With improving technology, including excellent online tools and lower costs, there has never been an easier time to put your business online.
1. Get to Know Online Business
Firstly, you have to be honest with yourself and recognise your experience with the internet. It is nothing to worry about as it is easy to learn, no matter what your education, age, background or technical ability. Take time to becoming familiar with the culture of the internet by subscribing to newsletters or blogs that explain in simple terms the various aspects that your online business will need.
2. Register Your Domain
Your domain is your website address on the Internet. It is your piece of intellectual property, just like a patent or a trademark. There are numerous registrars (companies that register domains) online where you can purchase your domain.
3. Find a Website Host
A website host is the company that essentially will “rent” you space on their servers to host your website on the internet. These companies usually offer domain registration and it’s often easier to have both with the same company but do check the pricing options first.
4. Build Your Website
This isn’t as difficult as it sounds. The cost of setting up website when you start an online business can vary considerably. There are now many programmes available that make it much easier for new online business owners to create their own web pages. If you do not want to build your own website, you can get a web designer to do it for you. Remember keep the design clean and simple and make it easy for visitors to find your products and services. You should update your website’s content frequently and have a contact form so that people can get in touch with you.
5. Find a Product to Sell
The easiest way to start an online business is with affiliate marketing. This is where you promote a vendor’s products on the internet and, when somebody buys the product, you get paid a commission by the vendor. You do not have to worry about creating products, holding any stock, dealing with the fulfilment or any client issues. There are so many diverse products which are easily available to promote. You can find a huge choice at Clickbank, a well-known online marketplace
6. Get An Autoresponder
Your autoresponder is the ‘salesman’ who works tirelessly for your online business every day of the year. Your website should have an opt-in form on the home page where you offer something of value for free, such as a report or video. To receive this free item, a website visitors has to insert their name and email on the opt-in form. Once you have the email address, your autoresponder will automatically supply new information that you have pre-written about your products and services via email. Remember, statistically, a prospect needs to see or hear your marketing message at least seven times before they take action and buy from you.
7. Build Website Traffic
Even if your website has the most cutting edge design and amazing products or services to sell, your online business will not succeed if nobody knows that it is out there. When you start an online business getting both paid and free visitors to your website is a skill set that you need to understand and learn. Keep in mind that no visitors means no business.
8. Continuous Education
As you can see from points above, there are several steps on how to start an online business and you can become stuck with certain elements. Continuous education and training allows you to learn as you earn and draw on the experience of others while you build your online business. And, even after a few weeks, you will be in a position to start helping other new people who have recently entered the existing world of online business.