Category Archives: Review

Reliable Webhosting for Small Business

For many small businesses, a website is likely the only high profile marketing item on the agenda since most of the other options are either too expensive or not very useful.

This is why choosing the right webhosting solution is so important. One of the best ways to find out more about webhosting options would be to actually use the internet itself. Review sites are particularly helpful, since they more or less compile the relevant information for you.

But you do have to be careful to check out more than one review sites. Sometimes, webhosting companies create their own review sites to review their webhosting sites. So, it is always good to be careful and alert.

If you are new to webhosting, you can check out the webhosting guides that are available on most sites. These sections should teach you the basics of webhosting and give you a good idea of what to look out for.

Small Business Startup – Hostgator Coupon

For many small business startups, cost savings are important. So, I would like to share with you this Hostgator coupon in case you are considering getting a web hosting plan.

In case you did not know, this blog is hosted on Hostgator and I have been really happy with the service. The best thing that I liked was the responsiveness of the online chat help. Anytime you click on it, someone is bound to be on to speak with you. Without a big IT department and highly qualified staff, this is a really good option for me to manage my hosting.

Anyway, for the New Year, they sent a coupon code that would give you a 20% discount. Hope this will be useful for you: hgnews12. When you sign up for your Hostgator hosting account, type in this code to get the discount.

Here’s wishing everyone a very happy new year, may 2010 bring you close to your dreams.

It’s the Season to be Holidaying!

Confess! How many of you have made Hotel Reservations more than six months ago? Well, you are wise!

But for those who have not, it is not too late! There is still time, especially if you use online booking services. If you check out HotelReservations.com, you will realize that you can practically arrange your entire trip online, and at one convenient location. Better yet, you don’t even have to budge from in front of your computer – better save your energy for that fantastic vacation! Just go take a look at the site, if you don’t believe me.

The site is available in multiple languages, which is a bonus if English is not your forte. But more importantly, the site is well laid out and the things that you will need to do are pretty straightforward. For example, if you wanted to book a hotel, you can fill in the form with your destination city, then put in the dates that you want to be there and when you want to leave. You should also put in how many people are traveling and of course, how many rooms you need. The application then throws up a list of options.

This is almost like having someone do a comprehensive research for you. Each result that is returned gives you a short line on the hotel’s location or it’s most interesting characteristic. It gives you information about the place and a map if you want, they are just a click away. Then of course, the price is right there. You simply scroll down the list and pick the one you fancy or the one that fits your budget. Your choice.

You can do the same for your rental car, air tickets and even entire vacation packages. Just a quick note, use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate when you want to search for rental cars, air ticket or vacation rentals. The tabs inside the middle box don’t work.

So, stop reading and go start booking your holidays if you have not done so!

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[tags]online vacation, hotel reservation, car rental, air ticket[/tags]

Entrepreneur Tip – Don’t Take Credit Card Loans!

When running a small business, many small business owners rely a lot on their credit cards to see them through tight corners. This is actually fine. But there is one thing that you should never do. Never take cash out on your credit card!

Compare loans to get the best interest rates and terms. There are really many other options when you are looking for unsecured loans that are much more viable than using your credit cards. Of course, we all know that when you are looking for homeowner loans, you shop around. Should be no different when you are going for small loans for your small business. Don’t pay huge interests, there are other options!

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[tags]personal loans, unsecured loans, small business loans[/tags]

Entrepreneur Tip – Online Phone Cards Sales!

This is really interesting. Just a few months ago, I was speaking with a friend about how lucrative it was selling phone cards. Then, here is this site offering a phone card business all ready to go! Believe it or not, this is surely the coincidence of a lifetime. Or maybe, it’s a message for me.

In the online world, I have seen such turnkey solutions for dating sites, gambling sites, shopping sites even. But this is the first that I have seen for phone cards. Going through their website, it seems like this is really a full-fledged online sales system that allows you to actually create a phone card business. One of the biggest challenges when setting up a phone card sales business is the inventory of phone cards. All the other stuff like the shopping cart system, payment and security are chicken feed compared to the hassle of getting a decent inventory of phone cards to start the business. That problem is solved with this turn-key solution.

Checking out the Frequently Asked Questions, the commissions range from 16 – 41% with the majority falling in the 20% range. Considering my own market research when me and my friend were considering starting this business on our own, those are decent margins. For those who are not aware, phone cards are one of the most popular means of calling overseas. If you think about the highly cosmopolitan US population and the fact that everyone loves to call home; you will realize just how lucrative this market really is.

[tags]phone cards, calling cards, online store[/tags]

Update – Shopping Cart Solution

Some time ago, I reviewed a shopping cart solution that was pretty comprehensive and professional. I liked the fact that it had a free trial where you could actually use the shopping cart for 10 days, which should be enough time for you to figure out if this is a solution for you.

But more importantly, when I re-visited the site, I noticed that they have revamped the look and feel of the site. But the one thing that made me smile was the addition of a Live Sales & Support button! This is fantastic! I do not know if you have ever experienced buying stuff or services online, but one of the biggest headache is always access to support.

In the “real world” that we live in, support is a phone call away; or we take the train and bang on some tables. But online, it is sometimes tough to get a hold of anyone when you need help. Features aside, this one single button says to me that this is a really serious company that is committed to helping its customers.

That, is good enough for me.

[tags]shopping cart, ecommerce software, shopping cart software, online store[/tags]