10 Apps Every Small Business Owner Should Have: Infographic

10 Apps Every Small Business Owner Should Have: Infographic

Running a small business is a career that can bring huge rewards, but not without a monumental effort along the way. From the moment you wake up to when you go to bed at night, business is on your mind and it can become hard to give every single task the attention that it needs. As the owner of a small business, you have a responsibility for every aspect of the company, so your management skills need to be wide-ranging.

No matter how capable you might be of managing the business, you should still call upon all the help you can get, whether that’s in the form of specialist consultants or simply a few technological aids such as apps. There are so many apps that can really help you with keeping on top of every aspect of the business, such as Slack for communicating with team members, My Minutes for managing your time and Asana for managing projects. These are just three of the hundreds of apps that can act as a very useful aid to running your business.

This infographic from All Finance Tax (http://allfinancetax.com/income-tax-return-service/) identifies 10 of the best apps for small business owners. The most prominent features of each app are included, allowing you to see just how useful they can be to you as a small business owner. Check out the infographic below to see if any of these excellent apps have escaped your attention until now.10-apps-small-businesses-need

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10 Great & Free Home Security Apps: Infographic

10 Great & Free Home Security Apps: Infographic

We all look forward to taking holidays abroad, lapping up the sunshine in an exotic location while forgetting about the stresses and strains of everyday life for a short period. Some of us, though, may find it hard to switch off completely while we’re on an overseas holiday. We constantly wonder if our home is safe and secure from burglars who could notice that the property is unoccupied and see this as an ideal opportunity to strike.

The good news for those of us who may be especially anxious about our homes is that the prevalence of home security apps has made it easier than ever before to keep a watchful eye over our property from almost any location in the world. Apps such as iVideon, Video Relay, i-Security and Alarm.com enable users to view live footage from their homes’ CCTV cameras, record relevant video footage on your mobile device, receive alerts when unusual behaviour is detected and even lock or unlock your doors and windows remotely.

This infographic from JMC Technologies (https://www.jmcsecure.co.uk/) identifies 10 of the best home security apps that, better still, are absolutely free to download. The standout features of each app are identified, enabling you to decide which (if not all) are the most ideal for your collection. Take a look below; it’s well worth 2-3 minutes of your time.10-Great-&-Free-Home-Security-Apps-Infographic

How Cybercrime Affects Businesses

How Cybercrime Affects Businesses

Cybercrime is a little known threat that is growing every year. In fact, every year in the UK it costs the economy over £308 billion ($443 billion) per year.

There is a common myth that cybercrime only affects large businesses, but this is not the case. In 2015, 75% of businesses reported being on the receiving end of a cyber security breach.

Surprisingly, cybercrime is now second only to Asset Misappropriation as the most common type of economic crime in the financial services industry.

UK professional indemnity insurance broker recently published their research into cybercrime in the following infographic. This really emphasises the need for all businesses to gain cyber protection.

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Infographic: Healthcare of the Future

Infographic: Healthcare of the Future

Nothing stands still in this universe of ours. As new technologies are constantly developed, other industries adapt accordingly so that they can put these unprecedented technological capabilities to good use. This certainly rings true for healthcare, and so it should, because there is nothing more important to humankind than our health.

Recent technological breakthroughs have created the new concept of ‘virtual healthcare’, whereby patients and doctors no longer need to meet face to face. With hologram house calls, a physician can beam a life-sized hologram of themselves directly into a patient’s home, almost as if they were actually standing next to the patient. This is particularly beneficial for patients living in remote areas whose access to healthcare facilities could be very limited. Another fantastic method of virtual healthcare is the Virtual Doctor App, which allows patients to enter details about themselves and their symptoms so that the app will diagnose the problem and recommend a series of remedies.

Concepts such as these have the potential to save the healthcare industry millions of dollars, as well as freeing up physicians’ working hours. Patients receive quicker diagnosis and treatment, increasing the likelihood of them being restored to full health sooner rather than later, while physicians can administer treatments far quicker and attend to more patients, thus reducing the considerable demands placed on them. However, some healthcare professionals have yet to be convinced by the virtual healthcare revolution, citing concerns over the costs of implementation, specifics of reimbursement and security of patients’ data.

To discover more about the concept of virtual healthcare, check out the infographic below from Home Healthcare Adaptations (http://www.home-healthcare-adaptations.ie/).

 

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Building a Network Infrastructure – Infographic

Building a Network Infrastructure – Infographic

The implementation of a solid network infrastructure is one of the more expensive investments that a company will make, but such is the importance of effective online communication in today’s business world that it is not something on which companies can afford to cut corners. Taking the time and expense to build an optimised network infrastructure will ultimately reap its rewards further down the line.

This infographic by Exigent Networks (http://www.exigentnetworks.ie/) explains the process of creating a network infrastructure step by step, beginning with the determination of what is required and eventually finishing with the infrastructure installed and being reviewed. Each step of the process is crucial and should involve the input of IT experts to maximise its effectiveness.

In addition to the start-to-finish guide as explained above, there is also a few useful tips to remember when building a network infrastructure, as well as the benefits to companies who have a solid network in place. Any expert in this field will tell you that it is far better to make the investment initially and have the infrastructure working flawlessly than to skimp on spending at first and then be forced to dig deep into your accounts to repair a problem.

Check out the infographic below for more information on building a network infrastructure.

 

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The History of Print Technology – Storymap

The History of Print Technology – Storymap

Did you know that the history of printing dates back almost 1,400 years? That might seem baffling, but that is how long ago it was when members of the T’ang Dynasty in China carried out the earliest known printing, using ink on wooden blocks to transfer images to paper.

Over the centuries, print technology gradually developed one step at a time, with the first paper mills opening in France and Germany during the 14th century, Gutenberg’s historic printing press and the creation of Braille embossed printing for the blind the most notable landmarks. Even in the last 50 years, there have been several key advances in print technology, including laser, 3D and digital printing. You can be sure that, in the next 20-25 years, there will have been further ground broken with creations that are impossible to imagine now.

For a more in-depth look at how print technology has grown since the 7th century days of the T’ang Dynasty, browse through this excellent interactive storymap by Canada-based plastic card printer Colourfast Printing (http://www.colourfast.com/usa/loyalty-cards/).