Posts Categorized: Productivity

Top Technology Tips:
#1 Don’t be intimidated, Embrace Technology

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Recently we started a discussion about technology tips for small businesses.  This week we will look at the most challenging of them all: Technology Tips: #1 Embrace Technology– Like there’s a choice in the matter. Computers, Internet, phones, fax, the Internet of Things, whether you’re a financier or a farmer, you can’t get by without technology.  The key is to know what technology to employ, and more importantly, whether you’re up to the task of… Read more »

Small Business Tech Tips for Today’s Digital Workplace

Why small business tech tips?  Because there are a lot of small businesses. According to the Small Business Entrepreneurship Council (SBE) and 2014 US census data, Businesses with less than 20 employees made up 89.4% of all American business.  When non-employer or sole-proprietor businesses were added to the group, the percentage hit 97.4. According to Forbes, small businesses are growing in every aspect, including new start-ups, productivity, profits, and payroll.  This is not surprising as… Read more »

Hosted Phones, a Tool for All Seasons; Play Hooky with Hosted phones

Some of you may remember last winter in Maine. We talked about the versatility of hosted phones and how they can keep the wheels of progress rolling, even when the wheels of your car are stopped by the weather. On one particular day, there were several of us working from home while seamlessly connected to our offices via hosted phones and the Internet. Maybe it’s best not to think of that right now, so what… Read more »

Business Internet Speed:
How Much Do I Need?

Business Internet speed requirements are different for every business. Paying for more than your business needs is like washing your car with a fire-hose.  In contrast, skimping on speed to save money is worse.  If you’re smart you don’t use a garden hose to fight a fire. When we wash our cars, we could use a fire-hose, but that would be overkill. Most of us use a garden hose, which generally does the trick.  Conversely,… Read more »

Four Case Studies from a Managed Service Provider

A couple of weeks ago, we provided you with an example of a generic real estate office that might benefit from the services of a managed service provider.  This week we’ll look at real businesses. We have selected one from each of the four business sectors who benefit most from OTELCO’s Cloud and Managed Services. Healthcare Company Background This healthcare analytics firm serves both subscribers and providers. Analytics examine health care costs and financial risk, regulatory… Read more »