The Myth About Starting An Online Business
Students often ask me “When is the right time to start your own online Business”?
My answer is always the same “Yesterday would be best, but if you didn’t take action yesterday, then do it today”!
However, like any major life decision, you MUST have a PLAN.
Most importantly, you must know your “WHY”. If you don’t have a clear understanding of what you are starting the business, and if that reason is not urgent and powerful enough, you will ultimately fail.
How can you get started and make money on the world wide web?
It seems like everyone nowadays has a business website or personal blog page or landing page selling something.
Before you go out and register and pay for a domain, and sign and pay for domain hosting etc., take a breath and STOP!
DO NOT pay for an expensive E-COMMERCE course that promises it also includes teaching you how to build your own website.
THIS IS A SURE WAY OF LOSING US$ 2,000.00 – US$ 5,000.00.
If you have a business idea but are not 100% sure what you need to do to monetise that idea, then start small with a free website and hosting plan.
If you’ve never built a website before, don’t worry it’s not so difficult. There is no more HTML coding involved and you don’t need to be an IT specialist to do it. It’s all “drag and drop” or “type and click” type activities.
When it comes to choosing a domain name, consider this. These days your customers will want to build a relationship with you, the individual. Not with your company. Not with your brand.
So it might make sense to start by reserving a domain name that is your name – e.g. www.janesmith.com
If you want to reserve a second domain name which is the name of the product or service you will provide, that can also be useful in future – e.g. www.loseweightlovelife.com. However, you will find out that usually it happens that every product or service name you think of, someone else somewhere in the world has thought of as well. Therefore, many times it happens that your preferred domain name with .com extension, has already been taken. So make sure you at least register your own name as a domain.
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The Steps to take with your online Business
I started out, building my first site and wasn’t very successful. It was very difficult in the beginning to make a great website, and I did spend lots of time creating it. In the end, it was only a so-so website.
Wealthy Affiliate University a great Site to help you with your Affiliate Marketing and Website.
I found wealthy affiliate an online membership community. It has an online community with nearly 1,000,000 members and you can host up to 25 websites for free, except the domains ending with .com, .net, .org and .xyz, which you need to pay. However, domains will cost you only around USD 15.00 a year, which is quite reasonable. Please note siterubix.com, the hosting provider that Wealthy Affiliate uses is free.
You will have step by step guidance how to build a site and an online business. The first 7 Days are free and you can build your free website and go through the first 20 Training steps. 10 steps for building your site and how to get traffic to your site, 10 steps for the affiliate boot camp. If you decide later on you do not want to join it is still ok and you can keep the free site.
When you start an Online Business and you start looking around let me help you with some points what you should be looking for.
What should you look for
If you join a member site it must have step by step training
- Hosting of at least one website should be provided free of charge ( no additional fee), although it is normal that domain names ending in .com or .net for example, you will need to pay for
- A benefit is an access to video training in the member’s area
- Great 24/7 support including Live Chat and an extensive Self Help section with FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Community access and free resources from old members
- Free webmail for your domain name so your business looks professional
- SSL security certificate
- Comment and interaction from existing members to what you publish in your blogs and on your website
- Site Speed and Spam Checker plugins as standard
- Monthly Membership fee below USD 50.00
This Is What I Did When I Set Up My Five (5) Online Businesses
I am a Member of a Membership Site and I am very happy with them, I can highly recommend them.
The first 7 days are free then you will pay 19 US Dollar for the first month and from 2nd month 49 USD.
The Membership Site is worth every dollar I pay, as it helped me fine tune my Online Business in the first year or so when I started.
My advice, based on mistakes I made that cost me $$$ is that you need to be focussing in your business model and taking daily action to get sales ASAP. Time is Money.
- Don’t waste time in an endless search and comparison exercise.
- Don’t ask dozens of experts for their opinion.
- Find one good and trustworthy resource and then START.
- Procrastination or in-action is like a cancer. It starts small, but in a short time it will kill your business idea or your business if you don’t plan and then executive on that idea.
- Please feel free to contact me if you need more info. If you need help to get started please give me a buzz.
My name is James Spurway and I am living a life of Financial Freedom, and you can too.
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