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Getting your IT right as your startup grows

November 29, 2016

Small businesses often begin when an entrepreneur brings an idea to life on a laptop at the kitchen table. At this point, the entire IT infrastructure of the business is likely to be the computer and the software it’s running. But things can grow very quickly. As your startup grows, the size and complexity of […]

How to master your inbox in five simple steps

November 21, 2016

The inbox has changed from an exciting place where anyone from anywhere in the world can reach you within seconds to a daily burden where tasks disappear under the onslaught of new emails coming in. Email productivity experts agree that dealing with emails instantly as they appear in our inboxes, decreases productivity. New emails can […]

5 Top small business tools that will save you time, hassle and money

September 27, 2016

If you are starting your own business, you can’t hope to succeed in today’s commercial world without employing good, time-saving technology. Fortunately, there are plenty of low-cost, or even, free tools out there that help small businesses to do those everyday tasks that much quicker and simpler. But, faced with dozens of different tools, the […]

The ways small businesses can protect themselves from hackers

July 22, 2016

In recent years, giant corporations such as eBay, British Airways and Linkedin have fallen victim to hackers accessing their data. That such huge companies can be on the receiving end of data breaches, despite their astronomical IT budgets, shows that without the right protection, no company is safe. So, what does this mean for smaller […]

Turn your website into a deadly selling tool with these 5 steps

April 21, 2016

It’s a jungle out there in the big, bad world of ecommerce. You’re having a hard enough time bringing potential customers to your website in the first place, what with your competitors striving to undercut your prices and outrank you in Google searches. That means when people do visit your site, you want to do […]

Ecommerce trends: What does 2016 have in store for e-tailers?

February 24, 2016

Ecommerce enjoyed a big year in 2015, with figures indicating that online retail sales in the UK topped £60 billion over the 12 months. As consumers become increasingly comfortable with purchasing a wide range of products and services online, and with smartphone-based shopping expected to surge, the coming years are looking even brighter for e-tailers. […]

6 Tips to help you implement contactless payments in your business

February 22, 2016

Since its introduction in the UK just af ew years ago, contactless payments have quickly become a popular way to make low value purchases on debit and credit cards. In October 2015, more than 10 per cent of all card transactions were made by contactless cards ; a year before, the figure was less than […]

Is an electric company car or van a viable option for my business?

November 3, 2015

A lot of thought goes into choosing the right company cars, or vehicles for your business. In finding the right vehicle for your needs, you need to take into account a whole host of factors, including, cost, availability, reliability, your brand image, and emissions. In recent years electric cars have become more and more commonplace for […]

Cloud technology options that can help your small business

October 29, 2015

Small business owners look to technology to help them achieve their goals and grow their business. They expect it to help them speed up the way they work, make operations more efficient, reduce costs and generally enable them to do more things better. Technology should and really does help achieve these things. However, on the […]

Apple Pay UK launch imminent – What does it mean for businesses?

July 13, 2015

Back in October 2014, Apple Pay – the contactless NFC payment method on iPhones – launched in the US, and we looked at its potential for small businesses here in the UK. The question of whether or not SMEs should integrate Apple Pay with their existing payment systems was left unanswered, as it all depended […]

Automated cyber-attacks targeting small businesses – 10 steps to protect yourself

June 26, 2015

According to new research commissioned by the Government’s Cyber Streetwise Campaign, SMEs are putting a third of their revenue at risk because they are downplaying the threat of cyber-attacks, leaving them exposed and vulnerable. With this in mind, here’s what small businesses need to watch out for, and 10 clear steps that can be taken […]

Securing your e-commerce website in 2015

March 26, 2015

2014 was a huge year for privacy and security on the Internet. There were several high profile security issues which were serious enough to make the leap from technical news sites to the mainstream press, and ongoing revelations about how easily everyone’s connections can be spied on have made the major players in the web […]

A Survival guide to mobile commerce

February 19, 2015

The term mobile commerce is another digital marketing phrase which often gets thrown around. For many small businesses, it can certainly be difficult to understand the technologies and the benefits which m-commerce can bring to your company. In this guide, we look at the basics of going mobile, how it can be profitable for your […]

5 e-Commerce trend predictions for 2015

February 2, 2015

Year on year, the e-commerce industry continues to boom with more and more companies moving to the web. The rapid pace of business is amplified online, with the proliferation of apps, new technologies and seemingly daily digital changes affecting how you operate. Analysts and experts are always attempting to predict the latest trends and developments […]

5 Things to do when your website is down

January 4, 2015

There’s nothing worse than being told by a customer that your website is not working. Or logging on yourself to check something, and finding the page you want to see is not displaying. Website downtime can have a direct impact on your business and on your profits – particularly if you have an e-commerce website […]

A Beginner’s guide to cloud computing for small and start-up businesses

November 30, 2014

The phrase ‘cloud computing’ has already been around for a number of years. However, plenty of small business owners are only just discovering what the ‘cloud’ actually is and more importantly, how cloud computing can be used to their advantage.

