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6 Steps You Definitely Need to Get Your Business Online

6 Steps You Definitely Need to Get Your Business Online

The business environment is becoming more and more competitive. The strategies are becoming more complex as the requirements are increasing as well.

The Internet is a tool that you should use to make sure that your business has a good online presence. A website is an essential factor in making sure that the business has a good and effective online presence.

If you do not have any experience with web designing then you will find creating a website a little overwhelming. But the process of getting the business online is not a complicated one.

Here are the easy and simple steps that can help in creating an effective online presence with the help of a good site.

1. Find a Domain Name and Register it

Find the perfect domain name for your business. You can find the perfect domain name and at the same time you can register the name of the business.

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There are several online registrars for registering the domain name. You can search for a name that is perfect for the business. Registering the name does not take a lot of time.

2. Determining the Function of the Website for the Business

If you are spending a lot of time and effort in developing your website then it is important that it holds some value for the business.

You need to determine the role you want the website to play because the design of the site will be according to the function it needs to play. If you just wish to provide basic company information, then all you will need is a simple brochure style site.

But if you need an extensive design like to incorporate plug-ins, e-commerce functionality or a blog, then the design will be much more extensive.

It is important that you outline the requirements clearly so that the site is able to portray everything you wish for. You also have to consider the budget while determining the need for a site.

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3. Choose the Hosting Company

If you are planning to create the website on your own, then you will require website hosting providers. The host is able to provide online space for the store and serve it to the visitors.

You have a lot of hosting options to choose from. The choice of host depends on the build of the site.

You need to make sure that the host is able to support the platform your site is built on and you have to consider the bandwidth you are consuming.

4. Consider Getting Some Help

It is possible that you do not have time to create a website on your own. You can make things easier by hiring professionals. Creating the site yourself will save you money but it will take a lot of time.

Hiring a web designer is a good option. You can also take some help from a developer. You can hire a freelance to do your work as well. If the design of the website needs to be extensive then you need to hire a web designing agency.

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They have the ability to provide the best skills, resources, and services. You will have the best website with the help of professionals.

5. Deciding on a Content Management System

A content management system is important for developing a website. It is a system that allows you to log into the site and update the content without having any knowledge of HTML.

Before choosing the system you have to make sure that it is perfect for your requirements. Make sure that you do not have to rely on external support to navigate the site.

You should have complete control of the site so make sure you choose the right CMS.

6. Be Aware of Potential Legal Issue

The rules of online business are similar to the normal business, but you have to make sure that you are aware of legal concerns which are specifically related to online business.

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It is important that you consult your lawyer to make sure that you are fulfilling all the legal terms. Only a professional can help in creating faultless and relevant contracts, agreements and terms.

There are several other important factors in creating an online business such as website content. You have to make sure that the content is relevant along with all the images and videos. You have to make sure that everything is in order before you make the website live. Remember that your site is critical to your online business so pay special attention to it.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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