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

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 your entire business from a smartphone? (more…)

Guide to buying a printer for your small business

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

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 or financial circumstances.

Clever ways to run your business phone networks

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 phone is an essential tool in your business, you will need a network that can grow as the business does. And it will save a lot of grief if you plan ahead while there are just a few people in the business.

Fortunately there are lots of options for business phone networks these days, and many ways to keep the costs down, as this latest Bytestart guide shows.

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

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 has moved on a great deal since then.

Home broadband v business broadband

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?

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 specific business. For those without much IT experience or know how, the assortment of choice on the market can be bewildering. One of most fiercely debated arguments revolves around the respective merits of a PC versus an Apple product for business use.

How to Make Web Conferencing Work

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.