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15 Free Online Learning Sites Every Entrepreneur Should Visit #business #accounts


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15 Free Online Learning Sites Every Entrepreneur Should Visit

Entrepreneur and Marketer, Co-founder of ContentMarketer.io

November 3, 2014

Being a successful entrepreneur means you have to wear a lot of hats, especially when your company is just starting out and you don t have enough employees to cover all the areas you need.

Learning the new skills necessary to start a new business can be expensive, but fortunately the initiative for free, high-quality, educational resources online has only continued to grow in the past few years. Below are some of the resources available to learn more about marketing, entrepreneurship, business management and more.

1. CodeAcademy

This great resource offers free interactive programming sessions to help you learn programming languages such as HTML, CSS, Javascript and PHP. You can save your progress as you go with a free account. Learning to code can help entrepreneurs fix bugs if they don t have a developer, or even go down the road of building their own website or products (such as apps).

2. HubSpot Academy

The free certification program offers courses on inbound marketing, including website optimization, landing pages and lead nurturing. These skills are a must for business owners as they try to grow their business and online presence.

3. Moz

If you want to learn search-engine optimization to make sure your website is as visible as possible, check out this treasure trove of resources from SEO leader, Moz. Besides having the free Moz Academy, there are also webinars (live and recorded), and beginner s guides to SEO, social media and link building.

4. LearnVest

The most successful entrepreneurs know how to manage their money both on a business and personal side. In addition to having extremely affordable finance classes, LearnVest also offers some of its classes for free, such as Building Better Money Habits and How to Budget.

5. Niche consultant courses

The Internet has made for a coaching boom, which is extremely helpful to entrepreneurs who want to learn how to start or better a business in a specific niche. Some great coaches and organizations that routinely have free courses and ebooks on building a business include Natalie MacNeil and MyOwnBusiness. Try searching niche keyword + business course to find one most applicable to you.

6. edX

This free site currently has over 300 courses on a variety of topics, including Financial Analysis and Decision Making and Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer? These courses not only cover business in general, but can also you help learn more skills that are applicable to your industry, such as big data or environmental conservation.

7. Khan Academy

This free learning resource was created to give everyone access to education in math, science, art, technology and more. There are over 100,000 interactive exercises to put your education to practical use. Even though many of the courses are geared toward high school students, there are several courses that would be good for anyone to have a refresher on, such as taxes and accounting.

8. MIT Open Courseware

These are actual courses taught at MIT and offered for free on the site for viewing and reading at your discretion. The school put together an entrepreneurship page that lists available courses that are beneficial to new business owners. Courses include Early State Capital and The Software Business.

9. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

This university has almost 100 free on-demand college courses that are extremely applicable to entrepreneurs, including ones that cover business planning, operations and management and small-business tax.

10. Coursera

Much like MIT s Open Courseware, this site has 114 educational partners that provide free courses to almost 10 million users. One benefit to Coursera is that there are very specific courses that fit perfectly into particular niches, such as Data Management for Clinical Research from Vanderbilt University and Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace from the University of Maryland. Its wide network of partners allows for a greater selection.

11. OpenCulture

This site isn t an educational platform on its own, but rather collects and shares free resources from around the web. Its list of 150 free online business courses is a great resource because it offers classes from iTunes U and other lessons on video and audio. The site also has lists of free audiobooks, certificate courses and other online courses.

12. YouTube

It s probably unsurprising to most users that YouTube is one of the world s largest search engines, as there are literally videos on just about anything you can imagine. From TED talks to recorded presentations on building a business, it s a great free resource on just about any topic.

13. Alison

This platform offers free online courses from some of the most well-known names on the internet today, including Google, Microsoft, and Macmillan. With over 4 million users and over 600 courses already, it covers topics such as economic literacy, personal development and business/enterprise skills.

14. Saylor

The Saylor Foundation offers tuition-free courses and also works with accredited colleges and universities to offer affordable credentials. Its course offerings are similar to what you d see when working toward a bachelor s degree.

