Business Tips

Online business owners may be great in developing products and marketing their business but not everyone has the time to study law. Small businesses don’t want to pay a lawyer for every little thing. Sometimes, you just need a simple form or legal document template to get on with your business. These 5 legal document services can help:

Legal Zoom: the service we have used in the past for our legal document needs. It has a wealth of documents and information on trademarks, patents, incorporation, and other business-related issues.

Rocket Lawyer: provides you access to a ton of legal documents that can be used for your business needs. It could also help you find a lawyer if you need more help. [click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Continue Reading

4 Ways To Start a Business Wiki

by cyrus on Feb 25

Wikis are quite powerful tools for small businesses and organizations that need to manage their information in a more effective fashion. Everybody knows about the power of Wikipedia. Having a similar type of website to provide tips and support to your customers or share information throughout your organization is smart. Here are 4 ways to start a Wiki for your business without having to go broke:

MediaWiki: one of the most popular Wiki content management systems around. It is free and open source. It is surprisingly easy to setup and get to work. It powers many top sites on the Internet.

WordPress Wiki: WordPress is the most popular blogging platform around. Many webmasters are already familiar with its interface and the plugins available for it. Thanks to this theme, you can turn your WordPress site into a Wiki. [click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Continue Reading

Just because you are launching an exciting product in the near future does not mean you should not start hyping up your product and generate pre-launch buzz for it. Many expert marketers have mastered this art and used it to increase their conversions dramatically. Picking up a decent Coming Soon/ Under Construction template can help. Here are 5 coming soon templates for businesses that save you time promoting your upcoming product:

Launching Soon: one of the best pre-launch templates for businesses. It has multiple styles and has desktop and mobile versions. It is AJAXified.

Equinox Coming Soon: a sleek coming soon page that lets your visitors keep up with your Twitter and RSS updates. It has 4 different skins for you to take advantage of.

UnderFlo Constructionz: an animated coming soon page for your startup. It is social media friendly and easy to setup. It has 10 color schemes for users to choose from.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Continue Reading

Twitter and Facebook have millions of people adding content to them on a daily basis. While these communities can be great for individuals and businesses, the noise can be quite frustrating to deal with, especially for small businesses who do not have all the time in the world to filter through the irrelevant information. Thankfully there are tools that can help businesses filter through the content on these sites to find more relevant information. Entrepreneurs can also rely on these 5 social networks to gather information and keep up:

Quora: a social network for questions and answers. It does borrow a lot of good ideas from sites such as Twitter but is very different in nature. Great way to engage in discussions, ask questions, and help fellow entrepreneurs out.

Sprouter: feels like Twitter for startups and businesses. Users can follow other entrepreneurs, keep track of their favorite topics, and get involved in this community’s Q&A.

LinkedIn: it does not really need any introduction. It is the best place for professionals to network, build relationships, come up with new ideas, and even syndicate their content. [click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Continue Reading

In a perfect world, new businesses would be able to register that perfect domain without having to go broke. Unfortunately, that is not possible in a world full of domaining professionals. Just because the domain you are after is already registered does not mean you can’t acquire it. You can always wait for the domain to expire or acquire it in domain aftermarkets. You will need some luck to do it, but these 5 services can help:

DomainFace: DomainFace is a powerful piece of software that lets you find aged domains, go after domain auctions, and even keep track of your domain portfolio (just in case you are in the domaining business).

Pool.com: one of the best services around to find expired domain names. It provides you with the exact date domains expire on. You can always back-order domains and have this service register your domain for you as soon as it becomes available.

Snap Names: a good alternative service to Pool.com. Not only it can help you find expired domains, it allows you to participate in domain auctions and sell your own domains.  [click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Continue Reading

It is easy to assume for businesses that people simply do not check their websites on iPhone and iPad devices. It is impossible to know unless you keep track of your mobile visitors. A quick look at your web analytics data should give you all the information you need to figure out how many of your leads are visiting your website from their idevices. Unfortunately, not all site designs are created to be iPad and iPhone friendly. That’s why all businesses should invest in additional designs to make sure their online presences can be viewed and browsed conveniently on those devices. These 5 iPhone/iPad friendly themes and plugins for WordPress more than do the job:

PadPressed: PadPressed makes your website look like a native app on iPad devices. It has plenty of options for you to optimize to make your website look even more impressive on iPads.

