Could telecommuting work for your start up?

March 6, 2012
Telecommuting  and teleworking have had a quiet start in New Zealand but elsewhere in the world are seeing a rapid increase in popularity, with estimates of around 40% of the American workforce working remotely at least part of the time.
So – what is telecommuting and how does it differ from teleworking?
Both terms refer to employees who work remotely rather than in a specific office at a specific desk each day. In strict terms telecommuters are considered employees who work from home – thus commuting only by phone or internet. Teleworkers, or mobile workers, are employees equipped with the technology that allows them to work anywhere; they may spend some time in a central office, some at home, and some on the road, working from hubs or cafes.
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National Telework Week Begins Monday

March 2, 2012
I am fortunate that I am able to telework on days when I don’t have appointments in the office.  Atlanta traffic can be daunting on most days so home office days begin in a whole different way than office days.
See the benefits below and if you have the opportunity to telework just one day next week, sign the pledge by clicking on the link below.
 Just one note of caution.  Make sure you have the tools needed to telework.  For me that includes my laptop, smartphone, Wi-Fi connection and of course my zBoost SOHO cell phone signal booster.  With these tools I have full access to the rest of the Wi-Ex team throughout the day.  Since 55% of teleworkers report indoor signal problems a zBoost is a necessity for many teleworkers, including me!
Pledge to Telework

Join National Telework Week 2012, the second-annual effort to encourage agencies, organizations, and individuals to pledge to telework on March 5-9, 2012. Sign up now to determine your impact and savings, and telework during the week of March 5-9, 2012.

Why? Telework is a win-win opportunity for agencies, organizations, employees, and the environment. Telework supports:

Join the movement. During Telework Week 2011, nearly 40,000 pledged, saving $2,730,229 on commuting costs, gaining back 148,692 hours into their day, and removing 1,818 tons of pollutants from the air, while refraining from driving 3,764,001 miles.

For more information go to: http://www.teleworkexchange.com/teleworkweek/


What’s the best free backup program?

February 28, 2012

 

You know you’re supposed to make regular backups, yet you’re just not doing  it. Why?

If it’s because you’re not wild about the idea of spending money on backup  software, here’s good news: you don’t have to. There are plenty of full-featured  backup utilities (for Windows, anyway) that don’t cost a dime.

Indeed, your only out-of-pocket expense should be a USB or network hard  drive–a place to hold your precious data in case your primary drive goes  belly-up.

Read more: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33153_7-57381334-10391733/reader-poll-whats-the-best-free-backup-program/#ixzz1nbw1YCtt


Every 60 Seconds in Social Media – Infographic

February 27, 2012


Deadzones: What Does LTE Stand For?

February 23, 2012
This is an older article from deadzones.com  but offers a good explanation of LTE.
LTE = Long Term Evolution

Long Term Evolution (LTE).  It is a new radio platform technology that will allow carriers to give you higher wireless upload and download speeds currently between 5-12 mbps but expected to increase. Verizon Wireless,  AT&T & MetroPCS in the United States and several worldwide LTE carriers began rolling out the new network in 2009.  The world’s first publicly available LTE service was opened by TeliaSonera in the two Scandinavia in December of 2009.
LTE and is part of the GSM evolutionary path beyond 3G technology, following EDGE, UMTS, HSPA (HSDPA and HSUPA combined) and HSPA Evolution (HSPA+). LTE is a set of enhancements to the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) which was introduced in 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 8.  HSPA Evolution is a stepping-stone of speeds to LTE for many carriers that will be rolled out slowly. Carriers began working on LTE in 2004 3GPP and initial deployment of LTE is targeted for 2010 and 2011. The objective of LTE is to provide a high performance radio access that offers good signal coverage in vehicles that are moving and that can coexist with HSPA and earlier networks. Carriers can scale bandwidth to migrate their networks and users from HSPA to LTE over time in areas that need it most.


Testimonial Tuesday: Thanks zBoost! This is a REAL product that REALLY works!

February 21, 2012

Great testimonials are one of the best parts of any business.  It’s so fulfilling to hear your product is the solution to a real problem, especially when it involves a small business.  Wi-Ex received the following letter from Bruce Cramer, VP of Total Building Environments South (www.tbesouth.com), a facility automation systems integrator, that helps diverse facility/building control systems talk to each other.

We have a small company and I work out of my home.  Just moved to a new (new to me) home and found that the Sprint (Virgin) coverage was just terrible in this part of Pinellas County Florida.

Barely got one bar and dropped almost every call.  Looked on the Sprint coverage map and sure enough they do a really bad job in this area!

Searched on the web and at EBay for a booster device, found lots of stuff, mostly BS!

Finally found zBoost!  Bought a supposedly used zBoost SOHO (YX545) from Amazon for $128!  When received I was very surprised to find it looking brand new, in what appeared to be the original wrappers!

Took me about 20 minutes to install with the antenna on top a 20’ pole on the side of my single story house.

WOW, a 4 to 5 bar signal.  It does vary down to 2 bars or so, but the reception is noticeably better and no dropped calls.

