Home Office – Home Business Magazine https://homebusinessmag.com Home Business - Home-Based Business - Business Opportunities - Franchises - Business Start-up - Work From Home Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:10:31 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Standing Vs Seated – Which Desks Are Best? https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/office-equipment/standing-vs-seated-desks-best/ https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/office-equipment/standing-vs-seated-desks-best/#respond Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:04:41 +0000 https://homebusinessmag.com/?p=32127 Egan Reid, a leading office furniture company, take a look at each type of desk, the health benefits of standing desks and how you should decide whether they’re right for you.

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With many businesses realising the benefits of offering their staff ways to stay healthy in the workplace, the popularity of standing desks is on the rise, but are they right for every office? Here Egan Reid, a leading office furniture company, take a look at each type of desk, the health benefits of standing desks and how you should decide whether they’re right for you.

Standard Seated Desks

The staple of many office environments, seated desks can be found everywhere from reception to the top floor of many a corporation. Once a simple hard chair and desk would do, but today’s workstations and chairs are ergonomically designed to counteract the aches and pains. This, along with the addition of footrests, monitor stands and ergonomic keyboards, makes for a more comfortable way to work.

So, it can be argued that with regular breaks to get up and walk around the office, workers’ needs are more than adequately catered for with a seated desk.

Why Stand?

There are more than a few benefits to standing desks, and whether you feel these have been a little overhyped in the media, or are already convinced that this is the way to go, there are some interesting bits of information you may want to consider.

Standing Is Good for You

According to research, an afternoon of sedentary work spent standing can burn up to 170 calories more than if a worker were to perform this work sitting down. That may not sound like much at all, but this could add up to almost 1000 calories more than if workers were to spend the time seated. In addition, it can have a beneficial effect on both blood sugar levels, and could lower the risk of heart disease.

When it comes to reducing those aches and pains of a long day behind a desk, standing desks can help here too. Several studies were performed on those with long-term backache, and 32% of those taking part in these studies have noted a reduced level of pain when using a standing desk.

Is It Right for Your Office?

Of course, there are cases where workers will be unable to stand for long periods, either due to medical conditions or due to the tasks they need to perform at a desk.

If standing desks really aren’t a popular suggestion, then allowing workers short breaks to move around – and enforcing them – should help to reduce the problems that stem from sitting down for too long.

Design Issues

Whilst many office layouts, especially call centres, tend to favour the rows of desks with ergonomic chairs approach, there are many ways to ensure you make the best of the space you have yet still provide workers with the option for standing desks.

Contacting a company to help fit out your office in a way that suits both your budget, and your workers’ needs is a great way to throw out the old rules of office design and embrace a new, yet healthy way of working.



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The Multiple Uses of a Business Storage Unit https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/office-equipment/multiple-uses-business-storage-unit/ https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/office-equipment/multiple-uses-business-storage-unit/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:19:47 +0000 https://homebusinessmag.com/?p=32003 Storage units offer versatility for businesses, and provide an affordable solution for a range of potential issues.

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Most of us are familiar with storage units that can be used for personal storage, such as furniture and belongings by those in the process of moving homes. However, there are also business storage unit facilities available, and these can be used for a variety of purposes. These units offer versatility for businesses, and provide an affordable solution for a range of potential issues.

You will find a number of different providers offering storage units for business use but you should always go with a reputable one. Find a facility that is not only affordable but also secure and easy for you to get to. This will enable you to make the most of your unit.

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Some of the ways these units can be used

These days, businesses use storage units for a wide variety of different purposes. While they may be called storage units, their potential is huge in terms of what they can be used for. Of course, they are commonly used for storage by businesses but you will be surprised at the range of other reasons why many businesses rent out one of these units. This includes:

  • Storing equipment and archives: As mentioned above, many businesses do use these storage units simply for storage. This includes the storage of equipment in order to create more space in the work premises. They are also used to keep equipment and archives safe and secure. Some businesses store office furniture in these units if they have more than they need. They are also often used for business storage when companies are relocating or having their premises renovated. The right storage units will help to keep all of these items safe, secure and protected for a business.
  • Warehousing facilities: Some businesses and entrepreneurs use these storage units as mini-warehousing facilities. An example is someone that runs a shop on eBay. Keeping stock at home wouldn’t be practical so many decide to rent a storage unit for business use and have their stock delivered there. They can then check stock and send out orders from the unit rather than cluttering up their home. This is a great way to benefit from practicality and affordability when it comes to running a business such as this.
  • As business premises: There are some people that use storage units as business premises by making a few changes such as getting an internet service. A recent story on a leading business news channel has shown that the number of people deciding to start their own business has increased. For many of these people, a storage unit provides the perfect place to work rather than going to the expense of renting an office. It also makes it easier for them to avoid the distractions that come with working from home.

