Domenique Mélodie October 9, 2021 Template
This is an obvious advantage. For less than $100 you can have a fantastic website launched that's fully designed. There are also free HTML templates, WordPress theme, and Joomla templates available. But that's not where the cost-savings end. In fact, the real cost-savings is the fact you learn how to manage your website which will save you webmaster fees every month. This is the true advantage; one that I've realized cost savings into the thousands of dollars over the last few years being my own webmaster.
You can go about it one of two ways. Find a template platform you like (i.e. for WordPress: Genesis, Builder, Thesis, etc. or HTML templates and know you'll be revising the design a fair amount). Or, look for a website template that is as close to what you're looking for as possible to minimize the amount of customization work. Moreover, if you decide to install and set up the template yourself, you can be your own webmaster. That's what I do for my small business. I have a huge advantage because I can make changes and add content any time I like. I don't have to send instructions to and then review the work of a webmaster.
It does not matter which kind of business you are in throughout time you will need to create an invoice for goods or services. To keep track of your customers you will need a proper invoice system. Many companies will also require you to invoice them if they have hired you. So even though you are not taking orders you might still need a good invoice form. No longer losing track of what is owed to you. Print out one for your customer or client, and keep one for your records. Invoices make record keeping easy - a definite plus at tax time!
Then there are the checklists. It may seem superficial, but entire businesses have collapsed because there wasn't a checklist handy when needed. Collect checklists for everything from franchising to trademarks and dealing with the taxman, customer lawsuit or a subpoena. The only option to not having checklists is to keep an expert for each crucial issue close at hand and ready to offer advice, if the business can afford it.
Without the use of small business tools, managing the show would be akin to reinventing the wheel. It's hard enough as it is to run a company without having to do it all by hand and from scratch. For instance, without using small business templates, the businessman would be forced to focus on the aesthetics instead of the actual content of the plan.
All of this is but only the tip of the iceberg. The real value lies in more complex usage, like customer relations, sales & marketing, HR management and performance analysis. Some of these are freely available, like a tool which helps poll customers and tabulate the survey data into charts and reports.