Startup BizCast #75 – Internet Freebies for your Small Business (Ken Colburn)

Free is good … free is great!  With times as rough as they are for small businesses, we need to save money wherever and whenever possible.  This week on Startup BizCast Ken Colburn from Data Doctors and I run down some of the best FREE resources on the `net for your small business!

Also, in BizCast Brief, the top five and bottom five small business-friendly states in the U.S.

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Here’s the list of links mentioned in this week’s episode, along with a great tip from Data Doctors that will speed up your Firefox browser.  I tried it and it works great!

Google Alerts:
http://www.google.com/alerts

Google Docs:
http://docs.google.com

Google’s Gmail:
http://www.gmail.com

Google’s Translate:
http://translate.google.com/

Business Advice:
http://www.allbusiness.com/
http://www.askjim.biz

Search Engine Education
http://searchenginewatch.com/

Free Anti-Virus / Anti-Spyware:
http://free.avg.com/

Free Alternative to Microsoft Office:
http://www.openoffice.org/

Data Doctors Free Weekly Newsletter:
http://www.datadoctors.com/help/quikreg.cfm

Data Doctors Weekly CNN.com video advice:
http://search.cnn.com/search?type=video&sortBy=date&intl=false&query=colburn&x=0&y=0

Firefox web browser:
http://www.mozilla.com

Small Business Advice Podcast
http://www.startupbizcast.com
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The Data Doctors Tip for making Firefox even faster (for high-speed Internet users):

1. Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:

network.http.pipelining
network.http.proxy.pipelining
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

2. Alter the entries as follows:

Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0″. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.

If you’re using a broadband connection you’ll load pages MUCH faster now!”

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2 Responses to “Startup BizCast #75 – Internet Freebies for your Small Business (Ken Colburn)”

  1. Hi Steve,

    I’m playing catchup with your podcast, I just finished 76 this morning. Thanks for putting out such a great resource for small business start ups. I just wanted to pass along the fact that AVG anti virus is only free for personal use and not for commercial use. I’m constantly dealing with this sort of licensing thing in my consulting. Keep up the good work.

    “AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is for private, non-commercial, single computer use only. The use of AVG Free within any organization or for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited.”

    http://free.avg.com/download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition#tba2

  2. That is a VERY good point, Scott. I knew that (and I’m sure Ken did too) but forgot all about the fact that we were talking about small business uses. I wouldn’t worry about it for home-based sole proprietors, but certainly if you’re in an office with multiple employees, it’s absolutely breaking that user agreement.

    Thanks for listening, and thanks for chiming in!