Software in Boxes and other stories from the olden days…

Software has come a long way from being something you bought in a box (and had to figure out yourself). Now most software you simply access and subscribe to online–no boxes, no disks, no huge instruction manual.

Short stuff – quick wins that can help your business

There’s always something you can do that will make your business better even if you’re short of time. Here are our quick wins for better sales, marketing and teamwork.

The one thing that makes marketing messages work

When you’re brainstorming your marketing messages, make sure you know the one thing that will make more sales happen as a result of your marketing.

Small is beautiful?

Big is often touted as the ultimate goal–build a bigger business, grow a bigger list, get a bigger office, create bigger turnover, be a bigger brand. But do you want a BIG business?

How’s your handwriting?

If you’re not already sending handwritten thank you notes, congratulations cards, or even simple hello letters, you could be missing a trick. Direct mail is still a very good way to connect with prospects and clients.

It’s the taking part that counts

Even being in the running for an award can be good for business. There are definitely prizes for taking part in pitches and panels. Why you shouldn’t be worried about showing off…

Where’s your office?

Where I work makes a big difference to me too so it’s important to me I’m mobile. Knowing where I do my best work also means I can be in the right place to get the best results. Where’s your office?

Shelf development

I expect you already have a lot of know-how stashed away in your brain or on your bookshelf that you’re not making the most of right now. Here are our favourite books we love to re-read.

Buzzword bingo

When we’re not busy building brilliant software for small business owners, we live in the ‘start-up’ and ‘entrepreneur’ world. In this world there are a lot of buzzwords, and we like to play ‘bingo’ with them!

Gareth speaks with TechNorth

Recently, I took some time out to speak with Kane Fulton of TechNorth to talk through what Connectably is, the planned launch, the Leeds tech scene, Entrepreneurial Spark and tips for other entrepreneurs launching new businesses.