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Podcast focusing on using technology to be better at running your small business, or at being inside a larger business. Half of the episodes will feature interviews and the rest will be reviews.

June 21, 2017

BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 44 - I HATE Printing

BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 43 - Facebook Groups

Hosted by : Marv Dorner, owner of BeBizzy Consulting

One of the best things about owning my own business(es) is I get to make all the decisions regarding business processes and what I want and don't want to do. 

Well, almost all the decisions. Sometimes I still need to fire up the printer... like this morning, only to find that I'm out of paper. You see, I print so infrequently that it's IMPOSSIBLE to know when I'm on the edge of running out of paper. 

But the bright side of this inconvenience is that I got the immediate therapy of complaining about it on my podcasts, and using it as an opportunity to give some tips on making your office paperless.

 

What you need to print

  • Contracts
  • Invoices
  • Meeting agendas

 

Why digital intead of print?

  • Offsite backups - fire, water, carelessness, etc can ruin your print documents. Digital files can be secured and backed up in several locations in case there's a problem
  • Accessable by multiple apps, computers and other devices.
  • You can also share, or limit access to certain files and directories
  • Searchable - Ever tried searching for a term or keyword in piles of paper? WAY easier in digital form.

 

 

But how can you avoid the general day to day paper mess?

  • First, determine a method of storing PDFs, scanned images/receipts, or other documents
  • Next, determine a backup/security policy
    • Regular backups
    • Encrypted?
    • Versioning?
  • Use a service to store reciepts
    • Shoeboxed
    • Freshbooks
    • Wave Accounting
  • Track Mileage and Expenses
    • Milebug
    • Mile IQ
    • Quickbooks
  • Place for notes
    • Evernote
    • OneNote
      • If you have a tablet or other device that enables handwriting, you can even write your notes instead of type them if that's a forbidden act in meetings.
  • Task Management or Project Management software
    • Scribblepost
    • BaseCamp
  • How can you avoid printing going forward
    • Print to PDF
    • Don't print emails, Flag them for followup, or organize them in your folders by client or project
    • Electronic maps are sometimes incorrect, but if you think they are bad, try PRINTED maps! They are usually outdated the second they are printed.
    • You can fax using services like HelloFax or E-Fax for much cheaper than a phone line and a paper/ink-fed fax machine.
    • Don't Print web pages. Apps and sites like Pocket can save, categorize and share pages to be easily found later on all devices.
    • When you get an invoice, bill or other paper document… scan it, save it and forget it instead of print it, file it, and dig it out later.

 

What should I do with the old paper?

  • Besides a bonfire?
  • Shoeboxed offers a service that will scan, organize and categorize receipts
  • Many companies offer scanning services to scan and organize other documents

 

Expense savings

  • No printing costs (paper, multiple printers, toner or ink)
  • No storage costs with additional file cabinets, or even file rooms
  • Increased efficiency in retrieving files and not walking/waiting by the printer for files to print.
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June 15, 2017

BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 43 - Facebook Groups

BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 43 - Facebook Groups

Hosted by : Marv Dorner, owner of BeBizzy Consulting

Ever been looking for a way to bounce a new idea, get some feedback on something you created, or just want some like-minded people with whom to talk about your business or interest?

Facebook Groups is your solution!

There's a Facebook Group for just about any topic you can dream, and most are actively looking to add new members. 

We discuss why you would join a Facebook group, or would want to create your own and some of the benefits and challenges of each choice.

Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio

And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!

 

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June 7, 2017

BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 42 - The Samsung Chromebook Pro

BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 41 - Flash! Ah ahhhhhh!

Hosted by : Marv Dorner, owner of BeBizzy Consulting

FINALLY! I've been waiting for the Chromebook Pro from Samsung for several months and it arrived late Monday afternoon. I spent the time between then and now putting it through it's paces and have determined it's everything I've envisioned... almost.

I've posted a review of the device here : https://www.bebizzy.com/samsung-chromebook-pro-review/

I loved the size, weight, screen and function of the site. Not happy with Chromebook's inability to see/use the inserted SD card with Android Apps. 

