How To Start A Small Business Online
It’s no doubt that we are living in uncertain times. There is a lot going on in the world right now, businesses have shut down, thousands have lost their job(s) and we are being pushed in all sorts of ways that we haven’t been before. So, I’m not going to fill this page with a bunch of fluff, I’m not going to focus on all of our problems. You came here for one reason, and I can hear you thinking… “How To Start My Own Small Business?”
I’ll show you the platform I use to manage my entire small business from my home office. Along with tips and suggestions to help set you up for success. I’ll show you how you can get started today for free today using the most innovative platform in the business. So grab your coffee, wine or tea. This will be the beginning of your new journey on how to create a business online.
Make A Decision
Okay, I understand you may have already decided this is what you are going to do. You’ve made up your mind and no one can talk you out of it. Well that is great! You know what you want and you’re willing to do whatever it takes.
But, deciding what you want to do is only the first step in the decision-making process. I’ll give you some tips on how to make sure this is the right road for you. In all honesty, owning your own business is not for everyone.
Check yourself. Make sure you have the right CEO mindset. Being an Entrepreneur is not just about having a business. Literally, anyone can have a business, but not everyone can run it effectively. You are not just the owner, but the CEO of your business. This is what I mean.
You should be:
1. C– Confident– This is your business, you run this. You will fall, but get back up with your head high and don’t give up.
2. E– Earnest (this can mean serious, passionate, hard-working, studious, dedicated, committed)
3. O– Open-minded– The world is constantly changing, it’s evolving, especially in the online world. You must keep up so you won’t get left behind, so my advice is to step outside your box and try new things.
These aren’t the only qualities you should possess, but it is a start.
Checking Yourself and All Things Business
Business Start-UP List (For starting an online business)
Getting Started/Planning Your Business
1. Make an honest evaluation of yourself and situation
2. Get a journal-one for business and one for personal
3. Create a business plan: You can use a binder (An article on creating a business plan coming soon)
4. How much time are you willing to invest?
5. How much money are you willing to invest?
6. Discuss your plans with family and friends you know will support you
1. Choose your niche
2. Choose a platform to create your website
3. Pick a domain name
4. Select a theme to use for your site
5. Get a hosting account for your website
6. Research your target audience
7. Create an email account dedicated to your business
1. Create Marketing plan
2. Join networking groups
3. Learn how to advertise using Facebook, Instagram, Google, Yahoo and Bing (focus on one at a time and become an expert at it.)
4. Make sure you have a social media page dedicated to your business
Breaking It All Down
Step two may seem overwhelming and this is only the beginning stages. A few things people get hung up on is choosing a niche. In the online world a niche is a particular kind of product or service that you will promote. Your niche could be health and fitness, clothing and accessories etc.
With your niche you can get even more specific; shopping, jewelry, yoga, weight loss, the list goes on. The possibilities are really endless. You can choose something you are either really great at or a field that piques your interest. Either way, a lot of research need to go into your niche, so you want it to be fun and interesting for you.
Another issue I see people struggling with in a domain name or where to even get a domain. First, in order to have a website you will first need a domain. There are several companies out there. Here’s a list of the most popular and best domain and hosting companies out there.
1. Go Daddy is the most popular and has been around since 1997 for your domain and hosting needs.
⚫ They have fast loading times (for your website)
⚫ 24/7 support
⚫ Easy one-click installation
⚫ Tons of storage ( way more than most will ever use)
2. Namecheap is another good one. Founded in 2000, this is what I have used and recommend.
⚫ Easy to manage all your domain names1147
⚫ Free backups and SSL certificates
⚫ Fast loading times
⚫ Easy installation
⚫ Also full web hosting packages offering fast and reliable service with 100% up time guarantee
