09/28/2015 in category "Education & Business" средняя оценка: 4.5 reviews 91

Starting-Your-Small-BusinessYou already have your business plan in place, know where you funding comes from and are one step away from opening your business to the public. Now is the perfect time to take a step back and look at some hacks and tips that will help you launch your company. Even if you are further along in the process or a few steps behind in opening your business, you can learn from those who started with a small idea and made millions. Find out some simple business hacks today.

Determine Your Customer Base

Whether you want to open a retail space, an online shop or a business that provides some type of service, you must know your customer base. As easy as this might seem, it's a major mistake that small business owners often make. Do you want to sell to college kids, stay at home moms, business owners, the elderly or another group? Though it might seem hard to believe, you will use different methods to reach different types of customers. You must have some idea about your customer base and how you want to reach those customers before you open your business.

Choose and Register Your Name

It only takes a second for someone else to swoop in and steal your business name. As soon as you have an idea for your name, do some quick market research. Make sure that your name is significantly different from other companies, especially in your local area. After choosing a name, register your name and attach it to your business. You may also want to check for domain names and ensure that there is one that matches or is close to your name. Purchasing an existing name can add thousands in unexpected costs to your budget.

Get Support

You cannot and should not expect to go it alone and operate your business without some support. If you have a million dollar idea and need some help, find investors and mentors willing to give you money and help you with your concept. Even if you decide to finance the business yourself and take out a few loans, you need some emotional support. Make sure that your family and friends are on board and that they will provide you with the support that you need.

Stand Up for Yourself

Standing up for yourself is a business hack shared on Bob Parsons Godaddy's Lifehack where he listed 16 hacks that he used early on his career. Standing up for yourself is something you must do as a business owner. This might mean talking back to investors to ensure that they listen to you, telling your employer that you must quit to focus on your business or making decisions that go against the advice given to you by others. Though you may regret the decisions you make, you will definitely regret the decisions others forced you to make. When launching your small business, make sure you incorporate these simple hacks and tips.

09/28/2015 in category "Education & Business" средняя оценка: 4.0 reviews 64

Effective-Scrum-TeamScrums are a great way to format team meetings as they help ensure that everyone is laser-focused (especially if they are ‘tech-free’), meeting Spring goals, and increasing the efficiency of meetings in terms of results. Converting that success with meetings that involve remote teams however is more difficult. It takes specific planning, targeted technology and items to focus on.

Why include a remote team in your daily Scrum

Many managers are reticent about having remote workers and remote teams participate in daily scrums due to the challenges it creates—especially geographical and technical ones. Thanks to advances in modern technology however, like Agenday, MeetingMogul or Do.com, you can now have remote workers easily connect through conference calling.

When you effectively engage with the appropriate conference technology, you’ll find that remote workers become more in-tune with the operations of the office…and vice versa. Remote workers and remote teams will also feel more like a member of a team, which is critical for the retention of well-trained workers.

How to successfully Scrum with a remote team

So you’re going to include your remote workers and teams in your scrum? Great! Here’s a brief overview of how to effectively bring the remote team into the fold. Continue reading for our top remote-team scrum tips:

●     Set a time and agenda for each daily scrum meeting—and be sure to send the invite out to your remote team in advance. Make sure they all set notifications in their conference call app to remind them to be at the scrum on time.

●     Ensure that your remote team has downloaded the appropriate technology (video chat for at-home participants ideally, and MeetingMogul or other similar conference call apps for on-the-road workers). In addition to downloading, ensure they already know how to use it.

●     If on the off chance you’re running late for the call or won’t be able to join, make sure to let your colleagues know ahead of time. With apps like MeetingMogul and Agenday you can do that pretty easily by sending a text or email to all meeting attendees with one tap. MeetingMogul even let’s call one of your fellow meeting participants directly with one touch, to let them know.

●     Create an agenda for the meeting so you can utilize the call time more effectively. Remote teams can use apps like MeetingMogul to collaboratively create agenda items in real time and instantly share them with all meeting participants.

●     Mark specific items for follow up and schedule breakout sessions after the scrum has finished. With MeetingMogul for example, you can take collaborative meeting notes in real time and share them with all attendees with one tap. Mobile workers on the other hand can use the app’s one tap voice recording features to take voice notes right after the call in case they are driving or commuting.  

