Home Business Tools
The home business tools related to running a home business on the Internet might be new to you. This page gives you an overview of some of the key tools for home based business that you will need to consider.
Doing business on online requires a whole different skill set and a portfolio of some very different business tools.
Whatever tools you are looking for, the trouble is you dont know when you are starting out what tools you absolutely need, which are no point having and whether any of them are any good!
Having been working online for a couple of years now, I have assembled a list of tools that I think are essential to your business.
As time progresses I hope to add reviews for as many of them as I can and I would be very interested to hear from you about your own experiences with some of these programs and business tools.
As with any job, the tools of the trade are essential to success. Every task is made quicker and easier if you use the right tools. If, like me, you have ever resorted to using a knife, nail file or even the end of a spoon (yes, I know!) to tighten a screw you will know what I mean! You can do it, but it takes twice as long and 9 times out of 10 you end up having to go find a screwdriver anyway!
The same is true of working online. When you use the right home business tools building an online business becomes much easier!
You may already have some of the home business tools and resources below, but just in case you don't, they are things that I found helpful, if not
essential to have in place as my business grows.
Communication and Organizational Tools
SKYPE - If you are making a considerable volume of calls then you might want to consider a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) service such as SKYPE. has many different packages that allow you to call free to anyone in the world currently using the service. It also has inclusive call packages that allow you to call worldwide (including mobiles in many countries) for less the £15 or $30 a month.
The huge benefit of such a service means that you are able to make calls at your computer whilst you work. You can also chat with other Skype users who are online and can add a widget to your website or blog to allow potential customers to interact with you online.
You can also carry out conference calls which makes it great for team discussions and keeping in touch with multiple people.
Combine this with a VOlP Headset
that you plug into your PC or laptop and you can make hands free calls while you work, freeing your hands to take notes and preventing neck pain.
DimDim is a totally free meeting toolthat allows you to host a call with up to 20 attendees. You can also record your call, share your screen with attendees and
pass control over to others so that they can share their screen. I find this invaluable for demonstrating my business online.
Talkline99- Free conference calling & recording service (you are only responsible for your normal long distance charges).
All that is required is an email address and name to receive your totally free account.
GoTo My PC is the fast, easy and secure way to access your PC from any Web browser
GoToMeeting is the easiest and most cost-effective way to conduct business meetings online reducing the need to travel. Conduct
International meetings allowing all participants to view your PC screen whilst you make your presentation or conduct training.
GoToWebinar allows you to increase your reach with unlimited Webinars for one low rate. Now you can reach your target audience faster and more
affordably than ever before with GoToWebinar. Use the self-service interface to plan, present, record and analyze unlimited Webinars with up to 1,000 attendees each - all for one flat fee.
Try it FREE now.
Website Hosting and Domain Registration
No self-respecting online business is without a website these days. However, having your own domain name is critical even if you don't have a website.
www.GoDaddy.com offers domain registration as well as hosting.
Hostgator is the perfect hosting solution that allows you email addresses associated with your domain in addition to hosting a blog if you want to use one.
Shopping Carts and Online Payment Accounts
If you have your own website and you want to accept credit cards online, you're going to need a shopping cart.
1shoppingcart provides this as well as autoresponders, tracking software,
merchant accounts and a lot more. Affordable and Powerful.
Book Keeping ToolsWhen starting your own business, you can very quickly find yourself behind on your accounts and scrabbling around for receipts and proof of purchase at the end of the tax year. Consider getting yourself organised sooner rather than later. QuickBooks or other similar accounting software is ideal. This version is ideal for new and home-based businesses. Check here for special offers
Other Home Business Tools
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