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Unpaid Invoices Were a $825 Billion Problem Last Year

Unpaid Invoices Were a $825 Billion Problem Last Year

Businesses exist to make money. Regardless of what that money is intended for, be it to sustain someone’s lifestyle or to bankroll a cause, a business will cease to be without an incoming cash flow. Unfortunately, unpaid invoices can make that cash flow stutter and slow to a trickle, and many businesses experience this problem as billed money doesn’t come in.

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What to Expect from IT in 2018

What to Expect from IT in 2018

As one of the most famous head coaches in NFL history, Vince Lombardi has several quotes that can be applied to success. One particular statement to note is “If you are five minutes early, you are already ten minutes late.” As it turns out, this quote inadvertently refers to technology. The technology industry moves a mile-a-minute and businesses are always looking for ways to innovate and make significant improvements to technology.

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Managed IT Can Help SMBs Tackle These 3 Common Challenges

b2ap3_thumbnail_smb_technology_challenges_400.jpgIt’s only natural that new and improved technologies will be challenging for employees to embrace and become accustomed to using. These challenges tend to shape how businesses will make their decisions as time passes. A few industry research firms have released their projections as to what challenges businesses will face in the coming months of 2017.

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Tip of the Week: 3 Ways the Cloud Streamlines Operations for SMBs

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_computing_400.jpgThe cloud is a great asset that your business can use to your business’ operational efficiency, but only if you’ve put plenty of thought into the implementation process. Since the same cloud solution likely won’t work the same way for two different organizations, you’ll need to intimately know what your business needs so that you can build and deliver a cloud solution to meet these demands. This week’s tip is all about helping you determine the best cloud solution for your organization.

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Even Small Businesses Need a Big Security Solution

b2ap3_thumbnail_small_business_security_400.jpgOne of the main benefits of a small business is that it’s small. You can make decisions quickly regarding all sorts of matters. Your workforce isn’t nearly as large as other organizations, meaning that you’re a closer, tight-knit group. One of the misconceptions of small business is that they’re not as susceptible to hacking attacks, which can be a dangerous assumption to make.

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Use Conference Calls? Here are 3 Reasons to Drop Your Phone Company and Go With VoIP

b2ap3_thumbnail_new_voip_400.jpgConference calling has evolved with the years, and it’s a crucial service that’s needed by modern businesses. You probably find yourself in more meetings than you’d like to be in, but compared to the days before Voice over Internet Protocol existed, you have it pretty easy nowadays. In fact, VoIP is such a great tool that every business should look into its advantages.

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The Gift of Maggie

b2ap3_thumbnail_a_gift_for_maggie_400.jpgAn updated technology-based version of the classic Christmas story “The Gift of the Magi.” Originally published in The New York Sunday World in 1905. Written by O. Henry.

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That’s what the balance read on Maggie’s online bank statement. It’s never been that low before. Usually she and her husband Dillon have a comfortable amount that they can pull from, but this year has been especially hard for the young couple, thanks to their new business endeavor.

The couple took out a big loan and started a new hair salon nine months ago. They knew the risks of starting a business in this economy, but the risks seemed small compared to the excitement of following their dreams.

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3 Great Technology Resources for Small Businesses

b2ap3_thumbnail_small_business_tehcnology_400.jpgSmall business owners and executives spend a lot of time going over the expense sheet. Most times, this is a result of not having the financial resources to do everything they want to do, when they want to do it. When your organization's growth stagnates, finding a way to turn that trend around is of paramount importance.

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Start-Ups Can Avoid IT Hassles with Managed Services

b2ap3_thumbnail_startup_power_400.jpgEvery business has to start somewhere. Starting a new business can be the most exhilarating (and often terrifying) endeavor a person can undertake. Technology can play a extremely important role to get your business venture off the ground quickly.

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The Growing Pains of Small Businesses

b2ap3_thumbnail_challange400.jpgAs a business owner, running a small business has its fair share of difficulties. There are so many things that can happen that can hinder your growth along the way to success. We aren't just talking about disastrous events either. Here are some examples you may encounter on the path to greatness.

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Substantial Value with Predictable IT Costs

b2ap3_thumbnail_Costvalue400.jpgIn 2012, The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), sponsored by Wells Fargo conducted a survey of small business owners to decipher what the most evident issues of contention were in regards to owning and maintaining a successful enterprise. Not surprisingly one of the most popular answers was the ability to manage costs.

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The Health Benefits of Telecommuting

b2ap3_thumbnail_Telecommuting400.jpgCommuting to work can be a rather draining experience, and not just on your budget. Research from Umeå University in Sweden has shown that computing can also be draining to your health. Commuters have been found to die younger than people who live close to their job. Telecommuting provides a great solution that can extend the lives of your employees.

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Our Four-Step Approach to Computer Repair

b2ap3_thumbnail_FixYourComputer400.jpgWhen a computer goes down, there are many different ways to get it up and running again. The challenge is finding the most efficient and cost-effective route to repair your PC. We have researched every PC repair method and have developed a four-step computer repair procedure that we believe is the best way to get the job done.

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Don't Be An April Fool, Back Up your Data!

b2ap3_thumbnail_worldbackupday15.jpgYour data is critical.  Backup is extremely important for businesses of all sizes, from sprawling corporations to one-man shops.  March 31st is World Backup Day, reminding us all that deploying a bullet-proof backup solution is vital for business continuity.  If you don't have a backup solution, now is the time to consider it, and if you do have a backup solution, there's no time like the present to have it tested to make sure it's working!  Check out the infographic about data backup!

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Reach More People and Save Money Using Webinars

b2ap3_thumbnail_webinar400.jpgDepending on the nature of your business, some communication tools are more cost-effective than others. Judging which tools are right for your business means taking into consideration how many people you are going to reach with each tool. The best tools allow you to reach more people for less money, and using a webinar is one of the most cost-effective ways to spread your message.

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What’s Your Server Look Like?

b2ap3_thumbnail_dirtyserver400.jpgEvery piece of technology that makes up your network is important when it comes to keeping your business in business. At the heart of your network is your server, it is a crucial piece of equipment that stores and sends data. A server that is neglected can potentially derail your entire network.

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We Can Help at Finding You Help

b2ap3_thumbnail_KnowHow400.jpgProfessional networking is an essential part of doing business. It would be nice to have a business guru on staff that is an expert in everything, but this is impossible because people's brains are finite and can only store so much data. We need to network. We need each other. You need us to manage your technology, and sometimes we need the help from other IT professionals.

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Whaling Scams Go After Corporate Big Wigs

b2ap3_thumbnail_whales400.jpgA strong network security solution will keep your company's data safe from hackers, unless a user is flat-out tricked. Deceiving users into opening misleading e-mails is a common scam called phishing. Most phishing e-mails are easy to spot because the message is generic, when hackers up their tactics from phishing to whaling, the digital waters can become treacherous.

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An Overview of Your Social Networking Options

b2ap3_thumbnail_SocialMedia86.jpgSocial Media can be likened to vampires in the media. Both are loved by teenage girls, and like vampire characters, it seems like there are now too many social medias to keep track of. Just like you don't have to read Twilight to know that it's lame, it's also unnecessary to have your business involved with every social media out there. Although, there are several social media sites that can be utilized as part of a valuable marketing strategy.

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Don’t Believe the TV, Hackers are Jerks

b2ap3_thumbnail_Hacker400.jpgAccording to a 2011 survey by Ponemon Research, 90% of U.S. businesses reported that their company's computers had been breached over the course of one year. Of these companies, 77% reported that they were breached multiple times within the same year. The only way to avoid this risk is to be very intentional with your company's network security.

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