Have you bought the Samsung Chromebook Pro or Plus? What are your thoughts?

Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio

And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!

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May 17, 2017

BeBizzy Break : Episode 41 - FLASH! Ah Ahhhhhhhh!

BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 41 - Flash! Ah ahhhhhh!

Hosted by : Marv Dorner, owner of BeBizzy Consulting

Do you flash? Not the trenchcoat in public type, the watch animation or other things on the internet type.

If your website uses this technology, it's time to finally move on before you lose your customers!

All of the major internet browsers, Safari, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox, have officially dropped support for the Flash plugin. Some will still allow you to install, but you have to go in to the settings and turn it on, then remember to turn it off again.

None of the major mobile devices including iOS and Android will display Flash animations. 

That means that unless your visitors are running old computers, or tech savy enough to turn Flash on to watch, then turn it back off for security, you will lose that visitor... maybe forever.

Here are some options : 

  1. If you are only using a Flash animation spash screen, see if it can be removed without killing your search rankings or you website.
  2. If you are using Flash or Silverlight for videos, can you migrate them to YouTube or Vimoe, or even self host the videos if they are small or viewed without regularity.
  3. You may need to plan to replace the website sooner than later. Odds are that if you're still using Flash probably not usable by mobile devices anyways.
Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio

And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!

 

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May 17, 2017

BeBizzy Break : Episode 40 - Polarr

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April 26, 2017

BeBizzy Break - Episode 39 - GSuite & Mailbird

BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 39 - GSuite & Mailbird

Hosted by : Marv Dorner, owner of BeBizzy Consulting

Ever get the feeling that someone's watching you?

That happened to me this week, as I started to look for a replacement for my Outlook replacement, Mailbird. The problem was that although I had hundreds of contacts saved in my various GSuite email accounts, there was no way to easily sync to or from GSuite. On many occassions I was either grabbing email addresses from my phone or having to log into the web interface to gather the email addresses so I could send.

Just this morning, I recevied an email from Mailbird claiming they had a new Contact Manager ready to roll out, all I had to do was update Mailbird, click a few things and BOOM!, contacts. The scariest part was that it worked EXACTLY like it was supposed to work, and now I don't have to look for a new email system. Way to go, Mailbird! Check them out if you're a GSuite or Gmail email user.

And if your NOT a GSuite user... here's why you should be.

GSuite is a powerful email, calendar, document sharing, task & project management solution. Some other benefits are:

  • Uses Google secure and "always-on" hosting solution. I have had very minimal outages in many years of use.
  • The system is available from anywhere, so as long as you can get to a computer, tablet or phone and remember your login info, you can see you mail, calendar and documents. 
  • Easy to share documents within the GSuite environment, so anyone with your domain email can easily receive, share or collaborate on documents.
  • You can still use Outlook. While I recommend getting outside the Office forcefield with apps like Mailbirdold reliable still works with GSuite.
  • 2-Step Verification security to protect your email.
  • 3rd party apps like CRMs, project management suites, mind mapping tools, and much more can be easily made available across the network. 
  • Excellent support
  • Relatively cheap at $5 per email address per month.

Check out if GSuite is a good fit for you and your business by going to https://gsuite.google.com 

Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio

And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!

 

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April 19, 2017

BeBizzy Break - Episode 38 - Why Hire A Copywriter?

Happy Easter, and thank you for all the birthday wishes, everyone!

There was a huge Windows exploit identified last week, and Microsoft has published a patch for Windows 7, 8 and 10, but not for Vista or XP since they have recently stopped support for those operating systems. Run your updates, kids!

 

Also, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming out on Friday and is rumored to be THE smartphone in regards to performance and features. If you're in the new market for a new device, check it out!

 

Why Hire A Copywriter?

