What do you need to start your own business blog?
- A small business web site-- could cost between $100 and $1000 per year. Well worth the cost, if it adds to the bottom-line. I recommend a Linux platform. See the next bullet for explanation.
- An installation of WordPress-- a free blogging platform that can only be installed on a Linux/Unix operating system. You will also need php and an available MySQL database. Most of the time these resources are included with Linux web hosting plans. If they are not included with a Linux based plan you are evaluating, look for another provider.
- A digital camera. There is no need to get the top of the line in as far as mega-pixel storage capacity. As a matter of fact, even though most internet users are going with broadband access these days, a six mega-pixel digital camera is more than enough to capture photos for web site usage. Today you can pick one up-- for about $200.
- A thorough understanding of your business and the ability to communicate concisely and clearly your business' goals and merits. Keep in mind, a picture is often worth a thousand words.
Regina Thomas is a software consultant [QiSoftware.com] and provides web hosting for small business owners [Hosting-Q.com].