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5 Tips for Effective Time Management

effective-time-managementDo you feel exhausted by the end of day? Does your “to-do” list seem endless? Gain control over your time and you’ll not only feel better but accomplish more, too.

These tips taken from The Xerox Small Business Blog can be helpful, and can take some of the pressure off your shoulders.

  1. Make time management your first priority – Take a few moments to prioritize your daily action items. The best time for this is either first thing in the morning or the last thing before you leave the office. Use whichever time slot works best for your schedule, but make sure you do it consistently. From your list, do urgent and important tasks first (avoid knocking the ‘easy’ items off the list first!). Create a reminder system. This will help you manage your projects and stay in control.

We’re Here to Help: Newtek Professional Services

Young_Man_Computer (Happy)As a small business-centric company, we understand that many of our customers face limited personnel, budgetary, and technology resources. This is why we offer a range of professional services to address various needs beyond the core technology products we provide and support.

It’s important to note that when we say professional services, we are not referring to general customer and technical support – if you have an issue or need assistance with something, our customer and technical support teams are always available, 24/7/365, at no additional cost. That’s a benefit you receive as a customer. But if you need help beyond that – if you need help manually installing an app, or configuring your server, or redesigning your website, or need someone to setup and configure new email accounts (and so on) – our teams of professionals are here to help at an affordable rate.

Top Small Business Benefits of Managed Technology Services

two_businessmen.jpg.800x600_q96Technology drives the modern business, regardless of size or industry. It’s how we interact with customers, distribute information, drive revenue, and solve problems. However, for small and medium-sized businesses and startups, technology implementation is another in a long list of issues that result from a lack of resources.

Few people have the expertise to manage much of today’s technology, and most independent businesses cannot afford to hire a full-time IT staff, here are ways that managed IT services can really benefit small businesses.

Here are the top 5 benefits of managed services for small businesses:

Elements of a Winning Checkout Experience

logo-made-in-ecommerceYour visitor’s checkout process is as important as your website’s landing page. When configured correctly, you will be able to overcome cart abandonment issues, and increase conversion rates. A perfect checkout experience requires a lot of tweaking, but it’s all about removing distractions and making the ordering process as easy as possible. If something goes wrong, or if the customer finds the process too complicated, he or she will leave.

In order to drive conversation rates, your checkout page should include the following:

LinkedIn’s Job Search App Now Available For Android

linkedin_android_2-786x305Last year, LinkedIn launched its first standalone job search app, noting that 40% of its 300 million users access the site on mobile devices. The app launched in June as a free iOS app and it is now available for Android.

LinkedIn Job Search allows users to search and apply for jobs on the social network. The company says the app brings all the same features seen on iOS, but was built from scratch for Android. Job Search Android has been optimized “specially for the Android experience” featuring left- and right-hand navigation, as well as action bars at the top of the screen within the app.

Spring Clean Your Business

fhp_2014mar18-how-to-spring-clean-your-small-business_imageHalfway through March means we’ve officially entered spring! With every spring comes warmer weather, longer days, happier people and spring cleaning. Instead of just cleaning out those closets this year, how about cleaning up your business too.

The office – This involves some physical cleaning and moving. Maybe it’s time to switch completely to electronic records. Get rid of those filing cabinets and open up the space. Do some real extra dusting, get those carpets cleaned. Maybe knock down those cubicles and switch your office to an open concept, some say it promotes productivity and creativity. A cleaner, better organized office leads to greater happiness among employees and more productivity.

The Importance of Email Marketing

mail contactThere are many different marketing tactics that we can use to promote our businesses. One of the best tools to use is inexpensive, and readily available at your fingertips: email.

With the help of third-party email software such as Monitor, iContact, MailChimp, business owners can manage, target, and track email campaigns. In addition you can use their templates for creative flare. The goals of email marketing are to keep your customers informed, establish a positive relationship, keep your business on their minds, special targeted promotions.

6 Traits of a Successful Entrepreneur

girl in windowEveryone has thought about being their own boss at one point or another. It is a misconception that the only people to achieve such success are those who received straight A’s in college. On the contrary, those young adults who have developed that type- A personality, being over achievers and workaholics, are generally not the type to take the risk required to establish a business. Go big or go home!

However, there are a set of character traits that research shows are shared among entrepreneurs on the whole.


Now Is the Time for Responsive Design

mobile-phonesBeginning April 21, Google will use mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal in search results, rewarding websites that are fully optimized for mobile platforms.

Most modifications to the all-important Google Search Algorithm have only a low-weight impact on search results, however Google says the effect of this change will be profound. It is very important for any business owner with a website to respond accordingly.

Effective immediately, Google will also factor content from mobile apps (a feature called App Indexing) when rendering mobile search results. Android users who are signed into their Google account will begin to see apps more prominently in search listings.

Is it Prime Time for Apple Watch?

apple-watch-event-2015-release-dateOn March 9 Apple hosted their Spring Forward event where they announced the release of a new MacBook and more details on the largely anticipated Apple Watch.

Apple Watch is Apple’s first wearable. It was built to work with iPhone, but it’s not just an iPhone that was shrunk down to the size of the watch. The user interface was completely rebuilt to accommodate the size of 38mm or 42mm watch face. With tap and press commands, touch navigation, and digital crown navigation. Apple has taken the dial on the side of a regular watch and made it into a navigation scroll that translates rotary movement into digital data, it is also used as a home button.