As you can see, these units are ideal for a wide variety of business uses. The fact that many offer around the clock access means that you can enjoy total flexibility no matter what you are using the unit for.



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How Often Should You Clean Your Office? https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/how-to-guides-home-office/often-clean-office/ https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/how-to-guides-home-office/often-clean-office/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:40:22 +0000 https://homebusinessmag.com/?p=31807 ]System Hygiene runs through how often each part of the office should be cleaned and which products are most useful.

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Keeping an office clean can be hard work. You need to make sure that your employees are working in clean environments. Your clients get to see your office looking its best and it is a place you are happy to spend all day within.

Here System Hygiene run through how often each part of the office should be cleaned and which products are most useful:

Cleaning Your Computer, Keyboard and Desk Phone

According to one article, the desk is one of the most unhygienic places in the office. With phones, computer screens, keyboards and mice coming into constant contact with germs, bacteria and microbes, it is no wonder that they need cleaning regularly.

Your computer screen, keyboard and phone should be wiped down at the end of every week. However, if you are ill or have recently eaten at your desk then it is a good idea to use a disinfectant spray and clean cloth to wipe down these surfaces.

This will ensure that your desk surfaces are clean and you have no unwanted germs lying around.

Wiping Down Your Desk

Your desk normally reflects your personality. It might be covered in files, filled with pictures or even the cleanest place in the office.

No matter what your desk looks like it is important to keep it tidy. This will not only help to combat stress but keep it germ-free as well.

When it comes to cleaning your desk, it is all about how often you use it. If you tend to avoid your desk then a good dust every two weeks will be enough. However, if you work solidly at your desk every day then you should take the time to clean it regularly.

Try to start every week with a five-minute cleaning session of your desk so you can tidy away anything you don’t need, wipe down the surfaces and wash up any cups or plates you may have left on one side.

The Office Bathroom

You might have a cleaning company that comes in to clean your office and bathroom but if not then you need to make sure that you keep up a cleaning routine for the bathroom.

This means wiping down the surfaces such as the sink and taps every day because these are the areas that come into contact with many different germs. You should also bleach and scrub the inside and outside of the toilet bowl every week, disinfect any soap dispensers and mop the floors.

This might sound like a lot of work but with the right office cleaning products and a little patience you can keep your office bathroom in a tip-top condition.

Shampooing the Carpet and Mopping the Floor

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Most offices have carpet flooring because it is easier to hide any marks or dirt. We walk a whole range of germs and bacteria through the office when we arrive and leave. Over time even the darkest of carpets can become discoloured and need cleaning.

The best way to clean your carpet is to do it during the weekend when your employees are away. Remove as much furniture as you can and shampoo the carpet thoroughly. You can also opt for a drying shampoo which instead of leaving a wet foam, dries into a powder form. Once the shampoo has dried you can hoover it up and have a brand-new looking carpet.

If you are lucky enough not to have a carpet in your office then you might have laminate or wooden flooring instead. With this kind of flooring you can easily mop them down with a specialist wood or laminate floor cleaner and then leave them to dry.

Take the time to clean your office, tidy your desk and work in a better office environment!



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I.R.I.S. Inc., Member of Canon Group, Launches Digital Pen, Mobile Scanning Products https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/office-equipment/iris-inc-member-canon-group-launches-digital-pen-mobile-scanning-products/ https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/office-equipment/iris-inc-member-canon-group-launches-digital-pen-mobile-scanning-products/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:50:49 +0000 https://homebusinessmag.com/?p=31723 I.R.I.S., the worldwide leader in the market of mobile scanners and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, announces the launch of three new products designed to productively scan and convert documents: the IRIScan™ Anywhere 5, the IRIScan™ Book 5 and the IRISNotes™ 3.

