Real SMB IT: For Heavens Sake, Use Templates!

August 10, 2009

Too often in the small business space we tend to re-invent the wheel. Again, again, and again, then again for good measure.

Case in point, my spouse also works for an SME, she was working on a document that three or four people had contributed to.

The document had to be cleaned and formatted to a consistent look and feel as each contributor had done their part in the way they saw fit. One used text and bullets , one used embedded tables etc.

It was a nightmare.

We worked on that G-D thing until after 1 AM

The SMB Takeaway

Whatever software you are using, take the time to develop styles and templates. It makes filling in the blanks so much easier. Time and time again.

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2 Responses to “Real SMB IT: For Heavens Sake, Use Templates!”

  1. elliotross Says:

    That Sir gets a big cheer from me!

    Best regards and thank you for dropping by!

  2. John B Says:

    If not templates, then AT LEAST a style guide.

    Or simply forbid EVERYONE from formatting the document and leave it to the Document Owner (we do all have a Document Owner, don’t we..?) to format it when the content’s in.

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