Broadband For Businesses
Welcome to the Businesses page of the Louisiana Broadband Initiative website. Probably the most significant contribution broadband could possibly make is how much it broadens the horizons for businesses. In today’s society, it is generally accepted that if you run a business, then you also have an online identity for that business. The significance of that identity can be as simple as getting more people to come to your store or as complex as allowing customers to order and pay for your products online. Many restaurants that cater or do delivery have websites that allow customers to order their catering online. Other websites allow customers to make reservations at the restaurant. Some people only do their shopping online from websites. Anyone can purchase anything from groceries to clothing to electronics online at competitive prices. If you are a small business owner seeking to expand your business, it is essential to have access to broadband internet. Broadband allows you to stay on top of what the competition is doing and compete at the same level for customers. If you are finding it difficult to get your small business off the ground or finding enough funding to adopt broadband, consider a Small Business Administration (s b a) Grant. You can find out what SBA Grants are available and how to apply for them by clicking here.
Benefits for Businesses
The first rule of thumb to any business is that to function, you must have customers. Those customers must then buy what you are selling. For a business to expand, the same rule is applied, but it must be effective with a larger number of people. If you were wishing to gain more business, the natural conclusion would be to find a way that will get the largest audience for the smallest cost, hence the reason why broadband is now such an essential tool to businesses everywhere. By utilizing resources online, a business owner literally goes from having local customers to potentially having millions of customers worldwide.
Because many of the customers you have from online sources may not live close enough to you to view all of your products in-store, you can take advantage of broadband to provide them with visual representations in image galleries or on websites. You can provide all the details necessary to know what the product costs. Having a convenient online resource helps people who live too far for a quick drive to your store to plan their purchase ahead of time so that they know what they want when they get there. Once they are finally at your store, they may get the incentive to buy more.
Sell your products online
Another option available to you through broadband is the ability to sell your products online. By doing so, customers can electronically order and pay for their desired product. Once you receive the payment, you can ship the product to the customer. Just about any business can profit from having an online ordering service, even restaurants and grocery stores. Restaurants can use online ordering to deliver take-out, reserve a catering service, or allow their customers to reserve seating times and meals before getting to the restaurant. Online reservations are convenient to both the customer and the restaurateur particularly during periods of heavy influxes of customers to the restaurant, a time when a phone may not have someone near it to take the call and make the reservation. Grocers can benefit from an online ordering service because it can help to extend their service to people who may not be able to leave their home easily due to a disability or a lack of transportation.
Keep track of Competition
A major element to having a successful business is having the ability to compete with other stores that sell similar products. You are immediately handicapped if someone in another area has broadband internet for their business and you do not. This is because he or she not only has access to a much wider audience, but he or she is also aware of every other competitor and how they are faring in comparison. Do you have another business nearby that you are competing with, and while both of you seem to be at about the same level, the other business is making a much larger profit? You should probably check to see if that other business has broadband internet and a website. Odds are it probably does.
Make a Profit
Every business owner, no matter who they are or what they sell, is seeking to make as much of a profit as possible from their businesses. It makes sense to consider any option that could potentially increase your income significantly. This is why every business owner should consider broadband internet. It works, it is effective, and it never closes.
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Grant Opportunities for Businesses:These pages can also be found under the Funding Sources tab in the top navigation bar.
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