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QuickBooks Self-Employed Review

Our QuickBooks Self-Employed review finds that this Intuit service ain’t no accounting package. That's a good thing. Instead, it lets sole proprietors easily track income, expenses, and taxes.

Best Business Laptops for Every Budget

Whether you have $300 to spend or six times that amount, one of these five laptops for business will suit your needs and budget. We look at some of the best business laptops around.

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Best Bets for Entrepreneurs

Whether you're looking for gifts to give, to receive, or to simply treat yourself, these 10 gifts for small business owners promise to make your 2016 more productive and profitable.

Top 10 Mobile Tools for Small Business

Work doesn't stop when you step outside the office. Our top-10 collection of mobile apps, hardware, and cloud services will help keep you connected and productive no matter where you roam.

(Almost) 10 Automated Quote & Proposal Tools for SMBs

Let your sales team spend more time selling and less time generating quotes and proposals with 9 automated tools (plus one bonus add-on).

Top 10 Small Business Financial Applications

Running a business means crunching the numbers, tracking the cash flow, paying employees, and staying on the IRS's good side. This month's top-10 list features tools to help you do just that.

Dasheroo Delivers Insight into Critical Business Metrics

The mother of all dashboards, Dasheroo assembles the performance data from your social networks, marketing apps and more to help you keep abreast of and uncover trends in your small business.

Tellwise Streamlines Email Marketing and Sales

This unique platform takes email marketing to the next level, helping small businesses communicate more effectively—and in real-time—with customers.

6 Email Tools to Help You Conquer Your Inbox

Email is your business' most essential tool, and also its biggest time sink. These email management tools cut through the clutter so you can focus on the info that matters most.

A Survival Guide to Small Business Taxes

Nothing can make doing your taxes enjoyable, but we can offer small business tax tips, tools and advice to make your tax season a lot less painful.

Essential Resources to Help You Write a Solid Business Plan

Whether it's to convince a bank, your spouse, or yourself that an idea is sound, a well-thought-out business plan should be your first step on the entrepreneurial path. These resources can help.

CorelDraw Graphics Suite X7: Art for Business' Sake

The latest iteration of this venerable graphics suite adds more tools while streamlining usability. It may well be the only graphics software package a small business needs.

Lenovo ThinkPad 10: This Business Tablet is no Toy

With its Windows 8 operating system, snap-on keyboard, and a docking station with ports, the ThinkPad 10 Tablet blurs the line between a tablet and a notebook.

A Small Business in Your Pocket: Specialized Business Apps

Business apps that replicate desktop programs are one thing, but apps that push into new frontiers? That's why you pay for a smartphone.

A Small Business in Your Pocket: Financial Apps

Keep your cash flowing while you're on the go. Collect payments instantly, track expenses and billable hours, and keep tabs on your small business finances with these smartphone and tablet apps.

A Small Business in Your Pocket: Productivity Apps

With a smartphone or tablet and the right productivity apps, you can edit a report, check a spreadsheet, tweak a presentation or take a meeting—anytime, anywhere. We share five of our favorites.

The Most Flexible Laptop for Small Business

You need a new laptop for your business, but you love the idea of a tablet. With the new Lenovo Yoga 2 13, you get both—plus two usage modes in between.

Essential Business Apps for Mobile Entrepreneurs

Office ties don’t have to bind. An explosion of mobile apps and cloud services let you handle just about every business task from a mobile device. We list the essential apps for mobile entrepreneurs.

The Small Business CRM Evolution

Next-gen cloud services, email marketing platforms, social media and mobile apps are changing customer relationship management software for small businesses. Is your application provider keeping up?

Small Business Notebook Review: Acer Aspire S7 UltraBook

Love tablets for the thin profile and light weight, but need the processing power and creature comforts of a full-sized PC? The Acer Aspire S7 UltraBook might be the ticket for your small business.

Lenovo IdeaCenter B540: A Big PC for Small Business

Not a fan of Windows 8? The Lenovo IdeaCenter B540's big touch screen makes working in the new OS a pleasure, plus the PC offers all the power and features your business needs.

Small Business Tax Tips and Resources for Today & Tomorrow

It's March, the season of fast-arriving tax deadlines. We list a bunch of resources small business owners can use for the 2012 filing season plus tips that could prove lucrative for years to come.

