Review: How to Save on Business Phone Lines

August 7th, 2009, posted in Small Business Resources

When is the last time you got really excited about phone service? Probably never… unless you haven’t had it before. Usually I think we believe they hold us over the barrel.  Especially with business phone lines if you ever had to establish them.

Being involved with commission only businesses, moving, add and changing numbers, I know I have experienced my fair share of establishing phone service for business and personal use.  In hopes to save money, you always will try the next guy because they all sound great…. then just end up nickel and dime you or try to lock you into a long term contract.

Business phones are the worst because they typically charge you by the minute, most cases you have to get a special phone system, and it is a pain to make changes or maybe just add another line to the system.

My first adventure away from the traditional land line was Vonage which is a Voip System that utilizes your high speed internet instead of the regular phone line.  Believe me, I was excited to make the transition because unlimited minute, designated fax line without needed to pay for another number.  It was going to be great… or so I thought.  Things were alright, but to secure a low price they required a contract, also you had to buy special boxes to link through your modem so that you could get your regular phone to work.  Needless to say, it wasn’t exactly what I imagined.  Yes, you got all the call waiting and call forwarding including in the price.  And they did have nice features like getting voice mail in my email box or even converting my message to text.   Features my local service didn’t provide.

For a small business, it just wasn’t quite practical enough.  Trying to have an 800 or multiple lines.  It just wasn’t as flexible as I needed for running a business that would have people come and go…or even if it didn’t fluxuate.

Then…I found another system, it offered multiple lines, unlimited minutes… it seemed great, but the monthly fee even know it was less was more than what I wanted to pay for a small business….and again, they locked you into a contract.

Finally…just a couple of month ago I found it.  Probably one of the best finds I have had as a small business.  I wish someone would have suggested this years ago.  I have been self-employed for over 8 years now… and I have finally found something that is of real good value, RingCentral!

If you only knew how good this service is.  They give you the boxes, you can use blue tooth, you can forward to your pda or cell and make calls as if you were from your office…$4.00 800 numbers..unlimited minutes,

Getting a Jump Start on Your Web Presence

July 13th, 2009, posted in Small Business Resources

What a better way to start looking professional and get your name out there on the web is to have a unique domain name. Before you start looking around on the web, jot down about 5 to 10 names you think may suit you. You have to watch some companies that offer domain name searches because they may steal your name and try to charge you more if you don’t buy the name during your initial search. Make sure you use a reputable company like GoDaddy.com for your domain names.

For help with organic ranking, you may want to consider key words that people will be search for you in the domain name. Many times your name is taken, if this is the case, take a look at the same name with hyphens. You will still get the benefits of your key words for organic ranking.  Also, don’t be afraid of longer names… as long as it is descriptive it shouldn’t be an issue.

Before you buy anything on the web, to save money I always look for coupons. Click on the link below to save some money on your next domain name.

Go Daddy $7.49 .com Sale 120x60

People overlook coupons all the time, but saving a dollar here and there is easy.  Plus it really adds up over time.  I never buy anything online, especially at major retailers, until I check for coupons.

Favorite Web Design Resources

July 13th, 2009, posted in Web Design

As a web designer you always need to have some good resources under your belt to gather inspiration or just learn the latest new feature that your next client is wanting integrated into their site.

Here are some of our favorite resources that we call upon when our mind goes blank..

960

960.gs

This site offers some really useful resources and inspiration.  Now that most monitors support 960 up from 760 ,this resource is something we can’t live without.  They have templates and a very through CSS reset file that works great.

The 960 grid system also takes into consideration the Golden Ratio which is believed to be perfectly proportioned and aesthetically pleasing.  Great minds and artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Salvador Dalí,  used the golden ratio in many of their works.

Welcome to S.C.R.A.T.C.H. Marketing

March 5th, 2009, posted in Small Business Resources

Thank you for visiting our site.  We have recently changed the overall look and feel and are currently in the process of making it full of valuable content for small businesses, non-profits and individuals that need promotional products and services.