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Five Sites Worth Checking Out 14 May 2008

Filed under: Creativity,Online Advertising,Small Business — worddocdooley @ 8:07am
  1. Lifehacker
    Speed through those ‘must be done’ tasks with these useful tech tricks, tips and downloads.
  2. Version Tracker
    A software update site for both Mac and PC users.
  3. TV’s Worst Ads
    Watch. Vote. Vent your horror . . . you get the idea!  
  4. Last FM
    A virtual arena for musos looking to get noticed. Upload your tracks here for others to find. And if you’re just looking for all things music, then this is the place to find it.
  5. Good Things Should Never End
    Scroll down (and down!) this lovely new Flash site from Orange.

Source: Creative Pool newsletter, May 08

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Time to Hang Up the Phone? 9 May 2008

Filed under: Small Business — worddocdooley @ 12:08pm
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There is a great debate going on over at Flying Solo’s blog on email versus phone. And let’s not even get started on texting as a business tool.  😉

I personally prefer email. Perhaps that’s because I’m a ‘typical’ writer; fairly eloquent on paper, but face to face or over the phone..!

What I particularly like about email is that it allows me to receive instructions by email that I can, if need be, print off and re-read, ticking off items as I work through them. Moreover, if there is some ambiguity or lack of clarity in the email author’s words, I can reply to the email highlighting that which I don’t understand. Far too often, things can be misconstrued or forgotten when communicating over the phone.

In essence, for me, having a ‘virtual paper trail’ means I don’t overlook or misinterpret that which may have been said (or not quite) over the phone.

That’s not to say I totally ignore the phone. Indeed, it can be a very useful tool, and at times certainly more direct than email. But, as a home-worker, what I have found that if I answer every phone call as it comes in, I wouldn’t ever get any project work done. When working on a client project, it’s important to have focus . . . and that means no interruptions of any kind. Hence, the answerphone is by next best friend.  

What about you? Are you a phonephobe? Do you hate email as a business tool? Perhaps you can’t live without it, and work with clients one-on-one almost exclusively by email consultation… Do tell! I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts.

 

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Work Smarter 6 May 2008

Filed under: News,Small Business — worddocdooley @ 10:12am
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Work Wise South East hopes to boost smarter working practices across the South East.

Heralded by the not-for-profit Work Wise UK, soon-to-be-rolled-out initiatives will include condensed hours and nine-day fortnights, more home-working, remote and mobile working opportunities.

This is all good news. especially when you consider that the average employee in the South East spends the equivalent of one full additional working day each week on commuting.

Source: South East Business magazine, May 2008

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