The internet is the new language of today’s world. The world has just become smaller with the arrival of the internet. Thousands of people, entrepreneurs and organizations are going online every day. Businesses are expanding far and wide on the internet. Some may argue that few organizations don’t really need an internet connection and that they can also survive without a computer. But the real point is, that computers, networking and the internet makes things more easy for the organization. It simplifies complex issues, makes working more efficient.
Having an internet presence basically involves the following
- Constant internet access
- Your company website (optional)
- Search engine listing
- Video conferencing/calling
An internet access will help you post information regarding your business online so that people can read it. To do this you can either maintain a website, social media account, e-commerce site, local review site or a blog.
Also it can help you be posted with real-time data regarding the corporate world, stock market and your competition. Using the internet people can even find and locate your business both nationally and internationally. This is where search engine listings will help you get more people. Internet connects you with the world.
Availability of software and various online web-designing tools for downloading will help you design your own website without the need of a designer. Microsoft has come up with Office Live Small Business specifically for this exact purpose. It has wide variety of features such as easy-to-use tools; pre-designed page templates which will help you create your own website.
Web-hosting, domain registration and internet data services are generally very cheap if you already own a business. It’s a positive and profitable investment.
A social media account and a blog will help you connect to social networking sites such as facebook, twitter and also online groups. This will help you stay in touch with people, customers, clients, hear their grievances and suggestions. It will also help you maintain a highly professional image in the business world.
You can even buy stuff online at wholesale/cheap rates and also sell goods and services online.
Instead of using traditional postal services or telephone to communicate with your customers, clients, investors, suppliers which sounds pretty tedious and time consuming, you can rather use the electronic mailing facility. Using the e-mail, you can even send a single message to multiple users. You can form groups and enter live chats.
Why video conferencing?
Video conferencing helps you organize meetings with your business associates/partners/ investors in spite of them being miles apart or nations apart and yet talk to them face to face. This will help you connect with them more personally. You can either use skype, google hangouts or team viewer for this.
With an internet and a website you are not only limited to customers which lie physically close to your business location. Your business can be based in New York but your customers can be in Tokyo. Such is the power of the internet. Every entrepreneur must go for it to transcend towards a successful career.