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New products include the IRIScan™ Anywhere 5, IRIScan™ Book 5, IRISNotes™ 3

I.R.I.S., the worldwide leader in the market of mobile scanners and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, announces the launch of three new products designed to productively scan and convert documents: the IRIScan™ Anywhere 5, the IRIScan™ Book 5 and the IRISNotes™ 3.

The new I.R.I.S. suite of mobile productivity products include:

IRISNotesTM 3

IRISNotesTM 3, available with or without Bluetooth capability, is a rechargeable digital pen that captures handwriting and drawings created with the pen. Simply write your notes on any regular paper and with the push of a button, transfer to a mobile device. The Notes 3 takes written notes and creates editable, searchable text ready to be exported to Outlook, Word or Notepad. The IRISNotes 3 stores up to 100 pages and recognizes 30 languages. IRISNotes 3 will be available for $129.99 in black and $149.99 in white for the Bluetooth-enabled IRISNotes Air 3.

IRIScanTM Anywhere 5

IRIScanTM Anywhere 5, also available with Wi-Fi capability, is a battery-powered autonomous scanner that automatically turns documents into editable JPEG or PDF files. Documents are fed through the scanner at a rate of one page per five seconds, and automatically saved to a provided MicroSD card ready to be transferred to a PC or Mac. IRIScanTM Anywhere 5 will be available in four color options for $129.99 and $149.99 for the IRIScanTM Anywhere 5 Wi-Fi.

IRIScanTM Book 5

IRIScanTM Book 5, also available with Wi-Fi capability, is a rechargeable handheld scanner with a unique multiple-page PDF scan capability. Unlike traditional scanners, the IRIScanTM Book 5 allows you to scan magazines pages, books pages or letter documents such as invoices, contracts or even your favorite recipes. All this without having to rip pages off and/or damaging original support of document. It’s the world’s fastest portable autonomous scanner with down to one second scan per document. Convert any paper document, PDF or image file into editable Office documents (300, 600 or 1200 dpi) with accompanying OCR software. IRIScanTM Book 5 will be available in four color options for $129.99 and $149.99 for the Wi-Fi version.

“Our newly introduced on-the-go productivity products are key tools for small to medium businesses and self-employed consumers, especially those in the accountant, legal, healthcare and education sectors, or consulting areas,” said Rosa Norcisa, consumer marketing manager for I.R.I.S. Inc. “These products streamline the way users can scan, store, edit and share fully searchable information at home, office and on the go, freeing up their time to take care of more important day-to-day tasks and gaining precious time when needing to retrieve information.“

The new mobile scanning products are expected to be available for purchase by the end of Q1 of 2017 online at Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot and Amazon, and in-store at Micro Center, Fry’s and B & H Photo. For more information, visit www.irislink.com.

ABOUT I.R.I.S.

The I.R.I.S. mission is to increase our clients’ productivity and knowledge by helping them to better manage their documents, data and information. I.R.I.S. Products & Technologies develops Intelligent Document Recognition technologies and products and markets its portfolio of products worldwide through solid partnerships. I.R.I.S. Professional Solutions enables companies and government bodies to find in one company the innovative expertise and high-tech solutions to efficiently manage their documents, information flows and IT infrastructures. I.R.I.S., member of the Canon Group, employs over 500 staff, based in Louvain-la-Neuve, Vilvoorde and Antwerp (Belgium); Orly (France); Windhof (Luxemburg); Amstelveen and Maastricht (Netherlands); Aachen (Germany); Delray Beach (Florida, USA) and Hong Kong (China).



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How to Turn Your Phone into a Mobile Office https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/how-to-guides-home-office/turn-phone-mobile-office/ https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/how-to-guides-home-office/turn-phone-mobile-office/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:54:45 +0000 https://homebusinessmag.com/?p=31716 In order to speed up things and get those chores done outside of work, you should really consider taking up some productivity apps to make your work-home commute more constructive!

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As we all know, laptops might not be the most convenient thing to use when having to do work while you are out and about. Today, mobile apps are becoming even stronger and faster than before, and with the addition of new powerful mobile phones, it is possible to do a huge chunk of your daily chores on your way to the office.



