Technology and Tools
With camera drones becoming affordable, they are being used in more and more industries, and real estate is no exception. Here's how drones will soon improve the way real estate is sold.
To get paid on time you've got to stay on top of billing your customers. These invoicing programs and apps will help you manage your billing better so you get paid sooner.
Not all the good business apps are for iOS only. Here are seven apps made just for Android devices that can help entrepreneurs run their businesses better.
Google's Project Fi is poised to make big waves in the world of cell phone providers, but is it worth switching to right now? Find out what makes Project Fi so unique and get the pros and cons here.
Smartphone (and tablet) apps help business owners be more productive and run their businesses on the go. You probably know about the most popular business apps, but don't overlook these seven lesser known apps.
If you've got a business where you perform services at a client's site, you know how hard it is to keep track of customers, schedule appointments, be on time, do the billing, get paid and maintain good relationships with your customers. A new app, Breezeworks, helps you and your team organize all of that and more right from your smart phone.
Meeting deadlines, billing clients, keeping up with your to do list - all of these things take time and a certain amount of organization to be done properly. These free web apps help you keep up with the demands of your business so you are more productive and profitable.
As indespensible as your cell phone is to your business, just think how much more convenient it would be to have that technology right on your wrist, all the time. Smart watches will make keeping up and staying in touch easier than ever before.
Keeping up with all the things you need to do in your many roles as a business owner can be tricky. Here are thirteen free online tools that can help you stay organized and on time.
More and more businesses are allowing employees to bring their own devices (BYOD) - cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc. - to use for work. While it can be a big money saver for your company, there are some risks involved. Here's what you need to know about "BYOD" for your business.
The Internet abounds with tools and resources for running a business. Here are 34 free online tools that can help you analyze your website, schedule appointments, invoice customers, and everything in between.
Video marketing is a great way to advertise your business, and it doesn't have to cost you a fortune in equipment and editing software. Here's how you can produce a video for your business inexpensively.
Cloud based software has made running a business easier and more affordable. Here are ten cloud tools that you might find useful in your small business.
Checking your smart phone and constantly texting kills productivity. Here’s why and how to be smarter about the way you use phones and other digital devices.
Unsolicited email is one of the worst productivity killers business owners and employees face. Filtering the junk email out with software helps, but it's an imperfect solution. This guide explains how you can avoid spam altogether.
Looking for a replacement for Google Reader? There are many free RSS readers out there, but not all are created equally. Here's an overview of five popular feed readers to help you choose the best Google Reader replacement.
Creating a good password that's hard to hack but easy to remember is no simple task, yet it's vitally important for protecting your personal and financial information. Here are a few ideas for creating secure passwords.
If you've got a tablet, there are plenty of apps you can use to make running your business easier whether you're on the go or at your desk. Here are six great apps that will turn your tablet into an indispensible tool for your business.
You're probably already using at least a couple of tools from Google to help run your business, but Google's offerings for small business is greater than you might realize. Google has made it easier than ever to find the resources you need by gathering all of their business tools under the umbrella of Google for Entrepreneurs.
CRM - customer relationship management - is essential for any business needing to keep track of their customers. Here's a guide to choosing the right CRM software for your business.
The options available in portable computing have exploded in recent years. Find out which mobile device - netbook, tablet, e-reader or ultrabook - will serve your computing needs best.
Thinking of buying a video camera for your business? Holiday sales offer a tempting array of choices. Get help choosing the right one for your business with our video camera buying guide.
What is "the cloud"? Chances are you're already using it whether you realize it or not. Find out how cloud computing can be useful for your small business.
Switching your telephone to VoIP can save your business money and give you greater flexibility and capabilities in your business telephone system. This article will help you understand the different options available when you're trying to choose a VoIP provider.
Trying to choose a new telephone system for your business? This overview will help you understand the jargon and types of phone systems you'll likely encounter as you shop.
Whether you own a small retail chain or sell items out of your brother’s apartment, there’s an app for that. Developers are beginning to produce mobile tools to help retailers operate their businesses. These apps help with everything from clocking in to checking out a customer to creating sales reports. Here's a list of the best retail business apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android phones.
Is a netbook really good enough for running your business on the go? Business Know-How's technology writer is taking three netbooks through the paces. Find out how the Acer Aspire One fared in this review.
Fully managed point of sale software can do wonders for your business operations, but you may want to rethink running your entire storefront from just one single computer. Here's why >>
Performing routine computer backups is not real high on the list of priorities for most small business owners, but if you use computers enough, you're eventually going to have a crash that results in lost data. Here's a backup solution that makes it easy and painless to backup and safely store your important data.
