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Month October 2009

Blog Action Day ’09: Climate Change – Questions

Today is this years ‘Blog Action Day ’09: Climate Change’. The more ‘seasoned’ followers of mine will know that I participate on my blog every year, this year being no exception. What is an exception this year is the fact that climate change does concern us all, and it is fair to say our planet…

Martha Lane Fox on Digital Inclusion as a Route out of Poverty.

I usually talk about – or rant more like – about why business needs to be online to save money, time and often their business, especially during economic downturns like these. But what about your everyday consumer? Martha Lane Fox, best known as the co-founder of LastMinute.com, did a study with PWC and came up…

The Most Influential Small Business Twitter List

If you are interested to follow small business twitter bloggers, here is a great list for you and it takes only one ‘click’ to follow them all. The nice thing about this list is, that I know most of the included bloggers for years – so I can promise you won’t be disappointed, if you…

Small Business World News Round-up – 2009/10/13

Here is this week’s news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from around the world. Entrepreneurs create their own recovery: Back in August, Federal Reserve officials suggested that the Great Recession was ending and the U.S. could expect “a gradual resumption of…

National Identity Fraud Prevention Week

From today to October 18th is National Identity Fraud Prevention Week – so why should you care? One of the side effects of electronic commerce is the identity fraud, and as of yet nobody has come up with a secure system to do business electronically. To make electronic transactions as safe as possible requires knowledge…

Five Tips on Employee Orientation

 The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners.   Don’t underestimate the importance of their first few days on the job – this is the best time to teach. Make sure your employee has a complete understanding of your products or services & how your company differs from the…

Ten Small Business Startup Ideas – 2009/10/10

If you are sat at home this weekend contemplating starting your own small / micro home business or becoming a self-employed freelancer / sole trader then here are ten quick-fire business ideas to use as a starting point.  Ad-supported batches of RSS feeds delivering content relevant to your tastes. Philanthropic tourism – you pay a…

Forecasting – Small Business Quote of the Week

  A small business quote keeps you thinking, inspired and entertained.  “Over the past 25 years, economic forecasters have missed four of the past five recessions.” Anonymous, Business Week (30 September 1996)  To view previous quotes of the day, click here 

Green credentials of SaaS put to the test

One of the main benefits we always stress about OnlineOffice and on-demand software in general is how environmentally friendly it is. There was an excellent article recently at Software Advice where they conducted some tests to see if a SaaS solution would really have much effect on the amount of energy consumed. They used a…

Five Tips for Dealing With Customers over the Telephone

 The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners.   Make sure the call is documented somehow with details of time / date & the problem kept on file. Aim to answer the phone before it rings three times. The customer will not want to wait. If you need to…

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