15. Podcasts

Even though it s not an official course, podcasts are an amazing (and easily digestible) way to become a better entrepreneur. Podcasts can be listened to via streaming on your computer (if that certain podcast offers it) or via iTunes for iOS and apps such as Podcast Republic for Android. Podcasts such as Entrepreneur of Fire already garner thousands of listeners every episode and are a great way to learn the most up-to-date information and strategies possible. Another good list of entrepreneur podcasts include Think Entrepreneurship s .

Whether you learn best by audio, video or text, this list of 15 learning resources for entrepreneurs can help you learn more about building a business, accounting and getting customers.

Do you have a favorite resource not listed here? Let us know in the comments section below.



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10 Awesome Business Ideas For Teen Entrepreneurs

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Many of the most successful people in business today started out as teenage entrepreneurs. For many teens, the realization that building something of your own beats working for “the man” comes to them naturally, but coming up with the right idea isn’t always easy.

So here are 10 ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Most can be started by anyone, and a few will require some specialized knowledge, but might get you on the right path or spark another idea, even if you don’t have that knowledge right now. And if you’re at all worried about being taken seriously as a teen business person, take a look at our recent post on the subject.

Whatever business you decide to start, know this: if you’re a teen reading this post, you’re already far ahead of 90 percent of other people your age, and way ahead of the vast majority of people of any age.

To enter the world of entrepreneurship can be challenging at times, but those of us who do it know that all the hard work, setbacks, and challenges that come are nothing compared to the rewards of starting and growing your own business. So don’t let anything slow you down. If being in business for yourself is your dream, go for it with all you’ve got!

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Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tiny Review & Rating #starting #a #business #ideas


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Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tiny

Extremely compact form factor, one could say it’s tiny. Five USB 3.0 ports. Multi-monitor support. Windows 7 Professional pre-installed, Windows 8 Pro also included. vPro manageability.

Need adapter for HDMI. No 5GHz Wi-Fi. No Internal expansion.

The diminutive Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tiny works equally well in small, medium, or gargantuan sized businesses. It takes up almost no space on your desk, but is still a full-featured desktop instead of a thin client box.

Enterprise IT purports to be all about cloud and centralized server-based computing, but thin clients and centralized computing isn’t necessarily the right fit for all businesses. For the majority of small, medium, and large business out there, Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tiny gives your users a compact, hide-anywhere desktop PC that has full Windows PC power without the complexity issues of thin clients, and without the theft and reliability concerns that laptops bring. It’s a good fit for businesses of all sizes, and dovetail with Lenovo’s larger chassis PCs, which share disk images and support hardware. The M93p Tiny is our latest Editors’ Choice for business desktops.

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Design and Features
The M93p Tiny essentially is the same chassis as the previous Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p Tiny ($580). Both are about 1.5 by 7 by 7 inches (HWD), which puts them in the ultra small form factor (a.k.a, one-liter category). To put this into perspective, the Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) ($1,049) is approximately 1.3-1.4 liters in volume, Lenovo’s normal small form factor chassis is 11 liters, and a desktop tower is 25 liters. This means that there is no internal expansion room to speak of aside from a spare memory slot to expand the existing 4GB. Inside the chassis you’ll find an Intel Core i5-4570T processor with Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4GB of memory, and a 2.5-inch 500GB hard drive. You (or your IT folks) can configure the system with a larger capacity hard drive or a smaller, but faster SSD. There is a mini PCIe slot in the M92p Tiny, and in this case it’s configured with an Intel Centrino-N 105 Wi-Fi card, which gives the system wireless connectivity, though only on the 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n bands.

The M93p Tiny came with Windows 7 Professional pre-loaded, but also comes with a license and recovery DVD for Windows 8 Pro. This means that the system is ready for Windows 8 when and if your company decides to switch operating systems. The system has vPro certified components, so you can integrate the system with your enterprise standard network and device management infrastructure. You don’t have to use vPro (it doesn’t make much sense to use vPro in a small 5 person office), but it is a good option for the growing business or small remote office in a larger corporation. Even a typical five-person business can take advantage of the fact that the M93p can share disk images, so you can keep spare hard drives ready in case of malware or Windows problems that inevitably crop up. This is a plus for the M93p Tiny over the current business Editors’ Choice Polywell B8500 ($899), which is better suited for SMB situations that don’t scale. The Polywell B8500 we reviewed also had less USB 3.0 ports, no Wi-Fi, and a much louder cooling fan, which may be a problem in quiet offices.

