Essentials Tools For Your Work At Home Business

By: houdy1020
If you are thinking about or have just started your work at home business there are a few basic but essential tools to consider to make the most of your time and efforts to be more productive.

I will touch just lightly on hardware here, for obvious reasons a computer is pretty much a given. The only thing that I will stress with your computer system is that you learn how to, and practice a good back up strategy. It could be as simple as keeping all your work at home business files in categorized folders and burn them to a CD on a regular basis.

Another good form of a back up is called a RAID, which stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Discs. There are many forms of RAID that are too expansive to address in this article. The one I will address here is RAID 1, simply having two or more hard drives in your computer that act as, and is seen by the operating system as one drive. If one disc should fail the computer will let you know but continue to operate until the failed disc is replaced and the RAID array is rebuilt by replacing the failed disc. Don't keep all your eggs in one basket and don't keep all your valuable work at home business files on one disc!

Virus and spyware protection are a must in today's online environment. McAfee and Norton are the two more popular products with different levels of protection available. Once installed run all updates manually several times until there are no more updates available. Then set the program to receive automatic updates. There are also some free antivirus programs available, as always be careful of what you get for free.

The Internet is growing by leaps and bounds with millions logging on for the fist time every year and many more creating their own website and starting a work at home business. While it is possible to have an online business without it, a web presence is essential to anyone wanting to sustain a work at home business.

A good provider to host your website and a domain name should be the two things most considered when starting your work at home business. But before you go out a grab a domain name and a hosting account, check out some of the work at home business opportunities you may be interested in, some provide those for you and you may get a better package deal should you sign up for these services with them.

Another tool in the work at home warrior's tool belt would be an autoresponder. An autoresponder is a software program or service that can be set up to send a sequence of prewritten emails that are sent out to prospects in your database at pre-set intervals. You can also use it to send out special offers or one time emails to your entire list manually as well. It can be setup to send out the messages you have written automatically when someone signs up for your newsletter or any other subscription you may offer on your website.

Technology has come a long way since the Internet began and getting a website up and running has never been easier. The best thing about it is all the information you need is available online if you know how to find it. You could learn HTML, the programming language used to create web pages, but that could take months. You could pay a service to do it for you, pay to get your domain name registered and pay another fee for a place to host it. You may want to consider joining a work at home business that not only provides these services for you but train you how to use them as well.
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