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Learn how to set up filing systems, deal with receipts, and manage email, data files, documents, and records with these data management resources for small businesses.

6 Rules of Business Data Protection
Protect your small business's most valuable asset by following these rules of business data protection.

7 Ways to Make Record Management Easy
While most of us consider business record management to be scut work and tend to give it a low priority, good record management not only makes our working lives easier, but can give us real stress relief at tax time. These seven tips will help you make record management easy.

How to Invoice
This article explains how to invoice for GST/HST/PST in Canadian provinces/territories. Included is a collection of invoice templates showing how to invoice for GST/HST, how to invoice if you're a small supplier and more.

Invoice Template for a Simple Invoice
This free invoice template is designed for a small business selling products that does not have to charge GST/HST/PST.

Invoice Template: Service Invoice
A free simple invoice template for small businesses that do not need to charge customers/clients for taxes on services rendered.

Invoice Sample With GST & PST
Once you've sold the product or provided the service, it's invoice time. Here's what information has to be on your invoice and a sample invoice with GST and PST that you can use as an invoice template for your Canadian small business.

An Invoice Sample With HST
This invoice sample shows an example of billing for a product with HST being sold by an Ontario business. Feel free to use this as an invoice template for your own small business; just change the HST rate to the HST rate applicable to your province if necessary. Below the invoice sample is an explanation of the information that must be on your...

Top Backup Software
Data backup is more critical than ever before, especially for small businesses where data losses can damage the bottom line. The best backup software is both reliable and customizable, allowing you to customize and automate the data backup process. Here's a selection of backup software that meets the criteria and will give you the data backup protection you need.

User Reviews: Backup Software
What backup software have you used to back up the data on your computer and how well did it perform? Write your independent backup software review here.See submissions

Before You Buy Backup Software
Backup software can simplify the task of backing up your data by automating the backup process. But like any other software, some backup software programs have more features than others. Here's what to look for (and what to avoid) when you're buying backup software.

Basic Email Management
Email management is critical when you get hundreds of emails a day. Is checking and answering email interfering with your productivity? Use these email management tips to get a grip on your inbox.

3 Steps to Creating a Document Management System
Learn how to create a simple, inexpensive document management plan for your small business with these 3 steps....

Data Backup is the Best Data Protection
Every small business has sensitive data that needs to be protected; the first rule of data management is if it matters, back it up. These data backup tips will help you establish a data backup system that will protect your critical business data from disaster.

Filing Tips for People Who Hate Filing
Do you hate filing? These filing tips for cutting down on the time you have to spend filing include how to use a two-stage filing system and how to use filing by group to speed up the filing process.

The Easiest Filing System
Setting up a filing system doesn't have to be a daunting task. Ronda Claire of Claire Ideas explains how to set up a file management system that makes it easy to file and find the paper you need.

File Management by the Numbers
Have trouble remembering the correct file management category when you want to retrieve information from your filing system? Here's a tip to make it easier to find the file you're looking for.

Mastering Your Filing System
Learn how to set up a filing system that helps you work swiftly and efficiently with these filing tips from Jill Chongva.

10 File Management Tips for Computer Files
Being able to find the files you want when you want them is a huge boon to productivity. Use these data management tips to make sure your computer files are easy to find.

Handling Receipts
Being organized saves you time and money when it comes to document management. These four tips for handling receipts will help you get on top of and stay on top of your paperwork.

A System for Filing Receipts
You need a record management system for filing all the business expense receipts you gather that makes data entry easy and lets you retrieve particular receipts if you need to. Here's the filing system your About.com Guide uses.

How to Avoid Computer Viruses
Good data management means taking steps to protect your data from computer viruses. Tina Brooks gives a list of precautions you can take to increase your virus protection and avoid becoming a virus victim.

The Privacy Act (PIPEDA) and Your Small Business
As of January 1, 2004, all businesses in Canada must comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Here's what your small business needs to know about complying with the Privacy Act.

Outsource to a Virtual Assistant and Save Money
Who needs a Virtual Assistant? Everyone! Stacey Baillie explains how outsourcing data management and other tasks to a Virtual Assistant can increase productivity and reduce costs.

Data Integration, the Key to Profits
Every data silo you allow to exist costs you money, decreases your flexibility, and reduces your profit. About Management Guide F. John Reh explains how to change this.

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