Tools and techniques to help your business survive the recession

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Rather than rehashing well known business clichs, technology editor John Stokdyk seeks out suggestions from business and technology experts about specific tools and techniques for running a tighter ship during hard times.

In common with many other business advisers, the Federation for Small Business and finance consultants ASC recently published some tips for dealing with the recession.

Like many such lists, the advice included several of the standard business clichs including:

  • Focus on your unique selling points

  • Plan ahead; and

  • Manage your costs and move to a lower cost base.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with these hoary chestnuts - they have become clichs because th...

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20th Apr 2009 18:42

internet fax
It's very convenient to use an internet fax service instead of the fax machine. It needs just the internet connection, and there are no more money spent for paper, toner or repair affairs. I use and it's wonderful for me.

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By Anonymous
14th Aug 2008 17:37

I agree, why buy excel with it's "premium" content that many struggle to find a use for, when you can use for your everyday needs.

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13th Aug 2008 19:12

Talk to the bank
In these times of tough credit, maintain a regular dialogue with your bank. Many of those who have left it late to discuss renewal terms are finding themselves in a critical situation as the banks' lending criteria harden.

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07th Aug 2008 16:57

Article corrected
Thank you for alerting readers (and me) to the error, Mark. With all the consolidation that has taken place, I should have checked more carefully before trying to guess who bought Business Objects (and ALG, the company I was thinking of). I was bound to get it wrong.

Wrist has been slapped - and I'm planning to follow this up to solicit some more detailed information about ABC software and techniques for a future article.

Apologies to all concerned.
John Stokdyk
Technology editor

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07th Aug 2008 13:27

Tools and techniques to help your business survive the recession

Use free and open source software and avoid the Microsoft tax (currently 15-20% on UMPCs)

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