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Small Business’ and Microsoft Office 2007

When you start up a small business, one of the questions you need to address is what software is essential to my business? As a small business consultant, I have seen many companies, owner managed businesses and sole traders start up and be faced with this question, invariably linked to very scarce capital resources. The main purpose is to get software that can quickly sort out complex data and unburden the computer with the help of a fast processor in a stable manner.

Although there are other software suites available, available in a number of versions, Microsoft Office provides the essential applications and is the most commonly used. For business purposes, the options open to you are; Office Standard, Small Business, Professional or Ultimate.

Microsoft Office Standard 2007:

The entry level for Office, this version includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. These are the basic essentials of most businesses, a word processor (Word) a spreadsheet (Excel) a presentation package (PowerPoint) and a combined email, calendar/ diary, address book function (Outlook).

Microsoft Office Small Business 2007:

The Small Business version includes all the above applications with the addition of Publisher 2007 while the Outlook version includes Business Contact Manager, which helps you to organise all your business contacts, rather like an rudimentary CRM system. Publisher is a desktop publisher package, designed to help you create publications and marketing material. In fact, this can really help you to save money. You can create your own letterhead, business cards and compliment slips and print them off as required, rather than go to the expense buying several hundred from a commercial printer.

Microsoft Office Professional 2007:

This version includes everything above and includes Access 2007. This database is invaluable if you need to handle large volumes of data and want to make it relational, such as contact lists, orders and stock. It includes templates of common applications and is reasonably easy to use.

Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007:

Probably a bit over the top for a start up, comprising as it does, all the above applications with OneNote 2007, Groove 2007 and InfoPath 2007 as well. OneNote is an extremely flexible application that allows you to keep unstructured notes in a series of tabs. For example, if you are researching product lines, you could keep screen shots, URLs, and competitive information, all in the same place. When the business is larger and can justify a server, OneNote is an invaluable area to let your employees keep ideas and brainstorming thoughts.

Groove is another application that is really designed for use by a number of people on a network. It helps you to keep common files in one place and notifies those people who need to access them when there are any changes to those files. InfoPath is an application that allows you to create forms used to gather data which can be used in conjunction with databases or online. As the forms are based on XML, they have extensive applications in Ecommerce.

Of course, every business has different needs, so you will need to choose the version most applicable to your requirements.

1st Step In Starting A Business

As an Entrepreneur whose business enterprise turned 19 years last month, it may be good to share with readers some of the lessons encountered. The recent months I have been receiving queries on the secret for maintaining this business. Well it is no secret at all and I take pride in passing on important matters to those who sincerely want to commence or even those in business to restart the button as they say.

Primary Lesson: Mindset

Oftentimes, there are entrepreneurs who begin a business because of an opportunity. A deal may even begin with a mere restaurant napkin or even over some brown bottles. However getting into the groove of business must begin with having the proper frame of mind. There is a need to cultivate for the seed to germinate.

1st: Define the Purpose

It may be good to ask yourself the purpose of getting into business. I am not referring to identifying the business yet. Rather it will be more into probing the different layers related. One may say, “I want to be My Own Boss”, being your own boss entails several factors such as the ability to make a decision. To help further, it is recommended to be a relax mood and let your heartbeat be in a normal mode. Excitement or depression may not lead to better result

2nd: Start Writing

Letting our thoughts remain in our mind may be affected with other things. In my years till now, I have learned to always have a small pocket notebook. The first thing to do is write in BOLD Letters on top of each page the topic you are focusing. I call this Chapter of My Mind. There jot down things that may flash in your mind. You will be amazed to realize at the end of a week on ideas and perhaps reasons related to the focused topic.

3rd: Visualize The Business

Man has the most advanced computer chip in the universe. The Mind given the proper nurturing can create scenes. If there is a business opportunity, a person may begin to use his power of the mind to visualize how the business will go. This was one powerful tool I used to see for myself the present business I am in. I wanted to see in my mind how it will all work. Without being biased I was able to see both pros and cons.

4th: Instill Faith and Positivism

To be an entrepreneur entails risk. In fact this is what I call the point where it separates a Man from a Boy or a Woman from a Girl. There are no assurances of where and what the business will be. Try getting a copy of the popular song “Que Sera Sera” written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. This was made popular in 1956 as sung by Doris Day. One thing though is developing the ability to think Positive. Yes we keep hearing that word so much so it is deafening. Every waking up hour and even retiring, the entrepreneur brings with him or her business. Correlate the business to being like a Captain of Airbus 380. The responsibility is tremendous to be entrusted not just on the capital investment. It is more of the hundreds of lives. The Captain has operating manuals and a chosen and qualified team. What matter most is for the Captain to have the greater self-confidence of safely reaching the point of destination. Nobody is spared from having fears or sleepless nights thinking of certain situation of the business. What helped me through was the fact my faith became much deeper and stronger. To strengthen my positivism, I began always to think of good things and avoid being a pessimist or talking ill of people. Use your energy and resources wisely. Think that everyday you are getting better and better. Drive all your thoughts in contributing and making this world a happy place for everyone. Blessings come in many fold to those who do good.

How To Get Started in the Home Based Business of Internet Marketing

How does a person go about starting their own Home Business? What are the successful entrepreneurs doing to make the big money. As you have seen, I am sure, there is an abundance of programs out there that promise Riches. But after you weed through them and find one that you think is legitimate and sign up, then what. What do I have to do to succeed in this program?

Well from my years of experience and reading stories from the successful people the big thing is work everyday. Yes it kind of is that easy. The harder you work,the longer you work and the smarter you work the sooner you get rich. If you think about it, it makes it easier to have that thing called momentum. And I will tell you nothing is as important as momentum. Something in motion tends to stay in motion and something stagnant tends to stay stagnant. To change your life you will have to start moving and keep moving in the right direction.

No matter what your choice of Home Business and what kind of internet marketing is involved, you need some momentum and to get into a groove. There just is no way to keep up with the changes happening on the internet if you work two days a week. You have to constantly do advertising and promotion of both yourself and your business. Not to mention the hours you have to spend on research to keep up on how to market your business and products with the most efficient method.

Spending more money does not equate to more success, your marketing is about strategy and continued pushing of your business forward toward your goals. You have to build your own personal brand over time so your name is found on the Internet. You need to have your name pop up when prospective customers are googling home businesses, or making money, or categories like that. You can not buy name branding, you have to work for it, and work hard.

I still work everyday doing something for my business or my name recognition and I am sure there are others out there that have outworked me. But, I work hard and smart and I am constantly reading and researching to get better and more efficient. But I do not work 8 hours a day ever anymore, and although I have a home business does not mean I always work from home. I can work where ever I have Internet access, and today that is almost anywhere. Internet marketing can be a very good job.

Consistent action is the key, building momentum, but a common marketing mistake is that the inexperienced new person places a few ads all over the place and throw everything at the wall hoping something will stick. Then they think the world will fall in their lap, that is not going to happen. If you have an entitlement mentality and think traffic and success will happen on its own you will get killed in this business.

Hard work and working every day will go a long way to you being successful in any business. That is any business, brick and mortar business or Internet business they all respond to hard work. Now go to work, and tomorrow, go to work, then keep repeating every day. Build your business by building your own branding on the internet so everyone can see exactly who you are and see that you are indeed a legitimate business person.