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The world has gone virtual and chances are if you run a business you are a part of the online economy. The articles below explore websites, virtual assistants, and beyond to help you assimulate to the 21st century. Also, please see our eBay section for advise specifically related to selling items through that marketplace.
How to Get Hired On Craigslist by Self Employed Web Team (Tuesday, October 15th, 2013)
Hiring on oDesk by Self Employed Web Team (Monday, September 23rd, 2013)
A review of oDesk – an international, online jobs marketplace for the self employed to hire or be hired.
Increase Billable Time by Deirdre Cooke (Saturday, May 12th, 2012)
Your productivity is directly related to your time management. We have all heard the phrase “time is money”. No matter what your line of business, your time has a value. The more time you spend on non-income producing tasks, the less overall income you will produce. Paperwork and administrative tasks, along with managing email seem to be among the top 5 time-consuming activities for business owners.
Web Design Basics by Andy Jones (Saturday, May 12th, 2012)
Don’t build a “canned” website. Don’t be tempted by those offers from a hosting company or other source to build a website in a few minutes. These “canned” websites allow little flexibility and most only allow you to enter text into a field. Likewise, don’t be tempted to use the templates included with Microsoft FrontPage. Either one of these websites will adversely impact your credibility. They look like just what they are — a minimal effort! Would you send a flyer out to a business prospect written in crayon by a six year old? Why build a website that is the equivalent of a crayon flyer? A tacky website will lose you prospects!
Common Design Mistakes by Nadine Gilden (Saturday, May 12th, 2012)
Many small business owners design and build their own websites, or have a relative or friend do it. Inevitably, mistakes get made that can cause them to lose customers, and prompt poor word of mouth. Here are 10 common mistakes and some ways to fix them.
IE Not Responding – A Quick Fix by Andy Jones (Thursday, June 22nd, 2006)
I make my living on the internet and I MUST have a functional internet connection and a computer that works. Usually, I replace my work laptop every nine months and the last six laptops have been Dell. The current laptop is a Dell XPS M140. It has more than adequate ram, display memory etc to do the job properly. From the very first day, my Internet Explore browser has been a pain. It hangs up right when I am in the middle of something important and says “Internet Explorer Not Responding”. It freezes up and whatever I am doing is lost when I am forced to close the window. Not only that, but if you have multiple browser windows open and get the dreaded “Internet Explorer Not Responding” all those windows will close as well and ALL of that info is lost.
Far-Flung by Chris Freeburn (Thursday, May 4th, 2006)
James Marciano, co-owner of DesignScape.com, a landscape design firm based in San Diego, California, had a problem, one with huge implications for his new company’s bottom line: People don’t think about landscape design during the winter, even in California.
You and your colleagues have invested untold amounts of time, energy and capital into your business. by Self Employed Web Team (Tuesday, January 17th, 2006)
You want to protect it frompotential threats– ranging from burglars to computer viruses to fire. Security is especially critical for small companies. Small firms have fewer resources than their larger competitors, so they tend to suffer disproportionately when security problems occur: For example, a negligible theft or computer virus at a big corporation might cripple a small business. Many small businesses are strapped for time and cash, however, so they often fail to take sufficient precautions to protect themselves. That’s a big mistake. Security investments not only keep your company safe—they pay for themselves many times over. The following sections outline the most important steps you can take to protect your firm’s information, assets and employees.
Is Internet Phone Service For You? by Taylor Smith (Sunday, July 3rd, 2005)
Ed Powers lives for vacations—and so do his clients. Powers, 39, helped start Private Escapes Destination Clubs two years ago to manage dozens of high-end vacation homes, from Belize to North Carolina. The firm, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, reserves each home for the exclusive use of members, who count on a full range of amenities, from plasma-screen televisions to thick terrycloth bathrobes. Only one problem: They can’t use the phones to make long-distance calls. “We don’t want to get into managing these folks’ phone bills,” says Powers. “For now, most of them us calling cards or cell phones—but we want to make the whole experience seamless for our customers.”
net success by Joseph C.Panettieri (Friday, March 4th, 2005)
From his specialty store in Greensboro, N.C., entrepreneur Giacomo (pronounced “Jack-a-mo”) Santomauro is fulfilling appetites across the country. Santomauro, founder and proprietor of Giacomo’s Italian Market, has spent six years building a local business that makes homemade salami, pepperoni, sausage and other specialty meats and cheeses. But when it came time to really build out his business, Santomauro knew he needed to cook up an Internet strategy.
Secret Agent by John McPartlin (Wednesday, December 1st, 2004)
Employees at large companies don’t give much thought to business travel. They simply call the corporate travel department, explain where they want to go and wait for the itinerary to come back. Small business owners, however, don’t have that luxury. First, there’s usually no one to call. Second, since every dollar counts, it’s important to find the cheapest airfare and hotel rates possible, and that means being flexible about when you travel, where you travel and whether or not you even need to travel at all.
Smart Connections by Mel Duvall (Friday, July 4th, 2003)
Staying in touch with your customers, vendors and employees is getting easier—especially via the Web, wireless devices and your trusty cell phone.
Cyber School by Pamela L. OConnell (Saturday, March 1st, 2003)
Taking classes online (also known as e-learning) is easy, inexpensive and perfectly suited to busy entrepreneuers and their employees. What you can learn online— from the latest in marketing to industry-specific innovation—might change your mind about training and certification.
Web Affiliates by Andy Jones (Friday, May 17th, 2002)
You don’t need a storehouse full of products to become an online retailer if you build a Website full of other retailers’ products and take a piece of their profits. A hot trend on the Internet, affiliate programs pay you a commission for referring business to them.