Small Business

Hackers Get New Tools for Christmas… MSPs to the Rescue?

Two companies have released software just in time for the holiday season. Core Security Technologies dropped its Exomind application, while Paterva released its Maltego program.

Both applications have one thing in common. They can be used to collect information on individuals from snippets of data dropped all across the web. Of course social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace make that job easy already, but these programs can piece together broken links to create virtual profiles that mimic your . . .

Technology Increases Small Business Profitability

During times of economic struggle, most small businesses end up making cuts and changes to keep their businesses in the green. From laying off staff to decreasing business travel, reducing marketing efforts and ending bonuses and raises temporarily – there are a variety of ways small businesses look to cut their expenses. At the same time, they look for ways to increase profitability – especially when operating with reduced staff. Technology becomes even more useful as small businesses strive to increase productivity . . .

Save Time and Money with Managed Services

If there is one thing most small businesses can agree on is that time equals money. Small business owners are in a position where they have to be a jack-of-all-trades, often spending most of their day wearing different hats. This is the nature of the small business and while expected is not always the best way use of time. In order for a small business to be successful and remain competitive in an industry, there must be . . .

Can Small Business Afford Managed Service Providers?

Small business owners often find themselves in a position of trying to balance a limited budget while making sure they have the proper tools to grow their business. It is a challenge many business owners face, in that they recognize the need for additional products or services that will allow their business to continue to thrive, however funds are in short supply to achieve these goals. This is especially true today, when small business owners find financial institutions are less . . .

When is Your Business Ready for Managed Services?

If you are a small business owner and considering whether or not managed services will benefit your company, the answer is almost always- yes. There is little doubt that most small businesses can benefit from managed services, yet that in itself does not always justify the cost of bringing on a third party provider. Accepting that managed services providers can offer solutions to common problems found in small business operation, the real question is when does it make sense to . . .

Managing Your Cash Flow

To successfully run a business, any business-cash flow management is key. In fact all other skills and strategies used to grow your business are of little importance if you are unable to effectively manage your cash flow. Managed service providers are not exempt from this rule. In fact MSP’s have a certain advantage in that the very business model used in this industry makes it possible to manage cash flow somewhat easier than other businesses that do not . . .

Do Managed Printing Services Save Money for Small Businesses?

In a struggling economy, business owners look for new ways to reduce their expenses to save money and resources in order to remain competitive. Could managed printing services offer financial and time savings for a small business?

Small business owners are in a good position to save money and benefit most through managed printing services, since they have a lower profit margin compared to their overhead expenses than larger businesses do. When a printer isn’t working effectively in a . . .

Eight Ways to Keep Your Small Business Secure

If you own and operate a small business, lowering costs is an important part of keeping your company in the black. Cutting costs on your IT budget could inadvertently compromise your company’s security. Even though small businesses may not have all of the resources that large corporations do, they are still just as vulnerable to the same security threats. Here are ways to help secure your small business:
Purchase Anti-virus Software
Every computer is vulnerable to the wide . . .