The 5 Steps to Follow to Build a Successful Online Business

IntroductionA lot of web designer sites advertise easy, cheap and fast online business solutions. What you find rarely, is how long it is going to take for you to make a profit. May be you have tried one and feel things does not go as expected. But with no planning for work and schedule for return on investment, there is not too much to expect.No, don’t let your online business begin that way. To begin an online business you must first contact a professional Web Designer, and that’s what you should be doing.Being very motivated about your business, you are going to invest some of your time to write about your business, put your personal touch in communication so your website will represent your Company. You will be active in designing your website and giving all information you have about your conventional business, including logos, presentations, product categories, list and descriptions, and last but not least, the specifications, features and benefits of what you are selling.This is the correct process in doing things. Now what can go wrong?1) Own your online businessAs a business owner, you don’t expect someone to take of you the burden of running your business, to build a shop for you and then to have a successful online shop running and making you money?Or if you expect so, do you know how long is it going to take, how much money you will have to invest and when the return on investment will happen?Now we get back to some basis of running a business: What are the Investment, Schedule for return on investment and Profit?2) Know Your business planHaving all these work done, you will have probably already spend your budget for your online business in step 1. And yes, nothing much is going to happen after step 1. So what much you need to know to get your successful online business?This is like your conventional business : your first need to know what your spending and your income will be .3) Know the steps to a successful online businessFirst is the Initial design.Second are the changes to your design and to your product categories and list.Third is the Marketing necessary for your website to be known.4) Avoid the Step One Only proposal, where all others necessary steps are not mentioned.A single amount of money is asked for to design the website version 1, and everything else is on a per hour cost basis.Usually, after one to two years, not having a web site running yet, you will have to stop, running out of budget.5) An all including proposal will have to bet tailored to your need and type of business (margin, location, geographical, delivery methods, inventory costs…).It will cover at least two years of activity for your online business, with a clear budget framework, return on investments and benefits for you.ConclusionKnow that all the work you have already done on your online business is very positive. Think you have gone a long way, understanding the first necessary steps of going online.You might be not happy of the way things have gone up to now, but choosing the right business partner and following the 5 steps above will drive you to a successful online business.Your knowledge and work will be an important added value to your conventional business conversion to an online business.

The Uses and Benefits of Video Streaming

Video streaming may soon become one of the most popular Internet technologies. For now the most commonly used video streaming technology is Video on Demand (VOD). It allows viewers to gain access to streaming video files using their web browser. However the potential ways of using video streaming include also such things as virtual classrooms and remote surgery.Two-way video web conferencing is no longer the future, it is now. We can try it ourselves using newer instant messaging systems such as MSN Messenger. Of course, the quality of such video streaming is usually very low up to the point of being barely recognizable, but it can still be used to transfer live images over long distances.Increasing the quality of two-way video conferences will call for the use of dedicated servers with low bandwidth overhead. They are extremely useful for maintaining business conferences.The ultimate task lying in front of video streaming technology is allowing surgeons to operate on patients from remote locations. This is not the reality, yet, as this would require so high bandwidths that are yet impossible to achieve. They would need to give doctors an opportunity to remotely control surgical equipment as well as receive high quality uninterrupted visual, auditory and instrument feedback.For now, streaming video technology is reliable enough to let doctors remotely consult with each other and with patients, as well as give advice during the operation. This is a great benefit to all medical facilities located in sparsely populated areas. Consultations and contact with patients on the Internet save time and the expense of transporting the patient to an urban center for treatment.The most popular application of video streaming is VOD. VOD video files can be hosted by any server and it is possible to access them by anyone with a computer and some kind of Internet connection.The easy access may be extremely useful for all kinds of users, but especially for schools and universities, giving teachers an opportunity to archive classroom material. The lectures can then be accessed at any time by any student. What’s more, they are easily supplemented with extra materials. Also, those universities which deal with distance learning rely mainly on video streaming technology.Generally, VOD is a very handy tool for any large institution that needs to distribute learning materials. Unlike in case of university TV, lectures can be pauses, rewound and reviewed, making all learning process much more effective. That’s why sometimes educational videos are actually more effective than typical classroom instruction.Simply anything that can become a part of the footage can be kept on a web server and published on the Internet, including entertainment videos, business meetings, political speeches or ‘virtual tours’ which let the users see the layout of a particular building.Anther possible use is the security. Live video streaming can also help monitor remote locations. At first glance, this is similar to typical security cameras, except that streaming technology does not need closed circuits. The video can be monitored from virtually anywhere in the world, providing there is an Internet connection nearby.