Operating a small business requires caution, yet a daring response to challenge. Success results from a range of factors that include: thorough business planning, concrete management practices and an innovative marketing approach. Many other factors depend on skills and knowledge that may be acquired through experience and education, or in some cases seeking after professional expertise.
Many small business owners and entrepreneurs take an economical approach to running
their business, and with today’s extravaganza of web tools, the small business is able to operate at a minimal cost. Business web tools vary from planning, to management, to marketing, to accounting, to human resources, and other business areas. Here are some cost effective web tools that small businesses may benefit from:
Mom entrepreneurs are always on the look out for tools to assist them as they operate their businesses from home. Moms Rally @ www.momsrally.com, is a platform that was created for moms and is loaded with tools that can help every business mom. It has an auction page where a business can sell their products. It has a links page where businesses can link to their websites, and it will allow the business mom to collaborate with other moms to either do business together or promote products and services. Moms that operate a small business can register and become members of a growing network of moms at no cost.
Google Apps include dozens of critical security features specifically designed to keep the small business data safe, secure, and under control. Google Apps for Business will provide the small business with mail accounts, a calendar, a task manager, Intranet, and many more business required tools. Security settings for Apps for Business include: who can share each feature and how to share it. All are reliable web tools making data accessible anywhere, anytime. (www.google.com/enterprise/apps/business/benefits.html)
Organizing a web meeting can easily replace the need to travel across the city, country, and in some cases the world. With the cost of one or two business trips, a web conferencing solution can pay for itself. Free web conferencing for a group of people can be done using the Skype tool at www.skype.com. A small business can register and use the tool to invite a group of people from different parts of the country, or even the world, into one conversation all at no cost to the company.
There are plenty of other business web tools available free or at very low cost for the small business. Running a business effectively in todays society strongly depends on technology, and its all available for the small business with the press of a button.
Is your business making use of the available web tools yet?