The system can disappear behind a monitor with an optional VESA mount, or you can mount it below a desk, so it’s almost invisible in practice. You can even lock it the PC chassis itself away, since one of the USB ports can make the keyboard emulate a power button with a control key command. The M93p Tiny rivals thin clients, which use small boxes to connect to a centralized applications server. In fact, it’s better, since thin clients don’t do any of their calculations locally, so thin client users will be subject to work stoppages if servers go down. With the M93p and other full PCs, you’ll be able to complete your work locally even if the central server is down. The M93p Tiny is more flexible than all-in-one desktops like the Dell OptiPlex 3011 ($1,419.28), since you can use large screen monitors with the M93p Tiny. In fact, the M93p Tiny can drive up to four monitors using both DisplayPorts and dual display adapters.

Performance
The M93p Tiny has the chops to last for years in general office service. While the Polywell B8500 is admittedly a bit faster on multimedia tests like Handbrake (0:35) and Adobe Phootshop CS6 (3:06), due to its fourth-generation Core i7 processor, the M93p Tiny (1:02 Handbrake, 4:53 CS6) certainly can keep up and even match performance for older Core i7-powered systems like last year’s EC winning Dell Vostro 470 ($949) (1:04 Handbrake). The M93p Tiny scored a decent 2,789 points on the day-to-day PCMark 7 test, though it fell a little behind on that test compared to the Dell Vostro 470 (3,483 points). This is likely due to the M93p Tiny’s internal hard drive, which can be swapped out for a speedier SSD if your workers need day-to-day speed. Essentailly, the M93p Tiny has the power to last the three to five years shelf life of a business PC.

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tiny follows its older sibling, improving on some of its shortcomings like Wi-Fi and increasing the number of USB 3.0 ports. The M93p Tiny may not be as fast as the Polywell B8500 on the benchmark table, but it is quieter, more conducive to IT management, and more versatile than that specialized system. For these reasons, it takes over as our recommended Editors’ Choice for business desktop PCs.

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Joel Santo Domingo is the Lead Analyst for the Desktops team at PC Magazine Labs. He joined PC Magazine in 2000, after 7 years of IT work for companies large and small. His background includes managing mobile, desktop and network infrastructure on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. Joel is proof that you can escape the retail grind: he wore a yellow polo shirt early in his tech career. Along the way Joel earned a BA in English Literature and an MBA in Information Technology. More

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    Welcome to the UK Window Cleaning Forums.
    Starting or own a window cleaning business? We’re a network of window cleaners sharing advice, tips & experience. Rounds for sale & more. Join us today!

    As a registered member you will be able to:

    • Post in topic Categories and browse thousands of posts.
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    • Communicate privately with other cleaners using our private message system.
    • Post your own photos or view from user submitted images.
    • Gain access to our free marketplace to buy, sell and trade equipment and rounds.

    All this and much more is available to you absolutely free when you register for an account.

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    British Canadian Business Association #business #banking


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    British Canadian Business Association

    Our Story

    The British Canadian Business Association was created with the ultimate goal of ‘giving back’ to the business communities in the UK and Canada.

    Having experienced firsthand the challenge of making professional and personal relocations work, our directors recognized the need for a dynamic and well organized resource dedicated to providing businesses with the promotion, connection and support they need.

    Today, the BCBA supports companies and individuals on both sides of the Atlantic, openly sharing our network and expertise with likeminded organizations to simplify the process and increase the chances of commercial and personal success.

