Let’s recap what we have covered so far in Taking Your Business Digital for those who are afraid to Brave Technology. Click on the various links in this article to catch up on anything you have missed or would like to re-read.
Taking your business digital can be a costly exercise if you don’t plan where you are going and how to get there.
Welcome to Day 8 of the Take Your Business Digital Guide for those who are afraid to Brave Technology. You can read the previous posts here.
Yesterday we talked about the benefits of using Google Drive to store all your documents, files, photos etc in the cloud.
Today we are going to talk about creating documents and spreadsheets using Google Docs and Google Sheets.
If you have a business you have probably used Microsoft Word and EXCEL to write letters, prepare quotations, do budgets etc. For many people the cost of buying Microsoft Office licences has got very expensive. Another disadvantage is that only one person can work on the document at a time and you can end up with multiple version numbers as the document goes backwards and forwards between collaborators.
Welcome to Day 7 of the Take Your Business Digital Guide for those who are afraid to Brave Technology. You can read the previous posts here.
This post is about only 1 Google application because it is probably the most important one for keeping all your files, documents, photos, spreadsheets in one place yet accessible wherever you have access to the internet.
How do you backup the information on your computer at the moment? Do you use CDs, DVDs, an external backup drive or like many people you don’t backup at all … until your computer crashes or gets stolen and you have lost all your precious work and photos?
Have you felt the frustration of wanting to access a document or spreadsheet while you are at home with your laptop or tablet and the file you want is stored on the desktop computer in your office?
Google Drive is a file storage system that is located in the cloud. This means that Google has hundreds of thousands of computers, located on server farms, with specialised, internet software which stores data from millions of individuals and businesses all over the world in a secure environment.
Welcome to Day 6 of the Take Your Business Digital Guide for those who are afraid to Brave Technology. You can read the previous posts here.
I am a Google fan without a doubt. I use GMail, Calendars, Tasks, Drive, Hangouts, Forms, Docs, Spreadsheets and Presentatiions
Over the next few days I will go through 2 of these at a time to tell you why I think they are essential productivity tools and will help you with taking your Business Digital!
Here are the first 2 Google applications that I use to help me be more productive in my business and that I can't do without - GMail and Google Calendars.
If you haven’t yet got a Google account go and sign up at http://mail.google.com. It is free and once you have an account you can do so much.
Why do you need one if you already have one or more other addresses, you are possibly asking?
Welcome to Day 5 of the Taking Your Business Digital for those afraid to Brave Technology. You can read the previous posts by clicking here.
Planning is the corner stone to any successful business and taking all areas of your business digital requires careful planning.
Don’t be tempted to go out and buy expensive computers, printers, tablets, phones or sign up for website hosting and website packages until you have spent a great deal of time thinking about what you need, doing the research and coming up with a budget and a timeline. It is so easy to get caught up in the excitement and get overwhelmed by all the advice that you leap in and fall flat on your face.
Welcome to Day 4 of the Taking Your Business Digital Guide for those who are afraid of Technology. You can read previous posts here.
There is a whole new language that has developed around technology and Social Media which is bewildering and often off-putting for those who want to use the internet.
I have started a Glossary of Terms which I will be building on daily to help you. I have tried to use non-geek language as much as possible.
Please put any terms in the comments section of this post that you would like me to add or explain further.
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In today's post we are going to talk about establishing a professional internet presence.
Have you ever tried to search for yourself on the internet to see what comes up? Do it now. Log on to the internet from your computer, tablet or smartphone and type in www.google.com. It might default to your local country but don’t worry about that. Now type in your name in the box as I have shown below.
Does Google find you and if so how many times and on what websites? Is there anything there that you would rather other people didn’t see?
In yesterday’s post I talked about getting brave and taking your business into the 21st century by “going digital”.
In a nutshell, you use computer programmes and technology that connect to the internet which will help you to run your business more efficiently, connect with your customers and potential customers and close more sales.
Do you have a small business?
Are you overwhelmed by a cluttered office with paper everywhere, hand written invoices, scrappily typed quotations, and tons of messages on a spike that you have to answer but can’t find the telephone number or relevant information?
People are telling you to get a website but you haven’t a clue where to start. You don’t even know how to use e-mail. Anyway you don’t see the point of having a website, nobody will go and look at it anyway.
Perhaps you have a Facebook account and you have learned to make “Friends” and upload a photo or two using your Smartphone and in order to keep in contact with your children and grandchildren you have learned to use Whatsapp and Skype.
In fact, you probably aren’t even reading this because you don’t go onto the internet.
So, I shall re-phrase.
Do you know anyone who is in this situation and would like to help them take their business into the 21st century?