Let’s see what the spam filters make of this edition.
Firstly, I haven’t sent the newsletter for a while because I’ve been struggling to keep my business afloat. It turns out I’m far from being the only one.
Most of the companies I’ve been dealing with over the last year have fewer than 200 staff. Almost without exception, they’ve stopped spending money on anything but the absolutely essential. The socio-economic clusterfuck has us all taking cover under the metaphorical table as the metaphorical nukes go off. SMEs are in survival mode and, let’s face it, there are going to be a lot more casualties in the next year or so.
With rising costs in every area of our lives, it’s no wonder businesses are gaffer-taping mattresses over their doors and windows. With no help coming from anywhere, there’s only one option: cut costs and sell more stuff.
Digital technologies can help your business grow. It isn’t expensive. Businesses adopting digital technologies see sales per employee grow by between 7% and 18%.
Here are 6 steps for choosing the right software:
- Step 1: Set objectives for new software
- Step 2: Write your requirements list
- Step 3: Calculate your software budget
- Step 4: Buy software with confidence
- Step 5: Make new software work for your team
- Step 6: Get your money’s worth
As the Governor of the Bank of England might say, “get it done”.
Here are some things you might find interesting...
I’ve been waiting for ages to join the beta and I’m impressed. Reader takes all the best bits from read-it-later applications like Instapaper and Pocket and combines it with a powerful feed/newsletter/PDF/ebook reader. I can now seamlessly read stuff from a wide variety of sources, in different formats, and highlight the bits I want to keep in my “second brain” Obsidian.
Another private beta but one to keep your eye on if you’re interested in personal or team knowledge management and collaboration. It’s an evolution of personal knowledge management applications like Obsidian, Roam, LogSeq etc. They style it as an “everything OS” and it looks incredibly powerful for knowledge workers.
That’s it. I’m off to scavenge for digital goodies in the wilderness for a bit. As ever, I’m available to help with your digital operations. You can see the companies I’ve helped in the past here.