How to get your business online

Written by Peter Simmons

This article is for all those who have asked "how do I get my business online?" or have just plain been putting it off because you dont know where to start or who can help or how much it will cost.

Why should I put my business online? Well, there are several reasons why you should.

Firstly, its a great 'connection point' between you and your customers or partners. They can visit your website at anytime that suits them to find out more about you, your products, ordering, or just get more information. Previously they would have had to physically visit you or userepparttar telephone and actually speak to you. They can contact you with questions, complaints, recommendations or just to gauge how helpful/efficient you are at anytime without speaking to you or being face-to-face with you. Its another way to deal, communicate and interact with you. It putsrepparttar 117454 emphasis onrepparttar 117455 customer and their needs and removesrepparttar 117456 pushy salesman fromrepparttar 117457 process. This level of anonymity encouragesrepparttar 117458 customer to get what they want more than ever before or go somewhere else where they will get it.

Secondly,repparttar 117459 Internet enablesrepparttar 117460 customer to shop around much more easily and cheaply than ever before. It is as easy to research and buy a product that is sold in another country as it is to do it for one in your own country and all forrepparttar 117461 cost of a local call. Timezones are largely irrelevant onrepparttar 117462 Internet.

Thirdly, a website is entirely flexible and can be designed from scratch specifically for your business and customers, regardless ofrepparttar 117463 industry you are in andrepparttar 117464 size of your business.

Fourth, it is low cost. You can build a website to meet your budget.

What do you need to do?

Get a web address - often called a domain name/URL. When someone types in your web address i.e. into their Internet enabled computer, they see your website. Get a name that is easily remembered by your customers. You'll need to renew it regularly to keeprepparttar 117465 name.

Get some webspace - often called hosting. A company (the host) will rent you space on its computer. You store your website in that space. Your web address will point here so that whenrepparttar 117466 web address is typed in byrepparttar 117467 customer, they will be directed to your website automatically. Make sure you get a fast and reliable host and therefore your website is always available and quickly. Read host reviews or ask people you know to recommend a host.

Free Agent Accountability

Written by Paul Bednar

The recent surge in corporate deceit and scandal should be a wake up call for free agents. Here are a few items to which every free agent should be accountable.

1. Be honest

This is as simple as doing what you say you're going to do. Don't promise something you can't achieve or deliver.

2. Charge a fair fee

Everyone needs to earn a living but don't be greedy. You're in this business forrepparttar long haul. Price gouging is very short sighted and negatively impacts your reputation.

3. Provide excellent customer service

When you're a small operation, service can be a huge advantage. Other organizations have a bureaucracy to work through to make decisions. Be more responsive and flexible. Use this speed to your advantage.

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