Our top remote scrum tips

To help you translate your in-person scrum success to a remote team here’s our top tips:

1.   Get your technology right—before scrumming

Select your conference call app or technology long before you begin adding remote workers to your scrum, and then test it out… more than once. In addition to at-home remote workers you’ll also need to consider mobile workers who may be on their way to a sales meeting or job site. The MeetingMogul conference calling app is a reliable option for remote workers on the road as it offers single-touch conference call app connection and single-touch voice notes.

2.   Have EVERYONE stand up

The idea of having everyone stand up in the “daily stand-up” works. It not only gets the blood circulating, it also encourages quick scrums. And a quick scrum will stay on topic and likely be more effective. Include your remote workers and teams in the morning standup to increase their level of inclusion. If your remote team members are on video chat you can make a visual confirmation that they’re on their feet. 

3.   Don’t wait

If someone is late—be it an in-office or remote worker—don’t wait for them. This wastes time and the point of the daily scrum is to be super focused, quick and efficient.

4.   Do it daily

Scrums are effective because they are quick, on-point and daily. Since scrums should be 15 or less (depending on the number of participants) hosting them daily isn’t a chore like standard ‘morning meetings’.

5.   The one-person rule

Only one person should ever be speaking at one time in a scrum—but make sure that your remote workers still have a voice. Listening to a scrum isn’t as motivating as being in one.

6.   Stay on topic

With remote workers you may find that their lack of colleague connection encourages them to stray off topic. If they do, encourage your staff to yell “rat hole”, to put the person back on track. Should someone be on topic but the discussion becomes run on, encourage people to yell “parking lot” (and then make a note for a follow up or breakout meeting).

7.   Encourage a remote scrum master

Remote scrum masters can be extremely effective as the rest of the team aren’t staring at the SM speaking (and when that happens the SM should step away from the circle). It can help encourage remote participation while keeping the in-person scrummers focused on each other and not the scrum master.

Software for remote-only scrums

If you will be running a remote-only scrum without the inclusion of in-person office teams, you’ll need to select the proper software. Your software will (ideally) need to do the following:

●     Easy scheduling with reminder notifications

●     Audio teleconferencing (video is better)

●     Audio recording

●     Ability to pass meeting control to another participant

●     Collaborative agenda and notes creation

●     Instant sharing of meeting notes and agendas

●     One tap to alert meeting participants - via email, text or call

●     Screen sharing

Software like Agenday, MeetingMogul or Do.com will help you have a successful remote and/or mobile scrum, by offering features like the above.

09/27/2015 in category "Software & Apps" средняя оценка: 4.5 reviews 54

About-Folio3According to the US Census Bureau, American workers spend an average of 51 minutes commuting every day. The need to stay focused on the road precludes us from using that time for most work-related activities. But just because you can’t check email or surf the web doesn’t mean that time has to be completely wasted.

Returning Phone Calls

Although you can’t tackle your email while driving, you can use your commute to return phone calls and participate in conference calls. This can be a particularly good option while on a longer drive. Bluetooth systems allow you to safely dial your contacts without having to take your eye off the road.

With the right app, a long drive can actually be the ideal time to schedule a conference call. MeetingMogul, for example, is a one-touch conference call app specifically designed to help you dial-in to conference calls, take notes, and call, text and email conference participants with one touch. MeetingMogul, and other apps like it, provide a safe alternative that can allow you to effectively participate in a conference call without distracting you from your driving.

Audiobooks and Podcasts

Commutes are an ideal time to catch up on your reading. While you can’t read a book or newspaper unless your commute involves public transportation, several bestselling business books such as “The Lean Startup,” “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” and “Lean In” are available in audio format. There are also an increasing number of podcasts available covering a wide variety of subjects that you can listen to while driving. Many news publications, such as The New York Times, Slate, and Bloomberg, have their own podcasts, giving you the chance to catch up on the day’s events before or after work.

Letting Ideas Percolate

While focused attention is a crucial ingredient to innovation, so is letting your mind wander aimlessly while thinking about your projects and goals. The distraction provided by driving can give your mind the opportunity to allow creative ideas to incubate, according to Harvard psychologist Shelley H. Carson.

