- Cell phones
- Keeping documents
- Courses for farmers
and other useful and timely topics are in this issue of Rural New York Small Business Owner.
First rural NY broadband awards announced
Twenty-five projects spanning 27 counties in the Catskills, the Adirondacks and beyond will receive a total of $54.2 million in New York State funding, packaged with $21.6 million in private investment, aimed at boosting rural internet speeds to at least 100 megabits per second in most places and 25 megabits per second in more outlying districts.
Mobile Ooma lets personal phone be your biz phone
The VOIP phone service Ooma Office now offers Ooma Office for Mobile, a use-your-own-phone system with most-needed business features. Download the iOS or Android version on your device, receive your business phone number, and you’re set. There’s a 30-day free trial period. You can port your existing business phone number or get a toll-free number.
The self-employed exit rate is rising
Wannabe business owners may find bargains in established businesses for sale in the next few years. Although the rate of people entering self-employment has been rising, the percentage of self-employed people leaving the workforce is also rising. In consequence, the number of unincorporated self-employed has declined 8.1 percent since 1996.
You can recover from a customer service fail
You may want to ignore a dissatisfied customer, but it’s not wise. When they have a bad experience with a business, nearly two-thirds of customers look for a solution other than coming to that business again—a “solution” that may include bad-mouthing your business. Learn the three humbling steps to recovery when your customer service fails to measure up to expectations.
Documents you should keep in physical form
Cloud computing is good, but there are some business documents you should keep in physical form. Learn which print documents to keep.
Dropbox alternative priced for small business
A new service from Datto attempts to bring such dynamic file sync and share (FSS) services within the pocketbooks of small businesses. The first million small business customers to sign up for Datto Drive will receive one terabyte storage for 12 months free of charge. After one free year of storage, the Datto Drive FSS will cost $10 per month per terabyte for an unlimited number of users, a fraction of the cost of big name services such as Dropbox or Google Drive.
Register now for online small farm courses
Registration is open for the 2016-2017 Cornell Small Farm Online Courses to help folks from aspiring farmers to experienced ones develop the technical and business skills. Most courses are six weeks long and week feature a weekly evening webinar with follow-up readings, videos, and activities.