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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.

Beginners guide to Wi-Fi and Wireless Internet

October 11, 2011

Wi-Fi is the name given to wireless technology (or “wireless fidelity”). For our purposes, the term is most commonly used to provide Internet access without the need for wires. Rather than plugging your PC or laptop into your broadband modem, you can access the Internet remotely as long as you are in range of a […]

How to create a more effective ecommerce site

October 8, 2011

More and more people are making purchases online but not all businesses are making the most of their ecommerce sites. And if you’re not making the most out of your site, you’re not making as much money as you could be. Here are four tips for creating a more effective ecommerce site so customers buy […]

How can ‘cloud computing’ benefit small businesses?

October 8, 2011

Many people are predicting that 2011 will be the year that cloud computing goes mainstream. A key technology trend of the past few years, analyst firm Gartner has now predicted that cloud computing will be one of the top ten strategic technologies in 2011.

Using online services – how safe is the cloud?

October 8, 2011

Do you have data stored in the cloud? For many organisations, the answer is an emphatic “yes”. Adoption of cloud services is growing across a wide range of applications – desktop backup, email and collaboration, document management, customer relationship management, and so on. Such services are especially attractive to small and medium-sized organisations: they let […]

The benefits of open source software for small businesses

October 8, 2011

Free. A word that grabs attention. In an age of austerity, free software has to be especially attractive, doesn’t it?

Domain naming tips for small business owners

October 8, 2011

If you are thinking of creating a web presence for your small business, one of the most important tasks you need to do is choose the right domain name. Here are ten tips from the Bytestart team:

How to choose a business domain name

October 8, 2011

If you are interested in setting up a website for your new enterprise, one of the first things you should do is choose a domain name to represent your brand.

A simple guide to ADSL, Cable and Mobile Broadband

October 8, 2011

As demand for broadband services has exploded over the past few years, and the number of “bundles” and offerings becomes ever more bewildering for business broadband and personal broadband users, we take a brief look at the types of broadband service available in the UK.

Keep your data safe – how to backup your business information

October 8, 2011

As a business owner, have you ever considered what would you do if all your business data was to one day just… disappear?

Cloud computing explained – and the benefits for your business

October 8, 2011

Whether you’re into technology or not you may have heard the phrase “cloud computing” knocked about… and probably ignored it. Very sensible. The internet is awash with terms like “web 2.0” and “social networking”… and you don’t really need to know what they mean. But you do need to know how they can affect your […]

The technology that frees you to run your business from anywhere in the world (including a beach!)

October 8, 2011

Depending on what your business does, you could run it from anywhere in the world – including even a beach if you wanted to.

Can you run your business with just an iPhone or BlackBerry?

October 8, 2011

If you believe the Apple adverts on TV at the moment, the new iPhone is the perfect tool to run your business away from the office. One advert shows a business owner taking a credit card payment on their iPhone, then tracking when a parcel is delivered. Which raises an interesting question… could you run […]

Guide to buying a printer for your small business

October 8, 2011

Printers for your office or home office are so plentiful and cheap that you may feel there is no need to research your options. However, there are so many different types of printer around and the hidden costs can be huge, it’s important to understand the implications before you buy.

Customer data guide – how to collect, store and profit from it

October 8, 2011

Every business, regardless of its size or area of expertise, has the ability to generate data on its customers. This may be relatively simple information about the customer, their location, and the products and services they have purchased, to more in-depth and complex data on their behaviour when browsing online or detail on their personal […]

Clever ways to run your business phone networks

October 8, 2011

As soon as there is more than one person in your business, you need to think about how you manage your phones. If your business doesn’t get a lot of calls, or the majority of your staff don’t make and take calls, then you’ll be fine with one line and one phone. But if the […]

How to set up a small network without buying a server

October 8, 2011

If there is more than one person in your business, there are massive advantages to networking your computers together. But getting a proper business server installed and maintained can mean a bill of a few thousand pounds.

How to choose a Content Management System (CMS) for your website

October 8, 2011

If you’re running your own business website and need to update the contents on a regular basis, chances are you would benefit from having a CMS (content management system).In the “good old days”, site owners would need to manually update HTML code, or use MS Frontpage / Dreamweaver to update their site content, but technology […]

Blogging – How to set up a blog for your small business

October 8, 2011

You hear a lot about blogs. It’s said that every second a new one is set up somewhere in the world, or that most blogs are never read by anyone other than the writer.

Get your business organised with free online utilities

September 29, 2011

The best thing about the internet revolution that’s happened in the last ten years is the productivity benefits for you and your business.

Home broadband v business broadband

March 29, 2011

Most of us have used a broadband connection in one environment or the other – whether at home, at work or at school, the internet is now an important tool for people of all ages.

Mac vs. PC – which is best for small businesses?

December 22, 2010

Information technology is always a significant financial investment for a small business or start up – getting the right system in place has a massive impact on efficiency, productivity and the day to day running of a company. However, it can be difficult to get impartial advice on the system that is right for a […]

How to Make Web Conferencing Work

October 26, 2007

Many businesses work on long-distance collaboration, and up until recently that meant lots of conference calls for some people. Now, however, the world is moving at a totally new pace, as internet technologies develop and broadband speeds increase.

MOOFing – how mobile working will affect small businesses

June 15, 2007

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