⚫ Affordable access to everything you need to run a website
⚫ 24/7 chat support
3. Bluehost I personally have never used, but they are among the most used for domain and hosting also.
⚫ They offer one-click installs, making the most popular resources available to you
⚫ Special advertising offers to help grow your business
⚫ Intro offer of 30 day money back guarantee on hosting only
⚫ Also 24/7 chat support
4. Hostgator last but not least, also well know for domain registration and hosting
⚫ They offer free 1 year domain registration on certain plans
⚫ 45 day money back guarantee
⚫ 24/7 support
⚫ 1-click wordpress installation
⚫ ecommerce ready
This is only a list of a few well-known and popular domain and hosting platforms. There are many more out there, but I do believe that one of the four listed above will meet your needs. I also recommend going to their websites, they have much more to offer than what’s on the list I provided.
Now, once you have your domain name and website hosting, you can choose where you want to build your website. I use WordPress, it is the most popular and most used and also more complex than others, but they provide excellent tools to help you navigate. There’s also wix.com and weebly.com. You can build a website, get a domain and have hosting all in one spot with both platforms.
I recommend visiting both sites and take a look around. I will say that Wix has improved tremendously over the years, from their editing tools, the wix dashboard and their sites are preforming at a much faster rate.
These are just three steps to get your started. I know it’s a lot to take in, so please take your time and don’t rush. The most important thing is that you keep moving forward.
Starting off as an Internet Marketer years ago, I have used several of the platforms as mentioned above and I am so grateful to them. Starting with my first domain at Godaddy and then transitioning to Namcheap, I have learned so much about how the internet works when it comes to business.
With that being said, I will introduce you to my current platform. It’s The All-In-One business solution, that works very well for me. When you find the right platform for you, you’ll know it.
So, now I’ll take you inside of the platform I use.
My All-In-One-Business Solution
The platform I use for most, if not all of my business needs, is Wealthy Affiliate (WA). This platform launched on September 10th, 2005 and has been going strong ever since. They offer the best product and services in the industry. The community and technology within Wealthy Affiliate is top-notch.
I have been a member since 2017, but I took notice of WA back in 2006. I was involved in other projects, so I quickly pushed them in the back of my mind thinking it was just another internet scam. Little did I know.
WA was created by two affiliate marketers, that quickly realized the more they gave the more successful they became. This was completely different from what I was seeing with other programs in the industry. They appear to be transparent and relinquish all of their “secrets for success”(for a large price) but there is so much they hold back, never really giving you everything you need to succeed.
Well, at WA not only do the founders want you to succeed, but you have a whole community of other entrepreneurs rooting for you, motivating you and helping you build your business.
They hold back nothing, in fact I told you, you can get started today for free with a starter with a starter account. The great news is the starter account is ALWAYS FREE! but for 7 days you get to use some features of the premium membership.
A link to the comparison chart below, it’s showing what all WA has to offer with the starter membership and the premium membership along with pricing. All of us using the platform know the worth of WA, that is why thousands of members remain loyal. The training will exceed all of your expectations, you can literally learn, not only affiliate marketing, but:
⚫ SEO marketing
⚫ Content creation
⚫ Website development and programming
⚫ Keyword niche and market research
⚫ Email marketing
⚫ Social engagement and marketing
⚫ Video marketing
⚫ Pay per click marketing
The list goes on with the amount of information that is within the walls of Wealthy Affiliate. You have absolutely nothing to lose.
Sign up for a Free Account here and take the tour to see more.
Before I leave you with so much to think about today. You should know creating a successful online business is no easy task, but there are tools out there now that will allow the process much smoother, than it was 20 years ago. One thing that has never changed is the mindset of those who are success versus those that are not.
You have to be willing to put your heart into your business. Take it seriously, but have fun at the same time. It’s all about having a balance will a little trial and error in between. Because believe me, you will get stuck, you will mess up, it’s part of the growing pangs of starting and running a business.
With all of that being said, I sincerely wish you the best. I am here for anyone who wants to learn more or if you have any questions please leave them below.
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All The Best,
Proud member of the Wealthy Affiliate Community