Small Business

Increase Your SMB’s Agility Through Technology — The Great Equalizer

A few years ago, one of my reps and I were on a video conference with a prospect based in Portland. Without our prompting, he began to talk about all of the issues he was having with one of our competitors. We let him vent, because it was clear he needed someone to listen to his complaints. Then, much to …

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5 Advantages of Holding Virtual Meetings for Small Business Owners

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In today’s ever-changing business landscape, more and more independent small business owners are looking nationwide or even globally to find quality employees. But how do you keep everyone in the loop in spite of being geographically divided? Thankfully, we’re in the Internet age. The virtual meeting – aka web conferencing – has come of age, and location is no longer …

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Continuing Education from Your Home Office

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You’ve got your business plan for 2013, have set some goals to grow, are hitting the ground running, but chances are you’ve neglected a very important area for growth. You. With all the demands of work and life, we tend to neglect the life side of the equation and even more often, ourselves. One way to stretch your mind and …

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How to collaborate remotely and make it work: perspectives for managers

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Telecommuting has recently been touted as one of the top four trends for 2013; oDesk CEO Gary Swart expands on this evolving work experience: It’s no secret that telecommuting, flexible work arrangements, distributed teams and even entirely virtual companies have exploded over the past few years. We’re bringing the work to the workers, reversing the almost antiquated model of bringing …

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Fun Presentation Ideas for Festive Holiday Meetings

For those of us working through the last weeks of 2012, it’s tough not to gaze jealously at the empty cubicles or Out of Office messages of vacationing colleagues. Instead of bah-humbugging through your next presentation, here are 10 presentation ideas to add a little cheer to your holiday meetings. 1.       Decorate the conference room with holly and evergreens. Start …

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True or False: The Cloud Means I’m Losing Control – SMB Tech Myths Busted

In the free eBook Are You Afraid of the Cloud? , PGi and leading cloud service marketplace company AppDirect debunk one of five myths plaguing SMBs today: The cloud means I’m losing control of my IT. Download the free eBook for the entire story for more SMB tech myths busted. For many small businesses and midsize companies, the fear of …

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Are Cloud Collar Workers the Future of Work?

Information workers are taking over business everywhere. With over 600 million people who specialize in knowledge, not production, the brain trust is spreading from traditional CIOs down to Millennials just entering the workplace. All thanks to cloud technology, from mobile apps to virtualized data centers. With the rise of the new Cloud Collar Worker, are we seeing a preview into …

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Three Workplace Trends That Change the Future of Conference Calls: Globalization, Online and Mobile BYOD

Like so many others, this market is experiencing exciting new changes brought on by the biggest workplace trends since the dawning of the personal computer: online, BYOD, mobile and globalization. Conference calls have been the lifeblood of business for over 20 years. In just the past five years, PGi — the global leader in web conferencing and collaboration technology — has hosted 1.2 …

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Top 7 Must-Haves for the Mobile Worker

The number of mobile and remote workers is increasing every day, though quantifying exactly how many people work from home is impossible. Are you officially a teleworker if you work from home occasionally—say, once a week—or must you commit to a daily practice? According to the Telework Research Network, 40% of U.S. employees (approximately 50 million) hold jobs that that …

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CEO’s 7 Step Guide to Intrapreneurship and Creative Brainstorming

When I think intrapreneurship, I think Google. Google employees have invented the impossible, helped in part by the Google 20 percent time rule to foster innovation while working on their own projects. In corporate America? The land of the 60-hour work week? As we look at the innovations from status quo disruptors like Google, Facebook and Lockheed’s Skunk Works, more …

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