Spotlight on Best of .biz Nominee –

13 Apr

This week we are shining the spotlight on 1 of our 10 best of .biz Nominees, Ministry Websites.

Tim Schmoyer knows that time is valuable. That’s why he created Founded in 2008, MinistryWebsites provides affordable, state-of-the-art website design, coding, hosting and online support for Churches and Ministries. Using the most cutting-edge and user-friendly management systems on the market, makes setting up and maintaining websites easy, not time consuming. takes the hassle out of designing and maintaining websites so its clients focus can be where it belongs: communicating easily, simply and effectively to their congregations.

Learn More about Ministry Websites or Vote for them for the Best of .biz Q2 2012!



5 Productivity Tools for Start-up Success

11 Apr

Productivity tools are especially essential for new start-ups, as they help you track progress towards key goals and benchmarks during your crucial first few months of operation. With the advent of digital technology, productivity tools have become more accessible, specialized and effective than ever before. Some of the most helpful options include time tracking tools, project management software, CRM software, marketing tools and accounting tools.

Here’s a closer look at how each of these productivity tools can help you manage your time, money and business:

  1. Time tracking software. Products such as Timefox and FunctionFox give you in-depth analyses of the amount of time spent on specific tasks and projects, helping you improve customer service and boost organizational efficiency.
  2. Project management software. There are plenty of project management options on the market, which can help you track progress of single or multiple ongoing projects. You can quickly and easily manage deliverables, meet milestones, share files and organize communications.
  3. CRM software. Customer relationship management (CRM) software helps you provide superior customer service by storing customer contact information, transaction histories, purchase preferences, service calls, meeting notes and more all in one convenient place. Check out Highrise from, or visit if you want tools designed to support single-person operations.
  4. Internet marketing tools. These are perhaps your most important ally, as creating, maintaining and updating your online presence is key to attracting business in today’s competitive landscape. Major Internet players like Google as well as niche sites like HubSpot can help you do everything from building a website and managing site content to creating online ad campaigns, converting visitors and generating leads.
  5. Accounting tools. Keeping track of your finances is crucial to your financial success, and productivity tools like FreshBooks and QuickBooks help you manage everything from customer accounts and invoicing to taxes and payroll. Also, be sure to offer your customers as wide a range of payment options as possible. Take advantage of services like PayPal in addition to allowing the safe and secure processing of online credit card payments.

There are many tools and resources out there to help you get your business started and ensure success once you have your Business Plan ready.  Research and choose the ones the best meet your budget and your businesses needs.

How to make the most of your online presence

6 Apr

Small businesses struggle at times with creating an online presence. When they do, they might not be getting the most out of their efforts. Utilizing social media and a website can help to brand an online presence.

The NSBA is holding a discussion on “How to Make the Most of Your Online Presence.” The discussion will help you leverage the utilization of websites and social media.

This teleconference on April 10th from 1-1:45pm EDT will provide best practices and how to drive business through a website as well as tips from small-business owners and experts on the best uses for social media in the small-business world.

Speakers include:

Register today to reserve your spot!