 Thanks zBoost!  This is a REAL product that REALLY works!

 

Thanks for a great product!

Bruce Cramer VP

Total Building Environments South, Inc

 

 

 

 

 

 


5 Mobile Apps to Boost Small Business Productivity

February 15, 2012

This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

When you operate a small business, the last thing you want to do is waste precious time. Luckily, mobile apps for Apple and Android devices can help simplify many of your day-to-day business operations.

The only problem is, who has time to search for and test these apps in the first place? Rest assured, we have you covered. These five mobile apps will save you time and keep you more organized than ever before — whether you’re searching for a password management system or a way to log in to your home computer remotely.

Test them out and let us know what you think! In the comments, link to any other helpful productivity apps that would benefit small business owners.

1. LogMeIn

Use LogMeIn to access your Mac or PC content from your iPhone or iPad. This app is great for traveling or to pull up files remotely. With LogMeIn you can also run any PC application from your mobile device.

Price: FREE

To view complete list, visit: Mashable.com


Great Business App: Expensify

February 6, 2012

Expensify takes care of the most annoying part of business travel, the expense report!

Expensify does “expense reports that don’t suck!” by importing expenses and receipts from credit cards and mobile phones, submitting expense reports through email, and reimbursing everything online with QuickBooks and Direct Deposit. Expensify’s unique design suits everybody from individuals tracking their personal finances to companies with a thousand employees, and everywhere in between such as churches, non-profits, and small businesses worldwide. Expensify is free for individuals and small businesses, with premium upgrades available for receipt scanning and shared expense policies.

Compatible with the iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Blackberry and Palm, with Expensify, the only thing you have to worry about is unpacking.


SaskTel Approves Wi-Ex zBoost Signal Boosters for Use on SaskTel’s Wireless Network

January 25, 2012

zBoost Provides Canadian Wireless Users with Improved Signal, Faster Data and Longer Battery Life

Atlanta – January 25, 2012 – Wi-Ex (www.wi-ex.com),a leading provider of consumer and commercial cell phone signal booster kits, and SaskTel, Saskatchewan’ leading communications provider, announced today that SaskTel has approved the zBoost® line of cell phone signal boosters for use on SaskTel’s wireless network.

zBoost cell phone signal boosters can prevent missed or dropped calls and speed up wireless data within vehicles, homes and business locations. The zBoost line allows users to take full advantage of wireless data, voice and Internet services on their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices that are capable of accessing the wireless network.

“The addition of zBoost to SaskTel’s dealer channel provides us with a great opportunity to enhance in-vehicle and in-building cell phone signal in Saskatchewan,” said Frankie Smith, Wi-Ex director of sales. “There are a lot of users who can benefit from the zBoost line of products and SaskTel provides us with an exciting new opportunity in Canada.”

According to the annual zBoost “State of the Cell Signal” Survey nearly 70 percent of cell phone owners consider their cell phone their essential voice and/or data communication tool. Wi-Ex recently conducted speed tests and found that the zBoost line of cell phone signal boosters can increase data speeds by as much as 180 percent or almost three times as fast, helping prevent dropped calls and slow data.
About Wi-Ex
Wi-Ex (www.wi-ex.com), a leading provider of cell phone signal boosters, developed zBoost, the first consumer-priced signal booster that “extended cell zones” for the small office/home office cell phone market. Wi-Ex has expanded their “extending cell zone coverage” beyond consumers to corporate enterprises and large commercial applications. From M2M applications to large commercial complexes to the rising number of teleworkers, the zBoost line provides a business-centric solution for improving poor in-door cell phone coverage domestically and internationally. The zBoost product line works with most carriers in the US and abroad including AT&T, Sprint, Vodaphone, Verizon and T-Mobile. The award-winning zBoost home and office solutions help today’s connected consumers including iPhone, iPad, Android (DROID), BlackBerry, and smartphone users with dropped calls and slow data.
For more information:
Deanna Anderson, APR
AquaPR
danderson@aquapr.com
404-759-1890


What are SOPA and PIPA and Why Should You Care?

January 18, 2012

Wikipedia is having a 24 hour black-out, Google has blacked out its famous logo and WordPress has placed censor warnings across their front page. If you unsure of the companies motives, they are showing signs of solidarity in the effort to stop SOPA and PIPA.

What are SOPA and PIPA?

In an effort to stop online piracy, the House has presented the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) while the Senate proposed companion bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

According to Braden Goyette, NY Daily News, “The bills were designed to stop piracy of copyrighted music, movies, and television shows. But critics including Google, Twitter, and some of the original architects of the Internet itself, say the legislation could censor the Internet, hobble online innovation and change what made the Internet what it is today.”

SOPA and PIPA intends to target websites whose servers are hosted or whose domain names are registered outside of the U.S. Supporters of the bills claim that this won’t effect American websites, however,  many American companies have domain names registered overseas. American domains that link to foreign websites may also be targeted if the linked websites are suspected of hosting pirated material.

Many fear that, while the intentions of SOPA and PIPA are good, ultimately, regulations from the bill will lead to censorship across the internet, as well as, company crippling lawsuits.


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