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Before you assign menial work to secretaries, temps and other aides, see if technology can free up your staff’s time for more pressing or productive tasks. Example: If you periodically type into your PC the addresses from all the business cards you’ve collected or your latest Rolodex additions, invest in a business card scanner. Seiko Instruments’ Smart Business Card Reader is $199 (800-688-0817; www.seikosmart.com). Alternative: Outsource data entry of customer lists, Rolodex entries or business cards. Contact Data Entry charges $195 and up for typing up your lists on a computer disk (918-335-0252; www.contactentry.com).