Archive for September, 2010

Be an instant genius!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Be an instant genius!

It’s a proven fact that no one knows everything.  At some point you will have to learn a new task or gain new knowledge in order to accomplish your goals. 

Being able to efficiently find that grain of knowledge out of a sea of noise and information on the internet takes real skill and practice. 

Here are a few  useful research tools on the internet and when and how to use them!

 

Google.com

Of course Google is at the top of the list.  They are the 900 pound gorilla in the research arena.  Google indexes, or knows about, 80% of all the webpages on the internet.  This means that virtually anything you want to know about can be found with Google. 

Simply typing in “California Sales Tax” will return so many results that you are left with millions of hits and you are no better off than before!  There are several things you can do to refine your results to be more useful.

          Start any search of this nature with “How Do I…..” and what you want.  This will give you sites that are more step by step.

          Use search filters.  For a good list of tips and tricks goto: http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/web/101-google-tips-tricks-and-hacks-462143  Using the tips from this site will make you a Googlexpert!

          Be sure of your sources!  You can find anything on the internet….for example I have it on the internets authority that there is no God but we should all believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster http://www.venganza.org/  or that the world will end in 2012 on my birthday!

o   My favorite way is to go straight to the source,  searching for “ How do I Sales Tax for your small business in California” followed by inurl:gov  this means that any search will return ONLY .gov webpages.  And of you cant trust the government who can you trust 😉

          Have a clear idea of what you want to find.  Often people will start looking for something with only a vague notion of what they want.  They trust in the miracle of the internet to fill in their lack of planning.

 

 

How Do I…..

There are many sites in this category.  These sites give step by step directions or videos on how to do just about anything!  Simply search for what you trying to learn and you should find a plethora of useful information.  Here are a few of my favorites:

          Ehow.com

          Instructables.com This one is my absolute favorite!

          Lifehackers.com

          Youtube.com

          http://www.tricklife.com/

          http://www.videojug.com/

 

Local Results

In any search engine typing in the search your city and state usually returns more local results.  Trying to find a good handyman or plumber or anything can be difficult if you don’t.   There are also many local “portals” or sites dedicated to your own city that local businesses often use to reach their local customers.

 

 

Learning how to effectively research topics is going to b the #1 skill that employers will be looking for in any field because no one can know it all but you can always find the answer.

 

 

Business Process Management and the small business

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Most small businesses today do not actively address the management of their internal processes.  Most have evolved their processes organically over time and may not be aware of better, more efficient ways of doing things.

While the “It ain’t broke don’t fix it”  has worked in the past when resources were plentiful now that time, money and resources are scarce improving your businesses bottom line by becoming more efficient is the only way your survival is ensured throughout the current economic storm.

In this economy inches count.  If you can save those precious inches by improving the way you and your employees accomplish daily tasks wouldn’t you?

We at Hassle Free IT are experts of technology.  In addition we are committed to designing the most efficient Business Processes and bringing the appropriate  technology to that process.  We are fluent in most aspects of business development and through our extensive experience of bringing technology to solve problems we have developed a set of best practices that are applicable to most businesses.

Our goal is to make your business more efficient through the use of modern Business processes and the best technology.

Here are some links for you to use to get your business started on the BPM path.  Don’t forget Hassle Free IT can always help you design and implement a better BPM!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_process_management#BPM_technology

Open Source BPM Suite:

http://www.intalio.com/bpm
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