SOFA iBloggr: designed specifically for iPhone and iPod Touch. Fits 320px screens perfectly and should not mess up your design. It looks slick and is HTML 5 compliant.

WP Touch Pro: a wonderful solution that makes your website more iPhone friendly. Your articles and content will be displayed in a more user-friendly fashion. You can even serve mobile ads by using this theme. [click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Continue Reading

Do you have an audio business product? Maybe you have a popular podcast and want to spice up your product. You don’t always have to pay a whole lot of money to purchase new music for your product. There are many audio content-banks that give you access to a ton of royalty-free music. If you want to use these songs for commercial purposes, you will have to pay a fee. At the same time, you won’t have to worry about any legal issues or recurring fees.

If you are interested in enhancing your audio product with fresh music, here are 5 free music sites you should check out to get started:

Jamendo: one of the best free music websites around. If you look long enough, you will be able to find some killer music for your podcast. Jamendo PRO can be pretty handy for businesses.

iStockphoto Audio: this is your one stop shop for video, audio, flash, and photo files. It has music files for all kinds of occasions.  [click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Continue Reading

Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn are all great communities to be a part of. Business owners can use these communities to connect with their prospects and provide their customers with a better service. As a business owner, you don’t want to just spend your time talking to/with others. Listening should be a big part of your strategy too. By looking at what people are asking online and what their needs and wants are, you’ll have an easier time improving your products and coming up with new products ideas.

Many top social sites have Q&A sections that business owners can take advantage of to find out about people’s needs. There are also Q&A only websites out there that can be used to mine product ideas. If you are stuck or are just looking to improve your existing products, these 5 Q&A websites you need to take advantage of:

LinkedIn Answers: the best place to find out about people’s needs and wants. LinkedIn is a more formal network than Facebook and Twitter. That means you are less likely to get silly questions on that site.

Answer Bag: includes plenty of questions/answers as well as polls you can take advantage of to find more business opportunities. The debate section is useful too.

Facebook Questions: an exciting new service by Facebook that will let Facebook community ask and answer questions like never before. Social Q&A is even better for those looking for new business ideas.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Continue Reading

Every small business owner needs to know a thing or two about SEO. It does not matter whether you want to optimize your website on your own. Knowing some things about SEO can help you come up with new strategies to promote your business, reduce your costs, and even hire the right people do the job for you. There is a lot one can learn from reading books and keeping up with blogs. But there are SEO training programs that business owners can take advantage of to stay on top of the latest developments in this field. By taking advantage of these programs, business owners can reduce the time they dedicate to SEO training and learn more in less time.

If you are a business owner hoping to know enough about SEO to be dangerous or more, these 5 SEO resources can help you out:

SEO Moz: one giant of a resource website for SEO and website promotion. It contains a ton of information on things you can do to take your website to the next level. The tools are pretty useful too.

SEO Book: Aaron Wall has created the ultimate training course for anyone interested in learning and mastering the art of SEO. The site has plenty of videos and training material to help you master every aspect of search engine optimization. [click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Continue Reading

If you own a business, you need to have a blog. There are no ifs, ands, and buts. If you can’t take time to write useful content for your audience and communicate with them, you won’t have too much success growing your business. A blog for your business can help you connect with your prospects, get leads from the search engines, and gain unique feedback from your audience.

Blogging for your business is not easy. Business owners can’t just wing it. You need to have a strategy and a set of tools to help you offer more value to your visitors and get the most out of your blog. Even if you have come up with the perfect strategy for your business blog, you still need to execute at a high level to meet your business goals. These 5 blogging tools won’t come up with a strategy for you, but they do save you time implementing your plans:

Zemanta: a powerful service that enriches your blog posts and helps you add more relevant content to your posts. It can be used as a link building tool too.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Continue Reading