Tuesday, 7 September 2010

How to Make Your Own Cardboard People

If you're looking for an original gift for someone then it's hard to do better than making cardboard people. Making a cardboard cutout of a person is a great gift whether it's for a birthday, retirement party, important anniversary or some other occasion.

As well as being a great gift idea, cardboard people can be a great business promotional tool. For years cinemas as well as music and entertainment stores have used cardboard celebrities to promote new films, albums, books and other merchandise. Getting a celebrity to endorse your product is one of the oldest promotional marketing tools in the book. Unfortunately it's really expensive to get an A or B list celebrity to promote your business. The next best thing is a cardboard cutout of that person.

Cardboard people can be bought online from a number of retailers. They will often have special deals on cardboard people who are in the news (such as the hottest celebrities and newsworthy people). A lot of art supply companies will also custom build you a cardboard person of your choice.

A cheaper option is to make your own cardboard person. Here's some great software for doing this yourself. All of the materials you need to make your cardboard person are easy to obtain, and you can use any printer to print out your cardboard person.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Time Tracking Software Products

Professional services organisations typically charge clients for the time taken on projects. Consequently it is important to have a high quality time tracking software product. A good quality time tracking tool can dramatically improve business efficiency as well as ensuring that clients are correctly charged for the time taken on various projects.
For smaller enterprises a desktop based tool such as HourGuard might be sufficient. For larger organisations there is the choice of desktop PC or Internet based solutions. Many of these larger packages integrate with billing and project management software such as Microsoft Project.

There are also specialist software packages available such as PT billing software for private physiotherapy practices.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

MicroFiche and MicroFilm Scanning Services

Before computer technology became widely introduced into offices, one of the most popular data storage solutions was through the use of microfilms and microfiches. Both data storage mediums are designed to be inexpensive long term archival formats. Unfortunately they are slow and inefficient means of data storage compared to today's computer based systems.

As this article shows, it's now easy to scan and convert archived data stored on aperture cards, microfilm and microniche. Data can be converted to a range of digital file formats, then used in other data processes such as document tracking and management. Microfiche scanning can either be carried out in house using specialised hardware, or it can be outsourced to one of the many scanning service companies.