1. The First Big Steps 7. Plan your business
2. How to Start a Business? 8. Checklist
3. Discover What Works 9. Methods of Trading
4. Follow this Checklist to Get Started 10. The Mighty Dollar
5. Location Location Location 11. 10 Tips for a Balanced Life
6. An Office Environment 12. How to Lower your organization's IT costs with Google Apps

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

How to Lower your organization's IT costs with Google Apps

IT play an important role in your business. Email and web is the basic communication tool for your customer and employee. However, IT cost dominate most the expenses such as computers, and web hosting. In order to reduce the cost, entrepreneur should get the most from the latest technology.

What is Google Apps?
Google Apps is a free product by Google definitely. It provide the features similar to other hosting company but is free. With Google Apps, you can give employees powerful communication and collaboration tools that will help bring their productivity to the next level. Google Apps includes email with professional addresses like [email protected] and up to 10 gigabytes of storage per account. And our publishing tools make it easier to deliver important information to employees and customers alike. Best of all, it's all hosted by Google(the best hosting), so there's no hardware or software to download, install or maintain. You can get up and running quickly, even if you don't have an IT staff, and if you don't have an internet domain yet, we can help you register one when you sign up.

What Google Apps offer?
Price: Free
Gmail - Email storage 2GB/account, POP3 and webmail, Email user up to 99
Google Talk - Discussion with employee
Google Calendar - Your users can organize their schedules and share events, meetings and entire calendars with others. Your organization can also publish calendars and events on the web
Docs & Spreadsheets: Safe Microsoft Office licensing cost. Your users can create documents and spreadsheets and collaborate with each other in real-time right inside a web browser window
Page Creator: Create and publish your company website using what-you-see-is-what-you-get page design tool. Safe hiring website designer cost.
Start Page: A central place for your users to preview their inboxes and calendars, access your essential content, and search the web. Such as company announcement,memo.
99.9% uptime guarantee for email Google hosting is the best

What other hosting offer?
Price: $3.99/month
Disk space: 5 GB Space
Transfer limit: 250 GB Transfer (Google provide unlimited bandwidth)
Email: 500 Email Accounts. However, it depend on your Disk Space which is 5GB
Other Applications: No

How to get Started?
First you have to register for 1 domain name. Grab this Yahoo offer for $1.99
Signup here

After register your domain, you may start your company website and email immediately. For $1.99, you can get all the basic Hosting service you need. With Google Apps, you can safe the IT expense and had a peace of mind.

Example Google Apps:
Start page: http://google.jinjinblog.com
Docs and Spreadsheets: http://office.jinjinblog.com
Email: http://mail.jinjinblog.com
Calendar: http://calendar.jinjinblog.com

If you have any doubt setting up Google Apps, please leave your comment here.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

How to Start a Business?

Consider how different business fit into your lifestyle and your interests. For example, do you want to work part time? Or do you want more career opportunities and the chance to build your own business empire? Think about these points:

1If you have young children and want more time with them, do you need to create a business that offers you flexible hours, or that you can run on a part time basis?

2If you have high financial ambitions, does your business have plenty of growth potential?

If you live far from the city centre, and customers will have to visit you at home, would it be more economical and practical to rent or share a small office closer to your customers? IF they do visit you at home, can you provide a separate office space and live with some disruption at home?

There is no point throwing yourself into a demanding seven days a week business if your real ambition is to have a part time business so you are more free to raise your new baby! No one will be happy. Finding the right business module makes it easier to be excited about your work. And when you're excited and believe in your business, it's no longer just work, it's a rewarding part of your life.

Follow this Checklist to Get Started

Getting your business off the ground will often take a lot longer than you thought as there may be delays beyond your control. TO check that you're headed in the right direction, follow this list:

  • Examine your personal criteria. Why are you starting a business?
  • Consider you work habits, for example whether you prefer working early in the morning or late at night.
  • List why people would want to buy your product or service.
  • Conduct market research, even if it's sampling among your family and friends
  • List potential suppliers and their strong and weak points.
  • Draw up your financial plan. How much profit do you need to stay afloat? What are your expenses?