1. If you own a business, you must have a website.
  2. If you have a website, you must pay attention to your website.  If you take care of it, it will take care of you.
  3. If your business involves any kind of creativity of any kind, you must NOT have a template website.  (I know a good web designer if you need help!)
  4. Your website must never ever have misspellings.  This tells people you do not pay attention to details.  No one wants to do business with someone who doesn’t pay attention to details.
  5. Your website must tell people something about you, and offer them options.  "We Cut Hair!, Click HERE to make an Appointment"
  6. If your website hasn’t been updated in a year, people will assume you are;
         a) technologically inferior**
         b) out of business
  7. Invest the $10.00 a month in your OWN domain! Using @GMAIL, @Yahoo or @MSN on your email is unprofessional.  Using @AOL again says "I am Technologically inferior"**.
  8. Answer any Emails promptly!


  **If you think it’s cute to be technologically inferior, (Hah Hah -I don’t know even know how to work these dang computers, I’m old fashioned and use paper!)  Grow up, people don’t want to give their credit card information to someone who uses a piece of carbon paper and a rock.

Comments on: "8 Rules for small Businesses in 2009 (aka A Small Rant)" (0)

  1. Wise advice.  This is, after all, 2009.  

  2. I’m taking notes in case I ever want to branch out… Thank you, my success will depends upon you ya know *laughs*

  3. Boy I’m glad I’m retired! I woud be up a creek without a paddle.

  4. How about if I step up to a feather and papyrus? 

  5. Oh, I am so there with this rant as a consumer who uses the web to find businesses all of the time.  My complaints -Don’t make your customer go through three or four pages to find contact information.  Front page!Don’t load the page with so many bells and whistles that your customer can’t load the page.  I hate this website – agree with your points.  Not answering email is a biggie.  It makes me think that if I need your help you won’t be there for me.I’m tired of people acting like computers are a passing phase.  It makes me think twice if I want to do business with that company.

  6. @skanickadee – You’re right.  There website is annoying.  #9 for MB would be, if you’re going to be all Flash, add a SKIP the Intro link.@carolinamuscle – I will fly down there and take your feather away, and you know you would be sad.  You might need it for something else someday.

  7. RYC:  Thanks!  No, I rarely get sick.  I warned Companion that it’s Stouffer’s for dinner because I just couldn’t care less about food.  Do 5 cough drops and a coke count as lunch?Nice rant!  I consider myself a computer idiot for the most part, but I try and know who and how to ask for help!  My local puzzle store, about the size of my main floor, still does things by hand, but they have a website, online coupons, etc.  If I had a business, that would be the first thing I’d set up, with the expertise of, uhm, you know who… 

  8.  LOL!! Hey, I don’t know how much good a feather’ll do me… it’d sorta be like a bulldozer pushing one of those kiddie bubble mowers… subtlety is not my strong suit!!  

  9. @tlm0000 – Yes!  Skip the Intro!  Yep!

  10. I hate web sites that have not been updated!If I have have my own business ( dear God what would I be thinking!) I will keep this in mind

  11. You tell them!  I could add to that and don’t even get me going on phone answering services!  By the time I get a person on the line I am already ticked off!I love that last picture in your previous post!  I’m not sure if I could get holes in my ears that way.  With the gun it is so fast.Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. I’m happy that I’m not in business for myself.

  13. rah rah…good rant

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