How Do I Retain Executives In Asia?
By Pius Victor
Starting a business is a labor of love. Great quantities of time and money are invested and endless forms are filed. Sometimes the sheer number of tasks involved can be paralyzing, as the new business owner becomes overloaded and is unsure where to begin.
Setting up the home office is an excellent place to start, as the software can then be used to create checklists of the other tasks on your list. Once your hardware is in place, you can begin to think about software.
The software you need will depend on the type of business you plan to run. Many businesses require certain industry-standard programs. Those programs are often quite expensive and are available only through limited suppliers, so be sure to purchase and install them first.
Probably the most ubiquitous programs for any business are a word processing program and an email account. You most likely already have both. Now is the time to determine whether the ones you have will meet the needs of your business. The current standard file extension for documents is .doc. This is the standard format for Microsoft Word; however numerous other programs are capable of saving documents in this format. If you have a program other than Word, ensure that it has .doc capability. Otherwise you run the risk of your clients being unable to open files that you send.
You must decide for yourself how you wish to set up your business email account. A professional image is important, so using your personal email address may not be the best choice. Microsoft Outlook is included on most personal computers, and is used by many companies. However, it is not particularly user-friendly, and it is known for its security vulnerabilities, so it is not necessarily your best option. If you will have a website, you can opt for hosting package that includes from one to five email addresses. Your email will then be sent from email@example.com, adding an additional look of professionalism to your email.
Many word processing programs come in a bundle with other applications. Usually a spreadsheet and database program are included, and sometimes multimedia and graphics applications as well. These programs work well for the average user. However, if your company is in the business of graphic design, web layout, or multimedia, then you will need to invest in a dedicated