Google+ Hangouts: A Smart, Free Small Business Tool

Don't let the social-media leanings of Google+ fool you. Among the personal sharing and communication features lurks Google Hangouts, a handy collaboration feature for your small business.

The Ultimate Small Business Accounting Software Guide

These 10 small business accounting solutions -- including three open source options -- can help you make sense of your finances, without requiring an accounting degree.

Are You Ready to Promote Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday encourages consumers to shop at locally owned small businesses the day after Black Friday. We've got tools to help you turn the hype into holiday traffic.

Mobile Trends: Why Tablets Mean Small Business

As the iPad vs. Android rhetoric heats up, the goal is to capture the wallets of small business owners like you. Here's why a tablet is likely to be the mobile device in your future.

Small Business Notebook Review: Dell Vostro V130

The Dell Vostro V130 is an incredibly thin, extremely light and eminently stylish small business notebook. But one design element may make it better suited as your second PC.

10 Best Tools to Make Your Small Business Look Big

Looking for a way for your small business to stand out, or at least not appear small? Here are our top 10 tools to make your business look big.

Small Business Software Review: Sage ACT 2011

Situated between spreadsheets and a full-blown CRM software package, Act 2011 delivers business database and email marketing features while improving ease of use.

Small Business Notebook Review: Samsung Q430

Samsung's small business notebook PC offers a load of power, features and style at a price for less money than the big-name notebook makers charge.

How to Buy the Best Mobile Projector

A mobile projector adds to any presentation, but new technologies make choosing one more complicated. From lumens and resolution to HD and 3D, our guide's got what you need to make the best pick.

Review: Dell Vostro 3700 Notebook PC

Forget the desktop PC: Dell's Vostro 3700 has a 17-inch screen, plenty of features and an affordable price. With the latest Intel Core i7 CPU, it might be the best small business computer you've owned.

No Time for IT? Try Managed Services

If maintaining your small business computer systems is a drag on your time and psyche, consider IT outsourcing. It frees up time, delivers better results, and it’s more affordable than you might think.

A Guide to Small Business Graphics Software

Your small business software toolbox should include at last one graphics software app. Here’s what you need to know to pick the right graphics package -- plus a selection of software for every budget.

ThinkPad: Lenovo's Small Business Notebooks

Designed specifically for SMB customers, the ThinkPad Edge line of notebook computers brings ThinkPad DNA to a wider audience at a lower price.

Dell Aims Network Storage and Notebook PCs at SMBs

Dell launched a PowerVault solution to help simplify data backup and recovery for IT-challenged companies. Plus, the Vostro 3000 series features thin-and-light laptops specifically for small businesses.

Microsoft Ending Support for XP, Vista Variants

If your business computers are running on versions of Windows XP or Vista without the latest service packs, it’s time to update, upgrade or go it alone as Microsoft withdraws software support.

Top 10 Small Business Tax Sites, Software & Services

Do you need a little tax help? If you're not the type to just dump it all on your CPA (well, even if you are), here are our favorite tools to make the next few weeks as painless as possible.

Viewfinity Aims to Ease Pain of PC Management

Three new cloud-based services help small businesses handle computer management chores easily and affordably.

Verizon Ups Internet Speed for Small Business Networking

Verizon has increased the speed of its FiOS Internet and High Speed Internet services, plus added new bundles that make it more attractive to add TV at the workplace.

Intacct Launches Upgraded Online Accounting Program

Intacct Winter 2010, a cloud-based financial management and accounting solution, adds new dashboard views, automated workflows for employees, an improved multi-dimensional general ledger support and more.

Top 10 Small Business Financial Applications

Running a business means crunching the numbers, tracking the cash flow, paying employees and staying on the IRS’s good side. This month’s top 10 list features tools to help you do just that.

Web-Based Services Help You Get Money, Keep Money

American Express Open’s Web-based invoicing service, AcceptPay, aims to help small business owners get paid more quickly. And to help them keep more cash, BillShrink.com introduces BillShrink for Business.

Lenovo Edge Laptop Breaks with ThinkPad Tradition

Designed with small business entrepreneurs in mind, the new Lenovo ThinkPad Edge aims to keep the reliability ThinkPad owners have come to love but ditches the high price — and the black cloak.

HyperOffice Reinvents Its Online Collaboration Suite

New Web 2.0 underpinnings and new capabilities let employees collaborate on documents, share contacts, schedule meetings and more from any Web-enabled device.