Mobile phones and apps excel at finishing small tasks that would make your life a bit harder if they aren’t done on time. In time, many of us have found ourselves in a sticky situation and miles away from the nearest computer or laptop. In order to speed up things and get those chores done outside of work, you should really consider taking up some productivity apps to make your work-home commute more constructive!

Document conversion

If someone emails you a PDF file and you need to make some changes to it, it needs to be converted, because even the modern day PDF reading computer software might not offer the service of editing PDF files. The easiest way to do so on a mobile device is to convert PDF to Word and then edit the file manually.

However, if you need to convert your PDF to a different or perhaps a more unusual file format, PDF Converter Ultimate might be the app you are looking for, as this app offers several different types of conversion. It also allows you to import files from several different cloud services, which is a great way to speed up your work and stay productive!

Document editing

This is a very tricky topic, as serious file editing requires a serious interface and some mean backend development skills. Microsoft Word and Google Docs are both a great choice as they come from trusted companies that have been making reliable apps and programs for decades.

Another important thing to have is a document signing app, and there is no easier app for that than DocuSign. You can both sign and email your PDF files from within the app, making it very easy and simple to use. iPad users will have a field day with this app as the interface is by far the most interesting feature. You can choose from several different types of pen you want to use, whether it’s a sharp pencil, ball-pen or a feather shaped curve!

Cloud storage

Storing your files on a cloud service such as Google Drive or Dropbox might be a good idea if you plan on working from more places than just your office. Of course, we encourage you to find the app that fits your needs best!

Using a cloud storage can help you increase your productivity and move files between devices very quickly! Make sure that whatever documents you are working on are synced to the cloud so that you’ll still have a copy even if your phone dies, gets stolen, or breaks. This will prevent future mishaps such as your battery dying or losing the files you work on for so long!

Communication

Communication is the essential part of working in a team, so we simply must find a place for it in our spare time. The easiest way to stay in touch with your colleagues is by talking to them, and with Viber you can talk all you want for free!
This app offers free voice calls as well as free messaging as long as you have internet connection. Everyone already knows about Skype, which is the first app that comes to mind when talking about video communication. But, if you want to engage a couple of people in a group conversation you might want to use Slack. Contrary to its name, Slack will definitely make you work better and keep you connected with your team members!

Business management

Operating your own business, or being part of a small one, doesn’t mean you have to be tethered to a desk anymore. Many applications that are used to manage businesses have a cloud-based component, which means you can use them wherever you happen to be — it’s up to you whether that’s a good thing or not. Platforms such as Salesforce have mobile apps that make it just perfect since you can have the same content as the desktop version of this software!

Tell us your experiences

Have you had any experiences using mobile apps that increase productivity? If so, we welcome your comments and suggestions, so feel free to tell us what you think of productivity apps and working away from your desk!

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3 Surprisingly Powerful Tech Options You Never Thought of Investing In https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/office-technology/3-surprisingly-powerful-tech-options-never-thought-investing/ https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/office-technology/3-surprisingly-powerful-tech-options-never-thought-investing/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:55:02 +0000 https://homebusinessmag.com/?p=31580 Here are three technological tools that are now commonplace in the offices of big business — pieces of tech home business owners should also consider investing in.

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The home business is very much a different breed of business to your more traditional, office-based setup, yet they aren’t without their similarities.

One way they have historically been dissimilar is that big businesses are constantly investing in new tech innovations as a way of boosting their visibility, marketability and productivity. These trends rarely transfer over to the small business owner sat at home.



But why not? Some tech trends sweeping the business world have the potential to be just as valuable to those who work in the home office as it is to those who work on the 80th floor of a giant corporation.

Today, we’re looking at three technological tools that are now commonplace in the offices of big business — pieces of tech home business owners should also consider investing in.

Digital Signage

Digital signage has seen a massive boom across the corporate sector in recent years — and it’s a trend which is not set to stop anytime soon. By 2020, it is predicted the market will be worth $20 billion.

The value of digital signage is well documented. It has been shown to boost sales, improve engagement and raise consumer satisfaction. However, while these benefits are all documented within large businesses, chains and traditional corporate setups, there is far less data to be gathered on home businesses. So, are the advantages of digital signage translatable?

