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  • Blog Post: How to produce a partnership agreement

    Guest post from Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation , the home business website and author of ‘Spare Room Start Up – how to start a business from home’ . With many home-based businesses now growing by outsourcing and partnering as opposed to taking on staff, it’s important to have an agreement...
  • Blog Post: Save time and money - keep in touch from the office

    You don't need to spend hours on a train, plane or in a car to have vital meetings with suppliers, colleagues or customers. With Microsoft Office Live Meeting you can set up conference calls from your office so you don't lose valuable working time. As well as improving productivity you can also reduce...
  • Blog Post: Starting a business from home?

    Redundancy, pre-school children, returning to work or can’t stand the boss…. There are lots of reasons for starting up a business from home – including of course, the excitement and challenge of taking a great business idea and running with it. There are lots of resources out there on the web to help...
  • Blog Post: The layman's finance crisis glossary

    Courtesy of the BBC, you can brush up on your knowledge of financial-speak with the layman's crisis glossary . It's hard enough at the best of times getting to grips with banking and investment terminology, and with new market crashes and fluctuations occurring on an almost daily basis it's difficult...
  • Blog Post: Office Groove - helping small businesses reach new customers

    Using Microsoft Office Groove 2007 and other collaborative technologies has enabled a virtual office services business to grow and expand. After working as a PA and administrator for 20 years, Anna Isaacs decided to use her experience to set up a virtual office services business. She duly launched...
  • Blog Post: Lessons I didn’t learn until I ran my own business

    A big welcome to a new guest blogger: Glen Feechan is Chief Executive of Spreadsheets by Email and author of the Not Just Numbers blog ). He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and provides spreadsheet solutions, large and small, to a worldwide client base. He’ll be providing some great Excel...
  • Blog Post: Ezidoesit - task management for Microsoft Outlook

    Time is pretty much the most precious commodity in most businesses and anything that can save you time has got to be worth a look. Email overload is often a principal culprit here - generally there are too many of them - and that's without the spam factor - and then it's too easy to get distracted throughout...
  • Blog Post: Can avatars substitute for colleagues in video-conferencing?

    'Location liberation' Not Microsoft-speak but all part of the video-conferencing, telepresence, webinar technological revolution. The latest development - out of Japan - is a somewhat creepy tele-operated android, which apparently helps you to actually 'feel' the presence of another person. This must...
  • Blog Post: Every minute counts

    Guest blog from Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation and author of ‘Spare Room Start Up - how to start a business from home'. When walking down the street the other day, I overheard someone say "I'm just killing time" to a friend. It's an expression I haven't heard in a while and that's because...
  • Blog Post: New 60-second business insider videos

    New 60-second business insider videos are great way to learn something very quickly! Many office-based tasks can be made significantly easier with new technology but generally we just carry one doing things in the same old way. But by learning a new process - or at the least basics of it - in just 60...