3 essential techniques to protect your online privacy

Two-factor authentication, encrypted remote storage, virtual private networks: These are your weapons in the fight for Internet security The Web is a wild place, with more than the NSA potentially out to get you. With the so-called six strikes antipiracy initiative in full effect, you never know if Hollywood is monitoring your peer-to-peer activity. Then there are the malicious […]

My Idiot Boss

Do you ever feel like you have more work to do then time to do it in? I am sure you have had a time in the last week or month in which your boss gave you more than you could possibly finish in a normal amount of time. What do you do? Work more […]

What Small Businesses Need to Do for Obamacare Before Oct. 1

The health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act will open on Oct. 1. Most small employers—those with 50 or fewer full-time employees—are not required to offer health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Even businesses with more than 50 full-time employees have gotten a one-year reprieve from penalties if they don’t offer […]


Starbucks: A Model of Success

A new book offers a glimpse behind Starbucks’ massive success. Pour yourself a cup of inspired leadership, and maybe you can caffeinate your business. If you’re an entrepreneur in need of an energy jolt, odds are that you head straight to Starbucks. And if you’re looking for a jolt of business inspiration, you’d be hard […]


Time Management Tips Every SMB Owner Should Follow

Every business owner struggles with the same issue: How to make the most of that finite resource known as time. Everyone has 1,440 minutes at their disposal every day. In reality, we don’t manage time, but rather manage what we do during the time available. Always Delegate Whether you’re an established SMB or just starting a […]

8 Modest Proposals For Reducing Email

If we really want to cut down the volume of email in our inboxes, we need to be saved from ourselves. I agree with InformationWeek‘s Jonathan Feldman: The email onslaught is as fierce as ever and we have only ourselves to blame. I’m just not sure willpower is going to cut it as a solution, for the same […]

3 Reasons a Guest Wi-Fi Network Makes Sense

You can’t beat the convenience of a wireless network. In fact, Wi-Fi is so popular and effective that some new small businesses have opted out of a wired network altogether in favor of the fast 802.11n wireless standard. However, small business owners should also consider creating a Wi-Fi guest network. A guest network uses a different SSID from […]

5 Ways to Lose Customer Data and Possibly Your Business

Most small businesses don’t employ full-time I.T. staff, choosing instead to outsource technical support to outside firms and Cloud providers. This makes it even more crucial that business owners recognize and watch for leaks that could compromise customer financial information and private health data. Failing to do so could cost you the very business you’ve […]

8 Ways the Internet of Things Will Change the Way We Work

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) may sound like the futuristic wave of talking refrigerators and self-starting cars, but Internet-connected devices that communicate with one another will affect our lives outside the “smart home” as well. For workers,  IoT will change the way we work by saving time and resources and opening new opportunities for growth […]