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February 3, 2014 by

Head over to BizSugar.com to enter a contest to win a Brother prize package worth $500. Not only do you have a chance to win the prize package, you also have a chance to advertise your business to a great many people who might not ordinarily see you.

 

The contest, which began on January 27th, challenges small businesses to create an advertisement or marketing materials using the Brother CreativeCenter. This is a free, web-based design portal. There are templates to use, or you can use your imagination.

 

There are three prize packages available and it’s easy to enter. Instructions are located via the above link, and the contest runs until the March 19th deadline.

 

The prize package is full of great items such as a Brother Wireless Color All‑in‑One Inkjet Printer (MFC-J6920DW) – $299.99 value, a Black Ink Cartridge (LC109BK) – $39.99 value, 3 Color Ink Cartridges (LC105-3PKS) – $54.99 value, a Desktop Office Labeler (PT-2030) – $49.99 value, Labels, half inch – TZE-231 (2 pack) – $34.99 value, and Labels, half inch – TZE-335 (2 packages) – $43.98 value.

 

The best part is that you probably need to design some new marketing material anyway, so why not use the opportunity to enter a contest with a $500 prize package at the same time!

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January 6, 2014 by

Epson America has launched a new, app-enabled label printer that connects via Bluetooth for use with smartphones and tablets, and USB for use with Windows and Mac computers. The printer, called the Epson LabelWorks™ LW-600P, offers the capability to create an endless variety of labels for any personal, home, or office use.

 

The free app, iLabel, takes full advantage of the capabilities of your smartphone and tablet devices by offering features such as the ability to use your own handwriting, the ability to create QR-coded or bar-coded labels, and even voice-to-text recognition.

 

The printer itself is compact, battery powered for portability, and comes with an AC adaptor for home or office use. It prints labels quickly at 15mm/s, and offers the use of tape widths from 6mm to 24mm.

 

The app also includes a preview function that uses your smartphone or tablet’s camera to show you what your labels will look like before you print. This is a great feature since you can create your labels from start to finish, right on your tablet or smartphone, and it’s always best to preview your work before you print.

 

You can see the new label printer in action if you are in the Las Vegas area from January 7th – 10th. There will be demonstrations at the Epson SmartWare Pavilion, in meeting room S214 of the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

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December 26, 2013 by

Canon is ranked as the best company in 2013 for customer satisfaction. The ranking, given by J.D. Power Satisfaction Report, is specifically geared towards Canon’s PIXMA multi-function inkjet printers.

 

In August of 2013, J.D. Power surveyed 2,318 consumers and business consumers who have used or purchased the products or services being rated. The consensus is that Canon’s PIXMA multi-function inkjet printers performed the best out of the following categories: performance, reliability, ease of operation, variety of features, price, and customer service.

 

Canon’s executive vice-president and general manager Yuichi Ishizuka says that Canon is honored to receive the highest ranking in customer service. Consumers provided opinions of four different brands, and achieving the highest rank is certainly an honor, and one that Canon can carry with them throughout the whole year.

 

The PIXMA multi-function inkjet lineup consists of many different feature-rich units, at affordable prices for any home, home office, or small business. You also have the added reassurance that many other users have deemed Canon to stand behind their products and provide exemplary customer service, in the event that something should go wrong.

 

A quick search of the Canon website shows that there are currently 63 different models to choose from in the PIXMA multi-function printer lineup. You are sure to find at least one that catches your eye and has the features you and your office require.

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December 17, 2013 by

Generally speaking, all home offices and small or medium-sized businesses need a printer to help their business run smoothly. The extra features such as fax capabilities and the ability to scan or photocopy can cost extra money, and you may be wondering if you need them, or if you should only purchase a standard printer unit without all the fuss.

 

So, do you need a multi-function printer? In most offices, the answer is yes. You will run into situations where you need to send or receive a fax, or make scans or photocopies of documents, and if you don’t have a multi-function printer at the ready, you will spend precious time running around trying to find an outlet to do it for you, as well as money to pay for the services.

 

In most cases, purchasing a multi-function printer won’t cost much more than a regular printer-only unit, and can save you costs and grief in the end. Most offices and businesses use multi-function printers ranging in size from tiny desktops to large floor models, depending on the amount of business activity.

 

For a price comparison, look at the following printer-only and multi-function units. This HP printer-only unit costs $159.99. A similar HP multi-function unit actually costs $10 less, at $149.99. The specs are similar enough to each other where you won’t notice any significant differences during use.

 

Try shopping around, chances are that you will find a great and affordable multi-function printer that suits the needs of your home office or business.

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November 8, 2013 by

Our TonerLand website is undergoing some exciting renovations and we are almost finished. We are still open for business as usual in the meantime, and have a warehouse full of ink and toner cartridges, as well as printers and other office supplies to keep your home, office, or business running smoothly.

 

Our large warehouse full of ink and toner can accommodate over 10,000 different printer makes and models, and we are sure to have what you are looking for. Our staff members know ink, toner, and printers well and can answer any questions you have. If you come to our showroom and retail outlet in Gardena, California, you can take your items home with you right away; we keep all our products in stock and ready to go.

 

Ordering by phone or online is also an easy and efficient way to use our products. We offer next-day delivery to California, Arizona, and Nevada, and we ship to other areas quickly from our other warehouses that are strategically located around the US.

 

Need a label-maker? We have those. Need an ink or toner cartridge for a discontinued printer? We have those too! We also have USB cords and other various office supplies, all up to 70% less than other retail outlets.

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November 5, 2013 by

For those people who have a home-based office, being productive can be a challenge at times. There can be distractions such as phone calls to your personal line, children or pets if you have any, and the thought of all the things you have to do around the house.

 

It is important to learn to ignore the distractions; maximum home office productivity is important for the growth of your business, and you will need to keep on schedule in order to meet your deadlines.

 

If you are having difficulties keeping productive in your home office, there are a few things you can do.

 

Start by making sure you have a separate room with only your office-related items inside. It should have a door in case you need to shut out any distractions, and be well lit and quiet.

 

Keep the room organized and stocked with everything you are likely to need on a regular basis to run your small business. It might also be a good idea to keep regular office hours and build a routine; get into the habit of going into your office every day at the same time.

 

You can also ask your friends and family to give you some time to work uninterrupted if necessary. If you have kids, consider hiring a babysitter for a few hours so you can get your work finished, or set your office hours for when your partner is home to watch them.

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October 18, 2013 by

If you are a business owner with people working for you, one of the greatest investments you can make in your staff members are workshops geared toward bettering their skills. There are thousands of different workshops with scheduled dates in cities or towns all over the world, with highly skilled and experienced instructors.

 

Workshops for small or medium sized businesses cover office skills such as customer service, loss prevention, basic accounting, learning MS Office, basic computer skills, and almost anything else you can think of. It may be that technology or rules have changed and you want to make sure your team of staff is up to date, or you have changed equipment at your office and everyone needs to learn how to make the transition. It may even be that your staff’s customer service makes customers feel unwelcome and uncomfortable shopping at your store, or utilizing your products, and they need a refresher course.

 

Most times, it is more cost-effective to promote a staff member internally, rather than put up an advertisement, conduct interviews, hire someone, and then provide training. Your experienced staff members are more valuable than you may realize, and taking advantage of targeted workshops to build their skills and help them to better represent your business is a wise decision.

 

Doing a simple online search for workshops in your area will bring up many prospects, and you can choose the ones that are right for your current needs.

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