    What we do

    The BCBA provides a variety of support mechanisms for companies and individuals, we:

    • Promote and support the development of trade, commerce and investment between UK and Canada by pro-actively connecting businesses, associations, individuals and government agencies.
    • Provide our members with greater opportunities for success by aligning companies to the right resources through our partners, associations, businesses and government relationships.
    • Connect and provide support for individuals & companies investing in Canada and provide a gateway for Canadian organizations into the UK, EU and the rest of North America.
    • Advocate on behalf of our members on matters of trade, commerce, finance and industry.
    • Routinely bring together business owners to explore the opportunities and synergies between them.
    • Openly provide access to support services as well as connecting talented people.
    • Leverage current and future relationships in both Canada and the United Kingdom to support business growth, particularly on the West Coast of Canada.

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    Virginia Small Business Financing Authority – Virginia Bankers Associaiton #internet #business


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    The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority (VSBFA) is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s economic development and business financing arm. We help banks make loans to businesses that can demonstrate repayment ability, but where the bank needs additional collateral support or a more robust secondary repayment source by providing:

    • cash collateral
    • subordinate companion loans
    • guaranties
    • loan loss reserves

    Throughout our 32-year history we have helped many of Virginia s banks increase their commercial loan portfolios while reducing their credit risk. If you have a loan request that needs a bit more help, VSBFA is happy to talk with you about your client s credit needs. Send us an e-mail or give us a call today.

    VSBFA Contact Information and Staff

    You may contact us through our VSBFA main number at: 804-371-8254 or contact any of the VSBFA lenders directly.

    SSBCI Cash Collateral Program

    Most typically used in those situations where the business loan applicant has the demonstrated ability to cash flow the debt, but the collateral coverage is insufficient for the bank s normal underwriting standards. Can be used for lines of credit or term loans. Through 2016, the VSBFA is not charging a collateral support fee for this program.

    Economic Development Loan Fund

    A companion loan for fixed asset financing needs designed to fill the financing gap between the bank s loan and private equity. In these transactions, the business client has two loans, one from the bank and one from the VSBFA. Where warranted, the VSBFA will consider being in a subordinate position to the bank and can sometimes offer more flexible terms in order to help the businesses temporary cash flow needs.

    Loan Guaranty Program

    This is a traditional deficiency guaranty of a bank loan. It can be used for lines of credit or term loans any time the bank believes it needs additional support in order to approve a business loan request.

    SSBCI Capital Access Program

    This program provides loan loss insurance to a bank to cover a portfolio of enrolled loans. It is designed to be a quick, efficient means of obtaining a credit enhancement from the VSBFA. Under most circumstances, the bank determines whether or not a loan will be enrolled in the program without VSBFA s involvement.

    SWaM Business Loan Fund

    This is a direct loan from the VSBFA to the business client that does not require a bank s participation in the transaction. It is an ideal tool for bankers who are faced with business loan requests for very small amounts where the bank would prefer to refer the client to an alternative source of funds.

    Child Care Financing Program

    This is a direct loan from the VSBFA to a child care center or a family home provider. Bank participation is not required, though often times the bank will provide financing for the center s land and building and the VSBFA can provide a loan for the other necessary items the center needs such as cots, fencing, playground equipment, buses, etc.

    Environmental Compliance Assistance Fund

    This is a direct loan from the VSBFA to a business that seeks to finance equipment that will have quantifiably less impact on the environment or the business is seeking to implement voluntary agricultural best management practices (BMPs). Bank participation is not required.

    Private Activity Bond Issuances for Qualifying Manufacturers 501 (c) (3) Non-profits

    For those manufacturers and 501 (c) (3) non-profits which qualify for tax-exempt financing. Business owners who are unsure as to whether their business and their financing need qualify for tax-exempt bond financing should contact a qualified bond attorney before applying. Most local economic and industrial development authorities can issue bonds as well.

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    10 great start-up business ideas to launch in weeks: Starting a business

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    10 great start-up business ideas to launch in weeks

    Take a look around you this morning as you drive or catch the train to work.

    From the window cleaner who arrives on your street as you close the front door behind you to the coffee cart serving cappuccinos and lattes at the station, the world is full of thriving and profitable small businesses that have been set up for relatively little initial outlay.

    These are not ‘clever’ businesses trading on the strength of innovative new products and nor do they require the backing of deep-pocketed investors to get them off the ground. They succeed because their owners are responding to genuine demand for tried and trusted services.