The Top Small Business Technology Trends for 2010

We’ve polished up our crystal ball — and asked some industry experts — to see what technology trends small business entrepreneurs should pay attention to in 2010.

MicroNet Rack-Mount Storage Delivers Up to 16TB

MicroNet has expanded its SMB-focused MaxNAS storage family. One of the two new rack-mountable options can store up to 8TB of data — the other tops out at 16TB.

3 Tools Make Phone the Center of Small Biz Universe

Web sites, e-mail and cloud-based services garner all the attention, but the majority of interaction for most small businesses still centers around the phone. These three new tools help you make the most of it.

Bring-Your-Own NAS Egnyte(s) Cloud Storage Service

By adding the option to store files locally on leading off-the-shelf network attached storage devices, Egnyte makes its Local Cloud service more useful to larger small businesses or anyone who works with large files.

Low-Cost Tools to Kickstart Your New Business

Whether by choice or circumstance, you’re suddenly self-employed during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. But these or low-cost, or free, online tools and services can alleviate some of the financial pressure and make running your business easier.

Sales Compensation Meets CRM, Simplifies Incentives

Xactly Incent Express application leverages the Salesforce.com CRM platform, letting small business sales managers forgo spreadsheets and easily automate compensation plans.

Sprint Caters to SMBs, Focuses on Products, Services

As entrepreneurs become more reliant on their mobile devices, Sprint looks to capitalize with offerings tailored to small businesses.

Lenovo Brings All-in-One Convenience to SMB Desktop

If you appreciate the sleek looks and convenience of consumer-oriented all-in-one PCs but need more business-friendly features, Lenovo may have the answer. The new ThinkCentre A70z combines ease of setup and a space-saving design with a low price.

Constant Contact Debuts Event-Marketing Tool

Adding to its e-mail marketing and online surveys offerings, Constant Contact launches what it claims is the first event-marketing tool designed specifically for small businesses.

HP Launches Windows 7 Desktops and Notebooks

Coinciding with the launch of Windows 7 this month, HP unveiled a bevy of small business and SOHO PCs for just about any need and budget. Several even take advantage of Windows 7’s advanced touch-screen capabilities.

Windows 7 Improvements May Finally Satisfy

It’s no secret that small businesses never embraced Windows Vista, with the majority of customers sticking with XP. With Windows 7, Microsoft has addressed concerns with Vista’s speed and usability to lure the XP holdouts.

Lax Web Monitoring Hurts Productivity, Security

A survey finds that the majority of small business owners have Internet policies in place, but that inadequate enforcement leads to security breaches, PC and network downtime and lost productivity.

Lenovo Adds Touch Capability, Outdoor LCD to ThinkPads

An outdoor-friendly display and advanced multi-touch screen technology will debut on select ThinkPad models, while the company’s exclusive SimpleTap utility takes full advantage of Windows 7’s touch-screen capabilities.

Iomega Targets Small Biz with Multi-Mode NAS Appliance

Iomega puts the emphasis on ease of use with the StorCenter ix4-200d, a four-drive NAS appliance that can store up to 8TB of data.

NomaDesk Unveils Affordable Online File-Sharing, Backup

NomaDesk lets you synchronize files among multiple devices, share files with colleagues and clients, maintain a secure backup repository and more for $15 per month.

Partnerpedia Adds Basic CRM Features

Track and manage sales leads without a full-blown customer-relationship management package.

Review: HP Mini 5101

A netbook won’t replace your primary work PC, but the business-friendly features found in the HP Mini 5101 make it a welcome complement to your computing arsenal. And at around $400, it won’t break the budget.

5050BIZ Launches Virtual Office for Small Business

New all-in-one Web platform melds collaboration, intranet, communication, social community and other tools into a single site.

RingCentral Floats a PBX in the Cloud

The new RingCentral Office service delivers an online solution for buying, configuring and activating a small business phone system.

Dell Expands Vostro Desktop Line with Sleek All-in-One

Dell’s new desktop PC has all the small-business extras of the Vostro family, but it takes up no more room than an LCD monitor. And with the optional arm mount, it doesn’t take up any desk space at all.

Conduit Puts Your Company in Front of Your Customers

With the custom browser toolbar platform from Conduit, small businesses can keep their name in front of customers while also providing a useful service that helps build goodwill.

