The Internet is both a resource and tool for those who who are getting prepared for business. There are three key areas that entrepreneurs and new business start ups should explore:

1. Networking

One of the best Web tools for businesspersons is GOV.UK, which provides location based search for networking events, conferences, workshops and webinars. Clinics can also be found for expanding knowledge on topics such as tax, E-commerce and payroll. Prior to attending such events, it is wise to research key note speakers and attendees through resources such as LinkedIn or via a Google search.

On attendance of a networking event, it is key to demonstrate the correct behaviour to acquire the most benefit. When making introductions repeat your name twice and at least once more during the conversation. Ask and answer questions, keep the topic of discussion centred around their business and consider how you can help them. It is best not to attend such as event when the mindset of trying to sell your business as beneficial relationships are not built this way.

2. Setting Up Your Broadband ISP

First, choose an Internet Service Provider (ISP) who can can offer a tailor made quote and one that has a UK-based team for providing effective customer service. Business broadband ISPs often offer cost savings through bundling broadband, landline and mobile phone services. Some ISPs, such as Pop Telecom, offer their own reduced-rate directory enquiries.

The speed of the Internet connection will be of high importance to businesses in most market segments. To acquire the best speed, first perform a broadband speed test to use as a comparison against the following actions. Next, consider the best place to locate your router, which should be away from physical obstacles and appliances while positioned up high, on a shelf for example.

Connecting to the router with an Ethernet cable will provide the fastest speeds but if a wireless connection is preferred then make sure that the wireless network is password secured, to ensure unauthorised users aren’t depleting the bandwidth. If a wireless signal is required outside of the reach of a wireless router then consider a powerline adaptor. The adapter makes use of the buildings wiring to extend the range of the wireless network.

One adapter is plugged into a socket next to the wireless router and secondary adapters can be plugged into any other power socket to create a new hotspot. A recent comparison by PC Advisor is a good place to start your research on powerline adapters.

3. Set Up A Website

Following research on suppliers, pricing, technologies, industry news and industry developments, a Website should be set up. Business Websites save on print marketing and mailing costs by coupling product information with online commerce.

Websites also reduce the strain on customer services by placing searchable information within easy reach of the customer, as well as providing an online location for business attracted through social networking interactions. Social often plays a key role in business marketing and online word of mouth is just as powerful as that given offline.