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8YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS You and your business

A BETTER BUSINESS… Get to grips with tax

If you’re struggling to get your head around tax, try one of HMRC’s free online seminars. Topics include business expenses and self-assessment online.

Store your passwords securely

Passpack allows you to store passwords and usernames securely, share passwords and exchange secure messages with other people. A free version is available for up to 100 passwords and 1 shared user.

Use Pinterest as a marketing tool Try using Pinterest to build an interactive online portfolio of your work and experience.

Get feedback from your website users

Web designers and graphic designers can often benefit from getting an outside opinion of their work as it develops. The Five Second Test allows you to upload screenshots, logos and images for commentary by other web professionals and the general public.

Online appointments book Consultants, business advisers and even hairdressers and vets might benefit from Setster. The software is a simple appointment book that plugs into a website with minimum fuss and allows customers to book appointments even when you are not available to take the booking. The basic version for a sole trader is free. Prices then vary from $9.95 to $29.95 a month.

GETTING BETTER at business isn’t easy, but there are plenty of tools and resources available to help you run your business, and yourself, more effectively – at little or no cost.

…AND A BETTER YOU Free up your time with a virtual PA

Moneypenny, named after the famous PA in the James Bond films, is a low-cost secretarial service for sole traders or people who are often out of the office but need to stay in touch. The basic offering is a tailored telephone answering service, but Moneypenny can also deal with faxes, mail and e-mails.

Gather your thoughts iThoughts is a mindmapping app for iPhones and iPads that enables you to get all your ideas down in a visual, digital format that you can save, edit, export to other devices, or even publish online. Welcome.html

Balance your nutrition

A healthy body results in a healthy mind and if you lack the willpower or time to keep off quick, easy, junk food MyFitnessPal is a great way of keeping track of what you’re eating and training your brain to eat well while you are heavily focused on your business.

Network at lunch time uses information from your LinkedIn profile and other social accounts to determine which other professionals are most relevant to you. The service then enables you to set up a lunch meeting at a time and place convenient to you both.

Multitask with Twitterfall Twitterfall has dozens of free features designed to help you get more out of Twitter. You can quickly pull up trend information, preview images, or see the history of a Twitter conversation that piques your interest. 34 Better Business No 189

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