about 3.3 million Americans work primarily out of a home-based office. That’s an 80% increase since 2005.If you’re working out of a home office, you probably don’t need to be told that you need a computer, an Internet connection, a printer, and assorted business software. (And, if you’re like me, an enormous stack of scratch paper to take notes and write down ideas.) But there are some things that any work-from-home business shouldn’t be without. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of these often-underestimated items.

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July, 24 2017

When SEO Matters — And When It Doesn’t

New to search engine optimization?

Find out when you should — and shouldn’t — use SEO techniques. 

Search engine optimization is a complicated and, let’s say it, slightly intimidating topic for non-techie business owners. 

And that’s okay; as we pointed out in an earlier post, you’re most likely best off hiring an SEO professional than attempting to navigate the intricate highways and byways of SEO by yourself.

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July, 19 2017

Five Reasons Why the Break-Fix Model Doesn't Work for IT

When it comes to your IT system, you need to fix it before it breaks. Here’s why.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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July, 14 2017

Six Things Your Business Website Must Have

No, Virginia, business websites aren’t dead. In fact, small-business owners need them now more than ever before. And here are six things any self-respecting business website needs.

Are business websites obsolete? In the best debating tradition, we’ll counter that with another question: Have you seen how many websites there are? Obviously, the website is alive and well and replicating like crazy.  

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July, 12 2017

Making Your Home and Office Technology Environmentally Friendly

Are you into saving the environment? And also maybe saving a few bucks on your electric bills along the way?

Then today’s post is for you. We’ve got some money- and utility-saving tips for you, and they’re (mostly) in the easy do-it-yourself category.

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July, 03 2017

Do You Need SEO Management?

Search Engine Optimization is one complicated subject. How do you know if you need some help getting Google’s attention? Maybe you think you don’t need Search Engine Optimization.

Maybe one or more of the following apply to you:

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June, 27 2017

Four Times When Saving Money Is a Bad Idea

Is your business on a budget? These days, every business is. While it’s a good idea for small businesses to save money, sometimes going the cheap route is not.  

What’s your favorite thing to spend money on? Battling IT problems? Keeping up to date with all the tech and social media trendsetters? How about the really fun stuff, like your accountant or your cleaning service?

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June, 19 2017

How to Start Marketing on a Startup Budget

In order to make money, you need to spend money. This is especially true when it comes to marketing your business. To get people to choose your product or service, they need to be aware of it. To make them aware of it, you need to market it. To market it, you need to invest some money in marketing. What’s a small business with a just-getting-started budget to do?Ideally, you included some money for marketing in your startup funds. The Small Business Administration recommends that you set aside around 8% of your funds for marketing purposes. However, this will vary greatly depending on your location, the type of business you run, and other factors.

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June, 08 2017

Do You Need an IT Manager?

Small-business owners and operators may not think they need to hire an IT manager. After all, a small business is just that—small. Perhaps you have a total staff of 10 or 15, with one person filling in as your chief IT guru in between their regular duties. (And hey, this setup is pretty common and workable.) Before we reveal the answer to this question, we’ll pose another: how big can a small business be?

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June, 07 2017

Using Mobile Technology at Work? How to Stay Safe

Mobile technology is an accepted part of the IT world, both in business and for personal use. Most of us have a tablet or a smartphone, and it’s not uncommon to use our personal devices to have a quick look at our work email or do some other job-related task. The question is, just how safe is mobile computing?

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June, 06 2017

Exploring Google Apps for Business: Google Drive and Google Docs

Google Apps for Business is a powerful, flexible alternative to traditional desktop-oriented productivity suite software. At its heart are three common and popular apps: Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Docs. Recently, Google Docs was incorporated into Google Drive, offering a seamless and integrated document creation and storage option.

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June, 05 2017

You might be productive, but are you efficient?

We’ve talked a lot about productivity lately. We’ve discussed how technology can help you personally be more productive and how you can use it to keep your whole team on point. But what about efficiency?
Productive people aren’t necessarily efficient; they can get the job done, but sometimes at a considerable cost. 

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May, 25 2017

How Antivirus Programs Work

Last week we talked about what makes a firewall an effective guard against computer problems. This week, we’ll discuss the antivirus component of a good Internet security program. How does an antivirus program work? What options are available, and which type of antivirus program (also called an AV) is good for you?

Basically, any antivirus program will protect your computer against all kinds of malware. We’re talking about more than just viruses (unwanted, harmful programs).

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May, 22 2017

Three Ways to Keep Data Safe in the Cloud

Did you know that Americans are concerned about the safety of their information? You probably did. In fact, you’re probably one of the Americans who feel that their privacy and sensitive data may be at risk.

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