Notebook Review: Lenovo ThinkPad T400s

Forget netbooks—you need a screen you can actually see, a keyboard you can actually use and performance to actually get work done. The ThinkPad T400s delivers on all fronts, making it the best all-around business laptop money can buy.

Dell Storage and Servers Aim to Boost Efficiency

New storage array, NAS and PowerEdge servers promise more power and improved manageability, especially for remote offices. Plus, Dell’s services can help IT-challenged businesses pursue an efficient virtualization strategy.

Netgear Expands ReadyNAS Storage Appliance Line

Growing and storage-hungry businesses might like the new Netgear ReadyNAS 3200. This storage appliance delivers up to 24TB of storage plus remote access and online disaster recovery.

VerticalResponse and Intuit: Marketing Meets Finance

New SaaS offering lets you use the customer data you keep in QuickBooks to drive e-mail and direct-marketing campaigns.

Scanner Review: HP Scanjet N6350

You don’t need an IT certification to add the HP Scanjet N6350 scanner to your company’s network. And easy one-touch buttons mean your employees won’t need a computer science degree to use it.

IBM, Intuit Deliver Appliance for e-Mail, Backup, Finances

The Smart Business system aims to remove the complexity of deploying the network OS and applications required to run your business with an all-in-one appliance—and a single point of contact.

Latest iPhone Apps Boost Its Business Acumen

Among the billion downloaded iPhone applications there’s a lot of schlock aimed at the teen set. But a growing library of business software makes the iPhone a serious smartphone, too.

Google Default Local Search Simplifies Finding SMBs

In April, Google quietly changed how it handles search requests for a range of keywords, ranking local results higher. RankhHigher, an online marketing company, sees ways small businesses can turn that to their advantage.

Review: Acer Veriton M265 Desktop PC

Acer’s latest business desktop is affordable and easy to upgrade. It’s also the quietest desktop PC we’ve heard—or haven’t heard, to be precise.

VMware Launches Virtualization Solution for SMBs

VMware’s new vSphere 4 delivers high-availability fault tolerance, built-in backup and other enterprise-class features at a fraction of the cost of hardware-based options.

Review: Dell Studio XPS 16

Glossy clear-coat finish, leather-trimmed surfaces, and brushed-aluminum trim: the Dell Studio XPS 16 notebook has the looks, features and performance to put an ordinary business laptop to shame.

Sage Launches Online Portal, Free Billing Tool

Sage Spark aims to leverage the company’s expertise and customer base to deliver free and for-pay online services, plus a large dose of “community” support and advice.

Dell Updates Vostro Laptops, Holds the Line on Prices

Built-in videoconferencing, improved data security and extended battery life highlight the changes Dell has made to its Vostro notebooks for small business buyers. Even more appealing is the $569 starting price.

Alleviate Wi-Fi Network Bottlenecks with AirMedic

Maintaining the strongest possible wireless signal around your entire office is part science, part art. AirMagnet’s AirMedic removes the guesswork, no Wi-Fi training required.

DotNetInvoice: New Features Improve Online Invoicing

Looking for an intuitive way to handle invoicing and payment processing online? The recently released DotNetInvoice 2.5 offers partial payment support, PDF attachments and improved credit card and platform support.

Tools and Services Make Tax Time a Little Less Painful

While nothing makes preparing and paying your taxes pleasant, some services can make it easier and cheaper. Here are tools and services to consider as April 15 approaches.

EMC Delivers Free Upgrades for Iomega StorCenter ix2

The first in a series of promised firmware updates adds remote access, more robust file-format support and other features—for free.

Stimulus Package Could Bite Small Business Owners

Some provisions in the recent economic stimulus package should ease the tax burden for small business owners, but the COBRA amendment could cause a cash-flow crunch.

How to Buy the Best Laptop for Your Business

Notebooks PCs continue to get more powerful, more functional and less expensive. There’s even a whole new class of ultra-compact, ultra-affordable models. But with choice comes complexity, so here’s what you need to know as you scope out your next laptop.

Web Service Matches Printing Needs with Local Providers

Earthtone.net aims to help small businesses save on printing costs by acting as a clearinghouse, matching print jobs with print providers that can do the job for less.

Egnyte's 'Local Cloud' Delivers Best of On-Site, Online Storage

On-demand file server solution lets you synchronize local and "cloud" storage so your files are available wherever you happen to be.

