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[ 18 May 2013 | No Comment ]
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There are a number of packages that help you set up an online shop. These packages usually include a shop front, a shopping cart system, and some also include hosting. Most can integrate with payment gateways such as Paypal, Nochex and Protx. Prices vary enormously, so check out the different features you get. Oscommerce is ‘open source’, which means it is free. Some systems have more flexibility, and a basic system may not serve your business if it grows. You may need to pay more for …

Family Friendly Working, Featured, Headline, Social Media, Starting an online shop »

[ 9 May 2013 | No Comment ]
branding

Have a think about whether you want to design the site yourself, or get a professional to do it for you. Do you have the time and skills to do it yourself? There are lots of resources to help you online, and you can read below about how some business owners have learnt to create and manage their own sites. If you want to find a designer, there are lots of business directories online or why not contact Sunnyside Web Design for a no obligation quote.

Family Friendly Working, Featured, Headline, Organise Your Business, Starting an online shop »

[ 6 May 2013 | No Comment ]
branding

You also want to develop a ‘look’ for your online business. To start with, do a little research on the Internet. Look at other websites and see what appeals to you. Which sites do you feel confidence in, and which would you not want to buy from? Look at business logos, and the different colours and styles used on various websites. This will help you develop the way your online store will look.
A logo will help customers recognise your business. You can use it on your website and business stationery. …

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[ 3 May 2013 | No Comment ]
Online business: Picking a name

It is important to decide on a name for your business. When you have a few ideas, check with Companies House that there are no other companies with the same name operating in the same line of business. Visit Nominet online to ensure that the name you are after is available as a domain name. It is a bad idea to start a business without having registered the domain name. You may find someone else snaps up the name you want and you risk having to pay over the odds …

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[ 30 Apr 2013 | No Comment ]
online-shop

Nowadays it is relatively straightforward to get your own website, with a shopping cart to allow people to purchase from you. While many people just stick with selling on eBay, your own site can give you far more options, and people may perceive your operation as more professional. This section tells you how to go about setting up your own website, and how some others have done it. Come back or follow our blog over the coming days for lots of advice.

Family Friendly Working, Featured, Social Media, Website Content »

[ 28 Dec 2012 | No Comment ]
Creative ideas for online businesses

Are you creative? Whether you make, paint, write or bake, you can earn a living online. Here are 4 ideas to help you get started:

1.      Etsy. If you are an artist or crafter you will no doubt have come across Etsy. It is a great way to show off your products without having to create a shop of your own.
2.      More sites for crafters. There are lots more sites for crafters to sell through: try Dawanda, Misi, or NotOnTheHighStreet.
3.      Write an eBook. Ebooks are becoming very popular and …

Blogging, Family Friendly Working, Featured, Online marketing, Social Media »

[ 21 Dec 2012 | No Comment ]
More ways to earn online

If you are handy on the computer, here are four ways to turn your talents into profits:

1.      Social Media. Do you use social media a lot? Know what a RT and twitter hash tag is? Well why not offer your services to help small businesses harness the power of social media for their business. Social media is a huge area and a lot of small businesses are scared or put off from using social media to grow their business. You can either offer to manage their social media profiles …

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[ 19 Dec 2012 | No Comment ]
More ideas for mobile working

What are your top aids for working as you travel? Here are 5 things we find helpful:

Google docs. This is an easy way to store your documents, and ensure that you can access them from wherever you work. Plus, you can share with other collaborators, wherever they are.
Get a Skype Online Number. You get a number that looks like a landline number and you can pick up calls on your computer or using a smartphone app. Or you can redirect calls to another phone number or voicemail. Customers will be …

Family Friendly Working, Featured, Website for your business »

[ 15 Dec 2012 | No Comment ]

If you need to boost your budget in the run up to Christmas, here are some Internet-based ways to earn:

1.      eBay. If you’re anything like me then you have plenty of items around your home that you no longer need or use. Why not sell them on eBay and make some money.
2.      If you like eBay: Take it a step further and consider setting up an eBay shop. You need to find products to sell:  choose from something you create yourself, or other people’s products or unwanted items.
3.      Drop Shipping. …

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[ 13 Dec 2012 | No Comment ]
More ways to make your business income work hard for you

Have you been reading our tips on making sure that your business stays in profit? Here are 4 more ideas to help you keep the cash flowing:

Change the way you bill clients. If you have regular clients who want the same sort of work every month, set up subscription programmes. This works well if you offer social media consultancy, as one example. If clients to pay by direct debit your business then has a reliable income that you don’t have to chase each month. Incentivise clients by offering a …