Category Infrastructure

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.

Why Blogging for Small Business and Business Start-Ups?

It is actually crucial for your small business to understand this trent so you can act on it and actually save some money, by not wasting it on the wrong advertising medium.Your small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal business, may have the greatest product or service, but if you can not make people find you and your products, your small business and business start-up is in trouble, before you even started.... It does not matter if you work globally or locally, a website and blog is a must, not just a nice to have.A small business blog will help you with the following: providing your small business to interact with your customersgetting real time feedback from your clientsprovide additional information about your business, services and productsget your story told your way, offer some control of public opiniongreat buzz about your businessIt is easy to get a blog with your website hosting company or from WinWeb - you can be up and running in minutes.

Virtual Small Business and Business Start-Up Teams

I have been writing about virtual assistants and virtual workers for quite some time, explaining the benefits of outsourcing to virtual assistants and workers for small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal businesses.But I never really wrote something about what it means to have a virtual small business team, which is part of WinWeb's Small Business Infrastructure approach - so here it goes, a virtual small business team is: a collection of people working together in different locations, countries and time-zonesa "network" of people working together using advanced online technologysome teams my be project specific and/or limited in duration(time)Not always do people only work virtually together, some times the meet - even if it is only socially.... You should think about these issues in the planning phase of your business start-up.Have you thought through all the possibilities for your small business outsourcing and bootstrapping or how much more green and eco-friendly your small business or start-up would be?

Small Office Administration 101

Pamela Slim has a nice post "Start smart: 5 quick ways to set up business processes on the fly" - I can recommend you reading it:"..You will find that in the start-up phase of business, many of the vendors, government agencies, potential customers, media contacts and partners want the same kind of information about you and your company. So instead of digging through file folders and your "sent" email, here are five suggestions for setting up quick and dirty business processes and organizing your information for easy access:...."Being organized from day one will save you a lot of time and help you to stay focused on your business - not your office.That is the reason I came up with the On-Demand Small Business Infrastructure - so you can stay focused on your business goals and not lose your time, money and energy on some administrative function.

Virtual Business, what is that?

Books and co-author of our newest book on Excel VBA.Suat Ozgur is a full time Excel, Access, VB and php developer in Istanbul.Anne Troy is author of a book on Microsoft Word that we are publishing this fall.Barb Jelen works in Tucson and processes all of the orders placed through the MrExcel store.Scott Pierson does all of our flash design from Philadelphia.Mala Singh runs the MrExcel Graphics & Engineering Division in India.Richard Kranesis in Chicago runs the MrExcel-branded training around the country, offering on-site Advanced Excel to companies.We have a number of part time programmers who moonlight while still working at their day job. Lest their bosses find out, let’s thank Al, Angelita, Anhtuan, Audrey, Brian, Colo, Cory, Cort, David, Dawn, Duane, Harry, Ian, Ivan, James, Jake, Jay, Juan Pablo, Marcel, Marie, Mark, Mark, Nate, Nick, Richie, Robert, Russell, Scott, Skip, Suat, Tom, Tom, Tracy, Wendy, and Zack for their expertise in various Office products.There are 3 dozen incredible volunteer MVP's and 100's of Excel Gurus who answer questions tirelessly at the message board.

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) (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.

Big business less flexible than SMALL BIZ

An interesting research study by Mitel indicates that small businesses are more open to adopting flexible working conditions not only for the employees but also for the business owners.... Since the internet can be accessed at any time it really doesnít matter where one is and can log on and make crucial business decisions.Working styles are changing globally and on-demand small business infrastructure is paving the way, not to forget it is more eco-friendly too.

Evolution of Software as a Service (SaaS)

Your accountant, if it's a good one, will not only tell you but explain it to you.The same is true for other "Virtual Assistants": Call answering, typing, credit control, etc. There are so many dedicated professional people out there, mainly working from home.... services provides a low cost, well looked after (accountant), and very versatile business infrastructure that does lower new business mortality rates and lowers the business start-up barrier.BTW, I read a great post the "Entrepreneurship Gap" yesterday.

Not all accountants are created equal (how do you choose an accountant)

This is where I would definitely look for an accountant who belongs to a professional body, and holds a current and up to date practicing certificate, at least this way I would know this ‘stranger’ has gone through a certain standard of training and will have had to achieve a minimum level of experience before being admitted to membership.... In summary, if you know someone who uses an accountant they are happy with meet them first, next find an accountant who understands your industry and finally if you have to make a selection on your own, then meet and interview at least three accountants before making your choice, remembering their membership of a professional body affords you some protection.

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