Cool Tech Tools for 2009

Looking to improve the way you work in 2009? We found some of the slickest new hardware products that any technophile will want to consider.

Top Netbooks Aim to Augment Your Primary PC

Netbooks—small, inexpensive notebook PCs—are a handy way to stay connected and get a little work done on the go without a big investment; just don’t expect them to replace a full-fledged PC.

Top Shopping Sites for Your Tech and Office Needs

Even in a down economy you still have to buy the necessities to keep a business running. We trolled the Web to find the best online retailers for everything from technology products to office supplies so you can shop smart.

PayCycle Payroll Service Makes Saving Money Even Easier

If you’re managing payroll manually, PayCycle can save you time and deliver peace of mind that it’s getting done right. If you are using a big-name payroll service, switching to PayCycle can save you hundreds of dollars per month.

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad SL300

If the price tag on the iconic ThinkPad notebook makes you think twice, you'll love the small-biz focused SL series. These models have the attributes of a ThinkPad, without the high price.

Notebook Review: HP Compaq 2230s

The affordable exception to ultraportable laptops, the HP Compaq 2230s delivers enough power for basic business computing chores and includes best-in-class security features.

Review: HP rp3000 Point-of-Sale System

In the market for a new point-of-sale system? HP has married the technology from its high-end systems and its small-business acumen in the rp3000 Point of Sale System.

Sales Quotes and Proposals for the Digital Age

Do you spend too much time creating quotes for clients and even more figuring out where the deal stands? Quosal streamlines the quote-and-proposal process and keeps you ahead of the curve.

HP Rolls Out One-Box Shopping for Midsize Businesses

Minimal IT staff? Limited budget? HP says its Adaptive Infrastructure in a Box for Midsize Businesses can help you reduce admin costs, decrease downtime and scale your IT as your business grows.

Notebook Review: HP EliteBook 6930p

Durability and security meet high style in HP’s EliteBook premium notebooks aimed at mobile executives.

Review: HP xw4550 Workstation

When a mere PC won’t do, a full-fledged workstation gives architects, engineers and graphics artists the power to complete demanding tasks quickly plus the capability to keep the machine current for years to come.

Review: Fujitsu LifeBook A6210 Notebook PC

Ready to replace that desktop PC? Consider this full-featured notebook instead, and get all the comforts of a desktop with portable convenience.

Latest Little ThinkPad Delivers Big Performance

Bolstered by the new Intel Centrino 2 mobile platform, the all-new Lenovo ThinkPad X200 ultraportable notebook delivers better-than-average speed in a smaller-than-average package.

Security Basics: A Strong Password is the Key

Protecting your data and your identity starts with a strong password. Here's what you need to know to make your computer life safer and more secure.

The Business Face of Social Networking

They say it's not what you know; it’s who you know. They're right. Social networking sites let you leverage years of contacts to improve your business.

Dell Vostro 1310 Review: Keeping Road Warriors in Mind

Looking for a small business–friendly notebook that won’t break the bank—or your back? The Vostro 1310 packs plenty of features and performance into a smaller package.

Review: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4

Well-suited for small business owners, this software suite loads all the graphics and image-editing features you’re likely to need into one affordable, approachable package.

Free Advice Online for this Taxing Time of Year

When it comes to tackling tax issues, you’re not alone. These online resources offer tax tools, advice and articles aimed at small businesses—and they're all free.

Review: Toshiba's Split Personality Notebook

The Toshiba Portégé M700-S7002 has all the features you would expect in a business notebook—plus one you might not.

Windows Vista: Hit or Miss with Small Business

It’s been about a year since Microsoft released Windows Vista to the retail channel, and so far the reviews remain mixed. Some small business owners have found virtues, while others prefer the comfort of good ol’ XP.

A Buyers' Guide to Business Projectors

Pricing for portable business projectors continues to decline, while brightness and features continue to improve. Whether you're buying for a projector for the first time or the fourth, here’s what you need to know.

Apple is Ripe for Business

Apple's more than clever PC vs. Mac commercials and iPods. Enhancements in the latest operating system, plus the company’s office suite, make a Mac just as appealing for your business.

YouSendIt Review: Send Big Files Anywhere, Now

Sending large attachments to clients and colleagues via e-mail can be a crapshoot. YouSendIt acts like your own private FTP site—without the setup and maintenance.

