A great infographic regarding CAN-SPAM regulations from my friends at Every Cloud

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I’m sitting here at my work desk on the Fourth of July, Independence Day in the United States. My family has left for the evening, to go to the local fireworks display.
I chose to stay home and write this post. What does freedom mean to you? I was asked that today, and I didn’t really have an answer. I still work a 9 to 5 job even though I have been working with folks and building websites for years now. It dawned on me today that I live in the “land of the free” but have let myself be bogged down by the mundane. I have no excuses, and no good reason to still be living paycheck to paycheck. It is said that the economy is still a little shaky here in the US, but I see people getting new and better jobs everyday. How is it that some people can find jobs, and some people can’t? I have to tell myself that there is a disconnect somewhere in the methods of of individuals, and companies that are not flourishing in the United States today. How can you flourish in today’s economy? I think Zig Ziglar said it best, “if you help enough people get what they want out of life then you will get what you want out of life.”  I have to think that if enough people who want out of the “Rat Race” started helping other people get out of the “Rat Race” or those who are unemployed or under employed would begin to help other unemployed or underemployed folks, the United states would become fiscally sound again. If you cannot find a job start volunteering at a shelter, start tutoring students at a local school. There has to be something that you can put your knowledge behind, and help others that are less fortunate than you are. The beauty of helping others is that you do not have to have all the answers, just enough knowledge to help them move forward from the place they are standing. Likewise if small business owners would once again start mentoring new business owners, and helping them along the way how much could that increase our economy. Wisdom, and knowledge are unattainable without time, and effort. Most small business owners with any amount of track record could probably double or triple their output by mentoring a “newbie”. How? you ask, Technology. I see businesses in my everyday life that are still doing business the way they did it in the 1980’s or worse in the 1950’s. Using outdated computer systems, trying to patch things together because they do not want to learn the new system. Tried and true production methods are sometimes necessary, but are there things your business could be doing differently? One way to find out is to start mentoring a young up and coming business owner. I propose that as you help a struggling entrepreneur get his business going in a right direction, you just may find that you regain some of the edge you once had. There is nothing like working with someone who is struggling and seeing them come to higher and higher levels of success. If you want true “Freedom” forget about your struggles for a little while, begin helping other folks get what they want out of life, and see how much more alert to the opportunities that are staring you in the face you become.

Today I declare Independence, if you are stuck with what to do next, I ask you to join with me and declare your Independence too.

Do I Really Need A Website Part 2

In part one of Do I Really Need a Website we looked at how small businesses could start building their online presence. We talked about how easy it is to use social media sites like facebook, and twitter to begin building a crowd around your business. Today we want to talk about the reasons your small business should have a website and how you could be leaving money on the table because you don’t have your own website. With the advent of Content Management Systems, such as Word Press You can learn and educate your staff how to update your website on a daily basis if necessary. The new business model is interactive, if you are not engaging to your customers, you will be losing out to the competitor who is conversing with their customers. The days of new customers finding you in the yellow pages are for the most part long gone. These days customers search the internet for a company to do business with usually, before they look at the phone book, and in some cases a customer will look to the internet before they ask friends and family for a recommendation. In some cases customers will not give their business to companies that do not have a website. Some other reasons to have your own website is that you create trust and a positive business image. In the days of old, websites were created one page at a time, and they were very expensive to build, and maintain. Today if you know how to use the internet you can set up a website in 20 minutes or less. Here is great article on how. Use the link below to get your website started now.

Do I really need a website?

I’m asked by a lot of people if they really need a website. I always and emphatically tell them maybe. It seems in today’s digital world that there is not a company in the world that is not online, but there are plenty. I like to tell my clients that if they want more business they do have consider an online presence. With the popularity of Facebook, and Twitter, and the more than 200 other social networking sites most small business owners get overwhelmed with where to start. I usually tell people to start with Facebook or Twitter to get their feet wet with making updates and beginning to create community with their customer base. If they see an interest for their goods and services we will then sit down and talk about moving forward with a full blown website, while integrating the social media sites that the clients have started into the website.

Part 2 to come soon.

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