Today, more and more business is being done on Net, and to stay successful, you've got to keep up with trend. The days of having a nice little shop and a listing in yellow pages are over. These days, having a professional web site is essential to staying competitive.
Now don't panic, for many businesses, you don't need a big- production web site. You may only want a small stop on Net where customers and prospects can find your basics: your list of services and products, your rates, and your contact/order info. Quite often, less is more in this market.
You may be thinking, "But I don't know first thing about setting up a web site! This is going to cost me a million dollars!" Don't worry, you don't need big savings or Internet savvy to set up a web site. There are several companies out there that will do it for you for free!
One of easiest online web site builder's is AOL Hometown's 1-2-3 Publish at:
You don't even have to be an AOL subscriber to use it.
Just choose type of page you want to build, then type or paste your info into templates and you're done. This service uses all latest template design technology, and resulting sites look quite professional.
If you want to go even more high-tech, check into Netscape's SiteCentral at:
In addition to basics, this service offers headlines which are automatically updated throughout day, and a bar chart you can customize to report your sales information.
Other fine instant site building programs can be found at NBCi.com (slick looking), tripod.com (they've been perfecting this for years), and homestead.com (the first of template site programs). All are free.