Category Mobile Technology

Small Business Checklist: Home Office & Home Business

As part of a bootstrapping exercise or a business start-up phase, working from home is a great way to work, so I thought of some points to consider when setting up your office or small business at home: Cost - you will save a lot of money and be very eco-friendly when you decide not to rent an office, this saving can be used in other areas of your business, like marketing, better web-site or better IT.Family - I suspect that many of you work from home because of your family, it allows you to be around when your kids come home from school or look after relatives, while still earning a living.Commuting - again a very eco-friendly approach and saves money and time.... I use social network communities to linkedIn to build out my professional network, utilizing our online office, skype and other tools to communicate worldwide.More and more of my friends work from home so we have nice "pub-lunches" locally, no traveling, less stress and a much better work/life balance - how is your work/life balance?For more of my checklists see the Small Business Checklists category and as always please add to my list with your comments, tell us what works for you.

Top 10 Most Significant Commerce Developments of the Last Decade

The Software & Information Industry Association, the principal trade association for the software and digital information industry, today announced its list of the top ten developments that have had the most significant impact on electronic commerce since the White House released the "Framework for Global Electronic Commerce" ten years ago. Google (September 1998) 50% Broadband Penetration in the US (June 2004)eBay (September 1997)Amazon.com (May 1997)Google Ad Words (2000)Open Standard (HTML 4.0 released 1997)Wi-Fi (802.11 launched 1997)YouTube (2005)iTunes (2001)BlackBerry (1999)It should be noted that the staff of the SIIA voted on this list - so it is a fairly limited demographic - but still interesting.... I think the trend is very clear - online & on-demand - so all personal businesses, like contractors, freelancer, self-employed, virtual assistants and small business, like home-, micro-, lifestyle-, mobile-, SME-, SMB-, SOHO-businesses, need to look at this trend and then look at their business.

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