Your Business Quick Tip Newsletter
Vol 19 No #190 – 5th November 2020
- Brand New Google Calendar Function
- Outlook Timesaving Tip
- Two New Webinars 1 & 8 December
- Cyber Security – protecting yourself
- Take Control – create your Company Website
- Sway – Microsoft 365
- Home Productivity Tip
1. Brand New Google Calendar Function
There’s a new icon (i.e. add-on) on the side of your (web) Google Calendar – Google maps!
You’ll find it below the Google Keep and Tasks icons on the right side of your screen.
2. Outlook Timesaving Tip
Sometimes there is a beautiful little feature right in front of you – that you’ve ignored or not explored (yet).
One of these is FILTER. If you search or sort your emails often, this is a quick way of getting the action preformed.
On the Home ribbon, to the right is the Find Menu. It includes Filter (a funnel icon with a little down arrow). Clicking the down arrow (as shown in the illustration) gives you preset filters such as with attachments. Try it!
3. Two New Webinars 1 & 8 December
- 1 Dec – Cyber Security – How To Protect Yourself & Your Business
- 8 Dec – Take Control – Learn How Easy It is To Create/Maintain Your Own Company Website
Cyber Security – How To Protect Yourself & Your Business
While attacks on large companies made the headlines, 46% of attacks are aimed at small businesses who are typically unprepared and are quite susceptible to hacks and breaches. Cyber criminals are leveraging Covid-19 with a 30-35% jump in new phishing and malware attacks since February
This Webinar will cover ways you can protect yourself and business from cyber-attacks. Topics include.
- The hype and reality of Cyber Security
- The different types of threats and their payloads
- The three tiers of prevention
Take Control – Learn How Easy It is To Create/Maintain Your Own Company Website
Today’s customers go to the internet for everything from product and service to contact details. It is not practical or smart to run a business without a web presence.
Having even a simple, well designed website can give you an edge and help ensure you are discoverable on the web by search engines such as Google.
Today’s Website software is easy to use so that you can create an attractive website. However, there are some basic rules and tips to make your website easy to find and easy to use.
This Webinar will cover
- The different Website design software and their pros and cons
- The items and issues you should consider in setting up a Website
- The Steps involved in creating and maintaining a Website
Both Webinars are presented by Steven Mayo-Smith
Steven is an independent business consultant, working with a range of business on their technology transformation and growth strategies. He led the Digital and Health High Impact Programmes for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Previously Steven held the CIO roles for Livestock Improvement Corporation, Radius Health and Auckland District Health Board. He is a judge for the NZ Hi-Tech Awards and the CIO100.
4. SWAY – Microsoft 365
Very quickly if you have 365, don’t forget the app SWAY in the free or paid version, With SWAY, you can make interactive reports, presentations, portfolios, newsletters – the limit is your imagination. Of course, all that you create can be shared. I’ve seen Sways used to sell houses, as a website for a small cupcake firm, a city council newsletter….
You’ll find SWAY by clicking the new ALL APPS icon at the bottom of the navigation pane when you’re in Microsoft 365 online.
P.S. Have you used the forms function mentioned in the last issue? (You can view it here). I would love to know how you liked it. firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Home Productivity Tip
What do you do with all your mid and large sized plastic containers? Food quality containers can be repurposed to grow plants in (if you don’t mind not having fancy pots). Even better have them sit on the lids to catch run off or provide a bit of humidity.
As you can see, each is utterly perfect for a lettuce. In fact, this trolley (delighted $5 purchase from a recycle shop) I use to wheel my little babies in and out of the sun.
Also repurpose milk containers:
- Bottom halves for planters
- Top half to stop slugs at night on the newly planted
- Cut diagonally and keep the lid screwed on and use as a soil scoop.
Simply drill a few holes in the bottom of anything used for a planter.
Another two tips you can do:
- Use a bit of sponge to cover the hole/s in the bottom of planter pots.
- Mix in a touch of lawn clippings with the soil in a low layer of your container before placing plants in. It will naturally break down and feed the plant.