 

Copywriters are one of those skillsets that we all need, but we rarely think about until it's too late. On today's BeBizzy Break Podcast I talk about why you would want to hire a copywriter for your websites, press releases, or other marketing pieces. These can include : 

  • You don't have time to write your website or marketing content
  • You're too close to your business to write for possible clients
  • Website content is not something you've written before
  • Keeping a consistant "voice" in your content
  • SEO copywriting is a very specific skillset
  • Your content is probably NOT using a copywriter
  • Engage with your call-to-action

Copywriters can be a game changing additioin to your marketing team. Contact BeBizzy Consulting if you need to find someone to help you with your marketing voice.

 

 

 

 

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April 12, 2017

BeBizzy Break - Episode 37 - Wave Accounting

Happy Tax Week, everybody!

Episode 37 - Wave Accounting

This week I am happy to be joined by Rob Maurin from Wave to discuss this awesome, FREE, accounting and invoicing software.

We discuss some of the many features of this powerful business tool that will help you with your :

  • Accounting
  • Invoicing
  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Expense Tracking
  • Payroll
  • Mobile Invoicing
  • And much, much more.

I've been a user for several years and couldn't be happier with the ease and completion of the system. 

Check out the interview with Rob, then head over to http://waveapps.com and take Wave apps our for a drive.

 

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April 5, 2017

BeBizzy Break - Episode 36 - Golfing - Good for Business?

FORE!

Golf is a fun activity participated in by many in the business community. Should you be one of them?

Golfing - Good for Business?

There are many reasons why whacking a little white ball around a park can help you and your staff land new clients, get better at what you do, and just create a great environment for you to conduct informal business.

Some other benefits as posted for the MGT Open are :

  • It's a 5-hour meeting. Good luck landing that with a client or even with your staff.
  • Golf reveals the true character of both your potential clients, and yourself (so be careful).
  • Business Golf is ideal for developing exclusive business leads, thanking clients and staff, brainstorming and team-building.

And more! Check out the link to the PDF.

And don't worry if you're a poor golfer, the game can actualy help if you're not just a little better than the person you're meeting with. And there are games like a scramble, best ball, or others that can help golfers with a higher handicap be on a more level playing field. And, getting better as the summer progresses is a great way to demonstrate that you can/do get better with repetition. 

Now keep in mind that many don't golf, especially in the millenial age group. So if the target demographic spends more time just sitting around drinking a few craft beers or at a coffee shop, that may be more productive for you. Golf works, but both parties have to be willing and able to play. Remember, golf is NOT a cheap outing. By the time you buy/rent clubs, pay greens fees and cart rentals, and throw in some food and drink, it can be an expensive, but fun day.

So tee it up, network with your friends, and enjoy a day out in the sun talking about your business. You never know what might happen.

 

 

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March 29, 2017

BeBizzy Break - Episode 35 - Happy World Backup Day!

Happy World Backup Day, everyone! Well, maybe a couple days early, but we like to celebrate data backups all the time around here.

 

EP 35 - Happy World Backup Day!

Before we get too far, I'd like to wish a Happy 23rd Birthday to my daughter! We'll see you this weekend and celebrate the best way you know how, by going to a hocke game!

Now, on to other important matters.

  • March 31 is World Backup Day. Back. Your. Data. Up. That is all...

    • I lied, that is NOT all. Your data is your business! Throw on top of that all your photos, your music, personal financial documents and more, and there are few things in life that would make things as difficult as recovering from a data failure.
    • At the VERY least, back up your data to an external hard drive or to another computer.
    • Personal Cloud storage devices are relatively cheap and easy to add to a home or office network.
    • Data companies like Dropbox and Carbonite have built a business out of managing backups for you. Check them out!
  • A group calling themselves the Turkish Crime Family has claimed to have stolen passwords to 530 Million Apple iCloud passwords. Time to change your passwords, kids!
    • If your Apple password has been stolen the thief can get access to your data, and even reset your phone.
  • FedEx is offering $5 for you to turn on Flash in your browsers.
    • Why should you NOT do that? Flash was proven to be an insecure browser extension years ago, so none of the modern browsers have it turned on by default. 
    • FedEx needs to find a way to join the rest of us in 2017 and build a website that does not use this ancient, security-holed software.

Have a good rest of your week, everyone! 

Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio

And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!

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