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Local Entrepreneurs Online Tools Resources Welcome to My Mind by Mind Map: Local Entrepreneurs 
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Local Entrepreneurs Online Tools Resources Welcome to My Mind

Getting Organized

MS OutLook Users

The top node to the right should be read 1st unless you already have read it or seriously consider yourself an Outlook Power User

Take Back Your Life Sally McGhee

Total Workday Control Michael Linenberger

Web Based Email or Software?

Email Software on your computer definitely makes more since for a small business owner (Read the Article to find out why).   However Google's Gmail definitely has it's benifits now that you can send and receive using your domain email addresses. (More in the Article).

Free Email Software

There are several available as you will find in article linked to this node. IMHO-BEST 2 However, my experience has been Thunderbird and Eudora (Sponsored version) are the only FREE email programs that should be used for small business. The rest are toys, are not user friendly or don't have features necessary for busines email.

Desktop Publishing Software

Microsoft Office Suite

Sun Micro-Systems Open Office Suite FREE

FREE light weight PDF Readers

FREE Heavy Weight Adobe PDF Reader

Other Software Options, FREE Email Software

Online Organization Systems

GOOGLE Tools

FREE Online Project Management

FREE Customer Relations Online Manager (CRM)

Bookkeeping

QuickBooks Simple Start FREE 2010

Preparing to Market Your Off Line Business Online

FREE Online Website Builders Heads Up Article

BUYER BEWARE

Competitive Local Business Analysis Online

Featured Free Business Software My Picks

FREE Online Project Management

AceProject Online Project Management UP TO 5 USERS (Employees or Partners FREE!) The best we've found and we use it for all project management in conjunction with MindMeister Mind Maps. Keep your customers up to date on the project you are working for them. I simply can't say enough good things about AceProject __Mike C.

FREE Customer Relations Online Manager (CRM)

Even if you only have one other sales person besides yourself, this FREE system can organize sales teams using automation tools to speed sales and customer service with real-world features that make your job easier.

QuickBooks Simple Start FREE 2010

Simple Start FREE 2010 is indeed FREE. Though limited in features it will allow you to find out whether or not you like it. Just click on the Arrow Icon to the right. If you do ....   .... and your business is actually a start up and especially if it is your first business, this software is THE way to go. Yes it cost a hundred bucks but for a small business just starting out it has the least learning curve thereby allowing you more time to work your business. .

Free Email Software

There are several available as you will find in article linked to this node. IMHO-BEST 2 However, my experience has been Thunderbird and Eudora (Sponsored version) are the only FREE email programs that should be used for small business. The rest are toys, are not user friendly or don't have features necessary for busines email.

* Read Me First *

Be Careful In Here You can get lost. As much" good information and tools as you will find  available here, If you're not careful to stay focused on what you came here for, it could be a very Non-Productive Adventure. Read the article in the next child node. Click the little circle with the arrow in it.

The Internet Is Full of Rabbit Holes - FREE Software Builds Focus and discipline - Article

It will be easy to get distracted by all the tools I've linked to in this mind map. Most of these tools are FREE because they are inticements to buy something the developers have for sale. As well many advertise for businesses with related tools. And .... they ALL have articles that will be of interest if you are interested in their free tools. Obviouslty if you took the time to read them all, that would be very time consuming. My Advice; Get in, get what you came for this trip, GET OUT and get back to work on your current task with hopefully something you can use to help complete your current tasl or  make your task easier.

For Business Start Ups

Self Assessment Test

Are You Sure You Have What It Takes: In this section you'll find articles and links to Business Start Up Self Assessment Tests. Don't worry they're short and can help you ask yourself the right questions

Small Business Administration Quiz

S.C.O.R.E Self Assessment Test

Business Assessment

Without Assessing your local offline business as to its strengths and weaknesses to determine the viability of marketing your business online you can potentially waste a lot of time.   Please spend some time with the linked articles in these child nodes before you start planning your web presence.

PEST Analysis B4 SWOT

Then Move On To SWOT

Planning

Plan to WIN!

Is Setting Goals REALLY Necessary?, Planning Includes Goal Setting - JUST DO IT! - For FREE!

Do You Need a Business Plan?, IMHO - Best Biz Plan Builder

FREE Online Business Plan Builder

Market Research, Online Competition, Competitive Intelligence Analysis (CIA), Off Line Competition

Marketing Plan, IMHO - Best Marketing Plan Builder

Learn the RIGHT Way to Expand to the Web

College Level Course - click >> Expand2Web - Offline Business Online Step by Step