Anything that you can do for free that will keep your business looking professional to your customers and not affect your bottom line is a good thing. Here are four services that all businesses need from time to time, and five tools you can use for free.
These days, not only can you easily run your business from home - you can run it from just about anywhere - with the help of these free portable applications.
Adding audio to a PowerPoint presentation to turn it into a presentation that runs on your web site is normally not an easy task. Now, however, there's a new solution from MyBrainshark that makes it as simple as placing a phone call. Read our review of MyBrainshark's many useful features here.
As a small business owner, you may or may not have heard the concept of cloud computing. Find out what it is and what it can do for your small business.
Think you'd like to post videos for your business on YouTube or even your web site, but don't know how? Here's an easy and inexpensive way to get started with online video.
Choices abound for your small businesses today’s market like never before when deciding on where and how you spend your money on technology, infrastructure, security, and physical location. Here are some key points you should consider when making your choice in the type of computer to buy for your business.
What do you do with all those business cards you pick up at conferences, seminars and meetings? You know, the ones you stuffed carefully into your wallet or in your top desk drawer so you wouldn't lose them? Here's the answer to organizing your business cards that doesn't involve binders or rotary files cluttering up your desk.
There are amusing and horrific stories of the trials and tribulations associated with the transfer of technology, and the implementation of new systems and architecture. There are lessons that we can learn from those who have blazed the trails before us, and those who have been burned by the blaze. Get your fingers ready to count the five fundamental considerations for implementing new technology.
Have you recently had difficulties printing some web pages? Instead of a readable web page, are you suddenly finding that some pages are printing out at a fraction of the size they ought to print - making them just about useless? If so, you're most likely using Internet Explorer 7 as your browser. Here's a way to solve the problem >>
We hear about VOIP everyday, but most of us know very little about it. Read about what VOIP is and get a simple understanding of how it works.
You don't have a lot of technology resources inside your company. In fact, just getting your office printer to work all the time seems like a monumental challenge. So before investing in the latest-and-greatest-whiz-bang-gotta-have gadget that promises to turn your entire business into a financial powerhouse, here's a few things to keep in mind.
One of the odd things about business is that decision makers are usually not decision implementers. The result is frequently staff resentment, and a true Technology Misfit in the organization. Here are ways you can fix the problem before your staff loses all respect for you >>
As a small business owner, you can't afford to have your identity or business information stolen. Use these tips to create passwords that hackers (and nosey coworkers) can't easily break.
To attract customers, retailers and manufacturers often sell new computers as a bundle that includes the CPU, monitor and sometimes a printer. Although such bundles sound like a lot for your money, they may not be the best choice. Read more about choosing computers >>
Every so often you get an email saying that the email YOU sent could not be delivered. The reasons are often cryptic and confusing. Here are some of the reasons, explained in plain English, that your email can't always get through.
Ever sent an email to someone and in reply gotten an official looking message asking you to confirm your identity? Thought it may appear suspicious, it's probably your colleague's attempt at reducing spam. Read more >>
Seems like there's no shortage of confusing terminology in the computer biz. With the advent of computer viruses over recent years, we've spawned even more terminology that often seems only to make things less clear. Learn the difference between a trojan horse, worm, and virus here.
You know you've got a virus because your computer is acting wacky, but your antivirus software says that you don't. So now how are you going to get the virus off of your system? Details >>
Software for your business can be expensive not just to buy but also to maintain. To avoid making mistakes now that you'll pay for months or even years later, ask your software vendor these ten questions. Read more >>
The average IT project runs 200 percent late, 200 percent over budget and only contain two-thirds of their original functionality. Find out why, and how you can stop it from happening to your IT project.
Doing backups is kind of like eating healthier... everyone agrees we should, and yet very few of us actually do. Much like the heart attack victim who no longer visits McDonald's, the most religious users of backup procedures are those who've been bitten hard by a failure in their past. Read more >>
If your mail isn't getting through to some people, it could be that your email address, or even your entire ISP, is blocked. Find out why and to learn what you can do about it.
In the past, asking if you could catch an Email Virus just by reading your Email would get laughs from the techie geeks in the crowd. "Of course not!" they would giggle. But things have changed. Find out how you can protect yourself.
Lately it seems like not a day goes by that we don't hear about some new kind of threat aimed at wreaking havoc across computers connected to the internet. Here are three things you can, and should, do to stay safe.
You're minding your own business, and one day you get email from someone you've never heard of, and they're asking you to stop sending them email. Or worse, they're angry. Or worse yet, they accuse you of sending them a virus! What's going on? Find out here >>
Is your start menu overflowing? Can't find a thing in your bookmarks? StarGate Link Boss, a shareware program for managing links of all types, might be the solution. Read this review to learn more.