Start a Computer Business with the Latest Online Tools
When you start a computer business, don’t sit home alone wondering how you’re going to get customers. Hop on the Internet and take advantage of the wealth of information and tools out there.
One website that IT consultants should know about is SCORE.org.
SCORE is a nonprofit organization that helps small businesses with mentoring programs, free business templates, and online and offline workshops.
(Editor’s Note: Even though SCORE is a U.S.-based organization, much of its advice is applicable to IT consultants in many other industrialized nations. Also, although SCORE is often confused as being part of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce, SCORE is actually just a resource partner of the SBA and not part of the federal government.)
A recent article from SCORE explores online tools to boost sales—consider these excerpts below if you’re looking to start a computer business:
Explorer market research tools – Market research is a great way to get to know your customer. SurveyBuilder.com (now Instant.ly) has a free tool that allows you to create and send customer or market research surveys online. You can also publish results of your survey online, which can later be used as a marketing tool or as content in a newsletter. For a fee, you can access pre-qualified survey respondents to complete your survey. SCORE reports that it’s cost-effective and allows you to see the results immediately.
Optimize your website – Check out the Spyfu.com site for help in choosing your keywords. This tool can show you results other companies had with certain keywords and you can see what keywords competitors are using.
See what other companies recommend – Sites such as BestVendor.com offer a rating service for business tools, web services, and other tools. The website, still in Beta version, says that it helps you “Discover software and applications you'll love and see what's working for people like you.”
These three tools can help you boost sales and efficiency as you start a computer business. If you’ve tried any of these online sites, or have more ideas of your own, share them in the comments section below.
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