    And with a low initial outlay and overheads, many of these small-scale ventures can be profitable within weeks or months and over time provide their owners with a good income.

    So how do you get started? Well, to give you an idea of how it’s done, here are 10 great businesses ideas I’ve come across that you can get up and running within weeks.

    1. Mopping up – household cleaning

    The lower your outlay, the faster you turn a profit and that’s one of the big attractions of launching a domestic cleaning business. For instance Millie Dark, founder of Sussex cleaners, Mrs Muscle started her company with no real investment. “My customers supply all the equipment and cleaning products,” explains Millie.

    Millie worked part-time for a few months before advertising in the local press and word-of mouth generated enough work to go full time. Today she employs 12 part-timers. “It’s taken me a couple of years to get that stage,” she says.

    2. On cloud K9 – dog walking

    A dog walking and pet sitting service can also be set up with minimal investment. For instance, when Catherine Cleaver started her business – Catherine’s Pet Services – all she needed was £500 for a couple of garden kennels.

    Catherine placed a few ads in shop windows. Over time – and with the help of word of mouth recommendation and ads in the local magazine – what started as a part-time activity became a full time job.

    “I was earning enough to live on after about three months,” she says “and after about a year I felt I had a sustainable business.” She succeeds by offering a range of services, including dog walking, pet visits and boarding.

    3. Cutting it – home hairdressing

    Many hairdressers dream of starting their own businesses but are deterred by the cost of renting a salon. Setting up a home visit service can be an ideal way forward.

    There is a significant outlay on brushes, tongs, dryers, mirrors and products. “You’re talking several thousands rather than hundreds,” says Ela Lapus, founder of Home Hair and Make Up.

    “And customers expect to see the same products they find in a salon. Customers will also expect evidence of recognised skills. I have Level 2 and Level 3.”

    The key to profitable success is effective marketing. Hairdressers can use local ads and web directories to publicise their services. Social Media can also be effective. “About 50% of my work comes through Facebook,” says Ela.

    Once the initial investment had been made Ela was able to start earning immediately but the present business, operating across several counties has taken a number of years to build.

    4. A caffeine hit – mobile coffee bar

    We’re a coffee hungry nation and beyond Starbucks and Costa there are thousands of small mobile barista carts selling lattes on the go.

    “A coffee maker will cost about £5,000,” says Beth Baxter, co-founder of Camper Cafe. “And then you have to pay for the cart or a van to put it in.”

    Prices vary but carts or trailers can cost anything between £5,000 and £10,000. The founders of Camper Cafe were given a Volkswagen van which they kitted out to become their visual signature. Training is an additional cost. Courses for coffee making can be had for between £50 and £200.

    Finding pitches is the most challenging aspect as you are often in competition with other vendors. “It took us a year to find out about the market,” says Beth. “After that we took off.”

    5. Juiced perfect – mobile juice bar

    The rise of coffee carts has been matched by the emergence of juice bars in markets, shopping malls, public thoroughfares and events. The set-up costs are similar to coffee in terms of equipment and training.

    6. Bright idea – window cleaning

    If you have a car with a roof rack you can start a window cleaning business for a few hundred pounds (bucket, ladder, clothes, etc).

    Alternatively you might invest in high pressure pure water sprays, water tanks (around £2,000) and a van to carry them (say £15,000). This is increasingly common.

    The challenge then is to build a customer base and that tends to be up close and personal. “Initially the most effective way to do it is to knock on doors and ask,” says Guy Lupton, co-founder of Khameleon Window Cleaning Ltd.

    Building a solid base can take time. “We spent about three years of trial and error to get it right,” says Guy. “We’ve been going about five.”

    However, when you do get it right the business can grow rapidly. “We still knock on doors,” says Guy. “But we get a lot more business by word of mouth.”

    7. Showing drive – ‘Man in a Van’ business

    Advertisements for ‘Man in a Van’ and ‘Light Removals’ services are a common sight on shop window advertising boards.

