If you are just beginning to use a
computer in your business, one of
the first things you should do is
establish a database of all your contacts,
like clients, subs, and vendors.
Create a "field" for each piece of
information (name, address, phone
number, etc.). A field labeled Type,
for example, might include a
description of a sub's trade, such as
"concrete" or "electrical," or a vendor's
specialty, like "hardware."
Other fields can hold information
about the person's strengths and
weaknesses, their qualifications, and
even random notes about your past
relationship with them.
All of the fields for each contact
are stored as a "record" in the
database. The power of a database
lies in its ability to run