with Aliza Sherman
If you own a business - home-based or otherwise - this is the blog where you'll find practical tips and smart ideas about entrepreneurship. I've started and run 4 different businesses so "been there, done that." I'll also invite successful entrepreneurs to share their best advice with you.
To learn more about Aliza, check out her profile on Work It, Mom! and her website, www.mediaegg.com.
I’m all for anything that makes my life and work easier, and I still believe - after over 20 years online - that Internet access to information and applications truly provides convenience to help cut down on all that busy work, wasted time and superfluous spending.
Here are some online services that can help you perform business tasks more cheaply, more easily, or both.
Stamps.com - I did a review of Stamps.com on the CBS Morning Show in the 90s, and their service is still solid today. The Web-based service let’s you calculate and print postage directly from your computer and printer. Since they work in conjunctino with the Unites States Postal Service, the postage labels you print are official. For small businesses that need to track their expenditures, Stamps.com offers a detailed record down to client codes.
Avery.com -I’ve been buying Avery labels since the beginning of time, or at least the beginning of my first business. I shouldn’t have been surprised last year to find that the label company has a nifty template that generates your labels as a PDF file that you can use to print your labels right off your printer. I’m starting to play around with it for mailing labels to make my business mailings a little more professional as well as printing last minute custom business cards for special events. I’m still having a little trouble aligning the output to the actual labels, but once I get it figured out, I can see this application saving my company some money.
YouSendIt - I always have the need to send big files via the Internet. With YouSendIt, you don’t have to attach the files to emails and clog up your email and the recipient’s email. Just upload to YouSendIt and the recipient receives an email with a link where they can download the file to their computer via a Web site with no email interruptions. This really saves on the old fashioned burning files to CDs and DVDs and delivering or mailing them in order to get big files into someone else’s possession.
Spinvox - This site captures voice mail messages and converts them into text, delivering them to your email inbox, your blog, or other online spaces. I haven’t tried this service yet, but know some people who are using it and who seem to like it. Instead of having to check your phone messages while you’re on the road, you can check emails and get all of your messages.
UPS.com, FedEx.com, USPS.gov - And don’t forget that all the shipping companies and entities offer free, online, 24/7 package tracking. Take advantage if you aren’t already and check out what other features and conveniences they offer.
There are so many other online applications that can truly save you time and money, and for small business owners, time IS money and every savings, no matter how small, can really add up.
What are some of YOUR favorite Web-based apps to get tangible business tasks done?
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