small business

Using Shopify for Online Business

Why use Shopify for selling your products online?

We have assisted in the process of customers transitioning to Shopify stores. Some customers had brick and mortar shops, while others were using websites with integrated eCommerce. These customers were looking for a way to customize their stores while decreasing the amount of time required to continually make complicated updates required by payment processors.

How does Shopify work?

Five Reasons to Choose Google Apps for Business

1) Email - 30GB of storage per user, spam filtering. Never lose an email again and access from any mobile device.

2) Collaborative Tools and Apps - Calendar, Drive, Sites, Marketplace Apps such as Insightly Project/Task Management, Groups, Hangouts (instant messaging).

3) Store in and work in the cloud - simplify team efforts on documents and more.

4) Reliability - 99.9% uptime.

5) Quick to set up - minimal to no interruption in service.

Putting Your Business on the Map

While looking up directions recently, I noticed Google has options for finding your business on Google.  There's a rating system for places you like personally as well, and both options start from here:  http://www.google.com/places

What's the point of having your business on Google Maps?  You can have current updates with information about products or promotions, photos, videos and people can even submit reviews about you.

Email Efficiency in Small Business

Quick tips for getting through emails quickly from Merlin Mann:   http://www.43folders.com/2005/02/18/quick-tips-on-processing-your-email-inbox.

That's the short version.  I read my way through all of the original posts here:  http://inboxzero.com/articles.  My favourite part is likening email to medical triage - some will make it through the gauntlet, others can wait and the rest...well, you know.