In short, yes.

Digital signage provides value not because it is placed in front of large audiences, but simply because it is placed in front of customers, full stop. Whether 1000 people see the signage or 10 people see it, they still observe the same experience.

What consumers get out of digital signage is that it imparts more information than traditional marketing tools. Research has shown that digital signage is more memorable and persuasive than static marketing tools like leaflets, posters, brochures or print outs.

Using digital signage within your home business can improve your marketability. If you present your products or services through the engaging medium of digital signage, utilising its presentation opportunities of animations, vibrant images and text, you are likely to observe jumps in sales. Digital signage is simply more attractive. It creates a lifelike representation of goods that is more likely to entice the consumer.

However, these benefits only translate if you have customers visit your home office. Perhaps you make direct sales through consultations or up-sell during client visits. In this circumstance, having digital signage set up in waiting areas, or actively marketing your goods by directly offering digital signage as a sales platform, could have wide-reaching benefits similar to that seen by larger businesses.

Audio-Visual Presentation Technology

The term ‘audio-visual tech’ is a bit more vague than digital signage, so let us first explore what it means. Audio-visual technology is something that utilises both visual and audio in a way that conveys information.

There are numerous types of audio-visual technology, but what we are focusing on is equipment that can be used for presentations. Essentially an evolution of words being spoken over a blackboard, this technology includes smart screen displays and interactive whiteboards.

I suppose the next question is: why are we talking about this type of tech in relation to a home business?

Audio-visual presentations are a staple of business. You’ll find them everywhere you go; from webinars and training courses, to investment meetings and networking conferences. They are an unavoidable part of the business world, purely because they offer so many benefits.

High-quality presentations, the kind that utilise state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, have the potential to provide unrivalled levels of engagement. While it is very easy to execute audio-visual presentations poorly, when done right, it ensures maximum information retention amongst viewers. Maximum information retention translates to memorability, which is where we reach the benefits of this type of tech for a home business.

The home business life is a competitive life. You don’t have the financial firepower or branding of major corporations, or even most plain old office-based SMEs. To build a reputation, satisfy and gain investors, create a consumer base and succeed, you need to be memorable and you need to ensure people are listening to what you are saying.

Audio-visual technology can help you do this.

Investing in the right technology — features that provide interactivity and allow you to utilise every type of audio-visual tool imaginable — helps you produce more memorable and dynamic presentations than anything you could have drafted up on PowerPoint.

Whether you are running in-house presentations or doing it via webcam, being able to produce and present something that ensures maximum engagement is essential to helping your business succeed. A home business, more than any other type of business, needs to take advantage of every opportunity it gets.
When you’ve got a new investor on Skype, having the right type of audio-visual technology can be the difference between make or break. Don’t just go with the basic tools on offer for your presentations. Go big or face obscurity.

Wearable Tech

A study found that nearly 75% of all workers believe that wearable tech is an important tool to increasing productivity. Initially a device created as a personal gadget to help things like personal fitness, wearable tech has come a long way since its inception. It now provides a wealth of benefits that can prove advantageous to all those in the business world, including home business owners.

The question is, then: how can a technologically advanced watch help increase your productivity and boost the potential of your home business?

  • Increased connectivity — Wearable tech can be hooked up to just about everything; every email account, business phone, messenger service, or communication app. As a business owner, you’ll be in touch with an almost unfathomable amount of people, from clients to suppliers. Communication with all of them is essential. Wearable tech can help make sure you are always aware of when you are being contacted, even if you don’t have your phone to hand or aren’t signed into your Skype account. This can help to avoid delays, prevent missed opportunities and so much more.
  • Unique apps — Productivity is all about efficiency. Efficiency is all about doing the most amount of work in the smallest amount of time. Wearable tech is an innovation that lets you shave off valuable seconds and minutes by streamlining certain business processes. Apps built into wearable tech allow you to complete certain tasks faster than you normally could, like sending messages, checking schedules and timetables, and recording notes.
  • Monitor personal health — They say that sitting is the new smoking. Endless hours spent sat down, inactive, is ruining our health. Home business owners often work longer hours and spend more time sitting than other workers. Wearable tech keeps you aware of your situation, monitoring your movements and alerting you to periods when you’ve spent too long sitting in one place. You can’t run a business and stay productive if you aren’t in good health. Wearable tech helps you stay aware and ensures your personal health doesn’t slip to the back of your mind.

