Domains. Well over the last 15 years I’ve registered over 1000+
There are a few things I’ve learnt.
Host in Australia. Yes the over seas ones are cheap. If anything goes wrong it’s bad. Over seas hosts are hard to deal with, hard to contact and don’t know Australian business registrations.
Keep your domain password safe. Keep your hosting details safe
If your web designer does not provide this information, demand it. Your domain belongs to you.
My host of choices are
Expeed is hosted and support locally in Adelaide. Love it. Great support.
Moving your site is hard work but worth it, in the end.
Domains are not just for business, you can register one for your family. Each family member can have their own email address. Complete control
Do not use GoDaddy. Worst service, if you email me I’ll let you know
Smart phones, they are part of our world these days. Phones used to be for communication, but they are amazing tools to help you in your business.
We Love Tech uses the following Apps for being a mobile technology business
Electronic calendar – I book my appointments in a certain calendar. This synchronizes to my iPhone, iPad, iMac and MacBook. It alerts me when I need to be some where.
HoursTracker – this amazing App allows me to track actual hours I have worked for a client. Making sure all hours worked are paid for. I can see how my target for the month is going
Xero – online accounting software. Gone of the days of MYOB sitting on a PC, and when you get home sending out invoices. Xero allows me to bill from my iPad in the car after an appointment
All these are matched together to make sure I’m making a income from my business.
Use Smart Phones and Apps to make your business work for you.
Business can be overwhelming. To busy, to disorganised and hard work. There are business coaches, websites and Facebook groups to suggest new ways to help your business.
I’ve spend the last 4 months cleaning up a companies email boxes. I’m amazed, when I think I’ve gotten off all the emailing lists, more come.
Time is wasted when you get 500 emails, four are from clients, the rest is junk. If you don’t read it, it’s not helping then unsubscribe. Your clients are more important.
The unsubscribe is hard to find at the bottom of emails.
If you do want to subscribe setup a second email address for advertising junk and other email.
Be conscious of where you put your email address. On what site and what email address to use
Being in business means to be a master juggler. To keep up with all the master juggler hats business owners must have, organisation is a must.
The days i feel out of control, are days im not organised. Get up at a good time. Be organised and useful during work hours. Make sure you take time off.
Time off is equally important as working your butt off.
Use tools to be organised, I use Reminders on my phone when i think of something. Then I can sit down and work through the list. Feels good to tick off the items
Do you have changing staff?
Why not have an “alias” of email@example.com,
It means that your suppliers don;t have to keep changing the e-mail address every time a staff person leaves. Wasted time with suppliers having to make contact when the e-mails bounce when they need to send an invoice.
Psychology in business, theres more to it than you can think!
Staff are made redundant, budget cuts etc. Boss goes on cruise with wife. This says, boss does not care that staff are laid off, and still spends money personally. Staff say screw it… start taking things like stationary, and faking sick days. Builds resentment.
Be mindful of what you do as a manager or a business owner, it flows down to the staff. Remember “the fish rots from the head”
If you are a small business owner and paying bills on time just isn’t your thing.
If you have the money, pay them when you receive them.
Owing money on an account requires two things a completed credit application and communication. If you can’t pay the bill, say so. If you don’t want to pay the bill, say so.
Silence with over due accounts just make it worse and the company you owe money to more likely to send you to debt collection