April 2006

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Well it's taken a while, but winter has finally retreated for another year. Will you be spring cleaning your business? You may not need to do anything major, but now's a good time of year to take stock and make sure everything's in order.
Maybe it's time to try and understand your customers better, or call one you haven't spoken to recently. You might be considering employing someone new. Or perhaps you don't need to change anything. Whatever you decide, we've the advice you need. And if you are thinking about some new IT equipment, one of our Small Business Specialists can probably help.
Clare Barclay,
Head of Small Business,
Microsoft UK

Your company has changed, but has your business plan? Here's how to use your plan as your business develops.
A server could help centralise your business data and increase productivity. See if you could benefit.
Inbox full to bursting? Create custom folders in Outlook to search for the subjects you need to keep tabs on.
A top-of-the-range wireless laser keyboard and mouse set will help you declutter your desk. We're giving some away.
Manage your employees more effectively with help from Microsoft Small Business+
Small Business+ includes free business training to help you communicate effectively with your staff. Just sign up (it's free), then view all business training to find the course you want.

Have you ever thought about buying a business? This month, we've profiled ten unusual businesses that went up for sale, from a crocodile farm to a beach.
Secrets don't have to be big and scary to be worth protecting. Matthew Stibbe shows how easy it is to find sensitive data online, and explains how to hide yours.
Credit cards can help your business keep the cash flowing - but only when used wisely. These tips from MSN and Decision Finance can help you do just that.
Emma Jones is bCentral's newest columnist. She's a successful entrepreneur and regular writer for City AM. This month she looked at different ways to make money online.

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