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Australian Small Business Support Line A Hit

In September 2009 the Australian government established the Small Business Support Line to offer guidance to small business owners, or those considering setting up a small business.

Since then the service has reportedly received more than 10,000 calls!

With access to a range of State and Commonwealth departments and services across the country, the Small Business Support Line staff are available to advise on all manner of small business questions, including:

  • how to set up a business
  • cash flow management
  • funding
  • grants
  • licensing
  • workplace health and safety
  • employing staff
  • marketing
  • and much more

If you operate a small business in Australia or are thinking about starting your own business you can contact the Australian Small Business Support Line on 1800 777 275.

Top 4 Online Appointment Setting Programs

If you’re running a small business and meeting with clients or associates frequently, you probably make appointments almost daily.

Some people, particularly in larger organisations, may be fortunate enough to have an assistant who is assigned the task of ensuring that no double-bookings occur and no appointments are missed. This method is somewhat time consuming and inefficient when it comes to canceling and rescheduling appointments, and even more so if you’re responsible for managing your own appointments along with so many other duties.

This is where an online program can be so handy.

Once you setup this software or your online account, you’ll find many appointment-setting programs also give you the options of selecting email (and possibly phone call) reminders.

Online appointment setting programs generally work in a similar way.

You can log into your online calendar and select the times when you’re available for appointments. You then send a link to those clients and associates whom you’d like to make an appointment time with. These people can then easily visit the website by clicking on your link, then click on the appointment button. A calendar appears, showing your available dates and times,  and your customer or colleague can choose one of your available appointment times that best suits them.

That’s it! Your appointment is there … booked and saved.

Online appointment-scheduling programs have certain benefits and advantages such as freeing up staff (or yourself) for more important tasks.

Just think about it … what more productive tasks could you do in the time you would generally spend scheduling (and re-scheduling) appointments?

Here are 4 of the best online appointment-setting programs I’ve found:

  1. Timely
  2. Web-Appointments
  3. GenBook
  4. Appointment Plus

Forgetting appointments or poor scheduling techniques could put your organisation and business at a clear disadvantage. So have a look at these online appointment-setting programs to simplify the way you manage your appointments.

My Latest Great Find – Free, Easy HTML Editor

Last year I came across a HTML editor that’s really easy to use either for creating web pages from scratch or editing existing HTML pages, such as website templates.

I’ve been ‘playing’ with PageBreeze for a while and have been quite impressed by how easy it is to use. You can create and edit pages in the HTML or ‘normal’ (WYSIWYG) view, preview how it will look when published to the internet, easily add page title, description and keyword details and publish with FTP.

It also has a form editor which makes it easy to create forms if necessary.

Best of all … there’s a free version or a more advanced ‘cheap as chips’ version.

The basic Pagebreeze software is free for personal, not-for-profit and educational use. Or the more advanced version for business (or ‘for-profit’) use is only a one-off payment $29.95.

Free Visual HTML Editor
Free HTML Editor

If you don’t really need web development software with all the bells and whistles, it’s worth giving PageBreeze a try.