These days it seems like you can’t hardly turn around without bumping into somebody who has started a successful Internet business of some sort. From your neighbor who sells yard sale type items on eBay, to the kid down the street who invented a new twitter app, all the way to the small business owner who’s made the transition from brick-and-mortar to online business… people are making lots of money online, so why aren’t you?
In this article today I’d like to discuss the very basics of starting a business online. Of course, there are millions of different businesses you can start and it would be impossible to describe all of them in this short article. I just want to talk about a few of the basic building blocks that nearly all businesses will need to get started online.
The first thing you probably need is your own website. This entails two things; a domain name and web hosting.
Domain names generally cost less than $10 per month and there are many different places where you can order them. It really doesn’t matter which company you use. A good place to start is Go Daddy because they have cheap prices.
After you have your domain name you need web hosting. To create a very simple website you shouldn’t need to spend more than $10 or $20 a month on Web hosting. A search at any major search engine will give you large list of different web hosting companies to choose from. I recommend host gator because they are relatively inexpensive and fairly easy to use.
Next you need a way to accept credit card payments from your potential customers online. Many banks offer online merchant accounts but these can be complicated and expensive. For somebody who’s just getting started I recommend you check out PayPal or Click Bank because they offer easy-to-use, easy to set up, and inexpensive payment processor solutions.
Next you need a way to build a list of potential customers and past customers that you can continue to contact in the future to market your products to them. E-mail marketing is very important when starting an online business, and that means setting up an auto responder service. There are several to choose from but I recommend aWeber.
These are the basics starting just about any business online. Once you get your domain name, Web hosting, credit card processing, and e-mail solutions set up you can focus on the specific business that you decide to go into.
At the end of the day, starting your own online business doesn’t have to be prohibitively difficult. Once you get these building blocks set up, the rest should fall into place much easier. Now you can join the ranks of successful people making their living online.
So what are you waiting for? Get started today!