    The pre-requisite is a van, probably a Luton-style box van with a tail lift and that’s also the main expense. You’ll need public liability insurance (as is the case for all the businesses listed here). The ongoing costs include petrol, servicing, MOT, and repairs.

    The main challenge is building a customer base and most operators use flyers, shop window ads and online directories. Man or woman in a van businesses can be quick to establish but work is required to build a market and perhaps the biggest challenge is getting the pricing right.

    8. Highest bidder – an eBay business

    Launching an eBay business allows you reach a national and occasionally an international market. You can auction goods or sell at a fixed price.

    Most eBay businesses will pay at least £19.99 per month as a subscription fee (rising to £59.99 for a featured shop and £349 for an ‘Anchor Shop’) and on top of that you will pay fees for each auction or fixed price insertion and each sale.

    To succeed on eBay you usually have to find goods that can’t be bought elsewhere or offer popular products at knock-down prices. For some it’s a part-time source of pin-money, for others a full-time business. Posters on eBay include Nasty Gal and six years after starting to sell vintage clothing on the auction site it’s now a £60m business .

    9. A gem of a business – jewellery and crafts

    Many small businesses are based around the skills of their founders. For instance, if you have training as a jeweller or sculptor, an obvious way to sell your work is to market direct to the public via web, craft fairs or through shops.

    Tools can cost anything from a few hundred to many thousands of pounds but you can keep costs down by working from a home studio. Ongoing costs include materials, rental at craft fairs (from as little as £20 per day to more than a £1,000).

    Jane Faulkner, a jeweller based in Sussex, sells via the web and craft fairs while also having shelf-space in a local co-operative (Billingshurst Creatives) where craftspeople and artists can display their goods in return for taking turns manning the store.

    “Craft fairs are my biggest source of income while the shop provides a regular cheque every month,” says Jane. Teaching is also part of the business.

    With these revenue streams Jane feels she has a sustainable business, but it has taken around eight years to establish.

    10. Snappy work – photography

    Photography is another skills-based business. Go to almost any event – from music gigs to vintage car rallies and weddings and you’ll find photographers hard at work.

    As Art Hutchins, a freelancer photographer trading as Artseye points out, it’s a business that requires investment in time and money. “Being a serious pro photographer requires a high level of financial investment in good quality equipment and time to acquire the knowledge and skill to use it.”

    Starting from scratch would mean buying pro-quality cameras (around £2,000) lenses (£100-£1,000), tripods and lights but many photographers who set up their own businesses will already have acquired some of the equipment over time.

    According to Art Hutchins, the best approach is to decide on a target market – in his case small businesses, editorial and family portraits. “The best marketing is word of mouth,” he says.

    Very different businesses but all can be started quickly and easily using readily available equipment or existing skills. Importantly most of these businesses take payment either at the point of sale or soon after and that’s great for cashflow.

    Demand is there but the key is to market effectively and at the right price.

    John Fagan is the head of RBS branch business, England Wales and direct banking. His team work with businesses to build a bigger support network inside the bank and beyond with partners and fellow customers. www.rbsbusinessconnections.co.uk

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    15 Best Free Services and Software for Business

    Just because you manage a business doesn’t mean you have to throw money around. A penny-pinching business manager can access some useful services and applications with no financial outlay.

    We took at look at 15 of the best business freebies. They handle everything from customer relationship management and e-commerce Web sites to e-mail accounts, customer mailing lists, and business management training.

    Many entail nothing more than Internet access, a Web browser, and a few minutes of your time for user registration. Others require you to download and install some software to access their capabilities.

    All are free. Some have paid versions that offer additional features and higher capacities.

    1. Customer Relationship Management: Highrise

    The Highrise CRM tool. The Highrise CRM tool. Customer relationship management (CRM) helps you keep track of your contacts, with the aim of converting more of them into sales prospects for your business. Highrise could be just what you need to start using CRM effectively to maintain a closer relationship with your customers. The virtue of this Web service lies in its simplicity.

    Using Highrise. you can enter customer contact information directly using your Web browser or import existing contact records. Then you can create new tasks, set deadlines, and assign tasks to categories. Establishing a case lets you bring together related contacts and tasks.

