Save Time And Be More Productive With These Ten Online Tools
It seems like there are a bazillion applications vying for your subscription these days. It can be hard to determine what’s worth investing your time and attention in. Below are ten online applications that can help your business be more productive.
All of these tools have been around long enough that they have resolved any major usability issues and have enough of a subscriber base that they’re not likely to go out of business anytime soon. We’ve also worked with each one and happily give them our vote of … Continue Reading →
Our Positive Yelp Reviews Were Filtered
We recently revisited our business page on the website Yelp.com and were surprised to see that our positive reviews were “filtered.” In other words, they are hidden and not immediately visible to prospective customers. This prompted us to do a little detective work and attempt to learn more about Yelp’s criteria for featuring vs. filtering reviews about local businesses….
Note: scroll all the way down if you’re just here to read our great reviews!
To Yelp or Not to Yelp
Many of us rely on Yelp to help us find the best restaurant in … Continue Reading →
What is the Cloud?
Many small business owners are confused by the concept of cloud computing. We often get questions such as, “Where is my data when it is in the cloud?” or more commonly, “What is this cloud computing thing and why should I care?” Well, whether or not this technology is your game, it is worth understanding. The cloud is here to stay and it has transformed a lot of industries. Small business environments are not excluded from this change.
The technical infrastructure behind cloud computing can be hard to explain, but from a practical sense the concept … Continue Reading →
It is a tough week for a lot of East Coast small business entrepreneurs, and our sympathies are with everyone. There are few greater challenges than facing the aftermath of a natural disaster. Forbes.com has put together a list of helpful resources for small business owners who are struggling to get operations back up and running. We hope that sharing this information will be of some use to someone you know.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a lot of companies will be reexamining their disaster recovery plans. Some brands have found themselves more vulnerable than they anticipated. A number … Continue Reading →
National Small Business Week is coming up fast, on May 20-26, 2012. A number of organizations and businesses are putting together events geared toward recognizing and enhancing the success of small businesses. There will be lots of opportunities for you to get involved. Check out the ones below, for starters…
The National Small Business Conference was created to honor and empower small business entrepreneurs. Presented by the Small Business Association, this event takes place May 20-26 in Washington D.C., but events will be webcast if you can’t make the long-distance haul. Special sessions include “The Export Forum: Take … Continue Reading →
Who’s Got Time for a Website?
Imagine you run a busy local coffee shop and you’re at the store, setting up shop at 6am every morning. By the time the pastry case is stocked and the coffee brewed, you’ve got customers streaming though the door. From there on, it’s madness until closing time.
When your business is busy, are you really thinking about your website or your blog?
Here’s the issue for most small business owners. You’ve got so much on your plate, you’ve got no time for all that web stuff. You just want things taken … Continue Reading →
IT Support for Business–Even the Techie Ones
Having been in the IT industry for a while, we’re pretty accustomed to getting strange looks from non-techies when we describe what we do. These looks can range from a quizzical squint of the eyes, to a complete glazing over, to a wild casting about for something else (anything else!) to discuss.
That said, within the techie community, our work is pretty nuts-and-bolts. In fact, Bay Area techie/hacker/geekie types roll their eyes, since they’re usually equipped to solve their own IT issues…often while coding Ruby with their left hand.
However, IT support becomes … Continue Reading →
We recently had an engaging conversation with David Bergeron of T3 Advisors. They are doing some really innovative work in the real estate sector, with a special focus on helping startups find and procure the right office space. With ten years’ experience under their belt, they’ve got a lot to bring to the table behalf of their clients. And, well-negotiated lease terms can sometimes determine whether your business sinks or swims.
The idea behind T3′s approach to working with startups is that your average startup has unique needs that distinguish it from other businesses. Flexibility is one major factor, … Continue Reading →
If you’ve ever been in the unfortunate position of having to wait for Comcast to restore your internet service, then you’ve truly seen the bowels of purgatory. Well, misery loves company, so take solace in the fact that you’re part of large and not-so-exclusive club.
Check out Comcast’s Yelp reviews (or AT&T’s, for that matter), for an afternoon of hilarious reading. It is hard to believe that one company could accumulate so many one-star reviews. Read enough of them and you start to feel sorry for Comcast…but not really.
Alternative to Comcast
When Bay Area small business owners call us … Continue Reading →
Upcoming Classes and Workshops for Small Biz Entrepreneurs
Not getting out enough these days? Tired of stewing in your own juices? There’s no excuse with so many great local workshops, events and classes coming up. Here are just a few that are on our radar screen.
1. We have always loved the vibe at SF coworking location NextSpace. One of their upcoming events, the Memorable Networking Event, sounds especially intriguing. Who doesn’t want to improve their ability recall information, after all?
NextSpace Memorable Networking EventLearn how to maximize retention through memory training! NextSpace member and Change with Purpose coach … Continue Reading →