Wearable tech is a relatively inexpensive investment and can offer great benefits in the long run. Just like the other two items on our list, if you want to grow and evolve your business, it could be a key component in achieving those goals.

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Tips to Create an Energy Efficient Home Office https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/how-to-guides-home-office/tips-create-energy-efficient-home-office/ https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/how-to-guides-home-office/tips-create-energy-efficient-home-office/#respond Fri, 14 Apr 2017 06:25:36 +0000 https://homebusinessmag.com/?p=31340 The following are some easy tips you can keep in mind as you create an energy efficient home office.

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Working from home is becoming increasingly common, and there can be a lot of advantages of this kind of setup. You can start your own business without worrying about commuting or the overhead costs of renting an office space and all that comes with that.

There are some things to think about when it comes to lowering the costs of your home office even more, however. You don’t want to work from home and then receive a huge utility bill every month, so it’s important to set your office up in a way that’s energy efficient and will not only be greener but also help you save money.

The following are some easy tips you can keep in mind as you create an energy efficient home office.

Set Up Power Management Settings

You may not even think about it, but the electronics you use in your home office can suck up a lot of energy. Your computer, printer and other machinery can be a significant contributor to your overall energy usage and costs, so set them up to move into a low-consumption mode when you’re not using them. For example, you can create settings for when you take a lunch break or when you’re out of your office taking meetings.

According to Energy Star, doing something this simple can cut your costs by $25 to $75 per machine each year.

If you’re in the market for new equipment, try to look for options that are Energy-Star rated as well, and also if you have a desktop, think about switching to a laptop.

Shut Everything Off at Night

If you worked in a conventional office setting, everything would be turned off at night when employees went home. Try to get into the same routine with your home office. Shut off your computer, lights and anything else that might be on, and make sure to do the same over the weekend.

Using a power strip for everything in your home office can make this simpler for you.

Use High-Quality Window Coverings

Window coverings play a huge role in how energy efficient any area in your home is including your office. Invest in an option like high-quality roller blinds so that you can have them covering the windows when the afternoon sun is brightest during the summer. This will keep you cooler and also keep the bright sun from being a distraction while you’re working or meeting with clients.

Use a Fan

If you’re in your home office all day, you might not necessarily want to cool your entire house, if no other rooms are being used. Consider getting a small desk fan so that you don’t have to turn the temperature on your thermostat so low when it’s hot outside. You can do something similar in the winter with a portable heater.

When you have a home office, you might quickly see a spike in your energy costs, because rather than being out of the house all day with everything off, you’re there using lights, equipment and your heating and air system. Small changes like the ones above can help you spend less on your energy costs when you work from home.



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Competitive Considerations: An Introduction to the Effectiveness of ERP Software https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/computers-and-software/competitive-considerations-introduction-effectiveness-erp-software/ https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/computers-and-software/competitive-considerations-introduction-effectiveness-erp-software/#respond Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:49:41 +0000 https://homebusinessmag.com/?p=31207 How can implementing ERP software benefit your business and impact on your bottom line?

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‘Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated– Confucius

For those of you who have stumbled upon this page in a desperate attempt to get your head around yet another confusing technical acronym – ERP or even less enlightening, Enterprise Resource Planning, is simply a centralised software solution.

Imagine the ability to combine all your data and processes into a single system, which can be shared, accessed and updated in real time allowing, among other benefits, unified data, streamlined information flow and custom reporting.

So as an SME, you may be asking yourself how implementing ERP software can benefit your business and impact on your bottom line.

Any discussion as to the effectiveness of ERP software needs to first clarify the power of integrating business processes.

Business Intelligence Reporting – harnessing the power

Traditional software reporting has always been limited by the fact that it is department specific.  As an example of this, accounting software may have the ability to report on payroll, accounts, invoicing and sales whereas ERP software increases functionality to include other departmental data such as:

  • Supply chain management
  • Human resources
  • IT
  • Project management

Possessing the ability to coordinate and manage all this data through a single system creates a comprehensive, functional package.  To put it simply – you get the big picture.

