Start Affordable Online Business

Using Open-source Software for Various Business Processes

Think about how Skype, Google chat, and email can reduce your communication costs. Many VoIP companies provide affordable telecommunications solutions that include free minutes, as well as PBX and a variety of other great features.

Open-source backup systems such as Dropbox can keep your documents safe and at the same time, make them accessible from various computers for team members who collaborate. Google Docs is another great solution for online collaboration.

Becoming a Social Media Expert

Social media platforms offer a free marketing avenue that, when done properly, can bring in significant revenues. Every business owner should learn to become proficient in social media marketing practices, because it is a great way to connect with your target market, build an audience, and spread the word about your product or service.

Hiring Freelancers for Various Business Functions

Unless you actually need someone sitting in your office or store all day, you could use freelancers to take care of many of your business functions. From designing a website, to marketing, copywriting, accounting, customer support and virtual administration duties, the freelancer base is increasing daily. How do you save money with freelancers?

● You hire a specialist in his or her field, rather than a general worker.

● You pay an hourly rate only on work that is done, rather than paying a salary.