A Solid Foundation For Your Internet Business

Written by Tracy S. Garrett

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Open Source Software.

This is software you can use and it doesn't cost a dime!

This is just my opinion, but regardless of how big or small your business is, if you aren't looking into open source for ways to positively impact your business then you might as well have a bull's-eye painted on your forehead. I can almost guarantee that your competitors are looking into open source software and ways to shoot you inrepparttar head with it.

To help you in your discovery process, I'd like to suggest that you visit http://www.opensourcecms.com and check out some of what is available to you inrepparttar 117336 way of open source software. What you'll see at this specific site are all "web" solutions, which is appropriate since I'm talking about you building your own website.

However, there are tons of open source offerings to be had that encompass every business need you'll ever have. All you have to do is search Google for "open source" and you'll begin to see just how broadrepparttar 117337 offerings are.

Anyway, to get back torepparttar 117338 task at hand, I'd like to clarify my statement above regarding time and effort. Once you've found a solution that interests you, I personally recommend you set it up to run on your own PC first. This way you can learn your way aroundrepparttar 117339 solution before you spend money on hosting.

You'll also have a much higher comfort level once you actually go live with your site. However, in order to run these open source web solutions on your own PC you'll need to setup a few things first. I've listed them below.

1. Apache (http://www.apache.org) 2. PHP (http://www.php.net) 3. MySQL (http://www.mysql.com)

All three come in versions that will run on a Windows PC and all three are free. Apache is your web server, PHP isrepparttar 117340 scripting language that allows for allrepparttar 117341 powerful features that you'll see inrepparttar 117342 solutions once you visitrepparttar 117343 site mentioned above, and MySQL is your database software.

Even if you have no experience, you can accomplish installing and configuring these applications. However, I can almost guarantee you'll hit some frustrating snags if you've never been exposed to any of this stuff. My advice is to readrepparttar 117344 "readme" files that come with each ofrepparttar 117345 applications very thoroughly and follow them torepparttar 117346 letter.

Once you've gotrepparttar 117347 foundation in place, you can start to play withrepparttar 117348 different solutions on your own PC and find one that is a good fit for your needs. After all, every Internet business needs a solid foundation.

Unless you've got a huge budget, or you don't need a database driven website, then you'll need to start experimenting with open source if you want to get a big jump start on having a powerful and interactive website that your visitors will love.

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Home Business: A Dream or a Nightmare

Written by Denise Hall

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5. Do you know how to market your business?

6. Do you have long-term goals for your business?

7. Are you willing to LEARN how to start and run a business?

If you have answers to those questions, you probably possessrepparttar ability to have your own business. If not, you can consult a business consultant or small business counselor for advice to see if a home business is for you.

It might not be easy getting started but where there's a will, there's a way.

Don't jump in head first. Do your homework. Knowrepparttar 117335 answers torepparttar 117336 questions above before you start. Have a business plan.

If you start your business with no clear direction your dream might turn into a nightmare.

Be prepared to change your direction a bit ifrepparttar 117337 current market calls for it. But do follow your original plan as much as possible.

Unless you have a pre-established client or customer base don't quit your "day job" until your home business is well under way and you can afford to do so.

Working from home is a dream that can become a reality for many people. But know where you want to go and what you want to do so it doesn't end up being a nightmare.

Denise Hall is the owner of Home Business on a Budget which specializes in tools and resources for your home business needs. Visit http://www.home-business-on-a-budget.com today. Get weekly articles, tips, information and resources here: http://tinyurl.com/4f9k8

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