Here we will add information that will be of help to those in business or starting a business
Starting a Biz? Launching a New Product?
Below we have listed links to some websites that offer helpful opportunities, services and resources for those in business. We hope you find these to be of help on the path to your new adventure! Here is to your GREAT success!
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Linked In - If you are not yet signed up at Linked In, I highly suggest it. This is a place where you can meet with like minds and learn. Sign up in groups that pertain to your areas of business and interest. You can then bounce your ideas off of others who have vast knowledge and you can ask questions in an informal setting, receiving answers from many sources, so you can choose which best suits your needs and abilities. It is also a great place to spread the news about your new company or product, in a manner that is not solicitation, but simply sharing your ideas and business goals. The more you participate in group discussions, the better; just make sure you have something of value to add to the conversation and are not just making small talk to be noticed. Offer help to others, and ask the questions you need answers to.
MeetUp - This site allows you to network locally with other business people. I love the way it allows me to easily find others in my area who are meeting weekly or monthly, to network, discuss strategies, exchange leads and ideas, etc. Check this one out and see who and what you can find in your area.
Merchant Circle - This site is like a local yellow pages for businesses and a way to pass on referrals to one another, etc. You can also post coupons, view deals and gain helpful advice.
Referral Key - Another networking and referral site that is free.
Biznik - Biznik is a community specifically designed for independent business people. Your customer's aren't here. Your friends aren't here. Your mom's not here. And they're not supposed to be! Biznik is the only network created for independent business people by two independent business people who are on a mission to support business networking that doesn't suck.
Facebook - You may not like social media, but your future customers probably do. You need to be in their path, so they find you. Marketing is all about the customer and what they need, want and expect. They expect companies to have a Facebook presence - Be there. Make a public business page and post at least weekly to it. I also suggest promoting it with an ad, spending about $100 on this, so your page gets enough likes that it attracts others and builds your viewer base. Also, posting and liking on other pages that you "like" will make your presence visible. Simply make a page and not working on ways to grow it, does you no good. Be an active contributor and watch it grow.
Twitter - Another place they will be looking for you, so you had best be present. Use an easy to find name, that is either your business name or something that relates to your business so you are easily found by those whom you want to find you. Learn the language of Twitter and how to use the hashtags (#'s). These will help you gain the recognition that you need and want.
Pinterest - This site has become all the rave with so many, it is a place I suggest you be seen. Be casual, adding things of interest that are not related to your business, as well as things that are, makes you personable with the audience and will be more likely to interest people in following you.
Google+ - While it does not get the attention of Facebook, it is good to be in all places one may be found. Google + is another free social media site that allows you another place to network with fellow business owners as well as future customers.
4Chan - There are boards dedicated to a variety of topics. Users do not need to register an account before participating in the community. This is a site that many entrepreneurs frequent, so we share it with you.
YouTube - Some thing making videos is hard to do, but with the free technology out there today, it is a snap. Be it a powerpoint presentation converted into a video, or a testimonial or a how to video, I suggest you make a free account and have your products and company visible on YouTube.
Blogger.com - A free blog site offered by Google. If you do not have a blog, I suggest you start one and try to keep up with it daily or weekly, minimally. These blogs get recognition in the search engines, and will enhance all of your other business ventures greatly. Add information that is helpful and not just solely stuff about your product.
PR Log - One of many free press release sites. This is a great way to have your message heard, not just today but for years to come, as they remain on the site long term and are indexed by the search engines. I still see press releases that we published years ago, appearing in searches that I do on Google. These are free and powerful marketing opportunities - don't pass them up!
Biz TV Shows -
BizTV Shows provides video episodes that educate, inspire and motivate small/medium size business owners while giving an elite network of show hosts an opportunity to showcase their expertise and extend their influence.
JustHost - If you are looking for a great place to host a website, look no further. We have been with this company for years and they have provided reliable service, affordable pricing and outstanding customer service. They register your domain name for free, when you host with them.
Virtual Assistants - Need an assistant but do not have the money or space to hire one locally full time? Here is the alternative! Check out hiring a virtual assistant, for part time or full time help. Let someone else take part of the burden from you, of running a business and see how rewarding having time to focus on the important stuff can be.
Logo Design Team - Need a logo? We use Logo Design Team for all of our graphics needs. They provide excellent service, beautiful work and all with a fast turnaround time. You will not find an easier graphics team to work with, or better prices for the quality of work they offer.
Fiverr - Looking for someone to create that video for you, or do a voice-over, or create a slogan? We have not used this service, but we have heard good reports from some about it, so passing it along. This site allows you to hire people to do various tasks for $5.00. Something you may want to check out if you have something you are not up to doing or do not have the time for.
Guru - This is a Freelance Site where you hire the help you need, to do the job you need done, and negotiate the price you want to pay with the one doing the work. You post the project and freelancers will bid on the job. You then interview them and negotiate with them and choose the one best suited for the task.
eLance - This is a Freelance Site where you hire the help you need, to do the job you need done, and negotiate the price you want to pay with the one doing the work. You post the project and freelancers will bid on the job. You then interview them and negotiate with them and choose the one best suited for the task.
Freelancer - This is a Freelance Site where you hire the help you need, to do the job you need done, and negotiate the price you want to pay with the one doing the work. You post the project and freelancers will bid on the job. You then interview them and negotiate with them and choose the one best suited for the task.
BUSINESS SERVICES : OUTSOURCING
Mail Chimp - Mass Mailing List.
If you have fewer than 2,000 subscribers, you can send up to 12,000 emails per month absolutely free.
Free Business Services. CRM [Apptivo offers a complete CRM solution for any business. Manage customers, contacts, leads, cases and much more with the apps provided.], Project Management [Manage projects from inception to completion. You can monitor your employees work to make sure everything is completed on time], and Invoices [What's currently on the page right now. Invoice for timesheets or projects flexibly based on your situation. Collect payments online with PayPal, Google checkout or Authorize.net.].
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Angels In America - A select sampling of angel investment sources.
Angel List -
Where startups meet investors.
Fund & Follow Creativity. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects.
StartupNation is a free service founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. We created this site to be your one-stop shop for entrepreneurial success, and we're thrilled that StartupNation has grown to be the leading online content and community resource for entrepreneurs.
Small Biz Club - Free to join. Free access to learning tools and business applications.
Free Business Webinars - Free small business webinars, from legal and tax advice to operations information, to help you run your business better.
Office Depot Business Center. - Here they offer many free resources, from free forms to download, to free business webinars to participate in. Check out all they offer that may be of benefit to you.
Commission Junction - Whether it is monetizing website traffic, driving more sales or finding more customers, affiliate marketing is critical in today's marketplace. CJ Network is the leader in affiliate marketing for both the advertiser and the publisher.