The beauty of BI reporting software is the ability to ‘at a glance’ interpret all critical business data which has been funneled from other sources into a single, clear interface which can be accessed anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Reporting software can provide immediate and valuable insights into your business.

Speeding up processes

Imagine implementing a system which speeds up order to delivery times for customers by 23%.  By centralising your inventory, sales, ordering, purchasing and delivery data, into a single location, you provide staff and customers with real time information regarding stock levels and order progression which improves client relationships and impacts on the B2C experience.

This data can then be accessed and maintained by staff in multiple departments, through a common, shared platform which enables a cohesive and collaborative workflow.

Centralised staffing solutions

Another benefit of ERP software involves managing staff information and movements.  By integrating a solutions which covers:

  • Payroll
  • Attendance
  • Rostering
  • Employee cost management

The beauty of this integrated system is that you are furnished with a higher level of accuracy which is less labour intensive than traditional rostering and HR platforms.

Multi-departmental intelligence

An example of such an all encompassing solution is MYOB Greentree which combines among other things:

  • Finance management
  • Asset management
  • HR & Payroll control
  • Costing
  • Workflow
  • Business Intelligence
  • CRM

This multi-level solution equips businesses with the most powerful integrated internal and external platform to leverage their business from.

Modulation – growing with your needs

Another attraction of ERP software is the ability to customise, tailor and expand its options as their business grows and changes.  An ERP solution can be likened to separate modules which work synergistically – the whole being greater than the parts.

The use of ERP software for businesses is not a new concept.

There has been a steady acceptance by businesses who are recognising the fact that traditional stand alone software is not keeping up with their requirements and most are adopting and adapting ERP software into their businesses.

Furnishing your staff with a comprehensive centralised system with the power to function interactively and synergistically between packages can drive your business forward and impact positively on your bottom line.



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Easily Create Spectacular Slideshows in a Flash with Movavi Slideshow Maker https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/product-reviews/easily-create-spectacular-slideshows-flash-movavi-slideshow-maker/ https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/product-reviews/easily-create-spectacular-slideshows-flash-movavi-slideshow-maker/#respond Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:46:11 +0000 https://homebusinessmag.com/?p=31063 Movavi Slideshow Maker is a tool that is designed to make it easy to compile a slideshow and give it all the polish that it needs to shine.

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Whether they’re used as part of a business presentation or to create a photo compilation, it helps to be able to create slideshows. While there are several ways that you could opt to do so, the one thing that they all share in common is that coming up with polished and professional-looking presentations or flashy slideshows with attitude often takes a lot of time and effort.

That isn’t the case with Movavi Slideshow Maker. It is a tool that is designed to make it easy to compile a slideshow and give it all the polish that it needs to shine. Because it is so straightforward, it won’t take you long to create a slideshow, even if you’re using it for the very first time.

Start Creating a Slideshow in Minutes

When you want to create a slideshow, Movavi Slideshow Maker will let you choose between using its ‘Easy Mode’ or ‘Full Feature Mode’. As you can probably guess, the ‘Easy Mode’ is a simple and streamlined way to create slideshows that include animated transitions and music. On the other hand the ‘Full Feature Mode’ is more robust, and will give you a lot more flexibility along with numerous other features that you can use.

In both cases however, the idea behind Movavi Slideshow Maker is simple and you will add photos that can be used as slides, arrange them in the sequence that you want them to appear, and then apply its other features to give your slideshow some flair. If you opt to use the ‘Easy Mode’ you’ll be taken through this process step by step and after you add photos you can choose the transition style, before finally selecting the audio track that you want to use as background music.

Of course with the ‘Full Feature Mode’ things will be different. Not only will you be able to add videos to use alongside photos in your slideshow, but once you have done so you will have the full length and breadth of Movavi Slideshow Maker’s features at your disposal. That will let you:

  • Place animated transitions individually between slides or choose to add them to all slides at once with a single click.
  • Add background music by choosing one of the built-in tracks or importing your own audio file.
  • Set the slide duration to automatically match the tempo of your background music.
  • Insert text and customize its style and appearance to create unique-looking titles, captions or watermarks.
  • Apply special effects and filters to transform the visual appearance of your slideshow and give it a unique atmosphere.
  • Split the slideshow into parts and remove unwanted segments or rotate frames as required.
  • Improve the quality of images and videos with a single click.
  • Record a voiceover on the spot to accompany and narrate your slideshow.

