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Business Software Options for Your Online Business

By Greg Holden

For the most part, the programs you need in order to operate an online business are the same as the software you use to surf the Internet. You do, however, need to have a wider variety of tools than you would use for simple information gathering.

Because you’ll be in the business of information providing now, as well as information gathering, you need programs such as the following:

  • A web page editor: These programs, also called web page creation tools or web page authoring tools, make it easy for you to format text, add images, and design web pages without having to master HTML.

  • Graphics software: If you decide to create your business website yourself rather than find someone to do it for you, you need a program that can help you draw or edit images to include on your site.

  • Storefront software: You can purchase software (or pay a monthly fee) that leads you through the process of creating a full-fledged online business and getting your pages on the web.

  • RSS feed software: RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is a way of formatting web content in the form of an eXtensible Markup Language (XML) file so it can be read quickly and easily by people who subscribe to it. Here are instructions on how to create an RSS feed and a list of feed creation tools.

  • Accounting programs: You can write your expenses and income on a sheet of paper. But it’s far more efficient to use software that acts as a spreadsheet, helps you with billing, and even calculates sales tax.

Some businesspeople prefer blog software rather than a full-blown web editor to create their website’s content.