Here's our latest collection of What Works for Business 10-Second Solutions:
Scanners Get Smarter: Fujitsu just launched two new SnapScan scanners for PC and Mac users with great new small biz features. Convert stacks of different docs to digital images without having to change settings - scanner auto-adjusts to sizes, page orientation, colors, 2-sided, etc. Speeds up to 40 images per minute. SnapScan S1500 and S1500M ($495) available at Fujitsu site.
crowdSPRING Draws a Crowd: The new online marketplace for creative design services (logos, websites, brochures, etc.) says it just hit $1 million in total deals done since May '08. Works this way: Post what you need, when you need it and how much you want to pay. Money goes to escrow. Creatives from a pool of 17,000 worldwide will submit actual designs -- not bids or proposals -- for you to review, sort, rate, provide feedback and collaborate on 'til you find the "the one." Money back if you don't get at least 25 entries.
Get Notice of Packages or Mail: I keep a mailbox at a UPS Store as a convenient place to receive packages and some types of mail. But I hate making a trip there for an empty box. Now UPS Stores (there are 6,000 worldwide) will send a text message or an email when there's a package - great What Works for Business time saver. And contrary to popular belief, you can get regular mail or FedEx deliveries there, too. Locations and details at The UPS Store website.
How to Send Big Files over the Web: YouSendIt is a monthly subscription service that many biz owners are using to cut costs of sending documents via courier or overnight. A medical consultant, for example, saves some $8,000 yearly sending files digitally rather than large binders, paper manuals or burned CDs. Companies of all types of using this technology to cut costs and speed projects along.
Get Tech Security via the Web: Computer security - like anti-virus protection - isn't a service most small and mid-sized businesses think about getting via the Internet. But Panda Security, a giant global IT security solutions company, now offers simple, cost-saving ways for smaller businesses to get hosted computer security solutions they can tap into online. Details at Panda Security site.
Digital Signage can Spark Retail Success: Amazing (and affordable) new digital signage technology is a great way for small businesses to turn heads, and attract customers. A small firm called advancedMethod has a new express digital signage system that's easy to use and includes the basic player and software needed to create your own content right out of the box, plus industry-specific templates.