Windows Home Server: At Home in the Office

Don’t let the name throw you. The new crop of Windows Home Server devices could be just what your business needs: Easy-to-set-up centralized storage and backup you can access from within your network or remotely via the Web.

Dell OptiPlex 755 Lets Buyers Go Green, Save Green

Looking to replace your aging PCs around the office? Dell’s new energy-efficient models use one-quarter the electricity of an older desktop and deliver more computing power in the bargain.

The Ultimate Home-Office Phone

The Plantronics Calisto Pro cordless phone lets you access your landline, Bluetooth-equipped cell phone and Skype service all through one elegantly designed handset/headset combination.

Quick Printing Without the High Price

When it comes to printing, you can have it done fast, you can have it done well, and you can have it done cheap—just not all three at once. Online quick-printer PrintsMadeEasy.com is out to change that last part.

Squarespace Delivers Easy, Affordable Web site and Blog Hosting

Need a Web site or blog without the hassle or expense? Squarespace can have you online in minutes with a great-looking site that looks professionally designed—because it is.

The Well-Connected Business Traveler

With cell phones, BlackBerries and Wi-Fi hotspots, mobile pros are increasingly expected to be available no matter how many time zones away business takes them. Here are some tips and tools to stay in touch.

Dell: It's All About You and Vostro

Yesterday Dell announced its brand-spankin' new line of PCs designed especially for small businesses. Today, we take an up-close-and personal look at the Vostro 200 desktop.

Dell Gets Small-Biz Religion

After offering SMBs decent computers, low prices, an 800-number and not much else, Dell is again courting this key audience. The new Vostro line delivers all of the above plus software and service tailored exclusively to businesses with up to 25 employees.

HP Compaq dx2300 Runs Strong and Silent

This affordable business desktop packs plenty of power for business chores into a compact, quiet tower case. Best of all, on-site service comes standard.

Put All Your Data in Several Baskets

BeInSync lets you synchronize files on several PCs, share files with other folks, access remote files via the Web and back up your data—all with one subscription.

Getting Started: Selecting a Small Business Laptop

More business owners are opting for notebook PCs in lieu of desktops for the office, a trend that's likely to continue as prices keep dropping and wireless networks continue to proliferate. Here’s what to look for in your next laptop.

Don't Get Burned by a Small Fry

Buying your PCs and servers from a local PC builder can mean better service, and it doesn’t cost that much more than buying from the big guys. But you have to know what to look for. Here are five tips to help you find a reputable dealer.

Getting Started: Selecting a PC for Your Small Business

Need a new desktop PC to keep your business booming? You don't have to deal with the confusing hype. Here's what small business buyers should look for, as well as our current PC recommendations from the sea of choices available.

Are You Outgrowing Your Accounting Software?

If your company's success is straining your accounting program's capabilities, it’s time for a mid-market solution.

How to Make Your Own RSS Feeds

An RSS feed can be a great complement to your other marketing or customer-relationship efforts. And adding RSS to your site doesn’t take a degree in XML coding—or even a college kid.

RSS Options for the Desktop and Beyond

RSS feeds aren’t just for the digerati. New options make receiving information easier than ever, both in the office and on the road.

FreshBooks Makes Invoicing All But Automatic

Stop billing the old-fashioned way. FreshBooks makes creating, sending, and following up on invoices painless — so you can concentrate on earning money, not chasing after it.

The Tax Help Cometh

Sure, tax time hurts. But these online resources for small businesses can help take some of the sting out of this springtime ritual – and provide guidance all year long.

HP's Latest Inkjet Cuts Into Color Laser Turf

New Officejet Pro ups the speed and lowers the print costs, making it a viable alternative to higher-priced color laser printers for the small office.

Free Online Resources Help Small Businesses Thrive

Some of the leading technology companies want your small business to succeed. So much so, in fact, each offers a wealth of free online resources to help make that happen. Are you taking advantage?

Turn Outlook into a CRM Platform

If you need a CRM and sales force automation solution but are reluctant to commit to a whole new platform, Prophet 4.0 is for you. This Outlook add-in is easy to use and integrates with a program you likely already know and use.

Redefining 'Simple BackUp'

Plenty of PC backup products claim to be easy to use, but BackupKey may just be the most effortless yet.

