Finding Your Own Solutions – TaxiMeeting.com

It’s a constant battle. Prices, competitors, discounts, promotions (budget cuts?). How do you work competitively as a small business? There are a lot of ideas out there. More increasingly, small business and start-ups are turning to products using a free model for use within their organization. In many cases these tools are invaluable, Google Docs and Gmail are golden, I can’t imagine working any other way! But sometimes, I think companies compromise. Let me give you an example.

In my small business we spend a lot of time presenting to current and potential clients. It’s crucial that we have a quick, simple way to present ourselves professionally online to these clients, or else we cease to exist as a company. There are many options that fill this need, services that will help you present online, even for free. The problem is, many of these free and cheap options clutter our clients’ screens with ads. Talk about a turn off. As a potential client, they’ve agreed to hear from you, not from sponsors. This is one of the perfect examples where free does not equal better.

On the other side is the bulky, expensive options (which is what we used until recently). These services take out the ads, but present several new problems. They have so many bells and whistles it’s a downright labyrinth getting our clients set up for a presentation. By the time they download, install, log in, do a dance and give the secret handshake (okay not all of those things — but almost) half of our scheduled time is gone — and you can imagine how much potential clients love that.

One of the most rewarding things about owning a small business is the opportunity to find meaningful, powerful and simple solutions to problems like this. For us it came in the form of HTML5.

After forking over hundreds of dollars each year for this big expensive presentation software, we’ve created a simple, inexpensive solution and named it Taxi. Taxi utilizes HTML5 Push technology for presentations so no software or download is necessary. Now we simply share a link with our client, and we’re good to go.

The point is this: sometimes free works, sometimes it doesn’t, but those aren’t your only two options. There are likely solutions to your organization’s problems under your very own nose within your very own organization, that you can create. And who knows, maybe it will solve someone else’s problem as well.

Morgan Vandagriff is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business. After spending some time in the field of Wealth Management, he launched a company dedicated to helping kids learn how to manage their money better called Banzai (www.teachbanzai.com). As a small business, he spent a lot of time making presentations directly with clients and potential clients which lead Morgan to create Taxi. A solution to a problem in his own small business, and one he wants to share (www.taximeeting.com).

It’s a constant battle. Prices, competitors, discounts, promotions (budget cuts?). How do you work competitively as a small business? There are a lot of ideas out there. More increasingly, small business and start-ups are turning to products using a free model for use within their organization. In many cases these tools are invaluable, Google Docs and Gmail are golden, I can’t imagine working any other way! But sometimes, I think companies compromise. Let me give you an example.

In my small business we spend a lot of time presenting to current and potential clients. It’s crucial that we have a quick, simple way to present ourselves professionally online to these clients, or else we cease to exist as a company. There are many options that fill this need, services that will help you present online, even for free. The problem is, many of these free and cheap options clutter our clients’ screens with ads. Talk about a turn off. As a potential client, they’ve agreed to hear from you, not from sponsors. This is one of the perfect examples where free does not equal better.
On the other side is the bulky, expensive options (which is what we used until recently). These services take out the ads, but present several new problems. They have so many bells and whistles it’s a downright labyrinth getting our clients set up for a presentation. By the time they download, install, log in, do a dance and give the secret handshake (okay not all of those things — but almost) half of our scheduled time is gone — and you can imagine how much potential clients love that.

One of the most rewarding things about owning a small business is the opportunity to find meaningful, powerful and simple solutions to problems like this. For us it came in the form of HTML5.

After forking over hundreds of dollars each year for this big expensive presentation software, we’ve created a simple, inexpensive solution and named it Taxi. Taxi utilizes HTML5 Push technology for presentations so no software or download is necessary. Now we simply share a link with our client, and we’re good to go.

The point is this: sometimes free works, sometimes it doesn’t, but those aren’t your only two options. There are likely solutions to your organization’s problems under your very own nose within your very own organization, that you can create. And who knows, maybe it will solve someone else’s problem as well.

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