For people who find it difficult to let their minds wander while driving, you can use the time to go through a mental checklist of your action items for the day. This can be particularly useful when facing an upcoming meeting. Taking a half hour to mentally prepare the points you want to address ensures your meetings are as effective as possible.

While your commute may feel like a waste of time, it needn’t be. Whether running through your to-do list, preparing talking points for an upcoming meeting, or returning a phone call, time spent behind the wheel can be as productive as you want it to be. The most effective innovators are often distinguished by the way they make the best use of their time, including their commute. 

About Folio3

As a leading mobile app development company (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, HTML5 app development), Folio3 specializes in native app development services and cross platform mobile app development services for the iPhone and iPad. We also offer extensive mobile app testing and QA services. If you have a mobile app idea that you’d like to discuss please or would like to know more about our iPhone app development services, please Contact Us. Learn more about our iPhone, Android and Windows Phone app development services

SmartList is an essential aspect of Dynamics GP, and not being able to resize the SmartList Favourites pane can be a bit of an annoyance. Especially on larger monitors the list of favourites will be too big; restricting the number of columns you can see without having to scroll or if you have custom built SmartLists with really long names, the full name of the favourite might not always be visible.

To get round this we would have to customise the window, however in GP2013R2, the ability to resize this pane comes built in. You can right click in an empty white space anywhere in the list pane and increase/decrease the width of the pane.


Alternatively, you can also access this option by clicking on SmartList>> Favourites Pane>> Hide/Show favourite pane.


I’d also generally untick Enable Auto-hide so the pane stays open after selecting a favourite, but this is just a personal preference.

For more tips and tricks advice on using Microsoft Dynamics GP, visit Advantage’s website or email info@advantage.co.uk.

09/27/2015 in category "Education & Business" средняя оценка: 3.5 reviews 79

Enhance-Your-Business-ProductivityEveryone would agree to the fact that enhanced business productivity can be termed down to the way organization and business can execute various strategies. Business success is also dependent on the way business and companies operate in the competitive environment. Today the world has changed and a lot of success is dependent on the efficiency and competency that businesses can bring in their daily operations. For example, being efficient enough to save costs and sell their products at lesser prices than their competitors. Introducing measures to counter competition through product innovation. All this is possible only with the use of technology.

So this means that for a business to be successful, a perfect execution with the context of technology and its use is the only way to get success for businesses. The use of technology and integrating themselves in the technology world is the key today, many big companies and businesses are now the part of history just because they failed to adapt to the new innovative methods and work with technology to better the way they operate. Today’s guest blog will talk about the importance of technology and how it can improve or enhance your business productivity to give you the competitive advantage you are looking for.

Automation of process

Imagine ten people doing work with their bare hands and a machine doing work simply by the press of a few buttons. Not only it will get the work done much quicker, but will be cost effective as well as the chances of mistakes and errors will be less. Automation of processes in order to bring in efficiency and instant solutions to the execution strategy and process is very important and one of the critical ways to improve your business productivity. Where one individual will do one thing, your machine will do ten different things at the same time.


Improved connectivity with individuals, customers and also within the internal workforce always improves and enhances your productivity. When connectivity is streamlined and smooth, the process that is present during the internal workings and operation will also be smooth. People will get to know fast what they have to do and through automation, they will be able to execute the same in a much more efficient and productive manner. This is why improving connectivity through the use of technology can help improve work relationships, processes and also connectivity amongst the workforce.


Sometimes employees can get tired of doing something for so long and this can become a lack of motivation. However, technology can not only increase and improve their skills, but also promotes motivation amongst employees. Employees will be keen to using something that can enhance their work experience and ease their work lives.

Fewer errors

Like we said earlier, technology and innovation means fewer errors. This eventually means less wastage and more competency, both will automatically result in improvement of your workforce and also the productivity levels. When the machines work, there are obviously less chances of human errors and companies have found some great efficiency through technology.

Author Bio. Thomas Faulkner is the author of this blog post who works with a technological firm. Thomas is very active on the internet and social media, he likes to post various blogs on the website Essay writing service. He likes to share his thought on social media like Facebook-Twitter-Gplus.