Websites That Can Help You and Your Business

Compiled by Kevin Bachelder

The Internet is a tremendous information source for both individuals and businesses. However, much like your local library it isn’t helpful unless you know where to start! With that in mind, here are 50 websites that can help you with your day-to-day tasks. This is just a small sample from my “favorites” list that currently contains over 2,000 links. [Though the original list contained 50 sites, some are no longer working sites, so the list grows shorter over time.]

Searching for Information
The best place to search for almost anything on the Internet: www.google.com
Another good general search engine: www.dogpile.com
Aid in looking for people or other businesses: www.switchboard.com
Dun & Bradstreet offers all kinds of credit and business info: www.dnb.com
Explanations on things technical and non-technical: www.howstuffworks.com
A dictionary, thesaurus and other guides all in one place: www.refdesk.com

Small Business Related
Inc Magazine: www.inc.com
Entrepreneur Magazine: www.entrepreneur.com
U.S. Small Business Administration: www.sba.gov
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives): www.score.org

Sales / Motivational
Brian Tracy (a leading sales and motivational speaker and author): www.briantracy.com
Anthony Robbins (author and speaker): www.tonyrobbins.com

Marketing Information
The online version of the classic Guerrilla Marketing concepts: www.gmarketing.com

General Computing and Technology
Information from national speaker Kim Komando: www.komando.com
Excellent resource for articles and reviews of everything technical: www.cnet.com
Information about computers: www.zdnet.com
Articles and email newsletters for the more technically inclined: www.techrepublic.com

Help with Computing
Discussion boards and access to people who can help: www.computing.net
Fred Langa has been a columnist for many computing periodicals: fredlanga.blogspot.com
The latest computer viruses: www.securelist.com

Looking for some good software you can try before you buy
www.download.com
download.cnet.com
www.tucows.com

Computing Magazine with a Small Business Focus
Excellent articles and reviews for a small business perspective: www.pcworld.com

Best deals on travel/rental calls/hotels
A partnership of many of the airlines: www.orbitz.com
Travelocity: www.travelocity.com

Need directions on how to get somewhere
Maps and turn-by-turn driving directions: www.mapquest.com

Got some legal issues you could use some help with
www.nolo.com

Buying books
Books and so much more at excellent prices: www.amazon.com
Site to search over 40 sites for the best price on a specific book: www.addall.com

Need to check out how your favorite team is doing
www.espn.com
www.cbssports.com

Want to communicate with other people who share your interests or hobbies
groups.yahoo.com/neo
www.topica.com

Want to make a difference in the world
www.volunteermatch.org
www.networkforgood.org

Bonus Site

Interact with other Call Center Techs https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/callcentertechs/info

Kevin Bachelder is the Director of Information Technology for Ansaphone in Quincy, MA. He began working in the industry in 1983. Kevin holds multiple computer certifications including the MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), the CCA (Citrix Certified Administrator) and the A+ (CompTIA A+ Certified Computer Repair Technician). Kevin reads over 250 email newsletters each week and participates in over 40 email and Web-based technical discussion groups. Contact Kevin at kbachelder@ansaphone.com or 800-782-7587.

[From Connection MagazineDecember 2002]

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