Sally Jones

While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s graduate school for journalism and public relations in the late 1990s, Sally began a long career researching and writing about business, technical and scientific topics. Her decades of experience as well as a passion to stay on top of the latest online tools and resources combine to help small businesses (and freelancers like herself) flourish.

How To Start A Drop Shipping Business

Forklift carrying boxes: What is Dropshipping?

Have you ever had a dream of owning your own retail business, but you can’t imagine raising the start-up capital, let alone the hassle of running a physical store, managing inventory, shipping, employees and other major costs? Welcome to the wonderful world of the web and drop shipping companies. Today’s technology provides a wealth of opportunities for almost anyone to own their own online retail biz at a fraction of the capital it used to take to launch and maintain a non-virtual store. Dropshipping is an integral ingredient in this equation, but what is dropshipping and how does it work…

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Domain Registrar Battle: Namecheap vs GoDaddy

Two men arm wrestling: Namecheap vs GoDaddy

Are you ready to launch your website and need a place for it to call home? Choosing a domain registration service is one of the most important decisions you’ll make to get your website up and ready for business. But with hundreds of viable options, how do you know where to turn? Two of the most popular services are Namecheap and GoDaddy, and both are worth serious consideration. In fact, we chose Namecheap as our number one pick, and GoDaddy came in third in our comparison article Best Domain Registrar. But which one is best for your website? Keep reading to see how they stack up against one another in the battle of the big domain services…

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ShopKeep Review: The Best POS For Small Business Owners?

ShopKeep at coffee shop

Time to update your antiquated cash register? Looking for a modern alternative for your small business? The ShopKeep point of sale (POS) system could be just the ticket. This iPad-based POS system is one of the most intuitive systems we’ve seen. ShopKeep isn’t for everyone however. It gears itself towards small businesses with rich features and cloud-based offsite data storage. Keep reading our review to see if it’s the best solution for you…

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What are the Best Free Website Templates?

Person cutting paper: Best Free Website Templates

Are you on a tight budget but need your website up and running for your company or blog? Most web designers charge an arm and a leg for professional looking website designs, but did you know that you can actually get a number of website templates for free? In fact, there are so many free website templates available online that it’s difficult to weed through them all. Some are much more polished and professional than others. So, we’ve done our research to identify your go-to sources for the best free website templates for the top web platforms and languages…

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Going Mobile: Responsive Web Design Tutorial

Man on iphone: Responsive Web Design Tutorial

If you don’t have a mobile friendly website, you could soon be behind most of your competition. Just consider the stats — one in three people visit a website using their mobile device, and the numbers continue to soar. The good news is, it’s not that difficult to create or convert your website into a responsive website design. What is responsive web design? Simply put, it’s a way to design your website so that it automatically looks good on any mobile device. There are a number of ways to achieve a responsive website, and the benefits to your business or blog are huge…

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Data Come Back: How to Recover Deleted Files

Road to recovery sign: How to Recover Deleted Files

Deleted or lost files – a temporary setback? Or one of your worst nightmares come true? We’re all too familiar with the panic that sets in when your important digital files get lost. But we assure you, don’t give up hope just yet. Recovering deleted files — even with a total hard drive loss — is possible and sometimes easier than you might think. If you’ve found yourself in this unfortunate situation, keep reading. We’ll cover your options, from steps you can take to recover deleted files, data recovery software suggestions and, if all else fails, data recovery services that specialize in hard drive recovery…

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Best Small Business Loans Online: LendingTree vs Lending Club vs Kabbage vs OnDeck vs Funding Circle & More

Small business owners in front of store

Attention small business owners: Do you have an urgent need to fill your inventory? Purchase equipment? Pump up your marketing campaign? Hire another employee? You’re in funding luck these days, thanks to the many websites that cater to small business loans online. With the decline in smaller community banks, it’s harder than ever for you as a small business owner to obtain the financing you need to keep your business up and running — and successful! We’ve done the research to provide our small business loan company recommendations along with some of the information you’ll need to get started…

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Avoid a Wipeout: What is Cloud Storage?

What is Cloud Storage?

Working on a big project and afraid you could lose all your hard work? We’ve all been there. You’ve spent hours upon hours on a crucial presentation, report or proposal then your computer crashes and you lose everything — all because you only saved your files on your computer’s hard drive. Even worse, ALL other files on your hard drive were wiped out as well. Read more to learn about cloud storage and and other ways to prevent this from happening to you…

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Mad Mimi vs MailChimp: Choosing the Best Email Marketing Service

Mad Mimi vs MailChimp logos

Not sure which email marketing service provider to use for your business? Two major players, Mad Mimi and MailChimp, are among the most affordable services out there — and they both offer a free plan (not a common occurrence for email marketing services). So, how do they compare in pricing, ease of use and features? First, we’ll give you an overall review of each service and then delve into some of the most important features to see who wins the battle of Mad Mimi vs MailChimp…

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