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Who controls your business software? Are you at risk using SaaS?

So who does control your business software? Obviously you have the control in deciding what software and technology to use. Once you make that decision and create your business processes around the tech you chose who is actually in control? I want to give you my insight into an issue that many business owners and managers don't think about enough. Analogy time Here's a phrase that I've heard a bit recently which says: Don't build your house on someone else's land There's the direct interpretation for when you are building a house. So all you…

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What the DNS? How the domain name system keeps your business online.

Have you every wondered how a computer figures out what computer to talk to when you type in the URL in a browser? Or maybe when you are setting up your email server?     NO??        Not even a little bit? Oh... Well what if I told you that its one of the most important parts of how the internet works and it's critical for keeping your business online?    When things go wrong it's good to know how things work and more importantly who is responsible.  Besides - I think it's really quite interesting how…

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Are You Storing Passwords for Your Small Business Systems Safely? Take These Easy Steps To Set Up Your Small Business Password Manager Today

Did you know that the average small business owner has over 80 different passwords that they need to use for all of their business systems. Let's explore why you should use need to use a password manager for your small business. Given that I struggle to even remember my own phone number some days there is no way that I can remember that many secure passwords. How about you? Think about all of the services you use: EmailCRMFinancialYour Laptop / ComputerMarketing SystemsOnline BankingSocial Media Accounts They add up pretty quickly, don't they. Are you using…

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Why Your Small Business needs a Technology Audit

A technology audit. IT system review. Business IT heath check. If you start looking around you will see many names for essentially the same thing. That "thing" is getting a professional to review the Information Technology (IT) that you use to run your business. What is an IT audit or IT review? At it's core an IT audit involves hiring a third party to review the technology that is critical for running your business. Depending on who you hire and how involved the audit is it will typically ask about the following at a minimum:…

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Why ITgeniq can help with your small business IT

Hello! My name is Matt and I am the Founder and Chief IT problem solver here at ITgeniq. I just wanted to say a quick welcome and explain what ITgeniq is all about! Why ITgeniq? A few years ago I started my business Kuter Solutions to help small and mid sized businesses take advantage of the vast array of IT systems that will help them grow their business. Over the past couple of years I have met with many small business owners that know they need help figuring out their businesses IT systems but the cost of…

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Should Your Startup Use an All-In-One Software Or Separate Systems

One of the most challenging things when starting up or being in the growth stages of your business is selecting the right software. These days businesses are spoiled for choice with the huge number of products that we can use to run our business. One of the choices that you may be facing is whether you should be using an all-in-one system that covers all (or almost all) of your businesses needs or whether you should be selecting individual systems/services for each business function. In this article I will cover the pros and cons of each…

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Make Marketing Your Startup Easier With Our One Page Marketing Plan

Writing a Marketing Plan can be quite daunting. I am not about to go into the reasons that you should have one but maybe you're not sure where to start? Or you think it will take too long and you don't have time? Well, much like writing a business plan, the process of creating your Marketing Plan is sometimes more valuable than the final document because it causes you to stop and think about everything in detail. In this article I am going to cover the key elements you should have in your simple Marketing…

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Does Business Planning Bore You? Check out This Simple Business Plan Template so You Can Get on with the Fun Stuff

Business Planning is a critical activity for any business. A business plan provides direction and keeps you on track. It will help you focus on your top priorities and clarify who your customers and how you can serve them effectively. Read on to find out my recommendation on how we as small business owners can take the pain out of writing our business plans.  I also have a handy template for you to download at the end of the article. The value of writing a business plan is in the thought processes that are required…

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Don’t want to pay for MS Office? Check out LibreOffice the free alternative.

One of my favorite Open Source applications is LibreOffice, which is a full office suite of applications. I use it almost everyday as a replacement for MS Office and have not encountered anything that it can't do. Don't know what Open Source is?  Check out my overview here. In my experience, unless you are the most advanced user of MS application and performing extremely complex tasks you will find that LibreOffice can do everything you need. Applications - MS Office Compared to LibreOffice The alternative applications are: MS Office LibreOffice Word Writer Excel Calc PowerPoint…

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Should I Be Using Open Source Software in My Small Business?

I won't hide it - I'm a huge fan of Open Source Software (abbreviated to OSS). One of the reasons I started my own business is to help small businesses save money on IT. One way I explore this is to take advantage of the plethora of OSS options available.   So what exactly is Open Source Software and can you use it in your small business? Let's explore! What is Open Source Software? You've probably heard about it before and may even know what it is. Open Source Software are computer programs where the…

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