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Category: Business Tools & Services

Photoshop For Small Business – Fire Your Designer & Do It All Yourself!

Using Photoshop for your small business can help you make your product photos and website look great. But do you about know all the different ways you can use Photoshop in your business? In this article, we'll explore the variety of ways to best make use of Adobe's flagship image editor. Grab a coffee and let's jump in! (more…)

3 Crucial Business Website Services, Part 3: Your Business’s Email

3 Crucial Business Website Services, Part 3: Your Business’s Email

Welcome to the third and final part of our three-part tutorial on keeping your business's web services separated—domain registration, web hosting, and email. In part one, you got an overview of why it's important to keep your business's essential services independent of one another, and I gave you a handful of analogies to help explain what goes on in what I'll call the web services market. (more…)

3 Crucial Business Website Services, Part 2: Domain Names And Web Hosting

3 Crucial Business Website Services, Part 2: Domain Names And Web Hosting

This is part two of our three-part tutorial on keeping your business's website services separated—domain registration, web hosting, and email. In part one, you got an overview of why it's important to keep your online business's essential services independent of one another, and I gave you a handful of analogies to help explain what goes on in what I'll call the web services market. (more…)

3 Crucial Business Website Services, Part 1: An Overview

3 Crucial Business Website Services, Part 1: An Overview

When running a business website, there are three critical components that you'll want complete control over: Your website's domain name, your web hosting, and your website's email. The longer you're involved in running your own business's website, and with web design in general, the more you realize just how important it is to keep these three services separated and isolated from one another. Experience has taught me that by keeping these three components separate, if a problem ever arises with one of them, the other two won't be affected at all. (more…)

Web Design Tools, Services And Resources For Business Owners, Creative-Types, and Self-Marketers

Web Design Tools, Services And Resources For Business Owners, Creative-Types, and Self-Marketers

If you're a business owner, self-marketer, or creative-type who wants complete autonomy—to be able to build, maintain, and control your website yourself, then you're in the right spot! Here's a helpful list of resources, tools, and recommendations to help you go further with your online projects and ventures. As I discover new resources, I'll continue to add them here, so be sure to bookmark this page, and check back often! (more…)

The Best Code Editors For Online Business Owners

The Best Code Editors For Online Business Owners

In a previous tutorial, Code Editors For Small Business Website Owners, we talked about what you'd need from a code editor as small business owner who wants to be able to control and manage your website yourself. We learned that while a simple text editor can do the job, going with a code editor, which as been purposely built to handle languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and others, gives you a lot of handy tools and features to help make your work go faster. We also learned what we didn't need and also what we should avoid. If you missed it, be sure to check out that previous tutorial for more information before continuing here. (more…)

The Best FTP Applications For Windows Users

The Best FTP Applications For Windows Users

In a previous tutorial, we talked about some of the fundamentals of FTP and why it's important to know for your business—how FTP works, what you need to know about it, and so on. But what I wanted to do here was provide you with some recommendations for FTP applications that you may want to consider using. There's certainly no shortage of free and commercial-grade FTP applications available. If you're running a small business website, a free FTP application will be just fine. If you have more advanced needs, and want to ensure security and reliability, then going with a paid option is your best bet. (more…)

Where You Can Find Royalty Free Images For Your Business Website

Where You Can Find Royalty Free Images For Your Business Website

Having trouble finding great photography for your business website? Stick around and I'll show you some great, free resources that you can use. As a business owner who's getting their business online, have you ever struggled with where to find free images and photography that you can use on your website? Well in this tutorial, I’ll show you where you can go to find great images that you can use, royalty free. (more…)

How Ecommerce Works For Small Business: Shopping Carts, Payment Processors, Merchant Accounts, and More!

How Ecommerce Works For Small Business: Shopping Carts, Payment Processors, Merchant Accounts, and More!

Being able to accept credit card payments is the crux of every online business, large or small. If you can't accept credit cards, you won't have much of an online business! But with so much technical jargon, it can all seem very complicated. What are the key components, and how do they fit together? If you're a small business owner who wants to get clarity on how ecommerce works, then you're in the right spot! In this post, I'll lay out all the pieces for you and show you how they fit together. And, you'll discover that it really isn't all that complicated at all. Ready? Then let's go! (more…)

Find The Best Web Hosting For Your Website

Find The Best Web Hosting For Your Website

In this tutorial, I want to recommend specific web hosting companies that might be a good fit for your small business. The idea here is to narrow down the choices and give you a decent starting point for finding a great web host. (more…)