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Smart WatchesWith a tiny screen on your wrist, you’ll spend less time reaching for the screen in your pocket during important meetings.

While smartphones are the lifeblood of many businesses, they can also be a distraction when you’re meeting with new clients or trying to close a big deal. Reaching for your phone during important negotiations obviously sends the wrong message when you’re supposed to be giving someone your undivided attention.

Of course, ignoring your phone risks missing an important message. With a smart watch on your wrist, however, it’s easy to keep an eye on all your messages while your phone is still safely tucked away in your pocket. Whether you’re carrying an Apple or Android smartphone, you’ll find the perfect smart watch for the job – staying... Read More

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Cyber SecurityThe fake-invoice epidemic is worsening. It’s vital your people always think twice before clicking on links or opening attachments. When it comes to cyber security, even seemingly innocent-looking emails can be trouble.

Business scammers have been working overtime recently. They have unleashed a deluge of bogus invoices designed to sneak past your defences. It’s not that they look too good to be true, such as promising you’ve won the lottery. Rather, these emails aim to look too mundane to be fake. They pose as an outstanding invoice, unpaid utility bill or unclaimed tax return. The hope is that someone in your business will unwittingly take the bait.

These kinds of emails come in all shapes and sizes. However, the underlying scams are the same. Some are bogus invoices... Read More

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Cheap printersNever judge printers on their price tag alone, as you’ll end up paying more in the long run.

These days you can find ridiculously cheap budget printers, even when you’re walking through the supermarket or standing in line at the post office. At first glance they might seem like an offer too good to refuse. However, business users need to think about the big picture.

Buying a new dirt-cheap printer might cost less than buying replacement ink or toner for your existing printer. But keep in mind that new printers tend to come with “starter” cartridges that aren’t full. It won’t be long before you need to buy more.

Before you buy a printer, it’s important to check on the price of replacement ink or toner. As a general rule you’ll find... Read More

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Turn your iPadDon’t lug around important business documents and notes scribbled on scraps of paper. It’s easier to stay organised by using your iPad as a document scanner.

iPad cameras aren’t just for taking happy snaps. These days, they’re sharp enough to capture an entire page of text. By default, these photos are stored in your iPad’s camera roll. However, if you leave them there you’re not really making the most of the technology at your disposal.

Want to really see a productivity boost? It’s worth investigating apps that turn your iPad into a powerful document scanner. It can store, search, share and back up your images. This way, your important documentation is always at your fingertips... Read More

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Understanding your customersLoyal customers are one of your most valuable business assets, so it’s important to make the most of them. This is especially true in the age of digital disruption.

Digital disruption is all about using new technologies to get a competitive advantage over your rivals. It allows small businesses to punch above their weight. Nimble new players in your industry are using business intelligence tools like Customer Relationship Management (CRM) to woo customers. So, it’s important you keep up with the latest disruptive technologies.

CRM isn’t just about managing customer contact details. It’s also about building up a holistic view of your customers. This allows you to better meet and anticipate their... Read More

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