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140 Characters of Simple Value

Image representing Twitter as depicted in Crun...Image by via CrunchBase“ONE hundred forty characters — the exact length of this sentence — is
turning out to be just right for business communications of all kinds.”

Think of how many times you just wanted to dash off a quick note to someone, without generating a time-consuming conversation about it. Just a bit of info shared, or something to think about that you can discuss further when you have more time. That’s the beauty of Twitter.

Now, Brevity Is the Soul of Office Interaction – NYTimes.com

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Looks Good On Paper. But How Does It Actually Work?

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Virtual Assistants often come up when talking about cutting the expenses of a small business or home office. I hear there are a lot of things that a VA can do.  I hear how great they are. What I don’t hear is what, exactly, does anyone have them do? What I don’t hear is any of the details.

  • What does your VA do for you?
  • How often do they work for you?
  • How long have they been working with you?
  • Do you have different VA’s for different projects?
  • How “virtual” are they – in other words, do they not work in your office, but do work close enough to occasionally meet in person?  Are they out-of-state? International?
  • Do you have a contract? If so, how detailed are the tasks/projects listed in it?

I think it’s a great idea. But Virtual Assistants have been in existence for quite some time, yet don’t seem to be catching on that quickly. Maybe there’s an issue of organization, productivity, or experience with technology.

What do you think?

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Six Rules for Leveraging Technology In Your Business

A picture of a correction tape dispenserImage via WikipediaSome of the best reasons I’ve seen – especially the first one. Businesses usually look at technology as a cost when they are failing to use all that it can provide. Yes, a computer is a big expense when your use of it is as a typewriter that uses less correction tape. But add spreadsheets (with more functions than just a calculator), contact management (beats a rollodex every time), and database (3×5 cards? really?) and you cut costs substantially.Not to mention time.

  • Spend money on your technology as an investment – not as a cost
  • Email is NOT CRM
  • Web 2.0 is no joke
  • Mobile technology empowers small businesses
  • Outsource
  • Don’t technologize a bad business process

Six Rules for Leveraging Technology In Your Business

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Office 2.0: Working Online

Interesting interview with Mr. Office 2.0. Seems he now has all his work online, not on his computer, so he has access from anywhere. Connectivity is good almost anywhere in the world. Larger companies are showing interest, although the smaller companies and independents are lagging behind – a switch on the usual.

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Social networking gaining in popularity in the business arena

Dow Chemical, Lockheed Martin, JP Morgan, Ernst & Young and Proctor & Gamble have joined in the social networking game to aid their employees. Finding expertise within the company, discussing new product ideas, and sharing business leads are only a few of the ways this new phase of technology can benefit large and small companies – and even solos.

Corporate social networking startups attract VC funding – Software – www.itnews.com.au

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