LinkedIn as a Business Tool

Networking on LinkedIn, when conducted properly, can be one of the most effective marketing activities you can undertake. It is essentially an extension of your ‘offline’ professional network, in to the online world but it also allows you to easily network with prospects for your business.

This White Paper contains information about how to set up your Personal and Company pages, as well as containing some useful tips for networking once you are set up.


Pixlr is a fun photo editor that lets you quickly crop, resize, and fix any picture, remove red-eye, and whiten teeth. You can also choose from the huge variety of effects, overlays, and borders to personalize any image. Pixlr Express will make you look like a pro, even if you’ve never edited a photo before. Find out more...

  • Easily crop, resize, and rotate images.
  • ‘Auto Fix’ photos for a one-click fix to balance out colors, adjusting for dark photos and poor lighting conditions.
  • Remove red-eye and whiten teeth with simple tools.
  • Use Overlays to adjust the mood – amplify the tone, cool it down, or add surreal shades.
  • Use Lighting effects to add drama, sparkle, or a grunge look. Easily adjust the intensity and orientation of each effect.
  • Finish with a photo border – pick a style that fits you.
  • Look like a pro with cool photo effects like focal blur, denoise, and more.
  • Explore color tools to adjust contrast, brighten, focus on one color with a color splash.
  • Use Favorites to keep track of your favorite effects and overlays.
  • Share your photo through Facebook or email, or just save it to your Library.

Understanding Financial Statements White Paper

Regardless of why you started out on your own, to build a successful business you must understand how to manage the money in that business.

As an owner, it is essential that you understand the financial aspects of your business, balancing cost with potential returns.

The best thing is that the basics are not difficult.

This article will help you understand how to read financial statements. It won’t teach you how to be an accountant, but you should be able to make sense of your financial statements after reading it.
Simply put, financial statements are a record of a business’ financial flows and levels. Even simpler; they show you, the owner, the money.

Download this White Paper to learn more.

OCR Software

Ever looked at a printed document you have received, and wondered how you are going to make amendments to it without re-writing the entire piece? Online OCR lets you scan documents, then turn them in to easily editable Word documents - all within three steps, and all free (size limits apply).

What is OCR?

Optical character recognition, usually abbreviated to OCR, is the mechanical or electronic conversion of scanned images of handwritten, typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded text.

Click here to try it...


Mindmapping! We all do it, we all use it. Now there is a technical way of doing it - with iThoughts for iPads and iPhones.

iThoughtsHD brings mind mapping to the iPad. Based on the award winning iThoughts for iPhone, iThoughtsHD has been designed specifically for the iPad.

iThoughtsHD will import and export mindmaps to and from many of the most popular desktop mindmap applications such as MyThoughts, Freemind, Freeplane, XMind, Novamind, MindManager, MindView, ConceptDraw MINDMAP, MindGenius and iMindmap.

Why not give it a go?

Problem Solving White Paper

One of the greatest life skills you can have as a child, or an adult, is the ability to problem solve. Yet, nowhere is it taught. It either comes naturally (but not for many people), or they have to learn it. At Simply Business, in conjunction with Mindshop we will teach you ‘How to Problem Solve.’

Introductory Guide to Business Improvement – White Paper

This document has been specifically developed to provide a brief overview of what business improvement is all about.

  • What are the benefits of Business Improvement?
  • What is the Simply Business process all about?
  • Critical success factors
  • What is the Simply Business approach?
  • How does a company get started?

This document has not been designed as a complete resource, only as an introductory document. If it is of interest or more information is required, a subsequent meeting can be held to go in to more detail.


Considering how extensively we use Dropbox we thought it was high time to review it for you. At Simply Business all of our documentation lives on Dropbox.

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your documentation anywhere and share them easily.

Dropbox syncs your team's work across all your devices which makes version control of documents easy.  No more emailing large attachments back and forth either.  The beauty of Dropbox is that you can manage access to specific folders within your account which gives you security over sensitive material.  You can even install Dropbox on your mobile device, so you can review docs, approve and email from your device anywhere, anytime.  A free version of Dropbox is available with 2Gb of storage, however each time you invite someone to Dropbox you receive bonus storage space.  For big individual users there is a Pro account of 100Gb for $99 per year.  A Business account is available for up to 5 users for $795 per year with unlimited storage space and a whole range of extra management features.  Go to:

The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman

We are a big fan of Josh Kaufman, the writer of The Personal MBA, and if you want to know more about The Personal MBA and Josh's business fundamentals we suggest going to his website which focuses on the book