Online resources to help launch your first business | Dailytrust

Online resources to help launch your first business

The internet age has given us a lot and in fact, it might have given more than you would expect. The worldwide web is filled with software that solves a lot of business problems. A lot of them are simply ways to automate the tedious tasks that need to be done every day, but some of them take a bigger problem and make them simple enough to manage alone.

For examples of online solutions to business problems, read on.

Training

Remote learning is a concept that has greatly taken off. During the lockdown, people around the world were using their downtime to learn something new, and now it’s come to the workplace.

Remote learning can be used to train a new employee as part of the onboarding process, get a staff member that qualification they need to get that promotion or teach the entire team on a subject that could enhance the business.

There are a lot of subscription learning services online, but if it’s for business, you can’t go wrong with LinkedIn Learning. The networking social media platform has expanded into teaching courses on “business”, “technology”, and “creative” subjects.

However, if you are looking for a qualification, you would be better off looking to The Open University. You can collect modules as part of a qualification that can range from highers to bachelor degrees.

Website

A business website is the first impression a customer is going to get of you and your business. From that first impression, they are going to make a judgement on your business overall, which means if your site looks shoddy, your business is going to appear shoddy too. To take it a step further, a website with no content or no effort put into it might even look like a scam.

Your business website should be well-laid out so that everything is easily accessible from the homepage. For example, if you are hosting an online casino, you would want rows of examples of the different games you offered on the homepage, underneath a menu of the complete collection, and pages they can go to individually for promotions, customer service, payment options, etc.

A website builder can make things a lot easier. If you use a platform like Wix or WordPress, you can take advantage of their templates that will lay everything out, and you will simply need to fill the space. Try it out today.

Shipping

If your company has an element of eCommerce to it, shipping is going to be very important to you. It’s the often-forgotten aspect of selling products when people are busy thinking about perfecting their business and marketing it, but it is more important than you would think.

Shipping is one of the few elements your customers can judge you on in eCommerce. There is not a storefront for them to get an impression of, nor any face-to-face customer service. Therefore, customer satisfaction usually boils down to whether their packages are showing up on time.

To help with this, you can download something like Zendbox, which tracks all your packages from warehouse to doorstep. Use the platform to keep track of your packaging and inventory, to solve problems before they even arise. The system integrates with Royal Mail, Amazon, UPS, FedEx, eBay, Etsy, Hermes and more so you will have constant eyes on your products no matter who’s handling them.

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