How Small Businesses Benefit From Online File Sharing

On November 23rd, 2012, wrote:

As a small business owner, you may recognize the need to share files with clients, customers, associates and even employees. In the past, FTP has been the preferred method for sharing large files online. Because FTP transfers have been notoriously unreliable, small business owners must rely on other methods to share files and collaborate with colleagues; online file sharing services are quickly becoming the go-to method of storing and sharing information. Here are five benefits of online file sharing for the small business owner: 1.Bounce-Backs are Eliminated In the past, business owners utilizing FTP as a file sharing resource experienced high amounts of frustration. Transferring large files through FTP can take several minutes. Waiting for a file to send, only to be alerted a few seconds later that it was too large is a common occurrence. Online file sharing eliminates the instance of bounce-back to almost nil. 2.Instant Sharing Small business owners can share their files in a virtual instant – Read the full article

Find More Flexible Options For Financing Your Business

On November 15th, 2012, wrote:

When you own a small business, you must find a way to finance your business operations so that you can make it while you are generating interest and leads. With so many different types of alternative funding, it is important for small business owners to do their homework so that they can choose the most flexible and practical financing options. By understanding the pros and cons of flexible financing options, you can choose the most affordable funding options that you will not regret. Here are the highlights of the most flexible financing options that you should consider when you are constructing a detailed business plan. Apply for Business Grants If you plan on centering your business around technology, securing a grant through some of the many Small Business Administrations is a possibility. One of the upsides of grants is that the money that you receive is free. Most investors love that grants provide a great deal of leverage. By setting – Read the full article

Building Traffic- Advice From A Successful Small Business Owner

On October 14th, 2012, wrote:

Dr. Jeri Anderson was a recent guest on James Martell’s Coffee Talk, a long running podcast on affiliate marketing. Dr. Jeri is an award-winning Sacramento based chiropractor who successfully uses the Internet to bring in patients to her business on a weekly basis.  She discusses how she has been able to attract new customers and build new relationships with new customers by using free tools available to everyone online. “It’s been a huge and wonderful transition. I don’t think there’s been a better time to be in business,” says Dr. Jeri. She speaks from experience. Dr. Jeri started out in Ashland, Oregon 26 years ago, eventually returning to Sacramento for personal reasons. Getting Traffic the Traditional Way When she opened her first practice, there was no Internet. She went to Meet and Greets, Chamber Meetings, and Rotary events to advertise her services. She even went door to door in the small town, which then had 15,000 people. Back then she – Read the full article

Get the Most Out Of Your Business Trip Using Your Phone

On September 10th, 2012, wrote:

Traveling can be an important part of business, whether you are just starting your company, or are part of a well-developed one. No matter what, you will probably have to go on a business trip or two. For many companies and their employees, putting together an itinerary, booking all of the reservations, and tracking expenses can be a big hassle. However, there are plenty of smartphone apps that help you and your business get the most out of a business trip. By using your smartphone, or apps, it is easy to have stress free business trips. When you are traveling it can be frustrating not having access to your document back in the office. Your phone can help bridge the gap with apps like DropBox. This app makes it easy to share files with co-workers, and have access to your documents back in the office. It’s easy for you to write some notes and upload them to the cloud servers. – Read the full article

How To Get Customers To Buy From Your Small Business

On September 6th, 2012, wrote:

You’re a small business owner with a great product. The problem is that almost no one knows about your product or your company. The big players can afford to pour thousands, if not millions of dollars into advertising and public relations. While you can’t hope to match those figures, you can generate buzz around your company that inspires customers to open their bill folders and pocketbooks to buy. Speak Up If your company provides services or products that require a high level of expertise, let people know! Offer your speaking services to companies that provide complimentary products or services. For instance, a master carpenter could approach furniture showrooms to educate customers on how to spot well-made pieces. If you’re an artist, inquire with your local supplier about setting up an easel to provide quick portraits of customers browsing in the store. Such events represent a win-win situation for you and the merchant by providing an event that has the potential – Read the full article

5 Best SEO WordPress Plugins

On August 27th, 2012, wrote:

  When you’re starting a small business, are locally-based, or are simply looking to improve your search engine results ranking, you may be focusing on your online marketing and SEO strategy. If your business uses a company blog on the WordPress platform, there are more than a few plugins that can help you optimize each post, and your blog as a whole, for SEO marketing. Here are the top 5 plugins to consider. 1.All-in-One SEO Pack (AIO) The All-in-One SEO Pack is the most popular SEO solution for WordPress blogs. This plugin automatically optimizes your WordPressblog for search engines by generating meta tags and helping you optimize web page titles. Advanced users are given the ability to customize post titles, descriptions, URL structures and tags for each post. This plugin even helps you avoid duplicate content. Perfect for both the new and experienced, most optimization-focusedWordpress sites use this plugin. 2.SEO Friendly Images A key component to an effective blog is – Read the full article

Google Calendar in ‘The Office’

On August 9th, 2012, wrote:

Monday morning.  8 am. Dwight runs haphazardly into the office, completely out of breath and panting. Everyone in the office stops what they’re doing to see what the commotion is and, when they see that it is Dwight, their faces fall and disinterest returns. Dwight weezes: “I have been searching for Michael EVERYWHERE.  He told me on Friday to meet him in the parking lot. I waited and waited and waited and WAITED. Michael never showed. From there, I began the search. First, I checked Michael’s place; then, I went to some of his favorite novelty shops and restaurants. He’s nowhere to be found! I haven’t eaten, showered, OR even closed my eyes this whole weekend. I have been looking non-stop. MICHAEL IS MISSING.” After a passionate pause and scanning the room. “Why do you people show no concern that our fearless leader is MIA?!” Jim, who has been smiling quietly to himself as he listens to Dwight’s rants, turns – Read the full article

Five Top Tips To Improving Your Brand

On August 4th, 2012, wrote:

Ask 20 people what branding is and you will more than likely get 20 different answers. A brand can mean your logo, your company’s values, or the way it interacts with its customers and suppliers at every level of your business. Your brand can actually reflect your customer’s experience of your company and therefore can help maintain the way your business is perceived and its reputation. 5 Top Tips To Improve Your Brand Image Name Of Your Business: Choosing your business name is of vital importance to your brand. It should reflect your businesses vision, value, and expertise. Don’t rush this important decision. Consult with family, friends and maybe a focus group. If you have the budget, consulting an expert in the field might give you the edge to come up with a winning business name. The Products or Services Your Provide: The products or services you provide should reflect you brand image. In a recent poll by AcuPoll, up – Read the full article