    When you log in to the service, the Highrise dashboard displays recent activity and upcoming tasks. You can choose to have a daily task summary e-mail sent at 6 a.m. to remind you of what you need to accomplish that day.

    Highrise is straightforward and doesn’t offer a lot of extra capabilities, but it’s a handy way for you to keep on top of what your customers want. The free plan is limited to two users and 250 contacts. Greater capacity is available with paid plans.

    2. Customer Relationship Management: FreeCRM.com

    FreeCRM offers a more sophisticated online CRM service than Highrise. FreeCRM offers a more sophisticated online CRM service than Highrise. CRM is a vital component of an end-to-end business strategy, one that can handle the sales process that begins with the first inquiry from a new prospect and can grow to an established customer relationship with continuing product and service requirements.

    FreeCRM.com offers a more sophisticated online CRM service than Highrise, though it requires more time to set up and learn. But it allows easier tracking of potential deals in your sales pipeline. This lets you determine if your sales performance is on track compared to budget.

    A large variety of user preferences let you tailor FreeCRM to your business environment. For example, you can select a different currency (pounds instead of dollars) and decide if you want to display completed tasks and deals in your calendar.

    There’s no limit on the number of users, though the advertising-supported free version is capped at 10 MB of data storage. A paid Professional version of the service removes the 10 MB limit and makes it simpler to synchronize data offline, with a handheld device such as a Palm or Blackberry, or on your PC using Microsoft Outlook.

    3. Web and E-mail Hosting: Microsoft Office Live Basics

    Microsoft’s Office Live Basics lets a small business establish an online presence by providing a domain name along with the capacity for managing a good-sized Web site and a couple of dozen e-mail accounts.

    If your business doesn’t have a Web site, Microsoft’s Office Live Basics can help you get started. If your business doesn’t have a Web site, Microsoft’s Office Live Basics can help you get started. Office Live Basics will appeal most to small businesses that do not have a Web site and want to establish and manage one. Unfortunately, if you already have a Web site you can’t upload it to the free Basics service.

    While a professional Web site designer would chafe at the limited template design options available, the templates make it easier to develop a simple site even if you know absolutely nothing about the HTML code for a Web page. Some handy interactive Web components, such as a forms submitter and a site search engine, are also included.

    The free advertising-supported Office Live Basics provides a domain name you select along with Web site storage that can hold up to 500MB of data and e-mail management for up to 25 accounts with 2GB of storage each. Paid editions of Office Live offer greater capacity and additional services such as uploading an existing Web site, document sharing, and contact and time management.

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    Corporate event invitations – Paperless Post #business #emails


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    Planning your company’s next get-together? Set the agenda with our online corporate event invitations. You’ll find designs perfect for key meetings (and maybe a few office holiday parties) with tools to help you keep your plans running smoothly.

    Whether your business communicates on stately letterhead or with a more creative approach, you’ll find invitations from leading designers that match your needs. You’ll have plenty of room for a personal touch—just use the online design tool to adapt the invitation’s fonts and backdrop to match your business’ brand identity or to upload your logo. If you’re in need of a bit of assistance, our Personal Design Services team will be happy to help design a custom invitation that meets your organization’s high standards. They can start from scratch, or integrate your company’s logo and branding into an existing design.

    If you’ve taken care of the entire design in-house, we won’t stand in your way. Upload your own invitation design to one of our corporate event templates, and you’ll be able to make use of our convenient delivery and tracking tools. You can use the Paperless Post address book to import and organize contacts from your business’ webmail accounts or from a predetermined guest list. Once you’ve sent out the invitation, we’ll keep track of not only who’s RSVP’d, but who’s received or not yet opened your delivery. You can send messages targeted to these specific groups as well, should you need to make a reminder.

    For major events like shareholder meetings, corporate anniversaries, and yearly company holiday parties, paper invitations are a fittingly grand way to begin the festivities. Many of our in-house and partner designs are available on paper, and any design you or our design specialists team create can be sent on printed cards. With a final order of pre-addressed envelopes, sending your paper invitations is as simple as dropping them at the mailroom.

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