How Cloud Solutions can Benefit Small Business


There are plenty of new technologies that your business stands to benefit from. Whether you use social media to connect to your customers or have an online storefront where you sell your goods, advancements made with tech has transformed the way people do business. That means that it is easier than ever for you to find practical solutions to some of the most common problems that your business faces. Exploring what cloud hosted VoIP can do for your business, for example, is a great way to begin your foray into the answers technology can uncover.

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Top 10 Small Business Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2017


2016 was an eventful year to say the least. The presidential election in the U.S. brought in a new leader in Washington and with him a very different approach to government policy and business regulation. Donald Trump has already started to make his presence felt in the first week. If that is any indication 2017 will be an eventful year for small businesses for sure.

As a small business owner it behooves you keep an eye on the trends that will impact your business. Not only will it help you avoid getting into trouble, but also position your business for the future growth. So what trends do we expect to see in 2017? Here are the top 10 from my viewpoint.

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Pros and Cons of Being “Up In the Cloud”

Cloud
Cloud computing has become a buzzword in recent times similar to what internet was a decade ago. Businesses large and small are jumping on that bandwagon like there is no tomorrow. The IT service providers are also moving at a rapid pace to develop the cloud computing functionality and offer it at the lowest possible price to their customers. But is cloud computing all the hype without any substance. Looking at the adoption by businesses it doesn’t appear to be. Sure there are pros and cons of using cloud based system over tradition IT infrastructure. Below we explain what they are and how you can take advantage of the latest phenomenon known as cloud.

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Why Your Data is More Safe in the Cloud

Cloud Safety
When I used to work in a tech shop, the cloud was a new concept and many people, especially businessmen and legal professionals, would have a lot of questions concerning the security of their documents when stored in the cloud. I would do my best to explain that only they had access to their account, but as the cloud was still a fairly vague concept to many people, explaining the benefits would often mean breaking down the features in the most rudimentary of ways. On more than one occasion, people struggling with the concept of cloud computing became angry at the idea their personal or work emails being stored in the cloud, never mind the fact that this had been the case ever since they started using email.

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4 Ways to Leverage Technology to Improve Business Efficiency

Technology
Technological advances in this decade have helped small business owners compete with their larger counterparts on the same footing by allowing them to reduce cost and become more efficient. There isn’t a single area of the business that is not impacted by technology. New technology such as cloud computing, big data analytics, internet of things are helping startups and small businesses start and grow rapidly. As a small business owner if you are not leveraging technology fully you are putting yourself at a great disadvantage and may eventually go out of business. Here are 4 ways in which business owners take advantage of technology.

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Top 3 Affordable Dedicated Servers for Small Business

PowerEdge 12G Server Family

PowerEdge 12G Server Family


Dedicated virtual servers hosting give the user full control in managing the server. This degree of control enables a user to take advantage of prime features like high level of uptime, speed, and customization.

Dedicated server hosting means you have full ownership of a server and you do not share this with other sites. This can be very expensive; but there are affordable dedicated servers that can give a bang for your buck.

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How to Streamline Your Small Business in 4 Easy Steps

Streamline
Running a business, no matter what its size, can be full of difficulties and challenges. One of the main aspects which any business owner needs to come to terms with is time. How you spend your time is of paramount importance within the confines of your business. After all, if you waste time, you waste money – the old adage is true. However, if you go too far the other way, your business will likely suffer. The last thing you want is to do shoddy work because you are trying to rush the endgame. Treading the fine line between these two can be precarious. But there is good news: it is perfectly possible to achieve in today’s world. Not only that, it is fairly painless to implement. All that is required is a little imagination and some forethought. As long as you plan ahead, and take the following on board, all should be fine. So how do you go about streamlining your small business? Let’s take a look at some top tips for achieving just that.

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3 Reliable Ways Small Business can Improve Business Processes

Business Process
At its core Business Process Management (BPM), is a systematic approach to making an organisation’s workflow more effective, efficient, and more capable of adapting to an ever-changing environment. As you might imagine, BPM is a wide-ranging subject, and there are a number of different areas you’ll have to focus on in order to create a well-rounded business. Three approaches described below can help small business owners improve their business processes to be able to compete effectively.

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Small Business – How Not to Look Like a Small Fish in a Big Pond

Small Fish
It’s not easy to get customers but it’s easy to lose them. If you’re a big business, you have the resources to impress them, but if you’re a small business how do you convince customers that you have everything it takes to earn their business? Consumers spend their money where they think they will get the most satisfaction. As a small business, you may not have the marketing budget to develop your brand as a trustworthy business. Ironically, you may be able to provide your customers with better service than a big company. After all, a large company may not have the dedicated expertise to provide each customer with satisfaction. They may not be able to give each customer the attention they need to solve their pressing problem.

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Sage Advice for UK Small Business Needs

Startup
In today’s economic climate, the world is fast moving, ever changing and incredibly demanding. You just need to be in the tube during rush hour to experience the rush of suits as they hurriedly make their way into the office or to their meetings for the day. The UK startup market is a saturated one with only 6% of startups and SME’s going onto become larger businesses. Managing Directors of small to medium sized businesses are expected to be on top of their company and their offerings in order to compete with the larger corporations.

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