All that is just a glimpse into the potential of Movavi Slideshow Maker, but it should give you an idea of what to expect. Suffice to say you will be able to create some truly spectacular slideshows, and the best part is that you won’t break a sweat doing so.



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weBoost® Unveils the Powerful All-New eqo 4G Home/Office Cellular Signal Booster Kit https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/office-technology/weboost-unveils-powerful-new-eqo-4g-homeoffice-cellular-signal-booster-kit/ https://homebusinessmag.com/home-office/office-technology/weboost-unveils-powerful-new-eqo-4g-homeoffice-cellular-signal-booster-kit/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 22:15:35 +0000 https://homebusinessmag.com/?p=31005 weBoost®, the global leader in cell signal boosters, announced the new and improved eqo (/ˈekō/) 4G for up to 32X stronger signal in the home, apartment or office.

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Newest Booster from weBoost Innovates on Predecessor’s Technology 

weBoost®, the global leader in cell signal boosters, announced the new and improved eqo (/ˈekō/) 4G for up to 32X stronger signal in the home, apartment or office. The easy-to-install eqo 4G delivers up to 3.3X stronger signal and 1.7X greater coverage than its predecessor, the original eqo Booster.

The eqo 4G brings accelerated 3G and 4G LTE signals into a home or office with up to 70 decibel system gain, meaning the booster brings up to a maximum of 32X the signal strength of the original inside signal. Whether someone is video-calling family across the country or finalizing a business plan over a teleconference, users can stop worrying about dropped calls and signal-compromised data streams. With the booster’s discrete, sleek and modern design, the set up will fit nicely into any room.

“Whether its the home or small office, our personal space should be our haven, providing us with what we need. However, with current residential and commercial construction techniques like thick low-e reflective windows or concrete floors and walls, and congested cities or rural locations can actually decrease the quality of cellular coverage we receive,” said Bruce Lancaster, Wilson Electronics’ CEO. “The refined weBoost eqo 4G combats this with its capability to strengthen cellular signal in the home or office and deliver more reliable connectivity.”

The eqo 4G plug-and-play system allows users to begin boosting indoor signal coverage after a quick, five-minute installation process. As part of this process, eqo 4G includes an easy-to-use high performance antenna in a small form factor, so it won’t take up much space. This lets the consumer place the antenna between the window and screen with minimal mounting. The specially designed flat cable also allows for users to fully close and lock their window for an energy efficient seal without degradation in performance.

Emphasizing the importance of convenience, the comprehensive kit comes with all parts needed for installation. This includes:

  • One eqo 4G Booster
  • One eqo 4G inside antenna
  • One eqo 4G outside antenna with integrated flat cable for drill-free installation
  • One 6-foot cable, one 25-foot cable
  • AC power supply

The eqo 4G can support multiple users and multiple devices on all carriers simultaneously in an open area of up to 1,200 square feet.

How it Works: The powerful outside antenna receives 4G LTE and 3G voice and data signal and delivers them to the booster. The booster amplifies it and serves as a relay between the phone and the nearest cell tower. The device then receives a stronger signal, and calls and data are fed through the booster back to the network.

The eqo 4G is available for purchase online at store.weboost.com/products/eqo-4g and through resellers, including Best Buy, Amazon, Fry’s and Microcenter, for $379.99 MSRP. The booster comes with a 2-year warranty.

For more information, please visit www.weboost.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About weBoost and Wilson Electronics, LLC

Wilson Electronics, LLC, home of WilsonPro, weBoost, and zBoost, is a leader in wireless communications infrastructure, dedicated to delivering access to communications for everyone, everywhere. The company has designed and manufactured cell phone signal boosters, antennas and related components for more than 20 years. Each booster is designed to boost signal from carrier networks, significantly improving cellular coverage in homes, workplaces and vehicles. The booster designs also come equipped with patented technology to protect carrier networks from antenna oscillation, or feedback, and signal overload. All Wilson Electronics products are designed, assembled and tested in the U.S.A. For more information, visit www.weboost.com.



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