Should you prepare your small business to take payments through Apple Pay?

October 23, 2014

This week marks the launch of Apple’s latest attempt at changing the way we interact with technology, as Apple Pay, the company’s version of mobile contactless technology, debuts in the US. Whilst this launch is currently limited to the US, the chances are if all goes to plan it will launch in the UK within […]

How to get the right design for your business website

January 18, 2013

With research showing that most business owners are forced to overhaul their websites within a year of going live, here are some tips to help get the design right at the first attempt.

How to make the most out of Pay Per Click (PPC)

June 20, 2012

Pay Per Click, or PPC, is a common service offered by major search engines, and search engine optimisation (SEO) agencies to help you gain traffic to your website. For many small businesses, PPC represents an immediate way to gain new online customers.

What is the Google Penguin update?

June 13, 2012

If Google’s Panda update weeded out the websites with content of poor quality overall, then Penguin – first announced in April 2012 – went a step further, focusing on sites with individual examples of poor-quality content.

What is the Google Panda update?

June 11, 2012

If you had any kind of online presence back in February 2011, you will probably have heard of the Google Panda update – or the ‘Farmer update’, as it was first known.

What SMEs should be doing to protect their digital assets

May 8, 2012

Mobile devices: laptops, netbooks, tablets, and smartphones, to name a few, have become not only ubiquitous but essential tools in our personal and professional lives. Companies of all sizes are now faced with the reality that employees would like their business and personal lives to blend, often preferring to use their personal mobile devices to […]

How to avoid classic web design mistakes

April 23, 2012

With more and more small companies reaping the benefits of going online it is essential to appreciate the importance of having a well designed website, otherwise any efforts you make to drive potential clients to your web address will be in vain.

Is social media important for my business?

April 2, 2012

Social media is often misunderstood as something new, something complicated and something only the techies really know about. In reality it’s one of the oldest communication methods in use – it’s just that today we’re using new technology to help us do it.

When is the right time to upgrade your creaking IT system?

March 27, 2012

Knowing when to update your IT systems can be a difficult business decision. For many SME bosses, changing an IT system is as attractive as root canal work.

How to get other businesses to link back to your website

March 12, 2012

Any small business site owner who has done as little as ‘dabble’ with web marketing will have come across ‘link building’ at some stage. But how does building links benefit your business, and how should you go about getting links in the first place?

Choosing a web hosting service for your small business

January 29, 2012

If you are thinking of setting up a website for your business, you will need to find the right company to provide web hosting. Based on our own experiences at Bytestart, here are some tips to ensure you choose the right provider from day one.

Small business domain names – What types are there?

November 6, 2011

If you are thinking of setting up a website for your business, one of your first tasks will be to choose a suitable domain name to suit your venture. With dozens of domain name types available these days, which ones should you make sure you secure for your business?

Guide to scary computer terms for technophobes

October 11, 2011

The first few years of starting up are a series of fast and comprehensive lessons. Get them right and you won’t just have built your own income, but you’ll have learnt things that will help in other aspects of your life.

What is a Local Area Network (LAN)?

October 11, 2011

Small businesses have come a long way since the floppy disks, which were at one time the only way to share files within a company. As we become more reliant on computers, e-mail, and the Internet to do our jobs, local area networks (LAN’s) have become an essential resource for growing businesses – whether they’re […]

The security risks of your business website

October 11, 2011

A website is an essential tool for virtually every business starting up in the UK today. Whereas just a few years ago it was a handy way of marketing your business if you had lots of time or money, websites have quickly grown to become a dominant force in attracting new business and retaining existing […]

Computer (PC) Security – 7 things you must have

October 11, 2011

Keeping the computers and data in your business safe is a vital job that you need to be on top of at all times.

Benefits of setting up a small business website

October 11, 2011

If you still haven’t set up a website or blog for your small business, here are some ideas from the Bytestart team which may show why having an online presence is now essential rather than optional for most enterprises.

How to pick the right PC for your business

October 11, 2011

There can be few businesses left that don’t need a reliable PC on a day-to-day basis – especially as more and more business involves email and the internet in some way. PCs change so quickly it can be a scary process researching and buying a new one. Here is a handy non-technical guide to the […]

How to run your business from the beach!

October 11, 2011

When most people start their business, there are several things they happily give up for a while: a guaranteed salary, sleep – and holidays. It’s one of the hallmarks of a start-up. In the first year, the founders can find it really tough to take time off. So if your start-up’s stopping the summer sun, […]

Guide to working securely with wireless

October 11, 2011

Wireless is becoming an increasingly popular way for businesses to share information and work away form the office. According to a survey of 625 SMEs, more than a quarter of staff already does some work from home* – and this figure seems to be growing faster than ever.