Let’s support local business

Let’s support local business

Businesses are struggling at the moment due to the aftermath of the pandemic, staff and supply shortages and the cost of living increasing. Here at KeyTech, we want to relieve some of your business burdens with our technical expertise and reward you for introducing us to your associates.

By referring us to your business connections, we can unite and support each other in the local business community during these challenging times.

Terms and Conditions

*Referring business must be a current client of KeyTech and on a current contract with KeyTech

*Referred businesses will receive a 20% discount off their first month’s invoice

*20% discount will be applied to the referring business’ monthly invoice on the following month after their referral has converted to a sale

*There are no limits to how many referrals you make, each successful conversion adds 20% off. For example, if you refer 2 contacts and both take on services for 12 months, you receive 40% off your next month’s invoice and each of your referrals receives 20% off their first month.

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Small Business Technology, Skills and Training Boost

Small Business Technology, Skills and Training Boost

On March 29 2022, the Morrison Government announced it will support Australian small businesses and encourage them to invest in digital technology, skills and training. The new measures are subject to decisions from the new Government.

Small Business Technology Investment Boost

The boosts are for eligible businesses that have less than $50 million in annual turnovers. Suitable businesses can claim eligible tech spending, of up to $100,000, until June 30 2023, in their 2022-23 tax return.

Small Business Skills & Training Boost

The Skills and Training Boosts will give small businesses access to a further 20% deduction on eligible external training courses for upskilling their employees. The Skills and Training Boost will apply to costs incurred from March 2022 until 30th June 2024, delivering $550 million in tax relief.

What can be claimed?

Claim on expenditures and depreciating assets that support digital uptake. Budget documents suggest SMEs will be free to claim the cost of

Scenario where a plumbing company has 100 employees and an annual turnover of $40 million. Employer purchases 50 laptops costing $90,000, creates a new website for $20,000 and pays $200,000 for training for his employees. At tax time, the company is able to deduct an extra $62,000 and reduce their tax bill to $15,500
Microsoft New Commerce Experience (NCE)

Microsoft New Commerce Experience (NCE)

Microsoft launched the new commerce experience (NCE) in November 2019 to give customers more flexibility and choice over how and where they purchase their software. 

The idea of the new commerce experience was to acknowledge the critical role partners play in selling and supporting Microsoft’s software and customers. 

As part of the new commerce journey, Microsoft users will continue to receive the same great Microsoft products and support from partners such as KeyTech, that continue to boost their success.

Though not directly related to the NCE, Microsoft 365 prices were increased on March 1, 2022. Microsoft explained that the new prices reflect the value of innovation added to the software over the years since Microsoft 365 was released over a decade ago.

You can view the latest pricing tables on our Microsoft 365 page. Contact us to discuss a great deal on a combination of our products and services.

How to create a strong password

How to create a strong password

81% of security breaches occur as a result of simple passwords – 36% of those breaches are via phishing attacks. Cybercrime is at a record high, so we are hoping these tips will help you keep your data safe online.

Due to increasing identity fraud and cyber-attacks, we aim to inform you about what a great password should look like and how you can keep your credentials secure. Applying these tips will increase your online security and reduce the risk of a data breach.

Add a variety of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols into your password

Use a combination of characters.

Use a variety of UPPERCASE and lowercase letters, at least one number (for example 0-9) AND one character (for example !@#$%).

Do not reuse your passwords. If your password is compromised, changing the password slightly does not make it more secure.

Don’t re-use your passwords.

More than one account will be at risk if your password is compromised.

When updating your passwords, ensure they are distinctly original because a slight change will not make them more secure.

Avoid using personal information in your passwords.

Using personal information in your passwords, such as your date of birth, pet and children’s names can make it easier for someone to hack into your account.

The longer the better!

Long passwords that contain a variety of characters will be more secure.

Change your password regularly*

*Changing to a new password every three months can limit breaches to multiple accounts and help your data stay secure online. Ensure your passwords are completely different and do not use a variation of the previous password.

Use a password manager.

There are a number of password managers available to individuals and businesses. A password manager gives you a central location to store all of your passwords. Password managers can generate secure passwords too!

Round 3 of Small Business Basics Grants

Round 3 of Small Business Basics Grants

Attention, Small Business owners! New opening dates have been announced for Business Basics Grants!

Round 3 opens for applications as follows:

Regional Queensland funding stream: 9 am, Monday 16 May 2022

South East Queensland funding stream: 9 am, Tuesday 17 May 2022

Grant information can be found on the QLD government website.

This grant is for START UPS and small business owners just getting back on their feet. It offers $5,000 cash upfront to go towards things like:

  1. Coaching and Training
  2. Creating or updating your website
  3. Business planning and advice
  4. Strategic marketing planning and advice
  5. Cyber Security tools and training

We are here to help your local small business succeed by understanding your goals and the essence of your brand. Please give us a call if we can help you with any of your digital marketing, I.T Support, and communication needs.

Microsoft Teams Essentials designed for small business

Microsoft Teams Essentials designed for small business

Completely more focused on a chat interface, meetings, and video calls, Microsoft Teams Essentials is designed especially for small businesses.

The difference between this new version and Microsoft 365 Business Basic is mainly centered around the functionalities of Teams and cloud storage. Teams Essentials offers extended limits like longer meetings and more storage. Among its special functions, specially designed for small businesses, the following functions stand out:

  • No time limit: you won’t have to worry about the time in your meetings anymore. This version has up to 30 hours, so time will no longer be a limit in both private and group meetings.
  • More capacity: Teams Essentials offers the ability to bring up to 300 people together in the same virtual room.
  • Calendar integration: you can use your exsisting calendar to control your meetings and times. This version will allow you to integrate your Outlook Calendar and soon also your Google Calendar.
  • Easy invitations: the function of inviting people to your meetings is much simpler in this version. You can simply invite them by adding their email address. They will receive a link to join yout meeting. Also, if participants don’t have Teams, they can open the meeting in their browser. No more installations or user creations will be necessary.
  • More interactivity: virtual backgrounds, together mode, live closed captions, live reactions, and more. Everything you need to make your meetings much more interactive.
  • Ongoing chat: chat conversations will continue even if the meeting is over.
  • Small business group chats template: quickly start a group project and host meetings with anyone, assign tasks to teammates and create polls to receive feedback quickly all in one hub, taking productivity to the next level.
  • Mobile chat: you can have access to all the content of your meetings and organize them by locations, photos, files, etc. The main objective of all these improvements is to facilitate the us of applications and simplify into a single app that meets all the needs that small businesses need in their day-to-day.

When it comes to pricing Microsoft Teams Essentials could look appealing at just $4 per user per month, against the Zoom Pro license is $14.99 per month. Microsoft Teams Essentials is now available.

Would you like to try it? What functionality would you add to this version of Teams for Small Business?