Once upon a time, Google Apps for businesses was free for teams of up to 200 people. Then, they lowered the limit down to 100 people. Then 50. Then 10. Now, as of December 7, 2012, the limit is zero. The free Google Apps for businesses service has been discontinued. Organizations that had an existing free Google Apps membership won’t be charged, but any new customers will have to pay the $5/month or $50/year per-user fee.
So what’s a small business to do, now that they can’t wrap Google’s email, docs, calendar, et. al. under their own custom domain? Easy: they check out these free Google Apps alternatives.
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I’m happy to announce the official launch of our sister site, primoCart! Over there, we’re focused on giving eCommerce business owners access to all of the information and resources that they need to be successful and profitable. Of particular note is the eCommerce Toolkit, which is a collection of products and services to help business owners make the most of their eCommerce sites.
In the very near future, we plan on expanding our services to online shopping cart reviews and recommendations, and more industry-centric news.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over and and get the information and resources you need to run a successful eCommerce business.
What is drop shipping? Wikipedia defines a drop shipping business as one that uses a “supply chain management technique in which the retailer does not keep goods in stock, but instead transfers customer orders and shipment details to either the manufacturer or a wholesaler”.
That sounds pretty easy and simple. So why is it a good business to be in?
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One of the biggest challenges in starting your own small business is figuring out exactly what your business is going to be.
Here are ten small business ideas that can help you get started on your road to self employment.
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“This porridge is too hot! This porridge is too cold! This porridge is just right!” exclaimed a young blonde girl with a penchant for breaking and entering.
Almost everyone knows the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, where a young blonde girl enters the temporarily vacant home of three anthropomorphic bears. Once inside, she helps herself to their chairs, porridge, and finally their beds. She finds two of each to be a bit extreme in their discomfort or temperature, and one of each to be “just right”.
As a result of this fable, things that are “just right” are termed to be in the “Goldilocks Zone” — not too hot, not too cold; not too high, not too low. If you read any technology or science news, you may hear that term a lot in reference to a planet’s distance from its sun. However, there is something of a much less celestial nature that needs to be in its own Goldilocks Zone: your product’s price. The success or failure of your business depends on it.
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