By Michael Conway, an EO UK-London member and managing director of the Quayside Group.
Despite the economic stranglehold impacting the business world, there are a lot of inexpensive online resources that can help you set your business up for success. Here are a few of the best Web sites I’ve come across, and what they have to offer.
- 99designs.com: The appearance of your business matters, especially when you’re trying to establish yourself in the marketplace. The right designer can be integral to perfecting your corporate image. 99designs takes the risk out of this process by using your business brief to set up a design contest, whereby designers compete to make the best design for your needs. Just know what you want designed and how much you’re prepared to pay for it. You choose your favorite design and pay the agreed fee, and then the designer sends you his completed design and copyright to the original artwork.
- Basecamphq.com: This is a project management system that runs online. It’s collaborative, and while it’s mainly recognized by Web developers as a key tool, it serves as a solid project management system for any company. It’s a simple system to use, and it provides file storage, as well as a way of connecting with clients who may not be as good at online communication as you are. This is an excellent, easy-to-adopt project management tool, and it prevents new businesses from having to invest in their own project management system at great cost.
- Venda.com: Venda offers technology platform needs and provides ongoing business services and consultation. Its focus is on e-Commerce— they have a team dedicated to finding simple, speedy solutions to e-Commerce problems. After implementation of the technology, there is a support and service infrastructure of more than 200 people who will work with you to boost your return on investment. There is a guaranteed 24/7 help desk, too. What’s more, Venda offers a simple, cost-predictable monthly payment model, so you’re not surprised with hidden costs.
- SubHub.com: SubHub makes it easy for anyone to build a moneymaking Web site. It’s turnkey, hosted and managed platform incorporates powerful, yet easy-to-use, content management with a range of income-generating options. These include subscription and membership site functionalities, but also advertising capabilities, affiliate marketing tools and an online store. By making it simple to make money from online content, SubHub gives clients greater freedom and the opportunity to profit from their expertise.