Whether you know it or not, ALL small business would benefit from having a web site.And that’s where small business web hosting comes into the picture.It can be, at first, rather daunting for a business owner new to the world wide web to find a hosting company that provides everything that is needed – at an affordable price.An affordable small business hosting plan is a must, but must also offer the features that will be required by your business website (Free Script Installation, Uptime Guarantee, 24/7 Phone and Email support etc.). In general, most small business web hosting plans are affordable because they have to compete against hundreds of other competitors within the same market, forcing them to make their rates competitive.Small business web hosting services are often similar to shared hosting. In that, unlike dedicated hosting, shared and small business web hosting has many users on the one account. Making the cost to the end-user cheaper, and still providing good quality hosting services.Researching Hosting CompaniesFinding the right hosting company can be rather difficult. As with anything, you want the best service you can get for the cheapest possible price.There is plenty of information on the web about affordable hosting packages, and budget hosting plans, some web host providers have special plans for small mini sites. You will also benefit greatly from reading reviews about certain sites you want to buy hosting off of. Be careful though, some reviews will be forged – just keep an eye out on the general feelings towards the company you’re looking into, rather then individual reviews.Before you become overcome with the vast majority of web hosting services available, make sure you plan (make a check list) just what you’ll need in a hosting plan and make sure the company you’re looking at has a good reputation.
Often small businesses do not consider operating in the same mode as large corporations with divisions like accounting, operations, or human resources. Indeed, exactly replicating division may not even be possible due to size constraints. Many small businesses consider such ideas as being top heavy and unnecessary. Yet, they deal in these very categories daily. An entrepreneur may be human resources, accounting, management, operations, and maintenance all in the same day. By beginning to think big, a business can grow larger.One of the most over-looked categories small businesses miss is operations. Business operations is the what a business does. And the main reason it is over-looked is that it is so obvious. It is taken for granted. An entrepreneur is so often focused on bookkeeping or marketing, some new aspect to their business that they forget about the core business. They do not even think about what they do as a business. Yet, if a small business would continually look at how they do business, there could be cost savings and efficiencies that boost their bottom line. Looking at new suppliers or how they do what they do could mean more net profit to the owners. Something as simple as looking at how someone in the trades makes service calls could help a small business save money by being more efficient. Or it could mean more billable calls in a day and therefore more gross profit.Another thing a small business could learn from large business is to mimic its divisions. Indeed, when starting out an entrepreneur has to wear many hats, but as he or she matures as a business owner they can begin to delegate. Entrepreneurs should start to outsource as much as possible what could be done by others. Large companies have enough business and revenue to hire entire departments dedicated to those roles. Fortunately, small business have other small businesses that can do much of the same thing. Things like payroll, marketing, bookkeeping, administration, etc. can all be outsourced to other small businesses. This can help a small business owner stay focused on their core business.When it is time for a small business to grow, one should consider growing its core business. Again as an example, if a business was in the trades, it should hire more tradesmen and buy more trucks to make service calls. This is opposed to hiring more support staff to do the peripheral duties. Those duties can be done by outsourcing. Only when the outsourcing costs far outstrip hiring a full-time person to do them, should one consider bringing them in-house.There is a big difference how small and large businesses do business. Still, there is much they could learn from each other. And for the small business learning from large business it could translate into growth in size and profits.