How To Start A Business Online Quickly and Easily

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!

Building a Business Online Requires You

Anyone can start a business online, but building a profitable online business is another story. You have your product or service. You know it’s good. You want to let the world know it’s good so that you can start raking in the rewards for this great product or service that you are offering. But how do you move from having a product to having a profitable internet business?

Your new online business needs exactly what a real-world business needs – advertising and customers. Having a great product and or a hot niche is great, but the most important consideration for being successful and building a profitable business online is your marketing and advertising.

Think about it through the example of selling in the offline world. How does that local grocery store let customers know that the food items that they have are on sale? Well, they send out flyers to customers. They advertise on television. They advertise on the radio. They do this all in an effort to let prospective customers know what they have because they know they’ll want it. Having a business online requires the same dedication to advertising.

The practice and theory in finding customers is the same for a business online only the advertising process takes a little learning on the part of the businessperson. On the internet you need to advertise your business and generate traffic that will visit your sites on a regular basis. You need to not only create great content to entice and keep the customers you find coming back to purchase your products time and time again, but you need to advertise and promote yourself as well.

The days of internet anonymity are over. You need to get your name out there so that people that are doing a search online come up with your name first in their searches. You need to create a following of customers that know, like and trust you outside your business. The only way to do this is by creating and advertising your personal brand alongside your business and products. Your potential customers want to trust the people they purchase products from and they want to know your name.

So how do you do all of this? Buy marketing not only your product but yourself as well. Building a profitable online business is really building and promoting two products at the same time – the business that earns you profit and your own personal brand. The same traffic creation and business building tasks you use to advertise and promote your business should be used to build your own personal brand as well.

The person behind the online business is just as important as the products you sell. Take the time to build your own personal brand and advertise that persona just as much as you advertise and promote your new business online. You’ll be surprised to discover that new customers flock to you and purchase time and time again because your business has something special – it has you.

How to Start a Candy Bouquet Business Online

If you are looking for a do-it-yourself type of business and you have an artistic flare, you might consider starting a business with creating gift arrangements of candy bouquets. Candy bouquets are becoming very popular and are the perfect unique gift for all occasions.  Everyone loves candy and everyone loves these sweet delights.

Getting started in a candy bouquet gift store is simpler than it seems and getting started online is much easier then opening a full service retail store. In getting started online, there are 10 general steps I used which I will identify below:  

Step 1: Choose your form of business organization.   You may choose between sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability partnership, corporation and etc.   

Step 2: Choose a name for your business. You will want to keep three things in mind here. First, choose a name that is fitting for your product and if possible have your product name in the business name. Second, keep it simple and make it something a customer may remember. For example: If someone was selling widgets, they may pick a business name “Widgets by Sam” or maybe “Cool Widgets for Websites.”  Third, not only should your name be fitting it needs its own brand or its own identity to set yourself apart from your competitors.   

Step 3: Obtain business licenses and permits. Each state has their own requirements so contact your state business licensing department. In my state of Minnesota, you fill out a form and pay a business licensing fee, and you list it in a newspaper as a new business. Others states may require additional steps.  

Step 4: Create and write up a business plan. You can find many templates to help you create and write up a business plan online. They will identify all the areas you need to consider such as products you sell, market, demographics, financing options, goals, etc. This document is critical in pulling together a plan of what you are going to do and how you are going to achieve it. You will also need a business plan should you need financing. If you choose to go the route of an online candy bouquet store, there is a minimal investment up front. Your up front investment would generally be for inventory and office equipment or supplies to get started.   

Step 5: Determine funding and financing needed. Take the business plan you created to a bank or look for investors if you have determined you need financing. Each investor will want a copy of your business plan to take a look at all the details of your business. If you have determined it is a minimal investment which you have funding for then you will not need to go to a bank or seek investors.     

Step 6: Determine insurance requirements. Contact a local insurance agent to get quotes and determine what you feel is best for your business needs. They will work with you and keep you informed of your options.   

Step 7: Set up a business checking account with your personal bank. Since you already do banking with them, you should be able to set up an account rather easily and at minimal cost.  

Step 8:  Purchase your startup inventory. Your business plan should have identified the products you will be selling, suppliers, and costs associated. Determine and order your startup inventory needs.   

Step 9: Create business products. You will need to create your candy bouquet arrangements, brochures, business cards, etc. You may want to start small and as you expand add products to your business.    

Step 10: Setup your online website or hire someone to do that.     

Advertise your business. You may choose to advertise locally through newspaper or radio. You may advertise through internet marketing. All ways of advertising should be considered.   

In conclusion, these 10 steps should help get you started in starting your own venture into a candy bouquet business. Here I cut it down into 10 smaller more manageable tasks. These steps are a guide to help you as you begin and get started.