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26 Amazingly Useful Programs For Small Business

26 Amazingly Useful Programs For Small Business

We are suckers for productivity hacks. Show us some technology that will shave a few minutes off something that we have to do, and we will be downloading and logging in almost as fast as our sprint to our coffee machine for our first coffee of the day.

Here are 26 of the programs our team couldn’t live without. Some are web apps, some are programs, some are extensions and some have smartphone apps to go with them. All are budget friendly (most have free options), and are perfect for small businesses.

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How to Increase the Trustworthiness of Your Website

How to Increase the Trustworthiness of Your Website

While people are more comfortable searching and buying online, there are more hackers and scammers out there than blowflies at a sausage sizzle. This creates a dilemma. People want to buy from you, but they are worried if you are a business that they can trust. You may have the best product or service in the world, but unless people trust you, they will ghost away from your website faster than you can say “Would you like an invitation to my Tupperware party?”

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The Ultimate Guide On What to Do After Launching Your Website

The Ultimate Guide On What to Do After Launching Your Website

The day my first website was launched I looked at it with a mixture of pride and awe. Wow! I had created this beautiful-to-me website that highlighted who I was and what I did.

Then a scary thought struck …

… I had no idea what to do next.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Gravatar

The Beginner’s Guide to Gravatar

Have you ever wondered how some people seem to have a photo of their smiling face follow their presence around the web when they publish blogs, comment on websites or appear in social media? It isn’t some super tricky IT code – they simply use a free program called Gravatar.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Canva

The Beginner’s Guide to Canva

Mention the words “graphic design” to many small business owners and you will often see them wince or run away screaming. They may have tried to DIY designs and failed dismally after forking out hundreds of dollars per year on premium products like Photoshop. They end up paying professional designers every time they need to create even the smallest day-to-day images for them.

What if we told you there was a way to design your own images and graphics that is easy, user friendly, best of all it’s free?

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Turning Pet Peeves into Unique Selling Propositions

Turning Pet Peeves into Unique Selling Propositions

I am 6 weeks into living surrounded by rubble. It all started as a simple plan to redo the kitchen, and then somehow morphed into a whole house renovation.

My hair is now permanently set into fixed Einstein style waves thanks to plaster dust and rampant humidity. My skin and glasses are tattooed with indelible paint splots. I can’t remember the last time I saw a room without a drop sheet or innumerable storage boxes piled in corners.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Grammarly

The Beginner’s Guide to Grammarly

Today’s Beginner’s Guide is Grammarly, an essential program in our office for anything related to writing. It is one of our drop-dead essential programs in the office and is one of the first things we install on all new computers.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Dropbox

The Beginner’s Guide to Dropbox

As our office is currently in the midst of renovations a lot of our focus has been on packing and storage. Because we have storage on the brain, it made sense that today’s Beginner Guide focusses on one of the biggest cloud-based storage systems – Dropbox.

Today’s Beginners Guide is on Dropbox, a favourite program of ours when it comes to collaboration and data storage.

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Tales from the Shed

Tales from the Shed

My ancient lawnmower grumpily skulked in my garden shed. It hated the sunshine and being removed from the cool dark cave. It hated, even more, being forced to start and did everything in its ageing power not to do any work.

First, it was spark plugs, and then the petrol wasn’t fresh enough. Then the oil was a teeny bit on the thick side. Next, the air filter had a bit of dust until finally, the primer decided to go out in sympathy.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Feedly

The Beginner’s Guide to Feedly

Welcome back to our Beginner’s Guide series. This is part 2 of the series to help you quickly get up to speed with some tools to help you build your business.

Today we’re exploring a great tool for staying on top of your industry and finding useful content to share with your clients … Feedly.

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