What Linux Malware Attacks Mean for SMBs

Recently, hackers attempted to steal data from a North American casino by hacking a fish tank connected to the internet. Once this device was compromised by the hackers, they were able to get onto the network of the casino and find other vulnerabilities.

Linux malware attacks

Not so funny after all

Now stories like this may sound like a joke, but they should worry the leaders of small–medium businesses. The operating system controlling this fish tank is likely to be the same software that controls the TVs, printers and even kettles that they have connected to the internet, or will want to – or have to even – connect in the future.…

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3 of the Best Email Marketing Platforms for Maximizing Your Email Strategy

In a recent survey, 73% of marketers said the return on investment (ROI) from email marketing was excellent to good. This ranks it at the top of the ROI charts, ahead of SEO, which is why the average organization is investing 15% of their marketing budget on email.

Email marketing platform

Are you one of the marketers who’s heavily investing in email marketing this year?

Then it’s highly likely you’re looking at some automation software that’ll help you convert those all-important leads into sales.

But with so many email marketing platforms available, how do you choose the right one for your business?…

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Ammar Jali, Pittsburgh Entrepreneur, Explains Your Climb to Success Starts with Your Passion

Everyone dreams of something big in his life. If you talk to a child, they often envision themselves with what they would like to be when they grow up. Whether it be a fireman, a doctor, or a policeman, these are all reflections of our earnest endeavors to be part of something greater in life and contribute to everyone’s happiness and contentment including our own. Although sometimes, life leads us to a road we do not see ourselves trekking. This is what Ammar Jali’s road to success manifest.

Ammar Jali, Pittsburgh entrepreneur

photo credit: Plurk

The early days

Ammar started his employment as a driver for food chain Domino’s Pizza while studying in New York Institute of Technology.…

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Superhero Workforce: Which Superhero are You at Your Company? (Infographic)

We all have those days at work where we wish things could run a bit more smoothly to avoid problems with productivity and efficiency. Oh, how much easier life would be if we were superheroes! Unfortunately, we aren’t blessed with powers, but we can rely on the latest tech to keep our working lives as efficient as possible.

Captain America

Warehouse management specialists PeopleVox have constructed an infographic to help us explore the idea of a superhero workforce. Is your job role mentioned? How much easier would life be if we had our very own Hulk instead of using a forklift?!

So, which superheroes are ideal for your company?

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3 Tips for Making The Right Hire The First Time

If you want your business to be successful, you’ve got to hire the right people to help get you there. Sadly, many businesses soon discover that their hiring process isn’t all that it should be. When this happens, your company can end up wasting a huge amount of time and money on the hiring and onboarding processes just to have to redo those processes a few months later when they realize they’ve hired the wrong person.

Hiring the right employee

So to help ensure your company doesn’t have to go through this dilemma multiple times a year, here are three tips for making the right hire the first time around.…

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3 Simple Things You Must Do to Create a Rock-Solid Business Plan

Many people dream of becoming an entrepreneur — and making the millions that can come with owning a business. The only problem: There’s a huge gap between dreams and what it takes to make them a reality. That’s probably the main reason why 8 in 10 new businesses fail within 18 months of opening their doors.

Business planning

To navigate this gap and stack the cards in your favor, you need a plan — and a good one, at that — but you already know that. While most people realize they need a plan, they usually forget that it needs to cover certain key ingredients.…

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Three Tips on Ensuring Maximum Employee Uptime

Employee uptime is important no matter what sector your business is in. After all, the more your employees are working, the better the turnaround for you. This drives your business, which creates your bottom line. And for you and your employees, that is what puts food on your tables.

Of course, while pay scale and the atmosphere of their working environment definitely contributes to how hard they work, there are other ways to keep them on task.

Busy employees

So how do you maximize your employees’ up time and keep them on task as much as possible? Use these three tips to ensure that your employees don’t get in their own way.…

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How to Deal with Business Pests

Just like a home, businesses are prone to having “uninvited guests” on the premises. Ants, mice, roaches, termites, water bugs, spiders, and the like can wreak havoc on your establishment without a moment’s notice. As the presence of these pests grow, infestations begin which can lead to serious problems. Not only can it lead to a ruined reputation and the loss of good customers, but it could also result in health risks and law suits.

Rodents in the kitchen

Food Service Industry

Do you own a restaurant? If you do, you should know that pest control is required whether you’ve seen signs that there are insects or rodents present or not.…

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Finding a Retirement Lifestyle That Works

Retirement is supposed to be relaxing and care-free, but before you can embark on your golden years, you need to get a better idea of what you want those golden years to look like. Sure, maybe you want to spend more time with your family, or devote as many hours as possible to volunteering in your community. Those are worthy goals. But other than that, what do you want your day-to-day life to look like?

Retired

It’s all about communities

Many retirees assume they’ll live out their final years in the same house they’ve lived in for decades. That was more common a generation or two ago, but now, more and more retirees are deciding that maybe they don’t want to live like that.…

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How to Choose the Right Telephone Answering Services

With so many options available to SMEs in the area of telephone answering services currently, it might seem like finding a solution to suit yours and your customer’s needs shouldn’t be that difficult at all. Unfortunately, with so many new services popping up in the digital space each and every day, it can actually be quite tricky finding an online service that checks all the boxes.

Friendly phone ansewring service staff

Following are some great tips for choosing an affordable telephone answering service that can meet all your needs, while giving your customers the highest level of service possible on each and every call.

Can the service center meet your current and future needs?

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