Using O365/M365 as your emergency preparedness

In recent months the number one thing on everyone’s minds is the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), but are you thinking how you will handle this case if this happens to hit your small business? I’m thinking you probably have put some consideration into the matter. Are you an O365 or M365 customer already? If so, you can take advantage of the offers of having users work remotely from you if you have your files/apps in the O365/M365 environment. If not, I consider you becoming an O365 or M365 member today.

Office 365 is a cloud-based subscription service that brings together the best tools for the way people work today. By combining best-in-class apps like Excel and Outlook with powerful cloud services like OneDrive and Microsoft Teams, Office 365 lets anyone create and share anywhere on any device. One of the great products within the O365 is Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is the hub for team collaboration in Office 365 that integrates the people, content, and tools your team needs to be more engaged and effective. If you Teams correctly, it makes you feel like you are working within the workplace due to the productivity that Teams have to offer within its platform. Learn more about Microsoft Team and best practices on how you can support remote workers using Microsoft Teams.

How do we protect the machines that we use you say? My answer, Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 is the productivity cloud that brings together best-in-class Office apps with powerful cloud services, device management, and advanced security to transform the way you work. Microsoft 365 Business was purpose-built for small and medium-sized businesses under 300 users and need a solution that provides their employees with the best-in-class productivity and collaboration capabilities of Office 365 and device management and security solutions to safeguard business data and assets across devices.

Using either Office 365 or Microsoft 365, these are great platforms in being able to let your workers work remotely if your small business is needing an emergency preparedness plan. Contact me today so we can set up an appointment to get your emergency preparedness plan into action in case you ever need to use it due to an emergency.

Use the LinkedIn app at your next networking event

This week I was at a Meetup with Brandon Fishburn and Jim Patton. Brandon is an entrepreneur and currently the President of the West Side Chamber of commerce. Jim is a financial advisor at West Point Financial Group.

They happen to discuss a prospect meetup event they attended and how the LinkedIn app on your phone can help with that. So, they go on to explain to me how in the LinkedIn in the app how you can use it to connect with people within the same room as you. It was so neat I told them I had to pass it along.

Note, if you’re a veteran, check out this post about getting LinkedIn premium for free.

Google My Business, a must for your online presence

In recent months, one of the things I’ve come to learn about is Google My Business.

Google My Business is a free tool that allows you to promote your Business Profile and business website on Google Search and Maps. You can see and connect with your customers, post updates to your Business Profile, and see how customers are interacting with your business on Google.

I have clients that are non-profit organizations and Google My Business helps their organization standout with Google searches results. For example, one of my clients is Navy Club Ship 35. Now if you Google search ‘Navy Club’ you can see easily where the club is located and information about the club.

Google My Business screenshot

In the area to the right, you will see the non-profit organization is listed to the right. This was a great way to add traffic to there website and let customers know where they are located. Not bad for a ‘free’ feature that Google offers.

So give Google My Business a try today!

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Zoom, a easy video conference platform for entrepreneurs

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As an entrepreneur, I’ve come to use tools to help me succeed along my journey. One of these tools being Zoom.

Zoom is a video conference platform. I might not have an office but with Zoom it makes me feel like I do. I’ve come to really enjoy this product when it comes to sending out meeting invites. It provides multiple integrations (ie. Outlook.com, Outlook client, Google Chrome add-on). There basic/free version is good starting out and when you need a bit more, just upgrade to Pro for $15/month.

Give Zoom a try if you are wanting to video conferencing with clients.