Check Out These Online Business Tools

Blogs. Blogs have been around for while but this is definitely the year of the blog. Businesses are getting in on the blogging scene in a big way; it's not just the domain of technical pundits anymore. If your business doesn't have a blog, maybe it's time to get one. is sometimes billed online as “social networking.” It's a way for someone to post a lot of stuff about themselves so that others can see their interests. Some of the things you can post about yourself include music, favorite pictures, a journal, etc. It seems to be like a blog on steroids. What does this have to do with business? Well, has garnered a lot of news lately about its astronomical growth and popularity. But there's another organization doing something very similar for businesses that I think is going to get bigger, too: is a site that lets you post a page about you and your business. Your customers can leave comments about you and you can refer others to that site. Take the tour here: like this idea and I think it's going to take off soon.

A Yahoo! account is a growing resource for people… it acts as a central online hub to keep your photos, blogs, bookmarks, get financial information. It comes with a Yahoo! email address, a calendar, a place to play games, and a free instant messaging system. Google is quickly advancing to close in on this, but right now Yahoo! is at the top of the pack to provide a central hub for just about everything in your life: it's accessible online (which means you can manage this stuff anywhere in the world). Although there are business-related versions of this, this free version is great for your personal life management.

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