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bCentral August 2005  

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Sometimes you can learn a lot by going back to first principles. Branding expert Ben Harris explains the basics of marketing. We've also got ten tips to help you increase your margins, and advice from Alan Rae, who gives us his thoughts after 25 years of working in product development.

Help is at hand

To be successful in business you need to have a flair for marketing, a head for figures, an eye for gaps in the market and, increasingly, a good understanding of technology and computers. So unless you're good at everything, you need help - from friends, family, colleagues and professionals. And bCentral, of course.

Small business helpdesk Small business helpdesk
Having problems with software crashes, or struggling to remember a shortcut? We're piloting a new Small Business Helpdesk which provides software advice and support via online chat. Find out more now...

Security check How secure are you?
According to the DTI, a serious security breach can cost a small business £10,000. To reduce the risk you need sensible precautions and good management. Try our interactive security quiz to see if you're doing enough.

Business mentoring Someone to talk to
Running a business can be tough. You might as well have a sign saying "the buck stops here" on your desk. But other people have been there and done it - find out how you can get advice from someone with experience.

Where to look for help Hired help
IT problems always strike at inconvenient times. The good news is we know where you can get help - from free online forums to paid support lines. If it's getting pricey, you could even consider hiring someone full-time.

Office tip
August's software tip
Excel's web query feature lets you use data from the internet in your spreadsheets. When the figures change online, they change in your spreadsheet too - so you know you're always working with up-to-date numbers. See how to do it >>

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