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Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: Plan for Disaster

April 25th, 2013 ::

With the tragedy of the Boston Marathon still fresh in everyone’s minds, it revives memories of other recent disasters that have misplaced citizens, families and businesses of all sizes. Even if your business is not located in a disaster-prone area, you never know what else could happen that would interrupt the normal operations of your company. Plan ahead by making sure your critical business information is backed up and stored offsite, diversify your suppliers in case something happens to their business and obtain business interruption insurance. Most important: Make a plan with employees to set up a chain of communication to make sure everyone is accounted for so you can let worried family members and coworkers know.

Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: National Small Business Week

April 24th, 2013 ::

The Small Business Administration just announced this year’s National Small Business Week (NSBW) will be held June 17-June 21. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the SBA and the 50th anniversary for NSBW. To help celebrate, instead of just holding one event in Washington, DC where the festivities are traditionally held, the SBA is hosting daily events around the country. According to the SBA, this will help “ensure that during National Small Business Week we celebrate all small businesses…and reach more individuals in our small business communities.” Local events will be held in Seattle (6/17), Dallas (6/18), St. Louis (6/19), and Pittsburgh (6/20). If you can’t attend any of the local events, they will all be live-streamed on the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov.

Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: Crowdfunding Fees

April 22nd, 2013 ::

If you’re considering using a crowdfunding website to finance a product launch, you’re not alone. Global crowdfunding grew 81 percent to $2.7 billion last year and successfully funded more than 1 million campaigns. But did you know you most likely have to pay fees to participate? Depending on how much money you need to raise, crowdfunding may or may not be a viable option for you once you consider how much the crowdfunding website charges in fees. Kickstarter, one of the most popular crowdfunding sites, charges a 5 percent fee for every successful project. Some sites charge even more for projects that don’t meet fundraising goals, so check the fine print before you sign up.

Web.com Small Business Toolkit: Pets Best Insurance (Employee Benefit)

April 18th, 2013 ::

Pets Best Insurance

It might seem like a silly benefit to offer employees, but if you actually offered it you’d be surprised how many of your team would take you up on it—and be forever appreciative. According to Pets Best, pet insurance is one of the most-requested voluntary benefits in the U.S. Perhaps that shouldn’t be a surprise, since 62 percent of all U.S. households have pets—and you can be sure those pet owners are all too familiar with the high cost of veterinary procedures. Pets Best recently announced the launch of its new payroll deduction service for employees. The signup process is free and there are no minimum participation or employer contribution requirements. Plans start at less than $1 a day, with no age limits for pets.

Web.com Small Business Toolkit: CrowdIt (Crowdfunding Site)

April 17th, 2013 ::

CrowdIt

Although it’s not “officially” launching until June 4, 2013, CrowdIt is creating buzz for its crowdfunding projects by previewing early submission through its new “carousel.” In addition, projects submitted by June 1, 2013 are eligible to win $10,000 from CrowdIt based on which project reaches the highest amount of funding by August 18, 2013. CrowdIt acts as a virtual incubator and is taking a new approach to crowdfunding by including peer-review feedback, mentoring and business networking as part of its offering. Flexible funding options mean you can request full or partial funding based upon the unique needs of your crowdfunding campaign.

Web.com Small Business Toolkit: Updience.com (Online Marketing Solution)

April 16th, 2013 ::

Updience.com

The best free marketing tool has always been word-of-mouth, and today, more and more innovative entrepreneurs are using social media to create new ways to spread the good word about your business. Updience.com is based on the notion that your happy customers are the best channel by which to find new customers—and a recommendation can spread your reach to all corners of the world. Simply choose the location of your customers (local, state by state or worldwide). Then choose your target market, whether consumer or business to business, by age, gender and/or marital status. Updience.com will then advise you on how many potential customers you can reach through their site—for free.

 

Web.com Small Business Toolkit: America’s Economy App (Census Bureau App)

April 12th, 2013 ::

America’s Economy App

Now you can keep your fingertips on the pulse of the American economy—wherever you are—with the government’s new app. Available for both Apple and Android phones and tablets, America’s Economy provides real-time updates for 16 key economic indicators from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Some of the key economic measures include employment, manufacturing, international trade, retail sales, and residential construction and sales. The app allows the user to follow the U.S. economy as the government learns new data. You can see whether the indicator has gone up or down since the previous report, and trends over time.

 

 

Web.com Small Business Toolkit: TinderBox (Document Management)

April 11th, 2013 ::

TinderBox

Sharing and editing multiple documents online just got easier for you and your employees. With TinderBox users can collaborate on documents and marketing content without losing specific branding details. The tool contains a redlining feature that shows edits and comments; documents are housed in one central location so each department can see what exactly is being used during the sales process. Plus, you’ll get real-time analytics that show which marketing materials were successful (or not) in acquiring customers. Then TinderBox can help streamline the proposal and closing processes with e-signature features and group permissions.

Web.com Small Business Toolkit: Mailstrom (Email Organizer)

April 9th, 2013 ::

Mailstrom

Yes, you can achieve Inbox Zero–well, according to Mailstrom, anyway. The company’s previous launch had a few hiccups, so they went back to the drawing board and have added server capacity, better queuing capabilities and more. The tool sorts through your inbox and helps you organize email to go through it faster. Mailstrom supports Gmail/Google Apps, Yahoo, Apple, Microsoft Outlook.com/Hotmail, Aol and other IMAP-enabled email services. Once you’ve entered your email address, the tools lets you view messages by Sender, Size, Subject or Time (like Outlook) or, more helpful, filter for newsletters and ads and allow you to quickly unsubscribe.

Web.com Small Business Toolkit: Taptu (RSS Reader)

March 29th, 2013 ::

Taptu

If you’re grieving over the loss of Google Reader, you can be happy to know there are plenty of other options to help you organize and get your RSS subscriptions. With Taptu you get a visual dashboard to browse your feeds and you can also add your Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter feeds so everything is in one place. Available for desktop, tablets and smartphones, Taptu also lets you customize the look of your feeds so you can see what’s important to you on the top of your page and push what you’ll “get to at some point” towards the bottom. You can build your own stream or enter a keyword and see what options pop up.