Dell's Colorful, Affordable MFP

Dell's first color laser-based multifunction printer delivers quick prints and copies at an attractive price.

Is Your e-Mail Up to Code?

Managing, securing, and archiving e-mail is not just a problem for large enterprises to worry about. A host of legal and regulatory requirements means even small businesses need a plan. Here are some products and services that can help.

Microsoft's Ambitious Online Suite

Microsoft Office Live comes out of beta with new features and a wide range of functionality. For business owners comfortable with the online model, it's worth a look.

Payroll Without the Pain

You don't need a degree in accounting to handle your company's payroll. Three new online services make it easier to part with your money on payday.

HP's Pushbutton Digitizer

The HP Scanjet N6010 lets you scan, store and manage documents, photos and even business cards through a one-button interface. It's fast, simple and reasonably affordable.

Project a Better Image

Data projectors are not just for corporate presenters with big IT budgets. The newest models are lighter, brighter, better and cheaper — and ideal for watching the game on Sunday when work is done.

Manage Software Deployment Better, Virtually

With Altiris SVS 2.0, businesses can more easily and cost-effectively manage the application rollouts to employees and avoid "DLL hell."

BlueTie's Collaboration Suite Lets You Avoid Exchange

You don't need Microsoft Exchange to roll out business-caliber e-mail, calendaring, file sharing and messaging to your employees. Web-based BlueTie delivers all the features you're likely to need, with nothing to install or maintain.

Image-Editing Apps are Feature-Rich — and Free

There's no need to pay for an application to fix or enhance photos you need for your Web site or marketing collateral. We found three fine choices that get the job done no matter what your skill level — and they're all free.

New Notebook Fixed on Standards

Intel is pushing laptop makers to standardize key components, so you'll have more options beyond returning it to its maker should repairs become necessary. We take a look at one of the first such notebooks from Micro Express.

E-Mail Marketing Services Fit Your Needs and Budget

Online e-mail marketing services can help you construct first-class communications campaigns without making you look like a spammer. These two services help you get your message delivered — and let you see exactly how effective your outreach really is.

Carbonite Makes Backup a No-Brainer

Brilliant in its simplicity, Carbonite backs up data automatically over the Internet.

HP Business Notebook Goes Wide � and Hits the Mark

Widescreen laptops aren't just for multimedia fiends or people with cash to burn. The HP Compaq nx7400 proves that a business notebook can have some sexy features — and be affordable to boot.

Affordable Color Laser Doesn't Skimp on Extras

The HP Color LaserJet 2605 series features fast printing plus plenty of conveniences.

A Laptop for Business and Beyond

The Dell Latitude D820 has everything a businessperson could want in a laptop PC. But the pleasure doesn't stop when the workday is done.

Does Microsoft's Small Business Accounting Add up?

A year of public beta testing helped Microsoft smooth out its accounting program's rough edges. Now a few months into its 1.0 release, customers have found a lot to like.

Tame the Paper Tiger — Fast

Fujitsu's quick, convenient ScanSnap S500 scanner makes short work of turning paper documents into usable electronic files.

The CRM Conundrum

So, you finally realized you need a CRM solution? Well, your decisions are just beginning. A range of hosted and on-premise choices vie for your small business dollars. Here's what you need to know to make an informed choice.

Microsoft's Other Office is Worth a Look

Microsoft Office Live lets small businesses get on the Web quickly—and for free. The offering (currently in beta) still needs some work, but it could be the answer to your online presence-and-collaboration needs.

Catch the Next Wave in Wireless

Wi-Fi hotspots and e-mail devices can be a mobile professional's best friend. But nationwide wireless broadband access makes those technologies look as dated as payphones. It's pricey, but is it right for you?

Graphic Design without an Art Degree

CorelDraw Graphics Suite X3 makes it possible to create your own marketing materials (and more) in-house, and you don't need a degree in graphic design to figure out how to use it.

An Office Inkjet for Photo Lovers

The HP Deskjet 6980 delivers wireless printing for one or several people, as well as stunning photo output, at a reasonable price.

An Online Workplace for Businesses on the Go

HyperOffice helps you connect far-flung employees and customers with a Web portal customized just for your business.

Data Backup: Peace of Mind for $9.95 a Month

Backing up your critical data files to an offsite location isn't just for big corporations; it's a crucial practice for all business owners. Xdrive's affordable easy-to-use service makes it painless.

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