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The 10th January is MicroBiz Matters Day and founders Tina and Tony will be celebrating with a conference over in Preston. They have also requested that micro businesses share their top 10 tips so, as 2020 will see Red Kite Services celebrate our 10th birthday, I thought I would share some of ours (in no…

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I see a lot of business cards. I network, so I receive a lot and I offer a service that inputs info from business cards onto contact management systems. Some of them make me think “Wow,” some make me cringe, some make me search for my glasses. Your business card is important. If you go…

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10 tips to improve data security

I am lucky enough to be a member of The Business Network in York and to be able to rub shoulders with many experts. One of these is Andy Gambles from Servertastic, who frequently shares his expertise on data security issues. So, some of these tips are directly attributable to him and some of them…

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How to password protect a word document

This short blog post will teach you how to password protect a Microsoft Word Document on both Windows and Mac. 1) Open word document and click the ‘review’ tab  You can do this before you have written the document or once it’s fully completed. It is necessary to have your word document in full screen…

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How to retrieve emails from Google Archive

This is a handy guide on ‘how to retrieve emails from Google Archive’. Losing emails in Google Archive can be frustrating. If you are like me you have probably frequently sent a reply and clicked the Send+ button by mistake and “lost” the email.  The good news is, you haven’t lost it, you have just saved it…

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Hashtags on Twitter and how to use

I have recently been talking to a number of my clients about their twitter and Instagram accounts and mentioning “hashtags” and “hashtag hours”. For many people that has been met with a bit a blank look. This blog explains how and why hashtags for twitter and instagram are useful and provides you with some useful…

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Choosing a Web designer

It is three years ago now that we set up our website updating service – helping clients add content to their website so that they could make the most of their site. On the back of that, many clients started asking us if we could build them a new site. Some of these were because…

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Time Saving Tips

I often send out emails to people that have pretty much the same wording each time. Things like “It was lovely to meet you at the networking event today. If you would like to find out more about what I do, please visit my website.” Or, “ Thank you for advertising in the brochure. Please…

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Time Saving Tips

Is your wallet, purse or top drawer full of receipts to claim back against your business? If so, using CamScanner can help you record and store them as you go along. With the free basic package you can make your phone or tablet into a scanner. The cropping and enhancing function means you can easily read the…

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Time Saving Tips

Ok, so I know it is long time since I  shared one of my time saving tips, but today it is very opportune. As many small business owners and sole traders are still panicking to complete their self-assessment form and trying to find all those little receipts for postage and travel, here is this month’s tip:…

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