4 Tools to Clean Up your Inbox

Is your inundated inbox driving you insane? Your inbox is the one place it is vital to keep organised so that you can optimise your productivity. If you can't find correspondence from colleagues, miss client complaints or forget to follow up on an email your business could suffer. If your inbox is a giant jumble, odds are you will feel bewildered and your business day will be unproductive. Here are 4 apps and plugins that will restore order to your inbox and make it easy to manage your emails.

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Take Your Business to the Next Level With a Virtual Assistant

Companies are increasingly hiring virtual assistants for the plethora of services and skills they offer. Virtual assistants, aside from providing aid during busy times, can also enable your business to launch, establish itself, and grow. But you may wonder “what exactly can a virtual assistant do for me?” The ways in which a virtual assistant can help you and your business are manifold, they are as diverse and distinctive as the individual virtual assistants are themselves. However there are some clear cut ways in which a virtual assistant can aid you to acquire a professional face. Here is how.

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Beyond Mail Forwarding: Virtual Mailbox Services for the Digital Nomad

Many digital entrepreneurs who work on-the-go from numerous locations save money and hassle by not renting an office, but there is one problem with that: what will your address be? Where will you receive important mail? How will you be perceived by clients if you don't have a proper mailing address? For digital entrepreneurs in Canada, a virtual PO box and mail forwarding can solve these problems.

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4 Traits to Look for in Your Virtual Assistant

Hiring a virtual assistant could prove to be one of the most valuable investments for your company and could make all the difference in the smooth-running of your business. A virtual assistant can help an entrepreneur by providing a wide range of services, from answering emails and phone calls, managing social media accounts, taking orders, making travel plans for you, coordinating mailing and media campaigns, helping with sales, and much more. Virtual assistants are a boon to any business as tasks that you or your staff don't have time or the skills for, can be outsourced to them. However, as with any new member of the team, it is essential to find a virtual assistant who will be a good fit.

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Digital Literacy 101

The future success of your business depends on your staff's ability to understand and harness digital tools. More and more businesses are adopting state-of-the-art digital technology to improve operational efficiency, allow for better time management, create value and improve competitiveness. Read on to find out about how digital literacy can help your business.

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Debunking 5 Myths About Virtual Offices

Virtual offices are on the rise due to their effectiveness. Yet some people still doubt their efficacy. You may have heard numerous myths about virtual offices. However, even if virtual offices operate distinctly from brick and mortar ones, that doesn’t mean that 'anything goes' and that all rules can be broken!

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4 Secrets to Building a Successful Freelance Business

In today's world of hyper communications, the internet in particular, has made it easier than ever to work as a freelancer. Being freed from the strictures of a 9 to 5 office job can be emancipating but also it can be daunting, especially when starting your own freelance business. You might not be sure where and how to begin.

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5 Tips for Increasing Operational Efficiency

In order for startups to get off the ground and become profitable, they need to do more than just focus on income; they need to be smart about running their business in an efficient manner. Ensuring your startup is running at optimal efficiency is vital in today's markets. It's particularly important for small businesses to operate efficiently, as they usually have limited access to resources when compared to their larger peers. Operational efficiency is predicated upon input vs. your output. Input means everything that goes into the production of goods or service. The output is the end product. To improve your operational efficiency, you need reduce the input necessary to gain the best output. This means streamlining your business operations to ensure that they are running at optimal efficiency. These tips will help you do that.

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4 Benefits of Telecommuting for Employers and Employees

In today's era technology has allowed us to dissolve barriers such as space and time. This means workers need not waste time commuting daily to sit in a cubicle for 40 hours. Instead they can form part of a virtual office where they do their jobs remotely. There are manybenefits ofworking in a virtual office both for bosses and employees.

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4 Cloud Storage Solutions to Protect against Disaster

The cloud has revolutionized the workplace, allowing physical barriers such as distance to be overcome. The cloud allows remote workers and their teams to connect, communicate and collaborate constantly, forming a virtual office. However for all the advantages of this, there are can be some serious hazards if you are not careful about your cloud storage. Whether it’s a fire, a flood or breach of security, disaster can hit at any time, and your data will be the first and worst victim. Therefore it is in your best interest to ensure you design a backup plan for your cloud storage that protects your data against disaster. Here are the best cloud storage solutions for a virtual office.

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4 Small-Business Tasks You Can (and Should!) Automate

Technology has allowed small businesses everywhere to automate numerous chores. Doing tasks manually, the old-fashioned way, may be a time-honoured way at your small business but it may also be a waste of time! By adopting the various automated tools recommended in this article you will have more time to focus on the things that matter.

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4 Ways to Write More Professionally

An old adage states that 'the pen is mightier than the sword'. The idea is that what you write can have a tremendous impact on people. This is especially true today, as due to the addition of email to business letters and faxes, companies correspond with clients more than ever before. Correspondence reflects upon the competency of the company therefore whatever it is you are writing, you should always make it professional and polished.

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Happy Holidays! Tips for Small Businesses to Navigate Time-off, Parties and Gifts

Christmas can be a very busy time for small business owners. Sometimes work and social priorities can pile up and take you on a roller-coaster ride that never seems to slow down, eventually draining you of every jot of energy. But it need not be irremediably hectic if you navigate this busy time with a clear strategy that will allow you to accomplish what you need to and have fun too!

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Canada’s Plasticity Labs - Working to Study and Improve Happiness at Work

Canada’s own startup, Plasticity Labs, believes so and they are on a mission “to improve the experience of life and work for millions of individuals and the organizations where they work.”

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4 Tips for Success as a Full Time Freelancer

If you’re reading this it may well be that you are or want to become a freelancer. Either you know what you want to freelance in or, as an entrepreneur, you have started already. At first sight freelancing full timemay seem like the dream job you always wanted. No more dealing with a boss, you will be your own boss. No more conforming to a strict 9-5, as a freelancing entrepreneur you can work your own hours. No more depending on others, you will now be responsible for your own success. But to be a successful freelancer it takes a lot more than knowing what you want to do. Here are some indispensable tips.

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Check Up on Business Goals Before the Holidays

While some small business owners might not start thinking about goals until the end of the year, the most prescient professionals are thinking about this now, so that they will not overload themselves, and their staff, by trying to do everything at the last minute.

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Emotional Advertising - Focus on Feelings

As a small business owner it may be advantageous to use advertising that appeals to feelings over branding that presents facts. You don't need a lot of capital to easily devise content that will have an emotional sway on your audience, and studieshave concluded that emotional advertising is the most effective form of publicity.

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