With the exception of an IBM compatible Leading Edge computer in 1986, I’ve always had Macs. It was awesome when Apple came out with iTools in late 2000. ITools let anyone with basic computer skills create there own websites. To make it even simpler, iTools even hosted your site. So in 2000-2001, my upholstery business went online. You might say, big deal, lots of businesses were on line back then. That’s true, but back then, not many small one person businesses bothered with the Web. iTools made it easy for me to start my nine year presence on the Web. ITools has since morphed to .Mac and now to MobileMe.
Apples newest web site building software is iWeb. iWeb has total integration with Apples other applications like iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes and MobileMe, making it easy as pie to create and update a website. I can update my site with a new photo of my work in minutes and even notify all the major search engines of the changes in a few more minutes using Rage Sitemap Automator. Apples web building applications may have some design limitations, but it’s ease of use and simplicity is just what this upholsterer with limited time to spend on a website, needs.
MYOB is an accounting software that’s made for the Mac. I’ve been doing the business accounting files and invoicing on the computer since 1986. That’s what the first Leading Edge was for, the business. I was using Quickbooks on floppy disk. When I got my first Mac, I switched to MYOB because Quickbooks was not compatible with Apple. Once you get MYOB set up, running your business and having having all your tax info ready to go is also simple as pie. Quickbooks is now Apple compatible, but I still use MYOB, I think it’s much better for my needs.
Funny thing is that Apple doesn’t have the reputation as a business computer. My Apple has allowed me to make the transition to the Web early on and has kept me in good favor with the IRS. What more could any business ask of it’s computer!