Often, when we perform online searches we end up getting hundreds of thousands of results – many of them irrelevant. Fortunately, there are several simple steps you can take to help generate more accurate results. Keep it simple Simplicity is critical when it comes to online searches. It’s generally in your best interest to use only a few words or phrases if the search is not too complex. If you’re looking for a type of business in your area, you can type in that business type as well as the name of your town or your zip code. That should garner results that are both...

There are always plenty of reasons for being unproductive. Every season brings a new ailment or distraction. In the winter, energy dwindles and in the summer, all people can think about is being outside. While there is no solution for those distractions, there are several things you can do to help keep your employees focused and boost productivity. Keep a clean office Clutter can quickly lead to increased stress and decreased productivity. Keeping a tidy office and encouraging your employees to clean their workspaces are great ways to instantly boost productivity. Removing the distraction...

If you’re big on presentations, you may have heard of Prezi, one of the most revered online presentation tools. Prezi is an easy-to-use tool that makes presentations more enjoyable. You might ask yourself what makes Prezi better than other presentation tools – here it is: Flash-based Prezi is flash-based, which makes it more versatile in the type of presentations you may create. Presentations needn’t be quite so linear. They are created more like a visual map with words, images, links and whatever else you’d like to add. You can zoom in and out of that map to...

In light of the recent Playstation security breach, a lot of people are growing more concerned over the privacy of their online identities. If your information falls into the wrong hands, the effects can be damaging. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to ensure that your online identity is safe. Use an encrypted connection Encrypted connections are fairly easy to find on many of the most popular sites including Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes, you need to change the privacy settings in order to gain encrypted access. Once that is done, however, it can make your information far...

Being green is a fantastic way to help the environment as well as save some money. Luckily, turning your office into a green one is not very hard to do. Here are some simple tips for making your office greener. 1.    Use double-sided printing whenever possible Setting your printer and/or copier’s default setting to double-sided printing automatically reduces the amount of paper used in your office.  This is an incredibly simple step. And if anybody ever needs to utilize the one-sided printing feature, he or she can easily change the setting. 2.   ...

Most of us have heard the rumor that our keyboard could be dirtier than a toilet seat. While that statement is startling, many wonder if it’s actually true. While levels of germs vary from keyboard to keyboard, some have shown higher levels than those on a toilet seat, which is a scary fact.   If that alone doesn’t make you want to clean your keyboard, the fact that you use it on a daily basis should be. The germs that build up due to sickness, food, and just everyday bacteria can quickly add up and spread to other items on your desk. Luckily, we have some tips that can help you...

Face-to-face meetings may be the longtime standard, but they’re not always practical. Virtual meetings are rapidly becoming more common, and they’re fairly easy to conduct. There are certain tips to keep in mind, however, when you’re conducting a virtual meeting. Etiquette is vital to most meetings, and it’s no different with those of the virtual variety. This may seem somewhat obvious, but many people think they can be more casual during virtual meetings – and that isn’t always the case. Here are a few more tips that can help your virtual meetings to...

E-readers have become very popular recently. Those who use them swear by them for their convenience and portability. Everybody doesn’t share their excitement, however. There are a number of things to take into consideration before you decide whether or not an e-reader meets your needs. What are the options? There are a lot of options out there when it comes to e-readers: the Amazon Kindle, the Sony Reader and Barnes & Noble’s Nook are among the most well-known choices. Some newer versions offer Internet capabilities, but the primary purpose is to display e-books. Tablets...

Inspiring employees can often be hard to do when you’re running a small business. Funds are usually limited and there is not a lot of time to spare. Keeping your employees motivated, however, is vital to the success of your business. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to inspire employees that don’t include huge bonuses. A little creativity can go a long way in terms of showing employee appreciation. Here are a few great, simple ideas: 1. Ask for input It means a whole lot to most employees to know that their thoughts and opinions are considered. By asking for input and...

Smartpens are a new office craze with ever-expanding possibilities. The features of smartpens have grown leaps and bounds since the technology first came about, and they’re still increasing. Smartpens fundamentally track what you’re writing and transfer those notes onto your computer. Each smartpen has different abilities, however, some of which are more useful than others. IOGEAR Mobile Digital Scribe This smartpen was the first on the scene. Because of that, it doesn’t have all of the great features that you might find in a newer model. The Mobile Digital Scribe...