|Small Business Web Ideas|
|A small business may want a mix of 1 to 3 webs.
A web on the Internet would provide information about the business and its
products and services for the public. An extranet would be a limited
access web for customers and registered prospects that would provide more
detailed or more focused information about the business products and
services. An internal web which is only available to the business owner and
the employees may include the tools and reports to support various business
||The inventory of products available for sale may be kept
on the web.|
||Orders taken over the phone could be recorded on the web.
||As products to be sold are purchased and order are filled, the inventory could
be adjusted. As inventory falls below a re-order point, an automated
email alert could be sent to the purchaser. Throughout the process,
an automated record could be maintained.
||Staff completion of time cards could be on the web, which
may be especially helpful for part-time employees.
||The web may include a system for managing tasks, from the
point of assignment to a staff member, to the recording of task notes and
hours worked, to task review, and to task completion.
|Advertise Products and Services
||Probably the most common use of the web by businesses is
to advertise their products and services.
|Customer and Prospect Communication
||When there is a need for customer feedback and
interaction, a limited access web could be valuable. Such a web can be
very helpful when the business needs to communicate directly with
customers, or a subset of the customers.